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For many Washingtonians, the 2023 property tax statements that came in the mail this month produced the same “sticker shock” they’ve felt when buying things like groce ries and … more
Six weeks into the 2023 legislative session, the state Senate reached the end of its first round of work.  The calendar we adopted on the session’s opening day set Feb. 17 as the … more
When Ryan Cowl, the principal at Battle Ground’s CAM Academy, received his first $500 Battle Ground Education Foundation (BGEF) Principals’ Grant a year ago, he knew just what to do with … more
Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature agree our state needs more places for people to live. A lot more. It doesn’t matter much whether they’re single-family homes or structures … more
One of the biggest challenges facing Washington employers today continues to be a lack of qualified workers. Even with rising inflation and growing concern about a potential recession, workforce … more
As first stewards on the front lines of climate change, treaty tribes have been sounding the alarm for more than a decade about low oxygen levels in the ocean and the Salish Sea. My mentor, … more
Each regular session of our state Legislature begins on the second Monday of January. Traditionally, the Senate and the House of Representatives meet in a joint session early on, so … more
From the gently rippling surface of Yale Lake in the north to the Interstate 205-rumbling neighborhoods of its southernmost tip, the Battle Ground school district is a spectacularly beautiful and … more
Do you know which river holds the Washington state record for the largest steelhead ever caught?  The champion is Clark County’s very own East Fork Lewis River. Caught in 1980 and … more
It is time to change the way things are done in our nation’s capital — the “other Washington.” The year-end Christmas dash to pass a $1.7 trillion spending monstrosity is … more
The new year begins during a time of uncertainty and anxiety about the state of the economy, both nationally and at the state level. Inflation has been rising at worrying rates for the last year, … more
Tribes have traveled a long road and back again to improve water quality standards and protect the health of everyone who eats salmon and shellfish in the state of Washington.  In November, … more
The holiday season is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving lost loved ones. Evergreen wreaths placed on veterans’ graves across America help to ease that pain. More than 2.5 … more
Washington is fortunate to be a state filled with strong, resilient and innovative employers. We were reminded of that last month during the annual Association of Washington Business (AWB) awards … more
In a recent opinion piece in the Seattle Times, former State Senator and current Washington State Director of Commerce, Lisa Brown, rightly describes the difficulties a small business startup faces … more
I read about a discovery in Antarctica of a 100-year-old fruitcake, found in a hut on Cape Adare, and it was still good.  It was wrapped in paper in the remains of a tin and was in … more
The good news is, despite higher prices, inflation and safety concerns, more Christmas shoppers are browsing online but making in-store purchases.   The National Retail Federation (NRF) … more
Native nations are on the front lines of climate change. The impacts have reached our shores and are forcing us to leave traditional lands behind. Sea level rise, flooding, erosion, intensity of … more
Last summer, our state’s wildfire season was below normal — a welcome relief for firefighters and smoke-choked Washingtonians, especially city dwellers. However, that all changed this … more
Clark County, so often overshadowed by that big city to the south, has much to be proud of.  One of these is the annual Interservice Walk & Knock food drive. Now in its 38th year, Walk & … more
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