The evidence is obvious. Year after year, one terrible fire season is followed by another terrible fire season. In the last 50 years there has been no significant improvement in how the Forest Service fights forest fires. Maintaining the status quo means there is no hope now, or in the futur…

Monday is Memorial Day, marking the unofficial start of summer. Millions of Americans will celebrate with a road trip, or a backyard barbecue, or a day at the lake.

Living on this side of the Cascades can be isolating when it comes to engaging in politics, especially during snowy months when Snoqualmie Pass turns into a ski slalom and Olympia might as well be as far off as the original city of that name, the one nestled on the Peloponnese peninsula.

As you probably know, the 2019 legislative session recently adjourned on schedule after 105 days, with all three state budgets approved for the 2019-21 biennium. The operating, transportation, and capital budgets were each approved on the final day after many months of public input, discussi…

It has been remarkable to witness the impact that the Our Valley Our Future effort is having on the Wenatchee Valley and the momentum continues to build.

There were maybe 50 or 60 of us gathered in the Pybus Public Market parking lot, a light drizzle amid the gray, early-evening skies. We were there for a quick bike ride through town, escorted by a police car with flashing lights.

I have great admiration for those with the inner sense peace to take life as it comes and accept the disasters and foibles with as much grace and dignity as successes. They are truly the happiest and most content people on earth.

While at work in the nation’s capital, it is easy to boast about Washington’s robust agriculture industry, thriving tech and manufacturing sectors, and prosperous trade relationships with countries all over the world. I often remind my colleagues in Congress that Washington is the most trade…

Gus Becker’s guest editorial in the May 3 edition was a remarkable piece of self-serving propaganda. His characterization of the public process that led to the compromise winter recreation plan in the Stemilt Basin is completely different than my experience.

Just five short years ago, our valley took the first steps toward what at the time was a radical paradigm shift: Beginning to look at this as a region rather than as a collection of cities and counties.

While its transformation from a depressed timber town to thriving "Bavarian" village has been remarkable over the last half century - Leavenworth might be pushing the proverbial "Golden Goose" to its limits if a planned amusement park project is allowed to move forward.

So the Legislature, apparently not swayed by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz's dance moves with Smokey Bear, failed to approve a bill seeking $62.5 million for the Department of Natural Resources' newly formed Wildfire Prevention and Suppression Account. The reason, no doubt, was l…

You may have seen them at the Apple Blossom Festival last weekend. You may have heard them. They were there, this small and ghastly group, at the parade and the food fair, holding up oversized posters of bloody fetuses, yelling about murder and genocide and hell. Maybe they yelled at you, or…

The successful effort to renovate Kiwanis Methow Park is cause for a heck of a party. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held this Saturday, May 11, from 1-4 p.m. at the park and everyone is invited.

National School Nurse Day, an annual observation sponsored by the National Association of School Nurses, is designed to honor all school nurses. This year’s celebration falls on May 8.

State lawmakers were right to earmark $10.3 million in the 2019-21 operating budget to eliminate the state's backlog of sexual assault evidence kits. The allocation will give the Washington State Patrol the resources it needs to tackle the problem, a mandate to do so by the end of 2021 and t…

Wow! That had to be the craziest last four days of session I’ve ever experienced. It is going to take time to unpack and analyze everything that happened including a new stealth tax increase using a Title Only bill, public process gone to hell, breaking the McCleary K-12 funding property tax…

I would like to thank the entire community of Chelan for the resounding defeat of the Lake Chelan School District bond issue before the voters on April 23.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are poised to implement a portion of their Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Recreation and Access plan (Naneum plan).

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This is the period when members of the herd of Democratic presidential candidates are testing various appeals to the party faithful. But the more serious contenders are also considering what attacks they might eventually employ against President Trump. The problem will com…

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether to include a question about citizenship status in the 2020 Census. Census experts have suggested that adding the question could lead to a miscount of as many as 6.5 million people, which two lower-court judges argued would result in su…

Is there still a silent majority? I believe there is. I frequently speak with them. However, with all of the noise coming from the far left on global warming, fake news, Green New Deal, Mueller report; on and on, it’s hard to hear the quiet voices.