Committees, governor’s budget, and bad small business bills

By Rep. Keith Goehner On Monday, Jan. 14, I was sworn in to represent the 12th Legislative District in the Washington State House of Representatives. I am honored to serve such a great region of our state. The first few weeks in Olympia included meeting with constituents and colleagues, committee meetings, and a lot of homework on bills we will be considering in the weeks ahead. There are bills,...
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Town agrees on reduced water price for fairgrounds well

The Waterville Town Council at its Feb. 4 regular meeting discussed details on an interlocal agreement with Douglas County for use of a decommissioned well at the NCW Fairgrounds. County Commissioner Kyle Steinburg was at the meeting to discuss the particulars of the agreement.
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Water Conservancy Board to meet Feb. 20

WATERVILLE — The Douglas County Water Conservancy Board will meet Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. at Waterville Town Hall. For more information, call 745-9160.  
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Douglas County PUD Commission meeting report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ronald E. Skagen, Molly Simpson and Aaron J. Viebrock executed the following actions during the Feb. 11 commission meeting held at the district’s East Wenatchee office: Awarded Purchasing Clerk Trina Sorrell-Biggar with her 20-year service award. Approved acceptance of work and final payment to Scott Engineering, Inc. under contract 18-30-D, supply and...
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2019 Legislature | Proposed legislation would vacate some marijuana convictions

OLYMPIA — Some convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession may be able to apply to have the crime vacated from their records.
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2019 Legislature | Picking a location for a new airport, other aviation issues before lawmakers

OLYMPIA — Addressing the need for a new airport and encouraging the growth of the aviation profession was the topic of proposed legislation and public testimony on Feb. 7 with the House of Representatives Transportation Committee.
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2019 Legislature | Lawmakers consider 1 percent loans for college students

OLYMPIA — Democrats are pushing to fund a program that would give Washington high school graduates access to state student loans at a 1 percent interest rate.
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Commission on historic preservation would welcome new members

By Karen Larsen Empire Press Correspondent A group of people who stepped forward to participate in Waterville’s Certified Local Government (CLG) Commission met for the second time on Jan. 28. Participation in Washington State’s Certified Local Government program provides access to financial and technical assistance for historic preservation that was made available through the National...
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Douglas County Cemetery District seeking commissioner

WATERVILLE — Douglas County Cemetery District 2 is looking to fill a position on its board of commissioners. To be eligible, a candidate must be at least 18 years of age and a registered voter residing within the cemetery district. For information on the district boundaries, call the Douglas County Elections Department at 888-6403. Commissioners meet once a month. The positions are...
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Hotchkiss to retire March 31

Judge John Hotchkiss will be retiring March 31 after 20 years serving as judge of Douglas County Superior Court.
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