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Hydrologic Outlook issued February 11 at 3:13PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...WARM, RAINY, AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL LEAD TO STREAM RISES... A MORE UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN ARRIVES THIS WEEKEND BRINGING RAINS AND WARM TEMPERATURES. MELTING MID AND LOW ELEVATION SNOW, IN COMBINATION WITH THE RAINS, WILL LEAD TO RISES ON MANY OF THE AREA`S STREAMS. MONDAY AND TUESDAY ARE FORECAST TO BRING EVEN WARMER TEMPERATURES ALONG WITH WARM WINDS WHICH WILL INCREASE THE

This Afternoon

Hi41° Rain Likely

Tonight

Lo34° Rain then Chance Rain

Friday

Hi44° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo33° Slight Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi46° Partly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo34° Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi46° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo39° Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi55° Mostly Cloudy

Monday Night

Lo39° Slight Chance Rain

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Eugene Robinson | The self-proclaimed winners of Iowa

The only thing missing from Marco Rubio’s victory speech Monday night was the victory: In Iowa’s Republican caucus, Rubio finished not first, not second, but third. Was he expecting a bronze medal?

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 | 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?
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George Will: Obama’s overreach on trial

During Watergate, Henry Kissinger’s mordant wit leavened the unpleasantness: “The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.” President Obama often does both simultaneously, using executive authoritarianism to evade the Constitution’s separation of powers and rewrite existing laws.