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 By Carol Netzel    Opinion    October 1, 2014 

False economy?

In discussing the possibility of attaching water meters to the irrigation system of West Coulee Dam, one fact has not been brought to the attention of the townspeople. It is a factor that should be considered very carefully before we arrive at a...

 
 By Stephanie Graves    Opinion    October 1, 2014 

Better for having known Donna

When we moved here from Georgia 15 years ago, the Hamiltons were among the first to welcome us to the area. She put the pin in our home town of St. Mary’s, GA . The Hamiltons were there when we took our 7-month-old granddaughter to the pumpkin...

 
 Opinion    October 1, 2014 

She will vote for Pakootas for Congress

Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted against a bill to help both College students and active service members. "HR 2669 - Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants," increases Pell Grant amounts and reduced interest rates on new subsidized Stafford...

 
 By Rocky Wallace    Opinion    October 1, 2014 

Respects Dano's drive

I’ve known Garth Dano and competed against him since high school. In those 42 years I’ve come to respect Garth’s spirited nature and his drive to succeed. From a law enforcement stand point, I know Garth to carry the same spirited nature and...

 
 By William Riley    Opinion    October 1, 2014 

Experienced leadership needed in prosecutor

I yearn for the days when Grant County had a mature, experienced and non-controversial prosecutor like John Knodell. The current prosecutor is lacking in all areas, and is costing taxpayers dearly. Experience is gained by decades of interacting with...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 1, 2014 

Tis the Season

Yep, tis the season. Hunting season that is. Sorry ladies, (unless you are one of those ladies who don the camouflage and belly crawl in the dirt just like, or better than, the fellas do). So if you...

 
 Opinion    October 1, 2014 

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago Pit bulls and other certain breeds of dogs are now more expensive to keep in Coulee Dam and may be on the way to being banned altogether. The town council passed a dangerous dogs ordinance last week that named pit bulls as a type of...

 
 By Sally McDowell    Opinion    September 24, 2014

Golf course success possible because of a lot of people

Many volunteers have made Banks Lake Golf Course a great success this year. There has been mention in The Star newspaper of some of the people who have helped give of their time, but not all the volunteers have been mentioned. I would like to let...

 
 By Mike and Carol Conley    Opinion    September 24, 2014

They support Garth Dano for prosecuting attorney

We would like to go on record supporting Garth Dano for the prosecutor job in Grant County. Garth is a long time Grant County attorney and has served his clients well. It is time that we bring new blood to this office. We know that he will be...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 24, 2014

When the circus came to town

Traditions are important but sometimes when one fades away it isn’t till it is long gone that you wish, somehow, it was still around to enjoy. As I think back to some of the Coulee traditions as a kid, I start to wonder, “What happened to...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    September 24, 2014

Freshwater shortage looming as next world crisis

Remember the rhyme of the Ancient Mariner: “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink?” Even though water covers 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, less than two percent is fresh water. T...

 
 Opinion    September 24, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago A tough race exhausted athletes in the inaugural Grand Colombian Triathlon this week. 11 hours, 10 minutes and 46 seconds later the first competitor finished. It was a huge success promotors boasted afterwards and plans for next years...

 
 Opinion    September 24, 2014

Donna Mae Shaw Hamilton

Donna Mae Shaw Hamilton passed away suddenly Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. A memorial service is set for 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Strate Funeral Home Chapel in Grand Coulee. Everyone is invited. In lieu...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    September 17, 2014

Factors in success

This week, local students went from attending some of the worst school facilities in the state to attending the newest, largest and most high-tech K-12 school building in Washington. K-12 is now...

 
 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    September 17, 2014

A week that defined community

This has been a week with three defining events… the first; a Coulee Dam Town Council meeting that clearly defined my resolve to stay a course for an accessible/open government, the fair and equitable sharing of the costs for services, and the...

 
 By Amy Bennett    Opinion    September 17, 2014

Restoring freedom to information in the Freedom of Information Act

Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (ACT) on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies. In recent years, however, agencies have blatantly...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 17, 2014

The crown jewel: Lake Roosevelt School

As you read this, the new Lake Roosevelt School is open, and kids kindergarten through 12th grade are already walking the halls. Let me say this: It was a very emotional week as past teachers,...

 
 Opinion    September 17, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago Raider football is 3-0 so far this season. “All in all we look pretty good,” Coach Matt Bona said of the team so far. Zach Bowman, Omar Fercha and Zach Thiefault have been the offensive leaders so far.    20 Years Ago Fire destroye...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    September 10, 2014

Jubilation all around

To celebrate the opening of the new Lake Roosevelt School, we’ve dedicated a lot of space throughout the paper this week to that coverage. You’ll find photographs on most pages of the progress ins...

 
 By Barbra Henriksen    Opinion    September 10, 2014

Honored to meet someone from behind the scenes

Saturday Sept. 6, my husband, Dale Henriksen, and I decided to canoe on Lake Roosevelt. When we were finished we decided to take the canoe out of the water at the beach to load in our truck. There was a couple there that offered assistance in...

 
 By Jennifer Varenchik    Opinion    September 10, 2014

This mascot skews reality about the first people

Until recently, I never really paid much attention to the Native American mascot issue.  “It’s not my fight,” I thought. I live in Los Angeles County, home of the largest urban Native American and Alaska Native population in the United...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 10, 2014

Reread the love letters

This last weekend was the men’s retreat again and once again a group of local men gathered and listened to how to be better dads, husbands and leaders. I am always in awe of the vast difference of...

 
 Opinion    September 10, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago Last Wednesday a disaster drill took place at North Dam Park, testing local Emergency Services. Emergency medical technicians, drivers, firefighters, police, pilots, and others from services all over our area responded and took part in...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    September 3, 2014

Town taking on cleanup is right

The town of Coulee Dam is now taking an aggressive stance on the cleanup of a property on Holly Street where the house burned down two years ago. Such cleanup issues are almost never easy, and the...

 
 By Dennis Carlson    Opinion    September 3, 2014

The new school year – it's not all about the new school

Many people have been following the progress of our New K-12 school project for a little over two years now. While the new school is at long last becoming a reality and is the most visible change of what is happening in our school district, many othe...

 

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