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 By Roger Lucas    News    August 26, 2015

[Updated: 8-27, 10:45 a.m.] Two districts delay school for a week

Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson announced Wednesday that both he and Nespelem School District Superintendent Rich Stewart have agreed to delay the opening of their respective schools until Sept. 8. Both schools were...


Dozens of cats taken from Electric City home

Animal control workers removed over 60 cats from a home in Electric City Monday. Representatives from Pasado’s Safe Haven, a rescue operation from Monroe, Wash., along with Grand Coulee Police Chief John Tufts, completed taking the cats from... Full story


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... Full story


Three swear oaths of office in Coulee Dam

A new mayor and two new council members were sworn in at Coulee Dam last Monday. Mayor-elect Greg Wilder, and council members-elect Gayle Swagerty and Duane Johnson all took their oaths of office at... Full story


Fires held back by fire fighters

Two fires separated by a couple of miles and a day scrambled local fire fighters early this week to protect property. Brisk winds pushed a fire Sunday night perilously close to Lone Pine homes and... Full story


Group to seek tourism board for whole community

A chamber of commerce-sponsored meeting of community leaders Monday selected a committee whose goal is to approach the three municipalities that collect hotel/motel tax money about the possible formation of a tourism advisory board to oversee... Full story


Movie theater stays shut after failed fund raiser

A drive to raise $95,000 to replace Village Cinema’s projection equipment with new digital technology has failed, and the theater’s owners hope to end their lease early, unable to continue with a broken, obsolete projector. A report on... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 8, 2013

Three local students get Gates full-ride scholarships

Three seniors at Lake Roosevelt High School have been selected as Gates Millennium Scholars, the district announced recently. Selected were Kendall Piccolo, Johnny Medina-McCraigie and Charli Knight.... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    February 20, 2013

Bureau cuts eagle roosting trees on lake

A 100-year-old cottonwood tree on Banks Lake whose branches attracted as many as 10 eagles at a time is no more, cut down by the Bureau of Reclamation a couple of weeks ago. While Bureau employees... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    February 20, 2013

Document request cut off after news report

A public disclosure request for information from police documents made a few weeks ago by police officer Sean Cook has been discontinued at his own request, The Star learned this week. A request the Grand Coulee officer made recently had the police... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    February 13, 2013

Massive document review underway at Grand Coulee police department

A leaky roof over the Grand Coulee police department’s document room is adding to the city’s cost of reviewing some eight years of documents at the request of police officer Sean Cook. When asked about the request, Mayor Chris Christopherson... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    February 13, 2013

City takes over cleanup

A commercial property on SR-155, near Western Avenue, was cleared by the city last week because of a nuisance problem. Jeff’s Towing of Coulee City took a pickup truck, a large truck with a boom on... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 23, 2013

Town slows plant plan ahead of petition

Development of Coulee Dam’s wastewater treatment plant upgrade is on hold for three months. The council made the decision at a hastily called meeting Monday afternoon on Martin Luther King Day.... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 23, 2013

Wilder intends to seek mayorship

Greg Wilder, 69, a Coulee Dam activist, said last week that he plans to file for the office of mayor as an “agent of change” when the filing period opens in May. Wilder has been at odds with two-term Mayor Quincy Snow, and the town... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 23, 2013

Updated new school plans presented

The new K-12 school complex is being advertised for bids this month. Design and school officials went over the project, estimated to cost $24 million, with townspeople last Wednesday night at a... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 23, 2013

Stakeholders to review laser show plans

A local group of stakeholders will get the first look at the text for the all new laser light show within the next couple of weeks. Participants include the Colville Confederated Tribes, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Coulee Area Chamber of... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 23, 2013

Tribes advised of project delay

Coulee Dam Mayor Quincy Snow, Greg Wilder and Elmer City Councilmember Larry Holford all met with the Colville Tribes Community Development Committee Tuesday to discuss the proposed wastewater treatment facility. The meeting, originally set for 9:30... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 16, 2013

Community invited to preview school plans tonight

School patrons will have an opportunity to see the final K-12 school plans tonight (Wednesday). The meeting for the plan review will follow a 6 p.m. school board meeting in the library at the Grand... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 16, 2013

Elmer City looks at parallel paths in plant dispute

Elmer City’s town council is divided about what to do in regard to Coulee Dam’s proposed wastewater treatment project. Both Mayor Mary Jo Carey and Councilmember Larry Holford indicate interest... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 16, 2013

Mayor would rather not go alone

Elmer City Mayor Mary Jo Carey said her town would rather be part of Coulee Dam’s wastewater treatment plant project than develop its own plant. In an interview, she said Elmer City’s council voted to move forward investigating its own plant as... Full story


Petition circulating on sewer plant

A petition asking Coulee Dam’s town council to reconsider it current course to upgrade the town’s wastewater treatment plant is being presented door to door by a half dozen people. Greg Wilder, a resident who has been skeptical of the proposed... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 16, 2013

New superintendent picked for Lake Roosevelt

Dan Foster has been named superintendent of the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area and Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail, it was announced last week. Foster is currently superintendent at Ni... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 16, 2013

House burns second time

Police arrested a 50-year-old transient after responding to a fire at a small house at 329 Tyne Avenue in Grand Coulee Monday night. The house had already been partially gutted by fire two years ago,... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 16, 2013

Local suspect booked on assault in Spokane

A local man wanted here for a November armed robbery of the Smoke Shop in Coulee Dam was arrested over the weekend by police in Spokane, where he was allegedly involved in what is thought was a gang-related double shooting, the Spokesman Review... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 16, 2013

Chicken recommendation heads to city council

You might get a “cackle” out of this. The chickens could come home to roost in Electric City sometime this spring. The city council will likely take the issue up Feb. 12, after a favorable recommendation from the planning commission. While the... Full story


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