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Dan Boeholt The highlight of the thinning plan, creating habitat for spotted owls and elk, is this one-acre helicopter landing that was to be forage seeded for a meadow. It was left scattered with debris and deliberately dug up. Invasive weeds and thousands of tree seedlings are starting to take over.

Opinion: Piled forest roads harmful to public access, wildlife habitat

Aug 20, 2015 8:00am

The “Forest Circus” isn’t just clowning around here. With two hands tied behind its back, it is able to single-handedly destroy public access and wildlife habitat with ease.

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Failing businesses a sign of weak economy

Apr 02, 2015 10:30am

For the first time in American history, entrepreneurship is in decline.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, businesses are dying faster than they’re being formed. Each year, 400,000 new...

Legislators push to strengthen coastal economies

Apr 02, 2015 10:30am

Editor’s note: This commentary was submitted by The Nature Conservancy and the Wild Fish Conservancy.

A few days ago, the Washington State House of Representatives Capital Budget Committee...

Editorial — Take time to talk Internet safety with children

Mar 26, 2015 10:30am

Last week had an abundance of significant news — the county’s budget and its proposed cuts, a $56.6 million, 20-year project recommendation for the county’s courts and public safety facilities...

Editorial: The Public Records Act can be messy, but it’s your right

Updated: Nov 19, 2014 12:02pm

Requesting public records is easy. Responding to records can be messy.

There’s a right way and a wrong way, and attitude is everything.

City Attorney Dan Glenn tells me that in the two...

Guest Column: City of Monte should cut administration to balance budget

Nov 19, 2014 8:36am

The Vidette reported recently that there was a hole in the budget for the city of Montesano.

Mayor Ken Estes made an earlier attempt to patch the budget hole when he attended the Elma...

Editorial: We report the good and the bad, whether you like it or not

Nov 02, 2014 5:13pm

Sometimes, I think people forget we’re a real newspaper.

We will be there for the highest highs, celebrating with local businesses when they open and cheering on folks like Evan Gentry, a...

Editorial: Great Shakeout good reminder to prep for emergencies

Oct 10, 2014 10:30am

At 10:54 a.m., Feb. 28, 2001, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit the Nisqually Valley. I was working at the Puyallup Herald and was in its warehouse-sized building in downtown Puyallup.


Steven Friederich | The Vidette Untouched wilderness as seen from Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.

Editorial: Pros and cons of the Wilderness Act — 50 years later

Updated: Sep 27, 2014 6:20pm

Earlier this month, I was among the throng that hiked out into the “wilderness” at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park out near Port Angeles. My fiance and I must have hiked about 10 miles or...

Column: Militarization of our local police is unacceptable

Sep 18, 2014 10:21am

It is surprising how national interest stories that seem so far away, as we watch them unfold on our television sets, have a very much local tie in.

While there are still unresolved...

Editorial: Public should have same info as elected officials

Updated: Aug 23, 2014 4:33pm

Recently, the Port of Grays Harbor decided to open its books to make sure the public has the exact same information that the Port commissioners have before the commissioners make their decisions...