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OLYMPIA — Ballots began arriving in mailboxes across the state this week for the 2019 Primary Election and voters may notice some changes. As counties implement the new voter registration laws to expand voter convenience, election officials are also increasing ballot security with technology. “The...
OLYMPIA – Customers can now benefit from a sales tax exemption on the purchase and installation of qualified solar energy systems. The exemption covers all sales tax paid on the purchase and installation of solar energy systems that generate up to 100 kilowatts (kW) AC of electricity. The exemption...

Gov. Jay Inslee shakes hands with Capitol Campus Child Care children at the Arbor Day celebration on Friday.
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee planted a Japanese Magnolia tree in honor of Arbor Day, Friday April 26. The Sya’ya Squaxin Island Drum Group performed, George Geissler a State Forester from Department of Natural Resources spoke, and Gov. Inslee addressed the crowd which included children from the...
OLYMPIA — Legislation to make daylight saving time the year-round standard passed the Senate Tuesday evening in a bipartisan 46-2 vote. The bill would put Washington on Pacific Daylight Time year-round, pending approval of Congress. Senators Liz Lovelette, D-Anacortes, and Tim Sheldon, D-...
The Washington State Patrol will be conducting a 28-day, statewide “Secure Load” emphasis patrol beginning Monday, April 15. In conjunction with the state Department of Ecology and Washington State Department of Transportation, the effort is intended to increase road and highway safety and prevent...
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee announced he is seeking the presidency of the United States in a video focused on climate change posted on his Facebook page early Friday.   Inslee joins 14 other Democrats and one Republican, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, who will challenge President Donald...

Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz discusses her wildfire strategic plan at DNR headquarters in Olympia.
Dear Friends and Neighbors, In recent years, the communities in North Central Washington have sadly experienced the significant impact of catastrophic wildfire. Our district has endured many devastating wildfires, including back-to-back years of the state’s largest fires in 2014 and 2015. Last year...
Robert Brown is a resident of Stevens County in Eastern Washington, but he believes the policies coming out of Olympia don’t reflect what he values.    The issues he considers important are Second Amendment rights, taxation and border security. And Brown is one of the many who have rallied behind...

Statue of Marcus Whitman stands in the front lobby of Washington State’s capitol building. An exact replica exists in National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Democrats have proposed to remove the statues and replace them with a different honoree. -- Photo by Emma Scher, WNPA Olympia News Bureau
 In the front lobby of Washington State’s legislative building stands a larger-than-life bronze statue of Marcus Whitman, an exact replica of one located in the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C.  This, and other commemorations of Whitman, have come under recent debate about whether or not...

Research ecologist Dr. Paul Hessburg (center) testifies in favor of Senate Bill 5873 during the bill’s public hearing in the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Parks Committee Feb. 19.

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