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News headlines over the weekend broke my heart. After Tropical Storm Nalgae brought heavy rains that triggered landslides, at least 45 people in the Philippines died and many more remain missing. A … more
Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is soaring, accelerated by climate change concerns.  EVs reduce tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and buses, which are responsible for 30 percent of our … more
Last week, I urged people to listen to a broad range of perspectives when it comes to how we should deal with wildfires and the smoke that has established itself as an unwelcome visitor to our late … more
Long-term efforts to remove non-tribal commercial gillnets from the mainstem Columbia River have taken a big step forward with a multi-million-dollar commercial license-buyout program that was … more
Taking shape right outside my building is the new Multipurpose Athletic Fields. The fields will be the new home to Blazer baseball, softball and soccer. It will be the first home field for Centralia … more
In a recent column, I mentioned the 1855 journey of Prussian Dr. Wilhelm Keil, who created a utopian community in Bethel, Missouri, and ventured west to establish a new one. He promised his … more
Recently, a story appeared in The Chronicle about an officer in Centralia, Phil Reynolds, who was terminated for the second time for bad behavior.  In the first case, which included some … more
I wonder if “smoke season” will be our new normal. For most of the past half dozen years or so, we’ve had days or weeks of choking smoke as summer ends. It usually hits in … more
Swimming. Hiking. Singing around the campfire. Those who have experienced a YMCA summer camp tell us these and other activities help create great memories and lifelong friendships.   … more
The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is rushing to approve a “carbon project” that would lease 10,000 acres of forested state trust lands in western Washington to private … more
A window to apply for an exemption from a payroll tax that begins in July 2023 is still open, but it will only be open for about two more months. It closes Dec. 31. If you’re one of the people … more
Ballots are mailing out this week. I think I can already hear the rustling of this newspaper being turned to something else because that old duffer, Moeller, is going to bore us again with another … more
With Russian President Vladimir Putin cutting off natural gas supplies, northern Europeans are scrambling and reverting to firewood to heat their homes, boil water and cook. It is rapidly becoming a … more
For nearly a century, the Sentinel statue in Centralia’s Washington Park has shared one version of what happened on the streets of Centralia Nov. 11, 1919, when gunfire killed four American … more
As county and city leaders work in concert, engaging cooperatively with community stakeholders, state and federal officials, other municipalities and leaders already addressing homelessness issues, … more
When the Legislature meets in January, it should do an about-face on another social program that isn’t carrying its financial weight as promised. Instead, there are plans and recommendations to … more
As clashes between wolves and cattle continue this fall, the discovery of six poisoned wolves in Stevens County and the hearing of arguments that could end grazing in the Colville National Forest by … more
I may have mentioned this before, but if you tried to grow a couple of strawberries this year, you were dissatisfied, right? My son, Matthew, found that result after eating one or two when they … more
I have been writing a column for The Chronicle for going on a couple of years now. If you read my column, you know I like history. History teaches us many things. But most importantly, it teaches us … more
After the scares of the 1855-56 Indian Wars, Pacific Northwest settlers abandoned most of the nearly four dozen forts and blockhouses. But Elkanah and Laurinda Vianna Mills sold their home on Mud … more
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