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Sen. Hawkins will continue his service this year on the Senate’s Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Lisa Wellman (right) of Mercer Island. In his new role as the committee’s ranking member,he will work more closely with the chair and staff on committee legislative matters. This position will give him opportunity to put his 10 years of school board experience to good use on issues.
OLYMPIA - Like most years, the start of session brings a continuation of certain things but also some changes and additional responsibilities. The Senate Republicans are down a few positions following recent retirements and elections. The split in the 49-member Senate chamber for this year will be...
WASHINGTON — As part of a larger mission of helping all taxpayers understand and meet their tax responsibilities, the Internal Revenue Service announced today its debut on Instagram, adding this platform to its social media portfolio. The IRSNews account instagram.com/irsnews will provide taxpayers...
  Dear Friends, Neighbors,   Legislators have been preparing for several months to return to the Capitol in January for the 2019 legislative session. As part of that preparation, I invited some of my colleagues to our area to learn directly from local officials about issues important to North...
OLYMPIA – Comments are now being accepted on a proposed four-year program of multimodal improvement projects to the state and local transportation system. The Washington State Department of Transportation is asking for public review and comment on the draft 2019-2022 Statewide Transportation...
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded employers and other businesses that Jan. 31 remains the filing deadline for wage statements and independent contractor forms. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 started a requirement for employers to file their copies...

Burned Area Emergency Response crews assess a culvert and nearby road drainage within the McLeod Fire footprint on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest on October 2, 2018.
Central Washington - In the Potato Creek drainage northwest of Entiat, fall colors are popping in brilliant golds and reds on a cool November day. For most folks, this means a great fall drive or hunting season. For Forest Hydrologist Molly Hanson, this is a reminder of the time sensitive,...
Central Washington- In the large gravel parking area of the Eightmile Sno-Park north of Winthrop, logs are stacked in several piles called decks. Local District Ranger, Chris Furr, has a good idea just how much wood those decks include. After all, crews from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest...
OLYMPIA – Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners on Nov. 20 in East Wenatchee. Call 509-885-9825 or go online to register...

Transportation priorities in Chelan and Douglas counties - four key projects
Dear Friends and Neighbors, Transportation infrastructure is critical to our area’s economic growth and quality of life. Not only is having an efficient and effective transportation system important for getting our crops to market, it is important for safety. It is also becoming an increasing...
OLYMPIA - Saturday, Sept. 22, marks the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. Washington State Parks invites the public to visit a state park for free on this day. No Discover Pass will be required for day visits. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is coordinated by the National...

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