There’s an early start to what will likely be a brutal fire season in the West, even on this side of the Cascades.
Two officials drove me around one of the area’s larger fires this week — Douglas firs burning as birthday candles for me — and my photos of the trip took the front page Wednesday. Here’s one:
Elsewhere, in my continuing efforts to be Good At Everything, I’ve taken on the cops and courts beat in addition to covering Longview’s government and people.
That has already kept me busy with another death in the county jail, a murderer looking for a new trial 15 years later and our famous local hotelier digging himself into a hole. Allegedly.
There’s also my favorite data-based story so far, a look at the shared costs of the drug problem in the county.
But it’s not all doom and gloom in Cowlitz County, right?
Take the cardboard boat regatta, for example. Or my widely shared look at a year in the legal pot industry.
Then there’s the occasional W from our Cowlitz Black Bears — seemingly only taken after 11+ innings when I cover the games.
See, we have fun.