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It is time to call our governor out on his Stay Home, Stay Safe decree. The original stated purpose was to “flatten the curve,” not “stamp out the virus.” We have complied and … more
With the beautiful weather and our state’s opening of COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone 16 or older, there is a welcome sense of hope that we might finally be turning the corner in this pandemic. … more
A week ago U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler added her voice in opposition to the proposal by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to acquire about 9,600 acres of … more
Sometimes being first isn’t good. Such is the case with legislation making Washington the only state to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings.Thankfully, the legislators ended their … more
If there’s one thing that Americans agree on — and one thing that we actually have the power to control with our everyday actions — it’s that we want to build things in America again.I say … more
Hello Thurston County! I hope you are enjoying our beautiful Pacific Northwest spring weather. Here at Thurston County Public Health and Social Services we have been working hard on vaccination … more
The Tenino mayorship — the gift that keeps on giving, at least for us journalist types.Thankfully, this sordid tale of woe ends in the brightest of notes, with kudos to the current mayor of the … more
It isn’t often we hear good news from Hanford, but the Deptartment of Energy recently announced the nation’s first commercial advanced nuclear power reactor would be developed on the massive … more
The Washington state government isn’t just nickel and diming us when it comes to a neverending conveyor belt of new and increased taxes and fees this legislative session.They’re grabbing our … more
Rep. Brad Klippert (R-Kennewick) introduced HB 1377, which would end vote by mail and HB 1014, which would elect the governor by an electoral college vote by county. While these bills will not become … more
I visited a friend in need in Seattle about a month ago. As I drove from the downtown waterfront through the Chinatown-International District and up onto Beacon Hill, my favorite big city was showing … more
Last Monday morning around 7:30, a semi-truck driver was headed down a hill in southeast Tacoma. It was a normal drive down a wooded but busy street. As he neared the intersection and traffic light … more
The Ever Given’s grounding in one of the narrowest parts of the Suez Canal underscores the vulnerability of the world’s supply chain. The reverberations will be felt for months as consumer … more
As state lawmakers enter the final weeks of the 2021 legislative session — and the start of the second year of the pandemic — the condition of the state budget is nothing short of amazing.At this … more
It has been so amazing to have students back on our campuses. Their energy infuses us all with a greater sense of purpose and community. We are truly excited to phase in more opportunities for … more
If you live in a rural area, state and federal lawmakers plan to pick your pocket.Washington state lawmakers and U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg have proposed state and federal taxes on … more
It was March 23, 2020, that Gov. Jay Inslee first issued his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. For one year, Washington’s governor has single-handedly ruled the citizens of the state under … more
Treaty tribes and our state salmon co-managers are looking ahead to another grim year of fishing because of poor ocean conditions that reduce marine survival and the ongoing loss of freshwater … more
I’m battling an internal struggle between my Liberal vs. ReTrumplican leanings over a recent state Supreme Court case where the justices ruled simple drug possession is no longer a felony in … more
Surprisingly, there is something current and former U.S. presidents agree upon — America’s economic and national security hinge upon maintaining our technology edge in semiconductors. Those tiny … more
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