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Fathers Day: A tip of the hat or bend of the bill

For me, Father’s Day is met with mixed emotions. As is the case for millions of other children, I did not have a positive father figure in my life, the impact of which significantly altered how I viewed the world. My birth... — Updated 6/16/2022


Re-elect Vicky Dalton as auditor

Voters in Cheney were recently informed of being moved from the 6th District to the 9th District. So now, we have different state senators and representatives, and are connected with more rural parts of the state outside of... — Updated 6/16/2022 Full story

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Lower Snake River dams' power hard to replace

Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray, both Democrats, issued a draft report which estimates that breaching the four lower Snake River dams and replacing their electricity and... — Updated 6/16/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Inslee, Murray Targeting wrong dams

Gov. Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray have their priorities backward when it comes to rebuilding Snake River salmon and steelhead runs. Instead of focusing on ripping out dams... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Olivia Harnack    Opinion

Fairchild 'fueled' my excitement for the military

As a young lady in her infancy of writing news, and in the process of enlisting in the U.S. Army, my experience while flying with the Thunderbirds last Thursday in advance of... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Milling can foot bill to reduce wildfire

Thinning public woodlands to remove millions of dead trees is a way to generate much needed cash to reduce wildfire risks, improve forest health, and protect rural homeowners and... — Updated 5/12/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Capital gains supporters set up surveillance

Proponents of the unconstitutional capital gains income tax are working overtime to prevent voters from weighing in. First, there was the game last year with the emergency clause to prevent a referendum. Now capital gains income... — Updated 5/12/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Laminated wood products can reduce wildfire risks

Wood buildings are making a comeback in the Pacific Northwest thanks to new laminated timber products. Even very large buildings are now constructed with laminated beams and are suc... — Updated 5/5/2022

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Once again, Governor Inslee attacks natural gas

In recent years, environmentalists have targeted natural gas, even though it is an affordable energy source for so many. Their efforts have failed in the Legislature. But, apparently, Gov. Inslee and his environmental allies found... — Updated 5/5/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Seattle World's Fair highlighted electric transportation

Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair was awe-inspiring. It previewed developments that would improve our daily lives in the next millennium. While “Century 21” memories have faded, t... — Updated 4/28/2022


A Heartfelt Thank You

I would like to than and recognize Cheney businesses that assisted us in making the loss of Mary Daugharty easier. First is the Cheney Funeral Chapel. These people were efficient at their work. The kindness and advice they offered... — Updated 4/28/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Look north to increase gas supplies

The news that President Biden plans to resume leasing of federal land for oil exploration maybe good five years from now, but that action alone won’t bring down record gas prices... — Updated 4/21/2022


Youth mental health challenges on the rise

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-5th District, delivered the following remarks at the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Hearing on legislation to support mental health and the well-being of people in America. The... — Updated 4/14/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Ukraine needs flower power

Sunflowers are to Ukraine what tulips are to western Washington. During the blooming season, both are spectacular and represent the best in the people who cultivate and visit those... — Updated 4/14/2022

 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Numbers show it's time to de-list wolves

The state wolf population saw significant increase, growing by 16% in 2021 according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The number of packs grew to 23 from 29 in 2020, and the number of breeding pairs increased from 16... — Updated 4/14/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Price of gas fuels work from safety of home

With COVID-19 vaccines widely dispensed and masking requirements mostly lifted, will “work from home” end? Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? Probab... — Updated 4/8/2022

 By Dale Magart    Opinion

Northeast Washington white tail in jeopardy

The Northeast Washington Wildlife Group is very concerned about the whitetail deer in District 1 of Region 1 in Northeast Washington.  The harvest numbers for the area in 2019 and 2020 set record lows and the blue tongue outbreak... — Updated 4/8/2022

 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

Washington schools perpetuate racism

The cult of social justice is perpetuating racism in the Clover Park School District with a new student discipline policy requiring staff to consider a student’s race and background before determining their punishment.... — Updated 3/31/2022


Democrats dishonest about gas tax hike

With so much rhetoric about moving the state away from gas-powered vehicles to reduce CO2 emissions, one of the strangest claims made during the legislative session was that there was no increase in “gas taxes.” Various... — Updated 3/31/2022

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Year 3 starts under gubernatorial edict

Sorry to break the news, Washingtonians, but Year 3 of living under emergency orders by the governor will continue without meaningful legislative oversight. The House officially killed Senate Bill 5909 before adjourning. Although... — Updated 3/31/2022 Full story

 By The Gazette    Opinion

Sen. Schoesler getting reacquainted following session

RITZVILLE – With the close of the 2022 legislative session, Sen. Mark Schoesler is getting re-acquainted with constituents in-person back home in Eastern Washington. Last week, the Ritzville Republican hit the road, traveling to... — Updated 3/24/2022

 By The Gazette    Opinion

Congresswoman to meet constituents

SPOKANE VALLEY — Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will be visiting several communities over the next couple months to talk to constituents in public sessions. She will open her tour at 10 a.m. Friday, March 25, in the Southea... — Updated 3/24/2022

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Bolster defenses in Alaska

Return Alaska to Russia? A month ago, such lunacy wasn’t news worthy, but after Russia shockingly invaded Ukraine, anything is possible. The assault on Ukraine has been massive an... — Updated 3/24/2022


Repeal is the only real fix for long-term-care

As predicted, there was a whirlwind of activity in the first few weeks of the legislative session related to the WA Cares Fund. That’s the name of a new social program the state’s legislative majority created in 2019 — and... — Updated 3/24/2022

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

American LNG can replace more Russian gas

There is an old saying: Don’t let the “perfect” be the “enemy” of the good! That is important to remember as we work our way out of the energy crisis exacerbated by... — Updated 3/17/2022


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