Daily Troll: Rain + melting snow = mud. First pot license means jobs for Spokane. Goldy gone from The Stranger.

Olympia: Help for foster kids. Turning Inslee's words against him.
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Flood watches: No Cascade curtain

Most of Western and Eastern Washington faced flood watches today. Western Washington's watch stays in effect until late Thursday night. But the National Weather Service also said to expect "copious amounts" of rain through Thursday, and a lot more snow in the mountains. For northeast Washington and the Idaho panhandle, flooding should be minor but the Weather Service cautioned against trying to drive through water on any flooded roadways. — J.C.

Avalanches and slides

When it rains this much in Western Washington, mudslides are sure to follow. The News Tribune reported several as of late this morning. Slides and avalanche control operations closed U.S. 2 over Stevens Pass, with crews still working at 4 p.m. Wednesday to reopen the highway. The Weather Service advised against travel in avalanche territory and warned about landslides, especially along hillsides and steep coastal bluffs. — J.C. 

First pot license goes (to) Green

The state Liquor Control Board issued its first marijuana license Wednesday morning to Sean Green, who will be able to run a growing operation of 21,000 square feet. KING 5 reports that Green received praise from marijuana activist Philip Dawdy (a straight-shooting expert on the subject), who said Green has long paid state taxes for his medical marijuana operations in Spokane and Shoreline. Holding up his license, a smiling Green said, "I'm coming home with jobs, Spokane."  — J.C. 

Goldy gone from Stranger

The Stranger's David Goldstein — better known as Goldy — has parted ways with the paper and its SLOG website, according to seattlepi.com's Joel Connelly. Goldy posted the news of his departure on his political website, HorsesAss.org, under the headline “My Services Are Now Available to the Highest Non-Evil Bidder,” noting "editorlal differences" as the reason for his departure. So what’s next for Goldy? He plans to keep using his pioneering HorsesAss.org site as an outlet for his musings on politics, and he mentions the possibility of running for city council in 2015. Meantime, the erstwhile Stranger scribe says he’s looking for a new challenge and is entertaining offers and suggestions. — M.C. 

Today in Olympia

  • Washington's House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill by Rep. Mary Helen Roberts, D-Mukilteo, that would extend foster care for young people up to 21 years old if they are employed at least 80 hours a month or have medical conditions that require extended foster care. The bill now goes to the Senate. — J.S.
  • A February remark by Gov. Jay Inslee about minimum wages is being used against him in the long-stalled transportation revenue package talks. While visiting Washington, D.C. last month, Inslee said  he might consider using his executive powers to raise the current $9.32 minimum wage for state workers and private employees working on state contracts. On Wednesday, Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler of Ritzville used that remark to warn that the governor is in love with executive orders and could easily impose one as a way to bypass the Legislature and put a low-carbon fuel standard into action. Republicans want some type of written guarantee that Inslee won't take that route before they'll move forward on a transportation package. Inslee and his staff have said several months of study are needed before any minimum wage or low-carbon fuel standards can be seriously considered. — J.S. 

  • The governor has also ordered the Employment Security Bureau to ask regional workforce development councils to compete for $4 million in funding that would help find jobs for people who have been out of work for extended periods of time. Inslee's office said at least 118,000 Washingtonians have run out of unemployment benefits but remain jobless. Many hold college degrees and had been in stable work positions before losing their jobs. — J.C.

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