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Washington will pause on county progressions to Phase 4

Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced on Saturday, June 27 that the Washington State Department of Health is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase 4 of the Safe Start recovery plan. Eight counties were eligible to...

 

Washington State food security update

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Food Assistance program distributed 1.3 million pounds of food and served more than 192,000 clients during the week of June 25. In addition, during the first two weeks of June, WSDA and...

 

Curious about this summer's wildfire season?

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) posts a detailed map of current Fire Danger warnings on their site located at https://burnportal.dnr.wa.gov/. In eastern Washington, this new fire danger rating system was...

 

Face masks become mandatory in Washington starting Friday

OLYMPIA—In a media update on Tuesday, June 23, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that facial coverings will be mandatory statewide, in all public places and will take effect this Friday, June 26. Inslee added that a willful violation of this order is a...

 

Driver license expiration dates extended 90 days

OLYMPIA—Governor Inslee has taken action to allow the Department of Licensing (DOL) to temporarily extend the expiration dates of driver licenses. If your driver’s license is set to expire in the next 90 days (April 3 through July 3), the DOL wil...

 

State Board awards nearly $2 million for colleges to help financially struggling students

OLYMPIA, WA—The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has awarded nearly $2 million for colleges to help financially struggling students stay in school and complete their degrees. The awards were made possible by two grant...

 

Governor Inslee releases Lower Snake River Dams Stakeholder Engagement Report

OLYMPIA—On Friday, December 20, Governor Jay Inslee’s office released the Lower Snake River Dams Stakeholder Engagement Report. At stake is the potential breaching and/or removal of the four dams...

 

New climate research shows need for deep cuts in Washington's greenhouse gas emissions

 OLYMPIA-With new research predicting that climate change will cause serious damage to Washington's environment and economy, the Washington Department of Ecology is recommending the state make deep...

 

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