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In our zeal to quickly switch from gas-powered to battery-operated vehicles and to convert our power grid to wind and solar generated electricity, the impacts of CO2 released from rivers, lakes and … more
“Early one mornin', I took me a notion To go out a-fishin' in the middle of the ocean ...” — Woody Guthrie, “Talkin’ Fishin’ Blues”   There … more
“Man Drowns Near Bellevue After Trying to Rescue a Child Who Had Fallen Off a Sailboat” was the headline posted on Chronline.com on Friday. On Wednesday, the man was trying to rescue … more
Gov. Jay Inslee needs to consult a primer on proper governance when it comes to signing bills. Repeatedly, he has exceeded his authority in line-item vetoes and been hauled into court by legislators … more
I feel pretty fortunate that the education I got in Chehalis and at Centralia College was actually pretty good. While I was in the Navy, I took some community college classes as a 19-year-old in … more
I’d be surprised if our memories of our fathers would be much alike. Take mine, for example.  In his youth, my father lived a life of near wealth, and life may have been one large … more
Regardless of the “how to” books available to read, parenting is hard and regularly leaves you questioning yourself. I laugh when thinking about the wide variety of fatherhood movies … more
With an unclassified military report covering two decades of UFO sightings set to be presented to Congress this month, a quote from one of Hollywood's earliest (and corniest) space-invader movies … more
If you want fresh local strawberries, but you’re unable to stop at the Chehalis Community Farmers Market downtown early Tuesday mornings, you can reserve the luscious fruit and other produce by … more
Editor’s Note: This is part three in a series on rebuilding Cowlitz River recreational fisheries. Over the past few months, the Western Washington recreational fishing community has looked … more
I’m fortunate to live near Mossyrock up on a hill with views of Mayfield Lake, the foothill mountains of East Lewis County and Mount Rainier. When friends and family stop by, they take in … more
I’ve lost track of the number of times in the past 12 years I’ve tried to clean my desk by using some of the assorted notes and clippings that accumulate in various nooks and crannies on … more
Over the past year, we’ve been treated with a new buzzword: “reimagine.”  Specifically, much of the talk is about reimagining policing in America. I got to thinking about … more
By Don Brunell   Shortly after President Biden took office, he issued the sweeping executive order to transition America to total 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035, just 15 short … more
Last weekend we said goodbye to yet another member of the St. Helens Club: Linda Ropka, a talented artist and gracious woman who passed away in Seattle May 28 at the age of 76. At least 10 of the … more
When I received the news of Judge Michael Roewe’s passing, I was shocked to say the least.  I thought to myself, “I just saw and spoke to him not even a week … more
Is the world unraveling? Our political leaders seem to be floundering. We have the pandemic, looming inflation — we can’t even agree on whether to wear masks or not. Where are our … more
“Stop selling yourself short. You don't know what tomorrow might bring so you might consider starting today.” - Virginia Burton, eight years clean of drugs, who will graduate this week … more
Early in the pandemic, signs of encouragement started appearing on theater marquees, church message boards, front lawns and living room windows. “We’re in this together.” … more
The patriotic remembrances shared early this week brought to mind — as it does to any old serviceman — my own memories of military service in peacetime and in wartime. I hope … more
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