Tag Archives: State of Washington

Bye, bye barbless? Washington anglers may soon have choice of hooks

Anglers in Washington could soon have the choice to fish with barbed hooks while pursuing salmon, steelhead and other species in much of the Columbia River Basin. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission recently directed state fisheries managers to make barbless hook rules voluntary instead of mandatory. Source: Bye, bye barbless? Washington anglers may soon […]
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New Bills Aim to Help Homeless College Students

More low-income students, some homeless, now enroll in college than middle-income ones. New legislation in California and Washington state aims to help them. Right now, high school seniors across the United States are weighing their acceptances to college and making decisions about the next few years of their lives. For many, the financial aid and […]
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Our View | Plan provides plenty for cronies, nothing for the climate

Democrats north of us who run the Washington Legislature are considering bills to tax carbon, cap greenhouse gases, make all electricity renewable, mandate more biofuels in gasoline and diesel, and govern by “environmental justice.” Washington’s agenda has the twin goals of banishing fossil fuels and funding a bigger government to provide “equitable distribution of benefits” […]
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Washington wolves go west as count increases 

Washington’s confirmed wolf population grew slowly in 2018, but wolves are continuing to recolonize the state by increasingly moving west, a state Fish and Wildlife official said today in a preview of the department’s full report, due out Friday. Wildlife managers counted 126 wolves late last year, up from 122 the year before. Source: Washington […]
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Brown renews push for new Columbia River Crossing

Oregon’s governor is renewing efforts to discuss a new bridge connecting Portland and Vancouver. Talks over the proposed Columbia River Crossing collapsed some 5 years ago after lawmakers in Washington failed to pass the bridge’s funding. Source: Brown renews push for new Columbia River Crossing

Kate Brown: The time to plan new Interstate Bridge is now

Gov. Kate Brown wants Oregon to accelerate plans to replace the Interstate Bridge. Assuming Washington’s legislature approves as $17.5 million request from Gov. Jay Inslee to open a new bi-state office to lead design, engineering and public outreach for a new bridge, Brown said Oregon must be ready to act. If the money comes through, […]
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Taking sides in Washington’s debate over lower-carbon transportation

Backers say Washington lawmakers’ efforts to reduce carbon will combat climate change. But business owners are worried about rising costs. There’s a low rumble as long-haul trucks pull into Vintner’s Logistics on the southwest edge of Kennewick, Washington. Caseloads of wine are piled on storage shelves, waiting to be shipped from what owner Robert Thompson […]
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Washington Legislature votes to raise smoking age to 21

A proposal to raise the smoking and vaping age to 21 in Washington has passed the Legislature, putting the state on the precipice of becoming the ninth state to make such a change. Source: Washington Legislature votes to raise smoking age to 21

Fuel Producers, Users Take Sides On Washington’s Low Carbon Fuel Proposal

Some Washington lawmakers want to reduce the carbon spewing from our tailpipes. Backers say it will combat climate change. But for businesses, it’s all about those who use fuel and those who make it. There’s a low rumble as long-haul trucks pull into Vintner’s Logistics on the southwest edge of Kennewick, Washington. Caseloads of wine […]
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California, Washington eye rent control proposals similar to Oregon’s

Oregon may be the first West Coast state to adopt laws crafted to stop exorbitant rent hikes, but legislators in California and Washington are eyeing similar reforms. In California, lawmakers are considering rent control legislation that looks a lot like Oregon’s new law, calling for rent caps and limits on when landlords can evict tenants. Source: California, Washington eye rent control proposals similar to Oregon’s