Record Year for Washington in the Prevention of Aquatic Invasive Species

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OLYMPIA – Boaters helped the state celebrate a record year for efforts to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species into Washington’s waterways, including zebra and quagga mussels, aquatic plants, and fish and amphibian diseases. Aquatic invasive species invade ecosystems beyond their natural historic range, and can negatively impact water quality, power and irrigation systems, native wildlife, and recreational opportunities. 

Washington Fire Marshal Reminds Washington Residents to be Safe This New Year

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Olympia – Fireworks can be a sparktacular way to ring in the New Year with a bang, but they can also be dangerous if handled inappropriately. In 2018, fireworks in Washington caused 209 injuries and 92 fires. Most of those incidents occurred around Independence Day, but five fireworks injuries were reported in 2018 between December 27-31.

Nez Perce National Historical Park’s Winter Holiday Hours

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LAPWAI, ID – Nez Perce National Historical Park wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. The Spalding Visitor Center will be closed Christmas Eve (Dec 24), Christmas Day (Dec 25), and New Year’s Day (Jan 1) to give our staff time to spend with their loved ones. The visitor center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve (Dec 31). All park sites will remain open to the public throughout the holidays.

Idaho State Police Aims to Reduce Number of Impaired Drivers During Holiday Season

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Starting today, the Idaho State Police will have all available troopers working throughout the state to keep Idaho roads safe.  The increased patrols will focus on reducing the number of impaired and other unsafe drivers on Idaho roadways during the holiday season. Specially trained Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) will also be working during the holiday to identify impaired drivers. DRE's provide law enforcement agencies with certified experts capable of gathering evidence to substantiate charges of impairment by drugs in DUI/drug investigations.   

Risch, King Bill Protecting Energy Grid from Cyberattacks Becomes Law

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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Angus King (I-Maine), both members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, celebrated the enactment of their bipartisan Securing Energy Infrastructure Act into law. The legislation passed as part of the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and will  develop defenses for the U.S. energy grid through partnerships between the National Laboratories and industry. The partnerships will utilize engineering concepts to remove vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to access the grid and the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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