University of Washington: Popular map for exploring environmental health disparities, vulnerabilities in Washington gets an update

University of Washington: Popular map for exploring environmental health disparities, vulnerabilities in Washington gets an update. “Map users can create data visualizations to see environmental health risks and compare census tracts based on dozens of factors, such as existing levels of pollution that include ozone concentration, PM2.5, diesel emissions, lead risks in homes, proximity to heavilytrafficked roads, industrial or waste treatment facilities and Superfund sites. Included also are socioeconomic factors such as English proficiency, education levels, housing affordability and employment statistics, birthweights and prevalence of cardiovascular disease.”

Seattle Art Beat Blog: Crosscut launches Black Arts Legacies showcasing contemporary and historic Black creators in the Northwest

Seattle Art Beat Blog: Crosscut launches Black Arts Legacies showcasing contemporary and historic Black creators in the Northwest. “Crosscut today launched Black Arts Legacies, a digital archive highlighting the roles Black artists have played in the Northwest’s cultural landscape. For its debut, Black Arts Legacies is featuring 26 creatives spanning decades and artistic disciplines.”

KNDO: Washington launches new website to track recovery efforts for orca population

KNDO: Washington launches new website to track recovery efforts for orca population. “The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office created a new website to track recovery efforts for endangered Southern Resident orcas. The website has information on putting in places the recommendations made by the governor’s Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force, general information about the whales and suggestions for how people can help save the orcas and resources for school curriculum.”

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: Google Street View has gone dark for parts of Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: Google Street View has gone dark for parts of Capitol Hill. “Maybe it is testament to the area’s nightlife bonafides. Maybe it is a momentary glitch in massive scale tech. But for some reason, large stretches of Capitol Hill are being rendered in fuzzy, overexposed nighttime scenes in the Google Street View system. It’s not an April Fools’ Day prank. The murky scenes appeared in December following an update to the neighborhood’s imagery. A Google spokesperson initially responded to our inquiry about the issue weeks ago but we haven’t heard back from her since.”

CNET: Washington state to require internet service disclosure when selling house in new year

CNET: Washington state to require internet service disclosure when selling house in new year. “It’s hard to imagine home life without the internet, particularly amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now a law going into effect in Washington state is acknowledging that. Starting in the new year, home sellers in Washington will be required to share their internet provider on signed disclosure forms that include information about plumbing, insulation and structural defects.”

Washington State Department of Health: New COVID-19 safety guidance released after multi-county outbreak linked to high school wrestling tournaments

Washington State Department of Health: New COVID-19 safety guidance released after multi-county outbreak linked to high school wrestling tournaments. “The Washington State Department of Health (DOH), is updating the health and safety requirements for high contact indoor sports in the wake of a multi-school, multi-county outbreak. The outbreaks are linked to a series of wrestling tournaments held in early December and are linked to an estimated 200 COVID-19 cases. Genomic sequencing recently confirmed at least three cases are omicron.”

‘Their Crisis’ Is ‘Our Problem’: Washington Grapples With Idaho Covid Cases (Washington Post)

Washington Post: ‘Their Crisis’ Is ‘Our Problem’: Washington Grapples With Idaho Covid Cases. This is about the state of Washington, not DC. “Surgeries to remove brain tumors have been postponed. Patients are backed up in the emergency room. Nurses are working brutal shifts. But at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., the calls keep coming: Can Idaho send another patient across the border? Washington State is reeling under its own surge of coronavirus cases. But in neighboring Idaho, 20 miles down Interstate 90 from Spokane, unchecked virus transmission has already pushed hospitals beyond their breaking point.”

Associated Press: COVID-19 Deaths Overwhelm Morgue in Cowlitz County

Associated Press: COVID-19 Deaths Overwhelm Morgue in Cowlitz County. “A recent increase in COVID-19 deaths has overwhelmed a southwest Washington county’s storage capacity, prompting the coroner to ask the commissioners declare an emergency to allow the county to bring in a refrigeration trailer. Cowlitz County commissioners agreed Tuesday to the request to help expand capacity until the new morgue is ready for staff to move into in about a month.”

KXLY: New phone app connects you to the nearest Washington winery

KXLY: New phone app connects you to the nearest Washington winery. “Map My WA Wine is available on both iPhone and Android devices, and helps wine lovers search hundreds of Washington wineries, tasting rooms and vineyards. Planning a trip? You can use the app to create and share itineraries, see what events are happening and search for wineries that are pet-friendly, have live music, serve food and more.”

The Columbian: Google to pay Washington $400,000 to settle campaign finance lawsuit

The Columbian: Google to pay Washington $400,000 to settle campaign finance lawsuit. “Google has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle charges that it has not complied with Washington’s strict campaign finance laws, which require businesses to retain records of political ads they sell in the state. It’s the second time in three years that the tech giant has settled a campaign finance lawsuit in Washington. In 2018, Google paid $200,000, plus attorneys’ fees, to settle a similar lawsuit, but admitted no wrongdoing. This time, the company agreed it did not comply with state law, but still disputes whether the law applies the company.”

KNDO: Interactive Map of Washington State Reveals Different Health Disparities Targeting Certain Groups

KNDO: Interactive Map of Washington State Reveals Different Health Disparities Targeting Certain Groups. “The Washington State Department of Health created a new tool, an interactive map, showing a breakdown of different health issues like COVID-19 and pollution. Lower income areas and people of color communities were rated at higher risks for these health hazards.”