The Star - News, views and advertising of the Grand Coulee Dam Area

Credit Union
 

Articles written by Roger Lucas

Sorted by date  Results 1 - 50 of 344

 By Roger Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    December 30, 2013

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...

 
 By Roger Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    July 10, 2013

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...

 
 By Roger Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    June 26, 2013

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...

 
 By Roger Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    May 8, 2013

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...

 
 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....

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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....

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 By Scott Hunter and Roger Lucas    News    January 16, 2013

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...

 
 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...

 
 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,...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 By Roger Lucas    School    January 16, 2013

Local teachers help push state ranking

The state of Washington ranks second in the nation in National Board Certified teachers a report for 2012 stated last week. Washington remains a national leader in both the number of new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and the total number...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    January 9, 2013

Public invited to preview final new school plans

School patrons can get a final look at the plans for the new K-12 school complex on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Grand Coulee Dam Middle School library. Architect Cameron Golightly will present final plans, answer questions, and review the color...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    January 9, 2013

Port District plans to open golf course

The Port District is opening Banks Lake Golf Course March 1. The opening of the course this year has been in question since money is running out at Port District 7, which also runs the Grand Coulee Dam Airport. The first indication that a decision ha...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    January 9, 2013

Bus given to senior center

The seniors now have a bus. Bob Rupe, Electric City’s representative on the Grant Transit Authority Board had the surplus bus delivered to the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center on Friday. “It’s a...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    January 9, 2013

No gun rush here

Despite national some regional reports of a run on gun buying following fears of increased regulations, the gun rush doesn’t seem to have surfaced locally. The two local police departments haven’t noticed any spikes in applications for concealed...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    January 9, 2013

After fire, rancher trimmed herd

The Star newspaper followed one rancher’s plight after the big fire destroyed much of his pastureland last year. Jim and Michelle Hemmer have managed to find enough hay for winter feed for their 400 head of livestock. Jim said last week that they...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    January 2, 2013

Nez Perce Longhouse lost to fire

An electrical malfunction was named initially as the cause of a fire that destroyed the Nez Perce longhouse south of Nespelem the day after Christmas. Firefighters responded to a 12:30 a.m. call Dec....

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    January 2, 2013

Port district woes

The bad news came in waves last Thursday for port district commissioners. First, their hope that they could secure grant funding to put in an RV park at Banks Lake Golf Course to help it pay its bills faltered. Second, airport Manager Bob Babler put...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    January 2, 2013

Deer story gets response

A story about Coulee Dam resident Carol Netzel feeding deer at her home got an unusual and welcome response from a man in Pateros. His letter to Netzel included an $80 check to help her with her...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    January 2, 2013

City settles pay issue with police chief

Grand Coulee’s council made it a “happy new year” for Police Chief Mel Hunt last Wednesday, when in a special meeting it voted to buy up 787 hours of his compensatory time for $42,922.50, according to city officials. In a document signed by...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    January 2, 2013

Landfill cell officially closed

Cell one at the old Delano Landfill is officially closed. All four towns that participated in the landfill, Electric City, Grand Coulee, Coulee Dam and Elmer City, have approved final closure of the seven-acre garbage landfill. Final closure,...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 26, 2012

Volunteer of the Year for 2012: Eloise Bowman

You could say that the fourth time was the charm. That’s how many times over the years the 2012 “Volunteer of the Year” has been nominated for the honor. This time Eloise Bowman won it. Bowman...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 26, 2012

Wolf hunt approved for tribal members

Colville Tribal members are able to hunt gray wolves in designated areas through Feb. 28, or until the quota of nine wolves is met. Business Council Chairman John Sirois said recently the decision has been a long time coming and has been...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 26, 2012

Officer: City crosswalks a problem

Police officer Joe Higgs told Grand Coulee City Council members last Tuesday night that the city had a crosswalk problem. Higgs noted that crosswalks on Midway Avenue, from city hall to the post office, three of them, don’t meet Department of...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 26, 2012

Rates to rise in Electric City

It’s official now … Electric City’s water and sewer rates are going up. The council had indicated a willingness two weeks ago to increase both utility rates in 2013 and 2014, and passed resolutions to do so at its meeting last Tuesday night. Fi...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 26, 2012

Electric City approves salaries

Electric City’s council approved the city employee salary schedule for 2013 at its meeting Dec 11. The schedule includes a 1.6-percent cost-of-living increase. The annual schedule: • mayor, $3,000; • clerk/treasurer, $55,634.64 • deputy...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 26, 2012

Grand Coulee salaries set

The city council at Grand Coulee agreed to a resolution setting salaries for the city clerk, utility foreman and police chief at the council meeting Tuesday night. The city clerk’s wage was set at $21.70 an hour, or $3,762.26 a month; the utility...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 26, 2012

Wilson awarded contract

Wilson Construction of Canby, Oregon, was awarded the contract to replace some 25 power poles for the town of Coulee Dam. Wilson is the firm that built the towers and ran the new power lines from the Third Powerhouse to the switchyards, a project...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 19, 2012

Elmer City to try for its own sewer plant

The town of Elmer City last week took the first steps towards developing its own wastewater treatment plant and leave Coulee Dam to pay all of the costs of a plant upgrade its been planning for both towns. The town council and Mayor Mary Jo Carey...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 19, 2012

Letter sets up rift between towns

A letter Coulee Dam prepared for interested parties in its wastewater treatment plant project drew reaction from the town of Elmer City last Wednesday night that would eventually lead to a decision to end a decades-long collaboration. The letter,...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 19, 2012

Local vet gets help from Sen. Murray

The fight to get a Veteran’s Administration disability claim settled for a Coulee Dam man took action by U.S. Senator Patty Murray. Daniel Johnson’s cancer showed up in February last year and was attributed to his contact with Agent Orange, while...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 19, 2012

Report: bragging robber says he’ll do it again

Coulee Dam police have been advised that a man sought in an alleged armed robbery of the Smoke Shop might do it again. Police received word from Colville Tribal Police that a man reported he had...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 19, 2012

City budgets $32,500 from tourist tax

Electric City shot the rest of its hotel/motel budget for 2013, at its meeting last Tuesday night. The city council Dec. 11, held to its policy of budgeting just half of what it took in during 2012, and putting the other half into its hotel/motel...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 19, 2012

Last look at new school plans coming

School patrons will get one final look at the design and color scheme of the new K-12 school complex before it goes out to bid, Grand Coulee Dam School District board members indicated at their Monday night meeting. While the date hasn’t been set...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 12, 2012

Tribal protesters plan rally

A rally of tribal members who have sought by petition the other half of a $193 million settlement with the United States government, will be held at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Colville Tribal Administration building Wednesday, Dec. 19. Yvonne Swan,...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 12, 2012

Coulee Dam resident feeding lots of wild guests

It’s still Thanksgiving time at 432 Columbia in Coulee Dam. The resident, Carol Netzel, sets the table twice a day and feeds anywhere from four to 14 visitors. It’s not an ordinary feast, but...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 12, 2012

Port pursues RV park plan funding

Port District 7 has applied to Grant County’s Strategic Infrastructure Program for $7,500 to pay for its feasibility report on a plan to build an RV park at the course. District Chairman Oroville Scharbach said he and others will meet with the...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    December 12, 2012

City ups ambulance rates

It will cost more now to ride in an ambulance in Grand Coulee, according to a new rate schedule and ordinance passed by Grand Coulee’s city council last Tuesday night. The more notable hikes in fees include: • a $50 increase from $250 to $300...

 

Page Down