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Flash Flood Watch issued July 22 at 12:53PM PDT until July 23 at 11:00PM PDT by NWS

...HEAVY RAINFALL MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING ALONG THE EAST SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN CASCADES... .A BAND OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP IN THE CASCADES FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING INTO THE AFTERNOON. THIS BAND WILL ALSO CONTAIN SOME EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS WITH LOCALLY HEAVIER RAINFALL RATES POSSIBLE WITH FLASH FLOODING POSSIBLE. THUNDERSTORMS

This Afternoon

Hi75° Scattered Showers

Tonight

Lo62° Chance Thunderstorms

Wednesday

Hi75° Heavy Rain

Wednesday Night

Lo59° Heavy Rain

Thursday

Hi77° Mostly Sunny

Thursday Night

Lo59° Mostly Clear

Friday

Hi84° Sunny

Friday Night

Lo63° Mostly Clear

Saturday

Hi89° Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo65° Mostly Clear

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.”

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.”

Doing nothing is their choice

The president is the nation’s chief executive. He puts the will of Congress into action. He vows to “faithfully execute” the laws of the United States, laws that originate in the legislative branch.

Move along, no oil trains here

Peak oil? Not yet. Like it or not, the United States now is among the world’s leading oil producers, pumping around 9 million barrels a day and rising. That’s not far behind Saudi Arabia, and makes a lot of sheikdoms look puny. And like it or not, this compressed energy will be burned to turn the economic wheels of the world. To get from producer to customer, however, it has to go somewhere.

Cronies, renew the Ex-Im Bank

As I sit here, very close to the middle of the bustling state of Washington, the yields of crony capitalism flow all around me, and I am grateful. It’s the critics who call it crony capitalism. Others beg to differ, but the fundamentals are understood — it is international commerce, enabled by the federal government’s selective use of public credit. Whatever you call it, we in the most successful trading state in the nation benefit enormously. It allows our companies — small ones, and yes, the very big, profitable and ...

Oil trains raise safety questions

We know what can happen. We have seen disaster first-hand. We know that when transporting anything by rail, the possibility of an accident is more a question of when than if. Knowing this, the towns and cities of Washington situated near a main rail corridor have a reasonable interest in what is passing through, and are right to wonder how we would respond to an accident. With 100-car oil trains moving Bakken crude through the state every day, concerns rightly multiply.

National champs

We would be remiss to let the school year pass from memory without congratulating the local national champions. We read that Wenatchee High School’s famed Sports Medicine team recently placed first in the large-school category at the American Academic Competition Institute National Sports Medicine Competition. Results of the online competition were just announced. Wenatchee received the top score in its division, ahead of Culver City, Calif.; Monte Vista High School of Danville, Calif.; and Valencia High School of Valencia, Calif.

Cherries, the best

This is a wonderful time of year. Summer and the best cherries in the world arrive simultaneously. As they say ... sweet.

Football it is, and it’s not baseball

The World Cup, the glorious soccer tournament, for me ranks among the greatest of relaxing sporting events. It creates very little tension. This stems from a general disinterest, personal ignorance, and the nature of a sport where a serious chance of changing the score is rare.

Suddenly a city, loud and thirsty

This makes me feel like an prude, a classic stick-in-the-mud neo-prohibitionist fat old guy who doesn’t want anybody to have fun, but I don’t understand much about Paradiso. That’s the June 27-28 festival that will transform the Gorge Amphitheatre from a dusty bluff south of Quincy into one of the largest human habitats in Eastern Washington. The Gorge: Pop. 25,000.

There’s always the sewage issue

We are not easily disillusioned. There are cities and regions we admire for their sensitive nature, their highly educated population, their great book stores, art, music, gardens, bike paths, classic architecture, their transit and infrastructure. We admire their liberal politics and their tolerance, but most of all we admire their environmental ethic. We admire it because they tell us all about it. They demonstrate through word and deed and plug-in hybrid that they are our eco-ethical superiors and we the flawed should strive for collective improvement. Our own political leaders ...