Local Government & Meetings

[9/6/19] State of Liberty Effort Continues

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Proponents of a plan to split Washington into two states held a meeting in Moses Lake that organizers called an attempt to clear up misconceptions about the movement. No major announcements were made at the Wednesday meeting, where Rene’ Holaday read a prepared statement and fielded questions from reporters. Holaday says splitting Washington would be […]

[9/6/19] Alleged False Claims Create Legal Challenges

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A Thurston County Superior Court judge has dismissed a challenge that contended affirmative-action opponents are making false claims about Initiative 1000 in voter-pamphlet language ahead of the Nov. 5 election. Proponents of Referendum 88 gathered enough signatures this summer to put the initiative, which was passed by the Legislature earlier this year, up for a […]

[9/5/19] Grants Awarded to Wenatchee and E.Wenatchee

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Washington’s U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell announced housing grants coming to the Wenatchee Valley. The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program awarded the City of Wenatchee $238,000 and City of East Wenatchee $135,700. Cantwell said the funding will help expand economic opportunities and provide safe and affordable housing and a […]

[9/3/19] Yakama Nation Reservation Prevails in Dispute

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A federal judge has ruled that a disputed area in southern Washington is part of the Yakama Nation Reservation. The ruling last week by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice allows the tribe to have jurisdiction over Native American residents in the nearly 190-square-mile rural area southwest of Goldendale. The land became disputed more than […]

[8/28/19] Primary Results Certified

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Results of the 2019 Primary were certified by the secretary of state’s office. Turnout of 29.56% makes it the highest odd-year Primary since 2009, which came in at 31.04%. The new statewide election management system, VoteWA, performed as expected. With the new Same Day Registration law in effect, thousands of individuals were able to register […]

[8/28/19] Marijuana Rules Makeover

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Five years after Washington launched its pioneering legal marijuana market, officials are proposing an overhaul of the industry’s rules. Plans call for boosting minority ownership of pot businesses, paving the way for home deliveries of medical cannabis, and letting the smallest growers increase the size of their operations and become more competitive. Liquor and Cannabis […]

[8/27/19] NCESD Board Opening

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The North Central Educational Service District has an opening for Board Position Number 2. Audrey Bessonette recently resigned from the board. The position represents the Cascade, Cashmere, Entiat, Lake Chelan, Manson, and Stehekin School Districts. North Central ESD provides services to schools in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan and Grant Counties, covering 12,600 miles and serving over […]

[8/7/19] Primary Election Results

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Results are in from yesterday’s primary election with tax levies for Rivercom Dispatch, Link Transit and Douglas County Fire District 5 all passing. The Rivercom renewal levy has 83 percent approval in Douglas County and nearly 85 percent in Chelan County. Douglas Fire District 5’s levy for fire and emergency services passed with 76 percent. […]

[8/7/19] Fourtunato GOP Candidate for Governor

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Republican State Senator Phil Fortunato has announced his bid for governor. Fortunato will make [made] a formal announcement in Seattle today. He’s the first prominent Republican to announce for the 2020 contest. 65-year-old Fortunato was elected to the Senate in 2017 after serving in the House. He is an outspoken conservative voice both on the […]

[7/18/19] City Fails to Ban Airport use by ICE

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City officials have struck down an effort to bar flights charted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a Central Washington airport. The Yakima City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday against a proposal for city staff to draft an executive order that would prohibit ICE from using the Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field. Councilwoman Kay Funk had […]