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Wild Olympics Bill Rides Wave of Broad Local Support out of Key House Committee

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QUILCENE, Wash. (December 5th, 2019) –The Wild Olympics Coalition today cheered the passage of the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 2642) out of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee. The legislation was introduced by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) in May, and would permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries – a total of 464 river miles – as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Designed through extensive community input to protect ancient forests and clean water and enhance outdoor recreation, the legislation would designate the first new wilderness in the Olympic National Forest in nearly three decades and the first-ever protected wild and scenic rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.

The Campaign released a stunning new video featuring some of their most prominent local champions to celebrate the milestone, including a local logger, conservationist, fishing guide, scientist, shellfish grower and a city councilmember who are all backing the legislation.

Video On Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/374404086

Video On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildolympics/videos/936210906778791/

Video On Twitter: https://twitter.com/WildOlympics/status/1202614173768679424

Senator Murray and Representative Kilmer spent years gathering extensive community input on the Olympic Peninsula to craft the carefully-balanced legislation. It would permanently protect ancient and mature forests, critical salmon habitat, and sources of clean drinking water for local communities, while also protecting and expanding world-class outdoor recreation opportunities like hiking, camping, boating, hunting, and fishing without closing any roads or affecting any trailhead access.

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FYI: Wild Olympics Bill Rides Wave of New Local Support through House Hearing

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Wild Olympics Bill Rides Wave of New Local Support through House Hearing

New endorsers cite economic growth, clean water, salmon recovery as Representative Kilmer & local business leader testify

QUILCENE, Wash. (July 10, 2019) The Wild Olympics Coalition today cheered a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands of the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 2642). The legislation was introduced by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) in May, and would permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries, a total of 464 river miles, as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Designed through extensive community input to protect ancient forests and clean water and enhance outdoor recreation, the legislation would designate the first new wilderness on Olympic National Forest in nearly three decades and the first-ever protected wild and scenic rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. Read more

FYI: NBC News: First Democratic debate set for Miami, June 26-27

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Details on the venue, moderators and timing will be announced at a later date, the debate's host said in a release.
 
March 28, 2019, 9:53 AM PDT
By Allan Smith

The first Democratic debate of the 2020 presidential primary will be held on June 26 and 27 in Miami, NBC News, the host of the debate, announced on Thursday.

MSNBC and Telemundo will also host. Details on the venue, moderators and timing will be announced at a later date, NBC News said in a release.

The debate will also stream online free on NBC News' digital platforms, including NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, the NBC News Mobile App and OTT apps, in addition to Telemundo’s digital platforms. READ MORE

Obituary: Phil Johnson 1946-2019

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Donate to the Phil Johnson Scholarship Fund
Photo by PTLeader.com

From Al Bergstein: This is one of the hardest obituaries I’ve ever written. I knew a small piece of Phil Johnson. I never knew him as he grew up in Port Townsend, on the farm just north of the county fairgrounds. Nor did I know him as he went off to college, and then became a salmon fisherman. Nor when he married the love of his life, Sandy. Nor the daughter that they had, Maia. I didn’t know him when he became a property owner in downtown PT, nor when he helped a young guy named Rocky buy and restore the Rose Theater. I didn’t know him as he built homes, and then ran for County Commissioner. But then I got to know Phil when he and I bumped into each other fighting for environmental protections in Jefferson County, first on the Shoreline Master Program, to write in rules to better regulate aquaculture and then to work to ban Atlantic salmon raised in net pens in the Salish Sea. Then on the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee. READ MORE: https://olyopen.com/2019/01/10/phil-johnson-walks-on/

• FYI: The League of Women Voters is Hosting a CANDIDATE FORUM ON June 27 for Legislative District 24!

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The League of Women Voters will be hosting a Public Forum for Legislative District 24 on June 27th, 7-9 p.m. Port Townsend Community Center.   620 Tyler St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Participants:

State Representative Pos. 1: Mike Chapman, Democrat Incumbent Jodi Wilkes, Republican Opponent

State Representative Pos. 2: Steve Tharinger, Democrat Incumbent Jim McIntyre, Republican Opponent

Keeping Up with Legislation

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Our first Legislators Round Table was held Sunday, March 12th at the Bay Club in Port Ludlow, with approximately 75 members attending. Assistant Majority Whip Mike Chapman and Representative Steve Tharinger were our guests, in an open question format without moderation or screening of questions. Video of this event can be viewed by clicking here.

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(FYI) How Corporations use the Constitution to Thwart Environmental Justice

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How Corporations use the Constitution to Thwart Environmental Justice Featured Speaker: Keyan Bliss, Move to Amend National Staff Communications Coordinator Admission is free and open to all. Co-sponsored by the Jefferson County Move to Amend affiliate and the QUUF Green Sanctuary Environmental Action Committee. Free childcare is available if arranged by Dec. 5th by calling Julia at 360-821-1926. For more information call 360-379-0370

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