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While it appears South Lewis County Regional Airport near Toledo won’t expand into a Sea-Tac 2 to serve large commercial passenger airliners, citizens opposed to the idea should generate … more
If you or someone you love is in a mental health crisis, where do you call? 911? A suicide hotline number? Where do you locate that number? These are the questions facing Washington citizens. … more
When I first heard “whatever boomer” from my millennial daughter, I was a bit taken aback.  Once I settled down from my self-imposed indignation— which didn’t take … more
The Centralia School District is running a levy in the April 27 election. The proposal is a two-year levy collecting approximately $1.50 per $1000 assessed value. If approved, the levy would be … more
A few moments this week burned brightly and beautifully through the haze of our plague year. Last Saturday, I drove my wife and mother-in-law through a mostly empty Southwest Washington … more
It has been one year since students fully stepped into their classrooms. It’s time to get back to school, and not in a hybrid situation that for too many kids and parents just isn’t … more
Centralia’s China Creek project is proof of the value of the Chehalis Basin process and a model for the fish enhancement and flood protection opportunities that are before us. China Creek … more
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott stunned national public health experts when he declared the Lone Star State would be mask-optional, starting Wednesday, and that businesses could reopen at 100-percent … more
Is it “spring cleaning” to try to organize the accumulation of scrap paper notes scribbled to myself and scattered around on both my desk and the small table at the side of my lift … more
Editor’s Note: This is part two of a series on improving sportfishing on the Cowlitz River. The Cowlitz River, once the sportfishing mecca of Western Washington, still provides popular and … more
As senator from the 19th Legislative District, I am proud to represent the people of our area and advocate legislation that promotes their interests. In this corner of our state, we have one of the … more
When we remember the temperature on one of our days last year reached 90 degrees — and it rained lightly overnight, with the next day’s temperature leveling out at a comfortable 75 … more
For six weeks, I frequently logged onto the state Department of Health’s website searching for a COVID-19 vaccine for my 75-year-old husband. I’d plug in his Medicare information, answer … more
I went through a phase in middle school when I ravenously read what is called “apocalyptic fiction.” I couldn’t get enough stories about individuals and society after a nuclear war, … more
Last Saturday, a bill to restrict law enforcement activities and their use of equipment passed out of the state House of Representatives on a partisan 54-43 vote, with most Republicans opposing the … more
A century of fighting between advocates for fish and flood control led nowhere.  Meanwhile, the fish were in decline and the five largest floods on record have occurred in the 35 years. … more
As I pondered about our deep ideological divisions in America, the song by Johnny Nash came to mind. What does this song have to do with divisions in America you may ask? Hang in here, it will make … more
Editor’s Note: A judge last month ruled that Tim Eyman will no longer be allowed to have financial control over political committees and issued $2.6 million in fines after state Attorney … more
In the last few months, dozens of Washington students have gone online and signed up for accounts in a new matchmaking website. But it’s not what you’re thinking. The matchmaker is … more
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