Last week, the top story around town was the recently announced sale of Simpson Lumber to California-based Sierra Pacific Industries. Timber has been the bread-and-butter of our regional economy for more than a century, employing generations of Washingtonians and building our expanding nation. The Simpson family has invested in our community for the past 125 years, and I am grateful for their contribution.
Faced with a decision to participate in the rapid fire panel at the Shelton-Mason Chamber Forum on Tuesday night I declined to participate (along with Representative Kathy Haigh). As a first time candidate there are many things to learn. And during the first Shelton-Mason Chamber forum I participated in the rapid fire, as we candidates were told that we would have time at the end of the rapid fire session to address any question we felt needed further clarification or information.