Signature review of I-1000 petition sheets reveals discrepancy

(OLYMPIA)— During the administrative process of verifying petition signatures for Initiative 1000, which is an initiative to the Legislature concerning remedying discrimination and affirmative action, election workers discovered inconsistencies on several of the submitted petition sheets. Sponsors of the I-1000 campaign submitted 394,716 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office. Upon review of the petition sheets, 61 pages with 891 signatures contained language that was different than the official ballot title and summary created by the Office of the Attorney General. For this reason, the Secretary of State’s office will not consider the 61 petition sheets in accordance with RCW 29A.72.170 and is     (read more)

Secretary Wyman congratulates former Governor Dan Evans and former Secretary Ralph Munro on Margaret Chase Smith Award

(OLYMPIA)— Secretary of State Kim Wyman will present the 2018 Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award to former Governor Dan Evans and former Secretary of State Ralph Munro this Sunday, Feb. 3, in Washington, D.C., at the winter conference of the National Association of Secretaries of State. Governor Evans and Secretary Munro are the first Washingtonians to receive this national award, which is named after Margaret Chase Smith, the former U.S. Senator from Maine. Senator Smith bravely spoke out against fellow Senator Joseph P. McCarthy’s Red Scare tactics in the 1950s. Wyman nominated the pair last year for their     (read more)

Ecology invests first $20 million to help protect rivers and streams

(LACEY)– A new grant program through the Washington Department of Ecology will invest up to $20 million across the state to support local projects to protect rivers and improve streamflows. In January 2018, the Washington Legislature created the grant program as part of the Streamflow Restoration law that seeks to protect rivers and streams while providing water for rural homes. Ecology evaluated 46 applications in this first round of the 15-year program and selected 15 projects in 11 watersheds for funding. Priority was given to projects that will acquire existing water rights to offset new uses, develop infrastructure to store and release water, and alter     (read more)

36 measles cases confirmed statewide, mostly in young children

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- As of Sunday, Jan. 27, there are a total of 36 confirmed cases of measles in the Pacific Northwest: 34 in Clark County, one case in King County, and one case in Oregon. This means 11 more individuals have fallen ill since Wednesday, Jan. 23. Investigations show that at least 31 of the 36 cases were unimmunized. The remaining 5 have yet to have their vaccination status verified. Most cases are in young children. Governor Inslee has declared a state of emergency in Washington. This proclamation directs state agencies and departments to use state resources and do everything that is reasonable to assist the impacted     (read more)

Naval Station Everett security exercises scheduled for Jan. 30, Feb. 6, and Feb. 8

(EVERETT)- Naval Station Everett will be conducting security training exercises on Jan. 30, Feb. 6, and Feb. 8. Each exercise will take place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The exercises will include brief gate closures, blank rounds, active emergency response vehicles, and emergency mass warning notifications on the base outdoor loudspeakers. Naval Station Everett security personnel and emergency responders are conducting these training exercises as part of a regular certification program to maintain and improve their qualifications.     (read more)