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 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 trolls 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 upon Mayor Greg Wilder after he told the...

 
 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...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 28, 2017

No fireworks tonight at Grand Coulee Dam

If you're wondering if there will be a professional fireworks display off the top of Grand Coulee Dam on July 4, the answer is no. The annual Festival of America occurred last weekend, when the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 28, 2017

As legislators argue, school budgets are guesswork

Taking their best guess, Nespelem School District set up a tentative plan to spend $4.7 million to run the school in the next school year, give or take $525,000. Financial officer Tanya Bunting said they won’t know exactly what money will come in...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 28, 2017

Police warn: know fireworks restrictions

The city of Grand Coulee restricts the use of legal, personal fireworks to a single venue: off the top of North Dam. But even there, local police would like you to know, they still have to comply with state law. And that lets out any mortar-style...

 
 By Scott Hunter    School    June 28, 2017

New Nespelem supt. sworn in

Nespelem School District has brought back Dr. Mary Hall, who was sworn in as the new superintendent at a board meeting Monday. The board also approved hiring Jeff Golding as a middle school science...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 21, 2017

Town will consider changing into a city

The possibility of changing Coulee Dam from a “town” under state law to a “city” drew significant discussion at a town council meeting Wednesday, where the audience was packed following a door-to-door push last weekend by a candidate for...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 21, 2017

CBC expels member of business council

The Colville Business Council Friday expelled one of its 14 members on a split vote just before elections set for this Saturday. Following an investigative hearing, the CBC expelled Ricky Gabriel with a 9-4 vote, citing ethics violations, according...

 

Union surveys point out problems in school district

Members of two Grand Coulee Dam School District unions responding to recent internal surveys outlined a number of complaints dealing with discipline, communication and training issues. The survey...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 7, 2017

Big load makes its destination to switchyard

A 20-foot-wide, 346-foot-long load weighing about a million pounds made it to its destination after a two-day trip from Coulee City to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's 230-kilovolt Switchyard early...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Reader online access will change this month

For some time, The Star has published just about all of its stories online as well as in print. That practice will continue, but by the end of this month, online access will not be free. Why? Because we can’t afford to lose you, and we are...

 
 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: a rebuild at Coulee Dam’s town hall, plans for...

 
 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....

 

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