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Washington state is a recognized leader in the transition to clean energy, and recent legislative results underscore Washington’s commitment to a healthy environment and vibrant economy through … more
Nearly three dozen people packed the Toledo Community Library April 11 to learn about the early Cowlitz Tribe and the first white settler, a trapper named Simon Plamondon Sr. The speaker was … more
The deadline for filing federal income taxes is later than usual this year. Tax Day has been pushed back to April 18 to avoid coinciding with the District of Columbia’s Emancipation Day … more
Private telecommunications companies must now meet a higher standard to successfully challenge broadband grants meant to improve internet access to unserved and underserved communities, many of them … more
On Wednesday, the state Board of Health voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of a technical advisory group to hold off on adding a COVID-19 vaccine to the list of immunizations required for … more
Many community residents and leaders were rightfully delighted by this week’s announcement by the Economic Alliance of Lewis County that a potential $600 million investment is giving serious … more
It’s been a tough few weeks for Northwest law enforcement. Two officers — one in Everett and another in Pierce County — were killed by criminals with criminal histories prohibiting … more
Whether it’s actually true or not, I’ve made the statement several times that after watching the Seattle Seahawks, my favorite sports are, No. 1, watching tennis, and No. 2, watching golf … more
Sunflowers are to Ukraine what tulips are to western Washington. During the blooming season, both are spectacular and represent the best in the people who cultivate and visit those fields. In late … more
Cracker Jack announced last week the 126-year-old company will be packaging special-edition Cracker Jill snacks to support American female athletes through the Women’s Sports Foundation — … more
One of the Northwest’s iconic companies, Alaska Air Group, has been experiencing some turbulence lately. But there’s reason to think that the parent of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air has … more
A bill meant to create economic growth and jobs beyond the central Puget Sound region found overwhelming support in the Legislature this year, with Democrats and Republicans joining to approve tax … more
Maybe you’re one of the millions of Americans fed up with high gas prices. You might be thinking about buying an electric vehicle but are concerned about the price. Would an EV pay for itself … more
It’s been at least 22 years since I knew the pleasure of flying back to the airport and feeling the wheels touch down on the runway … smoothly. This, after having glanced down at the … more
With COVID-19 vaccines widely dispensed and masking requirements mostly lifted, will “work from home” end? Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? Probably … more
For two years, many of us hunkered down and kept socializing to small family groups because of the COVID-19 pandemic that threatened the health and lives of people worldwide. Sunday marked a … more
We all have a chance to make our mark in the world, and all of them are important. Some of us not only leave a major mark, but create something that lasts and grows. And some of us even inspire … more
Looking back at the 2022 state legislative session, it’s hard not to be disappointed at the missed opportunities. Yes, lawmakers accomplished some things that are good for the economy, like … more
Before we get into the main part of this column, I have a confession of sorts, and maybe it’ll sound familiar to some of you.  I always keep a notepad beside my bed because if I have an … more
In the TV series “Dragnet,” Sergeant Joe Friday had two phrases about facts: “All we want to know are the facts” and “All we know are the facts.” Joe Friday … more
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