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 By Carl Russell    Opinion    February 25, 2015 

Sands has been a good mayor

I am sad to see Mayor Jerry Sands resign. He has been a very good mayor. But I can understand his frustration and his wanting time for the family because the mayor job is a full-time commitment. Honestly, I don’t know how he withstood the office...

 
 By Steve and Gerry Salstrom    Opinion    February 25, 2015 

Forthright, dedicated mayor will be missed

It is with mixed emotions I am writing this after reading the article regarding Jerry Sands resigning as mayor of Electric City. I am a personal friend of Jerry and Connie, so I am aware of how they want to be able to travel, spend time with their...

 
 By Lonna Bussert    Opinion    February 25, 2015 

Sands did job when no one else would

I know Jerry Sands (mayor of Electric City) had thoughts about retiring last election, but as there were no other persons running for mayor, he stepped up to the plate and once again took on the responsibility. I, for one, am sorry to see him go. I...

 
 By Birdie Hensley    Opinion    February 25, 2015 

Time to step up, 509ers

509ers, now is the time for you to step up and help with your city government. All of the Mikes, Lees, Clays, Marks, Bobs, Joes, Janes, Marys, etc, (local 509ers) who do not want 206ers, aka “coasties” to run your city. “They are just trying...

 
 By Mark Payne Mike Dennis    Opinion    February 25, 2015 

Re: "Electric City Council: no restrictions on outbuilding size" Feb. 18

Accessory building do have size limits in Electric City. The accessory survey that the planning commission had the city mail out last September did show that the community did want some size limits on out buildings, 34% to 64%. That is why the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 25, 2015 

New champions, old champions and losses

A coach once told me that a bad loss is sometimes the best thing for a team. It lets you know that there are still things to work on and that it exposes our weaknesses. That statement can be applied to our everyday life as well. Sometimes we are goin...

 
 By Brian Depew    Opinion    February 25, 2015 

Rural America: It's complicated, really complicated

There are two closely held, widely believed, narratives about rural America. The national media narrative, with roots in the 1980’s farm crisis, is fatalistic. Rural places are dying. It lives on at the Brookings Institute and the New York Times,...

 
 By Jerry Sands    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Mayor Sands explains his resignation

My wife Connie and I retired in 1999 and moved to Electric City from Seattle. We did some investing in the area, did a lot of fishing and I played a lot of golf. Then one day in 2005, Troy Ritter asked if I would consider running for Electric City...

 
 By Karen Depew    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Levy passage to the effort of all

The voters in our Grand Coulee Area know how important it is to Support Strong Schools. The school levy passed, and it will allow the school district to maintain and operate the new debt-free school. Several community volunteers helped by being...

 
 By Jim Moore    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Jackson's Chevron Service in Nespelem

Many of us can recall the days of the Service Station, a place where one went to get the gas tank filled, windshield washed, oil checked, among other things, all while one waited in the vehicle and the person at the Service Station performed the...

 
 By Peggy Nevsimal    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Story on pathway project contained inaccuracies

I was disappointed to read an inaccurate account of what happened at last week’s Electric City Council meeting in Roger Lucas’ “Electric City pathway proposed” article in the February 11th Star Newspaper. For clarification, the proposed...

 
 By Sandy Edwards RN    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Infection prevention is up to everyone

Valentine’s month is a good time to celebrate the work that is being done to reduce healthcare-associated infections in our community and to engage consumers in their own care. After all, Coulee Medical Center shares its heart with everyone. We...

 
 By Jones and Magers    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Sheriffs support House Bill 1491

The legislative session is approaching the half-way mark and there are many important issues being discussed and debated; education, transportation, the environment, public safety, healthcare, taxes, and economic development to name a few. The...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Do our youth need help? YES!

Our kids need us. That part we can all agree on, but it is the how that can sometimes get overwhelming, causing some of us to drag our feet and hope someone else will take up the cause. The other barrier is sometimes we let the “Bad” kid or the t...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    February 11, 2015

Public Records Act under attack

Several bills before the Legislature this session all seek to weaken in some way the state’s model Public Records Act, and therefore, the entire state. One of the most egregious, HB 1349, is scheduled for a hearing Thursday afternoon before the...

 
 Opinion    February 11, 2015

Re: "Top 10 bands that influenced my life" in Jess, Shut Up

This has been a pretty fun subject for our family in the last week. Since Jesse and I met, music has always been a subject, a game and just what we do. So, since he’s asking for input and not just (Jess) saying, I thought I’d share some of my inf...

 
 By Lou Stone    Opinion    February 11, 2015

Council censorship justified by two lies

Yes, at the March 6, 2013 Colville Tribal Council Management and Budget Committee Meeting, where Committee Chair Billy Nicholson held court and Mike Finley, Council Chair, sat next to, and huddled with, Billy, censorship was far beyond them saying...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 11, 2015

An 80th birthday, Oh how time flies

I recently had the honor of being invited to a party for a man that has strong roots in our community. This column could have easily been called “Past Gems in the Coulee” or “Where are these Gems now” but this man is much more than a part of...

 
 Opinion    February 11, 2015

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago Information released by the town of Coulee Dam under the state Public Records Act, indicates Clark Slattery has received a settlement of $13,472.23 for almost 30 year of double billing on his monthly electric bill at his home on River...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    February 4, 2015

What goes around, comes around

“I don’t have kids in school,” she said, “why should I have to pay taxes for schools?” Someone paid when you were a kid in need of an education, I said. “But I didn’t live here then,” she said. Wherever you were in this country, I...

 
 Opinion    February 4, 2015

Re: "Kathy Rice is named 'Volunteer of the Year' for 2014"

My mom, Naomi Manzer always said Kathy’s mom was the kindest, most compassionate, loving, gentle person in our area...Kathy is a chip off the ol’ block. Thanks Kathy, for being the special kind of person that looks beyond what’s in front of...

 
 By David Comrie    Opinion    February 4, 2015

Remembering Cheryl Garvin

I was very saddened to hear of Cheryl’s untimely death and because Cheryl and I worked so closely together for a number of years, I wanted to just share a few memories with her family and the community. Cheryl came to work for me at Comrie License...

 
 By M. Townsend    Opinion    February 4, 2015

Spend money on kids

About Electric City: We had our water, sewer, garbage raised to where some of us on fixed incomes can’t afford it, to get our roads fixed. Haven’t seen it yet. It’s been years when they chipped sealed. If we have money, spend it on the kids...

 
 By Lou Stone    Opinion    February 4, 2015

Tribal council imposing censorship at Tribal Tribune

There is a lot of TV and print and talk shows about terrorism here and terrorism there. It is a serious matter, terrorism is. What makes it worrisome is that it is not well defined and it seems some government officials want it that way. Some of you...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 4, 2015

Top 10 bands that influenced my life

OK, this is not a best bands list. This is a list of the most influential bands in my life. Bands that my parents infused onto me, bands that I chose for myself and bands that were just there at the right time. Second disclaimer: remember I am only...

 

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