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A closer look at the updated capital budget

Our state approves three budgets every two years. These budgets fund Washington’s operating ($71.9 billion), transportation ($14.6 billion), and capital ($10.3 billion) expenditures, including …

Climate Commitment Act needs accountability, not scare tactics

Washington state’s Climate Commitment Act (CCA) was passed in 2021 with the goal of reducing and phasing out carbon emissions.  Unfortunately, there have been several problems with …

Strengthen brand recognition and loyalty with consistent brand building

In the world of marketing, where trends come and go, one principle remains constant: the importance of consistency. This is true whether you're a multinational corporation or a family-owned business …

My “Walking Start to Running Start” bill will provide more options for students and families

The Washington State Legislature is quickly approaching its adjournment date of March 7. I’m pleased to share that my Senate Bill 5670, expanding the state’s Running Start program, …

Washington voters support their local public schools

OLYMPIA - Local levies and bonds are one important way that communities support their schools, and preliminary results from yesterday’s Special Election show how committed voters are to their …

Embracing the future at The Leavenworth Echo

As the CEO & Publisher of Ward Media, it's my honor and responsibility to ensure that The Leavenworth Echo not only continues its legacy of trusted community journalism but also evolves to meet …

Hydropower is the cornerstone of a reliable, clean energy future

Affordable, plentiful energy is the root of a society that enables economic growth. It’s easy to forget our community’s biggest asset even though it affects everything we do.  Now …

The legislative session is approaching its halfway point

The Washington State Legislature’s scheduled 60-day session is progressing smoothly. My colleagues and I are approaching the halfway point of session. Senators will spend the majority of time …

The NIMBY Whistle

The expression “Not In My Backyard” or NIMBY seems to have grown from a movement in the 1970’s when communities in the eastern US opposed the construction of nuclear power plants …

2024 Legislative Session Preview

For legislators, the time of year is quickly approaching to gather in Olympia for the annual process of discussing, debating, and updating state laws. The Washington State Legislature convenes …

Embracing the spirit of community

As we stand at the threshold of a new and promising year, I am humbled by the unwavering support and unwavering dedication of all those who have been integral to The Leavenworth Echo. With immense …

Embracing unity in 2024

As we stand on the cusp of a new year, it's evident that our societal landscape continues to be deeply entrenched in political polarization. The chasm between conservatives and liberals seems wider …

Five steps the Legislature should take to support business in Washington

The Washington State Legislature will begin its 60-day session on January 8. The main focus of this year’s legislative session will be developing and approving updates to the three state …

If you traveled around Washington State this summer, you likely experienced some of the extensive road construction that was happening. While it was great to see the much-needed work on our roads, …

Point of View: Thank you to our Veterans!

Veterans Day is one of the most important holidays in America and one that deserves special recognition. Each year, our country proudly honors the courageous men and women who have sacrificed to help …

Honoring those who served

Every year on November 11th, our nation comes together to pay tribute to the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day is a time for reflection, gratitude, and remembrance, …

The #2 Affordable Housing Whistle

The United States is in the throes of a housing crisis. Estimates indicate that we face a shortage of 6.5 million homes. As The Whistle detailed two weeks ago in part one of our three-part series on …

Peach cobbler – a family favorite

A few years ago, I purchased a small box of tree-ripened peaches directly from a farmer. They were perfectly ripe, ready to eat fresh, and I wanted to make peach cobbler. My paternal grandmother …

Yesterday, my sister-in-law Ann called me for advice. She’s suffering from allergies. “My nose is so stuffed up, I have to breathe through my mouth. I’ve been taking a …

THE #1 AFFORDABLE HOUSING WHISTLE

Over the next month, The Whistle will offer a three-part series on the challenges of affordable housing. This week, we’ll provide context. Next, we’ll review the city’s initiatives …

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