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 By Dan Bolyard    Opinion 

The mighty Paul Bunyan

Construction was started on October 13, 1938 of the first boat to navigate what would become Lake Roosevelt. The project was started on the east shore of the forebay, just above... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion 

What can you expect from a $50 dog?

You see, I have this dog, by accident I remind you. Ten years ago I stopped and bought a dog from someone selling pups from the trunk of their car. The plan was for the pup to go to my great granddaughter, Kaylee. That lasted... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion 

Will the real Republican Party please stand?

America needs a Republican Party that represents ordinary people and solves extraordinary problems. That would be a political party whose policies command a clear majority of votes cast in a national election. The Republican... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By Don Brunell    Opinion 

Coronavirus compounds

What happens in China doesn’t always stay in China. We learned that a couple of years ago when the Chinese stopped buying massive volumes of the world’s used paper, plastics and... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Business, drones helping to restore scorched forestlands

Replanting the millions of acres scorched by wildfires in our western woodlands will be herculean task priced in the hundreds of billions. Thankfully, many businesses, such as Bank... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By John M. Kemble    Opinion

Texas Jack, the conclusion

Oscar Osborne had a pure-black, well-trained cattle horse he named Tommy. One hundred years ago Oscar ran the largest, arguably oldest, cattle ranches in the Grand Coulee, selling beef to far away places like Seattle and Spokane.... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Working with heroes in fire camp

A few years ago my wife and I worked two fire seasons for OK Cascade, a firm that under contract provided food, shower and laundry services during major wildfires. The firm then was owned by John and JoAnn Keener, both now... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Sharon Sumpter    Opinion

Dear Editor:

This year’s fire season, in terms of severity and numbers of fires, is a scary and devastating reminder that we live in fire country. The Cascade mountain range and the normal summertime temperature differences between western... — Updated 9/16/2020


Heart full of gratitude

With a heart full of gratitude I want to say thank you to Coulee Medical Center for blessing all school district staff members with a Voltage drink and delicious scone to start our first day of school. Thank you to Siam for... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

So big you could see it from space

Over the last decade, the area has suffered through several fire seasons that brought not only fire, but lots of smoke, often from elsewhere. This month, we got both, in huge amounts. The fires that burned all around us consumed... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By John M. Adkins    Opinion

Extremely grateful for firefighers

During my college years I worked for the USDA Forest Service on fire crews and in the Red Zone at Mount St. Helens after the volcano erupted. These jobs were very time and labor intensive. I admire, appreciate and am extremely... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Birdie Hensley    Opinion

Local history opinion piece

“Standing at the foot of History” were the titles of Roger Lucas Reporter’s Notebook in the Star. This is really true in the Grand Coulee Dam Area. We live under the shadow of one of the Greatest Project ever built, Grand Cou... — Updated 9/9/2020

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Time to revisit managing our forests

Not only is the world in the grasp of the COVID-19 pandemic, but America’s western wildlands are burning up as well. Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters California has a dual... — Updated 9/9/2020

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

The last glacial maximum

If you live in the Coulee, it’s likely you have an inkling of glacial history and the power that can be unleashed by glaciers. The Grand Coulee is prime evidence of glacial... — Updated 9/9/2020

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Apples don't fall far from trees

Sometimes it is strange the things that draw you back to your childhood. While driving the other day, I looked down at my left hand that was grasping the steering wheel. My hand looked exactly like my father’s.  I often think... — Updated 9/9/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

The original conservationists

Hunters, fishers, and farmers are the original conservationists. Growing up in Central Washington, I have been surrounded by agriculture my whole life. As our farmers and ranchers work to feed the world, we also recognize the... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Acts of bravery all around

When we think of bravery, we have a tendency to think big. Actually, acts of bravery are all around us, some more apparent than others. While in Vietnam a number of years ago I met a medical doctor who was captured by the Viet... — Updated 9/2/2020


Moore can work across the political divide

Elections for key WA State positions are imminent. It is a timely election with much at stake, including the leadership to guide us out of a pandemic, to protect our lands and natural resources against the ever increasing climate... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion

We're all in this together

We are a nation adrift. Even before the pandemic and George Floyd’s death, the U.S. was piling on problems with little sense that we had either the leadership or the political will to address them. The coronavirus and Black... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By Lu Nelsen    Opinion

Balanced zoning, setbacks key to rural clean energy future

The wind energy industry remains one of the fastest growing in the U.S. It has not only increased capacity, but provided consumers and utilities with clean energy while creating additional economic benefits, such as tax revenue, ca... — Updated 9/2/2020


It's time for Congress to step up for rural businesses, communities

Small businesses continue to feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. While they are doing their best to keep the doors open, they are hurting. That is especially true in our rural towns. Congress has acted to provide... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Colder weather could further chill restaurant recovery

Sunny summer weather helped restaurant owners and workers recover after they were broadsided by the coronavirus pandemic last March. However, as fall morphs into winter and diners a... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Massive bailout will not "save the Post Office"

When rural communities call, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) answers. Our postal service employees provide critical services to the communities of Central Washington and are often the only delivery service that will go the “final... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Standing at the foot of history

Sometimes you discover history after it is past. I have visited a lot of cemeteries and memorials, but probably the most moving is the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. I’ve been there twice, the second time after I had learned... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

A great friend while traveling!

The English language is the best friend while traveling in most countries. In all my travels in Asia, the one most constant thing was that English was spoken and understood in every country. Part of the reason was the influence of... — Updated 8/19/2020


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