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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 25, 2016 

Crash event organizers deserve thanks

The folks who put together last Friday’s “mock crash” did a great service to the whole community. The event, designed to give young drivers a taste of the reality of a car crash, not something depicted neatly for a television scene, probably...

 
 Opinion    May 25, 2016 

Memorial Day should be every day

This Monday, when you’re driving back from camping, a mini vacation or just drinking an iced tea after doing yard work, take time to reflect on what Memorial Day is. What it is not is an extra day off on Monday. Although that is nice, it is not...

 
 By Mark Kubiak    Opinion    May 25, 2016 

Okanogan PUD playing dangerous game

Our Okanogan Public Utility District is playing a dangerous game with our future utility rates, and it could cost all of us a lot of money. On May 9, the Okanogan PUD, voted unanimously to proceed with re-energizing Enloe Dam. While Enloe Dam has...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    May 25, 2016 

Tips for safe Memorial Day trip

The good news this Memorial Day weekend is more than 38 million Americans are expected to travel, making the unofficial kickoff to summer this year the second busiest on record. AAA reports nearly 34 million people across the nation will be driving,...

 
 Opinion    May 25, 2016 

Sixty-four years ago

Compacted backfill is being placed behind the retaining wall extension, shown just to the right of the center of the picture, by George Nolte and Company, subcontractors of Bellingham, Washington....

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 18, 2016

How would you answer Kate?

Approached by someone who knew nothing about the area you live in, how would you answer them if asked for the most important facts they should know before or during a visit to the area we call home?...

 
 By Carol Netzel    Opinion    May 18, 2016

A theme cropped up in hearing on change in juvenile facilities

On May 10, a public meeting was held in Okanogan involving a possible change on where our troubled juveniles would be housed over a period of time. The three Okanogan County commissioners were there, also three commissioners from other counties who...

 
 By Pat Leigh    Opinion    May 18, 2016

Wanted! New Okanogan County commissioners

Sheila Kennedy and Ray Campbell have both announced their interest in being re-elected as Okanogan County commissioner.s Given their track record, we can’t let that happen. So far, Campbell is running unopposed. The deadline to declare your candid...

 
 By Lou Stone    Opinion    May 18, 2016

When tribal leadership incompetence becomes racketeering

It’s one thing to be ignorant of one’s own stupidity and incompetence, but TR 2016-217 rubs it in the face of the Colville Tribal Peoples, a cruel insult to the members of the CCT who are ashamed, especially, of the criminal racketeering by...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 18, 2016

And now some advice for 2016 grads

Relax. That’s right, I said it. Relax. You have had a strenuous senior year and you are thinking that this has been so hard. Note that I said “thinking.” I use that word because for most of you, you think the last four years were the most gruel...

 
 Opinion    May 18, 2016

Years ago

This undated picture is of an Indian fishing camp at Kettle Falls....

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 11, 2016

Far-fetched schemes should not be ruled out

Lest we get into the “it will never happen here” mood, let’s remind ourselves that the existence of this community was preceded by a very nutty idea that was laughed at by the whole nation. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was derided for...

 
 By Barry Lamont    Opinion    May 11, 2016

Honor older Americans this month

As a member of the Washington State Council on Aging, I am asking you to join me and my fellow members, and Governor Jay Inslee, in honoring Older Americans during the month of May. A meeting in April 1963, between President John F. Kennedy and membe...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    May 11, 2016

April brings record snow melt

The big weather story, from my perspective, was the record-breaking snowmelt here in the Pacific Northwest. During April, western snowpack dropped at record speed, according to data from the fifth and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 11, 2016

Seniors, are you ready for the next step? Part 2

Last week I started a peek into the Senior class which, before we know it, will be stepping out on stage and receiving that coveted paper that says, “Congratulations, you have met all the requirements …” and lets them know that the next step...

 
 Opinion    May 11, 2016

Sixty-seven years ago

Mildred Brown, 3 years old, shows a string of silver trout dipped from the river below the falls at Grand Coulee Dam by her father. Every spring there is a "Silver" downstream migration at the dam....

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 4, 2016

A fine semantic line was crossed

There is no disputing that any organization has a right to control who speaks for it, but that doesn’t translate into a right to censor speech. Birdie Hensley was officially admonished by her...

 
 By Zielsdorf    Opinion    May 4, 2016

Readers appreciate Utz's column

I just wanted The Star to know how much we appreciate Jesse Utz’s column “Jess, Shut Up.” My wife and I have been subscribers of The Star since we moved here in 1999. It is refreshing to see a paper where Christianity is not maligned, as in...

 
 By Trevino    Opinion    May 4, 2016

Questioning our forestry practices - native ethics vs. tribal drive

Human beings and nature exist on the same moral plane. An eco-centric world view, should be regarded as a precondition for an aesthetic and ethical appreciation and love of our (yours and mine) environment. Self-determination is a foundational...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 4, 2016

Seniors, are you ready for the next step?

This is the time of year when a small group of people in our community start to panic. A whirlwind of activity surrounds them, with every day being one step closer to that goal they have coveted for the last 13 years: graduation. The senior class of...

 
 Opinion    May 4, 2016

Sixty-six years ago

A Ridge Rider Trail Ride. – 1950...

 
 Opinion    April 27, 2016

Four-school memorial a great idea

Reading Connie Babler’s letter to The Star April 13, 2016, brought back many happy memories of going to school in Coulee Dam and growing up in such a great place. The idea of a “memorial” representing all four schools is a great idea. And all...

 
 Opinion    April 27, 2016

Help from all welcome on school memorial

In response to the letter from Connie Babler a couple of weeks ago, the Grand Coulee Alumni Association would like to clarify a few things. First of all, the main concern of our association is that the names of the combined schools be remembered. We...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    April 27, 2016

Kirk Adams taking his skills to the Big Apple

Kirk Adams has earned the reputation as a visionary leader who gets things done for people with disabilities. Those qualities, coupled with hard work and determination, rewarded him with the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 27, 2016

A gem in the Coulee: Richard Hill

Most of you probably have no idea who this is. Some USBR employees know him, but more importantly a handful of high school kids know him too. Recently Mr. Hill came to Lake Roosevelt and spoke some tr...

 

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