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    Washington Primary Election deadline is today

    Washington state voters this week will decide who advances to the general election in 10 congressional races including our 6th District, and dozens of legislative races including our 19th and 24th Districts. Today is the last day to get your ballots in, or postmarked for the state primary. Locally, 4 are vying for the District […]

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  • Search warrant turns up drugs, cash, and arrests for Mason County Special Operations Group

    SHELTON, Wash. – The Mason County Sheriff’s Office arrested two on drug charges, after serving a search warrant for the Department of Corrections on Wednesday. Detective William Adam tells us their Special Operations Group (SOG) along with law enforcement officers from the Squaxin Island Tribal Police Department and the WA State Department of Corrections (DOC), served a search warrant in the 100 block of Skookum Drive, which is located in the Timberlakes area of Mason County. Two subjects were taken into custody on new drug charges and booked into the Mason County Jail.  One of these individuals was already on supervision with the DOC for previous illegal drug convictions.   

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  • U.S. House could vote this week on “Healthy Forests” bill to increase logging of federal forest lands

    PORTLAND, Ore. – Legislation that would greatly increase logging on public land could be on the U.S. House floor by Friday.
    Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Doc Hastings tells KBKW “The Healthy Forests Act would allow for more economic activity on federal timber land. After all federal timber lands were designed to be multiple use, but over the years – as you in Southwestern Washington know – timber harvests have declined.”
    HR 1526 would also exempt some timber sales from federal environmental laws that Hastings said have tightened the choker on logging. “Principally in the Northwest it’s because of the Endangered Species Act – and the spotted owl specifically. But in other parts of the country it has been regulations and red tape that has essentially caused timber harvests nationwide in the last 30 years to decline by some %80. – more in the Northwest.”
    Opponents of the measure say it could bring back clear cutting, and would incentivize local jurisdictions to liquidate their forests.
    Hastings said he expected bipartisan support for the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. If it passes the House floor, it would move to the Senate for review.
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  • Washington DOC Now Tweets Visitation Cancellations

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s Department of Corrections is now using Twitter to share information about visitation cancellations at it’s prisons.
    Follow @WADOCVisits to learn about visitation room closures and family friendly events. You can also stay informed about other DOC news by following @WADOCNews for information about current events, lockdowns, and news stories.

    If you don’t have or don’t want a Twitter account you can Fast Follow with your personal cell phone by texting follow WADOCVisits” to 40404 however standard text message rates may apply. 

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  • Area doctor voices concerns over “meth-heads” in Aberdeen

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Aberdeen’s downtown homeless population is apparently migrating up the hill. That’s according to Doctor Carey Martens, he told the city council at last night’s meeting “I live up on Broadway Hill, we’ve seen a huge influx in terms of vagrants, meth-heads, every kind of undesirable that you see downtown – we’ve got up in our neighborhood.”
    KBKW On DemandThe Chief of Staff at Community Hospital said he’s often asked questions as he recruits doctors to the area “And they’re asking ‘Doc Carey, where should we buy a house at?’ Oh Wishkah is looking good, just come in and work – get the heck out of [Aberdeen] at night.”
    The doctor said he doesn’t feel safe in his own driveway, and warned the council “I can practice medicine anywhere I want, and I chose to come here. People like me are not going to stay here for much longer, unless we get this place cleaned up.”
    City Councilwoman Kathy Hoder said she sees similar issues at her business “I pack a gun to work, and I keep it with me at all times.” although her solution might not be for everybody.
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  • Aberdeen School District to Honor 19 Retiring Employees

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – A reception honoring a principal, 10 teachers and eight members of the support staff who are retiring from the Aberdeen School District is set for 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, in the Commons at Aberdeen High School.
    Community members, family, friends and students, both past and present, are invited to stop by as the district thanks the retirees for their years of service to our community.
    The reception is co-hosted by the Aberdeen School District and the Aberdeen Education Association.
    “I have been honored these past two years to work with the fine staff members who are retiring this year in the Aberdeen School District,” Superintendent Thomas Opstad said. “They have given much to our schools and the community, and we wish them the very best in their retirement.”
    “I look at this list and we have a huge hole to fill,” Joan Lesman, president of the Aberdeen Education Association, said. “There are hundreds of years of experience here. We might be able to fill their positions, but we are not going to be able to replace them.”
    The high schools, in particular, are saying good-bye to a wealth of institutional knowledge, Mrs. Lesman observed. “But again, when I look at the whole list – all of these people have given so much,” she said. “Our community is so much better for having them. They’ve dedicated their lives to making Aberdeen a better place and I am so grateful.”

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