USDA On Drought “We Don’t Have Very Many Concerns”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reason to be optimistic regarding Washington’s drought conditions. “Our reservoir systems are in great shape already, due to good heavy fall rains,” Explains USDA spokesperson Scott Pattee. “We also have really healthy snow packs throughout the state.  At this point we really don’t have…


State Regulation of Vapor Products Being Considered

Washington lawmakers are looking at a proposal to regulate vapor products. The bill calls for such items to be licensed by the state liquor and cannabis board, which would also govern retail operations. Joanie Deutsch of the Washington Retailers Association contends store owners need uniform regulation across the state. She…


Legislators Consider Loosening Prescription Drug Refills Requirements

Washington lawmakers are studying a proposal which would allow pharmacists to fill prescriptions before doctors renew them. It would require reasonable efforts be made to contact the prescribing practitioner beforehand and would limit the prescription to 30 days. Sandy Ando of the National Alliance of Mental Illness claims people needing…


Seattle Hit and Run Driver in Custody

The Seattle driver that plowed into four people downtown early this morning has had blood drawn as part of a DUI investigation. Witnesses say the hit was so strong it knocked some of the victims into the air at Denny way and Aurora. Police say the car was traveling 40…


State Senator Lashes Out After Panel Removal

State Republican Senator Pam Roach lashed out against the administrator who kicked her off a panel. After hearing about conduct where the Senator allegedly “vilified and mocked” sex trafficking victims, Democratic Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen removed her from the Human Trafficking Task Force Monday. Roach denies the claims and thinks…


State House Passes Bill Eliminating High School Science Requirement

The Washington House approves a measure which would eliminate the need to pass a science test to graduate from high school. The proposal also discontinues the tenth grade English and math exams in favor of new tests based on the Common Core academic standards.  Democrat Chris Reykdal claims the bill…


Senator Roach Accused Of Verbally Abusing Human Trafficking Victims

Republican State Senator Pam Roach has been removed from a legislative task force following complaints that she verbally abused sex trafficking victims.  Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen sent Roach a letter Monday relieving her from the Human Trafficking Task Force after he heard about her alleged conduct at a December meeting….


State Lawmakers Consider Automatic Voter Registration

Lawmakers in Olympia are looking at a measure which would expand the state’s streamlined voter registration process. The bill would automatically register those who apply and receive services such as a driver’s license, food stamps or medical and welfare assistance. Despite sponsoring the proposal, Senate Republican Pam Roach contends not…


Highway 2 at Pine Canyon SOON RE-OPENING!

A geo-tech inspection of slope stability will be the last step, but once the all-clear is announced, Highway 2 at Pine Canyon will be re-opened to traffic after a more than 2 week delay.    THE OPENING COULD COME AS SOON AS THIS EVENING, OR TUESDAY MORNING.   If the…


Update on Kitsap County’s Horrific Dog Abuse….

Kitsap County Animal Control would like to speak with the driver of a red pickup truck with canopy that may be driven by a transient, last seen in the parking lot of the Port Orchard Wal Mart, where the body of a horrifically abused dog was discovered. Parts of the…