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Fire chief to describe merger process April 1 for East Jefferson Fire District, Port Townsend

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The Jefferson County Democrats have invited Chief Jim Walkowski of the East Jefferson County Fire District to describe the process for expanding the three-member Fire District Commission to include two Port Townsend representatives.

Walkowski will speak at 6 p.m. Monday, April 1, during the Democrats’ general membership meeting in the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 W Valley Rd, Chimacum. The party’s business meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Walkowski will also discuss the fire district’s mission, services and service area and take part in a question-and-answer session.

During the recent general election, the fire district got overwhelming support from county and city voters, 67 percent and 69.2 percent each, for merging with the City of Port Townsend. Besides improving efficiency of service, the merger will give Port Townsend residents equal representation on the Fire District Commission.

For more information about the merger and East Jefferson Fire and Rescue, visit http://www.ejfr.org/

FYI: WSU Forestry Extension: Upcoming forest stewardship webinars (Mar. 21 and April 4)

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Climate change is stressing Pacific Northwest forests. WSU Extension Forestry offers free webinars to help land owners better manage their forests for tree health, wildlife habitat and fire in a changing world.

More free forest stewardship webinars for you! Join us this Thursday, 3/21, at either 12:05 p.m. or 7:05 p.m. for a webinar on wildlife habitat on small woodlands by the always informative and always entertaining DNR Stewardship Biologist Ken Bevis. Space is limited and pre-registration required. To register for this and our other upcoming webinars, visit http://forestry.wsu.edu/nps/events/webinars/

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY VS PRECINCT CAUCUSES!

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The Washington State Democratic Party is inviting comments about this choice. Comments may be made from now until April 4 at this website:

https://www.waelectioncenter.com/

The State Democratic party needs input from its members on the process of delegate selection for the next National Convention. In the past we’ve had a mix of caucuses that count and a primary that doesn't.

Now that the State legislature has passed a bill that brings the Primary parameters into line with both the State party and DNC nationally we need to help the State party decide where we stand. It is an issue that should not divide us even though there are strong feelings behind both processes. Please study the issue and make your feelings known.

DELEGATE SELECTION OPTIONS: The State Party has drafted two delegate selection and affirmative action plans (DSAAP) one to be used if a Primary is selected and another if Precinct Caucuses are chosen. Both of these plans are available for review at the above mentioned weblink.

Our primary season is shaping up to be historical both in candidate numbers and critical issue differences. We encourage you to get involved now!

NOTE: Jefferson County Democrats have a General Membership Meeting on March 11, during which this issue will be discussed. Click on this link for meeting details: https://jeffcodemocrats.com/calendar/

Seattle Times: Washington House passes clean-fuels legislation sought by Inslee

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Good news for our state and our 24th LD. Please contact our state representatives and state senator to show your support!

Mike Chapman: Mike.Chapman@leg.wa.gov
Steve Thairnger: steve.tharinger@leg.wa.gov
Kevin Van De Wege: Kevin.VanDeWege@leg.wa.gov

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FYI: HEAR OUR OLYMPICS WORKSHOP! Thurs. March 21!

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Thu, March 21, 2019; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

Please join National Parks Conservation Association and Sound Defense Alliance for a training on how you can speak up for natural quiet in Olympic National Park by getting involved in our Hear Our Olympics campaign. Be a part of making the case to our elected officials that increased jet noise is bad for Olympic National Park and the surrounding communities.

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Bellingham Herald: Feds inch closer to approving Alaska mining project seen as a threat to Pacific Northwest

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THIS MINE PROJECT IS A MAJOR THREAT TO THE ENVIRONMENT!
Submit your comment online at Pebble Project EIS:
https://pebbleprojecteis.com/publiccomments/neweiscomment

Mail comments to: Program Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers, 645 G St.
Suite 100-921, Anchorage, AK 99501.

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Seattle Times: Legislature votes to move up Washington state’s presidential primary

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The bill would move Washington's presidential primary to March 10, 2020, just one month after New Hampshire's first in the nation primary. Previously, Washington's presidential primary has been held on the fourth Tuesday in May.

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Seattle Times: Sen Maria Cantwell Co-sponsors Conservation Bill

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"Sens. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington state, and Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, together introduced the bipartisan bill, which tallies more than 660 pages, promises to reshape public lands across the country and lines up politicians’ favored projects for federal support." Click on link below for details.
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/heres-what-the-massive-public-lands-bill-means-for-conservation-climate-change-in-washington-state/?fbclid=IwAR1SNHujDhuK_k4b-nR52veBrbt5ZEp0ESnR29TAZLqCjD6qOjPHmRX0UZ4

Rep. Derek Kilmer Co-sponsors H.R. 1

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You can add your name as a citizen co-sponsor here.

https://act.myngp.com/Forms/9173151447809789440…

From Rep. Derek Kilmer:
Nine years ago, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that limits on corporate spending to influence elections violated the First Amendment. Since then, the amount of big money in politics has skyrocketed while the confidence that “we the people” have in our system has plummeted. Safe to say, the Supreme Court got it wrong on Citizens United.

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