On Friday at events in Mukilteo and Tacoma, Gov. Jay Inslee signed several climate and clean energy jobs bills, including the historic new 16-year Move Ahead Washington transportation package.
The governor was joined in Mukilteo by Tulalip Tribes Vice Chair-elect Misty Napeahi, Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Roger Millar, Sen. Marko Liias, Rep. Jake Fey, Sen. Joe Nguyen, Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, Rep. Alex Ramel, and Rep. Davina Duerr.
In Tacoma, Inslee was joined by Chairman of the Puyallup Tribe Bill Sterud, Pierce Transit CEO Mike Griffus, Sen. Marko Liias, Rep. Jake Fey, and Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon.
The Move Ahead Washington transportation package is unlike any other in the state's history. It lays the foundation for a massive shift from simply building more lanes to moving people via cleaner, more efficient transportation options.
"Transportation is our state's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. There is no way to talk about climate change without talking about transportation," Inslee said during the Friday morning signing event. "This package will move us away from the transportation system our grand-parents imagined and towards the transportation system our grand-children dream of."
The Move Ahead Washington package focuses an increased share of funding on maintenance and preservation of existing roads and bridges than prior packages, and includes major projects such as the replacement of the I-5 bridge across the Columbia River. But the clear distinction is how it directs a significant share of investments towards climate and clean transportation. These investments are possible thanks to revenue from the state's cap-and-invest program that places a price on carbon pollution.
In Lewis County, the name you hear often in the country music business is Chris Guenther. Recently, Chris recorded an album American Outlaw: Volume 1 (Dime Novel Heroes & Western Non-fiction).
The City of Toledo is losing their clerk, but she won't be far, she is the new treasurer for the City of Napavine. Michelle Whitten has years of knowledge, she has been a life saver for Toledo but also for Winlock and Vader these past few years. When it comes to being a city clerk, there is nothing she can't do and she has always taken the time to explain to anyone who has a question. Michelle will be missed in Toledo.
SOUTH BEND - The Raymond-South Bend boys soccer team was defeated by Elma and Tenino, and the Ravens played to a tie versus Winlock last week. Though winless on the young season, the Ravens have shown a lot of improvement over a season ago.
"We have a squad of 23, made up of eighth graders, ninth, 10th and 11th graders," Ravens head coach Joseph Keegan told the Herald.
Last Friday, the Ravens played at Tenino and were defeated 3-1.
"In the first half we gave away three soft goals," Keegan said. "At halftime, we got the boys to be more physical in defending." As a result, Tenino (4-1) was held scoreless the rest of the match.
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