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

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.

Comments sought on airport contamination

A year ago the city of Sunnyside received a $300,000 grant to research an alphabet soup of contaminants at the city’s airport.

Information, please

Options for reviewing the complete, 329-page remedial investigation report on Sunnyside’s airport include:

Gov. Inslee calls for special budget session

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee is calling a special budget session for state legislators.

State auditor faces indictment

State Auditor Troy Kelley’s plans to take a temporary leave of absence next month following his indictment yesterday on 10 separate counts doesn’t satisfy Republicans or Democrats.

Newhouse named to rules committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, Rep. Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside released a statement after his appointment to serve on the House Committee on Rules, chaired by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX).

Governor begins process of signing bills into law

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has signed five bills into law this legislative session with another bill scheduled for signing today (Thursday).

Sunnyside lawmaker convinced Yucca Mountain ‘workable site’ to store the nation’s nuclear waste

But many hurdles remain

MERCURY, NEV. – Yucca Mountain in remote Las Vegas County, Nev. has the potential to store an estimated 70,000 to 77,000 tons of nuclear waste materials for upwards of a million years.

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Steep learning curve for freshman congressman

Just three months into his new role as a U.S. Congressman, Republican Dan Newhouse admits that his learning curve in the halls of the U.S. House of Representatives is still pretty steep.

Honeyford drought chairman

In response to record low mountain snowpack and Gov. Jay Inslee’s drought declaration, the first meeting of a state legislative committee on drought convened this week.

15th District lawmaker says House budget unsustainable

The Washington State House of Representatives passed its 2015-17 biennium budget on a party-line vote yesterday, 51-47.

Senate GOP budget draws fire for not raising taxes, K-12 spending

The Republican-controlled Washington state Senate this week proposed increasing state spending by nearly $4.2 billion in the general fund for the 2015-17 biennium. That’s without raising taxes.

New House budget has something for dislike

Response was sure and swift from all perspectives last Friday, after House Democrats released their proposed $38.8 billion budget for the state’s 2015-17 biennium.

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City of Mabton to pay for emergency repairs

MABTON – While agreeing to pay $323,507 in unexpected costs for construction of its new wastewater plant, the city of Mabton is holding out hope for insurance coverage.