AG Ferguson responds to questions about gun control initiative

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson released a “Frequently Asked Questions” document on Initiative 1639 March 4, sending letters to all 39 sheriffs across the state.
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Councilwoman resigns to spend time with parents

WATERVILLE — Waterville Councilwoman Jenna Dixon has resigned to move to Arizona, where her parents live.
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2019 Legislature | Initiative to expand hydrogen fuel production unanimously passes Senate

OLYMPIA — A bipartisan bill to enable public utility districts to sell and distribute hydrogen fuel and sponsored by 33 senators — well over half the state Senate — unanimously passed the chamber and is now in the House of Representatives for consideration.
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2019 Legislature | Ethical issues with facial recognition addressed by Legislature

OLYMPIA — Washington State may impose restrictions on law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology.
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2019 Legislature | Law would support full recovery of gray wolves

OLYMPIA — A proposed bill would support the full recovery of gray wolves in Washington state, as well as protect the livestock industry and their coexistence with wolves.
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Waterville Recycling Center list of recyclables has not changed

Waterville Recycling will still be accepting No. 1 PETE plastic water bottles, No. 2 HDPE plastic milk jugs, tin cans and aluminum cans at least through February of 2020.
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2019 Legislature | Lawmakers propose new watercraft restrictions to save southern resident orcas

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers, whale watchers and environmentalists reached a rare consensus at a hearing last week on a proposed speed limit for boats operating near Puget Sound’s endangered southern resident orcas. However, they were less successful when it came to measures that would restrict commercial and other whale watching activities in the area.
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Apply to the North Central Washington Fair Board

WATERVILLE — Registered voters in Douglas County can apply to serve on the North Central Washington Fair Board. The Douglas County Commission appoints people to serve on the 15-member, volunteer advisory board. To apply, visit douglascountywa.net and click on “Volunteer Commission and Board Application” on the left under “Forms and Documents.” Applications are due by March 18. They...
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Douglas County seeks Veterans Advisory Board member

WATERVILLE — Veterans who are residents of Douglas County can apply to serve on the Veterans Advisory Board. The Douglas County Commission appoints people to serve on the five-member, volunteer advisory board. To apply, visit douglascountywa.net and click on “Veterans Advisory Board Application” on the left under “Forms and Documents.” Applications are due by March 18. They can be...
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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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