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 By Carol Daily    Opinion    September 28, 2016 

Town gone from nice to nothing

Not sure where to start. We have gone from a nice town with services to nothing in a few short years. We are being told to call 911 after 5 p.m. and on weekends. We have over 18 single ladies in this town, over half over 70. We have only six or...

 
 Opinion    September 28, 2016 

Three endorse Estudillo for judge

The three of us have over 75 years of experience practicing law in Grant County. All of us have been both prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys at some point in our careers. We have practiced in front of numerous judges in Grant County. Based...

 
 By Robert Schiffner    Opinion    September 28, 2016 

Reader asserts facts misstated

After hearing and reading a lot of misinformation about the race between Judge David Estudillo and his challenger, Nick Wallace, I feel compelled to set the record straight regarding two issues: campaign financing and judicial experience. According...

 
 By Dave Sunde    Opinion    September 28, 2016 

He'll vote for Thrasher

Eyebrows rose when a young woman not born in Okanogan County rallied more votes than the incumbent, moving on to the Nov. 8 general election for District 2 Okanogan County Commissioner. But the excellence Ashley Thrasher has shown in managing her...

 
 By Ruth Hall    Opinion    September 28, 2016 

Commissioners have made public lands private

I think what people may not know regarding the road closures in the South Okanogan County, from 2001 until the recent Three Devils Road in 2015, is that there are thousands of acres of public land that the public no longer has access to. The only...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 28, 2016 

We remember '86 and more

This weekend the class of 1986 from the great halls of Lake Roosevelt will celebrate 30 years out in the real world. Classmates will come back to the streets of Electric City, Elmer City, Grand Coulee and Coulee Dam, their old stomping grounds, to...

 
 Opinion    September 28, 2016 

Seventy-seven years ago

A section of rubble masonry retaining wall is completed for the pumping plant parking area and for the highway grade change in this area. - Sept. 6, 1939....

 
 By Becky Billups    Opinion    September 21, 2016

"Area watch" needed to combat crime

I read and agreed with Larry Price’s letter in The Star 9/14/2016 issue, “Concerning the current drug and crime issues in the Coulee Dam area.”  I see it 24/7 in my area, day and night. I can get up in the middle of the night seeing groups...

 
 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    September 21, 2016

Town looking for clarity, not blame, with lawsuit

The towns of Coulee Dam and Elmer City entered an agreement in 1975 defining a set of terms and procedures to treat sewage wastes. After 40 years of arguments and misunderstandings, clearly both agencies are in an impasse. We are not a litigious...

 
 Opinion    September 21, 2016

Wallace more qualified for judge

Because I was a superior court judge, retiring in 2009, people ask me which one of the candidates for Judge is most qualified. Nick Wallace has been practicing as a trial lawyer for 20 years. I know him well. During the 16 years I was on the bench...

 
 By George Ahrend    Opinion    September 21, 2016

Jorgenson wrong, Estudillo has more experience

Retired Judge Ken Jorgensen had the facts wrong in his recent letter to the editor about Judge Estudillo and his challenger, attorney Nick Wallace. Judge Jorgensen has been retired from the court for nearly eight years, so perhaps he doesn’t have...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 21, 2016

Native American Day

This Friday is Native American Day. For some it is just a day off from school or work. For others it is just another, but for a large population that lives very near here this day is their day to be...

 
 Opinion    September 21, 2016

Seventy-seven years ago

Photo shows transportation of a penstock section to the right powerhouse. The truck and loaded trailer have moved onto the barge which will carry both across the intervening water of the right...

 
 By Mike Bradley    Opinion    September 14, 2016

Thanks for the good work on fires

Hats off to all of the firefighters for their work in getting all of the fires out, especially the fire that was located behind the Columbia River Inn in Coulee Dam.  We had some anxious moments as we watched the flames getting closer to the motel....

 
 Opinion    September 14, 2016

Firefighters' response a great relief

The Redthunder families, Soy, Sharey and Lyle would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all the firefighters that responded to a fire North of Elmer City on September 11th afternoon. The prompt responses and expertise was a relief to our peace of...

 
 By Bruce Bartoo    Opinion    September 14, 2016

Asking what's at the core of a litany of problems

At a recent meeting of the Coulee Dam Town Council, crime was a topic of major concern by its citizens. WHY? Crime is not just a concern of the town of Coulee Dam; it is a growing problem for all of the people of the Grand Coulee Dam Area. WHY?...

 
 By Larry Price    Opinion    September 14, 2016

Concerning the current drug and crime issues in the Coulee Dam area

I believe the Coulee Dam Police officers are doing their best to improve the situation and are to be commended for their efforts. Even so, petty crime seems to be on the rise in the area patrolled by the short-staffed Coulee Dam police force. Charts...

 
 By Birdie Hensley    Opinion    September 14, 2016

Fund raiser was disappointing

First, I would like to thank all the volunteers and businesses who helped with the Electric City “Pig For the Park” fund raiser held this past Saturday at Electric City. This year’s support and attendance was down considerably from last year...

 
 By Robert Piekarski    Opinion    September 14, 2016

Remembering my history

Well, America, if I remember my history, we have two opposing ideas: Roosevelt and Reagan. Roosevelt took the Hoover ideas (the “roaring 20’s” and its side effects) and converted America into the greatest nation. Reagan thought we didn’t...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 14, 2016

Coming together

I am still not used to being on the other side of an emergency. For years I was the one running to the fire or person in need, instead of sitting and watching. But Sunday, ironically on 9-11, I watched as firefighters, medics and police rallied to...

 
 Opinion    September 14, 2016

Sixty-six years ago

September Boat Races on Lake Roosevelt. This annual event arouses considerable interest and competition is very keen. -September 17, 1950....

 
 By Linda and Herb Sherburne    Opinion    September 7, 2016

Re: "Something is definitely amiss" 8-31-16

Scott, we read your editorial with interest. We moved here 10 years ago. We chose this area for many reasons, safety of the community being one. That feeling of safety has slowly eroded. The statistics the Mayor quoted are fine but they do not...

 
 By Jim Brakebill    Opinion    September 7, 2016

American Legion appreciates the help

Once again we come to the community to thank everyone for a fantastic summer season at the Vets Center. Whether you know us as the Vet Center, VFW or the American Legion (which is who we are), we appreciate everybody who came by and shopped with us d...

 
 Opinion    September 7, 2016

Thrasher is our best bet

We support Ashley Thasher for (Okanogan) county commissioner, District 2. Ashley has demonstrated her willingness to work hard to understand the needs of constituents and county government. She has already invested significant personal time in...

 
 By Pamela Leslie    Opinion    September 7, 2016

County's libertarian independence at stake

I have known Sheilah Kennedy since 1994 when I worked under her at the Okanogan County Noxious Weed department. I had great respect for her back then and still do to this day. I supported her first campaign and continue to stand by her. Why? Sheilah...

 

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