In public service, I learn by listening

One thing that I have learned throughout my public service — both during my school board years and in the Legislature — is the importance of being a good listener.
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Town receives a clean audit report for 2017

The Town of Waterville has passed through its 2017 full financial without any issues reported. An accountability audit covering the years of 2015-2017 was still underway as of the Sept. 17 Waterville Town Council meeting.
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State speakers highlight programs that enhance historic preservation

Two speakers from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation were invited to the Sept. 10 Waterville Main Street Association meeting to shed light on several programs that may enhance historic preservation in Waterville.
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Sen. Brad Hawkins brings ‘listening tour’ to Waterville

By Suzanne Robinson Empire Press Correspondent State Sen. Brad Hawkins, of the 12th Legislative District, visited Waterville Sept. 13 as part of his second annual “listening tour” throughout the 12th District. In addition to Waterville, the tour this year — from Sept. 11-14 — included stops at Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Chelan, Coulee City, Soap Lake, Bridgeport and Twisp. It...
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Council is positive about allowing county use of fairgrounds well

The Waterville Town Council at its regular Sept. 4 meeting voted unanimously to move forward on a license agreement with the county for use of a decommissioned well located near the NCW Fairgrounds.
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Town Council | Waterville street problems to be addressed before winter

Waterville residents will soon be seeing road equipment working on a number of streets and intersections around town.
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Douglas County PUD Commission meeting report

EAST WENATCHEE — Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ronald E. Skagen, Molly Simpson and Aaron J. Viebrock executed the following actions during the Aug. 13 commission meeting held at the district’s East Wenatchee office: Awarded software analyst Susan Martin with her 20-year service award. Awarded administrative assistant-relicensing Mary Mayo with her 25-year service award. Approved a...
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First-ever free dump day set for unincorporated Douglas County residents

From The Wenatchee World EAST WENATCHEE — Douglas County residents — those who live outside any city limits — have a chance to make a free run to the dump for the first time ever. “Residents within city limits have been offered free disposal days in the past because of city contracts with their hauling companies,” said Douglas County Solid Waste Coordinator Becci Piepel. “County...
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Waterville Town Council | Public hearing on building moratorium draws participation, comment

Several Waterville residents turned out Aug. 6 for a public hearing on the six-month building moratorium instituted by the Waterville Town Council in June.
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More agreements needed to open markets and strengthen trade relationships

Recently, I sat down with President Trump and members of Congress at the White House to discuss the impact of trade on agriculture in Central Washington.
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