Tag Archive for Federal Government

Dozens of protesters ride in off-limits UT canyon

By By MARTIN GRIFFITH Dozens of people rode their ATVs and motorcycles on an off-limits trail in southern Utah on Saturday in a protest against what the group calls the federal government’s overreaching control of public lands…. …read more

From: AP Washington News

Feds spend $236M to help landowners protect grouse

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The federal government has paid $236 million to landowners in 11 states to preserve sage grouse habitat amid a debate over whether the bird should be listed as an endangered species – potentially hindering energy development and ranching…. …read more

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Colorado lawmakers plan to boost marijuana profits

By By KRISTEN WYATT DENVER (AP) — The federal government has reluctantly agreed to let Colorado be the first state to collect taxes from the legal sale of recreational marijuana, but it also has made clear it doesn’t agree with the move and may try to stop it, if isn’t tightly controlled…. …read more

From: AP Washington News

Inslee seeks farm disaster aid for mudslide

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has asked the federal government to declare Snohomish County as a farm disaster area so farmers and ranchers affected by the deadly Oso mudslide could seek financial and other help…. …read more

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State Withdraws Permit for Expansion of Nuke Dump

State withdraws draft permit for expansion of federal government’s nuclear waste dump …read more

From: ABC US News

Federal Government Won't Charge Michigan Officers

Federal officials: Insufficient evidence to charge Michigan police in homeless man’s death

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Washington state parks remain open – Federal shutdown does not affect state parks operations

In the meantime, visitors are encouraged to visit the Washington State Parks web site, www.parks.wa.gov, to learn about parks, trails and activities available to enjoy during the fall season. 

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks, www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks and www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com. 

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov. 

Rep. Derek Kilmer statement on Federal Government shutdown

Representative Derek Kilmer released the following statement after the news that the House and Senate did not reach a compromise by October 1st on legislation to keep federal agencies funded. Yesterday, Representative Derek Kilmer announced he will give up his pay for the duration of a government shutdown.

A government shutdown will cause roughly half of the government’s civilian workforce, about 1.2 million employees to face furloughs.  Additionally, national parks will close, veterans’ disability payments may be disrupted, and there will be a suspension of approval of applications for Small Business Loans. It is estimated that a government shutdown will cost taxpayers $150 million a day.

“The fact that some in Congress would risk a shutdown in order to score political points demonstrates why Congress is currently held in lower regard than head lice,” said Representative Derek Kilmer. “I’m voluntarily giving up my own pay during this shutdown because I believe in leading by example.  Unfortunately, many federal employees in our region unfortunately won’t have a say about losing theirs.  They’ll be furloughed and lose pay through no fault of their own.  These employees and the folks who depend on their work deserve better.” 

One of Representative Kilmer’s first actions in Congress was to break with members of his party to vote for a plan called No Budget, No Pay – a plan that would withhold pay from Members of Congress if Congress doesn’t pass a budget.