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After a long run of strong spending, there are signs that consumers are beginning to slow down the pace of purchasing just a bit. U.S. retail sales fell 0.1% in October, the first decline since … more
In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake located deep in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains — the end of his migratory … more
Regarding your Dec. 5 Look Back in History — 15 years ago, you report: “The only thing keeping Walmart from building a connector to 103rd Avenue was a permit from the state Department of … more
Editor, Civility in public discourse is in short supply. The bipartisan Project for Civic Health refers to a 2018 poll, in which 93% of Americans said incivility is a problem in the United … more
Strong open government laws are critical to a well-functioning republic and ensuring public accountability. Two recent shocking stories, one in Washington and one in Idaho, however, sadly illustrate … more
By Julie McDonald For The Nisqually Valley News Thirteen-year-old Bill Murdock’s district sales manager called on a Sunday in early December. The Oregon Journal printed a special … more
I just returned from visiting family in western Massachusetts. I was in awe of the price of gasoline. I wish I had a pipeline so I could fill up from their pump to my car. At Costco, gas price for … more
As the 50th anniversary of the Boldt decision nears, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has room to improve as co-managers with treaty tribes. Judge Boldt’s 1974 ruling in U.S. v. … more
I love the fall colors. Growing up in Colorado, fall was always my favorite time of year. The colors were so vivid, and the air was crisp. My favorite color has always been red.  … more
The folks running Washington state’s WA Cares Fund, which taxes low- and high-income workers 58 cents for every $100 they make, hosted a webinar recently talking about how people can plan for … more
While the last veterans who survived the “surprise” Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are dwindling rapidly, we cannot let their sacrifices and the memories of that horrific day that … more
As a community, we cannot overlook the alarming mishandling of the Green Hill School situation by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. It’s time to shed more … more
Do you want to be successful in life? Are you risk averse? Let me share one of the grea test truths in life: If you are not willing to take risks, you will never grow, change or get out of … more
I recently learned that the old saying, “it’s too good to be true” doesn’t account for something important: scams don’t go through the intelligent, thinking part of your … more
In January, a new law took effect in Washington requiring employers with more than 15 employees to include wage and benefit information in new job postings. It’s intended to use pay … more
I would like to see Stephanie Kangiser on the City Council. She has been a steadfast advocate for Yelm for many years. Her consistency is very apparent and very important, not only because … more
My name is Jerry Toompas, and I’m running for Yelm City Council Position 2. The election is less than a week away, and I did what I could to show who I am and reach as many people as I could. I … more
Dear editor, Your best choice for Thurston County commissioner is Vivian Eason! She has 35 years of experience working at the county, but she is not a politician! She is for the people! … more
Dear Thurston County voters, We have a great opportunity for positive change with this election. You’ve probably seen headlines about chronic mismanagement at the Port of Olympia. As a … more
President Biden’s $65 billion infrastructure bill contains $8 billion for regional hubs to develop ways to produce and distribute hydrogen fuel. One is planned for the Pacific Northwest and … more
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