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 By Don Brunell    Opinion 

Gas engines part of reducing CO2

Implausible as it may seem, gasoline powered vehicles can be part of reducing carbon emissions. They need to be part of the solution and not brushed aside. Take for example,... — Updated 8/10/2022

 By Brian Depew    Opinion 

Rural America needs investment in home construction and repair

Communities in every corner of the country now struggle with a lack of affordable homes, an ailment long associated with fast-growing urban areas. A lack of affordable housing hamstrings rural towns’ abilities to attract workers... — Updated 8/10/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion 

Giving something back

I have always been taught to give something back to society. For years I tried to do so by volunteering or running for public office. I have held office in park boards, library boards and school boards.  Most recently I served 17... — Updated 8/10/2022

 By Norm Luther    Opinion 

Republican lawmakers cop out on gun violence

Who has more mental problems — the perpetrators of gun violence or congressional Republicans, including our own Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who lack normal compassion and regard for human life, even of young children? Congressional... — Updated 8/10/2022 Full story

 By Judy Lindhag    Opinion 

Welsh historic reunion coming

On Sept 9-11, this fall, a small group of Welsh descendants will be visiting the Almira-Wilbur area. They are a part of the North American Welsh Association out of Seattle. A while back, they followed up on a lead of an abandoned... — Updated 8/10/2022

 By Gary Miller    Opinion 

Local visitor's guide is the most useful

Hello. I am just commenting on your supplement, Grand Coulee Dam Area (Visitor’s Guide). I found this to be about the most useful tourist magazine for an area that I have ever come across. Kudos, to all at your paper. Have the... — Updated 8/10/2022


"Just the Facts" on school district personnel turnover

This letter is an honest effort to bring clarity and facts to the rumors, innuendos and often half-truths that frequent this page when referring to the Grand Coulee Dam School District (GCDSD). The local community, in particular... — Updated 8/10/2022

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

Citizen Science, ENOS and weather disasters

This month I'll start with an interesting research project. The study involved data gathered more than 200 years ago. For the period of 1826 through 1872, citizens in New York... — Updated 8/3/2022


Eighty-eight years ago

On August 3, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) visits Grand Coulee Dam, a massive public works project undertaken as part of Roosevelt's efforts to ease joblessness... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

The other aunt

I recently wrote a column on my Aunt Voe. I am writing this column on my Aunt Lorena, just to show how important family is to help younger members grow up. I was born in a farmhouse on Four Mile Creek, just out of Palouse. My paren... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Don't get used to it, it's not normal

Having come here in 1985, and having lived in Spokane before that, my idea of a normal summer includes high heat reaching into the 90s. Now, we’re trying to accept the latest triple-digit trend as the “new normal.” That’s... — Updated 8/3/2022


Eighty-four years ago

The construction trestle, with deck at Elevation 1180, approaches the spillway section of the dam. The Bethlehem Steel Co., under subcontract from Consolidated Builders, furnished... — Updated 7/27/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Restoring America's semiconductor edge

Surprisingly, recent U.S. Presidents and congressional Democrats and Republicans agree America’s economic and national security hinge upon tiny, yet powerful semiconductors.... — Updated 7/27/2022

 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Restore the role of the U.S. Congress

Congress has gradually surrendered its law-making role to the President, to the Supreme Court, and to the state governments. That isn’t working well. Early in the American experience the founders of our government realized that... — Updated 7/27/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

A giving community full of heroes

In the last couple weeks, this community has shone brightly with examples of strength and good will and a readiness to step up and do what is needed. First, people immediately stepped up to answer a communitywide need: to support... — Updated 7/27/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Every community is a border community

It’s no secret the situation at our southern border is out of control. Indeed, recent figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection show record levels of border crossings are continuing, including a record-setting number of ter... — Updated 7/20/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

The day Jesse Owens came to Palouse

Jesse Owens is probably the country’s most famous Olympic athlete when you consider the setting where he won his four gold medals. Owens won the gold in the 4x100 relay, the 220-yard dash, the 220 low hurdles and the broad jump,... — Updated 7/20/2022


Big Tech is steamrolling America's newspapers

Google and Facebook have enormous economic and political power in society - especially over the news industry. Many ask if they have played a role in the misinformation that erodes... — Updated 7/20/2022


Buying food locally has host of benefits

 Summer is in full swing and with that comes cookouts and gatherings where food is featured. As you plan your menu, keep local farmers in mind.  Buying locally produced food... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

One fishing trip I will remember

I have taken a lot of fishing tips over the years. Only one was successful. This was in Kodiak, Alaska. I was there to help the owner of the daily paper prepare her newspaper property for sale. It needed a lot of tweaking. I had... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By Lou Stone    Opinion

Sinixt people pledged long ago to fight despite Colville Business Council hindrance

Autonomous Sinixt recently self-identified as Autonomous, despite functioning as autonomous for over 35 years in British Colombia (BC). Beginning with the occupation at the Vallican Heritage Site, to prevent road construction from... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Central Washington ignored in Snake River dams reports

This week marked the conclusion of the public comment period for Governor Inslee and Senator Murray’s recently released draft Lower Snake River Dams Benefit Replacement Report. I have read the Inslee-Murray report, and while I... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Facing a better tomorrow

This Fourth of July, Americans in Central Washington and across the country are contending with a host of financial worries. Red-hot inflation has contributed to a skyrocketing cost of living and continues to wreak havoc on... — Updated 7/6/2022

 By Norm Luther    Opinion

What's the difference?

In 1974 most congressional Republicans were patriots, forcing then-President Richard Nixon to resign when he tried to overthrow our democracy. Alarmingly, most current congressional Republicans are unpatriotic cowards, caving to... — Updated 7/6/2022 Full story


To protect the grid and meet climate goals, we need the Lower Snake River dams

The headlines in recent weeks have been startling: Extreme heat and energy shortfalls in much of the country could lead to power outages this summer across the Midwest, Texas and California, and another active wildfire season in th... — Updated 7/6/2022


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