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Laying equal claim to the relatable mom Sen. Patty Murray, D-Bothell, has long marketed herself as, Tiffany Smiley, R-Pasco, is taking on the sixth most senior senator in the United States in the … more
Both candidates seeking to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler for Washington’s Third Congressional District seat had a chance to go head-to-head in a debate in Vancouver last … more
Come Nov. 8, Washington’s 3rd Congressional District will have a new representative in Congress for the first time since the 2010 election of Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground. The … more
Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District Marie Gluesenkamp Perez cut her campaigning teeth in a race for Skamania County commissioner, where she lives just over the county line in … more
Working for the CIA, former Green Beret Joe Kent lived about as covert a life as one can. Now, by the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, the Republican candidate from Yacolt has been … more
WASHINGTON — Nearly 900,000 borrowers in Washington and Idaho are eligible to have thousands of dollars of student loans forgiven under President Joe Biden's new debt relief plan, according to … more
The last of dozens of executive orders issued by Gov. Jay Inslee due to the COVID-19 pandemic will end by November, the governor announced last week. During a Sept. 8 press conference, Inslee … more
As fishers are carnivorous cousins of wolverines and predators of porcupines, one may think researchers would be hesitant about tromping through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to find them. … more
OLYMPIA — Washington voters will choose between a Democrat and a nonpartisan candidate for Secretary of State this November, bringing back a question asked many times before by candidates, … more
It has been a busy week or so for the Volcano Rescue Team (VRT).  Rescuers from the organization, which focuses on assisting climbers on and around Mount St. Helens, have responded to three … more
Violent crimes and murders increased, while drug and fraud-related numbers decreased along with the number of commissioned officers in 2021, according to a report released last week by the Washington … more
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, has secured the endorsement of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS) for her campaign to continue representing the 3rd … more
The Coldwater Lake Recreation Area is located 45 miles east of Castle Rock in the heart of the Mount St. Helens blast zone near the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater and Johnston Ridge … more
After 40 years, continued improvements are needed to support operations and maintenance of the Spirit Lake infrastructure that controls water levels in Spirit Lake.  In the summer and fall of … more
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a directive making COVID-19 vaccines a permanent condition of employment for state workers in executive and small cabinet agencies, including boosters. … more
OLYMPIA — Changes to gun regulations, new transportation fees and a new state sport are all among the changes Washington residents may soon see. Some of the bills the Legislature passed … more
The Missing Indigenous Person Alert (MIPA) system, a new statewide alert system for missing Indigenous people, went into effect on Friday, July 1.  The alert system adds a specific … more
A bipartisan group of state senators announced on June 16 they are calling for Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to resign after he allegedly fired a whistleblower who came … more
Western Washington’s wetter and cooler spring this year could make for a milder fire season than in recent years, but parts of the state are expected to yield higher than typical forest fire … more
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, recently introduced legislation addressing staffing shortages among police departments in Southwest Washington and the country more broadly. … more
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