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Lens Video – Vancouver Energy Project

Lens sat down with Vancouver Energy General Manager Jared Larrabee to discuss the proposed project, which is anticipated to create family-wage jobs, bolster energy independence and bring additional revenue to local and regional economies....

Former EPA Regional Director Questioned On Controversial Agency-Funded Campaign, Regulatory Issues

Governor Jay Inslee’s appointee to the Puget Sound Partnership (PSP) Leadership Council, Dennis McLerran, took a shellacking from Senate Republicans during a Wednesday, June 14 committee hearing regarding agency activities while he served as...

Fixing School Siting: Round Three

State lawmakers are taking a second crack at a statewide problem school districts face while looking for appropriate sites for new facilities after Governor Jay Inslee partially vetoed related legislation approved during the regular...

Proposed Vancouver Energy Oil Terminal Would Bring Jobs, Revenue To Local Communities

Final public comment regarding a permit for the proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal proved lively as local residents, environmental advocates, business stakeholders and members of the labor community expressed their praise and concerns surrounding...
Senate On Track With Revised Short Line Rail Bill

Senate On Track With Revised Short Line Rail Bill

The Washington state Senate this week approved the companion legislation to a House bill loosening rural land development restrictions after it was vetoed last month by Governor Inslee. ESB 5517 would allow employers to build...

Identifying Small Business Challenges In Washington’s Workers’ Compensation System

In the business world, one workers' compensation claim can spell disaster for employers and their ability to stay afloat in a competitive market, and the financial effects of addressing a claim can linger for years. Washington state lacks...

Majority of Voters Now Opposed to Sound Transit 3

The backlash against new Sound Transit 3 (ST3) car tab fees by Puget Sound drivers hasn’t let up. A recent survey of likely voters in the taxing district found that a mere 37 percent –...
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Lens Video – DNR Wildfire Academy

Lens presents its first video on the Washington Department of Natural Resources' wildfire training academy held last month in Yakima. Featured are interviews with veterans of the 2014-15 wildfire seasons, as well as college...
Debate Continues Over Proposed Property Tax Hikes

Debate Continues Over Proposed Property Tax Hikes

Although state budget negotiations are at a standstill in Olympia, debate over legislative proposals to repeal the state’s property tax restriction on counties has intensified over the possibility it might be included in a...
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