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 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...

 
 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    September 3, 2014

Citizens invited to discuss issues

  The Coulee Dam Town Council will begin budget deliberations soon. The first public budget workshop will be held during the regular council meeting on September 10th. We will be holding a series of these workshops and the first of these will focus...

 
 By Angel Clark Hall    Opinion    September 3, 2014

Church will hold 9-11 remembrance

You are invited to join us at the Catholic Church in Nespelem to honor the victimS of 9-11 in song, prayer and the ringing of bells. Or you are welcome to start a group of Your own. Wherever you may be, light a candle, pray a prayer and ring a bell...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 3, 2014

One column is never enough!

Sometimes I just have too much to talk about. So this week I will give you a few paragraphs of thoughts or a potpourri of pondering, if you will. It is a rare occurrence that you can ask a chef if he...

 
 Opinion    September 3, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago A Canadian law firm asked a U.S. Federal Court Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit filled by two members of the Colville Tribes, seeking to enforce a U.S. agency’s ruling that the company must abide by U.S. environmental laws against Teck...

 
 Opinion    August 27, 2014

Time for town to clean up property

Very often, governments have to serve their constituents, even when there seems to be no clear way to pay for those services, especially in emergencies. It may not feel like an emergency, but a fast-degrading property at 609 Holly Street in Coulee...

 
 By Daniel and Ann Marie Morfenski    Opinion    August 27, 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 27, 2014

No warmer welcome anywhere

In August of this year my wife and I had the pleasure of spending three nights and four days in your fantastic locality, Grand Coulee. After doing all the touristy things (dam) we mingled with the local population. I can honestly state that we found...

 
 Opinion    August 27, 2014

Compliance officer solved issue in a day

I would like to make a correction to last week’s article “Woman takes issue with complaint”. Gary Haven has done work for me on three different occasions. He is the best fence man in town. If I need a fence I would call Gary. That is my...

 
 By Carol Schoning    Opinion    August 27, 2014

Another idea for the middle school

There is a letter to the editor this week suggesting the old middle school become Grand Coulee’s new city hall. What a waste of space that would be. It seems that this is the perfect opportunity for a community center, which could include most any...

 
 By Angel Clark Hall    Opinion    August 27, 2014

Everything you say and do makes a real difference

Anger is a natural human reaction and in itself is not a sin. “Be angry yet do not sin.” (Eph. 4:26) Like any other emotion whether it is legitimate or misguided, anger needs to be acknowledged. This acknowledgment is the first step towards a...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 27, 2014

Things only heard in Coulee Country

Sometimes words or phrases said around town can only be associated with our area, and I think it is kind of the uniqueness and charm of our cities. So here are a few things that I have heard. In...

 
 Opinion    August 27, 2014

Eighty Years Ago

"I leave here today with the feeling that this work is well undertaken, that we are going ahead with a useful project and we are going to see it through for the benefit of our country." - President...

 
 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,...

 

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