New homes and apartment buildings built in Washington state must be equipped with electric heat pumps beginning in July. The state Building Code Council voted in favor of the requirement. The switch will reduce carbon emissions and reliance on nonrenewable heat sources. Natural gas is pollutive, contributing to health issues in gas-burning homes and creating greenhouse gases that accelerate global warming.
Electric heat pumps are efficient, and many units can both heat and cool living spaces. Washington state enjoys some of America's cheapest electricity; Seattle rates are 29 percent below the national average. In addition to low monthly costs, electric heat pumps often require minimal maintenance. Electric heat is also safer than gas heat - gas furnaces in disrepair can produce lethal, odorless carbon monoxide.
The national, state and local elections were held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 and the prediction of a red wave did not occur. On a national level the Republicans seem to have taken the House and the Democrats the Senate. If this does not explain the divide in the country I don't know what does.
On the state level, Patty Murray surpassed Tiffany Smiley to keep her seat. Murray is leading with 56.99% of the vote versus Smiley's with 42.79%. Next, the 3rd Congressional District seat.
Around 7:25 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, Winlock Fire and Rescue were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 104 SE Front Street in downtown Winlock. The Haunted Hostel, one of the last historic buildings left in the downtown area, was on fire.
SOUTH BEND - Raymond multiple murderer Michelle L. Knotek was released from the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCFW) in Gig Harbor early afternoon last Tuesday. The Herald was informed by the Washington Department of Corrections at 1:40 p.m. (Nov. 8) "that there has been a change in the custody status of the offender Michelle Knotek. This offender has been released from custody as of November 8, 2022."
On Monday morning, Department of Communications Director Chris Wright told the Herald by phone, "I can confirm that Ms. Knotek was released on November 8."
SOUTH BEND - At Monday's press time, there were still 2,386 estimated ballots left to count in the November 8 General Election, according to the Pacific County auditor's office. The next county ballot count for the 41 precincts was conducted late afternoon Monday. With 319,925 ballots left to be processed statewide, the next vote count was to be tabulated at noon Monday.
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