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 By Tom Purcell    Opinion

The dying art of Halloween costume humor

Halloween is upon us, which means you’d better be cautious about the costume you choose. Halloween has long been a staple of childhood, but in the past few decades it has been increasingly celebrated by adults — and for good re... — Updated 10/25/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Memorable stops, sights along the way

Everyone has memories and favorite places. Here are a few of mine. We were vacationing in Wyoming and had our oldest son, Paul, with us. Our plan was to stay overnight and travel to the Tetons the next day. We stopped at the Irma... — Updated 10/25/2023

 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Border disorder

Immigration has been one of America’s long running problems.  Historically, climate irregularities have induced famine, civil conflict, and migration.  If scientists are correct about the climate change in our future, the world... — Updated 10/25/2023

 By Robert Fields    Opinion

Common sense needed

On Homecoming night October 7, 2023, at about 11 p.m., I witnessed a Coulee Dam Police SUV travel through Grand Coulee at a very high speed with blue lights on. I would guess 70 miles per hour or more. If there would have been... — Updated 10/18/2023


Bullies in our schools

I’ve lived in the Nespelem area most of my life and am a graduate of Lake Roosevelt High School. My children were raised here too and are graduates of LRHS. Now my grandkids, grandnieces and grandnephews are being raised here on... — Updated 10/18/2023

 By Barry Williams    Opinion

A note in the park brought back memories

Recently while visiting Cole Memorial Park in Coulee Dam, I noticed a few small decorations at the edge of the swimming pool, now a beach volleyball court, along with the following... — Updated 10/18/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Just call him Smith

We visited Grand Cayman Island back in the 1970s, before it mushroomed into a popular vacation spot.  Grand Cayman is one of three islands in the chain, and about 200 miles off Cuba. My wife and I were looking for a getaway place,... — Updated 10/18/2023

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Thanks for the front-row seat

I was honored and ambivalent at the same time earlier this month to accept the highest honor awarded by the 136-year-old Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA) at a time when, more than ever, I’m still trying to figur... — Updated 10/18/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

My favorite time of the year

My pick is the fall. It offers some relief from the heat, and everything seems to return to normal. The tourists have thinned out, school is back in session, and the football season is upon us. I also like the fall colors. We... — Updated 10/11/2023

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

We must stand with Israel

In the aftermath of the heinous attacks on Israel orchestrated by the Iran-backed terrorist organization, Hamas, it is crucial to acknowledge Israel’s right to defend itself against a repressive regime. Over the past weekend,... — Updated 10/11/2023

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Fighting back against the Biden administration's attempt to introduce grizzly bears into Central Washington (again)

The debate surrounding grizzly bear introduction into the North Cascades ecosystem is far from new. For decades, Central Washingtonians have been fighting to ensure their voices are heard in opposition to this ill-conceived plan.... — Updated 10/4/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Ads, penalties and the cheap rich

It’s football time and I am getting confused. Between time taken up by penalties and replays, plus ads, it’s getting tough to watch games. There are five- and 10-minute stretches where nothing is happening except poorly... — Updated 10/4/2023

 By Danny Tyree    Opinion

National Newspaper Week and the newspaper that never was

National Newspaper Week (October 1-7) compels me to acknowledge my journalistic catastrophe of fifth grade. Based on my passion for reading Nashville’s two dailies, Miss Bunch... — Updated 10/4/2023

 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Drone warriors

Elon Musk used his privately owned (satellite) communication relay system called “Star Link” to prevent a Ukrainian marine drone attack on Russian ships. Musk’s stated reasoning was that destruction of Russian ships in the... — Updated 9/27/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Idaho's best football players

As a kid I remember rooting for Idaho when they played the Cougars. It was great in both 1999 and 2000 when the Vandals won.  In 1999, Idaho won 28-17, and in 2000, 38-34. They had a great tradition: the losing cheer squad had to... — Updated 9/27/2023

 By J.A. Thomas    Opinion

Uncle George's character was real

I don’t think Uncle George did things because of a will to succeed; he did that many times over. I think he was so driven because he saw how never giving up, always stepping up, and always saddling up helped so many others to... — Updated 9/27/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Losing a national treasure

We are slowly losing a national treasure.  Former president Jimmy Carter is 99 years old and is under permanent hospice care in his home in Plains, Georgia. His wife Rosalynn is also under hospice care. Jimmy is a national... — Updated 9/20/2023


Looking back in the coulee

10 years ago The city of Grand Coulee is wrestling with whether to declare a moratorium on the location of marijuana gardens or distribution businesses within the city limits. The governing body of the Colville tribes amended its... — Updated 9/20/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Biden's lease cancelations hurts Washington

While media focus was on Joe Biden’s decree putting a tiny plot of land within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) off limits to oil and gas exploration, reporters ignored... — Updated 9/20/2023


Your entertainment, our suffering

My name is Victoria Youmans, long time resident of the Columbia River living in Nakusp, British Columbia. As some of you may know, the water has been going your way most of the summer and continues to for the foreseeable future,... — Updated 9/20/2023

 By TomPurcel    Opinion

Thurber's tail: How to survive your sharp-toothed puppy

The bloodshed was everywhere. It was all over my house, my parent’s house, my neighbors’ houses and splattered at any location in which anyone dared to pet my 9-week-old bundle of joy, Thurber the yellow Labrador. I was... — Updated 9/13/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Banning trucks running on diesel, natural gas is reckless

There is an axiom: Don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good! That is important to remember when it comes to improving our air quality. While climate activists want to... — Updated 9/13/2023


Grateful for help with back-to-school event

 It is with great gratitude, humbleness and excitement that I submit this letter of thanks to the vendors who donated and made our first Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent’s Back to School Kick Off a huge success.... — Updated 9/13/2023

 By Renata Rollins    Opinion

LR students, keep using your voices

I want to commend the Lake Roosevelt students who petitioned the school board to change the dress code to something more reasonable and less discriminatory. Often when people notice a problem we either stay silent or simply... — Updated 9/13/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Service to America avoids student debt

With students returning to college campuses, it is time to consider other ways for them to pay for tuition, books and living expenses. Too often, they resort to borrowing. Now,... — Updated 9/6/2023


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