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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

Rep. Joel Kretz gives a passionate plea for balance in dealing with Washington's wolves.

April 27, 2019

TVW's Legislative Review for April 2, 2019 takes a close look at a wolf bill by Rep. Joel Kretz to review the listing status of wolves in Washington state as well...

April 5, 2019

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, joins Capitol Report to discuss gun legislation this legislative session, including gun bills that failed because of grassroots efforts, and bad gun bills that are still alive...

March 22, 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

(As published in the Omak Chronicle, 3/13/19) Science tells us the sense of smell is most closely associated to memory. It doesn't take much more than a waft of wood smoke...

March 12, 2019

Rep. Joel Kretz, R – Wauconda, discusses the current increase in tax revenue, the reasons for the increase and the ways to give back to Washington tax payers in order to...

Feb. 23, 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

Under legislation sponsored by Rep. Joel Kretz and signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee, much of the groundwork for the state's next wildfire suppression response will be laid months in...

April 21, 2017