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OPINION: Cage-free is a step in a good direction

Jul 28, 2016 1:30am

Reporters are not immune to the effects of the stories they cover.

I’ve been saddened when I’ve had to write about a dying child. I’ve been upset because of numerous court stories —...

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OPINION: City budget needs dose of reality

Jun 09, 2016 10:30am

The 2016 budget for the City of Montesano is a train wreck.

It’s unusual to have to revise a budget so early in the year.

Failure to do so would take a bad situation and make it an...

OPINION: Fix homelessness by spending more wisely

May 12, 2016 10:30am

A society is measured by how it treats its most vulnerable members. So, how do we help the homeless improve their circumstances?

Not by increasing the amount of taxes that we dedicate to...

Grays Harbor County residents should not worry about Zika

May 05, 2016 10:20am

(Editor’s note: With cases of Zika virus in Washington State, including in nearby counties, The Vidette recently asked for a medial professional at Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma to...

OPINION: Let’s move Montesano forward with free Wi-Fi downtown

Apr 21, 2016 8:30am

Free Wi-Fi downtown was a big focus when I ran for mayor, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to any business owner that we’re moving fast to get it done.

Rich Hartman offered to pay the entire...

Timber companies shouldn’t get tax break for forests if they don’t share the forests

Mar 10, 2016 8:30am

I am writing this guest opinion piece because I continue to be asked questions about Ordinance 412, more commonly known as “fee for access.” It is a convoluted issue so I am happy to explain the...

OPINION: Shop Local — Go with local gift certificates

Dec 17, 2015 8:30am

A gift card to a massive box store? I think you can do better than that. In the way of a gift certificate to one of the areas local merchants? Now we’re talking.

Gift cards and certificates...

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.

The Olympic...

GUEST COMMENTARY: 1955 was good year, class member says

Jul 30, 2015 8:00am

I am honored to be a member of the graduating class of Montesano High School in the fabulous year of 1955. Our class will join together on Saturday, Aug. 1, for our 60th reunion and, at our age,...

Do your part to prevent wildfires

Jul 09, 2015 10:30am

It’s dry out there.

Where’s Smokey Bear when you need him? (Incidentally, he’s online,

The forecast shows temperature highs hanging in the low 70s to close out the...

EDITORIAL: County likely could recover from deficit with clear goals

Apr 23, 2015 10:45am

Last week, the Grays Harbor County commissioners approved hiring Shelli Hopsecger, a private consultant, to help the county develop a strategic plan.

With a $2.5-million deficit, it’s a...