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Long-term efforts to remove non-tribal commercial gillnets from the mainstem Columbia River have taken a big step forward with a multi-million-dollar commercial license-buyout program that was … more
I wonder if “smoke season” will be our new normal. For most of the past half dozen years or so, we’ve had days or weeks of choking smoke as summer ends. It usually hits in … more
When the Legislature meets in January, it should do an about-face on another social program that isn’t carrying its financial weight as promised. Instead, there are plans and recommendations to … more
The first month of the school year soared by at a sprinter’s pace and we continue to see signs of increased health in our district data. We have deliberately avoided the term “back … more
For decades, Washington has reaped the benefits of forward-thinking leaders who constructed a series of hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The low-cost, carbon-free renewable … more
Washington state needs a senator who is willing to work with both Democrats and Republicans. That statement may seem obvious. But after three decades in the other Washington, Patty Murray is … more
Every generation owes it to the next seven generations to protect the environment. At the rate populations are growing and the climate is changing, it’s getting harder and harder to be … more
With white emigrants settling in the Pacific Northwest during the mid-1850s, Native Americans throughout the region faced huge disruptions to their lives and displacement from their traditional … more
We’re taught about a “safe following distance” in driver’s education because bad things can happen when you ride the bumper of the car ahead of you. In 2005, Democratic … more
Simple question: how should we measure the success of climate policy? Answer: By maximizing CO2 reduction for every dollar spent. This smart approach is standard practice for many private … more
Those who live in Spokane know about its waste-to-energy facility which burns up to 800 tons of solid waste a day and can generate 22 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power 13,000 homes. … more
Over the years, Seattle leaders faced “Herculean” challenges yet found the will, resources, and determination to come together and tackle them. Today’s conundrum is to overcome the … more
On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that Washington’s nearly three-year state of emergency would end on the last day of October.  What will not end is his rule that state workers be … more
The 2022-2023 school year is off to a great start. In the district, we are focusing less on “back to normal” notions, and more on rising up to new and greater opportunities. In the days … more
My wife and I were on our way home from Tenino, celebrating our wedding anniversary with a kayak trip to Offut Lake, when we noticed a plume of smoke on the horizon. Billowing smoke in late … more
Is the U.S. economy headed into a recession? Has inflation peaked? When will the labor market ease? While economists debate questions like these, it’s helpful to hear from employers on the … more
Some years ago, I read a book called “The Death of Common Sense” and marveled at the amount of stupidity permeating our country. It was written in 1995, my first year as a sheriff. … more
Do we have an identity crisis in America? Some say “yes.” Some say “no.” Others say, “well, maybe.” If you are in the category of those who believe we do, let … more
If you want a glimpse of parched river bottoms behind “would be breached” lower Snake River dams, look at recent photos of European rivers and lakes.  On parts of the picturesque … more
Did you know the governor’s office is currently negotiating pay and compensation with state employee unions for the state’s 2023-25 budget? What is on the table? Will the outcome of … more
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