Kathie Durbin covers politics and the legislature.
Breached dam’s owner to help those upstream
Some cabin owners near Northwestern Lake, the former reservoir on the White Salmon River, have seen their wells run dry since the breaching of Condit Dam in late October.
Bill aims to ease burden on small businesses
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler took a tall stack of federal paperwork to the House floor Thursday as a prop to illustrate what she described as a burdensome regulatory climate that is hampering small-business growth.
Group: Supercommittee’s failure GOP’s fault
It’s only December, but the 2012 election season is under way.
Question of new state revenue is on everybody’s mind
Has the time come for Washington voters to consider new revenue to plug the state’s persistent, ongoing budget gap?
Attendees plead for Larch, social services
The crowd was small but those who did show up on a rainy evening had plenty to say.
Dems say revenue needed
This is no time to raise taxes, local Republican lawmakers said Monday, reacting predictably to Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposal to ask voters for a temporary half-cent increase in the state sales tax.
Lynn Burditt will take the helm just after the New Year
Lynn Burditt, a veteran Forest Service manager who has a master’s degree in conflict management, has been named area manager of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. She will begin her duties in the Hood River, Ore., office in early January. Burditt succeeds National Scenic Area Manager Dan Harkenrider, who recently retired.
Fish and Wildlife says investors didn’t understand process
Investors in a proposed wind farm in coastal Pacific County say the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is largely to blame for their decision last week to terminate the $4 million project after four years of planning and studies.
Gap now totals nearly $1.4-$1.6 billion for next two years
The state's chief economist says that the state has taken in $12 million less than expected since September, and that revenues are projected to drop by $122 million over the next two years.
Participating utilities cite objections over marbled murrelet
Four public utility districts in Southwest Washington have pulled the plug on a proposal to build Washington’s first coastal wind farm in the heart of the state’s most valuable nesting habitat for the threatened marbled murrelet.