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The state Supreme Court ruling on Feb. 25 that simple drug possession is no longer a felony had Lewis County scrambling for answers, but for now, there is a pause in local deliberations over the … more
Adna is a small, rural town, 126 years old, located just 6 miles west of Interstate 5.  It lies in the valley and hills along the Chehalis River. Our community shows a fierce dedication to … more
You may recall I made a pledge around the beginning of winter that for the duration of its nasty days and evenings, I would concentrate on re-reading books that I had saved because I enjoyed them so … more
A federal court order to open up hundreds of fish passages beneath roads by 2030 has been Washington’s burden for years. This $3.7 billion undertaking deserves federal funding so it does not … more
If you live in a rural area, state and federal lawmakers plan to pick your pocket. Washington state lawmakers and U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg have proposed state and federal taxes … more
This editorial board does not praise Gov. Jay Inslee every day.  We often disagree with his politics and his policies, including his positions on new taxes and government … more
State leaders are right to prevent pandemic-related residential evictions. Droves of Washingtonians shouldn’t be turned out into the street when eviction moratoriums eventually expire. But … more
Note: House Legislative Branch Subcommittee Chairman Tim Ryan, of Ohio, and Ranking Member Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, on Monday called on the United States Capitol Police Board to … more
This morning, my family swirled and sidestepped through our little house in a highly choreographed but always improvisational get-ready-for-the-day routine. There were dogs to greet, beds to … more
It was March 23, 2020, that Gov. Jay Inslee first issued his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. For one year, Washington's governor has single-handedly ruled the citizens of the state under … more
“Attackers were as likely to be rich as poor. They are from all ethnic and racial backgrounds (though three-fourths were white). They had intact and broken families, good and bad report … more
I’m sure that if you’ve watched television in the last month or so you may be prone to ask, “What in the world has happened with television cameras?”  I thought it was … more
It’s heartening to see the numbers of new coronavirus cases in Lewis County plummet and the organization of mass drive-through vaccination clinics at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds. … more
Norma Szabo has fond memories of a small park tucked away in a historic neighborhood between the freeway and downtown Chehalis. West Side Park isn’t the kind of glorious civic amenity that … more
I’m battling an internal struggle between my Liberal vs. ReTrumplican leanings over a recent state Supreme Court case where the justices ruled simple drug possession is no longer a felony in … more
The Skookumchuck Dam was built in 1970 to create a reservoir of water for one purpose: supplying water to the Centralia Steam Plant.  With the plant scheduled to close in 2025, the … more
Wednesday's good-news state revenue forecast says Washington has enough money to provide necessary government services critical to the pandemic recovery. The Legislature should accept this evidence … more
Editor’s Note: Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, last week sent a letter to the Washington State Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah pressing for transparency in COVID-19 … more
I get the feeling that many — if not most — of us can share that same thought.  What I’m referring to is that, with this column, I complete 13 years of writing it without … more
Treaty Indian tribes in Western Washington strongly support proposed state legislation to place a statue of the late natural resources and civil rights champion Billy Frank Jr. to replace Marcus … more
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