Stories tagged: hilary franz
Mon., Dec. 2, 2019
Washington public lands commissioner pitching new home, auto insurance charge to pay for wildfire efforts
The new charges would go into effect in 2021, if passed, and provide the state a stable source of money for timber treatment, the purchase of new firefighting equipment and …
Tue., Sept. 17, 2019
The Dishman Hills Conservancy will host a fireside chat with Hilary Franz, the commissioner of public lands at the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019
The threat of wildfire declined in July with cloudy, wet weather, but that could all change in August, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said Tuesday.
UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019
Political dominoes are lining up for Washington’s 2020 elections, waiting on Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision about whether to continue his presidential run before deciding which way they’ll fall.
Fri., April 12, 2019
Wildfires are increasingly part of our experience in Washington state, with smoke choking our lungs and flames damaging our landscapes, homes and vehicles. At one point last summer, wildfire smoke …
Sat., Jan. 12, 2019
An investment of $55 million would include a doubling of the state’s resources to fight wildfires. Franz, in an interview recorded for the Spokesman-Review’s Newsmakers podcast series, said such spending …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018
Washington’s Public Lands Commissioner wants lawmakers to increase the amount of money that the state spends to fight wildfires and prevent future blazes.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018
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.
Wed., June 27, 2018
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 …
Wed., June 13, 2018
Washington officials bracing for a challenging wildfire season after a hot, dry May.
Tue., June 12, 2018
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
Washington Department of Natural Resources prepares its fleet of Hueys for wildfire season.
Fri., Feb. 16, 2018
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.
Tue., Feb. 6, 2018
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
Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz says any carbon tax should be used to reduce carbon pollution, fight wildfires and improve public lands.
Sun., Dec. 25, 2016
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 …
Sat., Oct. 15, 2016
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. …
Sun., Oct. 2, 2016
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 …
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016
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.
Wed., July 6, 2016
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 …
Tue., July 5, 2016
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 …
Sun., May 29, 2016
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 …