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15-059 State Parks invites public on tour of South Whidbey Island State Park

August 26, 2015 - 11:19
The public is invited to take one of two walking tours of South Whidbey Island State Park to learn more about the issues that led to the closure of the park's campground because of hazardous trees. The tours begin at 1 or 5:30 p.m., Sept. 16 at the park.

Wildfire relief sparks a wave of warnings

August 25, 2015 - 13:33

Officials Warn of Bogus Relief Efforts, Encourage Wise Giving

More resources on way to fight wildfires

August 24, 2015 - 16:10
More Guard on the way, new Mobilization Center formed at Fairchild Air Force Base to assist with firefighting efforts

Worker safety and health conference in Tacoma this October -- register now

August 24, 2015 - 15:26

One of the largest safety and health conferences in the nation is coming to Tacoma in October. Registration is now open for the event.

Significant new resources arrive in WA following approval of Emergency Declaration

August 23, 2015 - 09:30

Just one day following the Obama Administration's approval of Gov. Jay Inslee's request for a Federal Emergency Declaration, a new Mobilization Center started being formed at Fairchild Air Force Base to assist with firefighting efforts in Eastern Washington.  

El Procurador General anuncia barrido para acabar con la asistencia ilegal a la inmigración

August 22, 2015 - 10:44

Acciones legales contra cuatro empresas para exigir el cumplimiento, más cientos de miles en sanciones y resarcimientos buscan frenar el fraude en los servicios de inmigración 

Revenue offers tax workshop Sept. 2 in Bremerton

August 21, 2015 - 17:55
OLYMPIA – Aug. 20, 2015 – Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners in Bremerton on Sept 2.

New tax changes on way for some out-of-state businesses

August 21, 2015 - 17:54
OLYMPIA – Aug. 20, 2015 – Out-of-state companies could see some changes to their Washington state tax obligations due to new legislation taking effect Sept. 1, 2015.

Inslee statement: "Senate Republicans should not be looking for a constitutional crisis, they should be looking for an education solution"

August 21, 2015 - 14:47

“Today I convened a call with legislative leaders of both caucuses in the House and Senate to discuss next steps on the recent Supreme Court McCleary ruling.

Inslee announces approval of federal Emergency Declaration

August 21, 2015 - 12:11
Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that President Obama's Administration approved his request for a federal Emergency Declaration in response to the multiple wildfires burning across Eastern Washington.

Inslee announces approval of federal Emergency Declaration; amends state emergency proclamation to address fuel supply shortage

August 21, 2015 - 12:08

Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that President Obama’s Administration approved his request for a federal Emergency Declaration in response to the multiple wildfires burning across Eastern Washington.

Inslee appoints David. G. Estudillo to Grant County Superior Court

August 21, 2015 - 10:44

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that he is appointing David G. Estudillo to the Grant County Superior Court. He will replace Judge Evan Sperline, the longest serving Superior Court judge in Washington state. Estudillo’s term is effective beginning in September.

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  • Multiple fires threaten Eastern Washington

    August 21, 2015 - 09:05

    Over 40 wildfires are burning in 11 counties in Eastern Washington lands of the Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, causing Gov. Inslee to request a Federal Emergency Declaration. 


    Our hearts go out to the families of the three firefighters  who lost their lives in the fight to save the town of Twisp and to the other firefighters who were injured.


    These fires have claimed more than 50 homes and over 235,000 acres of land. Several communities are under evacuation orders. Weather conditions over the next few days will create the potential for these fires to spread to neighboring communities. 


    Follow news about the fires on Twitter using #WaWILDFIRE.

    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:


    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.

     

    15-055 'Celebrating Cultures' Returns to Pearrygin Lake State Park

    August 20, 2015 - 18:33
    EVENT CANCELLED: Drumming from Japan, old-time country music and West African dance are all part of the "Celebrating Cultures" event taking place from 2 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29 at Pearrygin Lake State Park.

    El Procurador General anuncia barrido para acabar con la asistencia ilegal a la inmigración

    August 20, 2015 - 16:47

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    Acciones legales contra cuatro empresas para exigir el cumplimiento, más cientos de miles en sanciones y resarcimientos buscan frenar el fraude en los servicios de inmigración

    15-058 State Parks cancels cultural celebration at Pearrygin Lake State Park

    August 20, 2015 - 14:00
    Due to wildfires and conditions in the Winthrop area, State Parks has cancelled the Celebrating Cultures event at Pearrygin Lake State Park. The event was scheduled for Aug. 29.