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Answering some "frequently asked questions"

If you have contacted my office in recent years, you know that I pride myself in delivering personal responses to you. My office staff and I work very hard to make sure you receive prompt and detailed information related to your... — Updated 9/22/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion 

Looking around at changes

Never been a crop failure in the Palouse, I think, never! The area abounds in deep, rich soil and an abundance of rain at the critical time in the spring. Not this year. Of course, the soil hasn’t changed. But the rains didn’t... — Updated 9/22/2021

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion 

The Constitution is not controversial

I never thought I’d have to be writing this but let me be clear: The Constitution and Declaration of Independence, our nation’s foundational documents and declaration of beliefs, are not controversial – period. I will always... — Updated 9/22/2021

 By Cathy LaPlace    Opinion 

Elephant in the room should consider a miracle in our midst

As I’m writing this letter, 15 of our students or staff in our school district are positive with COVID-19 and 70 students (10% of our student body) are in quarantine because they have been exposed. At the same time, a large... — Updated 9/22/2021

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Too much smoke means not enough fire

Sometimes, to stop fires, you have to start them. Democrats like President Biden often point to the West’s devastating wildfires as evidence of climate change, and while that’s certainly contributed to some of the events we... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Bush's 9/11 epilog needs to be America's prolog

This September 11 remembrance fell at a time when America is bitterly divided. It is also a time when we are more acutely worried about where and when terrorists will strike next. Our hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan — the place... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Funny way to store gold

Myanmar (Burma) has its own way of storing gold. The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the premier Buddhist temples in the world and dates back some 2,500 years. Here in the U.S. we think of things 200-300 years old as really old. Not... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Lindsay Mouw    Opinion

Biden's ambitious solar plan signals opportunity for rural communities

In recent years, the cost of solar energy has plummeted, and demand has escalated due to consumer support for clean energy and the value it adds to a property owner’s land and rural communities. However, in the U.S., solar... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Kerrie Hurd    Opinion

Behind every small business owner is a team of supporters

During the past 18 months, the pandemic has had significant impact on our lives. However, small businesses have the greatest impact on our livelihoods. Whether self-employed or the employer to dozens, small businesses are the engin... — Updated 9/15/2021 Full story

 By John Huston    Opinion

Oasis of Hope

On August 31, 2021, I injured myself when a 400-pound welding table fell off a cable, knocking me down, causing a severe laceration to my right leg requiring surgery. I have lived in this community since 1969 and have had limited... — Updated 9/8/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Little things really matter

I’ve seen a mountain of big attractions. But little things do matter, and sometimes they are embedded in your memory. A few years ago, I took on a consulting job in Kodiak, Alaska. The owner wanted to clean up some of her... — Updated 9/8/2021

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

20 Years later, we still remember

September 11, 2001: a day that no American who lived to see will ever forget. I was recently asked about where I was that day, and I remember it keenly, deeply. I think it’s a question every American has an answer to — a... — Updated 9/8/2021

 By John Huston    Opinion

Oasis of Hope

On August 31, 2021, I injured myself when a 400-pound welding table fell off a cable, knocking me down, causing a severe laceration to my right leg requiring surgery. I have lived in this community since 1969 and have had limited... — Updated 9/8/2021


Welcome to the 74th annual Okanogan County Fair

It’s that time of year again when we dust off our boots and compete against our neighbors in all sorts of animals, crafts, cooking and what-not contests at the Okanogan County Fair. The Okanogan County Fair Advisory Committee... — Updated 9/8/2021

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

A plan to save lives meets human nature

Remember way back at the beginning of the pandemic, about a zillion years ago, when all we knew is that it could be bad for a while, but then schools actually closed? That’s when we knew this was going to be inconvenient as hell... — Updated 9/8/2021 Full story

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Vaccinations improving health, employment

It is not surprising that COVID-19 which ravaged the world was disastrous for our country’s economy. Millions died from COVID complications; offices, stores and factories closed, and people were forced to quarantine at home. The... — Updated 9/1/2021

 By Brad Hawkins    Opinion

A closer look at state mandates, emergency powers, and special sessions

As Washington state and the rest of the world continues to process through the COVID pandemic, governors throughout our nation — Republicans and Democrats — have utilized their offices and authorities in a variety of ways. In... — Updated 9/1/2021

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

Summer ends, what will winter bring?

Before we examine what scientists are expressing about our upcoming 2021-22 winter, I want to share a recap of 2021 summer weather data. Let’s take it month by month. June ... — Updated 9/1/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Seems like time to leave

Our daughter Kim is in the thick of Louisiana storms again. Five years ago, their home in Denham Springs was flooded, with up to four feet of water in the lower floor. They had experienced 30 inches of rain in a couple day’s... — Updated 9/1/2021

 By Bret Wesner    Opinion

A shot in the arm for small business advertising would boost local economies

A little-noticed initiative by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, and six other senators would boost local jobs, accelerate sales, and improve economies. The Local Journalism Sustainability Act, S. 2434, is designed to help local... — Updated 9/1/2021

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

America's Band of Roughnecks fueled Allied D-Day Mission

When thinking of England’s fabled Sherwood Forest, the medieval images of Robin Hood and his band of archers and swordsmen hiding in the woods giving the Sheriff of Nottingham a hard time comes to mind. Who would envision a crew... — Updated 8/25/2021

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Working on behalf of our veterans

Throughout American history, the burden of keeping our great nation free and secure has largely fallen on the shoulders of the men and women bravely serving in our Armed Forces. The care we provide to our veterans reflects our grat... — Updated 8/25/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Change is one thing you can rely on

Life is full of changes, and they hit at an early age. I was born on a farm outside Palouse, and we didn’t have indoor plumbing. Our facility was located about 25 yards from the house and alongside our parking area. It was a... — Updated 8/25/2021

 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Withdrawal symptoms

The video portraying an American Air Force plane moving on a runway with a mob of Afghani citizens running beside the aircraft and some on the outside of the aircraft presented an embarrassing image of America’s withdrawal from... — Updated 8/25/2021

 By Carl Russell    Opinion

Climate change statements of the past

Here is a small example of some of the history of the climate change theosophy. “It is already too late for the world to avoid a long period of famine. Paul Ehrlich said the time of famines is upon us and will be its worst and... — Updated 8/25/2021


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