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The Ever Given’s grounding in one of the narrowest parts of the Suez Canal underscores the vulnerability of the world’s supply chain. The reverberations will be felt for months as consumer … more
As state lawmakers enter the final weeks of the 2021 legislative session — and the start of the second year of the pandemic — the condition of the state budget is nothing short of amazing.At this … more
It has been so amazing to have students back on our campuses. Their energy infuses us all with a greater sense of purpose and community. We are truly excited to phase in more opportunities for … more
If you live in a rural area, state and federal lawmakers plan to pick your pocket.Washington state lawmakers and U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg have proposed state and federal taxes on … more
It was March 23, 2020, that Gov. Jay Inslee first issued his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. For one year, Washington’s governor has single-handedly ruled the citizens of the state under … more
Treaty tribes and our state salmon co-managers are looking ahead to another grim year of fishing because of poor ocean conditions that reduce marine survival and the ongoing loss of freshwater … more
I’m battling an internal struggle between my Liberal vs. ReTrumplican leanings over a recent state Supreme Court case where the justices ruled simple drug possession is no longer a felony in … more
Surprisingly, there is something current and former U.S. presidents agree upon — America’s economic and national security hinge upon maintaining our technology edge in semiconductors. Those tiny … more
As I pondered about our deep ideological divisions in America, the song by Johnny Nash came to mind. What does this song have to do with divisions in America you may ask? Hang in here, it will make … more
It has been one year since students fully stepped into their classrooms. It’s time to get back to school, and not in a hybrid situation that for too many kids and parents just isn’t working.On … more
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
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