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Morton says governor's appointee isn't an East Sider


A skeptical Sen. Bob Morton, R-Orient, listens Monday to testimony about a bill that would allow people to use deadly
A skeptical Sen. Bob Morton, R-Orient, listens Monday to testimony about a bill that would allow people to use deadly "body-gripping" traps on moles. (Richard Roesler / The Spokesman-Review)

RECREATION — East Siders don't are having a tough time this week handling appointments to Washington panels.  

Okanogan County commissioners wrote a letter to Gov. Chris Gregoire criticizing the appointment of Jay Kehne to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission because they said he didn't reflect their values, particularly about wolves.

Tuesday, Sen. Bob Morton, R-Kettle Falls, asked the governor to rescind her recent appointment of Seattle resident Ted Willhite to the state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board.

“Mr. Willhite is listed on the board roster as being from Twisp and his appointment fills a spot intended to represent the interests of Eastern Washington,” Morton said. “But this is preposterous! Mr. Willhite owns a second residence near Twisp, but he lives and works in Seattle. This is not fair to our side of the state and it shuns good Eastern Washington candidates for service on this board who would eagerly and honorably promote and protect our interests.”

The mission of the board is to provide leadership and funding to help protect and enhance Washington's natural and recreational resources.

“The board has four Western Washington members and only one from our side of the state, Yakima,” Morton said. “The governor needs to set this right. I await her response.”
  




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