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As our government at various levels demands employees get vaccinated or lose their jobs, I have wondered what that could mean. I have talked to some who would be affected by this requirement and will … more
As board members of the Thurston-Mason County Medical Society, we are gravely concerned with local vaccination rates. Thurston and Mason counties have an overall vaccination rate of only 50 percent. … more
Each year Americans throw away more than 3 billion batteries constituting 180,000 tons of hazardous material and the situation is likely to get much worse as the world shifts to electric … more
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to read a piece of legislation, but often they are a painfully incoherent collection of legalese and big words most of us can’t make heads or tails … more
I’m told Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Brown had strong opinions about the new state laws that are forcing major changes in how law enforcement officers do their jobs. As a state … more
Time is short, but action is necessary. Gov. Jay Inslee and Democrats who control the state Legislature need to postpone implementing the sweeping “Long-Term Services and Supports Trust … more
Hello Thurston County! I hope you are finding ways to stay cool in this hot weather we are having this week. On Aug. 12, I issued a masking directive for Thurston County and joined health officers … more
Editor’s Note: Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, and House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, issued the following statement in response to insistence from Democrats that … more
There is no doubt the issue dominating the news and our email inboxes is the governor’s recent vaccination mandate, issued on Aug. 9. We share the concern many constituents in the 20th … more
Growing up, my dad worked in the logging industry and it wasn’t uncommon in the winter due to snow, or in the summer due to fire, for him to be laid off. When that happened, he’d file … more
When we talk about how to recover salmon, the math should be simple. The protection of existing habitat plus restoration of degraded habitat should equal a net gain in ecosystem function, leading to … more
By Brian Wharton   It seems like just yesterday that we handed out diplomas to the graduating class of 2021, and now we are on the verge of launching our 2021-22 school year. So much has … more
It seems like just yesterday that we handed out diplomas to the graduating class of 2021, and now we are on the verge of launching our 2021-22 school year.  So much has happened in our district … more
When we talk about how to recover salmon, the math should be simple. The protection of existing habitat plus restoration of degraded habitat should equal a net gain in ecosystem function, leading to … more
Growing up, my dad worked in the logging industry and it wasn’t uncommon in the winter due to snow, or in the summer due to fire, for him to be laid off.  When that happened, he’d … more
I have always been fascinated by space, the universe and what really exists “out there.” I watched Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” more than a dozen times. I read books. I … more
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were billed as the “Hydrogen Olympics!” Then along came COVID-19 and sporting events worldwide were put on hold. The summer games were delayed until 2021. … more
Massive forest fires in western parts of our country are not only choking us with layers of thick smoke, but are leaving behind millions of acres of scorched hillsides, ridges and valleys. Simply, … more
This last legislative session has proven once again that when it comes to solving problems, using an axe when a scalpel would be the correct tool is just business as usual in Olympia. When I went … more
Hello Thurston County!  I hope you all are enjoying the sunny weather. I want to answer some of the questions I have received recently. These include questions about being fully vaccinated … more
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