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 By J. Kemble    Opinion 

Million Dollar Mile pt 3

According to the legend, in a fit of rage, Coyote flung Rabbit from the top of Steamboat Rock, where he landed and stuck in the side of the coulee wall below Salishan Mesa. Rabbit... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Don Brunell    Opinion 

Like Poland, America needs change

On July 4, 1975, America proudly celebrated its Bicentennial as the world’s greatest nation while Poland was a suppressed Soviet satellite state. Poles had no right to free... — Updated 7/1/2020


PUDs should be eligible for federal broadband funding

The COVID-19 pandemic made us reconsider how we work, attend school, seek medical care and interact with family and friends. One thing is clear – access to affordable broadband is more important than ever. As leaders in fiber... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion 

The truths we hold self-evident

At its founding, the United States of America was the first of its kind: an experimental government based on the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Gaining our independence from Britain was, in a way, a... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Garey Clements    Opinion 

American Legion big help at cemetery

We need to give thanks to the people of the American Legion of Electric City for all the work they are doing at the Spring Canyon Cemetery. Starting right after Memorial Day, they have come to the cemetery every Saturday and have... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Bert Smith    Opinion

Crown Point Vista, a forgotten dream

In 1946, a state park at Crown Point was proposed to attract tourists to the Northwest and Grand Coulee Dam. That initial park design showed a 320- by 220-foot state relief model... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Washington needs to change to stay on top

In early June, the financial website WalletHub released its rankings of “Best and Worse State Economies” and Washington led the field of 51 as best by a healthy margin.... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

Signs of positivity

As we look around during this time, we can see a lot of negativity. It can be heavy and burdensome to carry on with our lives when it appears the turmoil of the world is ripping... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

The lady has lost her charm

Grand Coulee Dam isn’t what it used to be. I first saw Grand Coulee Dam in 1948. The dam was just 6 years old. Construction started in 1933 and was completed in 1942. Several seniors along with me had taken a couple days off from... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

A good thing that should continue

As we all wish everything could return to normal, some things just shouldn’t. The crisis we’re dealing with makes a habit of forcing us to embrace change, and some of those are for the better. One in particular could have the... — Updated 6/24/2020


Seventy-two years ago

Privately owned boats and docking facilities of the COulee Dam Yacht Club were damaged by the heavy winds of June 9, 1948, which drove driftwood across Lake Roosevelt into dock... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

China's push for high-tech dominance

While the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest are front page news, China’s unrelenting push to leap over our country in critical technology and hoarding of strategic metals... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

I joined ITDF for $1

Somewhere between Honolulu and Tokyo flying at 35,000 feet I became only the third member of the International Tap Dancers Federation. I was enroute to Vietnam and had the lucky or unlucky seat next to a guy by the name of Tom... — Updated 6/17/2020


Shutting down local access for no good reason

What do you think of the fact that the USBR has closed the parking area on the top of the dam? It is a wonderful place to park and look out at the lake and surrounding country. It is a great place to watch the moon rise and visit... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

It's bound to happen

It may be easy to feel relatively insulated here from the coronavirus because of the relatively few cases we’ve had, but we’re just entering the period of time when it’s most likely to make its way here repeatedly. With this... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Love thy neighbor as thyself

The First Amendment and the right to peacefully protest is a bedrock of our nation’s founding. Empowering our neighbors to speak up for what is right, take action when injustice rears its ugly head in our communities, and create... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

What a crazy year, seniors of 2020!

This is a year that will forever be remembered, and the graduating seniors of 2020 all over the country will always remember it as being not exactly how they’d pictured it. I... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

Flash – Boom, Lightning and Thunder!

From a respectable distance, we all enjoy watching an active thunderstorm and the lightning show. When it’s close, hopefully we’re practicing common sense and sheltering... — Updated 6/10/2020


Something to think about…

Soon I’ll be completing my sixth year as the superintendent of the Wellpinit School District. When I arrived a priority in the District was to increase the number of Native American employees. At a consultation between the... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

NPS should not view reducing service as adding safety

Beaches, like playgrounds, would be much safer without children. If children would not attend playground activities or beaches, no children would ever be hurt by them. Is that the kind of logic we’re dealing with here as the... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

We will be changed by this, but how?

At the age of 13, I was convinced that racism would obviously be gone from society within five years; it made no sense and reasonable people would prevail, my young, naive brain reasoned. It was 1968, a year that shook us as... — Updated 6/4/2020

 By Bert Smith    Opinion

Scrip and a tragic ballet

Grand Coulee Dam and the Spokane's Golden Jubilee of 1939 The “Great Spokane Fire” occurred on August 4, 1889, destroying 32 downtown city blocks. Exactly 50 years later, Spokane would host the “Golden Jubilee” statehood ce... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

Seeing through the tear gas

A lot of soul searching has been going on over the past few weeks. Then a horrific tragedy occurred, and the world watched a man die under the knee of a law enforcement officer.... — Updated 6/3/2020


We can choose to be how we want the world to be

Protest peacefully please. As a mother, grandmother and soon to be great-grandmother, I feel it’s my obligation to appeal to you to assemble peaceably. Because it just may be that if there is to be no justice and no peace, then... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By Cathy LaPlace    Opinion

Being neutral is not an option

For a few years I’ve been leading a group of youth for my church and this year our theme is: “I will go, I will do!” This is inspiring me to share a story that I heard this week on the radio. This particular story takes... — Updated 6/3/2020


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