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Kitsap span included in $605 million fix for state bridges

by Bob Smith

The first round of investments in repairing Washington state bridges under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Law, which includes a fix for the Port Washington bridge on SR 303 in Kitsap County, was announced Friday by U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer's office. The $121 million portion is part of the overall $605.1 million investment over the next five years for bridge fixes in the state. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 416 bridges in this state are currently considered to be in … Continue Reading


Floods, emergency help reported across Washington state

by Leah Leach

Most damage from storms reported this weekend was in the southwestern part of the state, which experienced its worst flooding in a decade, although a slide was reported on East Beach Road west of Port Angeles. The slide completely blocked the roadway Friday. Clallam County crews were expected to have it cleared by Sunday, said Undersheriff Ron Cameron. Otherwise, blue skies brightened much of the Peninsula for a couple of days before the rain was forecast to return. The National Weather Servic… Continue Reading


Kilmer hopes for federal funds for Highway 112 slides

by Ken Park

FORKS - U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer said he is hopeful that Gov. Jay Islee's disaster declaration will lead in federal help to fix the landslides on state Highway 112. Kilmer, who represents the 6th Congressional District, which includes the North Olympic Peninsula, told Forks Chamber of Commerce members on Wednesday that the governor's declaration included a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for money for repairs on sections of 112 that suffered following a landslide in a No… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer visits Port of Grays Harbor

by Erika Gebhardt

U.S. Representative for Washington's 6th District Derek Kilmer (D-WA) visited the Port of Grays Harbor last week to discuss opportunities to secure federal funding for projects at the Port. The passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in early November could help spur future federal investment in the Port and improve the economic viability of Grays Harbor. Funding for port investments primarily come through competitive programs managed by the U.S. Department of Transportati… Continue Reading


Legislation aims to improve Medicare ACO services in rural, medically underserved areas

TACOMA, Wash. - New legislation aims to expand access to coordinated health care in rural areas. U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) introduced the 'ACO Assignment Improvement Act of 2021,' designed to bolster Medicare Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs, to include nurse practitioners, physician assistants and clinical nurse specialists. ACOs are groups of hospitals, doctors and health care providers that join together to coordinate care for a certain region. According to the Centers… Continue Reading


Bremerton mayor on Quincy Square in 2022: 'It's time to get it done'

by Josh Farley

BREMERTON - A public square to honor music legend Quincy Jones, who discovered his love of music in this city, is slated for construction in 2022. The $5 million streetscape project on Fourth Street finally appears to have its full funding, though city leaders are still waiting for $2.5 million from Congress through a delayed appropriations bill. "We'll be ready to move fast," said Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler, who believes the project's money will be ready in time for 2022 construction. "It'… Continue Reading


Ferries, buses, roads and Gorst: What the infrastructure package might mean for Kitsap

by Nathaniel Pilling and Josh Farley

While time will tell in how funding from the federal infrastructure package will make its way to Washington, down to communities around Puget Sound and in Kitsap County, a handful of projects jump out as logical local destinations for that money: the state ferry system and its aging vessels, Kitsap Transit's bus fleet, roadway projects throughout the county, and, yes, Gorst's gridlock. "From a whole community perspective," said Kitsap Transit Executive Director John Clauson, "we're all excited … Continue Reading


Here come the funds: Navy inks contracts to bring billions to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

by Josh Farley

BREMERTON - The Navy is slated to sink its first $8 billion into its plans to revitalize the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and other docks and facilities in the Pacific. Five companies have inked contracts to compete for a decade's worth of work aimed at modernizing the docks, wharves and other infrastructure the Navy uses in Puget Sound to maintain its fleet. About 40% of the work entailed in the contracts will occur at the Bremerton shipyard, with another 40% for Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and… Continue Reading


Kitsap to reap benefits from infrastructure bill, Kilmer says

by Mike De Felice

PORT ORCHARD - Following the passage of President Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill last week, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of the 6th Congressional District called it one of the most significant bills to cross the finish line during his time in Congress. "I cannot tell you how many areas of the district I represent are going to benefit from funding for roads and bridges and internet," Kilmer told the Kitsap News Group on Monday. "Having the federal government step up and help out - and not h… Continue Reading


Clean fuels and clean water: what's in the infrastructure bill for Washington

by Paige Browning

The recently-approved infrastructure bill will help Washington state electrify buses and other vehicles, fix hundreds of roads and bridges, and give salmon a better chance at survival. Congress approved the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on Friday night with bipartisan support, (228-206 vote). The act is worth roughly $1 trillion. The Build Back Better bill is a separate package, backed by Democratic lawmakers, to fund social spending and climate action. It's even bigger - $1.75 … Continue Reading


House Passes Kilmer’s Bipartisan Legislation To Help Communities Address Ongoing Opioid Crisis

Washington, DC - On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Drug-Free Communities Pandemic Relief Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Dave Joyce (OH-14) to provide flexibility for community programs focused on the prevention of drug abuse and misuse. Specifically, the legislation helps Drug-Free Communities (DFC) coalitions during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure they can continue to serve local communities. The legislation temporari… Continue Reading


U.S. to open land and ferry border crossings next month

by Aaron Kunkler

People who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will be allowed to enter the U.S. by land and ferry ports from Canada and Mexico beginning in November. The announcement was made by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on Oct. 12. Travelers will be required to have paperwork that proves they are vaccinated, and those who have not been fully vaccinated will not be allowed to travel for non-essential reasons. Also beginning in early January, all non-U.S. citizens will be required to… Continue Reading


Delegation from Congress visits Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

by Josh Farley

BREMERTON - Four members of Congress visited the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on Thursday, touting the need to invest billions into its facilities and those like it around the country to sustain the Navy as an effective fighting force. "We need to be making critical investments here," said U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minnesota, the chairwoman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on defense, after departing the shipyard gates. Aging dry docks and seismic vulnerabilities at the shipyard were … Continue Reading


Washington Tribes share these environmental concerns with Biden representative

by Natasha Brennan

Tribal leaders and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission joined U.S. Reps. Derek Kilmer and Marilyn Strickland to discuss federal investments in Tribal communities and conservation efforts with Brenda Mallory, the chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, Oct. 5. "We're very hopeful for this opportunity to work with Chair Mallory and the Biden Administration," said Willie Frank III, chairman of the Nisqual… Continue Reading


Infrastructure bill would let Bonneville Power Administration borrow $10 billion to modernize Northwest power grid, but critics say to props up ‘failed status quo’

by Orion Donovan-Smith

As progressive and centrist Democrats edged closer to a deal this week on a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure bill, Congress is poised to pass a bill with big implications for the Northwest, letting the cash-strapped Bonneville Power Administration borrow an extra $10 billion to shore up an agency that provides more than a quarter of the region's electricity. The provision, authored by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is part of the infrastructure package that passed the Senate with bipartisan su… Continue Reading


Kilmer, county commissioners secure grant for defense infrastructure project

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer and the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners recently secured a $10 million federal grant for the Bangor/Keyport Forcemain Replacement project - which will help fund replacement of the sanitary sewer service force main break that supports Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. "Upgrading our water systems and sewage infrastructure is important for the Navy, for military families, and for our region's environment," Kilmer sai, adding replacing the sewage infrastructure will greatly imp… Continue Reading


Wild Olympics Plan Passes House Again

Late last week, the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act sponsored by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06), passed once again through the House of Representatives. The passage came along with a number of other public land bills as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. In Washington, only Democrat Pramiya Jayapal voted no on the bill overall. The National Defense Authorization Act issues appropriations for military activities and… Continue Reading


Kilmer visits county, hears business concerns

by Matt Baide

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, paid a visit to Mason County last Thursday to check-in on his constituents. Kilmer, who represents Washington's sixth congressional district that includes Mason County, started the day by touring Big Creek Campground at Lake Cushman. According to a news release, he visited the area to talk to state and regional leaders. He hit the road to Hoodsport to visit Hardware Distillery and Hoodsport Winery. While at the distillery, he spoke with owners Jan and Chuc… Continue Reading


Kilmer talks about Afghanistan upheaval

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, the Democrat representing the 6th Congressional District in Congress, participated in a roundtable with Kitsap Daily News reporters Aug. 20. One story ran last week. In this one the lawmaker provides his views on national and international issues. The situation in Afghanistan has been in a constant state of flux since the start of the U.S. withdrawal. A week after Kilmer's roundtable an attack by a suicide bomber resulted in 140 people being wounded and left at least 10… Continue Reading


Kilmer roundtable: Working to modernize Congress for the 21st century

by Bob Smith

PORT ORCHARD - U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, the Democrat representing the 6th Congressional District in Congress, sat down Aug. 20 for a roundtable discussion with reporters from the Port Orchard Independent and Kitsap Daily News on issues of local and regional importance, including his work as chairman of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. The select committee's mission, he said, is to make Congress more accessible to the American people and to strengthen the institution b… Continue Reading

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