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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 21, 2019 

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...

 

Lions Club announces officers

Officers for the year in one of the oldest, if not the oldest, service club in the area were announced this week. From left are incoming President Dena Avey, Vice President John Nordine II, Tail...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 7, 2019

Give us your ideas on One of Us

In this week’s Star, we offer a short feature on a person relatively new to the area under the heading One of Us. We’d like to do more of this kind of story, those that help bring a new face to the community, or just tell us something many might...

 

Geezers reduced to rhetoric

Who will stand up for geezer privilege? Without the benefit of definable organization, geezers are at a disadvantage. They lack status to call for a press conference or to issue position statements. The only recourse at present is to submit articles...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    August 7, 2019

Arctic peatland fires affect us

As global temperatures rise (June 2019 was the hottest June ever recorded) they tend to sustain wildfires. Earlier this summer, in June and July, hundreds of long-lived, intense wildfires burned...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    August 7, 2019

What others think of our home

As we traveled around the state this summer and others asked where we were from, they would always get a look of excitement when we said Grand Coulee. Some had memories of long ago and others had...

 
 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion    August 7, 2019

Tough Decisions

Congress is responsible for funding our country, and we have some difficult decisions to make. I came to Washington D.C. to advocate for the priorities of my constituents, and I have heard loud and clear that the people of Central Washington want to...

 
 By Jim Ko    Opinion    August 7, 2019

Washingtonians need relief from Rx greed

For decades, Big Pharma has raised drug prices with impunity. Here in Washington state, the average annual cost of brand name prescription drug treatment increased 58% between 2012 and 2017, while the annual income for Washingtonians increased only...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Welcoming a new local history column

In this issue we welcome back the latest iteration of Them Dam Writers, a group that has sought to provide local history to local people for decades. The column in the lower right corner of this page will, several times a month, present you with a...

 

Water problems

We have two kinds of water problems: too much and not enough. The oceans cover 70 percent of our planet, and they contain 97 percent of the water on Earth. Samuel Coleridge in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner: “Water, water every where, Nor any...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Alternative to flaring natural gas

In oil rich West Texas, shale producers and pipeline owner Williams Co. are fighting over whether new “burning off of natural gas” permits should be approved. It is a battle between companies...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Taking advantage of opportunity

Every once in a while, an opportunity walks down the street, looks you in the face and extends a hand. A pivotal moment looks upon you and smiles. This is when making the wrong choice can be...

 

USBR construction RR was key to building dam

The first train to Grand Coulee was a momentous occasion, as it marked the beginning of serious construction on the dam. The 30 mile line was to be built by the mighty Northern Pacific Railway, which...

 
 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion    July 24, 2019

One-Size-Fits-All minimum wage hike hurts rural Central Washington

Last week, the House of Representatives voted on the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, despite warnings from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office that this would result in the loss of...

 
 By Gary Martin    Opinion    July 24, 2019

Big thanks to local police

I’d like to thank Officer Jordan for making my day Thursday, July 18. I know I’m always dropping brain cells along the road; however, I never thought I’d drop my wallet. Officer Jordan delivers my wallet to me before I even knew I had lost it....

 

A halibut good deal

I am a lousy fisherman, getting boxed out, except one time. That was out of Kodiak, Alaska, fishing for halibut. I was on a charter boat that had twin engines and a lot of speed. We were 50 miles out, where the skipper said that the area had a good...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    July 24, 2019

Poop Happens

As every young man already knows, poop is a regular subject matter in conversation. All chats with friends eventually turn to the poop subject. It happens with daddies too. Insert clever pun here: ...

 

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