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Evacuations ordered as new fire flares in Methow Valley

WINTHROP, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee flew to the Methow Valley to talk with local officials about recovering from last week’s fires that are slowly being contained in Central Washington. …


During Inslee visit, new wildfire flares near Winthrop

As Gov. Jay Inslee’s small turboprop plane touched down at the Methow Valley airport, a new wind-whipped blaze, started by sparks from the rim of a flattened trailer tire dragged …


Obama promises electricity aid in Washington fire areas

SEATTLE – The federal government will provide emergency assistance to help restore electricity in areas of Central Washington where wildfires have knocked out power, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. Inslee …


Inslee surveys Washington blazes: ‘This is a firestorm’

OLYMPIA – As Central Washington battles a firestorm growing at what may be an unprecedented rate, Gov. Jay Inslee asked residents to use extreme caution and obey evacuation orders if …


Inslee: ‘This is a different beast…a firestorm’

OLYMPIA — Central Washington faces a firestorm growing with almost unprecedented speed, and residents should obey evacuation orders, Gov. Jay Inslee said today.


Politically divisive Export-Import Bank gains support of Inslee, Otter

Govs. Jay Inslee and Butch Otter signed on to a letter Tuesday urging Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, but the owner of a Palouse company sometimes listed as a …


Inslee proposes strict standards for cleaning up waterways

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed new standards for cleaning up Washington’s waterways immediately drew criticism from some business and labor groups that they will be too expensive and from …


College coaches state’s highest-paid employees

OLYMPIA – The official report of state employee salaries for 2013 is out, and as usual the highest-paid people on the list are coaches at Washington’s major universities. Former University …


Unions oppose tough state water quality standards

OLYMPIA – Washington state is rushing toward water quality standards that will be too strict and cost jobs without being backed up by good science, leaders of unions with workers …


Governor Inslee visits classes at North Central High School

Spokane’s smallest public high school has the attention of Washington’s top official. Gov. Jay Inslee, with his wife, Trudi, by his side, popped into North Central High School’s class Thursday …


Inslee: Fires will worsen without emission control

OLYMPIA – With wildfire season approaching, Gov. Jay Inslee used an annual exercise to push for more controls on carbon emissions, saying forest fires will get worse in Washington if …


Spin Control: On state worker salaries, actions speak loudest

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee raised eyebrows – and some blood pressures – among some legislative Republicans and other conservatives last week with comments about state worker salaries on the …


Inslee picks Mary Yu for Washington Supreme Court

OLYMPIA – In his first appointment to the state Supreme Court, Gov. Jay Inslee replaced the high court’s most conservative member with its first Asian-American, first Latina and first openly …


Inslee task force to tackle issue of carbon emissions

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee appointed a new task force to find ways for Washington to reduce carbon emissions as part of an executive order to fight climate change. At …


Feds reject state plan for Hanford cleanup

OLYMPIA — Washington rejected the U.S. Energy Department’s latest plan for the cleanup of leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal government, in turn, rejected the state’s counteroffer, …


Obama will visit Oso mudslide area

OLYMPIA – President Obama will make a stop in Washington later this month to visit parts of Snohomish County devastated by the March 22 mudslide. Obama will visit on April …


Obama to visit mudslide

OLYMPIA — President Obama will visit the mudslide that wiped out part of Oso, Wash., on April 22.


Washington governor vetoes bill on drones, citing privacy risk

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a bill that would have regulated the use of drones by government and police, saying it didn’t go far enough to protect privacy rights. …


Washington adds two math, science credits to get high school diploma

OLYMPIA – Washington high school students will need 24 credits to earn a diploma, with an extra credit of math and science, starting in 2019. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a …


Inslee threatens legal action on Hanford

OLYMPIA – Northwest residents need more than vague plans and missed deadlines for the cleanup of nuclear waste at Hanford, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday. If the federal government doesn’t …


Inslee signs domestic violence-gun law

OLYMPIA – When her ex-husband pointed a gun at her and threatened to blow her head off while she knelt in her Spokane living room, there was a point when …


New laws name state oyster, juvenile rights

OLYMPIA – Children will have to have lawyers before a court can sever their parents’ rights. Juveniles will have more protection against self-incrimination in Washington. Marijuana growers won’t get tax …


Dozens of state bills get Inslee’s signature

OLYMPIA – With strokes of a pen, Gov. Jay Inslee approved statewide suicide prevention training for medical professionals, raised some motor vehicle fees to pay for a new ferry, banned …


Federal Hanford cleanup plan falls short, Gov. Jay Inslee says

OLYMPIA – The federal government’s latest plan to clean up nuclear waste at Hanford is short on details and the state is considering its options to force a better one, …


Washington legislators leave plenty to next year’s session

OLYMPIA – The Legislature closed up shop with seven minutes before its constitutionally mandated midnight stopping time Thursday, ending a short session that was short on expectations and, many would …


Inslee says Legislature left things undone

OLYMPIA — Washington faces reduced maintenance on roads and bridges as well as cuts in mass transit because the Legislature did not pass a major package this year of transportation …


Inslee seeks votes for his key bills

OLYMPIA – With time running out in the legislative session, Gov. Jay Inslee acknowledged “something’s got to break very very soon” to pass a package that would pay for major …


Spin Control: Death penalty ‘pause’ sets lawmakers in motion

OLYMPIA – Whether Washington should execute some people for crimes like aggravated first-degree murder is a good debate to have. Whether the governor or the Legislature has the constitutional authority …


Coal quandary: Avista uses cheap power, but Inslee wary

COLSTRIP, Mont. – On Montana’s eastern plains, there’s a town that was built to burn coal and produce electricity for the Northwest’s largest cities. Smokestacks loom over Colstrip, a company …


Inslee wants broad minimum-wage discussion

OLYMPIA – Conceding it is unlikely the Legislature will heed his call to raise the state’s minimum wage, Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday he wants a public conversation about the …