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03.04.20

A Step Forward in the Preservation of Point Hudson

In a room packed to capacity with shipwrights, boaters, historians and concerned citizens, Port of Port Townsend commissioners voted unanimously Feb. 26 to partner with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation to restore and preserve Point Hudson. The partnership agreement directs port staff to begin working with staff from the non-profit Washington Trust over the next two years. They will begin inventory of the existing conditions of the Point Hudson property and determine what the next … Continue Reading


03.04.20

Why I Went to the State of the Union | Mike Kelly

When President Trump gave his State of the Union address earlier this month, I was in the House Gallery as a guest of Representative Derek Kilmer, who invited me to be his guest to highlight the work the non-partisan volunteer organization I help lead, Bainbridge Island Citizens' Climate Lobby, has done in the district over the years. When he invited me, I told him I was honored to accept on behalf of all the people working across the district - from Tacoma to Forks to Bainbridge - on this impo… Continue Reading


03.04.20

Kilmer Conducts Round Table of Area Artists, Arts Advocates

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of Washington state's 6th congressional district followed his tour of the construction of Fort Worden's Makers Square on Feb. 20 with a roundtable discussion at the Commons in Fort Worden that afternoon to hear from Port Townsend-area artists and arts advocates. Although the White House has repeatedly called to zero-out funding for the National Endowments for the Arts, Kilmer noted the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.4 trillion national budget last December that… Continue Reading


03.02.20

Congressman Kilmer Said He’s Fighting For Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Funding

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer said Monday he is working on a "robust emergency funding package" to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Kilmer, a 6th District Democrat, said in an email to constituents Monday that he had been briefed on the spread of COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday. "It's important that you know that - according to the CDC - the vast majority of those around the world who have taken ill from COVID-19 hav… Continue Reading


03.02.20

Kilmer Visits Under-Construction Makers Square

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, of Washington state's 6th congressional district, got to observe the construction of Fort Worden's Makers Square firsthand on Feb. 20, when he visited the site and informed his constituents how developments in Washington, D.C. could impact their endeavors. Kilmer was escorted through Buildings 305, 308 and 324 by "the two Daves" - David Robison, executive director of the Fort Worden Public Development Authority, and David Opp-Beckman, director of facilities and capital p… Continue Reading


03.02.20

Letter to the Editor: Kudos To Kilmer For Facebook Town Hall

To the editor: Clever idea for a town hall on Facebook, perhaps a younger generation will join in the process of democracy this way ("Congressman Kilmer hosts town hall on Facebook" in the Bainbridge Island Review, Feb. 4). This is a great opportunity with the budget process for the coming year beginning with the president's budget about to be announced. Constituents can ask their representatives for funding to end America's housing crisis, supporting ideas like a renters' tax credit, along wi… Continue Reading


02.27.20

Opinion: Kilmer, Nott: U.S. Senate Should Move to Protect Our Public Lands and Grow Jobs

by Derek Kilmer and Roy Nott

Both of us grew up on the Olympic Peninsula learning from an early age just how special our region is and how our incredible public lands contribute to the very fabric of who we are. Not only do they provide the hiking, fishing and outdoor recreational activities that we have enjoyed since we were both young, they provided jobs for our families, our friends and our neighbors. We were raised to know that our public lands are essential parts of our local economies, too - and that there was work to… Continue Reading


02.27.20

Kilmer Meets With Local Service Volunteers, Vows to Fight Proposed Administration Cuts

On Friday, Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06) met with local volunteers for national service programs in the Puget Sound region, including EarthCorps and SeniorCorps. The servicemembers in the two programs make up part of the 6,400 Americans of all ages and backgrounds who participated in national service programs in Washington last year. National service participants served at more than 1,100 locations across Washington, including food banks, homeless shelters, health clinics, youth centers, veterans' f… Continue Reading


02.26.20

Wild Olympics Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives

by Dan Hammock

The divisive Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 19 - eight years after it was first introduced by Sen. Patty Murray and then-Congressman Norm Dicks in 2012. The Act, which designates more than 126,000 acres of the Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 464 Olympic Peninsula river miles as Wild and Scenic, has undergone numerous modifications over the years and had never made it to a vote in either chamber until its … Continue Reading


02.25.20

Governors Urge Congress To Pass SLG Cyber Legislation

The National Governors Association (NGA) urged Congress to take action on key pieces of legislation that will help harden state and local government's (SLGs) cybersecurity defenses. In a statement released today, NGA praised Congress' work on helping SLGs "enhance their cybersecurity efforts," but urged Congress to take further action. NGA specifically identified three pieces of legislation: the State Cyber Resiliency Act (S.1065/H.R. 2130), the State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act of 2… Continue Reading


02.25.20

Derek Kilmer Says He Is Working To Maintain Senior Nutrition Programs

by Brian McLean

PORT TOWNSEND - Dave Thomas is a proud man. He served in the U.S. Army, helped run a small business and worked as a crane operator for the Port Townsend Paper Corp. Thomas, 85, now lives alone after his wife died a few years ago. He occasionally has trouble cooking for himself because it's difficult to straighten the fingers on his left hand. When Congressman Derek Kilmer showed up on his doorstep Thursday, he brought prepared food in a large paper bag, part of the senior nutrition program pr… Continue Reading


02.24.20

Kilmer, Murray Call on CDC to Send Out Rapid Test Kits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer and Sen. Patty Murray have led 48 other lawmakers to have the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention distribute rapid diagnostic tests to state and local health officials in states with confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The letter written and signed by Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, and Murray, D-Seattle, was addressed to Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the CDC's director. The letter acknowledges the CDC's leadership in addressing the coronavirus, which began in … Continue Reading


02.24.20

Wild Olympics Bill to Protect the Environment Passes House

by Tacoma Weekly Staff

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 2642) on Feb. 12. The bill, which was introduced by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and passed the House with bipartisan support as part of a package of bills called the Protecting America's Wilderness Act, would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of public land as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries as Wild and Scenic Rivers. U.S. Senator Patty Murray has intr… Continue Reading


02.22.20

Kilmer Delivers Valentines to Area Veterans

by Tacoma Weekly Staff

On Valentine's Day, as part of his "Valentines for Veterans" initiative, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) hand-delivered valentines to veterans from area students at the Washington Home for Veterans in Port Orchard. "We can never thank our veterans enough," said Kilmer. "They committed themselves to keep our country safe, and they continue to serve our community every day. This Valentine's Day, I'm grateful to be able to show a small token of our community's appreciation by delivering… Continue Reading


02.20.20

Opinion: Congress Can Save our Forests Through Land and Water Conservation Fund

by Robert Gelder and Jon Rose

The magnificent forests of the Pacific Northwest are a vital part of Washington's communities. From our grand Douglas Fir stands to the ferns that cover our valley floors, these places reflect who we are as a region while providing an abundance of riches: including places to hike and camp, natural benefits like clean water and air, and supporting Washington's economy. The?Dewatto?Headwaters Forest in the hills above Hood Canal has been a working forest for well over 100 years,?supporting the … Continue Reading


02.19.20

Milestone: Rep. Kilmer Gets Recognition From National Native American Organization

On Feb. 11, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor) received the 2020 Congressional Leadership Award from the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), an organization Kilmer's office notes is "the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the interests of tribal governments and communities." Kilmer, who represents 11 Native American tribes, was recognized for his work in creating economic opportunity in tribal communities and advocating fo… Continue Reading


02.19.20

Wild Olympics Passes House, Heads to Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act introduced by Congressman Derek Kilmer. The bill, HR 2642, was approved as part of the Protecting America's Wilderness Act, a package of six bills that would designate 1.3 million acres of wilderness in Washington state, California and Colorado. Wild Olympics would designate more than 126,000 acres of public land as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries on … Continue Reading


02.18.20

Kilmer, Allen Recognized By National Native American Organization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Derek Kilmer and W. Ron Allen, chairman and CEO of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Blyn, have received special awards from the National Congress of American Indians. Kilmer, whose 6th Congressional District covers 11 Native American tribes, was given the 2020 Congressional Leadership Award for his work in creating economic opportunity in tribal communities and advocating for reforms to ensure the federal government is more responsive to tribal needs, said the Nat… Continue Reading


02.18.20

Kilmer Delivers Valentines to Area Veterans

by Bob Smith

PORT ORCHARD - U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer hand-delivered a passel of Valentine's Day cards to residents at the Washington Home for Veterans and the VFW Post 2669 in Port Orchard Friday as a gift from area students in the Sixth Congressional District. Kilmer's personal delivery was part of the congressman's "Valentines for Veterans" initiative, the congressman's office said. "We can never thank our veterans enough," Kilmer said. "They committed themselves to keep our country safe, and they continue… Continue Reading


02.14.20

Wild Olympics Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives

The Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives this week. First introduced in 2012 as the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2012, the legislation has been modified over the years by Representative Derek Kilmer and Senator Patty Murray, and has faced a mixed local community reaction. The legislation was reintroduced in 2014, 2015, and 2017, the current reiteration continues the goals first set out by Sen. Murr… Continue Reading

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