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Dennis puts a local face on stories about heroes

Most of us don’t think much beyond an initial “Oh, wow!” reaction when we hear about the rescue of someone from a harrowing situation, but a local man has played that part for most of his life. Archie Dennis was chosen as our volunteer of the...

 

Divide and fight

At the close of World War II, the winners (the Allies) divided Germany into east and west Germany, Korea into north and south Korea, and Vietnam into north and south Vietnam.  The division of Germany produced a threat of military conflict for more...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 20, 2017 

"Play it again, Sam"

Sometimes a phrase in a movie becomes more popular than the actual flick. The words spoken can mean things to one person that fly completely over the head of another. We use these sayings or movie quotes on a day-to-day basis and they become part of...

 

Tax policy changes must be carefully crafted and coordinated

Key tax policies emanating from the east and west coasts are like passenger trains passing one another heading in opposite directions. One train is loaded with elected officials proposing changes to reduce taxes while the other is packed with those...

 

Sixty-three Years Ago

Feeder Canal, Coulee Dam, Washington - Columbia Basin Project. View taken from the left of centerline a camera station 93+90+ atop the chute wall, looking upstream, showing the turbulence below the...

 

Unwieldy process points to an obvious solution

In a fine example of disfunction, the current failure of local government to get a simple thing done should lead reasonable people to look for an alternative. It sounds like a simple matter. Some repairs are needed, and called for by the insurers,...

 

A bigger Sinclair is bad for TV and bad for democracy

In May, the Sinclair Broadcast Group — one of the largest owners of TV stations in the country — announced plans to spend $3.9 billion to acquire Tribune Media, parent company of 42 TV stations located in larger markets like Chicago and Los...

 

Legislative solution required to protect Dreamers

When President Trump’s administration announced that it would give six months to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, many young people called “Dreamers,” immigrants who grew up in the U.S., were once again...

 

I will remember; so shall you

That day is still vivid in my memory. This past Monday, September 11, Patriot Day, marked one of those days in American history we should never forget. Much like Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941; JFK’s Assassination November 22, 1963; and dropping...

 

Identified

CCT History and Archaeology Dept. records show, left to right Vern Seward, Cashmere St. Paul, Alec Narcisse...

 

People coming together is silver lining to Hurricane Harvey

All of the things that went wrong in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina in 2005 appear to have been corrected with Houston’s recent Hurricane Harvey. Chalk it up to a series of important lessons learned. By now everyone knows that Harvey came...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 6, 2017

That stirring in your heart

I got a funny feeling. We have all had it, and sometimes ignored it. Sometimes we have changed plans just because of it. A gut feeling, a premonition, women’s intuition or whatever else you want to call it. The fact is that we sometimes get these f...

 

Productive August in Central Washington

In the Fourth Congressional District, the August district work period has been a busy time for me traveling up and down Central Washington to meet with constituents and hear their concerns firsthand. Many communities in our area are dealing with dry...

 

Sixty-seven years ago

The 12 rectangular outlet portals of the pump discharge pipes open into a depressed and enlarged entrance to the concrete-lined feeder canal which is 50 feet wide on the bottom, 125 feet at the top...

 

Jobs, art and music will help

Two developments among the Colville Confederated Tribes are encouraging because they should mean the creation of many local jobs. The first is still in the entrepreneurial realm of risk, but could pay off. The tribal effort to develop a crop other...

 

Remember to choose volunteer of year

If you have not yet made your choice for the 2016 volunteer of the year, you have through this Friday to choose between Donna White, Cheryl Hoffman and Archie Dennis. Drop us a note at The Star or go to our online poll, marked here in this article...

 

Taxing robots to slow down worker displacement

Last February, the European Parliament rejected a tax on robots, but took the first steps to regulate their development and deployment. The legislation also aims to establish liability for the actions of robots including self-driving vehicles....

 

Safeguard veterans' Second Amendment rights

The Second Amendment is an individual right guaranteed to Americans in our Constitution. Especially after the fight for independence against the British, the Founders understood the importance of an armed citizenry. In Federalist Paper 46, James Madi...

 

Many Years Ago

Date unknown - Does anyone know who these gentlemen are? Let us know by calling the Star 509.633.1350 or online at grandcoulee.com...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 30, 2017

A few things to dwell upon

The solar eclipse was fun. Well, as much fun as a large rock moving in front of a ball of fire can be. Some of the pictures out there were amazing, and of course some were faked, but Mr. Johnson, the science teacher from Lake Roosevelt, took some spe...

 

Time to pick the volunteer of the year

Below are three letters nominating a few deserving people for the volunteer of the year. To help decide which of the three is picked to be honored on behalf of many local volunteers, readers should log onto our online poll, or mail in or deliver...

 
 By Clea Pryor    Opinion    August 23, 2017

Hoffman nominated for volunteer of the year

I would like to nominate Cheryl Hoffman for volunteer of the year. I have only known Cheryl for a couple of years but have come to appreciate her very much. I have never been at an event that involved volunteer help that she has not been there —...

 

Dennis nominated for volunteer of the year

I would like to nominate Archie Dennis as the volunteer of the year as he is very dedicated to helping people in our community and in the surrounding counties. Archie has been an emergency medical technician and fireman for many years, and he...

 

White nominated for volunteer of the year

I would like to nominate Donna (Donnie) White for volunteer of the year. She runs the exercise club at the Senior Center. Along with these weekly sessions, they visit the nursing home periodically, visiting and helping patients celebrate birthdays...

 

Agrees with Jess

I really appreciated Jess Utz’s article “What do we believe anymore.” I cannot watch the agenda news stations anymore with their spun and twisted stories just to try and push their agenda. Americans at the polls picked Donald Trump for the...

 

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