Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board Meeting in Wenatchee

400 scientists, researchers, tribal representatives and fishing enthusiasts are taking part in a two day “Save the Salmon” conference underway in Wenatchee through Thursday. Executive Director of the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board, Derek Van Marter says of habitat, hydro and harvest concerns, what happens with hatchery fingerlings is currently…


State Lawmakers Consider Expanding County Commissions

State lawmakers are looking at a proposal to restructure county commission elections. The measure would require counties with populations of more than 300,000 to divide ballots into five separate districts, while allowing smaller jurisdictions to expand their commissions from three to five members. Josh Weiss of the Washington Association of Counties…


Chelan PUD Grapples With Heavy Electricity Users

A public hearing is slated to discuss Chelan County PUD’s ongoing moratorium on High Density Load users like data centers and bitcoin miners. The PUD’s John Stoll says a public hearing is slated for next Monday on the moratorium. The PUD’s Andrew Wendell says the increased demand for power by…


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….