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 By Soy Redthunder    Opinion    September 2, 2015 

Wally Loe: Mentor, Coach, Friend

We held a memorial last week for my friend, Wally Loe. I would like to share a few thoughts about him. First, I would like the family to please accept my dear and sincere condolences. His legacy started a long time ago. He was our basketball coach...

 
 By Steve Archer    Opinion    September 2, 2015 

Thank you to our local Napa

Recently, my truck’s water pump went out near Deep Creek. We were on our way home and it was about 4 p.m. on a Saturday. I called our local Napa store (Tri-City Auto Parts) for their advice, and it was a good thing I did. Within a matter of...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    September 2, 2015 

Promoting spud popularity in China

In China, the government has launched an “eat more potatoes” campaign – and Washington state could benefit as a result. China’s potato push is, in part, an environmental effort to provide more clean drinking water for its exploding urban...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 2, 2015 

"The Best Year Ever"

Those were the words spoken by the two leaders of Lake Roosevelt School, where I work, as they prepared their staff for the upcoming year. That is the plan for Raider Nation going into the 2015-16 school year. Can it be done? Yes, but there must be...

 
 Opinion    September 2, 2015 

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago The Electric City Council got its first glimpse last week of a proposal from Lakeside Grill owner Terry Ayres to expand his restaurant. Three are planning to challenge the Electric City...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 26, 2015

There is plenty of need to answer that desire to help

In the midst of smoke and flame, a rising beam of hope shows a promising path, one that will need our focus in the months to come: the desire good people have to help. That desire is striking in the experience of Rob and Glo Carroll, whose own...

 
 By Mari Margil    Opinion    August 26, 2015

Alzheimer's funding lags dramatically

There has been growing recognition of the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease but the funding to find a cure lags dramatically behind what’s necessary. In 2010 Congress unanimously passed legislation that set a goal of finding a treatment for...

 
 By Harold Maio    Opinion    August 26, 2015

Re: "Pseudo-sScience, misguided civil rights laws, and agencies block mental health care reform"

 Reducing stigma. Someone wants to promote a “stigma”? and keep part of it? and you offer them space? Curious.   Harold A. Maio, retired mental health editor Ft Myers, Florida...

 
 By Marie Powell    Opinion    August 26, 2015

Standing up for rural postal delivery

  Post offices are crucial anywhere, but especially crucial in rural areas that depend on the postal service to stay connected through news delivery, services crucial to businesses, and, in some communities, a link to prescription drugs and other...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 26, 2015

Fire affects us all

As I write this, and probably as you read it, there are firefighters on the front line of a fire, battling the smoke, heat and flames. There is also a homeowner deciding if they should evacuate or...

 
 Opinion    August 26, 2015

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Dave Marrs resiend his position as marshal of Elmer City on Monday. Marrs has had an on-again off-again relationship at Elmer City. After his hours were cut from 120 a month to 80 under...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 19, 2015

A day for remembering

As I write this today, my mind is wandering. You see, I just finished burying a neighbor’s pet, and my heart is broken for the Hearne family at the same time. Also, all day long we were going through boxes that have been in storage, some since our...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    August 19, 2015

Bob Morton represented his people unconditionally

Imagine rolling into Olympia in your travel trailer each year for the start of the legislative session knowing your district has the highest unemployment in the state and the lowest average annual wage. Folks in your sprawling rural 7th District...

 
 By Kimberly Blaker    Opinion    August 19, 2015

Pseudo-science, misguided civil rights laws, and agencies block mental health care reform

The bipartisan Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, HR2646, introduced in June by Rep. Tim Murphy and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, has come under attack. The purpose of the legislation is to resolve a number of problems within our mental...

 
 Opinion    August 19, 2015

Coulee Recollections

Twenty Years Ago Colville Pump and Supply Company will attempt to revive an old, unused water well on Palmer Avenue in Electric City. Heater problems at the Coulee Dam pool may force an early...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 12, 2015

Encouraging sign

The city of Grand Coulee took an encouraging step last week, appointing an employee to the job of enforcing city codes. That means someone at the city will be charged with talking to people whose properties don’t meet those codes, such as...

 
 By Lee H Hamilton    Opinion    August 12, 2015

This time was supposed to be different

The most important function Congress serves is to debate and pass the federal budget. I know — it also levies taxes, imposes or relaxes regulations, and once in a while nudges our social, economic or political order in a meaningful way. But the bud...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Congressman    Opinion    August 12, 2015

End federal funding for Planned Parenthood

What is a human life worth? The way a society responds to that question effectively describes the values held by that society. A just and healthy society should view innocent life as worth dignity and protection. The prospect of profiting off of...

 
 Opinion    August 12, 2015

Gems in the Coulee: Sharon Nissen

The name Nissen has been heard in Coulee Country for years, but it was just a few years ago when I actually met Ray and Sharon. Since that time I have gotten to know Sharon and have found out a lot about her, some of which I can’t tell you about...

 
 Opinion    August 12, 2015

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago GCD School District standardized test scores are higher this year, according to results released from the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Rodney Bise retired from the Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 5, 2015

Temporary fix may be coming to end

That big piece of land that so many of us find useful — for walking, playing softball, picnicking, holding reunions and much more — needs to be maintained, and it’s not free. North Dam Park takes some $30,000 a year to maintain, and the communi...

 
 By Carol Netzel    Opinion    August 5, 2015

Chickens, dogs, cats, whatever; To the pet lovers of Coulee Dam

The Coulee Dam council meeting on July 8, which had the keeping of chickens on its agenda, was a very well-attended meeting with a very lively audience participation. The group seemed to split into three categories. There were those who loved the...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Congressman    Opinion    August 5, 2015

VET Act would ensure every veteran's access to highest level of emergency care

No one should ever hang up on a veteran seeking medical assistance. Every veteran deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, and especially with urgency in an emergency medical situation. Proper treatment for our veterans reflects the honor...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 5, 2015

Lessons from the weed patch

Sometimes you never know when a revelation of life will hit you. The past few weeks I have been in a few different weed patches, from Belvedere to Electric City and many in between. A few kids...

 
 Opinion    August 5, 2015

Seventy-seven Years Ago

A rock crew working on the pumping plant foundation. A general program of blasting and excavating a successive series of trenches, the back wall of which was trimmed to the specified slope, was...

 

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