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Some advice for politicians of both parties, liberal and conservative commentators and social media posters: Before you make a comparison between something happening today and Nazi Germany, think … more
What a difference a year makes. As Washington emerges from the pandemic, one of the biggest challenges facing many employers is finding enough qualified workers. It’s a dramatic shift … more
Last month, South Kitsap School Board member John Berg introduced a resolution to prohibit classroom teaching of theories that promote racial hatred. For that he was called a nut. District … more
The Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe are looking forward to the start of the process to untangle water rights and protect threatened salmon in the Nooksack River basin by finding out just how much … more
Politicians often say things they wish they hadn’t. Sometimes we’re trying to be funny and the humor falls flat. Sometimes anger or frustration gets the better of us. And sometimes, a … more
How about some good news coming out of our record-breaking (extreme) heat wave? Luckily, we live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and are reaping the benefits from our well connected power grid, … more
Hello Thurston County. I really enjoy receiving questions from the community each week. In this week’s letter, I will address many questions on a variety of COVID topics you have sent … more
As climate change concerns grow, researchers are turning to small tree farmers for help.  Actually, they have been helping for nearly a century, but their efforts have largely gone … more
Beginning in January 2022, all Washington workers will pay 58 cents per $100 of their earnings to fund the Long-Term Care Trust Act (LTCTA). There is no limit to how much you will contribute to the … more
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
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