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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
Hydrogen is a clean-burning gas that must be manufactured using electrical energy. It appears in nature mainly as a constituent of water, and in hydrocarbons like oil.   The amount of … more
Recently, I received an unsolicited email from Mary Trump, a niece of former President Donald Trump. Unlike most unsolicited emails I receive, this one was not deleted. Mary Trump, age 58, has … 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
While media focus was on Joe Biden’s decree putting a tiny plot of land within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) off limits to oil and gas exploration, reporters ignored the bigger … more
Washington state’s Employment Security Department (ESD) reports that only 4,163 self-employed workers want to be included in the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. … more
With Washington state (along with California, New York and Florida) topping the charts with the highest homeless populations, cities in Washington are taking different approaches to helping the … more
When Japanese bombers attacked U.S. Navy ships at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Clarence Piper was a high school sophomore visiting his uncle in the hills of Oregon and read about the attack in the … more
Hispanic Heritage month is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.     During this time, we celebrate histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors come from Spain, … more
When does "no" not mean "no?" When Lewis County Commissioner Sean Swope embarks on a mission to reform the Timberland Regional Library system's book selection in our local libraries. As a … more
My family moved to Lewis County the summer of 1965, so I am not a true native Washingtonian, but close to it — I do feel like one. Other than four years away at college (two years in Pullman … more
About 18 months ago, Economic Alliance of Lewis County Executive Director Richard DeBolt wrote a commentary for The Chronicle questioning my intelligence for asking critical questions about a … more
They say find a job doing something you love, and you will never work a day in your life. That encapsulates Rayna Austin. Driven by a passion for helping others and a love for learning, she started … more
I am writing to express my deep concern about what I consider to be unprofessional behavior by Port of Centralia Commissioner Kyle Markstrom at recent meetings. In one instance, Markstrom was … more
Lewis County Commissioner Sean Swope likes to talk about roles, telling us his idea of the roles of a public library. Mr. Swope, and you who elected him need to understand some other roles. It … more
This letter is in response to a recently published article titled “Lewis County groups aim to coordinate plan for cases of domestic, sexual violence.” First, I wanted to commend The … more
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