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this mammoth scrollcase for a 65,000-hp pump is 28 feet in over all diameter and will pass sufficient water to supply the entire domestic supply for a city the size of Chicago. The... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

America needs all of the above energy approach

Looking ahead to 2023, one of the most significant shifts America needs is to return to is an “All of the Above” strategy which expands our energy options rather than further... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Feeling a bit cramped?

On a family vacation several years ago, I learned what claustrophobia was all about. We arrived at Lewis and Clark Cavern State Park in Montana and all of the family made it into the opening for the then self-guided... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Veterans' Wreaths spread across America

The Holiday Season is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving lost loved ones. Evergreen wreaths placed on veterans’ graves across America help to ease that pain. More... — Updated 12/21/2022


Christmas: A Time of Hope and Joy

Christmastime is the season of hope and joy — hope that even when times are dark, we can find the light and joy that follows. The greatest gift the world has received is the birth of Christ and his salvation of humanity. The... — Updated 12/21/2022 Full story

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Stumbling past trikes, bikes and wagons - into a career

When I was in grade school, my best friend was Jon Skovlin. His father ran the local Penny’s store, and sometimes I worked with Jon and put together trikes, bikes, and wagons. The store sold a lot of these. Jon’s dad would... — Updated 12/21/2022


What have we learned?

What have we learned since the 2020 election? No matter how ill-founded the lie, if continually repeated for two years--the Big Lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen--many people will believe it. Repeating lies has bee... — Updated 12/21/2022


Thanking "loving and amazing" community for help after fire

We just want to tell the community and every single person that has helped our families after the devastating fire that took our home away from us last week that we can never say thank you enough or show the true appreciation that... — Updated 12/21/2022


Coulee Recollections - December 6, 1935

Grand Coulee Dam's first concrete pour was 87 years ago last week. Congratulations engineers, builders and all who made the dream a reality.... — Updated 12/14/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Expanded Panama Canal challenges Washington ports

The $5.4 billion expansion of the Panama Canal is paying off for East Coast and Gulf of Mexico seaports. It is putting pressure on the Pacific Ocean-based terminals to be more... — Updated 12/14/2022 Full story


Looking back on 2022

As we near the end of 2022, I want to take a moment to look back on some of the work I’ve done in Congress for our district. From passing landmark legislation to securing critical funds for projects in our communities, we’ve ac... — Updated 12/14/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

I slept in Buffalo Bill's bed

We were on one of our vacation trips to Montana, Wyoming and Yellowstone Park and stopped for a time in Cody, Wyoming. We were looking for a place to stay because we wanted to take in the museum there and go to the night rodeo. We... — Updated 12/14/2022

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Providing opportunities for STEM students to grow

To help prepare students for future careers in fields from chemistry and earth sciences to computer engineering and physics, schools in Central Washington and across the country are emphasizing STEM (science, technology,... — Updated 12/7/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

On top of Ruby Mountain

I don’t want you to get the wrong idea. Ruby Mountain isn’t some rugged granite peak. Rather, it is a round-topped mountain in Nevada with a beautiful trail to the top. While it is over 10,000 feet in elevation, you can drive... — Updated 12/7/2022

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

This winter and the past five What should we expect?

Looking over weather data from my personal weather station of the past five winters, December, January and February, were interesting, though no trends are revealed. A half decade... — Updated 12/7/2022

 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Proposing Moral Courage Day

We recognize and honor physical bravery, but we seldom recognize moral courage. Both physical bravery and moral courage benefit society. We should give those who exhibit exceptional moral courage the recognition that they... — Updated 12/7/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

People returning to stores

The good news is, despite higher prices, inflation and safety concerns, more Christmas shoppers are browsing on-line but making in-store purchases. The National Retail Federation... — Updated 11/30/2022


Diesel shortage imperils rural communities most

Last week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that distillate inventories (which include diesel) were at their lowest levels since 1951—currently we only have a 27-day supply remaining. That means if all... — Updated 11/30/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

A reminder to be thankful

We shouldn’t need a date on the calendar to remind us to be thankful. I am thankful all year long for my family. While they are scattered from Louisiana to north of Everett, it is like they are with me all year long. On... — Updated 11/30/2022

 By Robin Tess    Opinion

Consider the effect on the community

I applaud Mr. Darryl Hackworth for his ambition and eye for opportunity — certainly that is part of our forward thrusting culture. However, I do believe there are some important facts to deliberate upon when considering inviting... — Updated 11/30/2022

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

Dollar General workplace violations noted

There have been a few letters to the editor of The Star newspaper regarding the unofficial “announcement” of Dollar General Corporation being interested in establishing a store... — Updated 11/30/2022

 By Wiyaka Steinke    Opinion

Oppose Dollar General

I agree with Janis Heuvel’s letter to the editor from Nov.16th concerning Dollar General. I feel it would be detrimental to our community and especially our local businesses to allow a Dollar General to come to our area.  It... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Corrine Behme    Opinion

Re: "Dollar General wants to set up shop in Grand Coulee" (Star 10-26-22)

We’ve been visiting the area for 15 years and recently purchased land for our retirement home. The culture of the GC community is reminiscent of the small towns we grew up in and we intend to get involved. Reading about the plan... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Winona Simons    Opinion

Questioning Coulee Dam/Electric City police contract

As a longtime resident of Coulee Dam, I have concerns as to why the town of Coulee Dam and the Police Department are negotiating to take over the handling of police services for the Electric City area. Coulee Dam is already down... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By John Galer    Opinion

Big tech uses journalism; big tech should pay for it

The powers that Google and Facebook have over economic and political power in society - especially over the news industry - has caught the attention of lawmakers in Washington,... — Updated 11/23/2022


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