By Rodger Nichols
For The Sentinel 

Joint meeting focus on counties' common issues


Rodger Nichols

COMMON CAUSE: From left: Bob Hamlin (Skamania), Jim Sizemore (Klickitat), State Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, Richard Mahar (Skamania), Dave Sauter (Klickitat), State Sen. Curtis King, Tom Lannen (Skamania), Rex Johnson (Klickitat). Not pictured: Rep. Chris Corry, who arrived shortly after the meeting started.

Klickitat and Skamania County Commissioners met in a joint session Thursday in the meeting room at Klickitat PUD in Goldendale. Joining them were 14th district state representatives Gina Mosbrucker and Chris Corry along with Senator Curtis King. What followed was a discussion in-depth on issues of concerns to the two counties including, among others, veterans service officers, fire danger, range management, wolf predation, unfunded mandates, state election costs borne by the counties, and daycare.

Here are some highlights:

• Veterans Service Officers(VSO)-Only seven of Washington's 39 counties have veterans service officers. A bill to provide funds for VSOs in all counties failed in the...

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