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State lawmakers under the gun to get budget crafted

Early release of some prison inmates and a complete shutdown of state parks are among possible impacts if lawmakers don’t approve a budget by June 30.

DOE considers on-farm ponds funding

The state’s first drought in a decade has officials with the Department of Ecology considering helping growers pay to install on-farm ponds.

Washington state Senate supports drought relief

OLYMPIA – Last Thursday the state Senate unanimously voted to allocate $18 million to the State Drought Preparedness Account

Only three contested races in Lower Valley this fall

Four public office seats draw no candidates

Only three Lower Valley races in this fall’s election will be contested, although the fate of four seats is still up in the air due to a lack of candidates.

Seven more file for public office in Lower Valley

Seven more candidates, including four incumbents, joined the race for seats on Lower Valley councils and boards yesterday.

Newhouse supports abortion bill

Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released a statement on voting yesterday to support passage of HR-36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks post fertilization, with exceptions to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest.

Plenty of public office seats still to be filled

With only two days to go to file for this fall’s elections, 15 of the 25 positions that are up for grabs in the Lower Valley have yet to draw a candidate.

Incumbents first to file for this fall’s General Election

YAKIMA – Six Lower Yakima Valley candidates threw their hats into the ring Monday during the first day of filing for office for the November General Election.

Grandview City Council Agenda

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall

Candidate filing week May 11-15

While 2015 may be an off-year election for state and national positions, the local positions to be filled could have a major impact on the day-to-day lives of voters.

State will not pay auditor

When Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley starts his self-imposed leave of absence this coming Friday, he will do so without being paid.

Thousands get health plans through Washington’s website

Washington Healthplanfinder officials announced this week that 170,101 Washingtonians have signed up for a qualified health plan or renewed their health coverage through wahealthplanfinder.org.

Chandler frustrated by special session

On the final day of the 2015 regular legislative session, Rep. Bruce Chandler expressed frustration over the need for a special session.