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Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 09 at 1:46PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT EAST WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE INVERSION WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. WEAK WEATHER DISTURBANCES WILL PASS THROUGH

Tonight

Lo28° Partly Cloudy

Wednesday

Hi40° Patchy Fog then Mostly Cloudy

Wednesday Night

Lo33° Mostly Cloudy then Slight Chance Rain

Thursday

Hi40° Chance Rain

Thursday Night

Lo34° Chance Rain

Friday

Hi44° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo35° Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi46° Mostly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo34° Slight Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi45° Slight Chance Rain

Roads, taxes, talk

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Transportation is the issue the Legislature left unresolved. Now the political pressure is noticeably building. This state needs to improve its capacity to move people and goods from place to place, and that means roads, highways, bridges, infrastructure, and all related complications and expense. The question is how to get there from here.

To that end the Senate Transportation Committee will take a “listening tour” statewide, stopping in Wenatchee Sept. 23 for a hearing, 6-9 p.m. at the Chelan County PUD auditorium. The co-chairs, Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, and Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, have helped make the arrangements. It may seem like a mere courtesy call, a show-the-flag cruise, but it could be much more if the current debate leads where some expect — to negotiations on a transportation package and gas-tax hike that may prompt Gov. Jay Inslee to call a special session to consider it and vote, probably in November. If that happens, and even if people in power only talk about it, what is said about transportation priorities and policies in faraway places like Wenatchee could play a significant part. Transportation packages don’t pass unless the benefits are spread statewide, and for that places like Wenatchee have to speak up.

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