Governor signs bill to boost mapping of geologic hazards in Washington State

Washington will have more information than ever about the threat geologic hazards hold for communities and citizens under a new law signed today by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Requested by the Washington

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Department of Natural Resources LiDAR hazard mapping receives unanimous approval from House

A catalog of detailed LiDAR maps of Washington’s geologic hazards is one step closer to reality after the state House voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a bill requested by Commissioner

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Board of Natural Resources acts to reimburse Pacific and Wahkiakum counties for marbled murrelet restrictions

The state Board of Natural Resources yesterday authorized the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to transfer about 66 acres of forestland, managed for the benefit of Pacific

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WDFW and Wild Fish Conservancy settle lawsuit over ‘early winter’ hatchery steelhead releases

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today it has reached an agreement with the Wild Fish Conservancy

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Washington to participate in first ever nationwide distracted driving crackdown

National enforcement campaign taking place during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Law enforcement officers in Washington State will be cracking down on distracted drivers as part of a new

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U.S. President declares disaster for Washington State, releasing second wave of disaster aid

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Washington to supplement

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CONSUMER ALERT: Wash. officials warn of consumer rip-offs by mudslide charity scams

OLYMPIA — As donors consider contributing to relief efforts for the Snohomish County mudslide tragedy, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman are

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President Obama Signs Emergency Declaration for Washington State

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State

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Washington grocers give notice to strike, Grays Harbor county not included

SEATTLE, Wash. - The union representing over 30-thousands Washington grocery store workers has given a  72-hour notice that it's members will go on strike.

The stores under the strike alert include all Safeway, Fred Meyer, Albertson's and QFC stores in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Mason, Thurston and Kitsap counties. Grays Harbor county stores are on a different contract that is not nearing expiration. a representative tells us they "may ask members in Grays Harbor to help with strike support but most of all, follow what is going on."

The ufcw 367 website this evening stated "We have just given a 72 hour notice to the grocery store chains effective 7:00 pm."

Cantwell, Sec. Selecky Call on CDC Investigators to Help Stem WA Whooping Cough Epidemic

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Mary Selecky in urging the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to send a team of disease investigators to help contain the state’s whooping cough epidemic. Cantwell and Selecky called for the CDC to send Epidemic Aid – or “Epi-Aid” – investigators and epidemiologists to help study and stem the disease’s spread. Cantwell and Selecky made the announcement while touring the laboratories and getting a briefing from the state’s top doctors and scientists who are leading the fight against the epidemic.

Cantwell sent a letter today to the CDC requesting that the Epi-Aid team of disease investigators be sent to help state health officials. An Epi-Aid team would collaborate with Washington state health officials to intensify the response to the disease. They would also work to identify why the outbreak of whooping cough has turned into an epidemic. With this information, DOH could focus vaccination programs, public education, and other resources more efficiently and effectively to fight back against the epidemic.