North Central Washington has a long and enduring culture of hunting. Not everyone hunts but it is part of the fabric of who we were and who we are. For many, it is an activity that has been a shared family experience for generations.
Nearly a year ago, Lake Chelan Community Hospital set out to engage our community in a broad discussion about the future of health care in the greater Lake Chelan valley. A crucial part of that discussion addressed our community’s aging, undersized primary health care facility.
When my husband and I bought ridge-top property in 2004, we resolved that solar energy was in our future. When we looked into it closer this spring, we were incredibly pleased to find that doing the right thing is also financially feasible.
Here’s a depressing statistic: Last year, U.S. companies spent a whopping $598 billion — not to develop new technologies, open new markets or to hire new workers but to buy up their own shares. By removing shares from circulation, companies made remaining shares pricier, thus creating the impression of a healthier business without the risks of actual business activity.
Our North Central Washington communities would be greatly strengthened if we took a focused approach to solving our most pressing challenges — high poverty rates, lack of educational attainment, and serious health issues like as shockingly high teen birth rates.
The people of Chelan, both civic and commercial interests, genuinely and fervently wanted Lake Chelan to stay a foot higher in September. The higher lake would enhance the appeal of their greatest asset at a most beautiful time of the year. The Chelan County PUD, which lowers the lake in the fall to capture runoff and manage its Lake Chelan hydroelectric project, was asked to accommodate this request.