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Inslee issues update to vaccine requirement proclamation
Inslee issues update to vaccine requirement proclamation

Gov. Jay Inslee amended the vaccination requirement proclamation 21-14 to address potentially life-threatening circumstances in 24/7 facilities."24/7 facilities" provide care to individuals, and include, but are not limited to, acute care, long-term care, corrections, rehabilitation and behavioral health in-patient facilities. The action took place last Wednesday.

The amendment allows these facilities to use the services of contractors whose full vaccination status has not been verified in very narrow and limited circumstances. Those circumstances are emergent events or conditions that are unanticipated, discrete, temporary, and likely to result in death or serious bodily harm if the contractors' prompt actions are not taken.

Examples of such emergent events and conditions include, but are not limited to, fires, floods, or other natural disasters, inoperable security door and camera controls, and riot or hostage situations.

The amendment also requires that facility leadership must first make reasonable efforts to engage contractors whose vaccination status is verified, and must, within a reasonable time of the event, document that the circumstances met this narrow and limited exception. In addition, any such response by an unverified contractor must be limited to the duration and scope necessary to address the emergent event.

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Classifieds 12.1.21
Classifieds 12.1.21
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Inslee statement on COVID booster expanded eligibility
Inslee statement on COVID booster expanded eligibility

Inslee statement on COVID booster expanded eligibility

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement Saturday as the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup confirmed actions taken by FDA and CDC to recommend boosters for all adults who received their initial course of COVID- 19 vaccine six or more months ago.

"The COVID vaccines continue to amaze me as a scientific success. The vaccine is the path out of the pandemic. I encourage everyone five years and older to get vaccinated - whether you are a child or adult getting their first vaccinate or a 50-year-old getting a booster, we can protect each other with this important step," Inslee said. "As we head into winter, we want to make sure to have as much protection against COVID as we can. We are seeing surging cases in other parts of the country, and we want to do what we can to prevent ourselves entering another COVID wave. Now that boosters are available to all adults, we hope everyone will take advantage of them. Protect yourself, your loved ones, your coworkers and your friends."

Support of High-Speed Rail Corridor with Oregon & B.C.

As part of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference, Inslee along with Gov. Kate Brown and Premier John Horgan, signed a memorandum of understanding to establish ultra-high-speed transportation as a priority in the region. The action took place last Tuesday (Nov. 16).

"The Cascadia Innovation Corridor reflects our shared belief that regional challenges and opportunities require regional solutions," Inslee said. "We know that exchanging ideas and entrepreneurship across borders will build our economies and improve our quality of life in Washington state, British Columbia, and Oregon. We intend to do just that with the memorandum of understanding that we signed earlier today. We will coordinate with our partners on pursuing federal funding for high-speed rail and engage communities throughout our region."

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Classifieds 11.24.21
Classifieds 11.24.21
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Inslee names Steve Hobbs Secretary of State; He replaces Kim Wyman, who has accepted a job with the Biden administration
Inslee names Steve Hobbs Secretary of State; He replaces Kim Wyman, who has accepted a job with the Biden administration

Gov. Jay Inslee named Steve Hobbs as Washington Secretary of State last Wednesday. Hobbs replaces Kim Wyman who is vacating the position to take a role with the Biden administration.

The Washington Secretary of State preserves the integrity of elections in Washington state; safeguards vital government records, documents, publications and process; provides the business community and public with easy access to information about corporations and charities; and performs public outreach to improve civic knowledge and participation.

Hobbs, a native Washingtonian, grew up in Snohomish County where he still lives with his family. He has represented the 44th Legislative District in the state Senate since 2007. He currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Washington State National Guard.

Hobbs served for more than 32 years in the U.S. Army, serving in Kosovo and Iraq. He enlisted as a private and eventually worked his way up to Lt. Colonel.

"Steve is a dedicated public servant. He has a strong national security perspective from his work in the Army and National Guard," Inslee said. "His knowledge of cyber-security will be crucial as election systems around the country continue to face threats. Importantly, Steve has demonstrated political independence. That is crucial during this time of political polarization and distrust. He is a moderate who has worked effectively with people of all political perspectives. He is not afraid to challenge both Democrats and Republicans. Steve has worked to protect democracy and will continue that noble pursuit as Secretary of State."

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Willapa Harbor Vendors Fall Bazaar
Willapa Harbor Vendors Fall Bazaar
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Classifieds 11.17.21
Classifieds 11.17.21
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Annual Harvest Auction
Annual Harvest Auction
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Classifieds 11.10.21
Classifieds 11.10.21
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Legal Public Notice
Legal Public Notice
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Inslee on Wyman joining Federal Election Security Office
Inslee on Wyman joining Federal Election Security Office

Inslee on Wyman joining Federal Election Security Office

Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement last Tuesday on Secretary of State Kim Wyman's decision to lead the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to protect future elections from foreign and domestic interference.

"I spoke to Kim earlier today and congratulated her on her appointment. She has remained independent in the face of partisan challenges and has always done what was best for the strength of our democracy.

"I remember watching Kim certify the 2020 election results last December on the floor of the state Senate. When confronted with the choice of adopting election lies being promulgated by powerful forces in her party, Kim chose to stand by the will of the people. We are a stronger state because of Kim's endeavors.

"She is a great fit to lead these crucial efforts at the national level and I have no doubt that her expertise, energy and focus will lead to more secure elections and help restore faith in the democratic process.

"I will appoint her replacement in the coming weeks, and I believe that regardless of who it is, they will continue the vital work that Kim and her staff have put in place."

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Classifieds 11.3.21
Classifieds 11.3.21
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Clarification for Proposition No. 1  Willapa Valley School District No. 160
Clarification for Proposition No. 1 Willapa Valley School District No. 160
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Inslee, Murray statement on establishing solutions for salmon recovery in the Columbia River Basin
Inslee, Murray statement on establishing solutions for salmon recovery in the Columbia River Basin

Last Friday, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee issued the following joint statement on next steps as they pursue a joint federal-state process to establish a comprehensive solution for salmon recovery in the Columbia River Basin.

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Classifieds 10.27.21
Classifieds 10.27.21
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Clammers can enjoy seven straight days of digging
Clammers can enjoy seven straight days of digging

SOUTH BEND - Razor clam digging continues Tuesday through Monday on local beaches. There are several more dates running through the end of the years after shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced a total of 62 tentative dates for razor clam digs at beaches along the Washington coast.

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Inslee issues proclamation requiring vaccination verification for large events
Inslee issues proclamation requiring vaccination verification for large events

Inslee issues proclamation requiring vaccination verification for large events

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a large event vaccine verification emergency order, Proclamation 21-16. A "large event" is a ticketed or pre registered assembly of 10,000 or more individuals at an outdoor venue or 1,000 or more individuals at an indoor venue.

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Classifieds 10.20.21
Classifieds 10.20.21
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Inslee releases statement on high vaccine rates among state workforce
Inslee releases statement on high vaccine rates among state workforce

Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement Monday regarding the latest increases in vaccination rates among state employees ahead of the required Oct. 18 vaccine verification deadline. Below is the governor's statement.

"We all can be extremely encouraged with the progress we have made in vaccinating public servants in response to this pandemic. As today's numbers released by the Office of Financial Management show, tens of thousands more public servants residing in communities across our state are now vaccinated, putting themselves and the people they interact with at much lower risk from this virus. The first numbers gathered showed around 49 percent, now we are over 90 percent. The numbers show this strategy to increase vaccinations has been a great success.

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Classifieds 10.13.21
Classifieds 10.13.21
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Pfizer offers booster COVID vaccines
Pfizer offers booster COVID vaccines

The Pfizer vaccine is now available as a booster dose. The booster doses are currently recommended for people who received Pfizer for their first two doses and who completed their initial Pfizer series over 6 months ago, AND fall into one of the following groups:

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Classifieds 10.6.21
Classifieds 10.6.21
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IRS Phone Scam: Did the IRS just call me? Am I under investigation?
IRS Phone Scam: Did the IRS just call me? Am I under investigation?

Lately, scammers have been swamping cell phones with calls. One claims to be from the IRS and that you are under investigation for tax fraud. It is a recorded message, but if you listen until the end you might get a real person.

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Classifieds 9.29.21
Classifieds 9.29.21
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Inslee requests federal medical staffing resources
Inslee requests federal medical staffing resources

Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter Monday to Jeff Zients, federal COVID-19 response coordinator, requesting federal staffing resources, including clinical and non-clinical staff, to support the Washington health care system in response to rising COVID-19 hospitalizations.

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