Speeding on

Like so many cars through Longview’s camera-enforced school zones.

Man, did that story ever strike a nerve. Anytime you can write “the city quietly…” does anything, of course, you’re going to want people to listen.

Not that the city didn’t point some fingers after it was revealed the cameras’ wiggle room for those going slightly over 20 mph had been lowered, bringing in seven times as many $124+ tickets as last year’s average.

Before hundreds of “I swear I wasn’t speeding” stories overflowed my voicemail, I was the go-to reporter for the 35th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption this year, which was a bit of an honor considering it was The Daily News that took home the Pulitzer for its coverage of the eruption all those years ago.

Visitors get a good view of Mount St. Helens — free of its usual curtain of fog and clouds— at Johnston Ridge Observatory on Monday morning during the 35th anniversary of the 1980 eruption.
Visitors get a good view of Mount St. Helens — free of its usual curtain of fog and clouds— at Johnston Ridge Observatory on Monday morning during the 35th anniversary of the 1980 eruption. Photo by Brooks Johnson

I talked with a survivor of the blast, took a look at the mountain May 18 and even live-tweeted the eruption in real time.

Yeah, we own that mountain.

For something completely different, here’s a David vs. Goliath story from a little brewery in Wahkiakum County that was forced by “big bully beer” to change its name.

Then there’s the curious case of the pirate plumbing that led to a $5,000 water bill.

And here’s a story I thought would surely spur many to action, to cause a crowded ballot for elections this fall — the strikingly low number of women in local government.

But all four Longview Council candidates are running unopposed — even a newcomer.

“Elections are expensive,” one councilman told me.

So is apathy.

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