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Meetings and Notices

Fire Dist. 14 to Meet Grant County Fire District #14 will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, December 11, 2023, at 6:00 at the Electric City Fire Station. Area AA Meetings In Electric City, the New Hope group holds its... — Updated 12/6/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion 

Finding the power for future Griswold Christmas lightshows

It is that time of year when people put up their outside holiday lights and displays. Judging from our neighborhood, they are decorating more than usual. In our country, 90 percent... — Updated 12/6/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion 

Watch out for the Mormon crickets

America has a love affair with ghost towns. I’ve visited several, but the most memorable is Silver City, Idaho. Silver City is about 75 miles south of Boise and is probably the most significant thing in Owyhee County. This... — Updated 12/6/2023

 By Rob Coffman    Opinion 

Risk insurance premiums out of control

For 2024, Lincoln County will be paying over $1,500,000 in risk insurance premiums. This represents a drastic increase of over 83% from just two years ago and 53% over 2023. And … these rates are expected to escalate next year... — Updated 12/6/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Family and other views

First Lady Rosalynn Carter died last week. She was 96 and under hospice care at her home in Plains, Georgia.   Her husband, former President Jimmy Carter, 99, is also under hospice services in his home in Plains. The Carters have... — Updated 11/29/2023

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Hamas: 'Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it'

Over a month after Hamas’ brutal attack on Israel and her people, both parties have agreed to a deal on hostage and prisoner exchanges, and a ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza. While civilians will receive food,... — Updated 11/29/2023

 By Fred Netzer    Opinion

Re: "E.C. Council discusses ambulance system that is 'ripe for failure' "

Good morning Scott and thanks for your coverage of the discussion at the last Electric City Council meeting concerning possible changes in the operation of the Grand Coulee Ambulance. I have cleared this with [Grand Coulee Fire... — Updated 11/29/2023

 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Parallels in history offer guidance today

At the close of World War II in Europe, the Allied Forces closed on Berlin from the west, and the Russians closed from the east. Control of Berlin became an issue. In 1948, the Russians blockaded Berlin, disallowing the U.S.... — Updated 11/29/2023

 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

On the bright side, we actually live in the best of times

The behavior of individuals and nations sometimes challenges our belief that we are a civilized species. When we feel dismayed by what is happening, it is time to remember the good things we do. Americans donated $484 billion to... — Updated 11/21/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Making their way to America

As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, we must be grateful for what we have and focus on our needs rather than fixate on what we want and crave. Being thankful starts with an... — Updated 11/21/2023

 By Andrei Iancu    Opinion

Help American inventors bolster national security

According to a recent State Department-funded study, China leads the globe in 37 out of 44 critical and emerging technologies, including many in defense, robotics, energy, artificial intelligence, and quantum tools. The United... — Updated 11/21/2023


Tribal members should be paid for their big fire loss

I have waited approximately eight years for a determination on when we, Colville Tribal Members, were going to be compensated for the 2015 North Star fire. Since I haven’t heard of any compensation, I decided to file a FOIA... — Updated 11/21/2023

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

What does the Biden administration not understand about clean energy?

Since day one in the White House, President Biden has touted that his administration would promote “the most ambitious climate change agenda in history” and “expand affordable clean energy to every American.” While this is... — Updated 11/15/2023

 By Jase Graves    Opinion

Why do we fall for fall?

Yes, it’s that glorious season that so many pumpkin-spice addicts claim to be their favorite. I must admit that, I, too, succumb each year to the autumnal charms of fall, except for my seemingly never-ending battle with leaves, o... — Updated 11/15/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

It's all about family

Thanksgiving is about family.  Without family Thanksgiving is just another holiday. This year, Kim, our youngest daughter, is coordinating the Thanksgiving dinner. She lives in Louisiana and arrived here on Monday. Each year the m... — Updated 11/15/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Never forget our vets

While the last veterans who survived the “surprise” Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are dwindling rapidly, we cannot let their sacrifices and the memories of that horrific day t... — Updated 11/8/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Three times no thanks

I first met Mr. Sis when I took my shoes in to get them half-soled. Sims had the local shoe repair shop in Palouse. His daughter Delores was in my class at school and a close friend of mine. Not of the dating kind of friend, just... — Updated 11/8/2023

 By Bruce Holbert    Opinion

On award and presidential worst

Congrats on the Turnbull Award. Journalism is a tough gig right now and rural journalism even tougher. You’ve managed to keep the community informed and educated and entertained despite their resistance at times. The Star is... — Updated 11/8/2023


Recognition due

Congratulations on your prestigious WNPA award. You are sooooo worthy of being recognized for all the hard work you have put into The Star for so many years. We certainly recognize the problems that go with owning a... — Updated 11/8/2023


They really are all winners

At the end of a high school sports season like this one, it’s good to reflect on why running or playing with a ball matters. It doesn’t, of course, but those sports can be the means to learning something profound and... — Updated 11/8/2023


Small Business Saturday: Making a positive impact on your community

After you’ve had your fill of Thanksgiving leftovers and chaotic Black Friday crowds, you may be looking for a way to change up the menu and enjoy more leisurely and memorable experiences. Small Business Saturday on November 25... — Updated 11/1/2023

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Scott wins statewide award

Our Scott Hunter received the Miles Turnbull award for excellence in journalism. Turnbull was the publisher of the Leavenworth paper and later executive director of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. He is deceased,... — Updated 11/1/2023

 By Carl Russell    Opinion

Worst president ever

Biden is the worst man to ever set in the oval office. His administration is the most inept in history. None of them had the qualifications to hold the position they have.  You can’t count on anything they say. I have never... — Updated 11/1/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Return of the sockeye

In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake located deep in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains — the end of his... — Updated 11/1/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Hydrogen hubs could hasten switch from diesel in big rigs

President Biden’s $65 billion infrastructure bill contains $8 billion for regional hubs to develop ways to produce and distribute hydrogen fuel. One is planned for the Pacific... — Updated 10/25/2023


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