• Cantwell Statement on NOAA Withholding Requested Information

    Today, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) issued the following statement upon receiving information she requested from the National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) just hours after she issued her public statement yesterday:

    “Two months ago, I requested that NOAA submit information regarding its decision to move its Marine Operations Center-Pacific (MOC-P) location from the Puget Sound to Newport, Oregon.  Just hours after I issued my public statement criticizing the agency for failing to respond to my request, NOAA delivered many of the requested documents to my office. 

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  • Hoquiam looks to ban all marijuana business until it’s federally legal

    The Hoquiam city council last night took one step closer to a ban on all marijuana businesses. Councilman Paul McMillan¬†amended their planning commission report that recommended all marijuana processing, producing, and retailing businesses be located in the city’s industrial zones. “Until federal law is amended to permit the growing, distribution, and possession of marijuana, or […]

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  • Counterfeit bills surfacing in Kitsap County

    Silverdale, Wash. — They've struck restaurants and shown up in espresso stands. Commercial retail stores have become victims, as has a dentist's office, a casino, a family hosting a garage sale and an Internet entrepreneur on Craig's List.

    Counterfeit money has appeared in Kitsap County over the past several years in certain denominations and for brief periods of time. The current spate of phony bills started to show-up around mid-May, according to compiled data. The most recent report was filed yesterday. While numerous case reports have been initiated with the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, some containing multiple victims, it's highly likely that there are additional victims who haven't yet reported that they have been saddled with worthless money. They may not realize that they're victims.

    What deputies are finding this time around are $5 bills that have been "washed" and then re-printed to appear as if they are a larger denomination, typically a $50 bill. However, that's just a start. Some counterfeiters are proficient enough to be able to wash and re-print money in various denominations: $10, $20 and $100.

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