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 By Scott Hunter    News    February 14, 2018 

Grand Coulee voters boost sales tax for streets

When Grand Coulee leaders put Proposition 1 on the ballot, they thought a bump in sales tax would be the best way for the city to collect a little extra money needed for street repair. Voters agreed, evidently, as votes tallied up last night yielded...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 14, 2018 

Woman dies in morning crash

A Nespelem woman died today (Feb. 15, 2018) in an early morning crash on SR-155, a mile south of Nespelem. Bridget Boyd, 38, was driving a 2005 Buick Rendezvous southbound at 6:43 a.m. when it crossed into the northbound lane and onto the shoulder....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 14, 2018 

Carbon monoxide poisoning suspected in two deaths

Two people were found dead in a home in Coulee City Monday evening, with carbon monoxide poisoning suspected as the cause of death. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said investigators Tuesday were looking into the tragic deaths of two people in a...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    February 14, 2018 

Voters showed good sense

A vote on a boost to the Grand Coulee sales tax that passed on Tuesday will add a bit to the bottom line of most non-food retail sales made in Grand Coulee. The city council showed good sense in allowing the public to vote on it as a solution to the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 14, 2018 

Skateboard competition proposed

Immediately after joining the board, a new commissioner with decades of experience in the skateboard industry said he’d like to arrange a competition for the local skatepark for this summer. The Coulee Area Park and Recreation District board had ju...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 31, 2018

Elmer City seeks Coulee Dam's financial help

Elmer City has requested Coulee Dam’s help in paying for adjustments needed to keep the two towns’ sewage treatment systems working together, an idea that met with resistance at Coulee Dam’s town council Wednesday night. Coulee Dam, which...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 31, 2018

Four-car wreck injures three, including local schools chief

A four-car crash blocked the intersection of two highways at Soap Lake Tuesday, injuring three people, including a Grand Coulee man. The Washington State Patrol said the collision occurred at 10:13...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 31, 2018

New utility discounts repealed

Utility rate discounts set in December for Coulee Dam were repealed by the town council last week when members passed a set of ordinances identical to the ones the previous council had replaced in December. The new ordinances passed Wednesday reset...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 31, 2018

Fun special section included this week for subscribers

Online subscribers have access to this week's special Remember When ... section via their included digital copy of the newspaper by signing in and clicking on the Jan. 31, 2018 PDF at the upper right...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 24, 2018

Flu epidemic hits the coulee

When Coulee Medical Center's infection control nurse went home for the weekend a couple weeks ago, the state of Washington was in the green, but had turned dark red by Monday morning. Those are the co...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 17, 2018

Man killed after losing control of pickup truck

A Coulee City man died Thursday morning when the pickup he was driving slid off the highway into Lake Lenore upside down. Harold J. Chadwick, 78, and Connie Chadwick, 74, were headed south on SR-17 when the 1996 Ford F150 rotated clockwise and went...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 17, 2018

New mayor, council members take over

Three new town council members and a new mayor took the oath of office at the first council meeting of the new year last Wednesday. Larry Price, who was elected in November with a nearly 74-percent...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 17, 2018

Council rolls back discounts for seniors, disabled

At the beginning of a new era in Coulee Dam, the city council Wednesday night rolled back one of the last pieces of legislation passed under the previous council in December. Councilmember Keith St. Jeor had voted against a measure at a special meeti...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 10, 2018

Man killed after losing control of pickup truck

A Coulee City man died Thursday morning when the pickup he was driving slid off the highway into Lake Lenore upside down. Harold J. Chadwick, 78, and Connie Chadwick, 74, were headed south on SR 17...

 

Subscriber extras, state coverage offered online

Through a statewide association, The Star will provide its readers in the next few weeks with news from our state capital as our elected representatives wrestle with the issues of the session which just began. Experience tells us we won’t always...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 10, 2018

Weather, road closure might have you rethinking that trip

With a prediction from the National Weather Service for up to 6 inches of snow today and at least one road closure so far, travel plans may be altered. SR 17 is closed due to a collision about...

 

Company will convert Electric City facility into Bitcoin mine

A warehouse in Electric City will soon become the "Grant County Data Centre" for processing a type of currency that only exists digitally and has gained recent worldwide attention as its value increas...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 27, 2017

City acquires fiber optics in preparation to offer service

The city of Coulee Dam has bought a business and its 96 strands of fiber-optic cable that run beneath the Columbia River bridge, the mayor announced at a special city council meeting Wednesday. The purchase, a year-and-a-half in the making according...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 27, 2017

City sets new sewer charges for USBR, others

Coulee Dam’s city council voted Wednesday to sewer service rates that will charge low-income customers a little less and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation a lot more. Low income senior citizens and disabled residents who qualify for a discount will...

 

The truth is in there, somewhere

As we enter the New Year, we suggest the best resolution of all would be to keep a level head, an open ear and a metaphorical red pen at the ready to scratch out the hyperbole in our political rhetoric, examples of which can be found in each of the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 20, 2017

C.D. Mayor to introduce rate changes tonight

The mayor of Coulee Dam intends to ask the city council to pass new water and sewer rates tonight (Wednesday) in the last council meeting over which he will preside, with some significant changes. Mayor Greg Wilder explained to the council at their...

 

School district should consider all kinds of costs and benefits

In the business world, decisions are generally made by weighing the costs of something desirable for a business against its benefits over time. A piece of equipment may cost a lot of money, but if it pays for itself in a few years and provides an...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 6, 2017

Park district wary of future

Leaders of the little government district that has kept North Dam Park from collapsing into disrepair for several years is feeling uncertain about the future. After approving a budget Monday night in which they show spending at about $33,000 next...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 29, 2017

Two locals surrender in Moses Lake stabbing

Two Coulee Dam residents surrendered to authorities Sunday as suspects in a Moses Lake stabbing. Rebecca N. Norton, 28, and 24-year-old Aaron Pfaltzgraff-Miller, both of Coulee Dam surrendered about...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 29, 2017

Budget and rates split votes in Coulee Dam

Although they passed a $9.6 million budget unanimously, the mayor had to break two ties to get to that point at a Coulee Dam council meeting Monday night. The sticking points were around changes to rates for utilities that Councilmember Keith St. Jeo...

 

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