Connie Spangler, shown Aug. 8, 2020, is a retired nurse and volunteer camp host at Nolte State Park near Enumclaw. She does her best to eradicate invasive plants, but says there is neither the funding nor the staffing to do it properly. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Connie Spangler, shown Aug. 8, 2020, is a volunteer camp host at Nolte State Park. She does her best to eradicate invasive plants, but says there is neither the funding nor the staffing to do it properly. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Outdoors

Washington park employees and volunteers grapple with people flocking outdoors amid COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns have Washingtonians flocking outdoors this summer. But the increased crowds in many places across the state have added strain to park workers responsible for public land upkeep.

Local News

Passions on display during listening session over Seattle police response to protests

Seattle Police use pepper spray on protesters along Harvard Avenue behind Seattle Central College as they advance their line.

Planned protests for a “Youth Day of Action and Solidarity with Portland” take place in Seattle Saturday July 25, 2020. Tensions are high in reaction to federal law enforcement officers stoking clashes in Portland, escalating ongoing Black Lives Matter demonstrations into violent displays of force. Federal law enforcement officers landed in Seattle earlier this week against the wishes of local officials.
A box of absentee ballots wait to be counted at the Albany County Board of Elections in Albany, N.Y. Though the terms vary from state-to-state, as do the laws, the terms “absentee voting,” “mail-in voting” and even “universal vote by mail” have different meanings than the ones Trump has assigned to them, causing some confusion about the November election. (Hans Pennink / The Associated Press)

Postal Service warns 46 states their voters could be disenfranchised by delayed mail-in ballots Updated

Technicians process COVID-19 tests at the UW Medicine Virology Lab in Seattle Monday, July 20, 2020. 214550

Six months into pandemic, Washington state still struggles with COVID-19 data

Trump administration now wants a floating border wall to seal off waterways along Mexico boundary

What type of mask is best? How often should I wash it? Answers to your questions about masks

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