• Department of Natural Resources

    Wildfire season in Washington State begins today

    Wildfire season officially begins April 15, as specified by state law, and already the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has had more than 60 forest fires reported this year on lands protected by the agency. “This year, we have ominous predictions for a hot, dry summer,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. […]

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  • Governor Jay Inslee announces steps to preserve SNAP benefits for Washington families in need

    Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday announced steps to preserve Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for approximately 200,000 households in Washington. The changes will prevent the loss of nearly $70 million in federal SNAP benefits resulting from policy changes in a new Farm Bill passed by Congress. “Governor Inslee’s decision to protect Washington families from […]

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  • More jobs expected in Washington after Legislature passes aerospace bills

    OLYMPIA… On the final day of a hastily-called special session, members of the Washington State Legislature passed several bills designed to attract and retain large aerospace companies through economic incentives and workforce-training measures. Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, says while she’s concerned about the urgency with which Gov. Jay Inslee called the special session – the third of 2013 – she’s pleased that the outcome is expected to create tens of thousands of new jobs.
    “The governor called us back to Olympia so that we could create a better business environment for companies like Boeing and others,” Bailey said. “That company – one of the largest private employers in the state – has indicated that it will site a new 777X-assembly facility and wing-development facility here in Washington once the Machinists union ratifies its new contract. Governor Inslee wanted to sweeten the pot even further by providing some additional economic incentives. He can’t do that without legislative approval; however, it’s hard to argue with the creation of tens of thousands of new jobs.”
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  • Wash. Governor Inslee accepting applications for Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council

    Governor Inslee is accepting applications for membership on the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council. The advisory council will advise the Governor’s office, state and local agencies, and the legislature, on ocean policy and management issues along Washington’s Pacific Coast.
    Interested applicants should fill out the online application form available at:
    Applications are due August 21, 2013. Governor Inslee will review applications and appoint members to the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council.
    The advisory council includes gubernatorial appointments for representatives of various stakeholder interests, including: commercial fishing, conservation, shellfish aquaculture, ports, economic development, ports, education, shipping, recreational fishing, science and citizens. Each coastal Marine Resource Committee will also select one representative to serve on the advisory council. State agencies and the Governor’s office will also have representatives serving on the advisory council.
    Applicants should be committed to participate in a collaborative, advisory process with a diverse group of stakeholders and agencies. The advisory council must meet a minimum of two times per year and plans to meet four times over the next year. Advisors do not receive any compensation for their work. Advisors will serve a four-year term and may be reappointed. More information on the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council is available at: http://www.governor.wa.gov/boards/profiles/7319475.aspx

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  • Howard and Katie Auble

    Howard and Katie Auble of Raymond receive 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award

    Following their nomination by the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, Howard and Katie Auble of Raymond were recently selected as recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for in recognition of their work as amateur radio operators with the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency, and Pacific County Citizens Corps Program.   The Aubles attended an award […]

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  • Cactus

    Governor Inslee signs bipartisan bill to further address the problems of derelict and abandoned vessels

    OLYMPIA – Surrounded by legislators and a diverse group of supportive stakeholders, Gov. Jay Inslee today signed legislation that builds on the state’s commitment to prevent derelict vessels from becoming a burden to the citizens of Washington State.   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requested the legislation (2SHB 2457) that will further […]

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  • Independent review of WSDOT mega projects released

    OLYMPIA – An independent review of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s management of its largest projects recommends improvements that the DOT says will strengthen the agency’s delivery record and ensure better stewardship of taxpayer dollars. 

    The report was commissioned in March 2013 by Washington state Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson to provide specific recommendations on how the agency can learn from recent errors and prevent them from occurring on future projects. 

    “WSDOT is charged with building and maintaining a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for our state. When I joined the agency, I requested a review of how WSDOT conducts business to ensure we are delivering all of our projects on time and on budget,” said Secretary Peterson. “I wanted to know, ‘What lessons can we learn from recent mistakes to ensure that similar situations don’t happen again?’” 

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