The Washington State Department of Agriculture has located three Asian giant hornet nests in Whatcom County this year. All were in the east Blaine area not far from the border. The nests were found within a few miles of each other and the nest they removed in… Continue reading “The Impact”: 3rd Giant Hornet Nest for 2021; Venom Studies Planned
This week on “The Impact”: OSPI Chris Reykdal and Rep. Alex Ybarra (R-Quincy) debate vaccine mandates, COVID safety measures, and the new school year.
With the start of school the clock is ticking for teachers and state employees to get fully vaccinated or risk losing their jobs. On August 9th… Continue reading “The Impact” – Vaccine Mandate Debate
Letter from Renee Radcliff Sinclair, President and CEO, TVW
Covering state government is our primary mission, but there are a lot of other exciting things happening at TVW as well!
The period between session allows us to regroup and think about how we can improve the coverage and… Continue reading July 2021 Newsletter
On our final episode before our annual July/August hiatus, Inside Olympia host Austin Jenkins spent the whole hour with Roger Millar, secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Two topics that are much on Millar’s mind? Maintenance and safety. Millar offered some historical context on transportation maintenance and funding.… Continue reading Inside Olympia – Transportation Infrastructure
In our final episode for the spring 2021 season of “The Impact” we take a look back to the early days of the pandemic and the March 2020 statewide shut down order that closed schools and businesses deemed non-essential, then fast forward to the 2021 legislative session and the… Continue reading “The Impact”: From Stay Home to State Reopening, March 2020-June 2021 Retrospective
This week we sat down for in-depth interviews with the first director of the state’s new Office of Equity, Dr. Karen Johnson, and Joel Sacks, director of the state’s Department of Labor & Industries.
Dr. Johnson was hired in March to lead the new office, which was created and… Continue reading Inside Olympia – June 24, 2021
Hornet Season in Washington
The return of hot weather means its Asian giant hornet hunting season in Washington. The state’s campaign to find and eradicate the invasive insects shifts into gear… Continue reading “The Impact”: Asian Giant Hornets – 3 Separate Arrivals in 3 Years; Containment Plans from WA to B.C.
This week on Inside Olympia, Host Austin Jenkins interviews WA Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) Secretary Ross Hunter, and Lisa McLean, executive director of the 2021 WA State Redistricting Commission.
Secretary Hunter said his department supported the bill approved by the 2021 Legislature that emphasizes keeping kids… Continue reading Inside Olympia – June 17, 2021
This week on “The Impact” we talk one-on-one with Washington’s Secretary of State Kim Wyman, the only republican in statewide office on the West Coast.
We cover election skepticism, voter confidence, and related controversies from the last election cycle that at times put Wyman at odds with some members… Continue reading “The Impact” – Election Controversy, Broadband Bills, Marysville Murder Hornet Mystery
June 10, 2021
Description: This week on Inside Olympia, host Austin Jenkins sits down with State Epidemiologist Scott Lindquist for the latest news on the state’s battle against COVID, and the WA Lottery’s Kristi Weeks on Washington’s “Shot of a Lifetime” vaccination lottery.
After 15 months of intense work that… Continue reading Inside Olympia – COVID Update and Vaccine Lottery