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 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...

 
 By Baileys    Opinion    July 16, 2014

Efforts at windmills in park benefit all

Many thanks to the SHARP Kids who painted the Gehrke Windmill pots last year, and to Phil and Linda Hansen and helpers for planting flowers in them and keeping the place watered this year. The improvement to the site is a special benefit for both...

 
 By Truman Covington    Opinion    July 16, 2014

Wakeup call to full tribal council

For the past 2-3 years, our tribal council have not heard “the peoples.” They literally, purposefully, have not listened to the peoples. We in fb land know you sneak in and out of here to see what is the latest in what all of you call innuendo,...

 
 By Sean Moulton and Ronald White    Opinion    July 16, 2014

Improving Chemical Safety: A Baby Step in the Right Direction

In the aftermath of the explosion of a fertilizer storage facility in West, Texas last year that killed 15 people and destroyed three schools and a nursing home, federal officials realized there are serious gaps in federal oversight authority of faci...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 16, 2014

Stolen Security; let's get it back

There is an epidemic going on around us. Over the past month I have heard from strangers and friends about being the victims of crimes. As a matter of fact, the past few years in the Coulee have seen...

 
 Opinion    July 16, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago The tenure of the Grand Coulee Dam School District's Superintendent, Dennis Chambers, came to an abrupt end Wednesday when he received notice to clear out his office. With two years remai...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 9, 2014

Parks problems a symptom of something bigger

The two letters below on separate problems at nearby state and national parks illustrate a larger problem with a policy stance the entire nation has adopted through its politics. For decades now, the...

 
 By J.P. Squire    Opinion    July 9, 2014

Not a happy camper at Steamboat Rock State Park

I am the outdoor recreation journalist with the Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group based in Kelowna, British Columbia, responsible for a Making Tracks column and outdoor recreation features in valley-wide publications, The Okanagan Saturday and The...

 
 By Donald Gill    Opinion    July 9, 2014

NPS concession not working for this camper

We just spent our vacation at Keller Ferry Campground, and what I saw when I arrived was a travesty. The grass was burned to a crisp. The camp site was full of debris. The fire ring had garbage in it. The outlets in the restrooms were not working....

 
 By John Overby    Opinion    July 9, 2014

Free market gas case study coming

I seem to recall the Star's editorial support of the "status quo" of gasoline prices here in the Coulee a few weeks ago. It was implied that detractors just didn't “know Jack" and that the higher prices were due to the free market system which...

 
 By Truman Covington    Opinion    July 9, 2014

Looking for more valid elections

Activism is the rent some of the CCT elders pay. In the white societal world this is goot goot. It is called volunteerism. It is considered ‘concern’ for your fellow man, your neighbor, your community through participation in local community gove...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 9, 2014

The turns you don't see coming

Have you ever ridden a roller coaster in the dark? A long time ago, wife Karrie and I had the privilege of going to California with a friend and visiting Disneyland. Space Mountain is a roller coaster in the dark and it was maybe the best ride I...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 2, 2014

The de-annexation of Coulee Country

It was recently brought to my attention that maybe we are looking at things wrong. Consolidating the community is probably a bad thing. Maybe we should be reverting back to the way things used to be. We should all be living in the past and never look...

 
 By Lloyd Doggett    Opinion    July 2, 2014

Ending the taxpayer subsidy for exorbitant executive bonuses

There is an outrage in our tax code and it’s costing you money.  Federal law currently gives publicly–held corporations a special tax deduction when they pay their executives huge “performance-based” bonuses. The deduction can be worth...

 
 Opinion    July 2, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago A large fire burning on the Colville Reservation has scorched thousands of acres, threatened many homes and blanketed the area with black smoke. The Hopkins Canyon Complex fire began...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 25, 2014

Police tussle shows opposite of progress

As absurd as it is starting to appear, the current discussion between Grand Coulee and Electric City regarding their police services contract at least serves to illustrate why an area with a tiny population continues to burden itself with four...

 
 By Jack McKissen    Opinion    June 25, 2014

School district should consider solar panels

Since it’s been decided to repair/replace the roof of the high school gym, this would be an opportune time to install solar panels to generate electricity. This would reduce the power bill for the school district. The savings would probably be...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 25, 2014

"Pooka," man's best friend

The very first column I wrote for the paper, "Missing the missing trees," had a section in it about a dog that was walked by her master in those trees. (Ironically, more trees and shrubs are being...

 
 Opinion    June 25, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago Grand Coulee Police Officer, Dan Holland, saved a Grand Coulee woman from a house fire Friday night. At 2:27 a.m. the report came in as a brush fire at Nancy Fish's home. Seconds later...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 18, 2014

We shouldn't need to spend it, but we do

Spending more than a million dollars to reside and reroof old school buildings, construct stares and fix tennis courts shouldn’t have to happen, but it’s a good thing that it will. Apparently,...

 
 By Floralyn Taylor    Opinion    June 18, 2014

Visitors enjoyed laser show, community

We went to the light show with our grandchildren on Thursday night, June 5, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The colors and story were a great history lesson for us all. I remember going by at least every fall and winter on trips to relatives at Nespelem...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 18, 2014

ONE could solve a lot of problems

If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all. That is what my mother and grandparents told me a lot over my younger years, and I am sure you were told the same. I try and always keep that in mind when I write this little...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    June 18, 2014

America needs a turnaround leader like Alan Mulally

Later this year, Alan Mulally will leave Ford Motor Company. On July 1, he turns the reins over to 53-year-old Mark Fields, closing a storied career at Ford and Boeing. While he hasn’t divulged his...

 
 Opinion    June 18, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago In what resembled a crime scene from television, area law enforcement closed down Pole Park for several hours Friday until a U.S. Army bomb squad could safely dispose of a foot high...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 11, 2014

Our take on the news

Apparently, the mayor of Grand Coulee does not want his police department serving Electric City. That seems the most reasonable way to interpret his proposed tripling of the cost Grand Coulee charges Electric City for answering calls to Electric City...

 
 By April Smith    Opinion    June 11, 2014

Re: "Large crowd shows up for ambulance issue"

I wanted to just say a couple things about the article in today’s paper regarding this subject. First, I was at that meeting also. It states in the article that it all started over an inspection by state DOH at the request of Mayor Wilder. I have t...

 
 By Susan Miller    Opinion    June 11, 2014

Grand Coulee Class of 1964 planning "Tigers"- 50th Reunion

The GC Class of 1964 Tigers committee is making plans for our blue and white 50th Reunion, August 1-3. Classmates are coming from Wyoming, Las Vegas, Idaho, Spokane, coast, etc. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone for this historic milestone i...

 
 By Holly Allen    Opinion    June 11, 2014

Why do we take flowers to the cemetery on Memorial Day weekend?

My answers to this question is the same as why I take flowers to the cemetery anytime: To show respect to a loved one that has passed away (not limited to family members). Memorial Day was designated to show respect for those that have served our...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 11, 2014

Trophies, friends and unicorns

It was another whirlwind weekend of projects, friends and graduation celebrations. As we visited with friends and people we call family these last few days, some things came to light, and smiles settl...

 
 Opinion    June 11, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago Two females sustained injuries Sunday when a rifle that a boy was putting away in his truck accidentally went off. The bullet grazed one female on the arm and hit the other in the...

 
 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    June 4, 2014

Why it's important to meet state EMS standards

A few years ago, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) received a complaint about the Coulee Dam ambulance service. They took note of dirty and unsanitary conditions, expired medications and supplies, non-functioning or defective...

 
 By Evelyn Russell    Opinion    June 4, 2014

Thanks to volunteers and backers of free food event

The 2nd Harvest Thrivent Food Truck was at Zion Lutheran Church May 30th handing out 7,584 pounds of food to 215 families. It took 26 helpers to keep up with handing out products. The Washington Beef Council furnished three-pound roasts and a person...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 4, 2014

Beavers, Tigers, Panthers and now Pirates

In our school history we have retired and put to pasture some of our mascots. Soon a Pirate will join them. Please, a moment of silence for our fallen identities of the past. Grand Coulee Tigers, Coulee Dam Beavers, Center School Dolphins, Grand...

 
 Opinion    June 4, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago Kristen Shields, 2000 graduate of Lake Roosevelt, took the national championship in the 100 meter dash Saturday. Shields just graduated with a 4.0 from Whitworth College and a math...

 
 By Carol Schoning    Opinion    May 28, 2014

Disappointed in new laser show

If Saturday night was the entire new light show (as it didn’t start until about 10:30 instead of 10 and was over by 11), I am truly disappointed. I had heard it was much longer than the old one. The story is fantastic! The pictures and wording...

 
 By Lloyd Olbricht    Opinion    May 28, 2014

Sharing some thoughts

Or rambling as The Star newspaper, Shut Up Mr Utz does. If AT&T buys Direct TV for the billions they are offering, hope they will offer services to all of North America. Will they again become the best, most secure stock market investment they once...

 
 By Paul Kelly    Opinion    May 28, 2014

RE: "Gas Critics don't know Jack" (May 14 editorial)

It was nice reading a new perspective in this week’s editorial about our local gas prices. I don’t like paying more for gas than anyone else, but I believe the Positive greatly outweighs the Negative. The Positive: Convenience, professionally...

 
 By Chuck Goodall    Opinion    May 28, 2014

Thanks for saving my life

A special thanks to my hero, my granddaughter Kati Goodall, for knowing what to do and saving my life by giving me a shot when I passed out at the ball game. I’m not sure how you knew what to do, but you did. I would also like to thank all the...

 
 By Soy Redthunder    Opinion    May 28, 2014

Class of '64's 50th coming up

The Class of 1964 of Coulee Dam High School is announcing plans for its 50th class reunion. The weekend of August 15-17 will bring together classmates and teachers of that school year. Many social activities will be held at locations throughout the...

 
 Opinion    May 28, 2014

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago The mandatory hold back for low achieving students, being considered by Grand Coulee School District, has been placed on hold by the school board. Several community members opposed the...

 
 By Andrea Edwards    Opinion    May 21, 2014

About that "wild horse" event

I would like to address the concerns expressed in three letters in The Star last week regarding the “Wild Horse Race” event to be held over Memorial Weekend. There seems to be some confusion in our community about what a “Wild” Horse Race...

 
 By Cindy Edwards    Opinion    May 21, 2014

To honor a great cowboy with no harm to horses

I would like to invite the public to join the Ridge Riders this Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Ridge Rider arena for the Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Riding and Wild Horse Races. The Ridge Riders set up this event to honor our good friend and one of the...

 

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