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* West winds bring cooler, clearer air – Mr. Rainer visible,
* WA.’s solar energy production up nearly 2,500%,
* US veterans fearful for their Afghan allies!

Winds from the west bring cooler air, clear skies as Mt. Rainier is visible again. “The setting sun cast a glow on Mount Rainier as a meadow of lupine falls into shadows in the sub-alpine meadows above Paradise.” Credit: Tacoma News Tribune


+ The Weather Channel: Winds from the west bring cooler air, clear skies as Mt. Rainier is visible again.

+ Thurston County Auditor: Last Primary Ballot vote count was August 16th before certification today. Yelm Council candidates moving ahead to Nov. ballot: Pos. 3 = Jalene McAtee, Joshua Crossman, Pos. 4 = Holly Smith, and one vote separates Steffen Burney and Kayla Russell, Pos. 7 = Terri Kaminski, Christopher Chai.

+ The Olympian: Olympia, Lacey, Thurston County to work together to maintain junction of major trails

+ South Sound Business: Report: Washington’s Solar Energy Production Up Nearly 2,500 Percent

+ KING-5 TV: Sea-Tac Airport faces hiring crisis amid busy travel season

+ JOLT News: [Yelm man one of] three Thurston jail inmates accused of destroying fire suppression and intercom components

+ The News Tribune (Tacoma): Some people fleeing Afghanistan will settle in Tacoma, Seattle – Many people arriving with special immigrant visas served alongside U.S. troops and diplomats.

+ Alaska Airlines: Announced continued fleet optimization by ordering more Boeing 737-MAX jets

+ KING-5 TV: Pacific Northwest wildfires have burned 1 million more acres in 2021 compared to this time last year


The Washington Post: Afghan security forces’ wholesale collapse was years in the making – American commanders hid fatal flaws in the Afghan army and police for more than a decade, according to documents obtained for the forthcoming book “The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War.”

The Daily Beast: Even Biden’s Allies Think He Screwed Up Afghanistan

The Atlantic: Biden’s Betrayal of Afghans Will Live in Infamy – Our abandonment of the Afghans who helped us, counted on us, and staked their lives on us is a final, gratuitous shame that we could have avoided.

MSNBC’s Opinions: Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal speech missed something important – The president regrets nothing — but the images out of Afghanistan will haunt him.

CNN: US veterans are disappointed with how the war in Afghanistan is ending – and fearful for their Afghan allies


MSNBC’s Meet The Press Daily: [Former AG Eric] Holder on gerrymandering: ‘Democrats don’t have to cheat. … Republicans do’

AARP: Loud Noise: The Not-So-Silent Killer Is Back – The fading of the pandemic means the return of ear-piercing sounds and related health issues

Newsweek: Trump Hotels Impose COVID-19 Mask Mandates as Republicans Condemn Them

Posted by Steve on August 17, 2021 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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