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Hydrologic Outlook issued February 12 at 3:18PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...WARM, RAINY, AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL LEAD TO STREAM RISES... A MORE UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN ARRIVES THIS WEEKEND BRINGING RAINS AND WARM TEMPERATURES. MELTING MID AND LOW ELEVATION SNOW, IN COMBINATION WITH THE RAINS, WILL LEAD TO RISES ON MANY OF THE AREA`S STREAMS. MONDAY AND TUESDAY ARE FORECAST TO BRING EVEN WARMER TEMPERATURES...SOME NEAR RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES...ALONG

Overnight

Lo33° Patchy Fog

Saturday

Hi44° Patchy Fog then Partly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo35° Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi47° Slight Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo39° Slight Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi58° Partly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo41° Mostly Cloudy

Tuesday

Hi58° Mostly Cloudy

Tuesday Night

Lo41° Slight Chance Rain

Wednesday

Hi49° Chance Rain

While we argue, the trees grow

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It was a joyful day in Omak. On Monday the long-shuttered Colville tribal veneer mill was officially reopened, with due pomp and ceremony and the official blessing of Gov. Jay Inslee. It is leased to Wood Resources LLC, which has hired 87 people and expects to hire over 100 more. The mill where hundreds once earned their livelihood, that went dark in the dark days of recession, is now revived. The natural fibrous growth of the Colville tribal forests will be processed there to produce the raw material of plywood, which is the raw material of the houses, which is where we live. The value added will produce profit, which produces wages, which will enrich a community. Not a bad deal.

Wood is a natural resource. Managed by human beings, it is also an agricultural product. It grows. There is more and more of it every day. With care it can be harvested and transformed into the products we all need and use. Demand is rising. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that West Coast structural lumber production climbed 11.8 percent just in the first two months of this year. Weyerhaeuser Corp., reported net earnings of $144 million in the first quarter and its lumber operations are running at 90 percent of capacity. They make use of the harvest, and the beauty is, trees grow back.

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