The days are quickly ticking down to next Monday's deadline when most Oregon and Washington teachers, health care workers and public employees need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Elected officials especially in more conservative swaths of the Pacific Northwest remain fearful of a "mass exodus" of firefighters and health care professionals.
Clark County has signaled its support of a project to build a new Interstate 5 bridge crossing the Columbia River but its council added some conditions, asking for no tolls to be placed on the bridge or options for mass transit. The county has little jurisdiction but the move could be a sign of tensions that may lie ahead.
A federal judge in Oregon gave the state’s psychiatric hospital until Dec. 3 to speed up admissions and increase capacity for people in the criminal justice system deemed too mentally ill to continue with their case.