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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


08.08.17

City and Sister Association discuss international summit

by ERIN HAWKINS

The City of Sequim and Sister City Association met with representatives from the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington and Consulate General of Japan in July to help plan an international grassroots summit kicking off in 2018… Continue Reading


08.08.17

Jefferson County commissioners approve $26,000 in changes to Rich Tollefson Trail

by CYDNEY MCFARLAND

PORT TOWNSEND - The Jefferson County commissioners approved changes to the Rick Tollefson Memorial Trail due to unforeseen issues in the trail's construction. The alterations were approved during the commissioners' meeting Monday as part of the consent agenda. The changes will add $26,450.80 to the $557,319 already approved and awarded to Shold Excavating Inc. of Port Hadlock.… Continue Reading


08.08.17

Emergency preparedness highlighted at meeting as Jefferson All County Picnic nears

by CYDNEY MCFARLAND

PORT TOWNSEND - With the upcoming Jefferson County All County Picnic in mind, community members discussed emergency preparedness and community resilience at this month's first county Chamber of Commerce luncheon.… Continue Reading


08.08.17

Clallam County expected to buy land for Olympic Discovery Trail west of Port Angeles

by ROB OLLIKAINEN

PORT ANGELES - Clallam County is expected to purchase 11 acres of land and easement to extend the Olympic Discovery Trail west of Port Angeles. Commissioners on Monday discussed the proposed $109,674 purchase from the estate of Alvin F. Oien. No objections were raised in the work session.… Continue Reading


08.07.17

Our view: Solid cooperation produced important legislation

Lower Columbia River communities are thankful for bipartisan work led by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, to make the tri-state agreement a permanent fixture of West Coast fisheries management. U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, Patty Murray, D-Washington, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Dianne Feinstein, D-California, co-sponsored the bill. U.S. Reps. Jamie Herrera-Beutler, R-Washington, and Derek Kilmer, D-Washington, carried the legislation in the House.… Continue Reading


08.07.17

$20M for Salmon Fisheries Assistance Means an Investment in Jobs

by Richard Walker

U.S. Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-WA, and Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-WA, got $20 million added to a key House Appropriations bill for salmon fisheries assistance that provides assistance to a variety of tribal fisheries. Several fisheries received fisheries disaster designation from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce this season after unusual ocean and climate conditions caused a severe drop in the amount of fish people were able to catch.… Continue Reading


08.07.17

Health care the focus of Kilmer town hall gathering in Chimacum

by CYDNEY MCFARLAND

PORT TOWNSEND - Health care dominated the discussion at a town hall with U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer on Sunday, followed by his support of a controversial bill that makes it illegal for American companies to boycott Israel. On health care, Kilmer said he was against the series of bills proposed by Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He said that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the bills proposed would raise premiums and decrease the number of people covered… Continue Reading


08.04.17

Rep. Kilmer announces town hall tours in August

In an effort to hear directly from residents of Washington's 6th Congressional District, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) 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


08.03.17

House climate caucus adds senior Republican

by Amy Harder

The bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus has added Republican Rep. Ed Royce of California, who is chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, according to activists tracking membership of the group. The addition of Royce and Democratic Rep. Derek Kilmer of Washington brings the caucus' membership to 52, equally divided between the parties, the Citizens' Climate Lobby said Wednesday.… Continue Reading

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