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 By Scott Hunter    News    September 20, 2017 

Tribes drafting plan to include towns

Officials from the Colville Tribes visited with the Coulee Dam Town Council Wednesday to explain the tribes’ plan to write a comprehensive parks and recreation plan that will include all the towns on the reservation and that would be useful to all...

 

Dennis puts a local face on stories about heroes

Most of us don’t think much beyond an initial “Oh, wow!” reaction when we hear about the rescue of someone from a harrowing situation, but a local man has played that part for most of his life. Archie Dennis was chosen as our volunteer of the...

 

Happy crowds attend Harvest Festival

With weather nearly ideal, despite a little wildfire smoke, moods were upbeat all around for the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce's Harvest Festival last weekend. The event drew in 200...

 

North Dam Park may go brown

If you notice the grass turning to brown at North Dam Park, blame a faulty pump. The Bureau of Reclamation installed a submerged pump in Banks Lake several years ago just over North Dam, which abuts...

 

Unwieldy process points to an obvious solution

In a fine example of disfunction, the current failure of local government to get a simple thing done should lead reasonable people to look for an alternative. It sounds like a simple matter. Some repairs are needed, and called for by the insurers,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    September 6, 2017

Hospital receives a new teepee

It's not made of concrete and steel, but a new wing, of sorts, was added to Coulee Medical Center last week - a teepee. The effort was paid for with a grant and is an extension of CMC's ongoing...

 

Harvest Festival offers fun and chance to help out

The upcoming Harvest Festival will offer lots of fun for both local residents and tourists, but it’s also offers an easy way to get involved in a community activity. Putting on such an event takes a lot of coordination and a lot volunteers to...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 30, 2017

Sheriff, police to get anti-overdose kits

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that its deputies and local police will soon receive training and anti-opioid overdose kits to counteract overdoses in the field. “Not only can we help the victim of an opioid overdose, we can also...

 

Jobs, art and music will help

Two developments among the Colville Confederated Tribes are encouraging because they should mean the creation of many local jobs. The first is still in the entrepreneurial realm of risk, but could pay off. The tribal effort to develop a crop other...

 

Remember to choose volunteer of year

If you have not yet made your choice for the 2016 volunteer of the year, you have through this Friday to choose between Donna White, Cheryl Hoffman and Archie Dennis. Drop us a note at The Star or go to our online poll, marked here in this article...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 23, 2017

Man dies in cycle wreck

A Coulee City man died Monday afternoon as he rode a three-wheeled motorcycle down Highway 17 toward Soap Lake. Benjamin L. Coates, 78, was southbound about 13 miles north of Soap Lake when, according to a Washington State Patrol investigation, he...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 23, 2017

Coulee Dam sewer rates will rise

Coulee Dam utility customer charges for sewage treatment will likely rise $5-$6 a month to around $61-$62 per household equivalent when the town builds its new wastewater treatment plant, Mayor Greg Wilder told the town council at its Aug. 9...

 

Time to pick the volunteer of the year

Below are three letters nominating a few deserving people for the volunteer of the year. To help decide which of the three is picked to be honored on behalf of many local volunteers, readers should log onto our online poll, or mail in or deliver...

 

Policies our readers should know about

Readers should be aware of a couple of policies The Star will follow this year and into the future. First, regarding elections: The Star will accept one letter from each of the candidates in local elections this year as a means of introducing their...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 16, 2017

Man dies in cycle wreck

A Coulee City man died Monday afternoon as he rode a three-wheeled motorcycle down Highway 17 toward Soap Lake. Benjamin L. Coates, 78, was southbound about 13 miles north of Soap Lake when, according to a Washington State Patrol investigation, he...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 2, 2017

Man dies in crash

An Omak man died in a car wreck just north of Nespelem Saturday night. The Washington State Patrol reports that Ronald R. Hance, 39, was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup northbound on SR-155 when it left the road to the right about 12:41 a.m. The...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 2, 2017

Couple's car recovered after theft

After a thief in the night stole their cash, credit cards, car and luggage a week ago, an Electric City couple were happy to have at least their car returned with only minor damage. "I'm so happy to...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 26, 2017

Doctor updates chamber on hospital health

They traveled around the world to land in Grand Coulee, and he and his wife are at Coulee Medical Center "for the long run," Dr. Sam Hsieh told a chamber of commerce gathering last week. Hsieh...

 
 By Scott Hunter    School    July 26, 2017

Nespelem sets budget for school

Still worried about a possible lack of money coming in after the Legislature’s late decisions in double overtime last month, Nespelem School District Superintendent Mary Hall told school board members Monday it’s going to be a fiscally tight...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 19, 2017

No primary election for Coulee Dam, but three on ballot

There will be no primary election for the town of Coulee Dam’s town council race, even though three candidates filed their intention to run, according to Mila Jury, elections officer for the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office. That’s because...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 19, 2017

Coulee Dam Council: Fix the worst sidewalks now

Two toy toads may soon be homeless as the result of a town council decision to direct the mayor to get the worst of Coulee Dam's broken sidewalks fixed this year, not later. The decision was foisted...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 12, 2017

Board addresses letter to CMC employees

At a special meeting last Wednesday in the wake of the CEO’s resignation, hospital district commissioners approved a letter to employees about the future leadership of Coulee Medical Center. The letter was penned by commission President Jerry...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 12, 2017

Four injured and one charged in crash

Four young adults were injured Monday night in a high-speed crash a mile north of Nespelem, including the driver, who now faces charges. The Washington State Patrol reports that Curry A. J. Pinkham, 20, of Nespelem, was driving a purple 2007 Honda Ri...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 5, 2017

CEO out at local hospital

Almost a year after he started, the hospital’s CEO resigned last week after a committee of the hospital commission interviewed employees ahead of his upcoming evaluation. Jonathan Owens took the reins of Coulee Medical Center in July 2016. Owens...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 5, 2017

Approval of funds will mean lower payments on sewage plant

A process that for a time stranded some federal funding in Washington D.C., will now play out with Coulee Dam residents paying less for their new wastewater treatment plant because a grant finally came through. With some prodding. Mayor Greg Wilder...

 

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