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15-049 International Concert Series returns to Peace Arch State Park

July 16, 2015 - 18:22
Peace Arch State Park in Blaine will once again host the International Concert Series the first four Sundays in August. The one-hour performances are free and begin at 2 p.m. helps protect consumers, save them money

July 16, 2015 - 17:36
OLYMPIA – July 16, 2015 – A Shelton man hires a contractor to build a deck and pays him cash. But a month later, the deck is only half-finished and the contractor is long gone.

State trains for Bakken crude disaster amid rise in oil trains

July 16, 2015 - 14:24
The disaster response policy seminar and tabletop exercise looked at the state-level public health and safety, environmental, social, economic and governmental impacts that a crude oil train disaster would create.

Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee on U.S. Senate passage of Sen. Murray's bill to fix "No Child Left Behind"

July 16, 2015 - 13:54

“I applaud the bipartisan leadership of Senators Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander. Washington state is pleased that the U.S. Senate has today passed the Every Child Achieves Act with overwhelming bipartisan support.

AG Ferguson's statement on Supreme Court agricultural worker case

July 16, 2015 - 13:31

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement regarding today’s Washington State Supreme Court ruling in Demetrio & Paz v. Sakuma Bros. Farms, Inc., in which the Attorney General’s Office filed a “friend of the court” brief:  

15-048 State Parks Commission to meet in Poulsbo next week

July 15, 2015 - 16:38
The next regular meeting of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, July 23, at Poulsbo City Hall.

Gov. Inslee gets Washington moving again with major transportation investments

July 15, 2015 - 16:12

Gov. Jay Inslee today signed a bipartisan transportation investment package that will create an estimated 200,000 jobs and address critical safety, maintenance and congestion needs all across Washington.

The 16-year, $16 billion “Connecting Washington” package includes:


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  • JSSWA Bids Farewell to John Rimel

    July 15, 2015 - 16:08
    Rimel dedicated more than 14 years to the JSSWA and provided assistance to scores of service members

    Environmental career opportunities open statewide

    July 15, 2015 - 16:00
    Recruitment is open. The Washington Conservation Corps, a program within the Washington Department of Ecology, opened 300 jobs that will help protect and restore the environment today. Read more....

    AG's sex predator unit seeks to prevent release of Stevens County sex offender

    July 15, 2015 - 09:08

    Offender will remain confined pending commitment proceedings

    COLVILLE — The Washington Attorney General’s Office has filed a petition in Stevens County Superior Court seeking to civilly commit a sex offender and prevent his release into the community.

    Joseph Griffith, 34, will remain confined pending civil commitment proceedings. He was convicted in Snohomish County in 2000 of two counts of second-degree rape of a child, a sexually violent offense, and was sentenced to 14 years, two months in prison.  He was released from confinement in 2012.

    Workshops help businesses identify, manage unclaimed property

    July 14, 2015 - 23:11
    OLYMPIA – July 14, 2015 – Many businesses may be holding onto unclaimed property and not even know it. The Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is conducting several workshops in Tacoma and Spokane this month to educate businesses on what property may be reportable.

    15-041 Campfires prohibited in all state parks

    July 14, 2015 - 17:52
    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.

    Preparedness, training key in riding out the Big One

    July 14, 2015 - 16:27
    Preparedness will be key in surviving the next big earthquake to hit the Pacific Northwest. That means families need to have at least three days' worth of supplies and an emergency "go" kit ready and, for those living on the coast, have an understanding of evacuation routes and the warning signs behind tsunamis – including how NOAA Weather Radio works and the coastal sirens.

    Be wary of your ATM!

    July 14, 2015 - 15:29

    Strange contraptions known as “skimmers” are targeting ATM users, and the AGO wants you to be prepared. When attached to your ATM, the device can be used to steal your credit card information, capture your pin code, and send the information wirelessly via Bluetooth or cell phone text. Don’t let this happen to you!