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Tag Archives: Land Use

Sound Transit Board sends ST3 to ballot; Mass Transit Now campaign launches to pass it

Excerpt: Sound Transit’s eighteen member Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt the revised draft ST3 (Phase III) plan and refer it to the voters of urban King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties this afternoon, successfully concluding several years of extensive planning and public outreach. Board Chair Dow Constantine thanked Sound Transit staff for their hard work […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Revised transportation package clears Washington State Senate on bipartisan vote

Excerpt: Moments ago, the Washington State Senate took yet another significant vote, this time concerning transportation revenue. By an overwhelming four-to-one margin, the Senate voted to approve SB 5987, which would raise the gas tax and vehicle weight fees to pay for a long list of highway projects, a shorter list of rail, bike, and pedestrian […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. House passes ill-conceived bill to gut the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to designate national monuments

Excerpt: Acting as if they don’t have anything better to do (and they certainly do!) the Republican “leadership” in the U.S. House of Representatives today engineered a vote on a bill that would gut the Antiquities Act, legislation dating back the early 1900s that allows presidents to designate national monuments. As Ken Burns and his team […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Obama picks REI CEO Sally Jewell to serve as the next Secretary of the Interior

Excerpt: Great news from our nation’s capital this morning: At an event in the White House’s State Dining Room, President Barack Obama announced that he has chosen Washington’s Sally Jewell to serve as the Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Jewell, fifty-seven, is currently the chief executive officer of Recreational Equipment Incorporated, better known as […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Wolves’ comeback breeds tensions

Excerpt: A controversial and divisive figure is rearing its scruffy head in Washington. Absent from our state for at least seventy years, the wolf is making a vigorous comeback. And while Native Americans honor it in story, animal lovers appreciate its ecological role (not to mention its family loyalty and intelligence), many ranchers distrust it because […]
Written by:Kathleen Reynolds
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