Tag Archives: State of Washington

Editorial: Oregon should welcome new Washington interest in bridge

In 2014, Oregon was ready for a new Columbia River bridge, but Washington state couldn’t get its act together. The effort died after years of effort and millions of dollars spent. Now, Washington is ready, but Oregon is saying: Not now. Source: Editorial: Oregon should welcome new Washington interest in bridge;

Two-Tier Driver License System Buys Time For Air Travelers Facing Secure ID Deadline

Washington state legislators appear to have bought extra time for travelers who use a standard driver’s license to pass through airport security. The Oregon Legislature is plodding down a similar path to make identity card security upgrades demanded by the federal government. Source: Two-Tier Driver License System Buys Time For Air Travelers Facing Secure ID […]
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Bridge bill falls on busy ears in Oregon

Lawmakers discuss hard feelings after Washington OKs Interstate 5 measure For years, Washington state lawmakers attempted to send a message to their Oregon counterparts proving they are ready to talk about the region’s chronically congested Interstate 5 Bridge. But every venture became mired in political gridlock and ultimately died a toxic death. Source: Bridge bill […]
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WA lawmakers OK new way to deter wolves 

A bill creating a new program to prevent wolves from attacking livestock in northeast Washington has been sent by lawmakers to Gov. Jay Inslee. House Bill 2126 directs the state Department of Agriculture and conservation district board members in Ferry, Okanogan, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties to oversee the awarding of money to nonprofit groups […]
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 Suicides In Prison – WA

In 2014 and 2015, Washington’s prison system experienced a spike in inmate suicides. During those two years 11 inmate deaths were ruled suicides, giving Washington one of the highest prison suicide rates in the country. Austin Jenkins dug into what happened. Source: News Roundtable | Suicides In Prison | Train Whistles In La Grande . Radio […]
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Agritourism bill makes trip through Washington Legislature

Washington lawmakers embrace shielding agritourism from lawsuits from people injured while on the farm Farmers and ranchers with agritourist attractions will be shielded from lawsuits by injured visitors under legislation backed by the Washington state Senate and House and even accepted by trial lawyers. Source: Agritourism bill makes trip through Washington Legislature – Washington – […]
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Washington lawmakers seek to shield wolf-plagued ranchers from threats

The Senate joins the House in passing a bill that stems from threats made to ranchers last summer as the state shot wolves The Washington Senate and House have approved legislation to withhold records that name ranchers who report that wolves are attacking livestock or sign agreements to prevent depredations. Source: Washington lawmakers seek to […]
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I-5 Bridge Replacement Talks Now In Hands Of Washington Governor

A bill that would restart the process of replacing the 100-year-old Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River is on its way to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk. The Senate bill cleared the Washington House on Thursday afternoon by a vote of 59-37. Source: I-5 Bridge Replacement Talks Now In Hands Of Washington Governor | […]
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Lawmakers consider medical pot use at school

Meagan Holt sat in the front row of a committee hearing earlier this week holding her 4-year-old daughter Maddie in one arm and a syringe filled with cannabis oil in the other.“Cannabis is what’s kept her alive all this time,” Holt said. “She isn’t supposed to be here.” Source: Lawmakers consider medical pot use at […]
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Little Goose lock reopening delayed until April 11

Repairs have further delayed the reopening. Repairs at the Little Goose Dam navigation lock have delayed its reopening until April 11, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The dam was originally slated to reopen March 20 with the rest of the Columbia and Snake river system locks. Its reopening has been delayed twice. […]
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