Seattle Times Politics

Vote no and take the dough? It’s a proud conservative tradition
Author: Danny Westneat

Republicans around the state and nation seem pretty enthusiastic about the benefits of the recently passed coronavirus relief plan in their districts, even as they voted against it and now publicly bash it as a waste.
Amid the climb out of COVID rules, restaurants worry about new plastics restrictions in Washington state
Author: Jim Camden

While it continues to reel from the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington’s restaurant industry is worried about legislation it fears could significantly increase the cost of takeout, which has become the primary — and for some, the only — type of business. Starting in January, restaurants would be limited in their ability to provide single-use plastic forks, […]

Columbian Newspaper

Ridgefield engineering students test drones
Author: The Columbian

RIDGEFIELD — Ridgefield High School students in Steve Rinard’s engineering class recently took drones they built in class and tested them in the school’s athletic fields. Early in the semester, students were still learning online about how drones operated, but when in-person classes resumed, they were able to work together to assemble the drones from a kit. The project took weeks of planning, building and testing before launch day. “We quickly learned that flying drones is not easy,” Rinard said. “It takes a little patience and a lot of practice to get the hang of it. And of course, it’s definitely helpful to have tools and extra parts on hand.” Senior Matthew Vance and his team enjoyed the drone launch. “There have been crashes, and broken pieces,” he said. “But flying the drones was a lot of fun.”

Working in Clark County: Sophie Dilly-Mason, esthetician at Beauty by Sophie
Author: Lyndsey Hewitt

Skincare is booming, and 18-year-old Sophie Dilly-Mason didn’t hesitate to jump on the bandwagon.

She recently graduated from the Aveda Institute, where esthiology, or esthetics, is the theory, practice and clinical study of skin care, an industry expected to see a 17 percent increase in employment over the next 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a “much faster” increase on average than most occupations, thanks to a rising interest in slowing aging. Google Trends shows a steady rise in “skincare” as a search term over the last five years, with a noticeable peak during the pandemic last summer.

“I just think that you know when you look good, you feel good. So people want to get these services done because it makes them feel good,” Dilly-Mason said. “A lot of people are looking to improve acne or scars that they have, or just getting rid of excess oil or dryness on their face. Those are the main things people are trying to get fixed.”

Skin care was an obvious career choice for Dilly-Mason, a River HomeLink High School graduate who wasn’t interested in the higher price tag for a traditional four-year university. She’s just getting her business – Beauty by Sophie – off the ground.

Her business is currently mobile; Dilly-Mason totes a foldable massage bed and suitcase with all sorts of skincare products, offering to meet people at their home. She also offers eyelash extension and waxing services.

“When I was a little younger, I did think it would be better to go to college,” she said of her decision. “It’s more traditional and that’s what a lot of people think is best to do. But I figured since I knew what I wanted to do and I didn’t need a degree for it, so it would just be better in the long run to go to a trade school instead. I won’t have any student debt now because I was able to pay for it.”

Syd Bernal, the director of the Aveda Institute, which has campuses in Portland and Vancouver, has noticed more people with that outlook applying. But the pandemic played a part, too.

“I think with the pandemic, a lot of people basically were forced into the opportunity of taking a pause and reflecting on what they really want to do,” Bernal said, adding that the school saw a 20 percent increase in enrollment between 2019 and 2020. “With the mass layoffs and people being unemployed for long periods of time, we had a lot people say, ‘You know what, I’m taking this as a sign – this is my time to do it.’”

Knowing that she enjoyed using makeup since she was 12, Dilly-Mason was one of those enrollees – graduating from the Aveda Institute in six months, costing her, she said, about $9,000. To graduate, students there must complete 750 hours of training. Then she received an esthetician license through the state’s cosmetology program.

“I really loved doing it,” she said of her early interest in beauty. “It was kind of a way for me to express myself. As I got more into that, I got really into skin care and learning about how it works – learning as much as I could about skin.”

Dilly-Mason, who lives at her parents’ home in Ridgefield and hopes to eventually open a physical business space, hasn’t had many clients so far. She’s hoping to see an increase as more people become comfortable spending time with people outside of their households.

“I know there are a lot of people who are interested,” Dilly-Mason said. “People want it, but they’re maybe a little concerned about safety precautions.”

She said she makes sure to sanitize and disinfect all her tools, products and the bed that she uses.

And maybe, after a year indoors, people want to feel good about themselves.

“I don’t like how women feel pressured to look a certain way,” she said. “But, these services — they do help you feel better about yourself, and when you feel better about yourself, you’re more confident. Confidence – you can see someone’s confidence.”


Working in Clark County, a brief profile of interesting Clark County business owners or a worker in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Send ideas to Lyndsey Hewitt:; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.

NYT Politics

Cyberattack Forces a Shutdown of a Top U.S. Pipeline Operator
Author: David E. Sanger
The operator of the system, Colonial Pipeline, said it had shut down its 5,500 miles of pipeline, which takes refined gasoline and jet fuel along the East Coast.
Marooned at Mar-a-Lago, Trump Still Has Iron Grip on Republicans
Author: Lisa Lerer
The vilification of Liz Cheney and a bizarre vote recount in Arizona showed the damage from his assault on a bedrock of democracy: election integrity.
‘This Is Politics’: Dr. Rachel Levine’s Rise as Transgender Issues Gain Prominence.
Author: Sheryl Gay Stolberg
President Biden’s assistant secretary of health is the highest-ranking openly transgender person ever to serve in the federal government.

Portland Tribune

Winterhawks top Chiefs
Author: Paul Danzer
Gabe Klassen has four points in Saturday's 5-1 win for Portland over Spokane at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Gabe Klassen had two goals and two assists Saturday, leading the Portland Winterhawks to a 5-1 Western Hockey League win over the Spokane Chiefs at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Portland improved ...

Winterhawks top Chiefs
Author: Paul Danzer
Gabe Klassen has four points in Saturday's 5-1 win for Portland over Spokane at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Gabe Klassen had two goals and two assists Saturday, leading the Portland Winterhawks to a 5-1 Western Hockey League win over the Spokane Chiefs at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Portland improved ...

Slideshow: Thorns win Challenge Cup
Author: Diego G. Diaz
Photographs from Saturday's NWSL Challenge Cup championship match, won by Portland on penalty kicks.

The Portland Thorns dominated phases of Saturday's National Women's Soccer League championship game at Providence Park. But, after battling NY/NJ Gotham FC to a 1-1 draw, it took seven rounds of penalty kicks ...