Halvorsen Gatlin: Hang onto your hat, it may be collectable

Family’s hat collection brings joy to many.

  • Jun 13th, 2019


Brunell: Life-changing innovation comes in all shaps

The world often copies Washington businesses when it comes to innovation.


Brunell: Could Puget Sound area put on a World’s Fair today?

You have to wonder if a project of this scope and magnitude could happen today with endless hoops to jump through, mounds of government red-tape and construction costs which were unimaginable in 1960.


Simpson Says: Field trips and assemblies are highlights of the month

Dancers and wildlife popular with students.

  • May 30th, 2019

Cornfield: Inslee exercises executive power like never before

Governor shifted $175M to culverts and vetoed a sentence he said threatened funding for transit.

Jerry Cornfield: Upon further review, EPA wants to redo water quality rules

Gov. Jay Inslee no longer embraces the standards submitted to the feds in the summer of 2016, if — conjecture here — he and his Department of Ecology ever truly did.

  • May 22nd, 2019

Why did lawmakers deny TVW’s budget request for more transparency?

When it comes to embracing transparency, the 2019 Session had one shining…

  • May 21st, 2019

Thompson: Where did hospital get its name?

Mark E. Reed’s life tells quite a few tales

  • May 21st, 2019

Jerry Cornfield: One historic era ends and another begins in state House

On May 3, workers scraped Chopp’s name from the door and put up Lovick’s along with the title Acting Speaker.

  • May 16th, 2019

Brunell: New Montana law aims to keep people in their homes

Is it worth evicting somebody over a $70 tax bill?

Halvorsen Gatlin: Access McCleary library 7 days a week

The 2,112-square-foot McCleary library is one of the smallest in the five-county Timberland Regional Library System. But, the bright and friendly library at 121 S. Fourth St. is the only one in the system that offers a new service.

  • May 10th, 2019

Jerry Cornfield: Even with all that winning, Democrats didn’t run the table

Democratic lawmakers greeted the end of the 2019 legislative session with warm…

Inslee and Democrats riding high at session’s end

By the time all the dust settles, the Democratic governor should have 15 of the 18 bills he specifically requested through the Legislature and past his desk with his signature attached.

Electronic waste reduction requires innovation

E-waste is the most rapidly growing waste problem in the world. According to the United Nations, we generate about 40 million tons of it every year. This is equivalent to throwing out 800 laptops every single second.

Group says county, city of McCleary have been lax water monitors

Interlocal agreement isn’t being maintained

  • May 1st, 2019

List of threats to First Amendment grows

First Amendment threats and defenses have, for much of the past 100 years, largely focused on protecting individual speech — the rights of any one of us to express ourselves without interference or punishment by the government.

  • Apr 25th, 2019

The Petri Dish: Face-recognition bill fails to meet deadline to advance in state House

One of the most intriguing dramas at this point in the legislative…

Jerry Cornfield: Snohomish woman on 17-day fast to spotlight orcas’ plight

At nearly noon on April 1, Lanni Johnson sat in a fold-up…

Testing returns for Simpson students

Simpson Says column for Thursday, April 25, 2019

  • Apr 24th, 2019

Retrieving ocean trash is only first step

The garbage is accumulating in “gyres” which are large systems of circulating ocean currents, kind of like slow-moving whirlpools. Though the oceans are home to many gyres, there are five that have a significant impact on our environment.