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08.16.17

Signs of bipartisan progress on climate change

The House Climate Solutions Caucus was created in 2016 by Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Democratic Rep.Ted Deutch. Both represent Florida. From the beginning, the Congressmen decided that membership in the caucus would come in pairs - one Republican and one Democrat at a time. Their aim is to create a bipartisan group to engage in constructive dialogue to propose climate solutions ("Leading on climate change," Aug. 14). Recently, Rep. Ed Royce, a Republican from California, and Rep. Derek K… Continue Reading


08.16.17

Feds award money to boost quake warnings

SEATTLE (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $4.9 million to six universities and a nonprofit to help advance an early warning system for earthquakes along the West Coast. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of Washington state pushed for funding, saying such the early warning system is critical.… Continue Reading


08.16.17

Highway 3 widening in Belfair now complete

by Ed Friedrich

BELFAIR - After two years of dust, dips and delays, smooth, wide blacktop bisects Belfair. Ceccanti, Inc., began construction on the $26.5 million project in July 2015. Over the past 25 months, the Tacoma company extended the center turn lane all the way through town and added paved shoulders and sidewalks on both sides. The North Mason community will celebrate the completion of the Highway 3 widening project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony 10 a.m. Thursday at Kitsap Bank. Speakers will include … Continue Reading


08.15.17

Feds award money to boost warnings for West Coast quakes

SEATTLE - The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $4.9 million to six universities and a nonprofit to help advance an early warning system for earthquakes along the West Coast. The federal agency says the ShakeAlert system could give people seconds or up to a minute of warning before strong shaking begins. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer pushed for funding, saying such the early warning system is critical for Washington state.… Continue Reading


08.15.17

PLU nets grant to bolster workforce with nursing grads

"These students represent critical support that is needed in our region," said U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, the representative for Washington's 6th Congressional District, in a letter of support for the grant co-signed by U.S. Rep. Denny Heck. "Supporting them will help create leaders and role models for future generations across the Pacific Northwest."… Continue Reading


08.15.17

Healthcare talk dominates Congressman’s town hall meeting

by DAN HAMMOCK

Congressman Derek Kilmer held a town hall meeting in the Aberdeen High School auditorium Sunday afternoon and spent a great deal of time talking about how fixes to the current Affordable Care Act were preferable to the current administration's plan of a total repeal. Kilmer, a Democrat representing the 6th District, including the Olympic Peninsula, said fixes to the Affordable Care Act can be made. The individual market could be stabilized by guaranteeing cost sharing reductions and creating a p… Continue Reading


08.14.17

Bi-partisan efforts to improve rural medical services

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA), along with Reps. Jeff Denham (R-CA), David Valadao (R-CA), Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA), and Derek Kilmer (D-WA), introduced the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2017 to reauthorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program for three years. This legislation will also allow for the expansion of new programs within existing centers and the creati… Continue Reading


08.14.17

Rep. Kilmer announces town hall tours in August

Congressman Kilmer to hold town hall in Aberdeen on Sunday. In an effort to hear directly from residents of Washington's 6th Congressional District, Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., has announced he will hold a series of town halls throughout the region. Town halls are open to the public. Participants will have the opportunity to hear an update on Congress and ask questions.… Continue Reading


08.14.17

Congressman Kilmer visits cyber squadron

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of Washington State's 6th Congressional District visited the Washington Air National Guard's 262nd Network Warfare Squadron here on August 12. Kilmer toured the 262nd facility, addressed airmen and fielded questions, and met with senior Washington National Guard leaders. As part of the Air Guard's 252nd Cyberspace Operations Group, the 262nd is known for its work assembling Cyber Protection Teams, developing protocols and best practices fo… Continue Reading


08.11.17

Domestic concerns dominate Kilmer’s town hall meeting

by TERRYL ASLA

POULSBO - Issues close to home - health care, jobs, climate and the economy - were among the major interests of some 80 people who came to hear and question U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, at his town hall meeting Aug. 9 in the North Kitsap Auditorium… Continue Reading


08.11.17

Senate passes bi-partisan bill to protect crab fishing industry

A bi-partisan backed bill aimed at strengthening and protecting the state's crab fishing industry could soon become law… Fellow Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), along with Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) co-sponsored the legislation.… Continue Reading


08.11.17

Coastal communities rely on full funding for NOAA

WE are in the midst of the busy season here on the Washington coast, when we see our biggest influx of visitors eager to experience the breathtaking beauty and natural wealth of towns and beaches from the Columbia River to Neah Bay… Fortunately Washington's Congressional representatives - U.S. Reps. Derek Kilmer and Jaime Herrera Beutler, and U.S. Sens. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell - have stepped up to defend funding for the Coastal Zone Management Program, Sea Grant, the Paci… Continue Reading


08.10.17

Kilmer says jet warfare range vital at town hall meeting

by PAUL GOTTLIEB

PORT ANGELES - U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer capped his visit to the North Olympic Peninsula this week by defending the Navy's impending electronic warfare range project over Olympic National Forest during a town hall meeting. He spoke for 90 minutes Tuesday night at Peninsula College's Little Theater in Port Angeles before about 200 people.… Continue Reading


08.09.17

Congressman Kilmer plans busy home schedule

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer will visit Bainbridge Island twice in the coming week as he makes his way across Washington's 6th Congressional District during a busy start to Congress' work period away from Washington, D.C. Kilmer, a Gig Harbor Democrat in his second term in the House, will be on Bainbridge this weekend to host a 9:30 a.m. showing Saturday, Aug. 5 of Al Gore's sequel to "An Inconvenient Truth."… Continue Reading


08.09.17

Meet Congressman Kilmer on Aug. 9 at North Kitsap Auditorium

POULSBO - U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, will meet with residents in a town hall meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 9 in the North Kitsap Auditorium, 1881 NE Hostmark St., Poulsbo. It's one in a series of town hall meetings Kilmer is hosting this week so he can hear directly from residents of the 6th Congressional District. Town halls are open to the public. Attendees will hear an update on Congress and will have the opportunity to ask questions… Continue Reading


08.09.17

Congress delivers major win for crabbers

Lower Columbia River communities are thankful for bipartisan work led by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and U.S. Rep Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-3) to make the Tri-State Agreement a permanent fixture of West Coast fisheries management. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) cosponsored the bill. In addition to Herrera-Beutler, Olympic Peninsula Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6) carried the legislation in the House.… Continue Reading


08.09.17

Rep. Kilmer Visits Aberdeen For A Town Hall This Week

Representative Derek Kilmer will be holding a series of town hall meeting through the 6th Congressional District, including Aberdeen. "One of the best parts of my job is hearing directly from you." In a post from the representative, Kilmer announced that he will be ending his town hall tour in Aberdeen this weekend for an event at Aberdeen High School on Sunday, August 13.… Continue Reading


08.09.17

Congressman offers to help new Port Angeles business

by JESSE MAJOR

PORT ANGELES - U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer offered to help one of Port Angeles' newest businesses explore possible U.S. Navy contracts during his visit Tuesday. The Democrat from Gig Harbor toured Airborne Environmental Control Systems's new facility in the port industrial park Tuesday morning and had a chance to talk the company's president, Bill Lee… Continue Reading


08.09.17

Composite Recycling Technology Center shows off products to Rep. Kilmer

by JESSE MAJOR

PORT ANGELES - U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer took a look at some of the products the Composite Recycling Technology Center is working on during a tour of the nonprofit Tuesday. Upon hearing the CRTC is researching using recycled scrap carbon fiber in cross-laminated timber, Kilmer suggested the nonprofit reach out to the American Plywood Association (APA).… Continue Reading


08.08.17

Pasha Automotive Services signs import agreement with Chrysler

by DAN HAMMOCK

Automotive import group Pasha is growing its business at the company's Port of Grays Harbor facility, expanding its shipments of Chrysler vehicles by about 500 per month and adding another 10 jobs to the 90 it provides now.… Continue Reading

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