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Voters in Gearhart, Oregon, sent a decisive message this week about limiting vacation rentals in neighborhoods. The Oregon beach town is the first Northwest place to hold a vote of the people on an issue that's cropping up in city councils across the region.

Washington lawmakers will return to the Capitol next week for “Committee Days” in advance of next January’s regular legislative session. Distracted driving and salmon net pens will be on the agenda.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the retrial of former Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley.

Post-election Inland Journal, November 9, 2017

Nov 9, 2017

This week on Inland Journal:
    ▪    We’ll talk about a possible change in majority in the Washington state Senate, from a mostly Republican coalition to the Democrats. We’ll talk with Sen. Shelly Short (R-Addy), who won re-election, and with Northwest News Network Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins.
    ▪    We’ll talk about the defeat of Proposition 2, the Spokane city initiative that would have fined companies that run uncovered coal and some oil trains through Spokane. Proposition supporter Jim Lee and opponent Michael Cathcart join us.
    ▪    We’ll talk with council members Breean Beggs and Candace Mumm, both of whom were elected to second terms.

Earlier this year, a gray whale calf died after getting tangled in crab pot lines near Seaview, Washington. Now commercial and tribal crab fishermen from the Washington coast have agreed to form a working group to discuss how to reduce the risk of a repeat.