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Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman certifies the results of the 2018 General Election in Olympia on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
OLYMPIA — More voters participated in the 2018 General Election in any Washington state midterm before, according to vote counts certified today by Secretary of State Kim Wyman that totaled 3,133,448 ballots. Statistics compiled by the Office of Secretary of State show that General Election turnout...
OLYMPIA – Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners on Nov. 20 in East Wenatchee. Call 509-885-9825 or go online to register on...
Dear Friends and Neighbors, I am honored to serve you and look forward to returning to Olympia in the new year. The 2019 legislative session begins January 14 and is scheduled for 105 days. In addition to passing bills, my colleagues and I will approve state budgets for the next two years. To help...

Transportation priorities in Chelan and Douglas counties - four key projects
Dear Friends and Neighbors, Transportation infrastructure is critical to our area’s economic growth and quality of life. Not only is having an efficient and effective transportation system important for getting our crops to market, it is important for safety. It is also becoming an increasing...
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...

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