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The Eagle's Second Poetry Corner

And still another poem got lost in our email files and was inadvertently omitted from publication in our Second Poetry Corner published Jan. 3. Enjoy! One Less Plate © Paul Schreiber Well, another year has gone by as we gather with the living to...

 
 By Emma Scher    News    January 31, 2019

Gun proposal would outlaw state database

• Bill would prohibit aggregation of personal information of the DOL • Initiative 1639 passed last year widened scope of background checks By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA (Jan. 24) — The public last week weighed in on a proposed...

 

Pastor Phillips leaves his mark in Cathlamet

After nearly 12 years of serving at the River of Life Assembly of God in Cathlamet, Pastor Mark Phillips has retired. "My plans were to pastor this church until I was 72," Phillips said, "but the...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m.-Noon. TOPS, Community Center, Cathlamet, 6-7:15 p.m. Sandra Sews, Community Center, Cathlamet, 10:30-Noon. S.A.I.L., Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Walking Group, Community Center,...

 
 By Emma Scher    News    January 31, 2019

All want to clean up energy sector, but no one agrees

• Democrat bill would penalize companies who are not using 100 percent renewable sources by 2045 • Republicans would create incentives to transition Democrats and Republicans both want to turn Washington into a clean energy state, but they just...

 
 By Sean Harding    News    January 31, 2019

Washington motorcyclists rev support for anti-profiling law in Olympia

For years, state and federal civil rights law has prohibited the targeting of individuals by law enforcement based on their look and appearance. But motorcyclists are not afforded any legal avenues under those anti-profiling laws. On Friday, bikers...

 

Opioid overdose medication easier to access for schools

Opioid overdose medication could become more readily available for K-12 schools and institutions of higher education in Washington state if a proposed bill passes. “Anyone can resuscitate someone with Narcan. It is incredibly easy,” said Rep....

 
 By Emma Scher    News    January 31, 2019

Students trek to Olympia to support plastic straw ban

Despite a bus cancellation, a group of students from Kirkland’s Lake Washington High School made it to Olympia on Thursday to express support for a statewide ban on single-use plastic straws. The idea for Senate Bill 5077 was originally conceived...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    January 31, 2019

Lawmakers could remove the statute of limitations for felony sex crimes

The House public safety committee heard public testimony Tuesday on two bills that address the statute of limitations in certain felony sex offenses as well as another bill that would establish best practices for storing and processing of sexual assa...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    January 31, 2019

Watering your lawn and water conservation in a drought draw lawmaker attention

Differences in water usage best practices during a drought and homeowners’ association landscaping requirements are the target of new legislation. The goal of House Bill 1165, introduced by District 34 Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, is to require...

 
 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...

 

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