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The next regular meeting of the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission begins at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 14 at the Swuak-Teanaway Grange in Cle Elum. The public is welcome to provide comments at this meeting.
Some of the most dangerous jobs in Washington are done by workers in the tree care and pruning industry, according to injury report data from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). That's why L&I is holding a series of free conferences around the state to share information with tree care businesses about how to improve worker safety.
Chris Stearns has been re-appointed as a Gambling Commissioner by Governor Inslee. His term will expire June 30, 2021.
Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed two pieces of legislation allowing Guards members to stay overnight in Armories and mandating all state agencies develop continuity of operation plans, both of which were top priorities of Major General Bret D. Daugherty, The Adjutant General in charge of the Washington Military Department. The state also approved a Senate Joint Memorial asking President Barack Obama and Pentagon officials to transition the Washington National Guard's 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
Following discussions over the weekend, the Department of Ecology and the Willapa-Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association (WGHOGA) have agreed to cancel a recently issued permit for use of imidacloprid to control burrowing shrimp. Read more....
Historic day for Washington Air National Guard as Western Air Defense Sector is re-designated
Day-use visitors will have three opportunities to experience state parks for free in late spring. Upcoming 'free' days are May 10, June 6 and June 13. A Discover Pass will not be required.
With all eyes on the devastation in Nepal, Washington Emergency Management Division officials are reminding the public that earthquake dangers are just as probable here. Two significant earthquakes rocked the Puget Sound both coincidentally have anniversaries this month – a 6.8 earthquake that struck on April 13, 1949 and a 6.7 earthquake that struck 50 years ago this month on April 29, 1965.
OLYMPIA — Today, Governor Jay Inslee signed Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s proposal to ban “ticket bot” software into law.
Ticket bots — short for robots — are computer programs deployed by scalpers to buy large quantities of tickets online to popular concerts and sporting events. Bots are often used to target the most desirable seats.
A Seattle cargo firm faces a $14,000 fine for allowing stormwater with excessive levels of oil and silt to discharge to the North Fork of Hamm Creek, which flows to the Duwamish Waterway in Seattle. Read more....
Explore ancient pictographs, learn about how massive ice-age floods carved the Columbia Gorge, identify native wildflowers or take a horseback ride during the Columbia Hills Trail Daze happening May 2 at various locations in the park.
WA Officials Team Up to Warn Consumers on Donating Wisely
OLYMPIA — As the death toll climbs in Nepal following the massive earthquake over the weekend, Better Business Bureau along with Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Attorney General Bob Ferguson are urging Washingtonians to be on guard for charity scams targeting donors.
OLYMPIA — Today, Governor Jay Inslee signed Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s proposal to protect small businesses from predatory and bad-faith patent infringement claims into law.
Patent trolls obtain and misuse patents as a way to make money by asserting patent rights and collecting infringement fees from other businesses. Their aggressive and deceptive tactics have become a growing concern for the Attorney General’s Office.