This is Perfect. WA Senator proposes bill in Legislature to give Seattle what it asks for.

This is Perfect. WA Senator proposes bill in Legislature to give Seattle what it asks for.

If you follow the Northwest news at all, you will be familiar with the story of the environmentalists behind the drive to remove dams on the Snake River, to improve habitat for endangered salmon.  Never mind that removal of those dams would also result in the loss of many megawatts of clean, carbon-free energy production for Eastern Washington, and add thousands of trucks and rail cars to carry all the cargo that was previously carried on the river.  Local agricultural and utility interests in Eastern Washington have spoken with alarm about this proposal.  Some economists have also come out against the proposal, demonstrating that dam removal would have negative consequences for the entire region, even absent the enormous costs for removing the dams.

So, now, a State Senator has proposed a bill in the Washington Legislature in Olympia, to essentially give the citizens of Seattle (who are so numerous, and so Leftist, that they essentially run the State) the kind of project that they are asking for the citizens of the other half of the state to accept.  Senate Bill 6380 would launch a study of breaching the Ballard Locks and  removing the Seattle City Light Dams, to restore Seattle waterways to their pristine condition.  It would also restore Lake Washington to its original condition, and remove Ravenna Creek from its sewer pipe back to the surface.

This is the Gorge Dam, one of those Seattle City Light-run dams that brings electricity to the Social Justice Warriors of Seattle.

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The story above describes how the proposal would let the Skagit River run free as it did in the early twentieth century.  This story just made me smile, and I am interested in hearing how the Seattle contingent in the State Legislature responds to it.  Tit-for-tat; you want to take Eastern Washington back to the 19th Century, maybe you should contemplate Western Washington being returned to the 19th Century.

Oh, and the Senator who proposed this bill is a Republican from Ferndale, a town in Western Washington just south of the Canadian border.  Thanks, Senator Ericksen!

A Favorite Place, any time of year

About 35 miles north of our town of Everett, Washington, may be found the Skagit River Valley.  The Skagit Valley has some of the most fertile soil in the United States, and its farmers supply animal feed, corn, potatoes, vegetables, and flower bulbs locally and around the world.  The entire month of April is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, and you don’t have to look very far on Calling-all-RushBabes to find it-just look up at this month’s header picture!  A few times a year, my husband and I get in the car and drive up to the little town of LaConner, on the Swinomish Channel.  It is an admitted “tourist trap”, but we just love playing tourist and visiting all the shops.

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Skagit Daffodils

Afloat at LaConner Marina

Boats at the LaConner Marina.

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We discovered this interesting creature in front of an art gallery in LaConner.  I wonder if he’d agree to play in our string quartet?

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Couldn’t resist this, at a t-shirt store on Main Street.

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Fertile farmland, and Mount Baker in the background.

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Farm machinery at one of the many farms in the Skagit Valley.

Farther up the Skagit River, the terrain gets wilder as you head into the Cascade Mountains.

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Is it any wonder we try to go there as often as possible?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow

At the Diablo Lake Overlook, along Washington State Highway 20 (North Cascades Highway), Mountain Shadows.  It is late afternoon.

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But when you zoom out a little…  Shadows disappear.

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And you see the blue-green glacial waters of Diablo Lake, behind Diablo Dam, on the Skagit River.

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