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House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee to hold work session in Okanogan

Sep 20, 2011

The Washington State House of Representatives will host an Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee work session Thursday, Sept. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Okanogan County Courthouse in Okanogan.

The work session will include county officials from around the region and several legislators who serve on the committee, as well as lawmakers from the surrounding area. The meeting will be run by committee Chairman Brian Blake. The details of the meeting are as follows:

What: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee work session
When: Thursday, Sept. 29
Where: Okanogan County Courthouse, 123 Fifth Avenue North, Room 150, Okanogan
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Who: Committee members; invited guest presenters, including regional county commissioners; and the public

Citizens are welcome to attend the work session, but no public testimony will be taken during the meeting. However, written testimony to the committee will be accepted before and after the meeting.

The day's work session coincides with a local agriculture tour that includes a tour of the mine at Buckhorn Mountain and a meeting of livestock stakeholders regarding the challenges they face.

"These are difficult economic times and our focus should be not only on creating new jobs, but also on protecting the ones we already have, especially in our core industries like tree fruit growing, mining and logging," said Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, committee chairman and a former logger. "I'm looking forward to getting in-depth information on the current situation, as well as the present and future needs of these basic industries to ensure they continue being strong pillars in our economy."

Blake added that while public testimony will not be taken at the work session, he hopes citizens will attend, listen to the presentations and bring their comments in writing to submit to the group.

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