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Meaningful, independent journalism is at a crossroads. Advertisers who once filled newspaper coffers and funded local journalism have shifted resources to the Internet. And... — Updated 12/2/2021

'Magic': Peninsula gains acclaim as psychedelic 'shroom' capital

LONG BEACH PENINSULA - There's something magical happening in the sprawling sand dunes in Pacific County. During the dreariest days of fall, an army of furtive fungal foragers... — Updated 12/2/2021

Research locates cold-water areas crucial for fish survival

To humans, rivers in the Methow can seem pretty frigid, even in August. But for fish in the Methow, having cold water – really cold – is a matter of life and death. Aquatic... — Updated 11/17/2021

Boule civil case goes to U.S. Supreme Court, could expand First Amendment rights

A civil case between Smuggler's Inn owner Bob Boule and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent has made it to the U.S. Supreme Court. Boule sued border patrol agent Erik... — Updated 11/19/2021

Ferries: Dangerous Legionella bacteria found on some state boats

In addition to increased wait times due to a lack of qualified personnel, Washington State Ferries now has another potential problem on its hands. According to spokesperson Ian... — Updated 11/17/2021

Beacon Publishing observing a milestone: 35 years

The beginning of what would become Beacon Publishing and its community of newspapers began 35 years ago, Thursday, Dec. 2, 1986, with the publication of The Edmonds Paper, founded... — Updated 12/2/2021

Colorado mountain towns' housing troubles mirror our own

Our picturesque mountain valley’s housing and worker shortages are not unique among picturesque mountain valleys. Skyrocketing housing costs and low real estate and rental inventories are a problem facing many communities in... — Updated 12/2/2021

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