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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 11:55 a.m.

Wildfires prompted emergency call for Guard help

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency Tuesday because of wildfires in Eastern Washington and called out National Guard troops to help fight the fires.


Hilary Franz: We must come together to address our wildfire crisis and our forest health crisis

Most of us remember growing up when summer meant long, warm days full of running, swimming and playing in our great outdoors. Summer was always a welcome respite from gray …


‘Challenging’ fire season predicted for Washington

Washington officials bracing for a challenging wildfire season after a hot, dry May.


State must replace hundreds more culverts to save salmon

U.S. Supreme Court lets stand a decision that put Washington on the hook for replacing hundreds of culverts in an effort to save salmon while refusing to order federal government …


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 8:42 p.m.

State readies air attack for wildfire season

Washington Department of Natural Resources prepares its fleet of Hueys for wildfire season.


Public lands commissioner decries offshore drilling proposal

Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz has joined other Pacific Northwest officials voicing concern about a Trump administration proposal to sell oil leases off the Washington coast.


Washington will fight offshore drilling, Inslee says

State officials, tribal leaders vow to fight Trump administration plans to open the Washington coast areas to offshore oil and gas drilling.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

Lands Commissioner Franz urges lawmakers to come up with targeted plan to fight carbon pollution

Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz says any carbon tax should be used to reduce carbon pollution, fight wildfires and improve public lands.


New Washington lands commissioner: Address climate change, rural growth

The state’s newly elected lands commissioner says her top priorities will be to find ways to strengthen local rural economies and to prepare state lands and communities to deal with …


Habib, McLaughlin for state offices

In the primary races for lieutenant governor and lands commissioner, the editorial board selected candidates who didn’t advance to the general election. The following are our reassessments in those contests. …


Attorney, ex-Navy officer seek state public lands post

Washington’s next public lands commissioner will be expected to preserve forests, water and habitat in the face of more intense wildfires and a changing climate, while also ensuring revenues from …


It’ll be Jay Inslee vs. Bill Bryant in Washington governor race

It’s Inslee vs. Bryant for governor and likely Habib vs. McClendon for lieutenant governor as voters whittle down long lists of candidates seeking statewide office.


Verner, Upthegrove top lands commissioner field

Community outreach and internal communication were not Goldmark’s strengths. DNR has been beat up over the recent wildfire seasons, and morale is low. Fresh leadership is on the way, but …


Crowded lands commissioner field wants to take on wildfire preparedness

Seven candidates are vying for the position of Washington’s public lands commissioner. It’s the top job at the state Department of Natural Resources, which manages 5.6 million acres of state …


Washington lands commissioner race draws crowd of Democrats

This fall’s race for Washington’s commissioner of public lands – an office that oversees the state’s largest firefighting force and 5.6 million acres of land – is hotly contested since …