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Welcome to Cle Elum, Washington…home to the world’s largest solar park? The windy town of Cle Elum---which enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine annually---could lead the way with solar energy with a new proposal. Named the “Teanaway Solar Reserve,” it’s a 400-acre solar park that would generate power for 45,000 homes and manufacture panels, a shining example of clean-energy economy done right. The project has to go through a six-month local permitting process but designers are hoping to be up and going by 2011. Check it out HERE.

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Wolves at the door. In northeast Pend O’ Reille County, loggers discovered a wolf pack with pups. “It will be a balancing act,” said Dana Base, a district biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in the S-R, who will begin tracking them with GPS collars. “If wolves start showing up in backyards in Ione or Newport, we’re not going to be able to tolerate that. If they start habitually killing livestock, we won’t be able to tolerate that, either.” It’s only the second documented pack in Washington state; gray wolves were hunted to near extinction in the 1930’s. Read HERE.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Sarah Palin has written an opinion piece on the Waxman-Markey bill in The Washington Post, calling it an “enormous threat" to the U.S. economy. She lauds clean coal, “Westerners who sit on mountains of oil and gas,” and provides zero facts. The train wreck continues until July 25th, when the talk show offers begin. (Except she, uhh, can’t talk.) Read HERE.

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