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By Julie McDonald / For The Nisqually Valley News At the request of a writer friend, I met with Third District congressional candidate Republican Joe Kent last month and asked him questions … more
By Julie McDonald For the Nisqually Valley News After Joe Kent sat at our table in Ramblin’ Jack’s Ribeye in Napavine last month, I told the 3rd District Republican candidate … more
My mentor Billy Frank Jr. always said that it’s going to take all of us working together to recover salmon.   He also said, “Tell the truth.”   The truth is that … more
The good news is this state’s cherry crop looks good — a marked improvement over 2022. It is sweetening our farm economy, especially for cherry growers who have struggled over the last … more
LETTERS POLICY: Submit letters to the editor typed or legibly handwritten. Generally, letters should be 350 words or fewer. Deadline is noon Tuesday. Include name, address and a daytime telephone … more
On a recent trip to Snoqualmie Falls via the backroads east of Yelm and McKenna, I noticed a large number of yard signs strongly critical of the prospective development of a major commercial airport … more
Those are poignant words from the movie “Sound of Freedom,” based on the true story of Homeland Security Agent Tim Ballard, who arrested pedophiles purchasing children for sex and then … more
Nine middle school students stood on a stage and listened as Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs asked them a series of questions about the inner workings of our system of government.   … more
This column was first printed in The Chronicle in July 2009, and it began with this line: “The other day (all right, so it will be ‘the other week’ by the time you read this), I had … more
The real impact of higher gas prices is not only felt at the pump. The real impact of higher gas prices is felt at the kitchen table. It is kitchen table issues such as the cost of food, utilities … more
Reflecting on the state of discourse in our society, I am reminded of the invaluable virtue of engaging in conversations that challenge our perspectives. In an era where opinions often clash, it … more
Ted Kaczynski died by suicide on June 10. Some may remember him, some may not. I am fascinated by what makes people like Kaczynski turn to killing other human beings. Was he abused as a child? … more
When you place a 911 call to report a fire or other emergency, do you want the fire department to respond and arrive at the location almost immediately? If the answer to the above is yes, then … more
South Pierce Fire & Rescue is an integral part of the local community, providing fire protection services to a large area spanning 140 square miles. With three staffed stations and a minimum … more
Yelm has an opportunity to elect two outstanding new school board members. Linda Hale is in a primary contest with Bill Hauss and Kay Anderson for the district 5 seat. Linda has five girls in … more
My wife and I returned recently from a trip to the United Kingdom. The British people were welcoming, helpful and very accommodating, not at all like some other countries we have visited that seemed … more
China’s growing dominance of critical metals production and stockpiles is setting off global alarms. It has American manufacturers in a bind as they ramp up domestic electric vehicle (EV) … more
Something has got to be done about the intersection of Vail Road and state Route 507. The cross traffic is extremely dangerous and having had to get onto 507 from Vail many times, I have had to … more
Thurston County’s Nisqually Valley had no Pineapple Express or atmospheric river floods from Hawaii this fall and winter.   Mother Nature sent this season’s storms to California. … more
South Pierce Fire and Rescue is a formidable force in the world of emergency response, covering 140 square miles and providing advanced life support and mutual aid to Ashford and Elbe in an … more
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