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Temporary Campsite Closures 4-7-2017

Access Washington News - April 7, 2017 - 12:08
Sites 1-8 and 17-33 will be temporarily closed Friday 4-7-2017, due to the high wind and high surf advisory. These sites have a high probability of surf and debris breaching the campground.

Inslee seeking federal disaster assistance for severe winter storms

Governor's Office - April 7, 2017 - 10:41

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee this week submitted his request to the White House for a major disaster declaration and financial assistance to help 15 counties recover from the impacts of severe winter storms that hit the state January 30 through February 22.

Inslee seeking federal disaster assistance for severe winter storms

Access Washington News - April 7, 2017 - 10:41

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee this week submitted his request to the White House for a major disaster declaration and financial assistance to help 15 counties recover from the impacts of severe winter storms that hit the state January 30 through February 22.

Top-notch SHIBA volunteers provide outstanding customer service

Access Washington News - April 7, 2017 - 08:43
SHIBA volunteers attend an outreach event in 2016. 
In honor of National Volunteer Month, we’re recognizing the more than 400 people who passionately volunteer their time to our Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program. SHIBA's outstanding volunteer advisors are an integral part of the consumer protection work we do here at the Office of the InsuranceCommissioner.

During 2016, SHIBA volunteers:
  • Assisted more than 88,000 Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers with one-on-one counseling in person and over the phone to help them: 
    • Evaluate their insurance needs. 
    • Choose a Medicare plan. 
    • Choose a Medicare supplement plan. 
    • Review long-term care insurance policies. 
    • Apply for subsidies to help pay for prescription drugs and Medicare Savings Plans to help pay Medicare Part A and B premiums, copays and deductibles. 
  • Educated more than 105,000 people about Medicare. 
  • Held more than 3,300 outreach events statewide. 
  • Resolved 648 complex complaints from beneficiaries between March 2016 and February 2017. Examples of complaints can include beneficiaries who were out of coverage, had been disenrolled by a plan, or needed an emergency prescription drug refill. 
Last year, our volunteers donated 98,000 hours of their time to help Medicare consumers in our state. At a national average volunteer rate of $23.65 per hour, this amounts to approximately $2.3 million in valuable donated time and effort.

We honor and celebrate our volunteers this month – and all year long – for their dedication, compassion, commitment, kindness and service.

Read more about SHIBA services and where to find help in your area. You can reach SHIBA online or by phone at 1-800-562-6900.

Jail time for Auburn man who used fake name in $114K workers' comp scam

Access Washington News - April 6, 2017 - 14:40

A drywall worker who admitted stealing workers' compensation benefits and then evaded authorities for a year must serve 60 days in jail.

Crime Victims' Rights Week ceremony will highlight state support available

Access Washington News - April 6, 2017 - 11:09

First Lady Trudi Inslee and former state Sen. Jeralita Costa are the featured speakers at a ceremony in Tumwater on Friday marking National Crime Victims' Rights Week. This year's theme is "Strength. Resilience. Justice."

AG Ferguson releases immigration guidance for local government

Access Washington News - April 6, 2017 - 11:07

Guide to local responsibilities and protecting residents

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today released guidance for local governments on protecting the rights of all Washington residents, and the limits of federal immigration authority.

AG Ferguson cracks down on illegal lease provisions targeting service members

Access Washington News - April 5, 2017 - 16:29

Office’s first use of 2014 amendments to state law

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that a Portland, Ore.-based property management company must pay more than $16,000 for requiring service members to sign illegal lease addendums requiring them to forfeit rent concessions if they had to terminate their leases early as a result of change of station or deployment.

New 911 director brings Coast Guard experience to state job

Access Washington News - April 5, 2017 - 11:02
April also features Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Mukilteo company fined more than $645,000 for exposing roofers to fall hazards

Access Washington News - April 4, 2017 - 14:09

A Mukilteo roofing company faces large fines for multiple safety violations that exposed workers to potential falls from more than 30 feet high and other hazards at job sites in Issaquah and Vancouver.

State launches crowd sourcing pest detection initiative

Access Washington News - April 4, 2017 - 11:57
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has launched a new crowd sourcing initiative to monitor two new pests that have recently been detected in the state.

North Carolina, Washington governors make friendly wager over NCAA championship

Governor's Office - April 3, 2017 - 12:04

OLYMPIA – As the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team prepares to take on Gonzaga for the national championship tonight, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Washington Governor Jay Inslee have raised the stakes with a friendly wager on the game.

North Carolina, Washington governors make friendly wager over NCAA championship

Access Washington News - April 3, 2017 - 12:04

OLYMPIA – As the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team prepares to take on Gonzaga for the national championship tonight, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Washington Governor Jay Inslee have raised the stakes with a friendly wager on the game.

AG: Trump Administration can't stand in the way of energy efficiency improvements

Access Washington News - April 3, 2017 - 10:12

Challenge to federal Department of Energy delays

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson and 10 other states announced today a challenge to the Trump Administration’s efforts to delay new energy efficiency standards that would otherwise result in significant savings for consumers and reduce environmental pollution.

No Water at the West Camp Ground and West Restroom is Closed Until Further Notice

Access Washington News - April 3, 2017 - 08:21
Currently no water at the West Camp Ground and the West Restroom is Closed Until Further Notice, due to a water leak. A vault toilet is temporarily available for use. Primitive campsite fees currently apply in this area.

81st Brigade Combat Team Conversion Update

Access Washington News - April 1, 2017 - 08:13
New DoD Directive changes the 81st from Stryker Brigade to Byker Brigade

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