Scratch The Fishery Closure Notices (Thank Goodness)

Twitter traffic this hour indicates a possible deal has been reached on Washington’s budget for the next two years, meaning widespread fishing closures wouldn’t need to occur, state parks would be open for the Fourth of July, and game wardens and other WDFW employees would report to work on Monday, July 1.

A tweet from Governor Inslee around 11:30 a.m. said:

Governor Inslee ?@GovInslee 1m

Great news: Negotiators tell me they will move quickly to pass the budget and send it to me for my signature. #waleg

TVW reported:

TVW ?@TVWnews 16m

We are efforting getting the @GovInslee press conference on the #waleg budget deal LIVE on-air and online. http://TVW.org

Austin Jenkins at NPR and TVW tweeted:

Austin Jenkins N3 ?@AustinJenkinsN3 14m

Gov says budget deal and no shutdown of government and then he and lawmakers abruptly leave room. #wagov #waleg#

Here are links to our previous coverage:

http://nwsportsmanmag.com/editors-blog/just-in-case-washington-fishing-closures-being-drafted/

http://nwsportsmanmag.com/editors-blog/1400-plus-wdfw-staffers-would-be-laid-off-if-budget-deal-isnt-reached/

Now, to get WDFW to work on something besides contingency planning, like updating the damn Lake Washington sockeye count!

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