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WA Secretary of State says need for new library, archives facility is critical

WA Secretary of State says need for new library, archives facility is critical

News Release from Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman OLYMPIA, Washington — The deterioration of the circa-1962 Washington State Archives building puts priceless, irreplaceable historic documents at risk of catastrophic destruction by a fire or flood and needs to be addressed by the Legislature immediately, Secretary of State Kim Wyman said. Both the State Archives on…

Walden says border security is vital

Walden says border security is vital

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) has said that he doesn’t think shutting down federal agencies that have nothing to do with securing the border is the right move. However, he believes it is vital that the United States secure its borders. “The president is right in the sense that we’ve got…

ODFW moves forward on wolf plan revisions

ODFW moves forward on wolf plan revisions

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will not let a refusal from four wolf conservation groups to attend a final meeting on changes to the Oregon Wolf Plan slow them down. Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife stayed away from the meeting Monday. Ranchers and…

Oregon man indicted for Instagram threats against Portland mayor

Oregon man indicted for Instagram threats against Portland mayor

News Release from U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon PORTLAND, Oregon. – A one-count indictment was unsealed in federal court today charging Kermit Tyler Poulson, 39, with transmitting threatening communications with the intent to extort Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “Using social media to extort or threaten violence against any citizen is a crime. This…

State of Washington opposes move to downplay dangers of Hanford tank waste

State of Washington opposes move to downplay dangers of Hanford tank waste

News Release from Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s Communications Office RICHLAND, Washington — A new plan to reclassify nuclear waste would allow the federal government to walk away from its obligation to clean up millions of gallons of toxic, radioactive waste at Hanford, Washington state officials said this week. The state filed comments late yesterday with the U.S. Department…

Inslee announces public option legislation to promote health care for all Washingtonians

Inslee announces public option legislation to promote health care for all Washingtonians

From the WA Governor’s Office SEATTLE, Washington — Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that he and Democratic lawmakers will introduce legislation that would provide a public health care option in Washington through the state’s Health Benefit Exchange. Inslee was joined by Sen. David Frockt, Rep. Eileen Cody, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler and King County Executive Dow…

WA Attorney General wants to hear from those impacted by 911 outage

WA Attorney General wants to hear from those impacted by 911 outage

News Release from Washington State Office of Attorney General Bob Ferguson OLYMPIA, Washington —  Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to hear from Washingtonians impacted by last month’s statewide 911 outage. Ferguson asks Washingtonians impacted by the outage to share their stories by emailing them to 911outage@atg.wa.gov. The more than 12-hour 911 outage, which occurred between Dec. 27…

Walden says shutdown is wrong way to build a wall

Walden says shutdown is wrong way to build a wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) supports border security, but he says he thinks it’s wrong to shut down the government, and that’s why he was one of seven Republicans who joined with Democrats to pass a bill that would restore funding to federal departments that aren’t associated with border security. “We…

Health coverage enrollment stays strong in Oregon

Health coverage enrollment stays strong in Oregon

News Release from Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services SALEM, Oregon — More than 148,000 Oregonians chose health plans for 2019 through HealthCare.gov, according to new data from the federal government. The sign-ups came during the Nov. 1 to Dec. 15 open enrollment period, the time window when people can buy health insurance for the…

Confirmed case of measles in individual who traveled to The Dalles and Hood River

Confirmed case of measles in individual who traveled to The Dalles and Hood River

 News Release from Oregon Health Authority (OHA) On January 3 OHA received confirmation of a case of measles in a person who was infectious and spent time in The Dalles and Hood River between December 26 and December 31. At the time of this release, no additional cases of measles have been identified. The individual…