Editorial

Rocker Tom Petty made his mark

October 05, 2017 at 3:00 am

Musician Tom Petty was famous for his many hits, including “Free Fallin’,” “Refugee,” and “American Girl.” Locally, Petty visited the Gorge Amphitheater several time to entertain concertgoers in Grant County, treating guests to his songwrit...

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Public Power Week reminds us of our hydropower resource

October 05, 2017 at 3:00 am

Grant Public Utility District (PUD) celebrates Public Power Week Oct. 1-7. Public Power Week is an annual celebration throughout the nation recognizing the contribution not-for-profit electric utilities make to customers. Grant PUD started ...

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NFL players’ stance was a job issue, not a constitutional one

September 28, 2017 at 3:00 am

Last week President Trump blasted NFL players who chose to kneel or stand together with arms locked during the playing or singing of the national anthem. Calling such behavior disrespectful of our flag and country, Trump suggested that NFL ...

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What can we say to Freeman High School?

September 21, 2017 at 3:00 am

The news that a 15-year-old student had opened fire and killed a classmate at tiny Freeman High School struck a familiar note here in the Basin. A little over 20 years ago another boy of similar age killed two classmates and a teacher at Fr...

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Where we were on 9/11

September 14, 2017 at 3:00 am

Every generation has its “Do you remember where you were when you heard?” moment. Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Oklahoma City bombing... all marked a turning point in living memory. For anyone who was of an age t...

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Life in the bus lane

September 07, 2017 at 3:00 am

The executive leaving work early (BMW, dress shirt but no tie, 3:30 in the afternoon) had every right to honk at me. I was in the wrong place.But the case can be made it was all due to ineffective civic virtue.Seattle has its attractions, a...

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County made right call with summer burn ban

September 07, 2017 at 3:00 am

The heavy smoke clouding the air from several regional wildfires is a reminder of how dry the Columbia Basin and the surrounding area truly is. The shrub-steppe habitat of Eastern Washington, with its thick and bountiful sagebrush, is well ...

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Good communication key in Othello bond proposal

August 31, 2017 at 3:00 am

Othello schools are bursting at the seams, fraught with overcrowding in kindergarten through eighth grade and grades 9-12. The school district is working to solve the problem and improve conditions for students and staff. One step in the r...

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School choice surges in Washington state and beyond

August 24, 2017 at 10:26 am

School choice is the term for giving families the ability to choose the school that is the best fit for their child. Families with economic means already enjoy school choice. They can afford private school tuition or homes in districts with...

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Dan Evans would serve America well

August 24, 2017 at 10:27 am

Recently, family, friends and dignitaries gathered at Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles to celebrate the designation of the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness at Olympic National Park honoring Washington’s distinguished three-term governor and U.S....

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