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The City of Pe Ell has been awarded a $900,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce for improvements to its wastewater treatment facility. Commerce awarded $10.8 million in … more
Drivers heading southbound on Second Avenue Northeast in downtown Napavine will notice something new: a giant Napavine Tigers mural.Located on the side of the Lewis County Fire District 5 building on … more
The first of three budget meetings to dig into the county’s 2021 preliminary budget was held Thursday, with departments presenting on shortfalls and challenges, and making their case for budget … more
The first of three budget meetings to dig into the county’s 2021 preliminary budget was held Thursday, with departments presenting on shortfalls and challenges, and making their case for budget … more
John "Tree Angelo" Barksdale can't say exactly how many days he's spent on a plywood platform 100 feet up a Douglas fir in a northern section of the Capitol State Forest, but he said Thursday he … more
After the release of their draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on a proposed flood retention facility in the Chehalis River, the Army Corps of Engineers solicited public comments in a meeting … more
The two candidates running for Congress in Southwest Washington will face off in their first debate at 2 p.m. Friday. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, the five-term Republican incumbent from Battle … more
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, running for a third term, and Republican challenger Loren Culp, first-time candidate and small town police chief, hashed out their vastly different views on everything … more
As Lewis County explores ways to get all students connected to reliable internet in the time of distance learning, a recurring question arises: Who is responsible for funding the efforts to get … more
As the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many activities, including school and work, to the online space, local governments, public and private organizations and internet and utility companies have made … more
The remaining four residents at Arbor Health Morton Hospital’s custodial care unit, which serves as a long-term nursing home, are being asked to find new homes after the Board of Commissioners for … more
The Lewis County Public Utility District (PUD) held its second rate hearing on Tuesday, at which staff proposed a 3.4 percent increase in the energy consumption charge for residential accounts in … more
A toxic waste site in Chehalis has officially been delisted from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Superfund national priority list. The move is part of a nation-wide delisting of 27 … more
Commissioners were briefed Tuesday on the county’s preliminary 2021 budget, which showed less ominous shortfalls than some anticipated. Budget Manager Becky Butler stressed that the budget is … more
Lewis County commissioners voted yesterday to approve salary increases for other elected officials in a split vote on Tuesday, with Commissioner Bobby Jackson voting to deny the adjustment, which was … more
The two candidates for District 19’s state Senate race — Democratic incumbent Dean Takko and Republican challenger Jeff Wilson — squared off in a virtual debate Tuesday night hosted by both the … more
A public comment period has opened for a proposed expansion of the lahar detection system at Mount Rainier National Park. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) Cascades Volcano Observatory has … more
The city of Winlock will move forward in developing its industrial park thanks to $1.8 million in “distressed counties” grant funds to extend their sewer lines. The move is part of a major … more
Above Saraha Pizza in Winlock, owner Bill Smith set up a community space where people can connect to the internet for free. He hopes it’ll benefit Winlock students now going to school virtually. It … more
When Cindy Samco and Eric Hayes were looking to relocate two years ago, they were looking for connection.They wanted a rural community with room for a small homestead where they could connect with … more
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