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Ellen Dennis

Ellen Dennis

Current Position: statehouse reporter

Ellen Dennis came to The Spokesman-Review in June 2023. She is the legislative reporter in our Olympia Bureau covering Washington state legislature. Ellen previously worked as the public safety reporter for the Everett Herald.

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News >  WA Government

Washington Lands Commissioner: Wildfire season is here, so be careful

Wildfire season has officially begun in Washington, and state officials are urging people to avoid sparking a fire as they head out to recreate this Memorial Day weekend.“We know that every time we have a vacation holiday weekend, everybody loves getting outside,” state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz said in a news conference Friday. “Sometimes that leads to danger if they’re not being wildfire safe.”
News >  WA Government

Washington governor sends back plan for huge Tri-Cities wind farm, asks to add more turbines

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday sent a letter to a government energy council saying it cut too many turbines out of the proposed construction plan for one of the largest wind farms in the state. In its response, the governor’s office wrote that it wants the stretch of land that will be developed to achieve “full or near-full” energy generation capacity.

News >  WA Government

One Bob to rule them all: Two of the three candidates for governor named Bob Ferguson drop out of Washington’s race

Drama that ensued last week when three people named Bob Ferguson all filed campaigns to run for Washington’s governor appeared to have boiled over Monday when two of the trio of Bobs dropped out of the race. On Monday afternoon, state attorney general Bob Ferguson issued a public statement in which he threatened to take legal action if the other two people by the same name did not withdraw their candidacies by the deadline later that day.
News >  Transportation

Getting There: Most Washington IDs won’t fly in a year, state officials say, urging people to get their enhanced licenses for airplane travel

In one year, a standard driver's license or state-issued ID card will no longer be adequate identification for Washington residents to board an airplane, state officials announced last week.Instead, people 18 and older will need to bring an enhanced driver’s license or ID card, U.S. Passport, Tribal ID, Military ID, green card, or another approved identification document with them to the airport.

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