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Lady Mules dump Vikes, start district Saturday

The Wahkiakum Mules girls basketball team ended their regular season with a big win against Mossyrock on Friday, 69-27. Their first district game is scheduled for Saturday, February 10, in the third...

 

A new sign

Thank you, dear benefactor: On a quiet Sunday morning, there was a little activity in front of the Wahkiakum County Courthouse. The aged and deteriorated sign that told a brief history of Cathlamet...

 

Software error sidelines DOL voter registrations

Washington State’s Department of Licensing announced Tuesday that a malfunction within the agency’s software system has prevented thousands of DOL customers who thought they had registered to vote from becoming registered. Secretary of State Kim...

 

Commission will hear public comments on salmon fisheries

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will invite public comments on the management of Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay salmon fisheries over the past year during a public meeting Feb. 8-10 in Olympia. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by...

 
 By Josh Kelety    News    February 8, 2018

State health insurance market in flux

OLYMPIA (Feb. 1) -- Washington state’s health insurance market is increasingly volatile. While the number of people without insurance has decreased every year since 2013, monthly premium rates have spiked and only one insurer is available in some...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    February 8, 2018

Senate OKs bill on coverage for costs of abortion, conraception

OLYMPIA (Jan. 31) -- The state Senate approved a measure that would provide greater access to birth control and other reproductive health services, including abortions. Passed by a slim margin, 26-22...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    February 8, 2018

Bill would outlaw concealed carry on private property

A proposal before lawmakers could make it a crime for someone to carry a concealed weapon into a friend’s home without permission. The current law allows someone to carry a concealed handgun anywhere in the state with a concealed weapon permit...

 
 By Josh Kelety    News    February 8, 2018

Bill that would reduce car tab rates passes in Senate

On the heels of the state House approved bill to reduce car tab taxes, Sen. Steve O’Ban, R–University Place, and Rep. Mark Harmsworth, R–Mill Creek, called for steeper cuts and lambasted Democrats for not joining them. Last week, the House pass...

 
 By Alex Visser    News    February 8, 2018

Bipartisan bills target Cold War-era prohibition on nuclear attack preparations

OLYMPIA (Jan. 31) -- For the first time in more than 30 years, emergency planning in Washington state could include preparations for potential nuclear attacks, with bipartisan support in bills entering both the House and Senate. The Legislature...

 
 By Josh Kelety    News    February 8, 2018

Lawmakers still grappling with court mandated education funding

OLYMPIA (Jan. 31) -- Despite the passage of last year’s bipartisan agreement to fully fund K-12 public education with a property tax hike, the state Legislature is still wrestling over the issue. In November, the state Supreme Court ruled that the...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    February 8, 2018

Proposed law would make tampons and pads free for community college students

Amid national and state-wide awareness of women’s healthcare, Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that would require community and technical colleges to provide free tampons or sanitary pads to students. Representatives in the House...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    February 8, 2018

Program before lawmakers could strengthen mental health crisis response

OLYMPIA (Feb. 1) -- A proposed pilot project would partner mental health professionals and local law enforcement officers on calls that involve a mental health crisis. HB 2892 creates a grant from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chi...

 

Delays on SR 4 to Longview expected to begin Monday

Expect some delays for travel to and from Longview in the coming weeks. Beginning Monday, the Washington Department of Transportation plans to move the area between Bunker Hill Road and Germany Creek to one lane of traffic in order to contend with a...

 

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