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Kilmer: Congress should collaborate with space industry on regulatory issues

by Caleb Henry

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), a member of the House Appropriations Committee and co-sponsor of space resources legislation that passed last year, said Nov. 17 he wants the government to do a better job collaborating with the space industry on making new regulations that affect the industry's growth. Speaking at a Washington Space Business Roundtable luncheon, Kilmer emphasized the need for policymakers to take advantage of the fact that it is dealing with an industry that doesn't automatica… Continue Reading


Building Sound Relationships for Advocacy

by Kerry O’Leary

Laurie Stewart's bank is in the other Washington-Washington state, that is. But her connection to both legislative centers-in the state capital of Olympia, as well as in our nation's capital-has positioned her as a leader in advocating for the banking industry. Members of Congress from her home state know the $540 million Sound Community Bank, where she is currently president and CEO, and Stewart knows the potential that name recognition can have on the floor in Washington, D.C. With Sound sinc… Continue Reading


New report faults follow-up on problems at Veterans Health Administration

Efforts to address serious management problems at the Veterans Health Administration have been flawed, according to a government report requested by a state congressman. Mismanagement was spotlighted two years ago amid scandals over the manipulation of patient wait times and other failures to provide timely care to veterans. The report is the first in series of Government Accountability Office studies U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, has called for to track how the agency is following thr… Continue Reading


Secretary of the Navy sees expanded role for Kitsap region in the near future

by Mark Briant

BREMERTON - He has logged 1.3 million frequent-flyer miles, visited 142 countries and earned the distinction of being the longest-tenured Secretary of the Navy since World War I. So it would make sense if Ray Mabus sounded like he was ready for a vacation. Far from it. As President Barack Obama's second term winds to a close, Mabus' time as SECNAV is also reaching its end. But in a visit to Kitsap as part of his self-described "Farewell Tour" on Oct. 21, he exuded enthusiasm both for myriad ac… Continue Reading


A piece of Norway

by Stephanie Davey

Barbara Sjoholm has wanted to be a writer since she was 8 years old, but her mother was her only supporter. Now, Sjoholm is living in Port Townsend and has at least 20 books under her belt, owned two publishing companies and had one of her novels turned into a movie. She also found time to teach herself Norwegian somewhere in between. Sjoholm recently received one of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Translation Fellowships of 2017, to translate a book from Norwegian… Continue Reading


Kilmer receives highest Navy award for civilians

BREMERTON - Secretary of the Navy Ray Maybus presented U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer with the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award during an event Friday at Kitsap Conference Center. The award, given to people with an exceptional record of public service to the Navy or Marine Corps, is the highest honor a civilian not employed by the Navy can receive. "I'm proud to fight for our service members, the DOD civilians who support them and our veterans," Kilmer said. "Frankly, I received this on behal… Continue Reading


Jefferson Healthcare prepares to debut its new facility Sunday

by Cydney McFarland

PORT TOWNSEND - Jefferson Healthcare hospital will debut its new $20 million facility Sunday with a ribbon-cutting and tours of the new facility. The new 50,000-square-foot Emergency and Specialty Services building will host a new emergency room, medical short-stay areas - including cancer treatment units - and more space for specialty clinicians, according to Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn. The building will open officially Sunday, with a ribbon-cutting at 3 p.m. with featured speakers U… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer meets with Uber drivers

by Derek Shuck

One of the biggest innovations of the new-teen's decade has been the creation of Uber, a ride sharing service that pays qualified citizens to act as a driver for those that need a lift from one place to another. Representative Derek Kilmer met with a group of drivers with a military background to understand the effects the service has on the county, and the people that populate it. Kilmer, an experienced Uber user, spoke to the drivers about their experience with the company in an informal round… Continue Reading


Gateway Center proponents plead case to county

The Grays Harbor County commissioners plan to again consider matching funds for the pending Gateway Project in Aberdeen following a discussion between the commissioners, Aberdeen leaders and a representative from Rep. Derek Kilmer's office. A 10 percent match of $55,000 will be included on the agenda for the upcoming county commission meeting Monday. That number is less than the $165,000 requested by the City of Aberdeen. The Gateway Center project would create a large facility at downtown Abe… Continue Reading


Congress mulls project to flood Washington farmland

by Don Jenkins

Federal lawmakers may authorize the Army Corps of Engineers to pursue a $451.6 million project to convert hundreds of acres of privately owned farmland into Puget Sound fish habitat, unsettling to a farmer who owns property vital to the government's designs. "It's definitely, definitely in the back of my mind, all the time," said Scott Bedlington, third-generation Whatcom County farmer. "I have to farm. That's what we live off." The corps and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife prop… Continue Reading


Check out new hospital before patients check in

Jefferson Healthcare welcomes the public to see its new Emergency and Specialty Services Building (ESSB) during an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. In addition to speakers from Jefferson Healthcare, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, 24th District Rep. Steve Tharinger and others are expected at about 3 p.m. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, refreshments are served and guided tours are offered. The Port Townsend facility opens to patients on Monday morning, Oct. 24. "We're p… Continue Reading


Puget Sound recovery effort gets ‘historic' $600M boost

by Alison Morrow

Lawmakers gathered at The Nature Conservancy in downtown Seattle Tuesday to announce a major effort to restoring the health of Puget Sound. "Nobody here should underestimate how big a day this is. This is a big day," said Rep. Denny Heck, D-10th district. "Fifty years from now if they write the history of restoring the Puget Sound and rehabilitating it, they will point to this day and it will get its own chapter as a significant step forward." Heck joined his Washington D.C. officemate, Congr… Continue Reading


Leaders Banquet honors Hargrove, Seabrook

by Angelo Bruscas

Retiring State Sen. Jim Hargrove was given special recognition and Seabrook was named Large Business of the Year Friday night during the 125th Leaders Banquet and Business Recognition Awards dinner at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. Other highlights included presentations by U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer to Hargrove, who served in the Legislature for more than 30 years, and to the winners of the Washington Coast Works Sustainable Small Business Competition. Extreme Fun Center at the newly renam… Continue Reading


Fishing for Energy Adds New Port in Washington to Support Marine Debris Collection Efforts

WESTPORT, Wash., Oct. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fishing for Energy partnership, an innovative public-private effort that protects marine wildlife from becoming trapped in lost, abandoned or discarded fishing gear, today announced that it is partnering with the Port of Grays Harbor's Westport Marina to recycle an estimated 1,050 crab pots and other marine debris. Efforts to collect the unwanted gear have already begun as part of a project managed by The Nature Conservancy and the Quinault Ind… Continue Reading


DelBene Bill Would Help Rural Economies, Create Jobs

BOTHELL - (RealEstateRama) - Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today discussed ways to open up new markets and create jobs for rural communities through research and incentives for tall wood building construction. "Washington's First District is home to rural communities with economies dependent on forest products. Through innovations in timber we can encourage the use of green building materials in construction while creating jobs and supporting healthy forests," DelBene said. "Advancing tal… Continue Reading


$20 million grant to provide financing for rural, tribal improvements

A $20 million grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development will be the basis for long-term low-interest loans for key facilities and services improvements in rural and tribal communities. "This is great news for communities on the Peninsula," Congressman Derek Kilmer said in a statement Oct. 6. "These investments will help local leaders do everything from keep the lights on at a center that supports youth sports, to improve roads through town, to support child care services that … Continue Reading


House Approves Hanna Cyber Bill to Protect Small Businesses

The House of Representatives last night passed U.S. Representative Richard Hanna's bill, the Improving Small Business Cyber Security Act of 2016, to help small businesses protect themselves from cyberattacks. American small businesses are under cyberattack like never before. By one estimate, 71 percent of cyberattacks occurred in businesses with fewer than 100 employees. With America's 28 million small businesses making up 54 percent of annual sales in the U.S., the frequency of such attacks an… Continue Reading


Jenkins bill would make Medicare healthcare options more available in rural areas

Treatment through Medicare's Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) would be more readily available in rural areas under bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) on Thursday. The ACO Assignment Improvement Act, H.R. 6261, would establish new options under the Medicare Shared Savings Program to boost patient access to quality healthcare and reduce costs in underserved areas. "We need to do everything we can to put rural healthcare providers in a position to succeed so t… Continue Reading


Kilmer's Podcast Connects Constituents and Colleagues

by Alex Gangitano

Washington Democratic Rep. Derek Kilmer broke the news of the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie breakup on his podcast - at least to Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler. "I asked about her commute," Kilmer said. "And she said, 'I like to sit on the airplane and read People magazine,' and I said, 'Why not learn about the Brangelina breakup?' And she was like, 'Wait a minute - Brangelina broke up?' I was like, 'Wow, I didn't mean to traumatize you.'" Kilmer launched his podcast series, 'Quick Questions… Continue Reading


Morning Cybersecurity

by Tim Starks

A NERD'S TOUR OF DUTY - Chris Lynch, head of the nearly one-year-old Defense Digital Service, sat down with Martin in the organization's unconventional Pentagon office for a Q&A that's out this morning. Lynch has already said he plans to stay on for the next administration, but other highlights include the state of recruiting for the elite IT office: "I think that it's changed a lot. In the early days, I think that you had to tell the story of who we are. A lot of times now, we'll show up an… Continue Reading

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