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 By Scott Hunter    News    May 24, 2017 

Area nets new fishing tournament

Some 66 anglers caught and released 461 walleye over the course of the Gordon Steinmetz Memorial Spring Walleye Classic at Coulee Playland last weekend, but the biggest catch was likely the tournament...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 24, 2017 

Big load to cause big delays next week

A million-pound load of equipment will slow traffic on local highways from Coulee City to Grand Coulee next week as it creeps to its destination just north of Grand Coulee, with delays expected of up to 90 minutes at a time. Drivers probably should...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 24, 2017 

Armstrong-Montes named Friend of Children

Nancy Armstrong-Montes was honored with the Friends of Children award by the North Central Washington Educational Service District at a banquet in Wenatchee. Armstrong-Montes, who retired from...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 17, 2017

Big load to cause big delays on local highways next week

[Update] The company planning the move of the big transformer has delayed the move after "discrepancies" were noted during a "weigh and measure" session with the state Department of Transportation, the company said. No word yet on a new schedule....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 17, 2017

Mock crash brings out the grief

The horrific scene was only revealed after five buses of students and staff from Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School arrived and had lined up behind yellow police tape to witness a disturbing...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Don't let it wear off

Students who witnessed a mock crash scene last Friday may not realize it, but they were given an important advantage that we hope they don’t squander. As horrific as the actors and organizers of the mock accident scene made it, the impact of any...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 10, 2017

Local educators honored

Several local educators in two districts were honored last month, chosen for accolades in front of their counterparts from district all over this part of the state. Their own union members voted to...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 10, 2017

Here's hoping you're too busy to read this right now

This coming weekend is typically one that is packed full for many local folks, in a good way. This year it promises much the same, weather holding. With Mother’s Day, the Colorama festivities, the big rodeo, and the old-home week atmosphere at...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 3, 2017

Rebuilding and taking off

Man, you’d think we’d just come out of a long winter and every part of the community was now straining with fresh green shoots of progress at the first rays of sunshine. The buds are everywhere:...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 3, 2017

Repairs at C.D. town hall will cost $100,000

Coulee Dam's town hall will end up with an almost entirely newly refurbished police department, community ballroom, kitchen and more after repairs to damage done last winter from a variety of causes....

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 26, 2017

Off by one word

An article in last week’s Star, written on an event that occurred at deadline, accurately reported the event on which we had limited information available — except for one word. “Vandalism” was the wrong choice in the headline of “Daylight...

 

Updated 11: 48 a.m.: High-speed chase ends on Peter Dan Road, suspects reportedly still at large

A high speed chase ended on Peter Dan Road when two vehicles, a car and a truck, both crashed into the landslide that spans the road. A woman, apparently a nearby resident, told The Star that two...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 19, 2017

Coulee Dam's wastewater treatment facility moves ahead

Coulee Dam’s new wastewater treatment facility got big push ahead last week as the town council approved interim financing to get the project started, then approved the bid to build it for more than expected, but with more cost-saving features....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 19, 2017

Bureau of Reclamation seeks comment on proposed overhaul

The Bureau of Reclamation is asking for comments from interested parties on a planned overhaul of 18 generators in the left and right powherhouses of Grand Coulee Dam. The generators have been in service for some 70 years and need repair, the bureau...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 19, 2017

The value of a different kind of lesson

The local PTA is looking for support to continue filling in an important gap in the curricula offered by local school districts. Each year the group funds or sponsors a variety of worthwhile events, the latest being the science fair at Lake...

 

Junkers has expansion plans

The little shop on Main Street that opened with coffee, knickknacks and T-shirts three years ago now plans to expand its restaurant offerings outside. Junkers, which began offering subs and wrap-style sandwiches in January 2016, will add outdoor...

 

Emergency declared and flood warnings issued in Okanogan Co.

Okanogan County commissioners declared a state of emergency Monday, due to threat of flooding and debris problems on county roads. Commissioners passed the resolution after county roads suffered damage from heavy precipitation recently. They...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 12, 2017

Don't keep the home fires burning

At one point it seemed that for several years, the local community slipped by without a home burning down. That was unusual, a local fire chief and I agreed, hoping the trend would continue. It didn’t. Although home fires are reportedly less common...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 5, 2017

Charges dismissed on former LR teacher

After years of court dates and a life put on hold, a former Lake Roosevelt High School Spanish teacher had a burden lifted by Okanogan County Superior Court Monday, when it dismissed charges of...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 29, 2017

CMC turnaround plan will cut $2.1 million from payroll

Leaders at Coulee Medical Center will submit to its federal funding agency by the end of the week a plan to turn the facility around financially. That plan will show a reduction in wage and benefit costs of $2.1 million a year following decisions mad...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 29, 2017

Group of vets fishes Banks

Some 34 injured veterans and 20 host boat captains made a day of fishing on Banks Lake Sunday, the first of what organizers said they hope is an annual event. The Fallen Outdoors organization takes...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 29, 2017

Thanks for a great science fair

You hear all the best teachers talk about it, and last Thursday night anyone who attended the PTA’s science fair at Lake Roosevelt Schools got a little taste of it, as well. “It” would be the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 29, 2017

Colbert says it better than we could RE: Congress giving away your privacy

Congress voted this week to give away your privacy even more, scrapping a rule that would have blocked intertet service providers from selling your information. This Colbert segment contains...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 22, 2017

Local young man dies in auto accident

A young Electric City man was killed and another man injured last week in a one-car rollover about a mile south of Electric City. Brandon Buche, 23, had recently finished a tour with the U.S. Navy, where he served as an electrician’s mate. He was...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 22, 2017

If we could share in pain

If we could partake of the pain of others, and so lift a small portion of it from them, how would it change the world? Perhaps not much, judging by the reaction and feelings spread throughout the community when news hit of young man, full of promise,...

 

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