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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
I want to update you on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Thurston County. There has been a lot of new guidance recently regarding masking after vaccination. Masking is one of the easiest things … 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
May 2021 is a bit early to talk seriously of the 2022 elections, let alone those in 2024, so take the following with a grain of salt. Gov. Jay Inslee is signaling he will try to do something no … more
When Congress established the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) in 1935, it was intended to provide temporary and partial income replacement for workers who lost their jobs through no fault of … more
On May 1 at 7 a.m., a frail tree fell on a long-gone homestead near Tumwater. This quiet collapse would have gone unheeded, but this was a famous tree that had many good friends looking after … more
The coronavirus pandemic has shown us how easy it is to take things for granted. Family barbecues, baseball games and kids going to school are just a few examples. As some of our old way of life … more
It is time for Seattle City Light to address the damage its three hydroelectric dams have caused over the past 100 years to the Skagit River, the tribes who have always lived here and their … more
As we approach the last month of the school year, our constant theme will be to finish strong and prepare for a full reopening of schools next fall. Between now and then we have a great deal to do, … 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
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