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Every year during the first half of the 20th century, Upper Cowlitz native Mary Kiona and her friends set up camp for a week or so across Spencer Road from Frank and Maria “Mary” … more
A decade ago, I had the chance to hear from a National Geographic explorer who had searched the world for the secrets of people who live long, healthy lives.  What he discovered was the … more
The Democrats who currently control the Legislature should uphold our state constitution by giving proper attention to Initiative 2109, which would repeal Washington’s capital gains tax. It is … more
This past week, I had an opportunity to spend a little time with Dave Rutherford, who is the Napavine School District career and technical education (CTE) director. Rutherford took time out of … more
Although the Washington state Republican Party has officially endorsed Joe Kent in the race for Third Congressional District, lifelong Republican Leslie Lewallen said she’s a better choice if … more
One day in November 2007, a Democrat-controlled Legislature, called back into session by a Democrat governor, voted to restore a 1% cap on the growth of property taxes. The tax limit, approved by … more
A legislative committee on Wednesday will take public testimony on a bill that would mandate the teaching of “inclusive learning standards and instructional materials in public schools” … more
There are few people who day after day, week after week, indeed, year after year, so completely embody the Rotary slogan — “Service above self.” The Chronicle Editorial Board … more
In the state Senate, our Democratic colleagues have picked up where they left off in 2023 by trying to help the government grab more of your money through property-tax increases. While … more
Each year, Americans throw away more than 3 billion batteries constituting 180,000 tons of hazardous material. The situation is likely to get worse as the world shifts to lithium batteries to power a … more
Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature generally agree that Washington’s transportation system is short on funding, and the shortfall is largely due to inflation driving the costs of … more
When Third District U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez said on a podcast that “nobody stays awake at night worrying about the southern border,” the words appalled attorney Leslie Lewallen, … more
A new hydrogen plant development in Lewis County — good or bad? Economic development in Lewis County — good or bad? I’ve been listening to a lot of people who are talking … more
State lawmakers have already debated hundreds of bills as they approach the midway point of a short legislative session in Olympia. But ruling Democrats have yet to allow a hearing on any of the … more
Editor's note: To read a competing viewpoint on this topic, visit   I have been following with some amusement and a certain sense of déjà vu the … more
For nearly 75 years, homes, businesses and factories in Lewis County have been largely powered by low-cost hydroelectric energy. In the early years, the PNW had so much excess hydropower that it … more
The 2024 legislative session got off to a fast start in January with lawmakers introducing hundreds of bills covering virtually every topic you could imagine, from weighty public policy issues to … more
As I write this, I just came in a little while ago from cleaning the chicken house. I need to warm up before heading back outside. The hens dove into the fresh, unfrozen water (yes, the ice in the … more
Family, friends, and tribal and state leaders recently witnessed the unveiling of a model of the Billy Frank Jr. statue in a ceremony at the state Capitol. The 4-foot-tall model — … more
I love to read; I especially enjoy reading history. A while back, I wrote about who is the real Lone Ranger. You can find it somewhere on the Chronicle’s website if you are interested. In that … more
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