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Coronavirus stimulates recreational vehicle sales and rentals

Interestingly, while restaurants and airlines continue to be clobbered by the coronavirus, recreational vehicle (RV) sales and rentals are taking off. People have switched their travel preferences to minimize their Covid-19... — Updated 10/15/2020

 

Pro Pool Levy

Here’s why I’m voting for the Park and Pool Rec No. 4 levy. No, we didn’t get to enjoy the swimming pool this past summer: no adult swim, no aerobics, no swimming lessons, and no visitors to Ritzville to share our... — Updated 10/15/2020

 

Reactionary Policy

Americans, including politicians, wake up and speak up. We are being snowballed, and given a very rough time by Public Health officials, as dictated by extremely over-reactive Federal officials. Yes, COVID-19 is a serious matter,... — Updated 10/15/2020

 

Political Cartoon

 — Updated 10/9/2020

 

Parks & Recs Pool Levy

On November 3, 2020, Adams County residents will be given another opportunity to vote for the Ritzville Water Park pool levy, running a second maintenance and operation levy that did not pass in August. It is important for us to... — Updated 10/9/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion 

Budget outlook takes another hit with Boeing's 787 announcement

It is official. Boeing will consolidate its 787 manufacturing in South Carolina. This news has many implications for the state including a direct impact on the state’s budget... — Updated 10/9/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion 

WDFW looks to create regulation amidst fires

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife already manages about a million acres of publicly owned lands statewide. Now, the agency is trying to use recent wildfires as an excuse to... — Updated 10/9/2020

 

Political Cartoon

 — Updated 10/1/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

State revenues growing overall but budget deficit still projected

First the good news. Unlike during the great recession, state revenue is still increasing overall during the COVID pandemic. According to the September revenue forecast:... — Updated 10/1/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Send a message with advisory votes

We’re only about three weeks until our ballots arrive in the mail for the Nov. 3 all-mail-in election. So far, the focus has been on the presidential race between Republican... — Updated 10/1/2020

 

Political Cartoon

 — Updated 9/24/2020

 
 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

All churches should be open despite the virus

About 800 miles south of my office, the leaders of North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, Calif., are no doubt having conversations about how to move forward. The church, which was mandated to close and remain closed earlier... — Updated 9/24/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Coronavirus compounding recycling calamity

What happens in China, doesn’t always stay in China. We learned that a couple of years ago when the Chinese stopped buying massive volumes of the world’s used paper, plastics... — Updated 9/24/2020

 

Letters to the Editor

 — Updated 9/17/2020

 

Political Cartoon

 — Updated 9/17/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Time to revisit forest management

Not only is the world in the grasp of the COVID-19 pandemic, but America’s western wildlands are burning up as well. Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters California has a dual... — Updated 9/17/2020

 
 By Jean Flanigen    Opinion

Malden/Pine City Fire

“Are you guys ok?” It’s the first thing we say to each other in the Malden/Pine City area these days. Once that question is answered, it is immediately followed by, “Is your house ok?” We lost so much on Labor Day. Our... — Updated 9/17/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

More calls for a special session

Voices across the state continue to ask the Governor to call a special session to allow lawmakers to balance the budget and address COVID-19 related policies. A special session... — Updated 9/11/2020

 
 By Liv Finne    Opinion

Inslee funding unnecessary union jobs

Most schools in Washington state will remain closed this fall. Some school districts are tightening their belts in anticipation of the COVID-19 budget cuts that are coming. But last week Gov. Jay Inslee bypassed the Legislature... — Updated 9/11/2020

 

Voting Authority

It seems quaint now, the arguments we used to have whether these United States was a republic or a democracy. The citizens of the state of Washington are now ruled by an authoritarian. We may be allowed to vote for the... — Updated 9/2/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Time for a Washington special session

Last week, the Idaho House of Representatives approved legislation calling for Gov. Brad Little to end his state’s emergency declaration. Shortly thereafter, the Idaho Senate... — Updated 9/2/2020

 

Political Cartoon

 — Updated 9/2/2020

 
 By John McCallum    Opinion

Still time to take the census

PORTLAND, Ore. – Officials want Washington residents to know there is still time to respond to the U.S. Census – especially residents in Eastern Washington. The count conducted every 10 years is important in that it determines... — Updated 9/2/2020

 

Political Cartoon

 — Updated 8/27/2020

 
 By Dale Anderson    Opinion

What day is it?

If you are anything like me, and for your sake I hope you are not, you are trying to remember what day of the week and month it is. We don’t need to be reminded that it is 2020. B... — Updated 8/27/2020

 

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