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Four Democrats in Congress last week introduced the Agricultural Right to Repair Act to increase the ability of farmers to fix their own belongings. Currently, some manufacturers of agricultural … more
The Washington Energy Code Council has removed a mandate for heat pumps in new houses and apartments, though the delayed update still maintains certain regulations that building industry advocates … more
An innovative legal effort has enabled Washington to recover $42 million originally paid out in fraudulent unemployment claims during the COVID-19 pandemic, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson … more
The Reflector The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has extended a public comment period about the department’s proposal to change the state listing status of the Western … more
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) invites the public to attend a virtual hearing and submit input on a proposed rule change that would allow WDFW to offer an incentive to hunters … more
Little is new under the Southwest Washington overcast. On Sept. 11, Cory Montgomery posted to a Packwood community Facebook page a photo of an elk with hoof deformities. All four of the … more
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is planning to look for pygmy rabbits using drones over the next year. WDFW said in a news release Tuesday that its staff would fly drones over … more
Reps. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Washougal, and Lori Chavez-DeRemer, R-Oregon, last week introduced legislation that would make it easier to harvest special products from national forests such as … more
Wherever you were on Sept. 11, 2001, Americans from coast to coast w ere affected by the terrorist attacks unleashed on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, even if they had no personal connection. … more
Gifford Pinchot National Forest managers are seeking public input and ideas on actions the Forest Service can take to improve the visitor experience in the Lewis River Recreation Area. The Lewis … more
The Washington Supreme Court ruled last week that the state is not constitutionally obligated to provide monies for capital construction projects to local school districts at the same level as basic … more
The Washington Department of Natural Resources has begun using remotely operated camera systems placed around the state that scan for signs of wildfire and quickly alert authorities to respond. … more
The Chronicle in Centralia is standing by its original reporting amid a threat of legal action from a Third Congressional District candidate’s attorney over an article published in March 2022. … more
Smoke lingered in the heat as fire Capt. Jeff Wainwright sweltered near Hangman Valley outside Spokane this past June. Baking in his bunker gear on a wildfire assignment, he caught a whiff of himself … more
Gas prices in the area are quickly rising to $5 per gallon, although some have exceeded the mark and some sit not far below it, but AAA Washington predicts some relief on the horizon. AAA … more
Kids learning to garden at Toledo Elementary School can now be part of the full growing process, from seed to fruit, thanks to a new greenhouse built in the school’s garden.  The … more
Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Battle Ground resident Ayodele Idowu to the Statewide Reentry Council in July. Idowu’s term is from July 12 through June 30, 2025.  Boards and Commissions … more
The last big travel weekend of summer is approaching: Labor Day weekend, and county and state agencies advise travelers to take basic precautions before hitting the roads. The Clark-Cowlitz Fire … more
Washington’s fatal drug overdose rate increased in a one-year period the fastest of any state, according to a new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The report found that … more
Washington state has received just over $859.2 million in revenue from its new capital gains tax since collection began Feb. 1. As of Wednesday, a total of 6,012 capital gains accounts have been … more
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