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I am excited for the beginning of summer. This week I wanted to answer some of the questions I have received from the community. Why is there a discrepancy between the case counts Thurston County … more
We’ve seen some real progress over the past few years in efforts to prevent human waste from damaging the health of Puget Sound and the Washington coast. Still, we face a chronic problem with … more
By Don Brunell   Shortly after President Biden took office, he issued the sweeping executive order to transition America to total 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035, just 15 short … more
Early in the pandemic, signs of encouragement started appearing on theater marquees, church message boards, front lawns and living room windows. “We’re in this together.” … more
“Stop selling yourself short. You don’t know what tomorrow might bring so you might consider starting today.” The photographs stop you dead in your scrolling. On the left is a … more
June 1 marks the grand opening of a new 3,000-square-foot Timberland Regional Library branch at the Capital Mall in West Olympia. It’s exciting for Thurston County residents to have another … more
China’s growing dominance of critical metals production and its vast stockpiles is setting off global alarms as economies emerge from the punishing COVID-19 pandemic. It is not only fear of the … more
A few weeks ago I wrote a column titled “TransAlta Reneging on Promise of Using Mine Land for Economic Development.” I detailed decades of TransAlta promises to give land from its … more
Hello Thurston County! I hope you enjoyed the nice weather we have been having lately. The past few weeks have been eventful on the public health front. We have been seeing increased COVID-19 … 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
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
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