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 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 27, 2014 

Super: Don't believe rumors of late opening

The school board Monday night was told not to believe rumors going around that the new school would not make the start date of Sept. 15. In fact, Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson told members of the board, the special...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 27, 2014 

Local greens headed into black

Grant County Port District 7 is in its third year as manager of Banks Lake Golf Course, which is inching forward and soon will be in the black, according to port commissioners. The Port District took...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 27, 2014 

Land given to town

It sits on a flat area overlooking the Columbia River at the north end of Coulee Dam and may someday be the site of a development to assist visitors to the area. The gift to the town by Diane...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 27, 2014 

New shirts will mark school's opening day

Students, staff, bus drivers, and the entire lot, will celebrate the opening of the new Lake Roosevelt school Sept. 15, with T-shirt mania. Everyone will receive a Lake Roosevelt T-shirt to wear on...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    August 27, 2014 

Harvest festival to offer celebration time

by Roger S. Lucas and Scott Hunter This year's Harvest Festival will feature a barbecue competition with some $3,500 prize money, as the event continues to evolve in its third year. That and a lot...

 
 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 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 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 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 Roger S Lucas    News    August 6, 2014

Commission to start chief of police selection process

Grand Coulee’s Civil Service Commission will begin work soon to hire a new police chief. That task was handed to them as the result of a memo from Mayor Chris Christopherson on advice from the city’s attorney. The commission took quick action...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 6, 2014

Mayor details new hands-off policy on police hiring

Coulee Dam’s Civil Service Commission is up and running. Mayor Greg Wilder named the third member of the commission a week ago and the first task of the three-member group is to hire a third police officer. “In order to remove nepotistic hiring...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 6, 2014

Town to get gift of property

A Western Washington woman has agreed to gift a piece of property on Coulee Dam’s north entrance to the town, Mayor Greg Wilder stated last week. Diane Hartzell, whose parents lived here during construction of Grand Coulee Dam, will be in Coulee...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 30, 2014

Mayor to police: Back off noise enforcement

Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands has advised the Grand Coulee Police Department to back off enforcing the city’s noise ordinance as it relates to music at the Electric City Bar and Grille and other places in the city. Sands told three members at...

 

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