One Year Later

I hit nearly 400 Daily News bylines in my first year, and I’m proud of every one. Every story and every source has made me stronger, faster, better.

Or so I’m led to believe via the reception of this recent story about the upshot of the state’s renewable energy requirements and the local utility’s moves to meet them. It’s thoroughly detailed yet digestible — maybe like a green energy bar. Take a bite!

The Cowlitz PUD's wind farms in the Columbia Gorge cost the average resident $9 per month — though the power generated there isn't even used in the county.
The Cowlitz PUD’s wind farms in the Columbia Gorge cost the average resident $9 per month — though the power generated there isn’t even used in the county. Photo by Bill Wagner

Earlier, I kept up the heat on the PUD’s recall drama through both a records request and a keen ear.

On the lighter side, I again got to combine my passions of writing and beer by writing about a beer made just for a local, Boston-qualifying marathon. Listen:

The Northwest beer scene is so pervasive you can’t even go 26.2 miles without running into it.

I also got to write about shit — highly treated sewage called biosolids, rather — in this story about their controversial use in pastures in the county to the west, Wahkiakum.

And those school zone speed cameras some call necessary for child safety and others call a cash cow? They made the city a profit of $500,000 last year.

Also, I judged a cupcake contest and wrote about it, NBD.

Workers at a local retirement home held a cupcake-off that was judged by my expert palate — the fire chief's, too. Photo by Brooks Johnson
Workers at a local retirement home held a cupcake-off judged by my expert palate — the fire chief’s, too. Photo by Brooks Johnson
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