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Guest Comment: State revenue forecast doesn’t change the facts: Washington state needs equitable new revenue

The updated Washington state revenue forecast, which projects a small increase in the amount of tax resources available to fund schools and other priorities in the coming years, should signal to lawmakers that it’s time to get to work on...

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Coast Chronicles: 
The Art of Summer
Coast Chronicles: The Art of Summer

Has summer finally arrived? It seems we can’t count on the calendar anymore to tell us what season we’re in. But several full days of sun last week provoked me to actually get out a pair of shorts and put them on. I even found myself...

Close calls: The boy who conquered
Close calls: The boy who conquered

His little body begged to be cuddled. He slept half-curled, half-kneeling, in yellow footed pajamas, cheek pressed to the mattress, eyelashes flicking. Precious boy! We knew he was five months old, African-American/Polish-American. We didn’t...

Elementary, my dear: Is Pacific an ersatz* county?
Elementary, my dear: Is Pacific an ersatz* county?

By Sydney Stevens

Observer columnist

*In case you wondered: synonyms for ersatz include incorrect, untrue, wrong, erroneous, fallacious, flawed, distorted, imprecise, untruthful, fictitious, concocted, fabricated, invented,...

Coast Chronicles: Hidden treasure at Port of Peninsula
Coast Chronicles: Hidden treasure at Port of Peninsula

I love our small town of Nahcotta. It’s the kind of place where Bob is walking down the length of Dell Street in the morning unwinding line from his fishing reel; where Cec’s three barking Doxies alert me to the return of the...

Animal Shelter Report: Keep these best friends together for life
Animal Shelter Report: Keep these best friends together for life

Got farm? Got great farm dogs?

Well we do! Introducing Rango and Bruno! Two dog buddies who are hoping to land a job on your farm or ranch.

These buddies came to us from OFOSA-Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals. This rescue group secures...

Guest Column: President’s 2018 budget undercuts rural communities

Center for Rural Affairs Policy Associate Anna Johnson said that President Trump’s 2018 budget does not support rural America and its communities. The budget was released in its final form on May 23.

“The president’s budget...

Coast Chronicles: Saving the family farm
Coast Chronicles: Saving the family farm

Several years ago Larkin Stentz struggled to hang on to Green Angel Gardens and Sustainable Living Center, the 1.25-acre organic homestead on 6807 Sandridge Road in Long Beach. The combination of the economic downturn and the following hard times,...

Don’t sacrifice 1st Amendment rights for ridiculous proposal

Late last month Republican state Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Yakima, introduced a bill that would make wearing masks, hoods, and bandanas around your face a gross misdemeanor. Wow.

The bill was written in response to the May Day protests that...

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