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Hydrologic Outlook issued February 11 at 6:14PM 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 ALONG WITH WARM WINDS WHICH WILL INCREASE THE

Today

Hi44° Chance Showers and Areas Fog

Tonight

Lo33° Slight Chance Showers and Patchy Fog

Saturday

Hi46° Partly Sunny then Chance Showers

Saturday Night

Lo34° Chance Showers

Sunday

Hi47° Slight Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo41° Slight Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi58° Partly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo43° Slight Chance Rain

Tuesday

Hi54° Mostly Cloudy

Tuesday Night

Lo38° Slight Chance Rain

Foley served us all

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It was 1964 when Tom Foley, son of a Spokane judge and a protegé of the great and powerful Sen. Henry Jackson, challenged an 11-term Republican incumbent, Wenatchee’s Rep. Walt Horan, and won a seat in Congress representing Eastern Washington’s 5th District. Foley represented Wenatchee in Congress until the 5th and 4th districts were changed from an east-west to north-south split in the redistricting of 1970. But, in Foley’s 30 years in Congress, being in or out of his district didn’t make a great deal of difference. Calls from Wenatchee were answered, not by aides but by Foley himself, from the House floor if need be. Problems were solved. He represented his district, the state and the nation with equal energy. Provincial rivalry was nonexistent. Partisanship was swept aside by statesmanship.

Foley’s death at age 84 was announced Friday morning by his wife Heather, and coming as it did after weeks of Washington turmoil, rancor and hate, it makes you realize the nation certainly could use more Foleys and far fewer of whatever it is we have now. Foley entered Congress in an age when government was judged by accomplishment, not ideology. Foley rose to power in an age when compromise was an admired art, not an admission of weakness. Foley was a Democrat from the prairies of the Columbia plateau. That was not usual when he began, rare when he left, but when work was needed the labels didn’t matter. Foley was dedicated to the greater good, to doing the best for the nation, to building up, not tearing down. He was possessed of enormous intelligence and drive, but those who worked with him said he realized political accomplishment came in small steps, in give and take, not slash and burn. He rose to chair the Agriculture Committee, to majority leader, to speaker of the House, and his mind never closed, his attitude never narrowed. He often said his greatest honor was serving his home in Congress. As he did, his leadership served a nation.

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