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Seventy-seven years ago

Sheep of Joe Hodgin enroute from winter quarters at Adrian, Washington to summer range in the Colville National Forest. - May 9, 1945... — Updated 5/18/2022


Inslee, Murray targeting wrong dams

Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray have their priorities backward when it comes to rebuilding Snake River salmon and steelhead runs. Instead of focusing on ripping out dams with fish passages and navigation locks, they should... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion 

The kids loved them

Summers in Palouse when I was a kid meant carnivals and the circus. They held the carnivals just off Main Street and next to the downtown gym. My brother Bob got kicked out of the carnival one summer. They had a monkey on a chain,... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion 

Still kids, but not quite so much

After a few decades of interviewing high school students two or three times a year, certain traits start to seem universal, including eager optimism mixed with a little nervousness about the unknown coming up. Last week, I had the... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Milling thinned trees can foot bill to reduce wildfire risks

Thinning public woodlands to remove millions of dead trees is a way to generate much needed cash to reduce wildfire risks, improve forest health, and protect rural homeowners and... — Updated 5/11/2022

 By George Harris    Opinion

Standing up for the startup

Google Home speakers are “smart,” to use the language of our times. They’re also stolen. That’s according to a recent ruling from the U.S. International Tradex Commission that found Google infringed on five patents from... — Updated 5/11/2022

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion

Bipartisanship isn't dead, but it's not in good health, either

Having just watched a Supreme Court nominee supported by a comfortable majority of Americans draw just three Republican votes in the Senate, you could be forgiven for thinking bipartisanship in Congress is a thing of the past.... — Updated 5/11/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

How did I get here, anyway?

I have been tracing my Lucas family back as far as the mid 17th century in LaRochelle, France. I can’t seem to get past Jean Lucas, so for now he is the patriarch of the family. The family followed the teachings of John Calvin... — Updated 5/11/2022

 By Arnie Marchand    Opinion

Dedicate highway to Vietnam veterans

I wrote a request for everyone to write a letter of support for dedicating Highway 20 to the Vietnam Veterans. I thought it was a great idea and I accepted the role as chair from Hodges Post #84, in Oroville. I thought the response... — Updated 5/11/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Continuing the fight for missing and murdered native women and girls

This week, as Native American tribes and communities gather to honor the women and girls who have been murdered or gone missing at alarming rates here in Central Washington and across the country, the glaring question remains:... — Updated 5/4/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Laminated wood products can reduce wildfire risks

Wood buildings are making a comeback in the Pacific Northwest thanks to new laminated timber products. Even very large buildings are now constructed with laminated beams and are... — Updated 5/4/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Hello Ahreum (Autumn)

Why am I so lucky? I have a new great granddaughter, at least new to me. She was born the day that President Biden took office, Jan. 20, 2021. I saw Autumn once before, in Spokane at the hospital, but last weekend she was at the... — Updated 5/4/2022

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

In anticipation of summer, consider our drought

With the wildfires burning in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado, one would think we were in summer fire season already. Though, the reality is, it’s mid spring, and fire season is... — Updated 5/4/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

What a relief

Anytime you go out anywhere, it is so apparent that people are feeling exhilarated to be outside, and the community is not holding back. After the end of most covid-warranted restrictions in most places, we’re breathing sighs of... — Updated 5/4/2022


International medical graduates ease the U.S. doctor shortage

Thousands of young doctors recently learned where they’ll be spending the next few years of their lives in residency. A significant number of them will be U.S. citizens who completed medical school abroad. This corps of... — Updated 4/27/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Seattle World's Fair highlighted electric transportation network

Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair was awe-inspiring. It previewed developments that would improve our daily lives in the next millennium. While “Century 21” memories have faded, t... — Updated 4/27/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Those secret places

I guess these places won’t be secret now. This weekend I visited one of our secret places, Hawk Creek campground. My wife and I used to prepare a picnic lunch and drive to Hawk Creek for one of our outings. I will miss this. Ther... — Updated 4/27/2022

 By Gary Benton    Opinion

Consent without information

If the local hospital in Grand Coulee wanted parents to be able to make informed decisions regarding whether or not to give the experimental “vaccines” to their children, then they would let the public know how many children... — Updated 4/27/2022

 By David Schmidt    Opinion

Re: "Consolidation touched upon briefly at mayors meeting"

Re: “Consolidation touched upon briefly at mayors meeting” I find it interesting that the idea of consolidating our town is coming up again. For a point of clarification, a town in Washington does not need to be in one county.... — Updated 4/27/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Serving Our Nation's Finest

Currently, a little over 1.3 million people are serving on active duty in our nation’s military—that is less than half of one percent of the U.S. population. Securing our national defense and protecting our interests is a heavy... — Updated 4/20/2022


With risk increasing, small businesses can protect themselves from cybercriminals 

Many small business owners wonder how cybersecurity pertains to their business, or think they could never fall victim to cybercriminals. But, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA), cyber-attacks are a growing threat... — Updated 4/20/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Look north to increase gas supplies

The news that President Biden plans to resume leasing of federal land for oil exploration maybe good five years from now, but that action alone won’t bring down record gas prices... — Updated 4/20/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Weather a great talking point

Why am I cold all the time? Doesn’t the weatherman know it’s supposed to be spring?  But I’ve seen much colder days. I endured 46 below when working for Potlatch Forest shortly after I got out of high school. Work area... — Updated 4/20/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

For Earth Day, look past the hyped-up rhetoric

As our politics degrade, so does our ability to deal with the most urgent issue we all face. Climate change is so very hard to wrap your head around, especially for people like us who live in an area where a river runs through it a... — Updated 4/20/2022

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion

What Does It Take to Be Important in America?

aMaybe it’s the perspective a long life brings, but I find myself eyeing with some skepticism the glut of “personal brands” that assault us every day on television, in print, and through social media. Entertainers,... — Updated 4/13/2022


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