Slog AM: Voters head to polls in Wyoming and Alaska, Atlas moth spotted in Bellevue, water main bursts dramatically in West Seattle


Another Tuesday, another area code: Alaska and Wyoming Edition. “Three of the most iconic women in Republican politics” are running in today’s primary, says the New York Times. Rep. Liz Cheney faces voters in Wyoming, where she will surely be defeated for defying Trump. Meanwhile, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is angling for a seat in the House of Representatives in a special election in Alaska. After all, Senator Lisa Murkowski also wants to be re-elected in Alaska. We probably won’t know who won in Alaska by the end of the month because of all the ballot-by-mail (it’s a huge rural state), but as long as Palin and Murkowski finish in the top four, they’ll know by the time the federal election gets through. However, Cheney is definitely toast against a Trump jerk.

An exciting thing about the Alaska primary: they use Ranking Choice Voting for the first time. Should be interesting to watch!

I’ve only seen Atlas moths in Animal Crossing so far, but the Thai giant moth was recently spotted in Bellevue and has spooked entomologists because its leaf-eating caterpillars pose a threat to our state’s cherry and apple trees, reports KUOW. Apparently, an eBay account in Bellevue sold live Atlas moth cocoons for $60 last month, though the ad has since been removed. If you see one of these big, beautiful orange cubs, report them to the Washington Department of Agriculture and try to collect the moth if you can. They are huge and hard to miss.

The UK has approved omicron-specific booster vaccinations: Moderna has its “bivalent” inclusion approved. “Bivalent” means it’s a mix of two different versions of the vaccine: half targets the original COVID strain, and the other half is a new formula designed specifically for the Omicron variant. reports NPR. However, this UK version is not the same booster that the officials plan to release here in the autumn. This targets the omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA. 5. The US bought 170 million doses of Omicron boosters from Pfizer and Moderna. So if you can avoid COVID until after the summer, you might have more protection!

Relative: First Lady Jill Biden has just tested positive for COVID. She takes Paxlovid and is said to have symptoms similar to those of a cold. reports CNN.

Thousands are losing water in West Seattle: A 24-inch water main ruptured for a few hours on the 24th and in the Kenyon neighborhood yesterday, causing around 2,000 customers to lose water. reports West Seattle Blog. Seattle Public Utilities said They don’t know what caused the rupture, but they’re investigating. Witnesses who saw the water pipe said it looked like a “geyser.”

Washington is getting hotter: Benton and Franklin counties — where the Tri-Cities are located — could be hit by more than 90-degree heat waves that last twice as long by 2053, according to research by the New York-based nonprofit First Street Foundation. reports the Seattle Times. And the state’s wet corner, made up of King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, “could see twice as many days in the mid to high 80s,” according to the same projections. The state had better invest in air conditioning as soon as possible.

MINIAGO GOAT STOLEN FROM GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY FAIR! Penny, a 3-year-old Nigerian pygmy goat who is the most prized item west of the Olympics, was reportedly swiped by three people on Saturday. reports KIRO. The suspects apparently brought the literally cutest animal I’ve ever seen to Walmart shortly after taking it from the fair. When you see this ball of light you know what to do.

Esra Miller update: If you’ve been following this saga like me, the actor was really in tears and was recently charged with burglary. yesterday, miller made a statement They said they “suffer from complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment,” and apologized for their alarming behavior. Of course, this apology comes as Warner Bros is trying to salvage public opinion about the actor so they can declassify the Miller vehicle The Lightning, what vulture says “lays important groundwork for future DC movies.” Businesses become businesses!

Latest celebrity news of the day, I’m sorry I grew up reading People and Us Weekly issues while I was in the bathroom: Rapper A$AP Rocky has been accused of “attacking his former boyfriend with a semi-automatic firearm during a confrontation last November.” reports CBS News. He now faces two assaults with a semi-automatic firearm and “charges of personal use of a firearm,” according to a statement from LA District Attorney George Gascón.

The entire board of ACT Theater resigned: Apparently it’s because of that Article in American Theater Mag Das argues that nonprofit theater bodies should dismantle and rebuild themselves with community involvement in mind. What writing! Corresponding KUOWtells ACT they plan to form a new board of 12-15 members who will be “involved in all aspects of board responsibility to provide fiduciary oversight, strategic guidance and risk management.”

A meme before you go: Dedicate this to my editor who loves Lord of the rings.

For your listening pleasure: If you’ve never heard of Kelela take me apart, you missed something. Play This Record On A Date And Thank Me Later – Here’s “SOS”


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