5 things to know Tuesday

The demand for food banks is skyrocketing; Indigenous Cold Case Unit; ferry captain resigns; Fast Ferry Des Moines; AG opposes increases in electricity and gas tariffs.

As demand skyrockets, Snohomish County’s food banks are forced to ration

Workers at the Volunteers of America food bank in Everett said they’ve never seen the shelves so empty.

They felt the need was great at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it’s even worse.

Volunteers of America Western Washington provides food to 17 food banks in Snohomish County. Since April, demand has exploded by 138% and food is slowly running out. Continue reading

The Cold Case Unit could be focused on unsolved murders of Native Americans in Washington

According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Native Americans are being murdered, sexually assaulted, and victims of violent crime at rates higher than the national average.

To tackle the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people in Washington, a legislative task force has an ambitious plan.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is asking for funding from state leaders to create an unsolved cases unit to focus on unsolved killings of Indigenous peoples. Continue reading

Ferry captain resigns after damaged ship makes ‘hard landing’ at West Seattle dock

The captain of the Cathlamet ferry when the boat collided with a terminal structure on July 28 resigned, according to a Washington State Ferries (WSF) spokesman.

The captain’s identity has not been released, nor are any further details on her resignation.

Drug and alcohol tests for the entire crew came back negative, according to the ferry spokesman. Continue reading

Suspect accused of molesting and assaulting several women near Seattle Center arrested, police say

A man accused of assaulting and embarrassing several women near the Seattle Center has been arrested, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Half a dozen women have reported a man attacking them, embarrassing themselves and shouting insults in the same area.

The SPD said an investigation was active and underway. Continue reading

Puget Sound Energy, Avista Call for Electricity, Gas Price Increases; The Attorney General disagrees

The Washington State Attorney General (AG) is opposing proposals by two major energy companies to increase electricity and gas tariffs because the companies aim for excessive profit margins and overestimate their costs.

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Avista Utilities requested price increases that would take effect over the next few years.

PSE is seeking a $405 million increase in electricity tariffs and a $215 million increase in gas tariffs over the next three years beginning in January. The increases would cost the average customer $16 more per month for electricity and $12 more per month for gas, according to AG. Continue reading

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