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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/

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

Claire Roney elected 6th Congressional District Representative on WA State Democratic Board!

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CLAIRE RONEY

State Committee Representative - Jefferson County, was elected today as 6th Congressional District Representative to the Washington State Democrats Executive Board.

Washington's 6th Congressional District encompasses the Olympic Peninsula, most of the Kitsap Peninsula, and most of the city of Tacoma.

Claire will be an effective leader for our district because she has:

  • Genuine affection for and knowledge about the 6th District's working class roots.
  • Ability to effectively mobilize and unite diverse people towards common goals.
  • A strong work ethic, years of experience and commitment to follow through.

Claire's Democratic Party background includes:

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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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ELECTION DAY – Re: Port Townsend School Levies – Feb. 12, 2019

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Photo by PTLeader

The Port Townsend school levy vote is coming up in February 2019. Check out this webpage for detailed information regarding levies for the Port Townsend School District. (Photo by PTLeader)

http://www.ptschools.org/levy

CNN: Nancy Pelosi elected House speaker, reclaims gavel to lead Democrats’ new majority

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Washington (CNN) - Nancy Pelosi was officially elected the new House speaker on Thursday in a majority vote by the House of Representatives on the first day of the 116th Congress.She defeated the Republican nominee Kevin McCarthy, winning 220 votes. McCarthy becomes the House minority leader. As House speaker, Pelosi will regularly face off against President Donald Trump and will preside over an emboldened and energized Democratic majority that is poised to launch aggressive oversight of the President and his administration. To read more click on the following link

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/03/politics/nancy-pelosi-house-speaker-vote-new-congress/index.html

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