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In the past decade, perhaps no two issues have affected local communities, ranchers and families in Northeast Washington more than wolves and wildfires. Last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers joined...

July 16, 2019

Legislation was signed into law recently to address two major concerns of northeast Washington residents: wildfires and wolves. The two bills, sponsored by Wauconda Republican Rep. Joel Kretz, passed the Legislature...

June 4, 2019

The state House of Representatives passed legislation that will help prevent wildfires from spreading and also protect firefighters. The legislation, House Bill 1784, requires the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR)...

March 13, 2019

'Wolf recovery in Washington has been one of the largest unfunded mandates in recent memory,' says Kretz The Washington State House of Representatives passed legislation this week that would require the...

March 12, 2019

Lawmakers from the 7th Legislative District will hold a telephone town hall on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Automated phone calls will go out throughout the district,...

Feb. 1, 2019

'I'm sure the gray wolves will seek to placidly coexist with the dogs, cats, horses, sheep, people and other peaceful animals on the island,' says Kretz In response to one Western...

Jan. 29, 2019

The Washington State House Republicans selected their leadership team ahead of the 2019 legislative session.

Nov. 26, 2018

'It's something positive we can look to and build upon,' says Kretz Under legislation passed today in the state House of Representatives, wolf relocation, a component of the state wolf conservation...

Feb. 13, 2018

After over a year of hard-fought negotiations, the state Legislature passed a bipartisan fix to the so-called Hirst decision. The late-night vote on Senate Bill 6091 brings clarity, certainty and most...

Jan. 18, 2018

'My bill will do more…than the Puget Sound Partnership has done in its entire existence,' says Kretz OLYMPIA…House Republican Deputy Leader Joel Kretz introduced The One Washington Water Act today.  The...

Jan. 15, 2018