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Greetings, fellow citizens. We have all been through a very tough year and a half dealing with the pandemic. We are now close to emerging out of this and soon to be returning back to normal … more
I was at a social function this past week and struck up a conversation with an old acquaintance. She owns several rentals in the Twin Cities, a home and a getaway home on the ocean. She is having … more
This was a great week in Lewis County and beyond. Sunshine was on our shoulders at the first big community festivals of the year, as crowds enjoyed Egg Days in Winlock and Swede Day in Rochester. … more
I wasn’t originally going to write a column this week at all due to grandkids, summer activities and Father’s Day, but then I went to the funeral mass for former District Court Judge Mike … more
When I wrote a column to honor Father’s Day last week, there was one item sitting in my files that I have wanted to write about for some time.  Even though this item was about my … more
Beginning in January 2022, all Washington workers will pay 58 cents per $100 of their earnings to fund the Long-Term Care Trust Act (LTCTA). There is no limit to how much you will contribute to the … more
As Father’s Day approached, I reflected on how much I miss my dad. My father was a Korean War veteran who never talked about the war. He was a jovial man with a tremendous sense of humor. He … more
We are already halfway through the year, so here is a mid-year summary of what has been going on at the Port of Chehalis in 2021. We started the year with a bang by making the biggest property … more
In nine years as governor, Jay Inslee has signed some 2,800 pieces of legislation and vetoed about 50, so you would think by now he'd have the process down of deciding which things should become law … more
In our zeal to quickly switch from gas-powered to battery-operated vehicles and to convert our power grid to wind and solar generated electricity, the impacts of CO2 released from rivers, lakes and … more
“Early one mornin', I took me a notion To go out a-fishin' in the middle of the ocean ...” — Woody Guthrie, “Talkin’ Fishin’ Blues”   There … more
“Man Drowns Near Bellevue After Trying to Rescue a Child Who Had Fallen Off a Sailboat” was the headline posted on Chronline.com on Friday. On Wednesday, the man was trying to rescue … more
Gov. Jay Inslee needs to consult a primer on proper governance when it comes to signing bills. Repeatedly, he has exceeded his authority in line-item vetoes and been hauled into court by legislators … more
I feel pretty fortunate that the education I got in Chehalis and at Centralia College was actually pretty good. While I was in the Navy, I took some community college classes as a 19-year-old in … more
I’d be surprised if our memories of our fathers would be much alike. Take mine, for example.  In his youth, my father lived a life of near wealth, and life may have been one large … more
Regardless of the “how to” books available to read, parenting is hard and regularly leaves you questioning yourself. I laugh when thinking about the wide variety of fatherhood movies … more
With an unclassified military report covering two decades of UFO sightings set to be presented to Congress this month, a quote from one of Hollywood's earliest (and corniest) space-invader movies … more
If you want fresh local strawberries, but you’re unable to stop at the Chehalis Community Farmers Market downtown early Tuesday mornings, you can reserve the luscious fruit and other produce by … more
Editor’s Note: This is part three in a series on rebuilding Cowlitz River recreational fisheries. Over the past few months, the Western Washington recreational fishing community has looked … more
I’m fortunate to live near Mossyrock up on a hill with views of Mayfield Lake, the foothill mountains of East Lewis County and Mount Rainier. When friends and family stop by, they take in … more
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