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 By M. Hall    Opinion    August 20, 2014 

Consider future of Grand Coulee Dam Middle School

With the 2014 school year quickly approaching, and the transition for students to begin school at the new facility in Coulee Dam, has anyone put much thought into the future of the current schools that will be vacant once all the students have left,...

 
 By Harvey Moses    Opinion    August 20, 2014 

Thank you, firefighters!

I would like to personally THANK each and everyone of the firefighters for not only giving up your summer and personal time with your families, but putting your lives on the line doing battle with the Devil’s Elbow fire complex here on the...

 
 By John Crabtree    Opinion    August 20, 2014 

Moving rural America forward

In January, President Obama declared that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 20, 2014 

V.B.S. brings life full circle

Once a long, long time ago, I was a little kid, believe it or not. Yep, I was and I attended a Vacation Bible School not far from where I lived in Electric City. I don’t remember a lot of the...

 
 Opinion    August 20, 2014 

Coulee Recollectionss

10 Years Ago Clark Slattery, Coulee Dam, has been over charged for electricity for 29 years. Coulee Dam issued him a check this week for $3,800.00. Slattery says they still owe him about $15,000.00...

 
 Opinion    August 20, 2014 

Street water flooding home has to stop

I’m a tenant leasing from Patrick Wilson, owner of 301 Columbia Ave., Coulee Dam, WA. I also am enlisted as his acting mgr. of his properties in Coulee Dam. I live at 301 Columbia Ave and my wife and I have become very discouraged NOT at Patrick...

 
 Opinion    August 13, 2014

Bullying a serious problem in our schools

I find bullying a serious problem that we need to address in our schools and community. Nowadays we have the Internet, cellphones, tablets, and social networking. This can be a serious problem for even the most trustworthy of children, making it...

 
 Opinion    August 13, 2014

President honors deserter while ignoring plight of honorably discharged Marine sergeant

Pvt. Jeff Bergdahl, who left his base and post of duty (deserted) while serving in Afghanistan and released after five years in exchange for five Taliban commanders held in “Gitmo,” has been honored by his “commander-in-chief” by being...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 13, 2014

Faith for the World: Pray

It is funny how things play out in the world and with what you do in your own little environment. Sometimes it tweaks your way of thinking on a global scale or a heavenly scale. Let me explain. If you...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    August 13, 2014

Bathtubs, smokestacks and a five-star resort:Lessons from Kohler, Wisconsin

Today, there is a tendency to look with distain at manufacturing facilities, especially those located on working waterfronts. Historically, those factories were sited there because the raw materials...

 
 Opinion    August 13, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago Detective Don Redfield of the Colville Tribal Police stated that no charges will be filed against the 9-year-old child, who apparently started the 1900 acre fire that threatened homes on...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 6, 2014

A very good trend

Recent leadership exhibited by many on municipal councils indicates what we hope is flowering trend in local governance: intelligent cooperation toward common goals. Within the space of a few months,...

 
 Opinion    August 6, 2014

One city united would be best for all

Several weeks back, Jess Utz wrote an article in The Star about the merging of Coulee Dam, Electric City and Grand Coulee into one town. I know this is a subject that has been brought up many times in the past, and it’s never gone anywhere for one...

 
 Opinion    August 6, 2014

Reader likes getting the paper

Subject: The Star Newspaper Problem: None I’m an old Coulee Dam High School Class of 1954 graduate. I live in Minnesota now but I sure do like to get The Star. It brings back lots of old memories of the dam building time. So keep up the good paper...

 
 Opinion    August 6, 2014

Our best insurance against coming mega-fires and more

Much as we may hate to admit it and don’t want to think about it, our burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, increasing the greenhouse effect. This warms the Earth, which costs us in many ways. Forest fires are more...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 6, 2014

Gems in the Coulee: Kachane Piturachsatit

Most of you may never have met him, others just once or twice. Some will know the name only. Most will know at least one of his boys, some all three, but everyone will know Siam Palace. If you have...

 
 By Pat Kiedrowski    Opinion    July 30, 2014

Letter from a casualty of the hospital's last administration

This is a letter to the communities served by Coulee Medical Center in response to the letter by Greg Behrens (“Thoughts and concerns for the CMC board, and community” July 23, 2014). You talk about all the things that the previous administration...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 30, 2014

The last American tradition

America’s traditions are becoming diluted and, frankly, dying off. But one tradition appears to be alive and well, and over the last seven days we took part in the great tradition of camping. Our annual campout was a success overall, although this...

 
 Opinion    July 30, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago Two leaders of the Colville Tribes filed suit last week against a Canadian Company that polluted Lake Roosevelt over the past 100 years. In a first-of-a kind suit, Joe Pakootas and D.R. M...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 23, 2014

Separation of powers a matter of degree

The degree to which the people and their elected representatives get involved in the day-to-day details of governance depends on how keenly the results are felt and on the relative opportunity for corruption. Our Constitution sets up a purposely...

 
 By Greg Behrens    Opinion    July 23, 2014

Thoughts and concerns for the CMC board, and community

I had originally intended to present this at the board meeting but not knowing if I would be able to, and the thought of being misquoted, I thought it best to publish this as an opinion. I want to preface my concerns here with the understanding that...

 
 By Louis Logan    Opinion    July 23, 2014

Beltran qualified for 4th District in Congress

Estakio Beltran, candidate for the 4th Congressional District Congressman, is endorsed by the Grant County Democrats (GCD). Estakio Betran’s qualifications include: • Having grow up in the Yakima Valley, he’s a “product of the district.”...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 23, 2014

Heartbreak: Here and around the world

The smoke is the sign. Our neighbors to the north have been devastated by the fires burning in their area. Hopefully by the time the paper hits our hands the flames will be extinguished and this raging beast we call a wildland fire, is dead....

 
 Opinion    July 23, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago Two more Grand Coulee Dam School District jobs became vacant last week with the buyout and settlement of former Superintendent  Dennis Chambers and the resignation of Middle School Princ...

 
 By Aric Frank    Opinion    July 16, 2014

Please return stethoscope

Over the weekend my beaded stethoscope was taken out of my office in the hospital section of Coulee Medical Center. I have had it for years and used it to help people. It is a Littman Cardiology III with multi-colored native beadwork and my name...

 

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