Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Today marks my second anniversary at the Daily Sun News. The time is flying by, yet I was reminded last weekend how some things don't change.
Had a chance last weekend to go back to our old stomping grounds in the Cle Elum/Roslyn area. We spent part of an afternoon in Roslyn, revisiting a restaurant we like in the area and strolling the city's historic downtown area.
It was an enjoyable visit, yet I was amused to see Roslyn is dealing with some of the same issues it faced back during the five years I was at the Cle Elum newspaper.
Water is still an issue for Roslyn. Back in 2001 during my first year at the paper, Roslyn was trumped by the Roza Irrigation District's senior water rights and had to impose water rationing.
Found out last weekend that the city has obtained additional water rights, but the wheels of bureaucracy are making it a slow process for the city to actually tap into the water source.
There's a mayoral campaign underway in Roslyn, I learned during our visit there last weekend. Once again, Roslyn's problem/trademark (depending on your perspective) of loose dogs in town is a focus of the election, as I understand one candidate is running on a platform of doggie issues.
I remember well letters to the editor, pro and con, focusing on dogs in our weekly paper in Cle Elum, and it sounds like the issue is still giving folks paws to consider.
There are a few new businesses and store signs, but downtown Roslyn-including its key issues of the day-are pretty much unchanged.
The whole deal brought a smile to my face, almost feeling like I had picked up right where I left off when we made the move here two years ago.
But then it was time to return home and to the Sunnyside newspaper office here Monday morning, and another onslaught of stolen Hondas and the latest police blurb about a violent crime.
Now, I'm thankful in the Lower Valley we don't have to worry about whether or not our water rights will be trumped. And I'm grateful for animal enforcement policies in place that make it possible to walk the dog in peace.
But wouldn't it be nice if once, just once, our issues here didn't have to include gangs and violence?
It would be nice, and I think momentum and prayer is building to accomplish just that.
Joni and I have been here two years now, and we've already seen positive change in the works for a more family friendly Sunshine Days, for example, as the days of underwear booths are long gone from the festival.
There's also vision. Vision for Grandview in a new library partnership with YVCC. Vision to transform Sunnyside through prayer. Vision to get proactive against gangs and violence. All of that is having an impact.
While it's nice to see some things stay the same, as in Roslyn's historic storefronts, it's great to see positive change afoot like we have underway in the Lower Valley.