Friday, January 2, 2015

Washington politics take aim at #wolves in January 2015

Don JenkinsCapital Press
Don Jenkins/Capital Press Washington lawmakers will convene Jan. 12 in the Legislative Building in Olympia for a 105-day session. Wolves, water and taxes will be among the agriculture-related issues.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Wolves, water and taxes are the headline agricultural issues as legislators prepare to convene for their 2015 session in the Washington State Capitol.

Wolves haven’t crossed the “Cascade Curtain” that divides Washington state, but anger at livestock predation has. Rep. Joel Kretz, an Okanogan County Republican, says he hopes legislators will address the management of the apex predators and their impact on livestock producers in Eastern Washington. “I think it’s in play this year,” he said.