Kilmer introduces two amendments to defense bill to help veterans looking for jobs and civilian shipyard workers

On Tuesday, Representative Derek Kilmer introduced two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help servicemembers find jobs and authorize overtime for civilian shipyard

read more

State Representative Derek Kilmer urges Congress to avoid shutdown

PORT ANGELES, Wash. - State Representative Derek Kilmer spoke on the floor of the House this morning to urge Congress to stop partisan games and avoid a government shutdown. "As we all know on September 30th the government will run out of funding."
The Democratic Congressman explained how the shutdown could affect his constituents. "For folks back home on the Olympic Peninsula, and around Puget Sound, a shutdown would have serious consequences. Troops in JBLM and workers of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard could go without pay. Olympic National Park could close to tourists. Senior citizens could be delayed in receiving checks for Social Security, [and] veterans may go without the benefits and care that they have earned."
Much of the federal government will cease operation in 10 days unless Congress passes new legislation, referred to as a continuing resolution, to keep the lights on.  Meanwhile House republicans are hoping to use the legislation to defund obamacare, with an amendment to prohibit funding to implement the new healthcare law.

JBLM training, not attacks, along Olympic Penninsula overnight

OCEAN PARK, Wash. - The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency reports Joint Base Lewis McChord was conducting training in Pacific County overnight. JBLM flew MH 47 Chinook aircraft over the Peninsula just before sunset and 3:00 a.m.

Training on a simulation of threats to the aircraft, Air Force personnel were on the ground carrying what may appear to be large weapons (possibly over the shoulder weapons). They may have been seen simulating shooting the aircraft down.

This was planned to occur somewhere between Ocean Park and Long Beach.

First Group of Endangered Butterflies Hatches in Prison

BELFAIR, Wash. - The butterfly rearing program at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women is taking off – literally.

After weeks of careful handling and scientific documentation, the first endangered Taylor’s Checkerspot butterflies have emerged from their cocoons and are ready to take flight to a new habitat.

Offenders at Mission Creek raise the butterfly to prevent it from being listed under the federal Endangered Species Act which would halt operations at a Joint Base Lewis-McChord artillery range where their current habitat is.

The inmate technicians are taking copious notes and have made the program something to be proud of - Mary Linders, a biologist at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Linders said the program has doubled the capacity for raising the butterflies and that the first group should be ready for flight sometime in April.