THE LEAD: Franz asks for $55 million to combat forest fires

The Boyd’s Fire burns near Kettle Falls this summer.

Commissioner Franz asks for historic firefighting budget…

Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is asked the state legislature for $55 million to dedicate to the Department of Natural Resource’s fire response team and fund programs to thin timber most susceptible to scorching. It’s the most the WA DNR has asked in funds to fight fires and would mean a doubling of money to fire suppression in the state. Click here for the full story. 

Yellow vests continue to march against French president
Thousands of yellow vest protesters marched Saturday through Paris and other French cities for a ninth straight weekend to denounce President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies, and repeated tensions broke out with police. Sporadic violence broke out during protests in Paris, Bourges, Bordeaux, Rouen, Marseille and Toulouse. Click here for full story. 

Government shutdown breaks record, longest in US history
A partial U.S. government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border entered its 22nd day on Saturday, making it the longest shuttering of federal agencies in U.S. history, with no end in sight. Click here for full story.

Anti-abortion rally with hundreds march through Spokane
The fourth annual Walk for Life Northwest took place on Saturday at Riverfront Park drawing about 400 people who said pregnancy should be celebrated, not treated as a disease to be cured through abortion. Click here for the full story.