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Forty Years Ago

The 1982 Raider Volleyball Team had a terrific season this year. Front row - from left: Kim Vordahl, Janae Parker, Dawn Zimmerman, Nancy Kuiper,Deanna Hamilton, Shelley Brashears,... — Updated 11/23/2022


We have so much to give thanks for

In Central Washington, we have so much to be thankful for. This Thanksgiving, as we come together with our friends and family, don’t forget to take a moment to give thanks to our hard-working farmers, processors, and food bank... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion 

Launching of a new look

While I was at the Citizen Newspaper in Bothell we were purchased by the Persis Corporation. They owned a number of newspapers and we were placed under the daily paper they owned in Bellevue. It was 1987. It created a lot of proble... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Wiyaka Steinke    Opinion 

Oppose Dollar General

I agree with Janis Heuvel’s letter to the editor from Nov.16th concerning Dollar General. I feel it would be detrimental to our community and especially our local businesses to allow a Dollar General to come to our area.  It... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Corrine Behme    Opinion 

Re: "Dollar General wants to set up shop in Grand Coulee" (Star 10-26-22)

We’ve been visiting the area for 15 years and recently purchased land for our retirement home. The culture of the GC community is reminiscent of the small towns we grew up in and we intend to get involved. Reading about the plan... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Winona Simons    Opinion 

Questioning Coulee Dam/Electric City police contract

As a longtime resident of Coulee Dam, I have concerns as to why the town of Coulee Dam and the Police Department are negotiating to take over the handling of police services for the Electric City area. Coulee Dam is already down... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By John Galer    Opinion 

Big tech uses journalism; big tech should pay for it

The powers that Google and Facebook have over economic and political power in society - especially over the news industry - has caught the attention of lawmakers in Washington,... — Updated 11/23/2022


83 years ago

Welding in progresson the installation of an 18-foot diameter steel penstock liner section. The scaffold is used by the welders to makethe circumferential seam joining this section... — Updated 11/16/2022


Central Washington has (already) spoken: grizzly bears are a threat

For decades, Central Washingtonians have had to fight to make our voices heard over the noise of outside interest groups and government bureaucrats who think they know what is best for our communities. Unfortunately, last week’s... — Updated 11/16/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

From the margins

A recent column on my motorcycle days put me in touch with one of the sons of my old friend Joe Emerson. Someone had sent him a copy of my comments about his dad and of our friendship while we were both living in Palouse. He said... — Updated 11/16/2022

 By Norm Luther    Opinion

Credit where its due

Give President Joe Biden some credit for mid-term election Democratic successes when most everyone, including the media, predicted otherwise. Instead of focusing on himself, he quietly avoided states where he’s unpopular and... — Updated 11/16/2022

 By Jim Catlow    Opinion

Huge gas tax increase will be a New Year present

Nothing says Merry Christmas and Happy New Year like a 46-cent additional gas tax, coming January 2023, as part of the Climate Commitment Act, from the people who look out for our welfare and wellbeing. We already pay 49 cents per... — Updated 11/16/2022

 By Janis Heuvel    Opinion

Concerned about big retail interest here

I read the recent Star news article appearing in the October 26th issue of the Star. It was reported, at the October 18th Grand Coulee City Council meeting, during the public comment period an attendee, Darryl Hackworth,... — Updated 11/16/2022


Caring for our veterans

Central Washington is lucky to be home to over 33,000 veterans. As our nation observes this upcoming Veterans Day, we reaffirm a solemn promise to remember and honor the men and women of the United States Armed Forces — past and... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Provided help along the way

Lloyd Meeds represented Washington’s 2nd District in Congress for a number of years and was a frequent visitor to our newspaper in Bothell. He spent a lot of time in the district and would come by the paper for interviews and to... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Don Brunel    Opinion

Honoring fallen heroes goes beyond lowering flags to half-mast

Lowering our flags to half-staff is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed forces or police officers killed in the line of duty. It is a vivid reminder of the ultimate sacrifice... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Tom Purcell    Opinion

Laughs to ease your election pain

This week half the country will be upset by the midterm election results and half will be elated. Regardless, politics is causing every one of us more stress than it ought to, but, believe it or not, there is, hopefully, still... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Laura Wright    Opinion

Hawley 4 Sheriff - Rodriguez 4 Coroner

I have worked in some form of law enforcement in Okanogan County for 31 years having started in Winthrop. The last 3 years have been a rollercoaster ride with COVID and the negative changes in the laws that were passed in WA... — Updated 11/4/2022

 By Bonita Radtke    Opinion

If levy doesn't pass, we give up extra state dollars too

My ballot for the November 8 election came Friday and is now completed, waiting to be dropped back into the mail. We're fortunate it's so easy here to contribute to the success of our community by voting. This election's school... — Updated 11/4/2022

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

The good old days

Remember when our elected officials represented their constituents? That was before they found it better to represent themselves. Senators Warren Magnuson and Henry Jackson come to mind. Let me explain. When living in Bothell, I... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Don Brunel    Opinion

Recycling lithium batteries must accelerate

Demand for Electric Vehicles (EV) is soaring---accelerated by climate change concerns. EVs reduce tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and buses which are responsible for 30 percent of our greenhouse gas pollutants. The switch to... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Don Brunel    Opinion

Veterans looking for next career may find opportunities in rural communities 

Transitioning from military to civilian life can be challenging for veterans. As they contemplate what’s next on their career path, the answer may lie in a rural community. Returning veterans are a perfect fit for the next... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

Contemplating what nuclear winter would mean

Join me on a deep dive into the limited use of Tactical Nuclear Weapons. You ask, why this subject, it’s just unthinkable! Unthinkable yes, though it is plausible. The questions... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Jarret Chavez    Opinion

In response to the Coulee Cops report dated 10/26/2022

“Police spoke to a man at Safeway who was reported as acting strangely and not speaking. The man did speak to police, saying he wanted a drink. Police told him he wasn’t welcome at the store, and then found that he was wanted... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By John Adkins    Opinion

Raider Pride

I didn’t believe my wife when she told me there were 80 students at the elementary Raider cheer clinic last week. So, I went to the game and once again she was correct – darn it! It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever... — Updated 11/2/2022


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