We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress — some of them cynical, others clueless — in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.
Within a community, what is more important than the commitment shown by its citizens to educating its children through quality teachers, programs and facilities? Most would be hard-pressed to think of any community investment of greater significance and with a larger payoff.
There was another solid step toward regional cooperation and efficiency last week, as the commissioners of Chelan County Fire District 1 voted unanimously to accept the city of Wenatchee’s bid for annexation. The fire district commissioners set the stage for a decision by voters in city and county, likely April 28.
Imagine, your school is singed by horrible wildfire, four times. Your community is devastated by the fire disaster. Your school building has $2 million in damage from smoke and flame, and you only have weeks, days really, before it has to be safe and ready to educate students. What do you do?
Readers might recall a few stories I wrote several years ago about Dan Kish, who despite being totally blind, rode mountain bikes, went hiking and otherwise shattered every illusion one held about his condition.
On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin. It began dissolving as soon as the real, remaining Charlie Hebdo put out its post-massacre issue featuring a Muhammad cover that, as The New York Times put it, “reignited the debate pitting free speech against religious sensitivities.”
What follows is a rough transcript (very rough, although based on a true story) of Thursday’s Editorial Board meeting, held at an undisclosed location deep inside Wenatchee World world headquarters. For those who don’t know, the Editorial Board is three people who meet once a week for serious in-depth discussions of what topics the newspaper’s weekend editorials will address, and what slant they will take. This was the conversation:
Not since the multiplication of the loaves and fishes near the Sea of Galilee has there been creativity as miraculous as that of the Keystone XL pipeline. It has not yet been built but already is perhaps the most constructive infrastructure project since the Interstate Highway System. It has accomplished an astonishing trifecta:
They are dumping Red Delicious in the canyons and sending apples by the ton to the processor. Millions of dollars in sales are lost every week, every day. Overseas customers who would sell Washington apples by the truckload this worldwide holiday season are empty-handed. Workers in the warehouses lose hours or jobs. Truckers seek loads in some other industry. Apples sit in storage, their value falling with each passing day. Naturally, the growers pay and growers lose.
Run, Mitt, run! You too, Jeb, and please bring along the whole roadshow of perennial Republican also-rans. Across the aisle: Go for it, Hillary! What all of you see so clearly is that the nation desperately wants to be led forward into the past, or back to the future, or something.
Prior to 2003, folks hiking the Pacific Crest Trail between High Bridge and Bridge Creek were routed up onto a bench above the valley floor while the road for motor vehicles traversed the valley down next to the Stehekin River. Many of the hikers chose to walk the road rather than take the trail because the road was much more scenic and cooler. After the road was wiped out by flood in a couple places, hikers no longer had the road option and the only route left was up on ...
There is some significant news this week relating to the North Central Washington Business Loan Fund, an organization that specializes in providing assistance to small businesses that struggle to get financing through traditional means.