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 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...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    September 24, 2014

Hopeful tone set at Nespelem school

Despite a rocky start to the new school year, Nespelem School directors were optimistic at their Monday meeting, pointing to new leaders and attitudes in school administration. The last school year had ended with a flurry of late resignations,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    September 17, 2014

New LR school opens with plenty of fanfare and lots of students

The new school complex in Coulee Dam opened Monday without a serious glitch. But there were kids, kids, and more kids. Following years of declines, student numbers on Monday were 22 percent more than...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    September 17, 2014

Factors in success

This week, local students went from attending some of the worst school facilities in the state to attending the newest, largest and most high-tech K-12 school building in Washington. K-12 is now...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Community    September 17, 2014

New local event determined multi-state BBQ champs

A team from Duvall, Wash. secured their third straight yearly championship of the Pacific Northwest by winning last weekend's Harvest Festival Barbecue in Grand Coulee. The Grand Coulee Dam Area...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    September 10, 2014

Jubilation all around

To celebrate the opening of the new Lake Roosevelt School, we’ve dedicated a lot of space throughout the paper this week to that coverage. You’ll find photographs on most pages of the progress ins...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    September 3, 2014

Town taking on cleanup is right

The town of Coulee Dam is now taking an aggressive stance on the cleanup of a property on Holly Street where the house burned down two years ago. Such cleanup issues are almost never easy, and the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 27, 2014

Big Bend Community College success rate increasing

Big Bend Community College has improved on the success rate of its students over the last couple years, boasted college President Terry Leas last week, speaking at a Rotary Club luncheon in Grand Coulee Wednesday. Leas said a common state measurement...

 

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