Governor takes his pitch on state tour | The Petri Dish

Jay Inslee is back on the road this week with his “Ain’t Got No Capital Budget Blues” Tour. The Democratic governor launched the tour in… Continue reading

  • Sep 7, 2017

Spectacle still brings out the fight in me | Our Corner

For one Saturday night, the fight game returned. Young Mixed Martial Arts champ Conor McGregor climbed into the Marquess of Queensberry rules boxing ring with… Continue reading

Dan Evans would serve America well | Brunell

Recently, family, friends and dignitaries gathered at Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles to celebrate the designation of the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness at Olympic National… Continue reading

Pursuing truth through the rhetoric | Our Corner

This writing stuff is a strange business. It’s an amalgamation of talk, tattling and, at times, tawdry titters – all under the headline of truth… Continue reading

Let’s stand united, strong against acts of violence | Sen. Fain

Our freedom to speak and exchange ideas, especially unpopular ideas, is the most important right we hold as Americans. It is the first right because… Continue reading

  • Aug 21, 2017

Glimpse of the solar eclipse: for some, is it really worth the adventure?

Monday brings the Apocalypse. This is not fake news. I got this from a very reliable source, the internet. Actually it’s just a total solar… Continue reading

  • Aug 17, 2017

Make back-to-school shopping sustainable; start with your kids’ closets

By Michelle Metzler/For the Auburn Reporter Ready or not, it’s time to begin planning for a new school year. With the start of the school… Continue reading

  • Aug 16, 2017

Trying to make sense of all this ‘discraziness’ | Our Corner

As a pick-me-up and drop-me-on-my-head bucket of fun, I have been trying to follow the unhealth care machinations in the U.S. Senate. It is the… Continue reading

A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in our changing county | KCLS

Anyone who has visited the 48 libraries in the King County Library System, as I have done since becoming KCLS’ interim director, appreciates the breadth… Continue reading

  • Aug 10, 2017

Sudden deaths took a trio of state’s business and ag leaders | Brunell

So far this year, a trio of unexpected deaths has shocked Washington business and agriculture. Melanie Dressel, Ron Reimann and Jeff Brotman leave behind large… Continue reading

Race to toll likely to clip Washington drivers | Brunell

In 2014, President Barrack Obama opened the door for states to collect tolls on interstate highways. This year Oregon lawmakers, much to the chagrin of… Continue reading

Forest landowners prove cooperation works | Brunell

The state’s largest environmental, wildlife and natural resources agencies recently recognized 43 large forest landowners for their “exemplary efforts” to upgrade forest roads and stream… Continue reading

Dry spell in Seattle | Shiers

Months removed from record-breaking winter and spring rain, the Puget Sound region is on another streak. As of Thursday, the area has seen 39 consecutive… Continue reading

  • Jul 27, 2017

Today’s tools drive me crazy, and off the map | OUR CORNER

Distracted driving is the hot topic now with the new state law taking effect Sunday, July 23. I will not recite the specifics of the… Continue reading

Stricter law puts more attention on distracted driving | GUEST OP

On Sunday, July 23, a tougher distracted driving law with increased penalties goes into effect in Washington state. What will it mean for you and… Continue reading

  • Jul 18, 2017

Maybe it is more than sticks and stones that hurt | OUR CORNER

I have always been interested in languages. Since my first Spanish class in seventh grade, I have been taken by the puzzle of how people… Continue reading

State of public ed

In the final hours before a state government shutdown, the Legislature passed a landmark bill that adds billions of dollars to public schools in Washington… Continue reading

  • Jul 7, 2017

Abundant natural gas is giant step toward energy independence | Brunell

In the last half century, Americans yearned for energy independence. We were tired of being held captive by foreign governments – some of which continue… Continue reading

KCLS: looking toward the future

By Stephen A. Smith, interim library director Over the past year and a half, the King County Library System has been immersed in a strategic… Continue reading

  • Jul 6, 2017

Lawmakers look to play bigger role in negotiations with unions | The Petri Dish

One of the last pieces of the budget puzzle snapped into place Tuesday, sealing in Republican support for funding new state worker contracts. It came… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2017