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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

It’s unclear which Democrat will face Joel Kretz for Northeast Washington House seat

Whatever blue wave was seen in other parts of the state, it doesn’t look ready to wipe out long-time Republican state Rep. Joel Kretz, who easily topped three challengers in …


Three candidates challenge Joel Kretz for Northeast Washington House seat

Two Democrats and one Independent are challenging 7th District Rep. Joel Kretz for his seat in the state House of Representatives. The Republican incumbent has gone largely unchallenged for more …


Ethics complaint dismissed against Rep. Joel Kretz for opposing WSU wolf research

A complaint against Rep. Joel Kretz for his opposition to a Washington State University researcher’s work on wolves was dismissed.


Key Washington lawmaker: Joel Kretz

Joel Kretz Hometown: Wauconda


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 9:47 p.m.

Board would look for nonlethal ways to control wolves in northeastern Washington

Washington would look for nonlethal ways to keep wolves from killing livestock in four northeast counties under a bill the House passed unanimously Monday.


House seat representing northeastern Washington is Joel Kretz’s to lose

As far as both candidates are concerned, the legislative district that represents a large portion of northeastern Washington is long-time incumbent Rep. Joel Kretz’s to lose.


Lawmakers asked to join call to return salmon to upper Columbia River

House panel considers plan to reintroduce salmon in the upper columbia


Bill to revise wolf plan passes Washington House

OLYMPIA – The state could revise a 4-year-old plan on wolves to account for their rapid growth in northeast Washington under a bill that received unanimous approval in the House …


Washington bill calls to adjust wolf plan

OLYMPIA – An Eastern Washington rancher lost some 300 sheep to wolves last year when the flock was sent to a grazing area that contained a wolf den. Wildlife experts …


Legislative committee takes on testy wolves and wildfire bills

OLYMPIA – Two of the most contentious issues in rural Eastern Washington, wildfires and wolves, are generating demands for change and a stream of legislative proposals. After a hearing on …


Kretz legislation proposes relocating wolves

Washington’s best wolf habitat is in the southern Cascade Mountains, where vast federal lands support more than 20,000 elk in the state’s two largest herds. State biologists expect wolves to …


Central Washington residents say Natural Resources failed them in battling Carlton Complex fires

OLYMPIA – Government agencies failed to react fast enough to smaller fires that grew last July into the largest wildfire in state history, Central Washington residents told legislators Thursday. While …


Jay Inslee mentions taxes, education in State of the State address

OLYMPIA – Washington should raise its minimum wage, spend more on schools and highways, raise teacher salaries and do something about climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. “We have …


New focus on wolves that attack livestock

OLYMPIA – New rules for dealing with wolf attacks on livestock and domestic animals, which seemed stalled in the Legislature, may be announced as early as today as a result …


Bill would send wolves to inhabit West Side, too

OLYMPIA – State Rep. Joel Kretz wants Western Washington to enjoy one of the “advantages” Eastern Washington has: wolves. Kretz, R-Wauconda, has introduced a bill that would allow the Department …


Incumbent Republican faces same-party opponent

State Rep. Joel Kretz isn’t a Republican you would expect to see challenged for his seat by another Republican. He’s ranked highly by state business groups that generally lean Republican …


Unusual alliance allows beaver relocation

It took more than six years, several legislative struggles, a raft of sniggering jokes, and the unlikely alliance of a conservative Eastern Washington Republican and a progressive environmental group, but …


Joel Kretz, Q&A on 15 topics

JOEL KRETZ, Republican Did not respond to requests to complete The Spokesman-Review’s legislative candidate’s questionnaire.


Robert Wilson, Q&A on 15 topics

1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? Legislative District 7 is mainly a rural district. I grew up on a small farm in the Yakima Valley. …


Beaver relocation effort garners bipartisan support

OLYMPIA – Beavers making a nuisance of themselves in Western Washington could be relocated to areas in Eastern Washington that need their help in damming streams, but the furry critters …


Landers: Sportsmen fee hikes loom in Olympia

Many loose ends still need to be tied in Olympia, but as the Washington Legislature tries to wrap up, it’s at least clear that cougar hunting with hounds has been …


Sides see eye to eye on cougar hunts

OLYMPIA – These adolescent males can be trouble. They wander around, get into fights on hostile turf, bother people just trying to mind their own business. The experts don’t always …


Bill lets 4 counties drop growth act

OLYMPIA – The state’s environmental community is fighting a plan to allow four lightly populated Eastern Washington counties to opt out of the Growth Management Act. But in trying to …


Costly study didn’t list Pine Lodge for closure

OLYMPIA – Last year, the Legislature spent $500,000 for a consultant to tell Washington state which prisons should close and which should stay open. The consultant released his study in …


Capitol lawn’s steel mole traps garner warning

OLYMPIA – A state agency has used illegal traps to kill moles around the Capitol and the governor’s mansion for about a decade, ever since voters banned them with an …


Agency chided over Capitol lawn’s illegal mole traps

A state agency has used illegal traps to kill moles around the Capitol and the governor’s mansion for about a decade, ever since voters banned them with an initiative.


Olympia protesters call for reins on federal power

The time has come for people who believe in states’ rights to move from protest to political action, a Spokane Valley legislator told a crowd on the steps of the …


Our View: Report on DSHS in Colville warrants review

Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen was asked by state Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, to look into repeated complaints about the child-protection workers in the Department of Social and Health Services …