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 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion 

Can't shake that burning fire station subject

I just can’t shake it! I‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌suggestion‌ ‌for‌ ‌Bureau‌ ‌officials‌ ‌concerning‌ ‌the‌ ‌stalled‌ ‌fire‌ ‌station. ‌ ‌ It‌ ‌would‌ ‌be‌ ‌incredible‌ ‌if‌ ... — Updated 12/2/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

On a clear day you can see Montana

Steptoe Butte lies 12 miles north of Colfax, the Whitman County seat. Its elevation is 3,612 feet, hovering over the Palouse wheat fields. It is said that on the horizon you can see the high mountains in Montana. For me, the view... — Updated 11/24/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

An eye on Nespelem

Colleen Leskinen has had her eye on Nespelem for a very long time, essentially since her birth year, 67 years ago. Some people know her as the lady who runs the daycare, within the shadow of the town limits. Others know her as the... — Updated 11/18/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Are you tough enough?

This week I would like to recognize and honor service personnel, past and present. I came from a military family. My father was in the army in World War I. I still have his papers from when he was called up, and his discharge. My... — Updated 11/10/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Roadhouses and other small venues

The first time I saw Glenn Yarbrough was at a small roadhouse on the eastern edge of Seattle, just off I-90. It was the first time I saw him on one of his farewell tours. I had seen a small ad in the Times and took a chance that I... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Count the sani-cans to know

If you really want to know when the Bureau of Reclamation fire station will be completed, keep track of the sani-cans outside. Star reporter Jacob Wagner gave a good rundown of the history of the project in the newspaper a couple o... — Updated 10/28/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Working with heroes in fire camp

A few years ago my wife and I worked two fire seasons for OK Cascade, a firm that under contract provided food, shower and laundry services during major wildfires. The firm then was owned by John and JoAnn Keener, both now... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Apples don't fall far from trees

Sometimes it is strange the things that draw you back to your childhood. While driving the other day, I looked down at my left hand that was grasping the steering wheel. My hand looked exactly like my father’s.  I often think... — Updated 9/9/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Acts of bravery all around

When we think of bravery, we have a tendency to think big. Actually, acts of bravery are all around us, some more apparent than others. While in Vietnam a number of years ago I met a medical doctor who was captured by the Viet... — Updated 9/2/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Standing at the foot of history

Sometimes you discover history after it is past. I have visited a lot of cemeteries and memorials, but probably the most moving is the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. I’ve been there twice, the second time after I had learned... — Updated 8/26/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

A great friend while traveling!

The English language is the best friend while traveling in most countries. In all my travels in Asia, the one most constant thing was that English was spoken and understood in every country. Part of the reason was the influence of... — Updated 8/19/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

So you hate to move!

I once moved twice on the same day. We have moved 14 times, but only once in the past 56 years. Our first move was to Palouse from southern Idaho. We were so recently married that it only took a couple of boxes, and those fit... — Updated 8/12/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

From the egg biz to driving grain trucks, farmers deserve a good harvest

A drive through the Hartline area the other day showed piles of wheat forming outside granaries, an indication of an abundant harvest. I was born on a farm about four miles south of Palouse, delivered by my aunt while my dad went... — Updated 8/5/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Imagine a world without music

It’s almost unimaginable. Music, whether we realize it or not, plays an important part in all our lives. My earliest recollection of music was when I was very young and my father sang to me. My father had an ocean of Irish... — Updated 7/29/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

About immigrants

Ever wonder why some of our elected officials have it in for immigrants? All of us could easily trace our citizenship back to the time that our forebears arrived on our shores. In a sense we are all immigrants, some more mindful... — Updated 7/22/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

A few of my favorite places

A person can be defined by the little things he remembers and his favorite places. My parents liked to take drives, and on one of them they would stop at a roadside springs to get a drink of ice cold water. They had a collapsible... — Updated 1/22/2020

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Threatening freedoms provokes revolt

You don’t know how important your freedoms are until you start to lose them. That’s what is behind the protests going on in Hong Kong. In April the government in Mainland China passed an extradition bill that would allow... — Updated 12/31/2019

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Remember through the year that they are heroes

Earlier this week the nation took pause to honor our veterans. The debt we owe to veterans goes well beyond Nov. 11. I didn’t come from a military family; however, my father and three of my brothers were in the military: my fathe... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

A spaghetti western in communist Burma

It was a scene that would have made Clint Eastwood laugh. I had learned that Burma was allowing travelers in on 72-hour visas, and since I would be traveling in the Far East I booked a flight out of Thailand to Rangoon. The country... — Updated 9/4/2019

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Ride the rails at least once in your life

Young people today, when you make up your bucket list, be sure to put in a train ride. Transportation by train is a rarity today, and only on occasion do you stumble on a coal-fired engine. I was a “gandy dancer” for the... — Updated 8/14/2019

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

A halibut good deal

I am a lousy fisherman, getting boxed out, except one time. That was out of Kodiak, Alaska, fishing for halibut. I was on a charter boat that had twin engines and a lot of speed. We were 50 miles out, where the skipper said that... — Updated 7/24/2019

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Changes to baseball won't bring fans back

The Major League Baseball season is upon us. The game is looking less like the “National Pastime” each year. I remember when every little town or city had its own baseball team. There was no talk then of major changes to the... — Updated 4/3/2019

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

How I came to dislike snow!

As a kid growing up in Palouse, I loved the snow. Snow meant sledding, and we had a couple of great runs, one in town and the other on the outskirts. The one in town was from the top of North Hill that wound its way through the... — Updated 3/6/2019

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

A researcher among us writes books

Gail Morin, of Elmer City, is on her 62nd book. Are they western adventure, romance, war stories, children books? No, nothing like that. Gail writes geneology-type books, getting all her information from public records. Her books,... — Updated 10/17/2018

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Hall of famer was impressive as just another guy

Boise, Idaho, was a great baseball town — home to the Boise Braves, a Milwaukee Class C farm club in the Pioneer League. But it was the large number of big-league players that set the tone in the valley. Larry Jackson, Harmon... — Updated 7/11/2018

 

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