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Washington State's   Correct Coarse for

Economic Prosperity!

Watch the videos at You Tube (You tube only has 10 min. videos and we had to split it up into 3 segments)

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

History proves President Franklin D. Roosevelt lead

with authority and for the last 60+ years Washington State and the Nation has repeat the benefit of his leadership!

It is my belief "Real leaders should lead the herd", they

shouldn't be "quiet followers warming a seat of leadership

just collecting a pay check"!

Are there any "Real leaders in America

today?      They are very hard to find!

We seem to have several small minded or empty minded Coward's "setting in the seats of power where leaders are suppose to set today collecting a pay check", in my opinion!

 President Franklin D Roosevelt       Elected to 4 terms in office!

Rufus Woods the 1st!

Editor of the Wenatchee World (1878-1950)

Wilfred Woods pictured with his Dad Rufus Woods

"Pride in Family and Accomplishments Achieved"

Internet firms heading east in their quest for powerBy Blaine Harden Washington Post

PREV of NEXT THE WASHINGTON POST Wilfred Woods, of The Wenatchee World, with a painting of his father, Rufus, Grand Coulee Dam booster.

QUINCY, Grant County — Microsoft is pouring concrete in a bean field on the west end of town. Yahoo! is digging up a field of alfalfa out on the east end. Google, which declines to comment, is said to be sniffing around for its own field of dreams here in the semidesert outback of Eastern Washington.This small farm town, population 5,300, has become the Klondike of the wildly competitive Internet era. The gold in Quincy is electricity, which technology heavyweights need to operate ever-larger data centers as they fight for world domination.Their data centers — air-conditioned warehouses filled with thousands upon thousands of computer servers that talk to Internet users around the globe — are extraordinary power hogs. Microsoft says electricity consumption at its data centers doubled over the past four years and will triple over the next five.There is cheap electricity here, and lots of it. That is because the Columbia, the premier hydroelectric river in North America, flows nearby. Three publicly owned local utilities own five large dams on the river, and they produce much more electricity than the sparse local population can use. With power prices soaring, the three utilities have become the hydroelectric emirates of the Pacific Northwest.Until now, they have been obligated under 50-year-old contracts to sell about two-thirds of their power — without profit — to major utilities serving millions of people in Seattle, Tacoma and Portland. The arrangement helped keep monthly electric bills in the Northwest far below the national average.Those old contracts, though, are expiring — a development that will help push up residential electricity rates across the region. And the mid-Columbia utilities are scurrying to sell their newly unleashed power to the corporate giants of the Internet — if they are willing to plant "server farms" in two-stoplight towns such as Quincy. They do seem uncommonly eager.

"Salivating" for power Out in the bean field, Microsoft is rushing to complete what it says will be the largest data center it has ever built. It is scheduled to go online in February.Downstream in The Dalles, Ore., Google is building a data center that will go online within the next year and is reported by local officials to be scouring the region looking for other sites.Upstream in Wenatchee, Yahoo! is expected to go online with another data center in the fall and is in negotiations for still others."They are salivating," said Rufus Woods, publisher of The Wenatchee World.It was his grandfather, also named Rufus Woods, who was the principal booster and relentless propagandist behind federal construction of Grand Coulee Dam, completed in 1942 as the world's largest dam. It is still the largest hydroelectric plant in North America.Grand Coulee, by creating a 151-mile-long reservoir behind the dam, ironed out the violent flow of the Columbia, ending early summer floods and making it easier for local utilities downstream to build much less expensive dams that could milk significant amounts of power from the river.The first Rufus Woods boasted noisily in the pages of his newspaper that electricity from the dams would lure major industry to Wenatchee and the Columbia Basin. But the federal government broke his heart by stringing wires across the Northwest and setting up rules requiring dams to sell most electricity at a postage-stamp rate, meaning that power had to cost the same in Wenatchee as it did hundreds of miles away in Seattle, Tacoma or Portland.

How many jobs? Although farming in the Columbia Basin boomed thanks to irrigation water diverted by Grand Coulee, major industry, for the most part, ignored Wenatchee and towns such as Quincy for most of the past seven decades.Companies could get plenty of cheap power in Seattle and Portland without having to build in the boondocks — until now.

"Everything is finally coming together for us," said Curt Morris, a commissioner of the Port of Quincy. "By taking that calculated risk to build those dams years ago, we have an asset that is going to start performing for us."He said that data-center investment by Microsoft and Yahoo! would more than double the $300 million tax base in Quincy. The price of vacant lots in Quincy has jumped fourfold since word of Yahoo! and Microsoft leaked early this year.At The Wenatchee World, though, there are doubts about how many jobs will come with the server farms that are going to suck up the region's electricity. Yahoo! has told planners it will have between eight and 25 employees in Wenatchee, while Microsoft and Yahoo together have said they will employ about 150 in Quincy."The numbers of employees are so small," said Wilfred Woods, 86, chairman of the board at the newspaper and son of the late Rufus Woods.

"We are not backing the coming of the data centers like we backed Grand Coulee." The Woodses — Wilfred and his son Rufus, the current publisher — say they are worried about the prudence and competence of the mid-Columbia utilities to manage the sale of power to the Internet behemoths in a way that maximizes local economic development and minimizes incompetence and waste.

Concerns arise The recent management history at Chelan County Public Utility District, which serves Wenatchee, and Grant County Public Utility District, which services Quincy, is checkered.

When power prices soared during the Western energy crisis of 2001, Chelan PUD paid two of its power traders $285,000 each.

Salaries for several managers at the utility also rose to $100,000-plus levels, causing widespread irritation in a county where the median family income is $38,000 a year.

Top managers have since been replaced."They have money coming out their ears," Rufus Woods said. "There has been an attempt to take that money and put it into the hands of the people who work there."Grant County PUD, too, has weathered management scandals and been forced to replace top managers.

It is now being challenged by the Internal Revenue Service for issuing tax-free bonds to build a fiber-optic network that could benefit private business. The fiber-optic network has been a major selling point for Microsoft and Yahoo!, whose server farms need redundant, high-speed data pipelines. Managers at the two utilities say they, too, are worried about how much cheap power should be allocated to companies such as Microsoft and Yahoo! — and how many jobs are likely to come of it. "It is a real concern of the commissioners," said Tim Culbertson, general manager at Grant County PUD, referring to the five elected local officials who make policy for the utility.

"They don't necessarily like the low-jobs and high-megawatts situation that goes with the data centers. But the utility has an obligation to serve. It has no ability to require jobs."

Costly to replace For millions of electricity consumers in the Northwest, the unfolding power machinations in the mid-Columbia region are likely to cause increases in monthly electricity bills. As high-tech companies use more low-cost electricity in places such as Quincy, less will find its way to homes around the region.

"When I have to replace it in the marketplace, that power will be more costly," said Eric Markell, senior vice president for energy resources at Puget Sound Energy, the largest utility in Washington. Markell said that while there are many other forces putting upward pressure on power costs, the loss of cheap power from the mid-Columbia dams "will be a factor in rising electricity bills." Here in Quincy, local business leaders are relieved that the Yahoo! and Microsoft data centers will create relatively few jobs and that the children of newcomers will not swamp local schools.

"For us, having minimal new jobs is a relief, at least for the short term," said Lisa Karstetter, executive director of the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce. "We can't grow that fast. Everything is already full around here."

By Michelle McNiel

World staff writer

Posted February 02, 2009

WENATCHEE — Wilfred Woods, retired Wenatchee World publisher and board chairman, will receive one of the highest honors handed out by the state of Washington.


Wilfred Woods: Honored for service to others

Woods is one of four people chosen for the state's Medal of Merit award for extraordinary achievement that benefits others. The awards will be given before a joint session of the Legislature at the House chambers Feb. 11.

The highest awards given by the state are the medals of merit and valor. The merit award honors service to the citizens of Washington, and the valor award goes to those who risked their lives to try to save others.

Four people will receive the valor award next month.

"I'm certainly honored to be considered for something like this, my goodness," Woods said Friday.

He said he was nominated by Sherry Schreck of Wenatchee without his knowledge, and was surprised to learn he had been selected to receive the medal.

The Medal of Merit was first awarded by the state in 1987.

The only other person from North Central Washington to receive it was the late Grady Auvil, an orcharding pioneer from Orondo, in 1998.

A selection committee made up of Gov. Christine Gregoire, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, Secretary of State Sam Reed, Supreme Court Justice Jerry Alexander and House Speaker Frank Chopp reviewed the nominations and chose the winners.

The other honorees are Bill Gates Sr., co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Emma Smith DeVoe and May Arkwright Hutton, who will receive the medals posthumously for leading a successful effort in 1910 to amend the state constitution to give women the right to vote.

A news release issued by the Secretary of State's Office heralded Woods as a longtime champion of civic and economic concerns in NCW. During 47 years as publisher of The World, he promoted economic development and dedicated many stories and personal columns to public power, highways, port districts and natural resources.

He also has been a philanthropic leader, especially in the arts.

The news release highlights his work in establishing the Woods Conservatory of Music in Wenatchee and in helping to lead the drive for the community's Performing Arts Center.

He also has been involved in several statewide efforts, serving 10 years on the state Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as sitting on the state Centennial Commission, American Forestry Association Board and the Central Washington University Board.

Asked about his community involvement, Woods said, "I'm interested in seeing things happen. I've been particularly interested in resource development, the Columbia Basin and the river. I guess I was available and willing to serve, so I did."

"I've had a lot of fun," he added.

Leadership needs to come from the top, it is much faster!

Rufus Woods 2nd

Current Editor of the Wenatchee World

Will he help complete his father's and

Grandfathers Dream, by helping take this

Project to President Obama?

Here's a television interview that Stockwell gave during

his run for the 9th Legislative District's House seat (2009)

in Kennewick discussing completion of the Columbia

Basin Project, and how it will renew the USA and

Washington State Economies without any new taxes!

Please watch my project video during my run for the

9th Legislative given at Charter Channel 3 Kennewick, Wa. Thank you for your extra help Lloyd Swain (Jimmy Newland would be proud of his protege) & Nick Wagoner! 

The only man on earth with the power

to bring this Project to completion!

President Obama Signing future Executive Order

for final completion of the

Columbia Basin Project!

American Leader?

Leadership needs to come from the top, it is much faster!


Leadership needs to come from the top, it is much faster!

Leaders I have taken my proposal to!

The 1st Lady and the administration asked for ideas on American Projectsso I took a trip with my proposal in March 2009 to deliver to the President.

I was at Ex-Governor's Gary Locke's Confimation hearing for Secretary of Commerce , and asked him if he would deliver it to the President for me?

Gary promised he would (in camera on CNN Dwight), I honestly don't know if he kept his promise &/or word (but I made the trip and the effort).


Leadership needs to come from the top, it is much faster!