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Flash Flood Watch issued June 01 at 11:01PM PDT until June 02 at 5:00AM PDT by NWS

...FLASH FLOODING POSSIBLE ACROSS PORTIONS OF EASTERN WASHINGTON AND IN THE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN IDAHO PANHANDLE TONIGHT... .A STRONG STORM SYSTEM HAS PUSHED THROUGH THE REGION TODAY WITH A NUMBER OF TOWNS HAVING HOURLY RAIN RATES OF THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH...WITH TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS IN EXCESS OF AN INCH. THUNDERSTORMS WILL ALSO BE SLOW MOVING AND MAY TRACK OVER SAME AREAS...WHICH

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Lo58° Showers Likely

Tuesday

Hi71° Chance Showers

Tuesday Night

Lo54° Slight Chc Showers

Wednesday

Hi73° Slight Chc Showers

Wednesday Night

Lo55° Mostly Cloudy

Thursday

Hi79° Partly Sunny

Thursday Night

Lo59° Partly Cloudy

Friday

Hi86° Sunny

Friday Night

Lo61° Mostly Clear

Saturday

Hi90° Sunny

A true challenge: Act as a region

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It is not a new observation, but it may be the most valuable insight provided by the “sustainability committee” of experts appointed to advise the city of Wenatchee: This is one region. We are one community. To solve our mutual problems we need to think as a region, and most importantly, act as a region. Rather than continue as a splintered conglomeration of rival municipalities, we need to recognize what we have in common and “work together to ensure our collective long-term economic sustainability.”

That would be the beginning, the foundation. The committee of experts was appointed by Mayor Frank Kuntz to give advice on the city’s fiscal future, and recommend a course of action that could sustain the region’s municipal services over the long term. Rarely have so many powerful financial minds come together — investor and actuary Bart Clennon, PUD manager and risk analyst John Janney, Stemilt Growers President West Mathison, Eagle Transfer owner Mike Walker, attorney Clay Gatens, Cashmere Valley Bank President Ken Martin and Confluence Health CEO Dr. Peter Rutherford. Few of the committee’s observations, and few of its recommendations were new. Taken together, and recommended by this influential group, they become breathtaking in scope.

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