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Treaty Indian tribes in Western Washington strongly support proposed state legislation to place a statue of the late natural resources and civil rights champion Billy Frank Jr. to replace Marcus … more
Last Saturday, a bill to restrict law enforcement activities and their use of equipment passed out of the state House of Representatives on a partisan 54-43 vote, with most Republicans opposing the … more
I went through a phase in middle school when I ravenously read what is called “apocalyptic fiction.” I couldn’t get enough stories about individuals and society after a nuclear war, or a global … more
March 13, 2020, will be a date education folks will always remember. That is the day when schools were shut down across the state due to COVID-19. Now, a year later, we are taking daily steps toward … more
I am a resident of Rainier and I love the wildlife and prefer a small-town atmosphere. A Dollar General store and parking lot is wrecking my idea of a small-town atmosphere. I mean, there is a … more
The 3rd Congressional District of Southwest Washington has been a swing district of sorts for years before current U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, was elected back in 2010.Before … more
Editor’s Note: A judge last month ruled that Tim Eyman will no longer be allowed to have financial control over political committees and issued $2.6 million in fines after state Attorney General … more
“It was the best day ever!”  These were the words of a kindergartner after attending his first on campus school day. We definitely feel the same way. It was great to start in-person learning … more
Editor’s Note: Michael Wagar was previously the publisher of Nisqually Valley News. He now resides in Lewis County. This commentary was initially published in the NVN’s sister newspaper, The … more
Editor’s note: Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, released the following statement after the announcement of plans for a new gas tax.  As I listened to the House Democrats roll out their … more
The dawning of a new year is traditionally a time for personal resolutions, and the first week of 2021 feels like a time when our whole nation needs to take a deep breath and decide which way it … more
A pandemic is no time to raise taxes. While Republicans in the state Legislature would respond to such a statement with an affirmative nod, their colleagues across the aisle will face pressure to … more
Ten months after the arrival of the coronavirus in Washington, the Legislature is convening on Jan. 11 for a new legislative session amid a pandemic that will shape every aspect of the session, from … more
For 25-plus years, the holiday season meant spending time shopping at JZ Rose and viewing the gorgeous window displays. No matter what season or time of year, the window displays and all the various … more
On April 14, during a meeting, the Tenino City Council agreed to pay $23,000 to the Washington Municipal Clerks Association for expenses. Tenino Clerk Treasurer John Millard stated that the city … more
“Don’t waste a crisis.”— Myron F. Weiner, 1976 Every December, I pull together stories of the past year for a family newsletter that I send out as a Christmas card. It’s a fun tradition to … more
While the coronavirus and its devastating effects on people and economies worldwide were unfortunately the top 2020 stories, the massive impact of western wildfires can’t be ignored. It was … more
Christmas is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving for lost loved ones. Try adding a crippling killer virus into that mix. That is the tragic reality of 2020.Even though the traditional … more
Editor’s Note: The following is in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed 2021-2023 transportation budget. We continue to face uncertain financial times under the shadow of the COVID-19 … more
Mid-December is the time when some people prepare for upcoming holidays by shopping, and some legislators prepare for the upcoming session by proposing bills.Just as Christmas gifts often reflect the … more
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