The Endangered Species Act

Happy to see private boat docks that the Corps of Engineers, National Marine Fisheries and others tried to get banned from the Columbia River along the McNary Pool. I spent 2+ years working with Central WA citizens to protect private docks…under the new shoreline plan we now have as many docks as ever! I want DNA analysis confirmed as “best available science” and federal respect for private landowner rights! … Continue reading

Washington’s Agricultural Industry

Washington’s agricultural industry contributes nearly $10 billion a year to our economy. Employment in the ag industry has grown 32 percent in the past 10 years presenting significant challenges and opportunities. Expanding production in Franklin County and our region will require even more workers; especially in less mechanized harvests of tree fruit, blueberries and wine grapes. Our world class agricultural production relies heavily on a skilled workforce. Securing our national borders to protect us from those who would attack our country is essential. However we must also end the costly, burdensome governmental obstacles in order to ensure foreign workers have an efficient, verifiable, legal path to come here and work. Our present work visa systems are broken. Our growers – who contribute so much to our regional economy – deserve better. … Continue reading

Kimber Ultra CDP II

One of my personal carry guns. Started as an annual member as a kid and worked my way up to Benefactor member. We should never forget that the 2nd Amendment is the right that ultimately guarantees all our other rights! … Continue reading

More Hanford tank concerns raised

Reviews of Hanford double-shell tanks have raised new concerns about their ability to safely contain high-level radioactive waste. The reviews, which use historical documents to reconstruct how the tanks were built, call for enhanced inspection of some of the 28 tanks. The Department of Energy will be doing more frequent visual inspections of all 28 tanks in response to the findings of the construction reviews, said Tom Fletcher, DOE assistant manager of the Hanford tank farms. The review of the newest tank farm, built in the 1980s, still is in progress. The reviews finished to date conclude that while there were continuing construction difficulties, none of the tanks had as troubled a construction history as the oldest double-shell tank, Tank AY-102, which is leaking radioactive waste from between its shells. No waste is believed to have leaked into the soil beneath AY-102, which is underground. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., sent … Continue reading