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5 things you need to know this Tuesday

Early reopening possible; high rent prices; bear sightings; utility disconnections loom; Wednesday morning eclipse.

Washington officials 'hopeful' for an early reopening

Gov. Jay Inslee said Washington state should be able to fully reopen June 30, or sooner, if more than 70% of people 16 and older receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

According to data from the state Department of Health, last updated May 19, approximately 60% of those 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Read more

Rent skyrockets for single-family homes in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the number of houses available for rent to drop and rent prices to rise. Fewer people seem to be renting out homes, while more people are looking for homes over apartments or townhomes to rent.

According to Redfin, the average monthly cost of rent for a single-family home in King County rose $345 from May 2020 to May 2021. Rent increased $300 during that same time in Pierce County and increased $200 in Snohomish County. Read more

Warnings issued after multiple bear sightings in Redmond

Several warning signs were put up in and around Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park in Redmond after the city’s parks department received at least three calls last week about black bear sightings.

The department said while it is not uncommon for people to see black bears this time of year, the sightings included one black bear and possibly a mom and two cubs, which prompted city leaders to warn residents. Read more

Utility disconnections set to resume in Washington

With some utility shutoffs set to resume this summer, advocates are raising the alarm for people in Washington state that have fallen behind on payments during the pandemic.

Following the May 12 meeting, the Washington Utility and Transportation Commission decided to proceed with the planned date of July 31 to allow shutoffs to resume. Read more

‘Super flower blood moon’ eclipse visible early Wednesday

Look up, skywatchers! There will be a total eclipse of a supermoon early Wednesday morning. It will the first total lunar eclipse visible for most of the U.S. since Jan. 21, 2019.

But Washingtonians will have to get up early to see it.

The lunar eclipse begins at 2:45 a.m. PT and ends around 5:30 a.m. PT. However, the moon will set while it is still partially eclipsed. The total midpoint of the eclipse is shortly after 4 a.m. So, you will have to get up earlier than usual. Read more

Also see: Seattle local forecast

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