NYT Politics

The Job Is Managing State Finances, but His Issues Are Jan. 6 and Abortion
Author: Trip Gabriel
Ryan Bizzarro, a Democrat and member of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives, announced a bid to challenge the Republican incumbent, Stacy Garrity, by invoking issues galvanizing to Democrats.
Biden Heads to UAW Picket Line in Michigan
Author: Katie Rogers
President Biden’s trip comes a day before former President Donald J. Trump arrives in Michigan, as the two men offer dueling messages to a powerful voting bloc in a key swing state.
Why Democrats Keep Winning Elections Despite Biden’s Negative Polling
Author: Reid J. Epstein
Despite a flood of negative polls for Democrats, the party has delivered a string of strong results in special elections, which can be a useful gauge of the national political environment.

Washington State News

Closing in on AL West title, Rangers face Angels again
(Photo credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) The American League West-leading Texas Rangers will turn to rookie left-hander Cody Bradford on Tuesday night as they try to take another step toward their first playoff berth since 2016 when they face the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif. Texas won the opener of the three-game series 5-1 onMonday thanks to four solo homers. Bradford (4-2, 4.65 ERA) is set to make h
Astros, Mariners continue battle for playoff spot
(Photo credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports) The Seattle Mariners aren't in must-win mode just yet, but it's getting close. The Mariners (84-72) dropped 1 1/2 games behind Houston (86-71) in the chase for the American League's third and final wild-card playoff berth with a 5-1 loss to the visiting Astros on Monday night. Seattle, which will play host to Houston again on Tuesday, has two games left against the Astro
MLB roundup: Justin Verlander shines as Astros top M's
(Photo credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports) Justin Verlander turned in a vintage performance, taking a shutout into the ninth inning as the Houston Astros defeated the host Seattle Mariners 5-1 on Monday night to extend their lead in the race for the American League's third and final wild-card playoff berth. Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tuckerhomered for the Astros, who snapped a three-game losing streak and moved 1 1/2 ga

Portland Business News

Virtual or in-person care? Here’s why the best plan includes both
Author: Kaiser Permanente
Today it’s commonplace for an employer’s benefits strategy to include a range of virtual and telehealth services provided by their health plans or point solutions vendors. From video, phone and chat visits with doctors, to at-home health screenings and monitoring, health care is more convenient than ever – and it must be for an employee population that’s come to expect on-demand service in all aspects of life. About 25% of patients used telehealth in 2022, an increase from the 5% who used…

Columbian Newspaper

Columbia River tops Ridgefield in battle of 2A state volleyball powers
Author: Micah Rice

Two loud student sections chanting at each other across a crowded gym.


The Chronicle - Centralia

Toledo can't overcome slow start in sweep vs. Ocosta

The Toledo volleyball team couldn’t overcome the Ocosta Wildcats on Monday, losing in three sets 25-17, 25-19, 25-21.

Coach Kelli Larson said that while there were stints during the game where the Riverhawks (3-3) finished off some long rallies, the Ocosta defense was able to limit the damage.

“Overall we just couldn’t sustain the battle for enough side outs to win sets,” Larson said.

She also added that their confidence hitting the ball was shaken early, as Ocosta’s 6 foot, 2 inch tall middle blocker was able to block a handful of hits.

Ellie Fallon had another solid day, totalling nine digs, seven kills and two blocks. Jordynne Hensley also had seven kills, and Stefa Arceo-Hansen recorded seven digs.

Whitney Olson tallied 21 assists and six digs, and Lyndzie Filla served three aces.

It’s a short turnaround for the Riverhawks, as they continue their five-game road trip tomorrow with a trip to Winlock before heading to Adna on Thursday.

Vikings stave off Kodiaks in four-set victory

The Mossyrock volleyball team won a back-and-forth league match in Battle Ground on Monday, topping Columbia Adventist in four sets, 25-16, 26-28, 25-23, 25-16.

The middle two sets were as close as they come, with both teams trading momentum throughout.

Despite dropping the second set, the Vikings rebounded in the third set before sealing the game in the fourth.

Erin Cournyer led the way, filling up the box score with 20 kills, 14 digs and six digs. Abbie Lovan had 10 digs and had five aces serving. Arieth Villalba also had five aces on a perfect 16-for-16 from the service line.

Taylor Schwartz added seven digs, and Chesney Schultz totalled 10 kills.

Both teams were 2-0 in league play coming into the game, but now the Vikings leap above the Kodiaks in the 1B Columbia Valley league standings, trailing only Willapa Valley (which is 4-0 in league play.

Mossyrock will look to continue its strong play in league on Tuesday, when the Vikings head to Pe Ell.