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Kittitas County considers rental vehicle tax

September 26, 2013 J

A provision in state law allows county governments to add a 1 percent local sales tax to support nonprofit youth and adult amateur sport programs, and Kittitas County is considering it. County commissioners earlier this week set a public hearing for 2 p.m. Oct. 15 to gain comments on the proposal. read here  Like this [...]

Tax hike likely needed to pay for new courthouse

September 26, 2013 J

EVERETT — The cost for a new Snohomish County courthouse is just starting to come into focus. And with $75 million in bonds already sold for the project, it’s too late to back out. Now, county leaders need to pick a spot for the building. They also need to find another $35 million to $70 million [...]

Monitoring government is a full-time occupation

September 26, 2013 J

When Rob McKenna left the attorney general’s office, there was trepidation among open government advocates – and this editorial board – that an era of greater transparency was coming to an end. Bob Ferguson was elected as his replacement, but he was an unknown entity on an issue that involves making powerful people uncomfortable. Then last [...]

Inslee Calls for Transportation Package by Apple Cup – Aims Challenge at Senate

September 25, 2013 J

SUNCADIA, Sept. 18.—Gov. Jay Inslee threw down the gauntlet Wednesday to the state Senate, saying he wants a transportation package by the Apple Cup – and which might embrace the controversial Columbia River Crossing project to boot. Appearing at the annual meeting of the Association of Washington Business at the Suncadia resort near Cle Elum, [...]

Pink salmon return to Nisqually River in record numbers Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2013/09/19/2730648/pink-salmon-return-to-nisqually.html#storylink=cpy

September 25, 2013 J

Pink salmon, Puget Sound’s smallest, most short-lived and most abundant of five native salmon species, are returning in record numbers to the Nisqually River. There are so many of these 3- to 7-pound fish stacking up in the river, it conjures up the old saying: “They’re so thick, you could walk across the river on [...]

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