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People have been asking me about my impressions of the recent “short” legislative session that just ended a couple of weeks ago. Here's my recap. As I mentioned at the Greater...

April 25, 2018

A few days ago, the Port of Longview announced it had signed an exclusive agreement to negotiate with a prospective tenant for the old Continental Grain terminal at Berth 4. Cheers...

Feb. 22, 2018

With much recent attention on the state Supreme Court case Whatcom County v. Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, often called Hirst, we would like the opportunity to express the views...

Jan. 10, 2018

The Washington Department of Ecology seems determined to oppose any industrial development in Cowlitz County. And the rest of the 19th Legislative District. About three weeks ago, Ecology issued an opinion...

Oct. 30, 2017

Several weeks ago, a number of newspapers around the country ran an Associated Press article that most published with the suggested headline: “Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save...

Sept. 20, 2017

On Saturday, August 19, a fish farm in the San Juan Islands near Anacortes suffered a structural failure to one of its net pens, containing more than 300,000 nearly-mature Atlantic salmon....

Sept. 11, 2017

Ecology's Nooksack Rule had been standard practice in Washington for decades. But the Futurewise lawyers didn't like it. They wanted a new standard: that the GMA required counties to obtain evidence...

June 22, 2017

As you may have read or heard, I believe strongly that “levy equalization” is the best state-level tax reform for Washington. It means adjusting how we fund public schools to rely...

May 23, 2017

Last fall, the court issued its decision in the Whatcom County v. Hirst case, which involved a complicated dispute over how different groups can claim water rights in this state. The...

April 27, 2017