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Category: Government
August 21, 2014 at 5:48 AM

Washington allowing sheep rancher to kill wolves

OLYMPIA (AP) — The state Fish and Wildlife Department has authorized a rancher to shoot wolves that approach his flock of sheep in Stevens County in Northeast Washington. The department said Wednesday that state wildlife agents also may kill wolves to help Dave Dashiell of Hunters as he tries to move his flock of 1,800 sheep…

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August 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM

City seeks new Parks Department head

By Daniel Beekman Seattle Times staff reporter Seattle’s acting Parks Department superintendent is stepping down for health reasons and to make way for a new leader who will be hired after the city conducts a national search, Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday. Murray said the search will be completed by January. Christopher Williams, 50, who has served as acting…

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August 18, 2014 at 6:13 AM

Washington State Ferries official on paid leave

The Associated Press A Washington State Ferries executive is on paid leave while his son, who also works for the ferry system, appeals his firing. Documents obtained by the Kitsap Sun  show operations director Steve Rodgers has been assigned to his home since July 3. But the documents provide no connection to his son’s…

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August 13, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Mayor Murray details plan to double enrollment in utility-discount program

With Seattle utility rates projected to see double-digit increases over the next several years, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Wednesday announced details of his plan to double the enrollment in the city’s low-income utility discount program by 2018. Murray said the city is streamlining the application process, creating a single portal of entry and expanding outreach to…

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August 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

State Supreme Court rules psychiatric boarding unlawful

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that boarding psychiatric patients temporarily in hospital emergency rooms and acute care centers because there isn’t space at certified psychiatric treatment facilities is unlawful. The court ruled unanimously that patients held temporarily in settings that don’t provide individualized psychiatric treatment violates the state’s Involuntary Treatment Act. “It’s always been…

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August 6, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Franchise group seeks injunction to block $15 minimum wage

The International Franchise Association today asked a federal judge to issue an injunction to immediately block portions of Seattle’s  $15 minimum wage law from taking effect in April. The organization sued the city in June to declare unconstitutional what it said was discriminatory treatment of franchises by treating them as big businesses under the new wage law….

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August 5, 2014 at 5:37 PM

JBLM won’t get children who crossed southern border

Joint Base Lewis-McChord will not house hundreds of children from Mexico and Central America who have crossed the Mexican border unaccompanied into the United States, said U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia, Tuesday in a written statement. Heck, whose district includes cities surrounding the base, said the Department of Health and Human Services is no longer seeking…

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July 31, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Seattle city attorney issues statement on SPD pot-ticket case

In the wake of news stories about a Seattle police officer under investigation for writing 80 percent of the tickets this year for using marijuana in public, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes today issued a statement outlining his position on enforcement of the ban. In some cases, the officer added a notation to the tickets requesting…

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July 31, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Ferries chief: Full service to return Saturday

Washington State Ferries will have a sufficient fleet of vessels to return all routes to normal capacity Saturday, interim director Capt. George Capacci said Thursday morning. The ferry system, which carries 60,000 people a day, currently faces what Capacci called the unprecedented situation of having four boats out of service — following Tuesday’s power loss aboard the…

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