Tag Archives: State of Washington

Washington cannabis regulations differ from Oregon

In Washington, the second state to start recreational sales of cannabis, regulators combat cannabis diversion from the legal recreational and medical programs to the black market by limiting the number of producers and processors and the size of their growing sites, a state officials said. Washington limits its number of licensed cannabis producers and processors […]
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‘Historic’ Wildland Fire Funding Request Goes To Washington’s Legislature

Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is asking the state Legislature to nearly double funding to manage and respond to wildfire. Since 2008, Washington’s Department of Natural Resources has received nearly $21 million on average from the Legislature to pay for fire suppression annually. But every year for the last decade, the DNR has had to go back […]
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Donnelly: No need to apologize for bridge project’s demise | The Columbian

Bridge talk — reviving the I-5 Bridge project or a third or even fourth bridge — dominates Vancouver’s public square, at town halls, in print and in social media. With the 12th worst traffic congestion in the nation, the growing problem is undeniable. Traffic slowdowns impact more hours on I-5, increasingly also impacting I-205 and […]
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Washington students struggle without stable housing: ‘The problem is bigger than we thought’

Students living with all sorts of housing instability — no matter how and where they find a place to sleep — suffer academically, according to a new report. The report’s findings could have a broad impact as the number of doubled-up and unsheltered students statewide has nearly tripled since 2007. It should surprise no one that students living […]
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Washington wildfires were bad before. We fixed it then. We can do it again.

Those of us who were born near the forest and later worked there believe the additional fires and deteriorating forest health have occurred because bureaucrats changed forest policy for the worse, writes Don Wilbur of University Place. In 1902, the forest fire smoke was so dense in Washington, the chickens on the Olympic Peninsula’s Hoh […]
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Critters Are Already Using Unfinished Animals-Only Bridge Over I-90

State Library Ed. Note: Story includes a brief mention of ODOT’s plans to build a wildlife bridge near Gilchrest on Highway 97. Deer have already begun using an unfinished wildlife bridge over Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass. The new overcrossing is expected to reduce frightening animal-vehicle collisions. Source: Critters Are Already Using Unfinished Animals-Only […]
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An International Plan To Save Pacific Salmon Advances

Canada and the U.S. states of Alaska, Oregon and Washington would all reduce their catch of fragile salmon species under the terms of an updated international agreement that, if approved, will spell out the next decade of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada to keep the migratory fish afloat in Pacific waters. Source: An International […]
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New tool to assess teen suicide, substance abuse is money well spent 

The survey, funded by the voter-approved initiative Best Starts for Kids and the Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Levy, asks a series of questions that will help connect students with services and in some cases may uncover a child who is in need of immediate intervention. A smart new mental-health survey and intervention program at […]
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Oregon House Speaker spurs talks on Interstate Bridge

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek wants to sit down with Washington lawmakers before the end of the year to further discussions about replacing the Interstate Bridge, a newspaper reported Friday. The Portland Democrat said at a transportation forum this week that she welcomes a renewed commitment from Washington legislators who appear ready to start talking […]
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Washington tries to woo Oregon back to Interstate Bridge

Vancouver’s mayor is repeatedly apologizing for Washington’s role in killing the bi-state Columbia River Crossing project after nearly $200 million in planning costs. Now, Washington leaders increasingly sound like partners trying to win back a former lover — Oregon. Before she entered politics, Anne McEnerny-Ogle was a junior high math teacher who commuted for a […]
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