Good economic news sprinkled with caution

The good news is Washington’s revenues continue to grow and projections for the next couple of years appear promising. That is welcome news, but it is sprinkled with caution about introducing new taxes.
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The upside of snoring

In our culture we don’t usually brag about snoring. It isn’t a skill we covet. It isn’t seen as a skill at all, but an embarrassing behavior beyond our control. Sort of like stinky feet or public flatulence.
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Enjoy Christmas before it’s over

Christmas is coming fast but try to slow down. Before you know it Christmas will be over.
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Letter to the Editor | Holiday thank you

The Waterville Main Street Association would like to thank all who contributed in one way or another to the success of the annual lighting of our town’s Christmas tree. They include the Waterville branch of North Cascades Bank, Lori Leming, Michael Davies, the Proclaiming Brass, Pioneer Park Deli, A & G Brothers Construction, Knemeyers, the Federated Church and the Town of...
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Harmony Chapter awards 50-year pin to Gerri Hawkins

  By Eileen Bone Harmony Chapter No. 56, Order of the Eastern Star, celebrated 50 years of membership for Sister Gerri Hawkins on Oct. 18. Members gathered at the home of Eldon and Gerri in Waterville to present Gerri with her 50-year pin and certificate. Gerri’s family, including daughter Julie Rooney, who is also a member of Harmony Chapter, and her daughters Emily and Jane Rooney, as...
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IRIS Success Summit builds community around regional achievements

“If you think you can, you often do,” one participant at the NCW Community Success Summit held Nov. 15 in Pateros noted. While she was referring to ways in which young people can step into leadership roles, her words seemed equally relevant to the 130 people from across the region who gathered in the Pateros school gym to share successes and reaffirm the importance of community. The...
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When life isn’t a bummer — not really

It's such a bummer when on a normal day when you have nothing else planned you get a phone call from your daughter asking if you can babysit your granddaughter for an hour or two.
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Lawmakers must work to reduce wildfire risk

While massive wildfires are historic, they are more dangerous today. As our population grows, they are a greater threat to communities adjacent to wildlands.
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Our approach to life changes with time

Our appreciation of experiences and the world around us changes with time. The way I approach life differs now from when I was a teenager or newly-married 20-something. The world has changed as well, and that makes for a double whammy.
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Legislators, stakeholders gather for discussions on energy, transportation

Legislators have been preparing for several months to return to the Capitol in January for the 2019 legislative session. As part of that preparation, I invited some of my colleagues to our area to learn directly from local officials about issues important to North Central Washington.
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