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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.
Dear Friends and Neighbors, Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your 12th District State Senator. Sometimes the “going gets tough” here in Olympia as pressure is applied on legislators to take certain actions. This is the intent, I believe, of Wenatchee teachers union President Kris Cameron’s...

Officials with Douglas PUD testify before the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee on Feb. 6 in favor of Senate Bill 5588, Sen. Brad Hawkins’ proposal authorizing the production, distribution and sale of renewable hydrogen. From left to right: Douglas PUD General Manager Gary Ivory, Douglas PUD Commissioner Molly Simpson and Washington PUD Association Executive Director George Caan.
OLYMPIA…The Douglas County Public Utility District and other PUDs in Washington could soon have the authority to produce and sell a new type of clean energy under a Senate-approved bill introduced by 12th District state Sen. Brad Hawkins.   Substitute Senate Bill 5588 would authorize PUDs to...

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