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 By Scott Hunter    News    April 16, 2014 

Hospital CEO resigns, threatens suit

Coulee Medical Center's chief executive tendered his resignation with a required 90-day notice last Thursday, offering to stay on until the end of that time but stating his intention to seek "liabilit...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 16, 2014 

Daycare, bus garage zoning in

Grand Coulee decided Tuesday night to move forward on zoning changes that will permit seniors to build a garage for their two buses, and allow the development of a daycare center, all in the central business district. The council held a public...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 16, 2014 

Towns splitting on wastewater plant question

Two towns, Coulee Dam and Elmer City, linked together by wastewater treatment issues, plan to go it alone in seeking an alternative analysis to determine how to proceed with a treatment plant plan. Elmer City, moments before the town council met...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 16, 2014 

Old pavement in use again

The out-with the old and in with the new pavement project in the Grand Coulee area ended up helping Electric City pave one of its newest streets. Electric City received over 50 truckloads of ground...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 16, 2014 

Bowling alley sale in process

Riverview Lanes is in the process of being sold. Pat and Sara Zlateff said this week that Sherry Moore, an Electric City resident, will become owner of the eight-lane alley on May 1. Moore still has to work her way through a lease arrangement with...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 16, 2014 

Researcher Dechant to speak on monument history

Coulee Dam's town council will hear about those who gave their lives during construction of Grand Coulee Dam next Wednesday night, and how there is a need for a suitable memorial to them. Susan...

 
 By Betty Brueske    Opinion    April 16, 2014 

Moving forward

I had some goals and expectations when I decided to run for hospital commissioner, primarily involving increasing utilization of CMC while maintaining the financial solvency of the facility. Since my election, however, I’ve been provided with a...

 
 By Carol Netzel    Opinion    April 16, 2014 

To the people of the Grand Coulee Dam area, an opportunity

Recently our entire community went through a major upheaval which in one way or another involved all of us. We saw that, when aroused, the people of this area can effect change. Our local hospital is such an important factor in our lives that we were...

 
 By Mark Payne    Opinion    April 16, 2014 

If you might want a building, better be heard

The planning meeting Tuesday the 29th of April at 7 p.m. at Electric City city hall is not just for steel buildings, it’s for any accessory building over 850 square feet built out of any materials. If you think you might ever want a garage, shop...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Lifestyles    April 16, 2014 

C'est La Vie

Hello again. Or, Hi y’all! Yes, it’s me, Frankie Delano, back at The Star after a hiatus of about six months with no shopping and junking news to crow about and a very long stretch without any yard or garage sales in the Coulee, except for a...

 
 By Gayle Swagerty    Community    April 16, 2014 

It's WSU master gardener volunteer week

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, has proclaimed the week of April 13-19, 2014 as Washington State University Master Gardener Volunteer Week. The program, which is celebrating its 41st year of service, was begun in the state of Washington as a result of...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    April 9, 2014

Skills gained with new remodel program

It could easily have been advertised as a "show" home. Some 19 new and recently "skilled" workers, along with tribal officials, showed up last Thursday to show off a tribal-owned home in east Coulee...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 9, 2014

Changes could allow daycare, bus garage in city

Changes that could affect the possibility of a daycare center in the central business district and a stand-alone garage to house two senior buses will be conisdered. The city of Grand Coulee will hold a public hearing on a zoning change at 6:30...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 9, 2014

911 service down statewide for hours, now mostly restored

The statewide 911 outage has reportedly been mostly corrected. The problem reportedly occurred in Sheridan, Ore. but affected 911 centers across Washington. Officials will be looking into the reason no backup systems kicked in. --- The State E911...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 9, 2014

UW students learn rural medicine in Grand Coulee

Grand Coulee is gaining a reputation among University of Washington students interested in rural medicine. Coulee Medical Center is among the smallest of a handful of facilities used by the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 9, 2014

Mother pulls students after pellet gun incident

A Nespelem woman has taken her four children out of the school there and enrolled them in the Grand Coulee Dam District because of a pellet gun incident. Charity Carson said Tuesday that her 9-year-old was threatened by a 13-year-old student armed...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 9, 2014

Network needs changes

The city of Grand Coulee faces major changes to its police department communications network that could cost up to $75,000 within the next 18 months. The new network modification, required by the state, will provide security in the transfer of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 9, 2014

Key role at port is empty

Port District 7 is looking for a third commissioner. The district controls both the airport and 18-hole Banks Lake Golf Course and is governed by three commissioners. The district now has two commissioners, chair James Keene and Dennis Lohrman, and...

 
 By Angel H. Clark-Hall    Opinion    April 9, 2014

Freedom without justice is not liberty

As our forefathers came together to build this great nation, the inclusion of equal rights, and the separation of church and state were foundational to our government, as documented in our nation’s archives in numerous letters, including the...

 
 By Congressman Doc Hastings    Opinion    April 9, 2014

Protecting American workers and their paychecks

  Every day, I hear from hardworking people in Central Washington who are struggling to support their families and put food on the table. At a time when three-quarters of Americans are living from paycheck to paycheck, the Obama Administration is im...

 
 By Gayle Swagerty    Community    April 9, 2014

Thinking about planting a tree?

April 9 is Arbor Day in Washington state and April 25 is National Arbor Day. So let’s talk about trees. Neighborhood and street trees provide shade for streets and parking areas, add to the value of your property, cool the air, absorb carbon...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Tribes now providing police coverage at dam

The Colville Tribes, under a contract awarded March 10, began providing law enforcement coverage Tuesday on the east side of the Columbia River for Bureau of Reclamation lands and facilities. The law enforcement coverage on this portion of the Grand...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 2, 2014

Wilson thinks you're fed up

"Are you fed up?" asked Dave Wilson of chamber of commerce members last Thursday. "I'm still waiting to meet the first person that's not fed up" with "the disfunction in Congress." Wilson hopes to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Library district will help with new school library

North Central Regional Library is going to assist the school district here when it sets up its two libraries in the new school complex. Dan Howard, executive director of the 29-community library district, was in Coulee Dam last week to meet with...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Bus garage, daycare get further in process

The city of Grand Coulee will hold a public hearing on requests for a bus facility for seniors and for a daycare center in the central business district at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, at the council chambers in city hall. Representatives of the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Making plans for North Dam Park

About a dozen people were on hand last Tuesday night to help develop a road map for the Coulee Area Park & Recreation District's master plan for North Dam Park. Guiding the group was graduate stud...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Bull rider clinic

Local young rodeo hopefuls will be able to chat with the professionals next Monday and Tuesday, April 8, 9, at the fifth annual Shane Proctor bull/steer riding school at the Nespelem rodeo grounds. Grand Coulee’s own Shane Proctor and a number of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Policy on outside students tightened

The Grand Coulee Dam School District amended its policy on accepting non-resident students at its meeting March 24. The district, anticipating a surge of new students anxious to attend the new school, now will allow administrators to refuse to admit...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Trail to expand toward dam

The Bureau of Reclamation will open its pedestrian access trail from the bridge at SR-155 to near the Third Powerhouse on April 15, Public Affairs Officer Lynne Brougher said Monday. The quarter-mile section has been closed for the past 12 years beca...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

State grants $8K for records safety

The town of Coulee Dam is receiving an $8,000 grant from the Washington State Archives to preserve public records and maintain government transparency. Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman sent a letter to Mayor Greg Wilder. The grant money...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Policy on outside students tightened

The Grand Coulee Dam School District amended its policy on accepting non-resident students at its meeting March 24. The district, anticipating a surge of new students anxious to attend the new school, now will allow administrators to refuse to admit...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 2, 2014

Teachers and staffers support Adkins

A room full of teachers and staffers addressed the Nespelem School Board last week, declaring that Principal Superintendent John Adkins is doing a very good job. Board Member Pat Morin said it was the biggest crowd he’s seen in five years. Teacher...

 
 By Maryann Winn    Opinion    April 2, 2014

Re: "Hospital controversy may settle down" (3/26/14 Star)

I don’t think so. It isn’t just Scott Graham that the hospital staff does not trust. It is the entire administration. And the board still doesn’t see why that is. This administration has ruled with intimidation, secrecy and double standards,...

 
 By Rick Heiberg    Opinion    April 2, 2014

Time to have your say

Most of us have experienced a lot of frustration as a result of the way our country has been going in recent years, with massive and seemingly limitless debt, great increases in various giveaway programs and politicians of all stripes who seem...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 2, 2014

Sheriff releases details and a plea for support of grieving family

A young father and son drowned March 30 in an accident in the canal above Summer Falls, and the father's body still hasn't been found. This morning, Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones issued a media advisory on the matter. In 25 years of journalism, no...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 26, 2014

Hospital controversy may settle down

A corner was likely turned this week in the months-long hospital controversy that saw Coulee Medical Center’s healthcare providers and other employees pitted against administration. Public Hospital District 6 commissioners Friday afternoon...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 26, 2014

Sleepy driver not injured

A driver who told police he was homeless and driving his father's car fell asleep and crashed through the guardrail at the south end of the causeway in Electric City last Thursday morning. Ira Wolash...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 26, 2014

Mid-September school start proposed

Summers seem too short? You could be in for a longer summer this year if the school board adopts the proposed district school calendar. Granted, the calendar for the 2014-15 school year presented at Monday night’s Grand Coulee Dam School District...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 26, 2014

Upcoming question: How big can you build?

A dispute on the size of accessory buildings in Electric City will soon be on the front burner for city planners. When the city’s comprehensive plan was passed, it limited the size of accessory buildings to 850 square feet. At least two Electric...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 26, 2014

Coulee Dam seeks citizens to serve

Coulee Dam is seeking town residents to serve on three boards and fill one council seat. Mayor Gregory Wilder is asking members of the public to step up and fill three Civil Service Commission seats, five Planning Commission places, and six...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 26, 2014

Doctor gets statewide award

The chief of staff at Coulee Medical Center was given a statewide award at the annual Washington Rural Health Association’s Northwest Regional Health Conference in Spokane Wednesday. Dr. Andrew Castrodale was awarded the Dr. John Anderson Memorial...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 26, 2014

School will add period to day

The school district, by action of the school board, will return to a seven-period day this fall. The district has had a six-period day for the past several years and a change to the seven-period day will allow students to receive a wider range of cla...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 26, 2014

Plan for running new school presented

The school board got its first look at a plan for administrators for the new school complex. Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson told the board that the new school will need two principals, a vice principal/dean of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 26, 2014

Water projects awarded

The Grand Coulee council voted to fund three water projects at its meeting March 18. The three projects were awarded to Pipkin Construction of Wenatchee on a low bid of $422,539.64, and will be funded from the city’s water reserve fund. The...

 
 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    March 26, 2014

An open letter to the citizens of Coulee Dam

The election outcome last year seated a new mayor and two new town Council members for Coulee Dam. A lot has changed in Town Hall - council meeting procedures actually encourage public participation, issues are openly and robustly discussed before...

 
 By Gerry Salstrom    Opinion    March 26, 2014

Re: "Commissioners to look for cause to fire hospital CEO" (March 12)

In reading the article on the hospital board meeting I find it appalling that Administration "incentived high performance team," was rewarded for the hostile work environment they created. To have staff members low census to the point of no leave or...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    School    March 26, 2014

Response rate high for school furniture bid

The Grand Coulee Dam School District received 17 responses to its advertisement to bid on furniture for the new school, but only two of the companies gave a full response to the specifications, Superintendent Dennis Carlson told the board Monday...

 
 By Press release    News    March 26, 2014

Reclamation awards security and law enforcement contract to the Colville Tribes

GRAND COULEE, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $697,000 contract March 10 to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation to provide security and law enforcement services on Reclamation lands and at Reclamation facilities located...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 19, 2014

Plane glides to landing after engine failure

A 10-passenger airplane lost power Thursday morning and had to make an emergency landing at the airport near Electric City. The turbine-powered Quest Kodiak left Paine Field near Seattle on a flight...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 19, 2014

Teacher resigns in settlement with school district

Guillermo Guzman, who served as a Spanish teacher at Lake Roosevelt High School until April, 2013, was given a final separation payment by school board action last week. Guzman was arrested in 2013 by the Border Patrol and Coulee Dam police on a...

 

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