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A walk for hope

“For those of us who live in a wheelchair — to stand up and see yourself in a mirror, to look your friends in the eye, well, it’s an overwhelming feeling.”

Fund fireworks? Yes, we can do it

There was something missing this Fourth of July. At Walla Walla Point, we were short about 10,000 people. No bombs bursting in air, at least not legally or safely; no gathering at dusk for a mass, multicultural celebration of our independence, our liberty and our mutual freedom. The rocket’s red glare? Not there — all because we’re not good at fundraising, not for fireworks shows, at least.

More than just an audit

Members of my team and I had the pleasure of being in Wenatchee recently to deliver one of the Transparency and Open Government Training sessions we are presenting across the state this summer.

Say hello to a sockeye near you

It didn’t generate many headlines, but on Thursday of last week 30,262 sockeye salmon climbed the ladder at Bonneville Dam. It was a busier-than-average day in a season of busy days. By the middle of this week, a cumulative 363,853 sockeye had passed Bonneville. That is already double last year’s total run of 186,000. The fisheries experts updated their forecast this week and now expect 425,000 sockeye at Bonneville this year, second only to the stupendous record of 515,673 set in 2012. Our river has not seen such plentiful sockeye ...

Curse of judicial minimalism

Even when Supreme Court decisions are unanimous, the justices can be fiercely divided about fundamental matters, as was demonstrated by two 9-0 rulings last week. One overturned a Massachusetts law restricting speech near abortion clinics. The other invalidated recess appointments that President Obama made when the Senate said it was not in recess. In the first, four justices who concurred in the result rejected the majority’s reasoning because it minimized the law’s constitutional offense. In the second, four justices who concurred with the court’s judgment that Obama had exceeded his ...

Wilf Woods | NCW is museum-rich

I took time this week to visit the Rocky Reach Dam visitor center and museum, in the beautiful grounds of that dam.

The court and the culture war, again

Another day in the culture war, another afternoon spent reading another snappy 5-4 Supreme Court decision, a decision that properly distorted will horrify one party’s base, and that reaction will horrify the other party’s base, being seen as an example of their frothy intolerance and everything that’s wrong with their subset of humankind.

Hillary is not finished

In politics, as in many endeavors, it helps to be underestimated. In this sense, Hillary Clinton is doing great.

Three projects head the list

The North Central Washington Economic Development District last week supplied some intriguing food for thought when it issued its list of three “top projects of regional economic significance” for 2014-15. The proposed projects are well known, but not necessarily discussed much outside a small circle of supporters. It’s time the rest of us kept them on the list of possibilities.

Finally, that’s done

It’s over at last. The official end came Thursday as the Wenatchee City Council gave unanimous approval to a legal settlement with Global Entertainment, the proposer, promoter and original manager of Town Toyota Center. There will be $1 million passed from Global to the city. The city will pass 40 percent to its lawyers. This settlement, in the language of Mayor Frank Kuntz, means “All the legal stuff will be done.”

A rare opportunity

Chelan County PUD has begun the process of developing what might be called a strategic plan. On its face that might not sound particularly interesting, but it is time to wake up. This will be the great roadmap, the PUD says, a guide to the future of Chelan County and the PUD’s role in it. Given the PUD’s role will be enormous no matter what path we take, that makes this and important exercise. And the PUD is going to extraordinary lengths to engage the public, its owners, in the ...