October 20, 2014
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Second judge OKs right of cities to limit or ban marijuana businesses

Cities and counties have the right to regulate or even completely ban marijuana businesses, a second superior court judge has ruled. A Chelan County judge ruled last week that Wenatchee can ban marijuana businesses. That ruling echoes an August decision in Pierce County upholding a similar ban in Fife.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the judges are accurately interpreting Initiative 502, which he said legalized marijuana sales without requiring local jurisdictions to allow the sale of marijuana.

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Northwest must preserve salmon and hydro dams

By Terry Flores, executive director of Northwest RiverPartners

Last month at Bonneville Dam, an extraordinary coalition of Northwest tribes, government agencies and river users -- including farmers, businesses and utilities -- gathered to celebrate a landmark event for our region's iconic salmon.

This year's return of about 2.3 million salmon and steelhead to the Columbia River Basin shattered the modern-day record for total annual salmon returns -- an abundance we haven't seen since fish counting began at the dam more than 75 years ago.
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