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 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion 

Column: Hydrogen fuel cells gaining momentum

In the coming decade, investors are betting that hydrogen will become a prominent fuel which can eliminate CO2 discharges from the vehicles it energizes. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) the transportat... — Updated 12/12/2019

 
 By Rep. Dan Newhouse    Opinion 

Weekly Column: Promoting rural STEM education

Science, technology, engineering, and math – more commonly known as STEM – have become some of the most highly demanded careers in our nation’s economy. Schools across the country and in Central Washington have emphasized... — Updated 12/12/2019

 
 By Kylie Fulmer    Opinion

Library Corner: Reflecting on the library's accomplishments this year

December is always a time to reflect on our accomplishments in the past year, and East Adams Library District has much to celebrate this year! Since January, we’ve had 15,029 people visit one of our library branches -- whether... — Updated 12/5/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Retail-tainment may save malls in future

Preliminary sales trends from Small Business Saturday show a continuing increase in smartphone purchases even among shoppers patronizing local merchants. According to the Associated Press (AP), Adobe Analytics said smartphone... — Updated 12/5/2019

 

Giving thanks to our farmers

Each Thanksgiving, I am reminded that in Central Washington, we have a lot to be thankful for. We are blessed with gorgeous national forests and public lands, powerful rivers and dams, and bountiful farm land. As we gather with... — Updated 11/26/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Boeing's resiliency is being tested

The grounding of the 737 MAX is testing Boeing’s resiliency. It has turned the company upside down in just six months. Boeing executives and engineers have been under duress since the two fatal crashes killing 346 people in... — Updated 11/21/2019

 

Column: Making a renewed commitment to conservation in the West

The students of Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers were recently given a second chance. Earlier this year, the future of these programs was threatened when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed closing 9 of the... — Updated 11/21/2019

 

State Sen. Schoesler's Legislative Commentary: Nov. 14, 2019

Dear Friends, Legislators have to be careful about referring to elections in their official communications, like this commentary – but now that the general-election voting is over for this year I’ll make a few observations,... — Updated 11/14/2019

 
 By Corey Fedie    Opinion

EARH Corner: New changes aimed at providing great, local care

We in Rural America are blessed with the values native to strong, mostly agricultural communities—great respect for the land, community safety and health, good education, spiritual beliefs, and the faith in each other that a... — Updated 11/14/2019

 
 By Gary Cook    Opinion

City Hall'er: Thank you!

We’ve just finished up our latest election cycle in Washington State. In the City of Ritzville’s mayor’s race, I received approximately 78% of the vote, returning me for a second term. I’m very humbled by your continued... — Updated 11/14/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Greatest Generation slipping into history

Just before Veterans Day, the last known survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor died at age 98. With the passing of George Hursey of Massachusetts, it closed that chapter of World War II, the world’s most deadly conflict... — Updated 11/14/2019

 

Column: Our veterans deserve the thanks of a grateful nation

I have never met a veteran who did not inspire me. From the hundreds of veterans who receive assistance from my office seeking lost medals or help with VA benefits to the veterans and their families I meet at community events and p... — Updated 11/14/2019

 
 By Amy Hille    Opinion

Library Corner: EALD striving to provide access for the whole community

Access. It takes just 6 letters to sum up the true reason for a public library to exist. And this isn’t just access to the most recent best seller or the latest action blockbuster, though those play their own integral part in... — Updated 11/14/2019

 
 By Cody Smith    Opinion

Guest Column: Cost of wind projects continues steady decline

The U.S. wind industry is booming—expanding from 1.5 gigawatts of cumulative installed capacity in 1998 to 96.4 gigawatts of installed capacity in 2018. At the same time, the cost of these projects continues to go down.... — Updated 11/7/2019

 

Column: A real, meaningful solution for America's farms

When I talk to farmers in Central Washington and across the country, having access to a stable and legal workforce is often their number one concern. Each year, it becomes harder to hire domestic workers, and farm owners have... — Updated 11/7/2019

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Column: Campaign reform needed to protect taxpayer funds

To taxpayers, it’s just plain common sense. Elected officials, public employees and supporting boards and agencies cannot use taxpayer resources to campaign for or against a candidate or office or to endorse or oppose any ballot... — Updated 11/7/2019

 
 By Heidi Harting    Opinion

Library Corner

The days are getting shorter and you can almost feel the snow in the air. It’s easy to see the change in the season as we greet our patrons who are already bundled up in their winter gear! For those who prefer to stay indoors,... — Updated 10/31/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Examining the power of reliable power

Our state’s economy and way of life hinges on low cost and reliable electricity. Since Grand Coulee and Bonneville dams were completed in the early 1940s, Washington has enjoyed both. We are accustomed to flipping a switch and... — Updated 10/31/2019

 

Column: Amongst the giants of American exceptionalism

All of Central Washington’s constituents are special, and I am proud to represent each of them in our nation’s capital. One constituent I am most proud of is General James N. Mattis, decorated four-star general and former U.S.... — Updated 10/31/2019

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Column: Vote yes on I-976, reject R-88

Amid the myriad of topics and candidates on this year’s general election ballot, voters in our state already have a 20-year tradition when it comes to two measures. Statewide, voters have twice overwhelmingly told lawmakers to... — Updated 10/27/2019

 
 By Mariya Frost    Opinion

Guest column: Per-mile tax should be constitutionally protected for highways only

The Washington State Transportation Commission, which has led the effort to study, test and report back to the Legislature on the feasibility of a road-usage charge, agrees the money drivers would pay should be protected for... — Updated 10/24/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Commentary: Cosmic Crisp is needed lift for state of Washington

Imagine tuning into the Sunday morning talk shows and wondering if the politicians and commentators could possibly find something positive to say about one another or the state of affairs in America. Unfortunately, there is a... — Updated 10/24/2019

 

Column: Congress must act to end crisis facing Native communities

Washington’s 4th Congressional District is home to two sovereign tribes, the Yakama Nation in the south and the Colville Tribes in the north. I am proud to represent these strong Native communities in Congress, but there is a... — Updated 10/24/2019

 

Column: Strengthening our water supply infrastructure

As a farmer, former state Director of Agriculture, and now a Congressman representing one of the most flourishing agricultural regions in America, I fully understand how important it is that we reinvest in the water infrastructure... — Updated 10/17/2019

 
 By Millie Hopkins    Opinion

Library Corner: Bundle of events on library schedule for children of all ages

As the Youth Services Librarian it’s always hard to narrow down what to write about when it’s my turn for the Library Corner article, because we do so much with the kids in our community every month! One of my main projects rec... — Updated 10/17/2019

 

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