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 By Bert Smith    Opinion

The Grand Coulee Dam big-band era

In January 1950, a group of community leaders formed the Grand Coulee Dam Athletic Association to fund community athletic teams. To help provide funding, the association booked... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

New nuclear needs solution inclusion

If Americans are to receive all of their electricity without coal and natural gas by 2035, they will need nuclear power. Even if Washingtonians, who already procure over 70 percent... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Education is essential: Reopening our schools

I recently conducted a survey of constituents in Central Washington, asking a question that is on the minds of parents across our district and the entire country: “Do you support doing everything we can to safely reopen schools... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By John M Kemble    Opinion

Original Grand Coulee Outlaw Texas Jack, part two

The area around where Grand Coulee sits today was sparsely populated around the turn of the 20th Century, and the few settlers and ranchers all knew each other. They also knew... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

There was almost a Grand Coulee National Park

Grand Coulee creates an image in our minds - the Grand Coulee Dam or the City of Grand Coulee, maybe the general area around the dam. Of course, the Grand Coulee, as well. However,... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

So you hate to move!

I once moved twice on the same day. We have moved 14 times, but only once in the past 56 years. Our first move was to Palouse from southern Idaho. We were so recently married that it only took a couple of boxes, and those fit... — Updated 8/12/2020


12th District has a meaningful choice in race

The people of the 12th District are so fortunate to have a meaningful choice in the legislative race to represent us in Olympia. Adrianne Moore is an exciting, hardworking candidate with family roots five generations deep in North... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

County commissioners could show D.C. how it's done

If popular differences can show up any place in the United States, it’s very possible they could show up first in Okanogan County. Once considered a bellwether county in presidential politics, the county supports a variety of... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Stack    Opinion

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 — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Dan Bolyard    Opinion

The first locomotives at dam construction

The first locomotives to haul construction material for the dam were old and tired. Two were on hand in 1935 and had been bought by MWAK to get trains moving. For the section from... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

From the egg biz to driving grain trucks, farmers deserve a good harvest

A drive through the Hartline area the other day showed piles of wheat forming outside granaries, an indication of an abundant harvest. I was born on a farm about four miles south of Palouse, delivered by my aunt while my dad went... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Robert Valen    Opinion

Climate change and mule deer habitat

In past columns, I’ve shared information regarding climate change and the measurable impacts that are occurring. The impacts are measurable, and the science on climate change is being documented around the world. Back in June... — Updated 8/5/2020


City council, are you crazy?

To the Grand Coulee City Council and mayor: Why do you hate our community? We are in the middle of the worst pandemic in our history!  Businesses closed, people out of work, and mask shave to be worn at all times, and you pass an... — Updated 8/5/2020 Full story

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Good news that undoubtedly would please Scoop Jackson

America desperately needed some positive news and a reprieve from the coronavirus pandemic and rioting which is ripping apart our country---most notably in Seattle, Olympia and... — Updated 7/30/2020


Original Grand Coulee outlaw, Texas, Jack Part 1

Once, long before anyone even decided to put a dam at the Columbia River, there was a small community in the north end of the Grand Coulee. At first, sparse pioneers with cattle... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Latino Americans deserve their seat in the nation's capital

If you have ever visited Washington, D.C., or even looked into planning a trip to the nation’s capital, you know there are quite a few sights to see. Washington, D.C. is a hub for both American history and cultural exploration,... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

Home coming

Many years ago, a local family uprooted and went east. They left behind the oldest son who had just graduated and laid down some roots of his own, but they took the middle child... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Imagine a world without music

It’s almost unimaginable. Music, whether we realize it or not, plays an important part in all our lives. My earliest recollection of music was when I was very young and my father sang to me. My father had an ocean of Irish... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion

It's time to learn what our system's about from the inside

I’ve spent a long time in politics, and over those years one thing has remained constant: a lot more Americans criticize government than serve and do something about it. There have been times when I’ve felt a bit resentful.... — Updated 7/22/2020


B Street Fire

It was a sultry Saturday evening, July 24, 1937. The blaze started about 9:15 p.m. in the rear of the Public Market grocery, and quickly ate the half block of frame buildings locate... — Updated 7/22/2020

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

A Coulee Country scavenger hunt

When you live in the same area for a lifetime you come to know some things. So let’s have a little fun and I will take you on a scavenger hunt with clues to certain locations to... — Updated 7/22/2020

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

About immigrants

Ever wonder why some of our elected officials have it in for immigrants? All of us could easily trace our citizenship back to the time that our forebears arrived on our shores. In a sense we are all immigrants, some more mindful... — Updated 7/22/2020

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

The future was on display, and it looked better

No matter what you think of the plans for the upcoming school year, the good news is that along the way to hacking out a path through an impossible situation, the Grand Coulee Dam School District directors Monday displayed what cou... — Updated 7/22/2020 Full story

 By Jess Utz    Opinion

I scream, you scream, we all scream …

I got to witness something very special last week. I will tell you about that in second,d but first I just want to remind you that it is summer. It happened when we were not looking... — Updated 7/15/2020

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

It's a war, so let's fight it

In the 20 years it took for the United States to dig itself in, then out, of Southeast Asia in the Vietnam War, more than 58,000 American military personnel died. In the last 173 days, an invisible enemy has killed more than... — Updated 7/15/2020 Full story


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