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There's gold and silver in them thar coulee walls

In the 1930s, the coulee walls behind Electric City and Delano were being prospected for gold and silver. These deposits occurred near the base of the Coulee Wall, in granite, overlain by basalt. The...

 

Let's start paying for drug policy that works

The recent discussion about a new jail for Grant County, illegal drug use and the criminal actions created by drug users, focused my attention on a policy issue that the nation needs to be talking...

 

Jail isn't the answer - help is

A new jail to house addicts will surely make those Heathens turn clean! No. Stop with the ignorant way of thinking. If you believe that putting addicts in jail will suddenly make them non-addicts, then you must also believe that unicorns are real....

 

Re: "Electric City is actually doing this" in Sept. 4 Star

Ted got it right This is my first letter to the editor! I read Ted Piccolo’s letter about the Electric City “Town Administrator shutting down a perfectly good street.” He hit the nail direct on the head! Three cheers for Ted. I couldn’t have...

 

The hunting story

Since hunting season is getting started and the sportsmen of the rifle are heading out soon to their favorite grounds, I thought I would tell you all my favorite hunting story. Of course, I must...

 

Why water infrastructure investment matters

In North Central Washington, the Columbia River is the cornerstone of life. But even more important is the infrastructure that makes up the Columbia Basin Project. Grand Coulee dam provides electricity, flood control, and recreation and the ditches...

 

Re: "Why we need more than a new jail" in Aug. 28 Letters from our Readers

Repeating history that failed us is not the answer In response to the opinion piece about addicts, and a new jail being built: There’s a few layers to her argument that I just can’t agree with here ... absolutely no empathy, for one. I’m not sa...

 

Consider programs in Clark County

Well, I think Grant County needs to take a trip to Clark County (Vancouver, WA) and spend a couple days there and get as much information as they can from what they have been and currently are doing to lower the recidivism rate — the programs they...

 

Electric City is actually doing this

So, Electric City politicians and town administrator are going to do it. They are actually going to shut down a perfectly good (and heavily used) street in order to build a park that nobody wants. They are going to spend hundreds of thousands of...

 

A spaghetti western in communist Burma

It was a scene that would have made Clint Eastwood laugh. I had learned that Burma was allowing travelers in on 72-hour visas, and since I would be traveling in the Far East I booked a flight out of Thailand to Rangoon. The country hadn’t allowed p...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 4, 2019

Labor Day Blessings

If your Labor Day weekend was anything like mine, it was packed full of awesomeness, and we stayed busy. I saw lots of you doing lawn work, finishing honey-do lists and traveling over the unofficial...

 

A frozen dam solved a big problem

On the east side of the Columbia River, several landslides had already occurred, burying equipment and threatening lives, slowing down the construction of Grand Coulee Dam. Reporters watched the 200,000-cubic-yard hillside for the next story, and in...

 

Why we need more than a new jail

I attended the Grand Coulee Council meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 20. I had forgotten about the meeting until I saw four Grant County Sheriff’s vehicles in front of City Hall. I realized then it was council night. I went to investigate, thinking all this...

 

Thanks for a record sale season for American Legion

Here we are again at the end of our sale season as we come to the community to thank everyone for a fantastic thirteen-week run at the VET Center. Our American Legion Post appreciates everybody has who stopped by and shopped with us during our sale....

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    August 28, 2019

Back to School emotions

Summer 2019 has almost expired, and that means the kids have worn out their welcome at home and are being sent out with new clothes, a backpack and made to get on the big yellow bus. At the same time...

 

Central Washington is leading in clean energy production

There has been a loud nationwide conversation about clean and carbon-free energy sources, and I am proud to represent Central Washington, where we are leading in renewable energy production. If you drive through our congressional district, you’re...

 

Everything to gain

Watching even the “cultural” reintroduction of salmon to local waters denied to them for eight decades can inspire wonder, grief, admiration, joy, hope, questions, and anticipation. Over the last couple weeks, as the Colville Tribes and a...

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion    August 21, 2019

Liked it so much, we moved here twice

My wife and I liked the coulee so much that we moved here twice. The first time was in 1954 when I accepted a job grading lumber at the planing mill above the dam. I worked for Everett Kirkpatrick and a junior partner. Old timers will remember the...

 

Hardworking farmers deserve a strong trade agreement

A story out of Ritzville recently gained national attention: Larry Yockey is a fourth-generation wheat farmer, and for nearly fifty years, he hasn’t missed a harvest. Sadly, Larry was recently diagnosed with stage four cancer, allowing him to only...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    August 21, 2019

Shaking, Shifting and Sifting

I have heard these three words a lot lately. I have heard them from people in government, in the education system, from friends, and from the pulpit. They have been used in a physical sense, in a...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    August 21, 2019

Drones planting trees in burned wildlands

Drones planting trees in burned wildlands While drones are coming of age in firefighting, they are also establishing a foothold in restoring fire-scorched forests. Firefighting drones grabbed the spotlight last April 15 as viewers around the world wa...

 

Two 20-year-olds' perspectives of the Grand Coulee Dam area

I’m Mikayla Higgins, and I have lived in Electric City since I was 2. Two years ago, I left for the first time when I began college in Seattle at the University of Washington. When I got the opportunity for the internship at the Grand Coulee Dam...

 

Ride the rails at least once in your life

Young people today, when you make up your bucket list, be sure to put in a train ride. Transportation by train is a rarity today, and only on occasion do you stumble on a coal-fired engine. I was a “gandy dancer” for the Northern Pacific...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    August 14, 2019

A rocky trip

Thank goodness for the rainstorms that flowed through the area over the weekend. It was great news for firefighters and for our area. I know not everyone was happy with the downpour. I am certain the...

 

The Green Hut in Coulee Dam provided jobs for youth

Many families have rich memories of the Green Hut Restaurant and their key employees. Clarence D. Newland built the restaurant in Coulee Dam in 1938 on property overlooking Grand Coulee Dam and...

 

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