Washington recreation groups unite to protect Mountains to Sound Greenway

June 3, 2015

A coalition of outdoor recreation groups has collected more than 3,000 signatures calling on Congress to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area.

The signatures were collected between April 15 and May 15 and support formally recognizing the 1.5 million-acre outdoor area connecting Seattle to Ellensburg as a National Heritage Area.

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Public comment session on Snoqualmie, Olympic forests is April 28 in Issaquah

April 24, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 24, 2015

Responding to requests by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, the U.S. Forest Service plans additional “listening sessions” to accept public comment on the ongoing study of the Northwest Forest Plan.

With the main topic being the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie and Olympic national forests, a listening session is slated from 6-8 p.m. April 28 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, Issaquah. The Issaquah session is meant to solicit public opinion on what changes to the Northwest Forest Plan might be needed, said Kelly Spute, a spokesman for the Forest Service.

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Federal legislators urge emergency federal funding for I-90 overpass

April 22, 2015

NEW — 4:45 p.m. April 22, 2015

Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-8) in urging Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to grant Emergency Relief program funding to help Washington state cover the costs of repairs for the Interstate 90 overpass, according to a news release from Murray’s office.

On March 13, a Recology CleanScapes garbage truck with its lift in the air struck and damaged the overpass above Front Street.

“The Front Street I-90 overpass is critical to in King County and to the State of Washington,” the members of Congress wrote. “As part of the I-90 corridor, it plays an important role in supporting international trade through the movement of goods across Washington and to our ports, creating and sustaining hundreds of thousands of jobs in the state.

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