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People who visited the Southwest Washington Fair in the 1970s remember the Olde Towne Heritage Street featuring a sheriff’s office and jail, dentist office, Security State Bank branch, school, … more
Since the announcement that a bunch of borrowed federal dollars being poured into hydrogen here and elsewhere was reported, I wondered what on earth this was all about. Maybe you are wondering, too. … more
As we enter into yet another Washington winter with gray skies and soggy clouds, people who dive into despondency because of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) might find help at the local library. … more
In January, a new law took effect in Washington requiring employers with more than 15 employees to include wage and benefit information in new job postings. It’s intended to use pay … more
I recently learned that the old saying, “it’s too good to be true” doesn’t account for something important: scams don’t go through the intelligent, thinking part of your … more
In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake located deep in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains — the end of his migratory … more
People ask me why I am a part of Lewis County Farm Bureau (LCFB), especially since I am now retired from agriculture. Why do I put in all the time and effort? My answer? Because I believe in the … more
A week ago today, I filled up a rental car — an SUV — for less than $32, paying $2.99 a gallon at the Costco in Aurora, Colorado.   That same day, the price at Tumwater’s … more
If you like drumming, huge spectacles of coordination or just really, REALLY loud beats in perfect time, head to Lakewood on Nov. 5 for the 20th anniversary extravaganza known as Woodstick.   … more
On Nov. 1, Centralia College will be paying homage to one of Lewis County’s greatest treasures — Doris Wood-Brumsickle.   Nov. 1 is Doris Wood Day at Centralia College and we … more
The Napavine School District stands at a critical juncture, facing challenges and opportunities that demand our attention.   It’s essential to consider the profound impact of … more
I’m a bit sad Gov. Jay Inslee isn’t running for re-election. Like so many others, we enjoy record high fuel prices here in Washington and the other costs that go with it, including … more
After decades of work and millions of dollars of restoration work, one of our region’s threatened salmon runs is showing encouraging signs of recovery — summer chum that return to the … more
As we approach the Nov. 7 general election, I find myself reflecting on the dichotomy of federal politics and our local elections here in Lewis County. It’s disheartening to have to anticipate … more
There's a saying sometimes used to encourage people to volunteer for their local fire districts: “What if you called 911, and nobody came?” This week I was thinking about a related … more
President Biden’s $65 billion infrastructure bill contains $8 billion for regional hubs to develop ways to produce and distribute hydrogen fuel. One is planned for the Pacific Northwest and … more
There are many people who I have looked up to in my life. I have written about my family members who have made me who I am and taught me values I would aspire to all my life. I did not always live up … more
On July 26, 1945, after news spread across the island of Tinian in the Marianas, Navy Seabee Clarence Piper joined others to see the USS Indianapolis, a nearly 600-foot-long Portland-class heavy … more
Lewis County’s newest member of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), Scott Brummer, in a recent commentary in this publication railed against “keyboard warriors” who spread … more
President Joe Biden opened a new chapter in the history of salmon recovery in the Columbia Basin last week with the release of a presidential memo titled "Memorandum on Restoring Healthy and Abundant … more
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