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City Hall'er: Asking for the public's feedback

The train’s horns going through Ritzville have been an issue with our citizens for years. We at the city have seen a renewed interest in addressing this issue. In the past, support or objection by the community has been split on... — Updated 1/30/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Commentary: Copper is making a comeback

Government leaders, doctors, and medical researchers worldwide are working feverishly to stop the spread of the coronavirus and keep it from becoming a global pandemic. Wuhan, one of China’s major transportation hubs whose popula... — Updated 1/30/2020

 

Business Commentary: Dams are the Northwest flood busters

A year ago, much of America's heartland was inundated by Missouri River flood waters. At least 1 million acres of U.S. farmland in nine major grain producing states were under... — Updated 1/23/2020

 

City Hall'er: Come have coffee with the mayor

Everyone at the City of Ritzville works to keep you informed of our policies and decisions. Except for rare executive sessions by the city council, our meetings are public. This inc... — Updated 1/23/2020

 
 By Heidi Harting    Opinion

Library Corner: How you can play a part in what's being offered at the Ritzville Public Library

Imagine getting to hold the future in your hands. As the main purchaser for the library, that’s the way I feel every month as I look through catalogs and reviews of upcoming books that won’t be released for months. Should we... — Updated 1/16/2020

 

Guest Column: State Rep. accused of domestic terrorism asks for due process

Under our Constitution, anyone accused of a crime has right to see all the evidence against them, to face their accusers, and to call witnesses in their defense. I have been falsely accused of being a “domestic terrorist” by a... — Updated 1/16/2020

 
 By Brock Hires    Opinion

Guest Column: It's time to define when 'adulthood' is

The minimum age to purchase tobacco is now 21, a move that has been applauded on both sides of the aisle as a means to prevent hundreds of thousands of premature deaths. Yet the same people implementing the new law don’t seem to... — Updated 1/16/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Sulfur standard aims to curtail maritime fuel oil

With the new decade comes an international air pollution regulation which hastens the switch from high sulfur fuel oil to either diesel or LNG in ocean-going ships. The mandate drops the sulfur content from 3.5 to .5%. While that... — Updated 1/8/2020

 
 By Millie Hopkins    Opinion

Library Corner: What's coming to East Adams Library in the new decade

It’s a new year and a new decade! The older we get, the more places and things we want to see but it may seem like we have less time, energy, and money to do these things. The Washington State Library has loaned us a virtual... — Updated 1/2/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: For the sake of Washington's economy, Boeing needs strong tailwinds in 2020

As we launch into 2020 and the ensuing decade, Boeing faces very strong head winds which are major concerns for those of us living in the Pacific Northwest. Things are vastly different now. In my first column of 2019, I wrote that... — Updated 1/2/2020

 
 By Eric Walker    Opinion

EARH Corner: Taking inventory of the year that was at EARH

As we wrap up a year and, indeed, a decade, it’s a good idea to take a little inventory. As to things done, there’s a lot of good news. We have more primary-care providers, enough so that prompt appointments, even same-day... — Updated 1/2/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Caring local small businesses make ours 'A Wonderful Life'

At Christmas, millions watch the 1946 movie classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” While it is labeled “fantasy drama”, the show gives us a glimpse of reality and reminds us of the importance of caring local business owners.... — Updated 12/26/2019

 

Library Corner: Looking back at our local newspapers

As we look forward to the holidays and the inevitable tick into 2020, I can’t help but look back at our local history and how it’s been preserved and reported by our newspapers and their reporters for six generations. The... — Updated 12/19/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Bridges shouldn't have to sink to be replaced

Bridges shouldn’t have to sink to be replaced. However, at times that’s what it takes. Too often new projects succumb to years of fighting among interest groups and endless political bickering. In 2013, opposition killed... — Updated 12/19/2019

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Column: WDFW needs to back off of land acquisitions

Earlier this month, state Department of Fish and Wildlife Director officials said they needed an additional $26 million to effectively manage its existing lands and programs. They s... — Updated 12/19/2019

 
 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

 

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

 
 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

 

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