Nick Bowman

Nick Bowman

Nick has lived in Seattle for nearly a decade and a half. He joined the MyNorthwest team in 2018, covering everything from local politics to transportation. Contact Nick at [email protected] Follow on Twitter @NickNorthwest.

State commission warns of discipline for doctors who grant vaccine exemptions without ‘legitimate’ reason

A state commission stressed its opposition to COVID-related misinformation last week, threatening discipline for physicians who help it spread.
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Seattle city attorney candidate: Abolitionist platform is about ‘scaling back and building up’

For "abolitionist" city attorney candidate Nicole Thomas-Kennedy, this election is about changing how Seattle approaches crime on a fundamental level.
10 hours ago

After 15-month delay, Washington plastic bag ban set to take effect this week

Washington state's plastic bag ban is set to take effect on on Friday, Oct. 1, after a lengthy 15-month delay brought on by the pandemic.
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‘Tough few weeks ahead’ as state’s hospitals continue to struggle with flood of COVID patients

While Washington's COVID crisis has begun to stabilize in recent weeks, health officials warn that the state's hospitals are not quite out of the woods yet. 
4 days ago

Former state unemployment worker arrested, charged for alleged role in payment scheme

A former ESD employee was arrested and charged on Friday, for allegedly defrauding the state out of thousands in unemployment payments.
4 days ago

Seattle reaches agreement with labor groups on vaccine mandate, still no deal with police union

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Friday that the city has reached a tentative agreement with several unions on an employee vaccine mandate.
4 days ago

Bipartisan group of state lawmakers ask Gov. Inslee to pause long-term care insurance tax

A bipartisan group of state senators issued a letter to Gov. Inslee, calling on him to suspend an upcoming long-term care insurance tax. 
4 days ago

Gov. Inslee: State ‘not considering’ offering extension for worker vaccine mandate

Gov. Jay Inslee says he will not be offering an extension for a Washington state employee vaccine mandate ahead of an Oct. 18 deadline.
4 days ago

Seattle mayoral candidate unveils expansive plan to address city’s homeless crisis

Seattle City Council President and mayoral candidate Lorena Gonzalez unveiled her plan to address the city's homeless crisis in her first 100 days.
5 days ago

Gov. Inslee extends eviction moratorium ‘bridge’ period through end of October

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that he is extending an eviction moratorium "bridge" period another month, until Oct. 31.
5 days ago

Seattle ‘reviewing’ recently-reinstated 72-hour parking enforcement policy

The City of Seattle could soon be considering changes to its 72-hour parking enforcement policy for the second time, after it was reinstated in early April.
5 days ago

Controversial Sammamish web-hosting company falls victim to ‘massive’ hack

Epik, a Sammamish-based hosting company known for its hosting of several controversial websites, was reportedly hacked last week. 
5 days ago

After early challenges, state eradicates third Asian giant hornet nest

After encountering difficulties early on, state entomologists say they have successfully eradicated a third Asian giant hornet nest.
5 days ago

Councilmember: Seattle bid to end single-family zoning label designed to ‘reflect reality’

Seattle City Council's Land Use Committee met Wednesday to discuss a proposal to do away with the city's "single-family zoning" label.
5 days ago

King County reaches deal with ‘majority’ of unions on vaccine mandate

Officials say they have reached an agreement with a "majority" of unions on a vaccine mandate for King County employees.
6 days ago

Washington Republicans, Democrats spar over redrawing of state’s legislative map

The redrawing of Washington state's legislative districts already has Democrats and Republicans at odds, with less than two months to come to an accord.
6 days ago

Inslee, Idaho Gov. Brad Little clash over ‘clogging’ of Washington hospitals

With COVID rates in Idaho skyrocketing and Washington hospitals feeling the impact, Gov. Inslee issued a plea to the neighboring state's governor.
6 days ago

Local health board declares public health crisis over vaccine misinformation

The Jefferson County Board of Health voted last week to declare a public health crisis over pandemic-related misinformation. 
7 days ago

Group pushes lawsuits alleging ‘manipulation’ of Washington’s 2020 election results

Lawsuits filed in three counties allege that auditors manipulated ballots during the 2020 election in Washington, while pushing for a forensic audit.
7 days ago

Researchers fear recent death of Puget Sound orca could have ‘severe consequences’

Researchers believe that two missing Southern Resident orcas are likely deceased, including one of the most "prolific" females in the entire region.
7 days ago

Mayor Durkan extends Seattle eviction moratorium into January 2022

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Tuesday that she will be extending the city's eviction moratorium through Jan. 15, 2022. 
7 days ago

Labor board: Fred Meyer, QFC ban on Black Lives Matter buttons violated law

A labor board says that Fred Meyer and QFC violated labor laws when they banned employees from wearing Black Lives Matter-themed buttons. 
8 days ago

Gov. Inslee asks federal government to step in, help state with hospital capacity crisis

Gov. Jay Inslee has sent a letter petitioning the federal government to provide aid for Washington hospitals dealing with surges in COVID patients.
8 days ago

Looking back on mayoral term marked by years of conflict between Jenny Durkan, city council

However brief Jenny Durkan's tenure as mayor will be, it's one that's been punctuated by frequent flare-ups of conflict between her office and city council.
13 days ago