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Articles from the January 24, 2019 edition

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 By Rick Nelson    News    January 24, 2019

Judge rules recall charges insufficient

Wahkiakum Superior Court Judge Donald J. Richter on Friday ruled that charges to recall Cathlamet's mayor and three council members were legally insufficient to proceed toward election. Cathlamet resident Bill Wainwright had filed the charges...

 
 By Sean Harding    News    January 24, 2019

Taxation with representation: Senate holds hearing on capital gains tax

• Small businesses sales would be taxed Jan. 17, 2019--People representing small business owners and low income workers had plenty to say at a public hearing Jan. 16 on Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to impose a state capital gains tax. Thirty-three...

 
 By Emma Scher    News    January 24, 2019

Former California Governor visits Olympia to push renewable energy

(OLYMPIA) Jan. 18, 2019--Former California Governor Jerry Brown was in Olympia late Jan. 17 to support Governor Jay Inslee’s climate change proposals. Just hours earlier, the state Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee held a hearing...

 

Blake, Walsh and others consider special honor for a clam

(OLYMPIA) Jan. 16, 2019--Washington may become the first state to designate an official state clam, according to a law co-sponsored by Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen and Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen. The bipartisan partnership of HB 1061 was scheduled...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    January 24, 2019

Creation of State Broadband Office focus for Gov. Inslee

• Wide rural and tribal support (OLYMPIA) Jan. 16, 2019--The creation of a Statewide Broadband Office and an initial investment of $25 million into getting broadband into “every nook and cranny” was announced by Governor Jay Inslee on Jan. 16....

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    January 24, 2019

Governor Inslee speaks on 'state of the state'

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA— In his State of the State address Jan. 15, Governor Jay Inslee emphasized his program requests but was criticized by Republicans for fueling partisanship. House minority leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm,...

 
 By Sean Harding    News    January 24, 2019

Lawmakers scramble to save Puget Sound orcas

(Olympia) Jan. 16, 2019--Gov. Jay Inslee introduced an executive order last year establishing the Southern Resident Orca Task Force, directing state agencies to develop a long-term plan for recovering the species. After months of deliberation and...

 

Lawmakers want to eliminate postage for voters

Vote by mail could become postage-free in Washington state • Could increase voter participation (OLYMPIA) Jan. 17, 2019--A proposed law requested by Gov. Jay Inslee would provide prepaid postage for all election ballots in the state of Washington....

 
 By Emma Scher    News    January 24, 2019

Bill would offer more protections for health care "whistleblowers"

(Olympia) Jan. 17, 2019-- Healthcare professionals may gain protection from retaliation for reporting medical care violations even if they don’t work for the facility they’re reporting. Currently, confidentiality and retaliatory protections only...

 

Lawmakers propose plan to reduce food waste by 50 percent

(OLYMPIA) Jan. 18, 2019--Three representatives from the Democratic caucus are sponsoring a bill to work towards reducing food waste by consumers and grocery stores in Washington state. House Bill 1114 suggests a plan to fight hunger and reduce enviro...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    January 24, 2019

"Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs" initiative could be on November ballot

(OLYMPIA) Jan. 17, 2019-- “Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs,” an initiative that would limit annual motor-vehicle registration fees to $30 except for voter-approved charges, was sent to the Legislature for consideration by the Secretary of State. Init...

 

School board hears transportation needs

January is school board appreciation month, and the Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors were feted with banners, dinner, and some special art created by Wahkiakum students at their meeting...

 

Schools deal with new levy lid

Superintendents at Wahkiakum School District and Naselle/Grays River Valley School District were asked to respond to how the Washington State legislature’s new system to fund schools and cap local levies at $1.50 per $1,000 will affect their...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 24, 2019

Judge to rule on recall merit

The effort to recall Cathlamet's mayor and three council members took two steps forward this week. In a special meeting last Thursday, the council voted to pay initial legal expenses for the four respondents to the recall petition. On Tuesday, the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 24, 2019

Commission okays contract, requests; plans workshop on ferry issues

Wahkiakum County commissioners sailed through a light agenda Tuesday, taking action on some items of business and planning action for future meetings. Commissioners approved a three-year renewal of a...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 24, 2019

Council acts on wage issues, sets workshops

The Cathlamet Town Council started 2019 with a light agenda for their first meeting of the year. Council members voted unanimously to give employes a 3 percent cost of living adjustment. Interim Clerk/Treasurer Sylvia Costich said the increase would...

 
 By Sean Harding    News    January 24, 2019

Lawmaker pitches target-shooting areas on some state-managed lands

[Editor: The first posting of this story had an incorrect byline. Sean Harding actually wrote the article.] OLYMPIA — A bill intended to enhance the safety of hikers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts would establish designated target shooting...

 
 By Emma Scher    News    January 24, 2019

Carlyle hits the gas on renewable energy bill

• Sponsor wants next step forward taken by next week • Preliminary fiscal note anticipates $650,000 (OLYMPIA) Jan. 18, 2019--A bill to transition Washington into a state that runs entirely on renewable energy will go to the Senate floor if Sen....

 

Help fill the boot

To The Eagle: Puget Island Volunteers are participating this year in Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital “Fill The Boot” on Saturday and Sunday January 26 and 27. Stop by and donate to a wonderful cause. Hope to see you there! Sherrill Bollen...

 
 By Mark Howie    Opinion    January 24, 2019

Sheriff's Corner

Happy new year! Well the new year is getting started with a kick and the Sheriff's Office is abuzz with several new deputies! Two of our new recruits already lived in our county at the time of hire and all of them are excited and dedicated to...

 

WHS thespians earn honors at festival

The Wahkiakum High School drama club came away with an award after participating in the second annual Stageworks Northwest Theatre 2019 High School One Act Play Festival in Longview last weekend....

 

State board approves broadband grant request

Last Thursday the Wahkiakum County PUD learned they had become the recipient of a $50,000 broadband feasibility grant from the Washington Department of Commerce’s Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB). "We are working on the next...

 

Coming Events--Community Center in Cathlamet

Monday through Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1p.m. Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 Friday 10:00 to 1 p.m. This week at the center we are getting excited with plans and ideas to recharge the community center. We have officially welcomed Kelly Patterson as Community...

 
 By Sean Harding    News    January 24, 2019

Thousands show up at legislative hearing on proposed gun laws

• High-capacity magazine legislation • 3-D printed firearms covered for 1st time • DV,and extreme risk protection By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau, Jan. 22, 2019 OLYMPIA — More than 2,000 people signed into the Senate Law and Justice...

 

Jam session at Skamokawa Grange on Sunday afternoon

NICE START--It was a nice sunny day on Monday, so that was great. This followed a decent night in which we were actually able to witness the lunar eclipse, which we had really not expected to see, but were lucky enough to have just enough visibility...

 

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