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Washington state needs a senator who is willing to work with both Democrats and Republicans. That statement may seem obvious. But after three decades in the other Washington, Patty Murray is … more
For decades, Washington has reaped the benefits of forward-thinking leaders who constructed a series of hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The low-cost, carbon-free renewable … more
Several weeks ago, my curiosity got the better of me and I met with candidate for sheriff Tracy Murphy to ask him “why?”  Why was he running and did he know what a campaign would … more
I was looking through a box of stuff my mom saved for me when I came across a newspaper clipping from the Kennedy assassination. Mom had not only saved the clipping from The Daily Sentinel (based in … more
So, you may have been wondering where I’ve been. Or maybe where I am? It all culminated in a “not unexpected” experience about a month ago. If you’ve been keeping … more
I started digging into the history of the Elkanah Mills family after receiving an email from Greg Isaacson, of Chehalis, who expressed concern about the deterioration of the Borst blockhouse, a … more
Every generation owes it to the next seven generations to protect the environment. At the rate populations are growing and the climate is changing, it’s getting harder and harder to be … more
I’ve often griped about my own inability to take all the little notes to myself and either do something with them or throw them away. The following column has very little connection with … more
It’s heartbreaking that in this third year of COVID-19, with all we know about the virus and the vaccines’ strengths and limitations, there are still people fearing they won’t be … more
With white emigrants settling in the Pacific Northwest during the mid-1850s, Native Americans throughout the region faced huge disruptions to their lives and displacement from their traditional … more
I love hard news, political deep-dives, on-the-ground reports, dogged investigative journalism and all the rest of the nitty-gritty that makes a newspaper so vital to a community’s … more
Over the past couple of years, thanks in large part to actions by Democrats — or, more accurately, inaction — we find ourselves in some places feeling unsafe due to some serious matters … more
If you live in Spokane, you know about its waste-to-energy facility, which burns up to 800 tons of solid waste a day and can generate 22 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 13,000 … more
After traveling west from Missouri over the Oregon Trail in 1847, early Lewis County settler Elkanah Mills staked a land claim in Clackamas County, Oregon, on May 5, 1848. That was the day after … more
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that Bremerton assistant football coach Joseph Kennedy had the right to pray on the field, it wasn't widely understood then that the court had also ordered … more
Over the years, Seattle leaders faced “Herculean” challenges yet found the will, resources and determination to come together and tackle them. Today’s conundrum is to overcome the … more
We’re taught about a “safe following distance” in driver’s education because bad things can happen when you ride the bumper of the car ahead of you. In 2005, Democratic … more
Last weekend, as firefighters raced to contain a wildfire that threatened cabins near Packwood and perhaps the whole town itself, the story felt very personal.  Just the week before, my wife … more
As state lawmakers go back to work on the state's drug-possession law, there will be a philosophical tug-of-war: Do we need a bigger legal hammer or more robust addiction treatment? Will we frame … more
This newspaper carried an article a while ago that originated in The Bellingham Herald concerning blackberries grown in the wild. That may be a redundant description because I don’t know of a … more
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