Politics

House passes version of net pen phase-out legislation

House lawmakers have passed a water-down version of a bill approved earlier this month by the Senate which would phase out Atlantic salmon… Continue reading

Port Angeles school levy fails after second count of ballots

Voters have rejected a $46.7 million levy that would have funded an expansion and renovation of Stevens Middle School in Port Angeles,… Continue reading

School district voters approve Jefferson County measures

Voters in the Brinnon and Queets-Clearwater school districts in Jefferson County have approved levies after the second count of ballots Friday. The… Continue reading

Levy hopes dashed, fulfilled: Port Angeles, Cape Flattery backers respond to initial election results

Election Day left the West End’s Cape Flattery School District basking in victory and Port Angeles School District — with about 1,000… Continue reading

Brinnon, Queets Clearwater school district levies on way to final approval

The superintendents of two small Jefferson County school districts said Wednesday they were excited to see both of their levies passing in… Continue reading

House passes bills seeking to increase fight against opioids

The state House has passed measures that require drug manufacturers and doctors to do more to fight… Continue reading

  • Feb 15, 2018
  • By Ahmed Namatalla The Associated Press

Port Angeles school levy contest close with majority opposed; Cape Flattery levy passes

Voters in the Port Angeles School District apparently rejected a six-year $46.7 million capital facilities levy — although initial results are close… Continue reading

Brinnon, Queets Clearwater initial results approve school levies

Brinnon School District voters approved continuing a maintenance and operation levy while a small number of votes in the Queets Clearwater School… Continue reading

Bill expanding wrongful death actions passes the Senate

Proposed legislation would open the ability to file wrongful death lawsuits to citizens of other countries… Continue reading

Proposed bill would provide free college tuition to some students

A proposal to establish the Evergreen Free College Program would phase in funding to pay tuition… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2018
  • By Taylor McAvoy WNPA Olympia News Bureau
Chapman pitches vocational scholarships at rural community colleges

Chapman pitches vocational scholarships at rural community colleges

A proposed program could provide grants for community college students to learn trades in high demand… Continue reading

Chapman pitches vocational scholarships at rural community colleges

House passes bill to protect net-neutrality rules

In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s recent repeal of net-neutrality rules, the Washington House on… Continue reading

Port Angeles, Cape Flattery levies on Tuesday ballot

Voters in the Port Angeles and Cape Flattery school districts have two days to decide whether or not to support local school… Continue reading

State Senate OKs measure to phase out salmon net-pen farming

In response to a net collapse last summer that released hundreds of thousands of invasive Atlantic salmon into waters famed… Continue reading

Two measures on Jefferson County ballots for Tuesday election

Two measures on Jefferson County ballots for Tuesday election

Jefferson County residents had sent in 431 completed ballots as of Friday in elections for two school levies on Tuesday. Voters in… Continue reading

Two measures on Jefferson County ballots for Tuesday election
Legislation would aid Olympic Medical Center, other rural hospitals

Legislation would aid Olympic Medical Center, other rural hospitals

Olympic Medical Center is backing legislation that would boost reimbursements for patients eligible for Medicaid at cash-strapped rural hospitals. State Sen. Kevin… Continue reading

Legislation would aid Olympic Medical Center, other rural hospitals

Mix of net pen bills takes aim at non-native salmon

State Sen. Kevin Van De Wege is pushing ahead with Senate Bill 6086 regarding fish net pens following a damning report by three… Continue reading

Bill to tax oil in pipelines, update state oil spill contingency plans advances in state Senate

A bill that would tax oil in pipelines to fund oil spill prevention planning passed out… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2018
  • By Josh Kelety WNPA Olympia News Bureau
State bills tackle threats to endangered orcas

State bills tackle threats to endangered orcas

With the number of endangered orcas at a 30-year low, state lawmakers want to protect the fish-eating… Continue reading

State bills tackle threats to endangered orcas
Washington AG threatens suit over offshore drilling plans

Washington AG threatens suit over offshore drilling plans

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has said he is prepared to sue if Washington is not… Continue reading

Washington AG threatens suit over offshore drilling plans