Kittitas County 'disappointed' vaccine mandate prevents state from accepting help in clearing snow

The state’s vaccine mandate requires anyone working for or with the state to be fully vaccinated against the virus or have an exemption and accommodation.

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. — While the deadline for Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state employees came and went last fall, repercussions are still being felt across Washington in various ways.

Following recent significant snowfall across western Washington, the Kittitas County Department of Public Works (KCDPW) said it reached out to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) on Jan. 11 to offer its help clearing roadways.

Specifically, the county offered to help clear State Route 903 near

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