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City and Sister Association discuss international summit


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


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


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


Emergency preparedness highlighted at meeting as Jefferson All County Picnic nears


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


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


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


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


$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


Health care the focus of Kilmer town hall gathering in Chimacum


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


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


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


Community News Briefs: Aug. 2, 2017

Kilmer to host town hall. In order to hear directly from residents of Washington's Sixth Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) announced he will host a series of town halls throughout the region. The events are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Participants will have the opportunity to hear an update on Congress and ask questions. Kilmer hosts a "Clallam County Town Hall" from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Peninsula College's Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen… Continue Reading


Congressman to host town hall meetings this month on Peninsula

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer will host a series of town hall meetings this month, with two on the North Olympic Peninsula. The first in the series will be at the auditorium at Chimacum High School, 91 West Valley Road, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. this coming Sunday for Jefferson County residents.… Continue Reading


Civilian defense positions saved from being outsourced

by Rachael Kalinyak

American Federation of Government Employees has thanked Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Penn., and several other members of Congress for sponsoring an amendment to the Department of Defense's spending bill that kept civilian defense jobs from being outsourced. The A-76 outsourcing process is "deeply flawed, disruptive and costly to agency missions," AFGE's National President J. David Cox Sr. declared, citing the Government Accountability Office and the DoD's Inspector General's findings… The amen… Continue Reading


Defense union applauds House for blocking outsourcing of civilian Defense jobs

Federal civilian employees who provide critical support to our nation's military would be protected from having their jobs outsourced under an amendment to the Defense spending bill that won the support of the largest federal employee union…. President Cox extended special thanks to amendment cosponsors Don Beyer of Virginia, Rob Bishop of Utah, Tom Cole of Oklahoma, Paul Cook of California, Dan Donovan of New York, Walter Jones of North Carolina, Derek Kilmer of Washington, Dave Loebsack… Continue Reading


Housing Authority to open new low-income development

Tacoma Housing Authority will hold a formal grand opening on Aug. 7 for a 144-unit, affordable housing complex in the city's Hilltop neighborhood. The complex enters the stock of lower-income housing options at a time when housing prices are rapidly outpacing income growth. "If it were food, we would have widespread malnutrition with pockets of starvation," said THA Executive Director Michael Mirra… Senator Patty Murray, Congressmen Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer will be on hand to help the… Continue Reading


Rep. Dingell introduces bill to include hearing aids in Medicare

by Dave Kovaleski

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) recently introduced the Medicare Hearing Aid Coverage Act of 2017, which would expand Medicare to cover hearing aids for beneficiaries. Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition in the country, but most seniors who need hearing aids do not get them because they cannot afford them, said Dingell, vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus Seniors Task Force… The bill also directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study on… Continue Reading


Puget Sound dodges budget bullet

by John Ryan

While the Trump administration aims to slash funding for environmental protection nationwide and eliminate funding for cleaning up Puget Sound, the Republican-controlled Congress hasn't seen things the same way. The House Appropriations Committee last week rejected the White House's proposal to kill funding for cleanups of major water bodies including Puget Sound, Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes… "We fought really hard to make sure these cuts weren't included in what came out of our co… Continue Reading


Trump’s ban on transgender troops is infuriating both Democrats and Republicans

by Carly Sitrin

In a Wednesday morning tweet thread, President Donald Trump announced his plan to bar transgender people from serving in the US military. His declaration was met with confusion and dismay as it came on the heels of an Obama-era policy that was supposed to begin allowing transgender soldiers to openly serve in the armed forces July 1, but was stalled for six months. Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory T. Angelo said Wednesday that "the president's statement this morning does a disservice to t… Continue Reading


The World Tears Into Trump For Tweets Announcing Trans Military Ban

by Hayley Jones

Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump unleashed bombshell tweets announcing a ban on transgender people in the military. Last year, former President Barack Obama enacted policy that would lift the ban. It was originally set to begin July 1 of this year, but was delayed to January 1, 2018. Many were outraged over Trump's tweets. Politicians and prominent figures took to their own social media to express their anguish… Rep. Derek Kilmer tweeted "@POTUS attacks on #transgender troops are… Continue Reading


How Washington’s Congressional Delegation Are Responding to Trump’s Ban on Transgender Soldiers

by Ana Sofia Knauf

ICYMI: President Donald Trump announced this morning that he plans to bar transgender people from serving in the United States military. In a series of tweets, Trump cited medical costs as the reasoning for his bigoted bill… Washington's other congressional representatives weighed in on Twitter, the only medium Trump appears to understand: Rep. Derek Kilmer "@POTUS attacks on #transgender troops are wrong. If you serve your country, we should have your back. #LGBT"… Continue Reading


Women and Minorities Shatter Records as Thousands Take AP Computer Science Exam

In 2017, a record number of women and underrepresented minorities took the Advanced Placement computer science exams…Last week, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash. spoke to women and other young professionals on Capitol Hill about those AP computer science tests… Kilmer said Congress needs to step up and provide opportunities for students who study computer science and related fields in college.… Continue Reading

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