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Mary Jane Mills was a child of 8 when her parents, Elkanah and Laurinda Vianna Mills, left Holt County, Missouri, on May 12, 1847, for a new life in Oregon Territory. The family of six started with a … more
Student debt has been in the news a lot lately. We’ve all heard and read the horror stories of students who took out federal or private loans and are now unable to get out from under the weight … more
Simple question: how should we measure the success of climate policy? Answer: By maximizing CO2 reduction for every dollar spent. This smart approach is standard practice for many private … more
On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that Washington’s nearly three-year state of emergency would end on the last day of October.  What will not end is his rule that state workers be … more
I don’t remember when I’ve been more upset about the Centralia City Council’s attitude than when a recent article in this newspaper revealed the thinking about the future — if … more
My favorite Oregon Trail pioneer, Matilda (Glover) Koontz Jackson, crossed the Oregon Trail in 1847 with her four sons and watched her husband, Nicholas, drown in the Snake River at Three Island … more
The past few weeks have been filled with a lot of local information about substance abuse, illegal drug trafficking and the impact drugs have on families, crime and homelessness.  We are … more
My wife and I were on our way home from Tenino, celebrating our wedding anniversary with a kayak trip to Offut Lake, when we noticed a plume of smoke on the horizon. Billowing smoke in late … more
Is the U.S. economy headed into a recession? Has inflation peaked? When will the labor market ease? While economists debate questions like these, it’s helpful to hear from employers on the … more
Mark Twain said, “A classic is something everybody wants to read and doesn’t want to read.” That’s a good response to one of the most famous books in American literature: … more
The history of mental health legislation in the United States demonstrates the difficulty of dealing with the issue as a matter of politics. With the stress of modern life being compounded by the … more
Although Salzer Valley was named for the large German family that settled southeast of Centralia, other early families left their mark in the community — and local roads today even bear their … more
If you want a glimpse of parched river bottoms behind “would be breached” lower Snake River dams, look at recent photos of European rivers and lakes.  On parts of the picturesque … more
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson recently announced he opposes the expansion of a natural gas pipeline in Washington state, claiming “This pipeline is bad for the environment and … more
Do we have an identity crisis in America? Some say “yes.” Some say “no.” Others say, “well, maybe.” If you are in the category of those who believe we do, let … more
In a meeting last Monday, Lewis County commissioner Sean Swope again called for more accountability as to how the funding for homeless services is spent — going so far as to suggest the … more
Editor’s Note: The following op-ed was written by the City of Centralia officials listed at the end. $22,000,000. Roughly speaking, that is the amount of money that Lewis County has … more
It’s strange, but pleasant, when you can change a feeling of darned near total despair into one at the other end of the spectrum, isn’t it?  I happen to be writing about a … more
Some years ago, I read a book called “The Death of Common Sense” and marveled at the amount of stupidity permeating our country. It was written in 1995, my first year as Lewis County … more
A keynote from a Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than 30 novels. A master class taught by a writer who has sold 5 million copies of his books. A choice of 18 workshops by published … more
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