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 By Scott Hunter    News    June 21, 2017 

Town will consider changing into a city

The possibility of changing Coulee Dam from a “town” under state law to a “city” drew significant discussion at a town council meeting Wednesday, where the audience was packed following a door-to-door push last weekend by a candidate for...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 21, 2017 

Proposed federal budget cuts would take money from public to give to private schools

Betsy Devos, secretary of the United States Department of Education, has proposed $10.6 billion in cuts for public education institutions, targeting, among other things, after-school programs, technical and career training, special education, and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 21, 2017 

Annual festival will come early this year

Check your calendar closely. This year’s Festival of America is coming Friday and Saturday, June 30 and July 1. This year’s July 4 Independence Day holiday falls on Tuesday. Chamber of Commerce officials don’t think their annual festival would...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 21, 2017 

Grand Coulee turns down home dog rescue operation

A Grand Coulee woman appealed to the city council Tuesday, June 20, to approve a "dog rescue" at her residence. Dorothy Harris, who resides on Young Street, offered to work with Grand Coulee in...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 21, 2017 

Smoke alarm gets family out in time

A working smoke detector is credited with avoiding a bigger fire, as it allowed for getting a blaze under control at a mobile home at 904 King Street in Grand Coulee last Thursday evening. Volunteer Fire Chief Richard Paris said it appeared the fire...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 21, 2017 

Fireworks show a success, despite delay

The Northwest Pyrotechnics Association put on a fireworks show from North Dam on Saturday night. "I heard a lot of 'oohs' and 'ahs' and that's what we're always looking for," said Alan Cain, a local...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 21, 2017 

CBC expels member of business council

The Colville Business Council Friday expelled one of its 14 members on a split vote just before elections set for this Saturday. Following an investigative hearing, the CBC expelled Ricky Gabriel with a 9-4 vote, citing ethics violations, according...

 
 By Glo Carroll    Opinion    June 21, 2017 

Local candidates should lead by example

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and...

 
 By Bruce Bartoo    Opinion    June 21, 2017 

Time to involve the people

Last Wednesday evening, the Coulee Dam Town Council met to consider, among other agenda items, if the Town of Coulee Dam will change its status from being a Town to that of a City. Town Hall made little effort to inform the public and give adequate...

 
 By Ed Bartley    Opinion    June 21, 2017 

Objecting to Coulee Dam councilman's behavior

At this past week’s Coulee Dam’s Town Council meeting we observed an extremely angry outburst from Dave Schmidt (a town council member) directed towards some of Coulee Dam’s citizens when they objected to a comment made by Mr. Schmidt....

 
 By Carol Daily    Opinion    June 21, 2017 

Why are signs restricted, not letters?

My husband and I were told we had to take our candidate-for-mayor sign down. By law, you can only have signs up so far ahead of the election. The week before we were told to take it down there was a letter in our Star newspaper to vote for a new...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    June 14, 2017

Bull riding event will feature instant replays

The Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Riding event this Friday, June 16, will feature an added attraction this year. Through special arrangements, bull riding fans will be able to see instant replays of all the action on a huge screen. Fans at the Ridge...

 

Union surveys point out problems in school district

Members of two Grand Coulee Dam School District unions responding to recent internal surveys outlined a number of complaints dealing with discipline, communication and training issues. The survey...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 14, 2017

Koulee Kids Fest to offer free fun Saturday

The annual Koulee Kids Fest kicks off this Saturday throughout the area. The June 17 event begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. Kids can get their passports at one of the following places: Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce office,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 14, 2017

Old school building of interest to potential buyer

There is interest again in the purchase of Center School. The sale of the old school is among the goals set by the school board for the coming year. Superintendent Paul Turner advised the board that a person from Moses Lake is pursuing the purchase...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 14, 2017

Circus full of entertainment

The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus rolled into town on Thursday, and held two packed shows that night during a heavy rainstorm. The circus crew raised the big-top tent in the morning, and a small...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 14, 2017

Fireworks show planned for North Dam on Saturday

This Saturday night, consider heading to the North Dam area to see a free fireworks show put on by the Northwest Pyrotechnics Association. Local man Alan Cain, a member of the NPA, brought the event together by getting the necessary permits from the...

 
 By Bruce Bartoo    Opinion    June 14, 2017

Voters should meet candidate and town staff

In a political statement four years ago, Gayle Swagerty talked about getting public involvement. Since taking the position of council person, she has made little effort to get the public involved or even give the public adequate opportunity for...

 
 By Gay Northrup    Opinion    June 14, 2017

Representative representing somebody else

While I would like to hang up my phone and put down my pen and just wait for the U.S. to heal by itself, I just can’t sit idle. Participation in the direction of our nation is the basis on which our country was founded. We all recognize the phrase...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 14, 2017

Transfer station work will go out to bid

The Regional Board of Mayors has asked that needed repairs at the Delano Transfer Station go out for regular bid. The group’s insurance firm, Clear Risk Solutions, had inspected the transfer station earlier this year and came up with an estimated...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 14, 2017

Only officials attend park plan meeting

A meeting last week to discuss Electric City’s park and recreation plan failed to attract local residents. However, it did attract a pair of city council members, the city’s planner and two members of the community park advisory committee....

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    June 7, 2017

Electric City to display park plan Thursday afternoon

Local residents will have an opportunity to see and comment on Electric City’s park and recreation plan Thursday, June 8, at 3 p.m. at city hall. The park plan has yet to come before the city council, and there will be plenty of time for public com...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 7, 2017

Firm proposed to design city parks

The city council at Electric City will have the opportunity next Tuesday, June 13, to select the design firm for its two proposed city parks. The community parks committee has recommended that a Lacey firm, Robert Droll, Landscape Architect, be selec...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 7, 2017

Big load makes its destination to switchyard

A 20-foot-wide, 346-foot-long load weighing about a million pounds made it to its destination after a two-day trip from Coulee City to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's 230-kilovolt Switchyard early...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 7, 2017

Big fireworks planned for July 1

The fireworks over Grand Coulee Dam will occur this year on Saturday, July 1, officials said last week. The traditional Festival of America, the July 4 celebration, will be June 30 – July 1 this yea...

 

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