After much soul searching by union members, the 8-year contract extension passed with just 51 percent voting yes.
Boeing machinists in the Northwest have rejected a contentious contract proposal that would have exchanged concessions for decades of secure jobs.
A large pod of orcas in Puget Sound this week has been thrilling whale watchers.
A union spokesman says four grocery chains with stores in the Puget Sound area have been given notice that 21,000 union workers could strike Monday evening if no contract agreement is reached.
Hunting giant Pacific octopuses in Puget Sound could be banned or restricted under regulations being considered by a Washington panel.
The state Transportation Commission is set to vote Tuesday on increasing fares for state ferries. The proposed fare hikes of about 6 percent would be phased in over the next year.
It might be agonizing to watch a harbor seal pup that appears to be starving, but “rescuing” it would be unnatural and could do more harm than good, a spokesman for the National Marine Fisheries Service said.
The state Transportation Commission is holding five public hearings on proposed increases in ferry fares.
Firefighters say a boat fire on Puget Sound that injured two people spread from one fiberglass hull to another until 12 vessels were destroyed or damaged.
An official with the Army Corps of Engineers told a Congressional committee Tuesday it doesn’t plan a broad environmental study on exporting coal from the Western United States.