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I’m told Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Brown had strong opinions about the new state laws that are forcing major changes in how law-enforcement officers do their jobs.  As a … more
I’m not a cat person. I never have been, probably in large part because I’m allergic to furry felines, or more accurately, their dander. We always owned dogs but never cats. That is, … more
Hello Thurston County! I hope you are finding ways to stay cool in this hot weather we are having this week. On Aug. 12, I issued a masking directive for Thurston County and joined health officers … more
Editor’s Note: Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, and House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, issued the following statement in response to insistence from Democrats that … more
I began the week feeling like a guy who conquered a mountain. The Fire District 5 property tax levy in my home area of rural Napavine south of Chehalis was passing by a single vote. I’m a … more
British author Diana Wynne Jones once said: "If you take myth and folklore, and these things that speak in symbols, they can be interpreted in so many ways that although the actual image is clear … more
Uppers and downers seemed to follow each other over last weekend. They started with a “downer” when the column I had submitted for last Thursday had already been used. Chalk it up … more
There is no doubt the issue dominating the news and our email inboxes is the governor’s recent vaccination mandate, issued on Aug. 9. We share the concern many constituents in the 20th … more
When we talk about how to recover salmon, the math should be simple. The protection of existing habitat plus restoration of degraded habitat should equal a net gain in ecosystem function, leading to … more
Back in May, Gov. Jay Inslee celebrated a big win on climate legislation as he signed into law two bills meant to reduce the state's carbon emissions. But before doing so, he vetoed key provisions in … more
When I spoke with Lewis County Commissioner Lindsey Pollock a week ago, she said commissioners are extra cautious about commenting on a topic when it might be perceived as violating the Open Public … more
In recent weeks, the Chehalis School Board has faced criticism on a pair of topics it has little control over: critical race theory and state-mandated language on inclusion for students, including … more
Lewis County has a housing shortage. As elected officials, we are assisting an effort to find solutions to the whole housing pipeline — how we shelter people lacking housing, how to move … more
I hope many of you have had a chance to visit the Lewis County Historical Museum and its new exhibit on our area’s most noteworthy women, past and present. For those of you who missed last … more
No amount of money can bring back the half million Americans who have died as a result of the opioid epidemic. But the proposed settlements by the corporations that helped fuel the crisis make a … more
I was pleased to see the Lewis County Historical Museum open a new exhibit on some of the noteworthy women in our community, both past and present. The honorees include people who made national … more
If you’ve read the printed editions of The Chronicle this week, you’ve likely noticed that our newspaper is a bit heavier than many have become accustomed to in the past year. … more
Growing up, my dad worked in the logging industry and it wasn’t uncommon in the winter due to snow, or in the summer due to fire, for him to be laid off.  When that happened, he’d … more
I woke up recently thinking about an event that occurred over 80 years ago.  If I can remember correctly, it was when I was in about the fourth grade at the small parochial school I attended. … more
Massive forest fires in western parts of our country are not only choking us with layers of thick smoke, but are leaving behind millions of acres of scorched hillsides, ridges and valleys.  … more
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