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Washington’s 3rd Congressional District election has been a nail biter. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez holds a significant lead, but Joe Kent has been on Steve Bannon’s podcast war room saying … more
Do you ever listen to music by the Doobie Brothers? One song says, “Don’t you feel it growing day by day. People getting ready for the news. Some are happy, some are sad; Oh, we have … more
Lowering our flags to half-staff is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed forces or police officers killed in the line of duty. It is a vivid … more
When U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler narrowly lost to Joe Kent in the top-two primary election, I was disappointed but not surprised. A lot of former president Donald Trump’s fans in the 3rd … more
Students and staff have been so excited this fall with the ability to run all-school assemblies again. There is nothing quite like a packed gymnasium full of enthusiastic students and staff. This … more
Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is soaring, accelerated by climate change concerns.  EVs reduce tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and buses, which are responsible for 30% of our … more
Some of the most amazing companies in the world are hiding in plain sight, right here in Washington. They’re located inside industrial buildings and office parks that we drive by every day, … more
Sen. Lynda Wilson’s Oct. 25 commentary in The Nisqually Valley News suggested that the efforts since 2012, first by the Fish and Wildlife Commission and more recently by the Legislature, to … more
To the people of Thurston County and Pierce County: I am Keith Swank. As we near the end of this long campaign I just wanted to express my gratitude for the outpouring of support I have received. … more
I’m being bombarded by ads from dark money groups saying America is coming to an end because of violent crime and inflation. Are we better off now? Remember two years ago states were using … more
Indigenous tribes existed for thousands of years before we heard the word “infrastructure.” In today’s world, infrastructure includes the roads, bridges, ferries and airports … more
Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is soaring, accelerated by climate change concerns.  EVs reduce tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and buses, which are responsible for 30 percent of our … more
To “Build Back America” key workers must return to job sites. It is not good enough for President Joe Biden to lean back on low unemployment numbers claiming success when employers … more
Long-term efforts to remove non-tribal commercial gillnets from the mainstem Columbia River have taken a big step forward with a multi-million-dollar commercial license-buyout program that was … more
I wonder if “smoke season” will be our new normal. For most of the past half dozen years or so, we’ve had days or weeks of choking smoke as summer ends. It usually hits in … more
I oppose the Greenfield mega airport for many obvious reasons. There are many other options that don’t ignore the growth management plan. No doubt eminent domain would be used to acquire much … more
Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is a working-class Democrat that is mobilizing a new generation of rural, dirt road democrats. She owns an auto repair shop, lives in rural Skamania County, and is the first … more
When the Legislature meets in January, it should do an about-face on another social program that isn’t carrying its financial weight as promised. Instead, there are plans and recommendations to … more
The first month of the school year soared by at a sprinter’s pace and we continue to see signs of increased health in our district data. We have deliberately avoided the term “back to … more
For decades, Washington has reaped the benefits of forward-thinking leaders who constructed a series of hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The low-cost, carbon-free renewable … more
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