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It’s heartening to see the numbers of new coronavirus cases in Lewis County plummet and the organization of mass drive-through vaccination clinics at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds. … more
Norma Szabo has fond memories of a small park tucked away in a historic neighborhood between the freeway and downtown Chehalis. West Side Park isn’t the kind of glorious civic amenity that … 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
The Skookumchuck Dam was built in 1970 to create a reservoir of water for one purpose: supplying water to the Centralia Steam Plant.  With the plant scheduled to close in 2025, the … more
Wednesday's good-news state revenue forecast says Washington has enough money to provide necessary government services critical to the pandemic recovery. The Legislature should accept this evidence … more
Centralia’s China Creek project is proof of the value of the Chehalis Basin process and a model for the fish enhancement and flood protection opportunities that are before us. China Creek … more
A century of fighting between advocates for fish and flood control led nowhere.  Meanwhile, the fish were in decline and the five largest floods on record have occurred in the 35 years. … more
The Chehalis Basin process includes projects for fish recovery and flood protection in every community along the river. One of the most important projects is the proposed North Shore Levee including … more
A recent meeting of lawmakers and other stakeholders in flood mitigation and aquatic species protection plans in the Chehalis Basin included some encouraging additions.  Along with legislators … more
For 100 years, people have been fighting about solutions to flooding and the declining fishery in the Chehalis basin. The communities more concerned about flood damage have fought the communities … more
People from communities distant from ours have called in to public hearings regarding the emergency flood retention facility proposed for the main stem Chehalis River above Pe Ell asking, “Who will … more
Within a year following the catastrophic 2007 Chehalis Basin flood, hydrologists were retained by the Lewis County PUD to model the flows from that flood if 65,000 acre feet of water flowing out of … more
What exactly would be the impact on the Chehalis River Basin fishery from the flood retention facility proposed above Pe Ell? The recent National Environmental Protection Agency environmental impact … more
A photograph long displayed in The Chronicle’s newsroom tells an interesting yet frustrating story. In the undated black and white image, a well-dressed gentleman thumbs through a stack of studies … more
From his early days in the state Legislature until his retirement last year as a leading, veteran Republican lawmaker, Richard DeBolt performed admirably for the residents of the 20th Legislative … more
The new year will bring the end of single-use plastic bags by retailers, and even though their elimination has been delayed, a good New Year’s resolution for Clark County residents is to get in the … more
Washington’s Employment Security Department is, without question, the most overwhelmed and underperforming arm of government during a nine-month pandemic shutdown with no clear end in sight.For … more
The Seattle Times Editorial BoardThe long ordeal of our untamed pandemic has upended the fight against hunger throughout Puget Sound and across America. Spikes in infections and unemployment have … more
No matter what happens with the election, we all need to double down and get back to basics: Wear a mask, wash your hands, limit your contact with extended family and friends.As state public health … more
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