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Inslee announces appointment of Melissa A. Hemstreet to Kitsap County Superior Court

Access Washington News - June 29, 2015 - 17:15

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Melissa A. Hemstreet to the Kitsap County Superior Court. Hemstreet has practiced law in Port Orchard for 16 years and currently operates a solo practice where she focuses on family law and criminal defense. 

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  • Inslee announces appointment of Melissa A. Hemstreet to Kitsap County Superior Court

    Governor's Office - June 29, 2015 - 17:15

    Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Melissa A. Hemstreet to the Kitsap County Superior Court. Hemstreet has practiced law in Port Orchard for 16 years and currently operates a solo practice where she focuses on family law and criminal defense. 

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    Inslee announces appointment of Michael Schwartz to the Pierce County Superior Court

    Access Washington News - June 29, 2015 - 17:13

    Gov. Jay Inslee today announced he is appointing Michael Schwartz to the Pierce County Superior Court. Schwartz serves as a sole practitioner, handling complex felony and civil litigation in both state and federal courts. He has operated his own private law firm since 1999.

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  • Inslee announces appointment of Michael Schwartz to the Pierce County Superior Court

    Governor's Office - June 29, 2015 - 17:13

    Gov. Jay Inslee today announced he is appointing Michael Schwartz to the Pierce County Superior Court. Schwartz serves as a sole practitioner, handling complex felony and civil litigation in both state and federal courts. He has operated his own private law firm since 1999.

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    Central Washington fire kicks off wildfire season – get insurance tips here

    Access Washington News - June 29, 2015 - 14:56
    A wildfire, called the Sleepy Hollow Fire,  is burning in Wenatchee and it has a high potential to spread to neighboring areas. People near the fire are being evacuated and so far several thousand acres dozens of homes have burned. You can follow breaking news about the fire on Twitter using #SleepyHollowFire.

    The Insurance Commissioner’s website has information for consumers about wildfires and homeowner’s insurance, including things you should talk to your insurance agent about and tips for protecting your home and belongings. We also have tips for filing a claim after a natural disaster and how to find disaster resources.

    Here are some other resources for Washingtonians:
    Wildfires are predicted to be extensive this summer. Here are some tips for preparing for wildfire risk:
    • Check your policy to make sure damage from wildfires is covered. Some policies include some coverage for emergency shelter, such as a hotel, if a home is uninhabitable. 
    • Review your policy to make sure you have enough coverage. Things like fine art, jewelry and computer equipment may have limited coverage under a standard policy. But you can buy special coverage that gives you more protection for those types of items, called a rider. Contact your insurance agent or broker to ask about supplemental policies. 
    • Catalog your home’s belongings in case you need to make an insurance claim. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has a printable home inventory checklist or you can try free iPhone/iPad or Android apps. 
    • You can help protect a rural home and limit the danger by clearing a natural fire break between your home and surrounding trees, brush and uncut fields. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has information on how to protect yourself and your home before, during and even after a wildfire. 
    • Have an emergency kit and a family communication plan. Know the location of your valuable papers, including insurance policy and contact information, mementos and anything you can't live without, so you can evacuate with them, if needed. 
    • Here's a list of recommended emergency supplies to keep on hand in the case of an evacuation. 
    • Don’t forget about planning for your pets. Ready.gov has tips for pet owners
    Consumers can seek help with their insurance or ask insurance-related questions by calling our consumer advocates at 1-800-562-6900 or contacting us online.

    15-042 Celebrate ShellFest 2015 at Twanoh State Park

    Access Washington News - June 29, 2015 - 14:16
    State Parks and the Washington State Parks Foundation invites the public to attend ShellFest 2015 at Twanoh State Park in Mason County. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 11.

    FEMA provides federal funds to help fight Sleepy Hollow Fire

    Access Washington News - June 29, 2015 - 14:05
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Sleepy Hollow Fire, burning in Chelan County, Wash.

    AG prosecutors win re-commitment of sexually violent predator

    Access Washington News - June 29, 2015 - 11:52

    EVERETT — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announce

    Workers' compensation benefits to increase by nearly 4.2 percent

    Access Washington News - June 29, 2015 - 11:38

    For most workers injured before July 1, 2014, time-loss and pension benefit payments will increase by 4.168 percent based on the change in the state's average wage, as announced by the Department of Employment Security on June 24.

    15-041 Campfires prohibited in all state parks

    Access Washington News - June 29, 2015 - 11:15
    Effective immediately, all state parks and ocean beach areas managed by State Parks are prohibited until further notice due to extreme heat and dry conditions. The ban is part of a statewide effort to prevent human-caused wildfires.

    Record setting temps expected: Five tips to beat the heat when working outdoors

    Access Washington News - June 29, 2015 - 09:58

    In the coming days, temperatures across the state are expected to set records and reach triple digits in some areas. That's why the Department of Labor & Industries is urging people working outdoors to take precautions against heat-related illness, a condition that can result in serious medical problems, including disability or death.

    Statement from Inslee about the Sleepy Hollow fire in Wenatchee

    Governor's Office - June 29, 2015 - 08:47

    “My thoughts and prayers are with Wenatchee this morning. Yet again, our state is experiencing a catastrophic wildfire that has displaced families and shut down businesses, as well as risked the lives of our firefighters and emergency personnel.

    Statement from Inslee about the Sleepy Hollow fire in Wenatchee

    Access Washington News - June 29, 2015 - 08:47

    “My thoughts and prayers are with Wenatchee this morning. Yet again, our state is experiencing a catastrophic wildfire that has displaced families and shut down businesses, as well as risked the lives of our firefighters and emergency personnel.

    Governor Inslee, Legislative leaders announce operating budget agreement

    Governor's Office - June 27, 2015 - 17:18

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee and bipartisan legislative leaders said today that the proposed 2015–17 state operating budget they agreed to early Saturday is sustainable, responsible and makes important investments for Washingtonians in education and other important services.

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    Governor Inslee, Legislative leaders announce operating budget agreement

    Access Washington News - June 27, 2015 - 17:18

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee and bipartisan legislative leaders said today that the proposed 2015–17 state operating budget they agreed to early Saturday is sustainable, responsible and makes important investments for Washingtonians in education and other important services.

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  • Statement from governor and legislative leaders on budget agreement

    Governor's Office - June 27, 2015 - 05:40

    Gov. Jay Inslee and bipartisan legislative leaders from the House and Senate released this statement today:

    "Early this morning we reached an agreement in principle on a two-year state operating budget.

    "This agreement ends the threat of a government shutdown on July 1.

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