State Senate Committee Receives Remote Testimony on School Disaster Bill

Legislation helping School districts recover from damages suffered in natural disasters receives a hearing in Olympia. This morning’s meeting of the Senate Education Committee included live video remote testimony from Pateros School District Superintendant, Lois Davies. Davies recounted the 2 million dollars in damages her schools sustained in the 2014…


State Lawmakers Looking at Bill to Alleviate Backlog of Rape Kits

A Washington Senate panel’s considering a bill to reduce a backlog of untested sexual assault kits.  The proposal would establish a statewide rape kit tracking system which would be subsidized in part by a 4-dollar admission fee at all live adult entertainment businesses.  Andrea Wentland-Piper of the Sexual Assault Coalition…


Troopers Hold Wenatchee Blood Drive Fri 02/19 11-3 PM

Washington State Troopers are holding a blood drive Friday the Department of Transportation maintenance facility in Olds Station from 11 to 3. They’re collecting blood for Trooper Rene Padget, who is suffering from cancer, and looking for a blood match for a young girl.  State Trooper Darrin Wright. Again, Washington…


Revenue Forecast Says State Is Losing Ground

As lawmakers in Washington State prepare to unveil a supplemental budget proposal, they have learned of a 78-million dollar shortage in the current budget cycle. 12th District Representative Cary Condotta blames a slowing state economy for the downturn. The lack of funds was outlined in Washington’s latest revenue forecast which was…


Senate Bill To Protect Outpatient Clinics From Over-Inflation

The Washington Senate has passed a bill preventing the state from raising fees on outpatient surgery centers beyond the rate of inflation. The measure also states the facilities, which perform many knee, eye, shoulder and spine procedures, can only be inspected once every 18 months. Many legislators contend the centers have been…


Hearing Postponed For Monitor Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide

An arraignment hearing has been postponed for a Monitor man charged in a fatal car versus motorcycle crash in East Wenatchee last summer. 78-year-old Joseph Strutzel faces vehicular homicide charges in connection with the accident that resulted in the death of Brett B. Hendrick of Wenatchee on July 30th, 2015….


Trial Date Set For Douglas County Official

A trial date of April 28th has been set for 75-year-old Michael McCourt, Commissioner on the East Wenatchee Water District and Douglas County Sewer District. McCourt is accused of raping an 8-year-old boy several times last year and was arrested February 3rd. McCourt is an active member of the Douglas…


Automatic Voter Registration in Washington Up in the Air

Legislation aimed at boosting voter participation may be stalling in the Washington Senate.  The House approved a measure which automatically registers people who show proof of citizenship when obtaining enhanced driver’s licenses, or certain social and health services.  David Ammons of the Secretary of State’s office, which requested the bill,…


Arraignment Continued For Truck Driver Charged With Vehicular Homicide

A Yakima truck driver accused in a fatal three-vehicle crash near Orondo last March will be represented by a public defender when he appears in court for his arraignment. 54 year old Kenneth Hahn is charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault in connection with the crash last March. A…


WA Senate Passes Education Funding Bill

The Washington Senate has passed an education funding bill. The measure calls for data collection on teacher salaries and school levies, and requires action next year to end reliance on local tax dollars. Lawmakers crafted the bill to address a Supreme Court ruling ordering the funding of education without over…