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About 10 years ago, Chehalis School District leadership, along with community partners from the Chehalis Foundation, created a vision for our schools. The Student Achievement Initiative (SAI) was … more
It’s still winter, officially at least, but we can think ahead, can’t we?   It’s too early to plant many vegetables, except maybe peas, but we can still pull weeds that … more
Last year at this time, I shared with you an area that needed some significant work — FAFSA completion. But, I’m happy to report that local and statewide efforts are paying off and … more
I laughed. I cried. I knew going into the Evergreen Playhouse how the story ended, but it proved a poignant emotional roller coaster as the cast gave a wonderful performance this month of “The … more
Washington state is facing a clear and present danger to constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of conscience. Everyone who cares about our foundational values needs to get … more
If you ever wondered whether it was worth keeping old paperwork, a Gold Star wife in Tenino is proof that some receipts are probably good to keep. Mary Dowling, whose story we told in this space … more
For many Washingtonians, the 2023 property tax statements that came in the mail this month produced the same “sticker shock” they’ve felt when buying things like groceries and … more
High school graduations are meant to be joyous, pride-filled occasions, a culmination of years of hard work and learning. Graduates should feel confident that their diplomas represent at least the … more
People are waiting too long in emergency rooms statewide and hospital beds are in short supply. Low state Medicaid funding is a big reason why.  In our medical system, when people have been … more
Sometimes, there comes a time in our lives — for us "older folk" — when we feel we just can't go on with anything and we'd just as soon sit in a "lift chair," if we have one, and read … more
While the coronavirus clobbered many businesses, pharmacies were not among them. In fact, since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, local pharmacists have become vital … more
Bonnie Wiley, a legendary reporter and The Associated Press’ only female war correspondent in the Pacific during World War II, interviewed Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo … more
Many people don’t remember Mary Surratt. Her name has been mostly lost to history.  Surratt was executed for being a co-conspirator on President Abraham Lincoln's murder by John Wilkes … more
If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you take a few minutes to read a powerful story this week by Craig Sailor of The News Tribune about a Tenino woman, her soldier husband, and a … more
Six weeks into the 2023 legislative session, the state Senate has reached the end of its first round of work. The calendar we adopted on the session’s opening day set Feb. 17 as the … more
The Chronicle newsroom has been publishing an ongoing deep dive series on the remarkable Chehalis School District effort called the Student Achievement Initiative (SAI).   When 100% of … more
As I start writing this column, the sun — while not totally showing itself — has at least been peeking around a cloud or two. And that brings out the hope that spring, while still mostly … more
Who says Congress is so gridlocked that nothing is accomplished? Consider what happened last December when the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation streamlining regulations for projects … more
Nearly 140 years ago, Jacob G. and Martha “Mattie” W. (Hill) Wymore packed up all their belongings and their children into a wagon to travel across the United States from Kansas to … more
I think America is still in a post-Covid wallflower phase, and it’s time to shake it off.  We’ve gotten out of the habit of getting together. We’ve lost the momentum of … more
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