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The Senate passed a bill April 13 addressing how the state responds to wildfires after the failures of the massive Carlton Complex Fire in northeast Washington. House Bill 2093, sponsored by...

April 16, 2015

The state House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill today that would require a variety of changes in how the state responds to wildfires.

March 11, 2015

The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill March 10 to require the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to review the statewide wolf management plan and its success in Eastern...

March 11, 2015

Members from the Carlton Complex Fire Recovery Group and Okanogan County officials traveled to Olympia Thursday to discuss the Carlton Complex Fire that burned more than 256,000 acres and destroyed more...

Feb. 3, 2015

Reps. Joel Kretz and J.T. Wilcox will be hosting a Twitter/Facebook town hall online Feb. 2 starting at 12:15 p.m.

Jan. 22, 2015

In an unprecedented move, at least as far back as any "old timers" in the Washington State Legislature can remember, the 7th Legislative District saw its clout increased as both members...

Jan. 16, 2015

Rep. Brian Blake (D-Aberdeen), Chair of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, and Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda) will host presentations by local and state officials for the local community about...

Dec. 17, 2014

Kristiansen was unanimously chosen for his leadership post during the group’s reorganizational meeting.

Nov. 21, 2014

In an effort to work with the state Department of Ecology (DOE) to adjust the agency’s rules and regulations on businesses’ and landowners’ and their “potential to pollute.” Rep. Joel Kretz...

Jan. 24, 2014

State Sen. Brian Dansel and Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly Short invite residents of the 7th Legislative District to participate in an hour-long telephone town hall on Monday, Feb. 3, at...

Jan. 22, 2014