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 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    July 27, 2016 

Town is better off with new treatment plan package

Given the current squabble about the Town’s Wastewater Treatment Facility, I suppose I should contribute my view. To begin with, this is a “simple” process and simple project: all of our Coulee Dam sewage is “domestic”… we don’t...

 
 By Myrna and Orie Francis    Opinion    July 27, 2016 

Council ignoring people's wishes on pathway

This letter is to voice our comments, once again, on the Electric City pathway project. We did read the newspaper article regarding the most recent meeting and were pleased that the citizens are standing up for their rights. The people have a right...

 
 By Stuart Gillespie    Opinion    July 27, 2016 

County finances held surprises in 2016

Dear Editor, This spring the (Okanogan) county commissioners found themselves with a big problem. They did not have enough money to pay 3-4 months of normal expenses until April property tax receipts arrived in the county’s account in mid-summer....

 
 Opinion    July 27, 2016 

Treasurer, auditor explain county's cash flow problem

We would like to take this opportunity to explain the budget “Cash flow” issues Okanogan County encountered earlier this year. The way revenues flow in the early months of any year can cause “cash flow” issues for the County. In January,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 27, 2016 

Our values are most important

My wife and I were recently involved in some training that is taking us one step closer to what God is obviously calling us to do. More on that some other time; I want to talk to you about a little hands-on assignment we had to do in the class. The...

 
 Opinion    July 27, 2016 

Seventy-seven years ago

Camp Keller, a 375-man W.P.A. camp, located about 21 miles up river from the dam. – July 25, 1939...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 20, 2016

Rude tactics could indicate a deeper problem

You probably can’t blame the heat; this is the coolest July in recent memory. So maybe some locals are taking their cues about civility, or lack of it, from national movements and leaders. They shouldn’t, but it can be hard to avoid. Reportedly,...

 
 By Bruce Holbort    Opinion    July 20, 2016

Selfless teammate and coach deserved better

I played football with Geary Oliver, and he was the ultimate teammate. He sacrificed for others; his interest was always in the team and its needs, and he sacrificed his ego for that end. This was 1978, over 30 years ago. We were a good team with a w...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    July 20, 2016

Bumper car therapy

Over the last 35 years our family has vacationed at the same place on the beach. While the buildings have been refurbished, the complex remains largely unchanged. However, our entertainment has changed a lot. We still swim, jump the waves and build...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 20, 2016

It is time to appreciate the badge

One of my best friends is a cop. As a matter of fact, I can think of about 10 people I consider friends who are police officers around the country. I was a reserve officer once, myself. I wore a uniform and a badge and qualified with a gun to use...

 
 Opinion    July 20, 2016

Sixty-six years ago

"Too Big a Load!" – Although this truck alone weighs almost 60,000 pounds, it is not unusual for one or two huge granite armor rocks to lift the front wheels from the ground. The truck can carry a...

 
 By Geary Oliver    Opinion    July 13, 2016

Football coach disagrees with resignings

I have been asked by the school board to write a letter of resignation as head football coach at Lake Roosevelt High School. The only reason I was given was that the district wanted to go in a different direction. While I do not agree with this...

 
 By Peggy Nevsimal    Opinion    July 13, 2016

When the going gets tough … nice folks help a lot

With some trepidation, I picked up last Wednesday’s Star newspaper to see what would be reported about the Festival of America event that took place on July 3rd and 4th. I was pleased to see that the “Holiday weekend had its problems” article b...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 13, 2016

Don't draw a line in the sand

The recent events in Dallas and around the country have erupted a shockwave of violence and heartache across our land. This has left many of us citizens shaking our heads, our fingers and in our boots. I have a lot to say about what we are watching d...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    July 13, 2016

June teased with heat and rain

This is a Centennial Year, and I doubt anyone has thought about celebrating with parades, picnics and fireworks. The event, a world-changing event in fact, is something we mortal folks don’t want to experience ever. The year 1816 is known as the...

 
 By Sara Rice    Opinion    July 6, 2016

Thanks for Koulee Kids Fest

I’d like to publicly thank all the individuals, businesses, and organizations who participate in making Koulee Kids Fest happen.  This is the second year I’ve attended with three of my grandchildren, and they have had fun all day long! So,...

 
 By Bob Stephen    Opinion    July 6, 2016

Hoping for huckleberry progress from Jesse

The column by Jesse Utz on huckleberries touched on a subject of special interest to me. Hopefully, the Colville fire areas will bounce back at a quicker pace than Jesse projects in regard to the huckleberries. The intense heat in these cases is...

 
 By Lou Stone    Opinion    July 6, 2016

CBC failure part of deep deception

“As The Stomach Turns” is possibly how many of us Tribal Members felt, who read the Bill Of Impeachment content against former Colville Tribal Court Chief Judge Scot Stuart in November 2015. While we read it with interest, many of us rolled our...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 6, 2016

Family, photos and fireworks

The last few days, Karrie and I spent with friends who have adopted us as family. They have a large family with a lot of moving parts and we blended in the best we could and felt like a part of the root system of this great tree. We became an...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    July 6, 2016

Made in America

In the presidential campaign leading up to the November elections, hopefully we will hear about ways to “Make America Great Again!” One of the most effective strategies is to entice U.S. companies with foreign factories to relocate back home....

 
 Opinion    July 6, 2016

Years ago

Date unknown Nespelem pow wow grounds...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 29, 2016

Tribes' loss is the world's too

I didn’t know Jim Boyd well, just enough to like him and admire his talent. So it came as a complete surprise when the sudden news of his death overwhelmed me last week. That reaction likely has something to do with being nearly the same age, but...

 
 By Sharon Sumpter    Opinion    June 29, 2016

Outsourcing middle income jobs is not good for our county

Over the past three years, the current county commissioners have outsourced jobs to contractors in other counties. I assume they want to reduce the size of government and lower expenditures. But this has very negative outcomes on all of us. Okanogan...

 
 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion    June 29, 2016

Principles of governance, freedom not understood by commissioners

How old were you when you first learned about Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, and the First Amendment? Fourth grade? High School? It is disturbing that our county commissioners publicly questioned whether a critical editorial comment in the...

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    June 29, 2016

For those eligible, voting should be easy

The elections process is not usually grist for inflammatory rhetoric. But this year has been different. Republican Donald Trump labeled the GOP primary process “crooked.” Democrat Bernie Sanders suggested his party’s use of super-delegates...

 

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