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Jay Inslee

Congress fiddles while the West burns

Congress fiddles while the West burns

Imagine a 55-mile-long lake that starts in the Sierras and ends in the wine country of Paso Robles, or, for an even more precise description, picture a lake with the Alps at one end and Tuscany at the other. That would be Lake Chelan, a glacial fjord that carves its way out of the Cascade Mountains and flows into the dry vineyard-and-orchard-wrapped terrain of eastern Washington state.

Lake Chelan is where my family has vacationed nearly every summer for a quarter century, but I've never written about it, not wanting to encourage even more tourists to swamp the place. The secret is out, though. If you checked the top news in the Los Angeles Times or watched any national news reports...