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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    December 17, 2014 

Volunteer of the Year to be announced in January

Evidently, we need a little more time to think. Each year, The Star solicits nominations from readers for Volunteer of the Year award, and each year, we receive multiple letters nominating between fiv...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Sports    December 17, 2014 

Sports scheduling - so far

With the Lake Roosevelt gym in the midst of getting a new roof, it hasn’t taken much over the last two weeks to send sports schedules into disarray, with schedules changing sometimes daily. The reconstruction of the leaky roof couldn’t be...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 17, 2014 

Coulee Dam town officials confident of emergency coverage

Following a shakeup in the Coulee Dam Fire Department that came to a head last week, town leaders this week have stated their confidence that citizens are safe and that calls for emergency services will be met. “In terms of providing protection,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Community    December 10, 2014

Merry Christmas -- Favorite photos from September on

Below is a slideshow of 170 photos of the community taken since September, many that have not been published. You can go to Our Photo Site to see them larger, download them or share them on social...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 10, 2014

Report: Crucial to success, recruiting for hospital going well

As Coulee Medical Center works to build up its business to a sustainable level, it’s finding success with a homegrown approach to recruiting talent, Chief of Staff Dr. Andrew Castrodale said Monday, and it needs to. The feasibility study that...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 3, 2014

Penalty recommended for 911 outage

Remember that 911 outage last spring when the entire state had no emergency phone service? You would if you’d tried to place an emergency call that wouldn’t go through. The staff at the state’s...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 26, 2014

Vintage Christmas event at town hall is new community event

Here's a quick video to give you a flavor of the event happening now....

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    November 26, 2014

The whole city is now vulnerable

Last week, the Grand Coulee City Council reversed its earlier decision that had kept the chief of police job under the protection of the city’s civil service commission. That reversal should be reconsidered. No matter how much faith council...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 19, 2014

Coulee Dam open to new tourism spending approach

Faced with various groups annually vying for tourism tax dollars, most Coulee Dam Town Council members verbally endorsed an approach suggested by Mayor Greg Wilder last week: outsource it — with provisos. Wilder advocated an approach similar to wha...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    November 19, 2014

Broader approach would benefit area, grow jobs

As local towns decide on how much money they’ll spend next year, the season always brings out what for councils is a bothersome and needlessly complicated question: How much money should we spend to promote tourism, and how should we spend it? Thre...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 12, 2014

Construction boom on reservation offers jobs

[This story has been updated with more accurate numbers of workers that were made available.] With a massive new headquarters under construction near Nespelem for the 12 Confederated Tribes of the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 12, 2014

Hospital passes $22 million budget

Hospital District 6 commissioners passed a budget Monday night that anticipates changes in fee structures, increased employment, new doctors and a razor thin 0.1-percent net margin, basically break even. “We’re going to start conservative and...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    November 12, 2014

If not the whole bagel, half would still be good

As a matter of fact, we view the four towns as one in many ways, but in purely practical terms joining just two would be very good start. In any large city, the populations of Electric City, Grand...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 5, 2014

Coulee Medical Center staffers training for Ebola fever

Even while much of the world is just waking up to what the potential spread of Ebola fever in Western Africa might mean for the rest of the globe, the local hospital in Grand Coulee is already making...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 5, 2014

Pedestrian hit on highway

A 38-year-old Mallot man walking along SR 97 was hit by a car Thursday night about 6 p.m., the Washington State Patrol reports. Tarence Marconi was walking north along the highway when a northbound car drove onto the shoulder, striking Marconi and...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 29, 2014

NPS plans fee raises for Lake Roosevelt

National Park Service officials at Coulee Dam presented their proposal last week to boost boat launch and camping fees for Lake Roosevelt. One of their main concerns, said Lake Roosevelt National Recr...

 
 By Scott Hunter    School    October 22, 2014

Family STEM night well attended

Wednesday night, science program students at Lake Roosevelt High School stood by exhibits offering to explain some complex subjects they've been learning lately, and those questioned by The Star...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    October 22, 2014

Let the market and politics test whether recycling is a good idea here

Gayle Swagerty spoke for quite a few people in the entire community this week when she asked why there is no recycling program organized by the four towns whose waste disposal is governed by the Regional Board of Mayors. The mayors’ response was...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Community    October 22, 2014

Couple gets blanket appreciation

A grateful Nespelem Creek Kids 4-H club gave Merl and Linda Roberts an embroidered Pendleton blanket Oct. 7 in appreciation for working with the group's bee-raising project. Club advisor Ian Wilder...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 15, 2014

Hospital leaders forecast cloudy with clear horizon

In six months, a hospital recruiting team has managed to attract at least two doctors, a third is on the way, and another health care provider who had cut her time in Grand Coulee to emergency room wo...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 8, 2014

Family night will show off killer programs in school

Anyone wondering about the kind of teaching and curriculum offered at Lake Roosevelt High School can check it out next week and make it a family night. With murder involved. Family Fun Night Oct. 15 w...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    October 8, 2014

Zoning law leaves room for argument

We cannot, without sensing the irony, report on a business owner upset about zoning laws that he only months ago argued to uphold. One of the reasons (although possibly not the most important to him)...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 1, 2014

Council's strategic inaction stymies business plan Mechanic shop owner may file suit

Doing nothing can change everything if you couch the resulting message just right. Official city inaction Monday night dashed Mike Horne’s hopes of moving his auto repair business down the street...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 1, 2014

Chamber of commerce committees pushing economic development

by Scott Hunter It's not as evident as the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Colorama parade through the main business district, but chamber committees have been working behind the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 1, 2014

New programs raise sticky questions for schools

Advances in a program designed to help high school students get a leg up on college are raising questions for the local school district. Some juniors and seniors at Lake Roosevelt High School are enrolled in Wenatchee Valley College’s new online ve...

 

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