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I've met and heard from many of you regarding wolves over the last decade.  As we've worked to restore balance and fairness to the wolf/livestock equation, I've asked you to stick...

June 8, 2021

I have been advocating, since last spring, for a local approach to reopening our economy.  I trust my local health departments and locally elected county officials to do the right thing...

March 11, 2021

The Spokesman-Review recently published an opinion piece against the state's increase in cougar hunting from a lawyer who works and lives in Seattle.  I'm happy to provide a counter perspective, that...

May 8, 2020

During Washington's early years of wolf recovery, social conflict between people with different perspectives and values has increased dramatically. There are some using this conflict for a broader agenda, not attempting...

Jan. 8, 2020

For many Washington families, living in their homes has become unsafe and unaffordable, with an increasingly unaccountable state government that seems indifferent to their day-to-day struggle. Homelessness and social services are...

Nov. 21, 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

If you are reading this article in the Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle, chances are you know somebody who ranches, farms, is an orchardist, raises livestock, or enjoys the outdoors. In other words,...

Feb. 13, 2019

Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly short give a detailed outline of the job-creation policies they support in the Legislature and how the governor and House Democrats would rather create a larger...

April 12, 2013

Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly short believe the Legislature must focus its efforts on measures that promote private-sector job creation in Washington state. The lawmakers explain a few of the House...

Feb. 26, 2013

I can't recall ever having my office phone and e-mail explode with calls and letters as they have after the governor announced her proposed 2011-13 budget adjustments to address the $2...

Jan. 9, 2012