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Do you want to be successful in life? Are you risk averse? Let me share one of the grea test truths in life: If you are not willing to take risks, you will never grow, change or get out of … 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 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 would like to see Stephanie Kangiser on the City Council. She has been a steadfast advocate for Yelm for many years. Her consistency is very apparent and very important, not only because … more
My name is Jerry Toompas, and I’m running for Yelm City Council Position 2. The election is less than a week away, and I did what I could to show who I am and reach as many people as I could. I … more
Dear editor, Your best choice for Thurston County commissioner is Vivian Eason! She has 35 years of experience working at the county, but she is not a politician! She is for the people! … more
Dear Thurston County voters, We have a great opportunity for positive change with this election. You’ve probably seen headlines about chronic mismanagement at the Port of Olympia. As a … 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
The Interstate 405 and state Highway 167 toll lane experiment is losing money. Now, the state Transportation Commission is considering increasing tolls by up to 80% to $18 each way on I-405. The … more
It’s a very interesting and important off-year election with the expansion of the Board of County Commissioners and the port commission. There is a tax proposal to bolster law enforcement also … more
Emily Clouse is a competent, caring, hard-working alternative to anti-government, unaffiliated candidate Terry S. Ballard. Terry Ballard is a destroyer who wants to tear down the county … 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
Recently, at the Washington Policy Center’s Gala Awards Dinner, one of the nearly 1,000 attendees approached me and asked, “Liv, just what is school choice? Won’t it hurt public … more
Vote Jasmine Vasavada for Port of Olympia District 1 to bring leadership that will stand up for our local community and small business. Port commissions have historically been the old boys club where … more
The Nisqually Valley News ran an article in March of this year that covered a loss to Roy of $40,000, an overpayment in salary to the Roy treasurer, as well as other discrepancies. While it was … more
The citizens of Yelm have an opportunity to hold on to an amazing City Council member. Let’s not pass this one up. A compassionate and capable young woman, Ashley Lea Brooks is running to … 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
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
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
“The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack.” — Freedom to Read If you have never read the American Library Association’s Freedom … more
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