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Happy Berryuary! It’s my favorite time of year: the midsummer season when Washington’s woods are at their bountiful best.  The native trailing blackberries are delicious, the … more
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But Senate Republicans aren’t feeling particularly flattered that state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is claiming to support a majority of … more
I am writing this commentary to urge Lewis County Fire District 10 voters to approve the levy increase for the Packwood Fire Department (PFD) on their Aug. 6 primary ballot. In preparation for … more
If you hung in there with me on the last commentary about the agricultural landscape of Washington state, let’s now try Lewis County agriculture on for size. Remember, this information … more
I jumped up from an afternoon nap and rushed to the television Saturday upon reading the subject line on an emailed news release on my phone: “Gluesenkamp Perez statement on shooting at Trump … more
Have you ever heard of Malcolm Muggeridge? Neither had I until a book I just finished mentioned his name.     Malcolm was born in Sanderstead, Surry, England, in March 1903. He … more
When Jay Inslee first ran for governor, he made a no-new-taxes promise. We know how that turned out. The many tax bills Inslee has supported and signed have taken billions of dollars from … more
Every five years, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) does a “Census of Agriculture” to look at agriculture in the United States. They gather a lot of statistics from … more
Just a few days ago, I received a text message from what appeared to be a legit government agency representative from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s “good to … more
Washington faces significant social and economic risks if anti-forestry groups succeed in persuading the Board of Natural Resources and candidates for commissioner of public lands to close an … more
When my husband and I married 33 years ago, we knew we’d celebrate the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving near Bellingham with his family because those were the holidays he had his two children … more
A 1789 letter from Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, a Welsh minister who had been very supportive of the American revolution, included this line: "Whenever the people are well informed, they … more
OK, folks. Summer is underway, the heat is on, and if you’re looking to get outside and have a good time, Southwest Washington has plenty of great places to enjoy our little slice of … more
It’s a tradition for the Association of Washington Business (AWB) to visit the local Costco during our international trade missions. AWB's trade mission to Canada in June was no different. Our … more
First off, I will note I am not writing this for political reasons or to comment on the current crisis in the Middle East. I try to watch or read content about people I know but haven't learned … more
John and Angeline Rayton, early Lewis County pioneers, left a legacy in the Chehalis Valley among the descendants of their 11 children. In previous columns, I’ve written about their older … more
At its recent state convention, the slate of resolutions adopted by the Washington State Democratic Party included one resolution about abortion, one about mental health, and one about homelessness. … more
The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on City of Grants Pass v. Johnson marks a pivotal moment in our ongoing efforts to balance compassion, public safety and accountability in addressing … more
It is the time of year to fly our American flags proudly. It began in May with Memorial Day, followed by Flag Day earlier this month, and will end with the “grand finale” on July 4. … more
Washington voters will be asked this fall how much salmon recovery is worth. How committed are they to supporting programs that reduce carbon pollution and help communities withstand the impacts … more
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