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OLYMPIA -- Suicide rates in Washington have continued to rise and health officials at the Department of Health want people to take five actions urged in the national “#Bethe1to” suicide prevention campaign.  “We want people to know there are steps they can take that can help prevent suicide,”...
OLYMPIA - Saturday, Sept. 22, marks the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. Washington State Parks invites the public to visit a state park for free on this day. No Discover Pass will be required for day visits. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is coordinated by the National...

Sen. Brad Hawkins visits with constituents in Chelan during his 2017 ‘listening tour’.
Editor's Note: Sen. Hawkins’ visit at the Chelan City Hall on Sept. 12 for his listening tour has just been extended by 30 minutes. One thing that I have learned throughout my public service, both during my school board years and in the Legislature, is the importance of being a good listener....
OLYMPIA - Each year, the number of people who choose to walk, ride bicycles or take other active travel means as their mode of transportation is increasing in Washington. How do we know? Volunteers annually count the number of people who walk or ride bicycles at selected locations during a three-...
OLYMPIA  Aug. 8, 2018  To celebrate the National Park Systems 102nd birthday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks on Saturday, Aug. 25. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle. The National Park Service...
OLYMPIA – As of Friday, August 17, campfires are banned on all lands protected from wildfire by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) east of the Cascades. This ban joins many other jurisdictions that have also prohibited campfires. “We’ve had 47 wildfires started by campfires this year,” said...
OLYMPIA – County unemployment rates and employment data for June 2018 are now available online. Use the historical estimates report  to view prior months’ data. Please keep in mind:  Unemployment rates at the county level are not seasonally adjusted because the sample size is too small to...
at National Safe Boating Week coincides with the beginning of boating and fishing seasons. During this years campaign, May 19 through 25, the Washington State Parks Boating Program will increase its emphasis on boating safety while encouraging people to have fun on Washingtons beautiful waters. Of...
CHELAN - Rep. Mike Steele announces that he has re-opened his 12th District office in Chelan, as of Monday, April 2. “We temporarily closed the Chelan office in January for the 2018 legislative session. However, the 60-day session ended March 8 and I am back in the district attending events and...
In votes with veto-proof wide margins, state Legislators made themselves exempt from public records disclosure laws. The legislation, SB 6617, was passed through both the Senate and House in a three-day sprint with no public hearing as an “emergency” measure following a January court ruling found...

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