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Steve Wright | After a wait, PUD fiber expands

I don’t have to convince you that our hydroelectric power from the three Chelan County PUD dams is the envy of the rest of the country. Not only for incredibly low rates but also because of our high reliability and zero air pollution.
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Wilf Woods: Remembering the 1948 floods

The year of the great Columbia River floods, 1948, comes to mind when I received a set of photos taken of the waterfront by the late Ruth Gross, an employee of Northwest Wholesale at the time.

Editorial Board | Our Valley plan is still building

It wasn’t about the money or the prizes. It was about planning for the future in a vibrant, prosperous and forward-thinking community. The Wenatchee area may be out of the America’s Best Communities contest, but the Our Valley What’s Next effort is not dead, not on hold, not slowed. It is on fire.

Editorial Board | Riding a forest

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, it is amazing to note, has 8,000 miles of roads. Think of the scope. That is enough road to traverse the United States nearly three times.

Editorial Board | Soon, care is here

At last, we move forward to convert Wenatchee’s former Parkside nursing home into a sorely needed 32-bed care facility for those suffering mental illness. The newly formed NCW Behavioral Health Organization, a multi-county board overseeing regional mental health services, has announced it is sending an architect’s plan for Parkside to the state for review, and hopes to call for bids by September.A $4 million appropriation by the state will help cover costs.
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George F. Will | In Britain, anti-Semitism endures

LONDON — Of the fighting faiths that flourished during the ideologically drunk 20th century, anti-Semitism has been uniquely durable. It survives by mutating, even migrating across the political spectrum from the right to the left. Although most frequently found in European semi-fascist parties, anti-Semitism is growing in the fetid Petri dish of American academia, and is staining Britain’s Labour Party.
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George Will: The price Paul Ryan has paid

The Caligulan malice with which Donald Trump administered Paul Ryan’s degradation is an object lesson in the price of abject capitulation to power. This episode should be studied as a clinical case of a particular Washington myopia — the ability of career politicians to convince themselves that they and their agendas are of supreme importance.

Tracy Warner | The big quake is in our future

We naive human beings spend such a short time on earth that we get a twisted concept of time. When we hear something bad happened 300 years ago, we think it ancient. When we hear it might happen again in 200 years, we shrug. When we hear it might happen in 200 years or next week, we assume 200 years is more likely.

Eugene Robinson: Endorsing Trump will leave a mark

Bluffing is Donald Trump’s one great talent, and he brazenly bluffed his way to the Republican nomination. Now he is showing his cards, however, and they are utter garbage: racism, ignorance, capriciousness, egomania and general unfitness for office. That should be — it must be — a losing hand.

Tracy Warner | We can’t hear them anymore

Our job is to know what was going on, and report it. To do that we often listen to radio communications between law enforcement officers in the field, and their dispatchers. For this we have a simple radio scanner in the newsroom that constantly cycles through the frequencies and stops when somebody speaks.