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 By Scott Hunter    News    August 20, 2014 

Payments to tribal members coming soon

A settlement administration firm in Montana is getting ready to distribute funds to individual tribal members under a settlement with the U.S. Department of Interior. But more than 1,600 members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 20, 2014 

Man wants perpetual flooding solved

A resident on Columbia Avenue in Coulee Dam is about to throw up his hands in resignation from the runaround he has been getting on a serious water drainage problem. During the most recent storm, his...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 20, 2014 

Man arrested for jewelry theft

An Electric City man, already wanted on a warrant, was arrested Sunday on various charges, including possession of stolen jewelry. Arrested and taken to Grant County Jail was Jerome J. Harrington, 60, of 58220 Spokane Boulevard. When arrested...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 20, 2014 

Woman takes issue with complaint

An Electric City woman read a prepared statement before the Electric City council last week, taking apart the city in general, the planning commission, and, in particular, Gary Haven, the city’s compliance enforcement officer. Linda Zernick, who li...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 20, 2014 

Two top officers have 70 years in

Grand Coulee police Chief Mel Hunt and Sgt. John Tufts have about 70 years of combined service to the area. That's about to change, with Hunt ending 39 years of service to the Grand Coulee area...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 20, 2014 

Mayor takes issue with police articles

Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands took issue at the city council meeting last Tuesday night, Aug. 12, with two stories about him that appeared in successive weeks in The Star newspaper. “It makes me look like a village idiot,” he told the council...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 20, 2014 

No treasure digging allowed

A Spokane Valley man found that you can’t dig holes in a Grand Coulee park even though you are looking for buried treasure. Steven Harder, 46, was found Thursday, along with his metal detector, and dressed as a treasure hunter, digging in the park...

 
 By Harvey Moses    Opinion    August 20, 2014 

Thank you, firefighters!

I would like to personally THANK each and everyone of the firefighters for not only giving up your summer and personal time with your families, but putting your lives on the line doing battle with the Devil’s Elbow fire complex here on the...

 
 By John Crabtree    Opinion    August 20, 2014 

Moving rural America forward

In January, President Obama declared that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Community    August 20, 2014 

Beat the heat, shop early mornings

Have you experienced or witnessed any run-ins in the Coulee this summer? Say what? You’ll probably recognize these examples: a run-in or a near miss run-in could easily happen in a parking lot (yes, the one where we mingle with visitors) and with...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 13, 2014

Monthly loss felt like good news to hospital

After losses totaling more than $1 million in the two months prior, June’s negative nick of just $48,000 felt like very good news for hospital leaders Monday night. “The corner is turned,” commented Commissioner Geary Oliver following a report...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014

Hollowed halls coming down

Demolition of the classroom wing of Lake Roosevelt High School started Monday. Walker Construction, which has the overall contract, expects the demolition to be completed by the end of this week. A su...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014

Accident fatal for Spokane woman

A Spokane Valley driver was critically injured last Friday when the vehicle she was driving crossed the center line and hit a tractor trailer head on. The accident occurred at about 8:20 a.m., about five miles west of Wilbur in Lincoln County on...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014

Explosives found on local shores near Grand Coulee

Plastic explosives from a mining operation in Canada have been showing up in Lake Roosevelt with some degree of regularity, the most recent near Crescent Bay. A tube of the explosives, about a foot lo...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014

Women arrested for burglary

Two Electric City women were arrested early Monday morning and are being charged with burglary and making false statements to a law enforcement officer. Taken to Grant County jail were Jennifer M. Miley, 33, of 340 Electric Boulevard; and Juliana Y....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014

Ferry out of service

The Keller Ferry went back in service at 6 a.m. Aug. 13. after steering system issues were resolved. The Keller Ferry is down, with a steering problem. The relatively new ferry, the Sanpoil, went down Monday shortly after 2 p.m., and officials from...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014

Land donation to town scheduled

A land donation to the town of Coulee Dam by an Anacortes woman will close at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at town hall. Diane Hartzell, whose father, Melvin Hartzell, worked on Grand Coulee Dam in the mid-1930s, had purchased the property being...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014

Safe stolen from home

A Grand Coulee man who was in a Spokane hospital lost his safe containing from $5,000 to $8,000, plus coins and other money when an unknown person entered his home on Martin Road sometime from Aug. 1-6, a police report stated. Dean Stucker, former...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014

Water project cost more

The city will spend more on a recent water pipe maintenance project than it thought earlier. Grand Coulee’s city council approved two change orders totaling $53,147.66, on its recent water project on Midway Avenue. Gray & Osborne officials...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    August 13, 2014

Bathtubs, smokestacks and a five-star resort:Lessons from Kohler, Wisconsin

Today, there is a tendency to look with distain at manufacturing facilities, especially those located on working waterfronts. Historically, those factories were sited there because the raw materials...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Community    August 13, 2014

Library to host author's reading event Aug. 19

An author who has written extensively about Okanogan County history, will offer a reading at the Grand Coulee public library. Bruce Holbert will read from his recent book "The Hour of Lead" a epic...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Community    August 13, 2014

A coulee legend of Sammy the salmon

Still in his dream state and far away from his storage site in the town of Coulee Dam, Sammy paused for a time in the deep, clear waters of the upper Columbia River to listen to his friend, a two-legged man named Billy Frank, Jr., talk about life on...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 6, 2014

Police will enforce law, despite mayor's wishes

Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands’ attempt to influence how Grand Coulee police pursue noise complaints has fallen on deaf ears, at least for the short term. He went to the Grand Coulee police department office recently and told officers there to...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 6, 2014

Fire fights choke area in smoke

Some of the smoke choking the area from The Devil's Elbow Complex fires north of Keller may come from firefighters' efforts to battle the blaze, as they burn out fuel to deny the fire a way to...

 
 By Roger Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    August 6, 2014

San Poil evacuations ordered due to fires

Update As of 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, the fires had consumed nearly 8,300 acres and was threatening some 50 homes and 50 other structures. One outbuilding has burned. San Poil Valley residents were...

 

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