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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

This Afternoon

Hi45° Sunny

Tonight

Lo28° Increasing Clouds

Wednesday

Hi40° Patchy Fog then Mostly Cloudy

Wednesday Night

Lo33° Mostly Cloudy then Slight Chance Rain

Thursday

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Thursday Night

Lo34° Chance Rain

Friday

Hi44° Chance Rain

Friday Night

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Saturday

Hi46° Mostly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo34° Slight Chance Rain

Editorial | Fresh air in the fight against fire

Lightning strikes. Our overgrown and diseased forests, rangeland and sometimes our cities burn. Even if not living with the fear that our homes may be destroyed, we choke in the smoke for weeks on end. Then governments pay the accumulated bills, often in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Then next summer we do it again. Then we do it again. Repeat. Repeat.

Editorial | Schools need you

Voters across North Central Washington have received a ballot asking them to approve or reject a replacement maintenance and operations levy for their school district. It would be understandable if there was some confusion. The Legislature and courts have been haggling over education funding for years now, promising to fix this once and for all.

Editorial | Up from the ashes

Four houses may not seem like many when the fires took hundreds. For the families that now have shelter and a home, many months after the flames took everything, it means the world. It’s understandable there were tears of joy shed last week when four new Okanogan County homes were blessed in a ceremony organized by the Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group.

Common Ground | How bitcoin and blockchain technologies work

I have been a bit skeptical about the economic value in North Central Washington from the techies who are doing Bitcoin mining, but after doing some additional research and discussing the subject with local entrepreneur Malachi Salcido, I'm beginning to warm to the idea that there may be an economic opportunity for the region. 
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Common Ground | Salcido makes the case against high density rates

Malachi Salcido sees the potential for the Wenatchee Valley to be a hub for entrepreneurs to develop emerging technologies without damage existing ratepayers, if Chelan County Public Utility District can find a more creative way to address the challenge of high-density loads rather than creating a significantly higher rate for those users. 

Tracy Warner | Another year for music and magic

You started your first year in the junior high or middle school band a few months ago, hauling around that instrument your parents bought you back in fifth grade. You heard there was something called “jazz band,” a class that meets early in the morning and plays weird music. You show up.
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Charles Krauthammer | The three-cornered fight for the soul of the GOP

It’s hard to believe that the United States, having resisted the siren song of socialism during its entire 20th-century heyday (the only major democracy to do so), should suddenly succumb to its charms a generation after its intellectual demise. Indeed, the prospect of socialist Bernie Sanders, whatever his current momentum, winning the Democratic nomination remains far-fetched.

George Will | Michael Bloomberg: an echo, not a choice

Michael Bloomberg's epiphany about the 2016 presidential proceedings is that what is missing is a second bossy, big-government billionaire from Manhattan's East Side — another candidate with malleable party loyalties. Bloomberg, whose net worth estimated by Forbes is $38.6 billion (eighth on the list of richest Americans), is again exploring an independent presidential candidacy.

Tracy Warner | Armed revolt is not a game

I’m not the type, but I suppose for some people armed insurrection has romantic appeal. It appeared so for the camo-clad occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, who seemed to be living out some kind of collective fantasy brought on by an overdose of Western myth, pulp fiction and conspiracy theory.

Common Ground | Salmon recovery efforts facing big challenges

The third annual Columbia Science Conference kicked off Wednesday with a keynote speech by Sara LaBorde of the Wild Salmon Center, who shared some provocative insights about the state of salmon recovery efforts in Eastern Russia, Alaska and British Columbia.

Tracy Warner | Marijuana, legal but skunky

Nobody thought about the smell. When we voted to legalize marijuana production, we naive and inexperienced people assumed that growing the stuff would be like growing anything else. We know about farming around here. We like farmers. Maybe we can live with marijuana farmers, too. What could go wrong?