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 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

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Fireworks off Grand Coulee Dam set for July 4

Yes, the fireworks off Grand Coulee Dam will be on July 4 this year. Doing the show will be Rocketman Pyro, out of Spokane. It is the third straight year for the Spokane firm to light up the top of Grand Coulee Dam. Speaking for Ro... — Updated 6/13/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

If chickens discriminated against people

There’s a rooster in Electric City. And it is a direct violation of the city’s chicken ordinance, which allows a handful of hens, but no roosters. A clear violation of equal treatment under the law. The city council, who... — Updated 5/23/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Man arrested after guns stolen

Police arrested and jailed a 41-year-old Grand Coulee man after he was identified by separate people as the person entering a house at 208 Banks Avenue after another local house had been broken into and guns taken. Jonathan J. Ande... — Updated 5/17/2018


Rodeo is now more handicap accessible

There's a new handicapped-accessible parking and viewing area at the Ridge Riders Rodeo Grounds, just in time for this year's Colorama Pro-West Rodeo. Workers prepared the site... — Updated 5/9/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Rodeo to include big-screen replays

The 62nd annual Colorama Pro-West Rodeo is ready to go, Ridge Rider president George Kohout said this week. The rodeo will play out over two days, May 11 and 12, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday night and then at 4 p.m. on Saturday at... — Updated 5/2/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Free food offered this Thursday

The Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union, in conjunction with 2nd Harvest, is sponsoring a “free food distribution” Thursday at the Zion Lutheran Church parking lot. It will be the third year that the credit union has sponsored the... — Updated 5/2/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Fish-raising program needs volunteers to continue

The fish-raising program that keeps Banks Lake supplied with trout is in danger of ending. Carl Russell, who ran POWER (Promoters of Wildlife and Environmental Resources) for a number of years and is still active in the... — Updated 5/2/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

One dog kills three others

A pit bull killed three Chihuahuas at a residence on Kent Street in Electric City, April 14. The pit bull was among six dogs owned by Trina R. Davis, and housed at 202 Kent Street, where she had lived with Raymond E. Atchison,... — Updated 4/25/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Colorama carnival to return

Carnival tickets are on sale this week, offering substantial savings for early birds, a chamber of commerce official reported. Executive Director Peggy Nevsimal stated those who purchase carnival tickets by Thursday, May 10, will... — Updated 4/25/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Major street will get treatment this year

Drivers on a main Grand Coulee street will notice a major maintenance effort this year, as Spokane Way and other streets receive a pavement treatment. Grand Coulee has hired Gray & Osborne as its engineering firm to oversee a... — Updated 4/25/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Electric City park plan changes could save $180,000

Plans for a proposed "Ice Age Park," behind the fire department building in Electric City, have a few changes that would save $180,000, and the city has hired a different landscape... — Updated 4/18/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

New venture turning old hall into new coffee house

People are due for both a "shock" and a "treat" with the opening of Grand Coulee's new Voltage Coffee House next week. It may be a shock for those who remember the old Carpenter's... — Updated 4/18/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Assistant principal to move on

The school board accepted two resignations Monday night, one of them from an assistant principal, and granted one supplemental contract. Assistant Principal Margo Piver submitted her resignation from the elementary school; she is... — Updated 4/11/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Book fair coming to school next week

You can stock up on books for kids at the Scholastic Book Fair at the Lake Roosevelt Elementary library, April 16-20, and have a lot of fun at the same time. There’s competition, entertainment, and treats all woven into the... — Updated 4/11/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

School board position open

The Grand Coulee Dam School District is looking for someone to serve on the school board. School board Chair Joette Barry recently resigned because she is moving outside the district, and the district is looking for a replacement.... — Updated 4/11/2018


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