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 By Scott Hunter    News    April 27, 2016 

School administrator in federal custody

A Coulee Dam man arrested in February on charges related to his alleged relationship with a 14-year-old girl in Wisconsin found himself in federal court Monday in Spokane, not a state court in Okanogan. Nate Piturachsatit, 37, pleaded not guilty to...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 27, 2016 

Senator Parlette speaks at Rotary

State Sen. Linda Evans Parlette visited the community last week to fill in schools Superintendent Dennis Carlson on changes in the capital budget staff in Olympia, which could affect the Grand Coulee...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    April 20, 2016

Man jailed after tussle with police

by Roger S. Lucas & Scott Hunter It took three officers to finally subdue a man originally pulled over on a traffic stop who now faces a handful of charges, including third-degree assault of the officers and resisting arrest. Floyd denies the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 20, 2016

Dinner planned to bring Justin Arnold home

Justin Arnold, a chef behind many of the recipes at the Fusion Café in Electric City, was pursuing his passion in New York at the Culinary Institute of America when he was hit by a car in February. Arnold suffered traumatic brain injury, and his...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 20, 2016

Officials announce funding package for new wastewater treatment plant

Engineers and officials from government agencies gathered at Coulee Dam's town hall Tuesday to announce the financing package for the town's new wastewater treatment plant. Mayor Greg Wilder said the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 13, 2016

Spaghetti feed this Saturday helps kids come together

A spaghetti dinner set for Saturday will help fund a project that brings together sixth graders from Coulee Dam and Nespelem schools to pave their way as eventual classmates in high school. The Grand...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 13, 2016

Long named center's "volunteer of the year"

Charlie Long was honored as the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center's volunteer of the year at a dinner there Saturday. "If anyone deserves recognition, it is Charlie," Way and Means Committee Chairman...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 13, 2016

Puzzling: Okanogan County considering outsourcing juvenile detention

Citizens would do well to continue their skepticism regarding a curious study underway by Okanogan County commissioners on whether to ship out to other locations juvenile offenders in its justice system, rather than house them in county. The...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Community    April 13, 2016

Clinic draws participants from across state

From far and near, 23 young riders attended The Ridge Riders Saddle Club's barrel racing clinic last week. Taught by Jackie Jackson-Gudmundson, the clinic brought students from as far away as...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 6, 2016

We should be thinking about root causes

While law abiding citizens often find it frustrating to learn that those accused of crimes against them are arrested but very soon released, that doesn’t mean the system doesn’t work. Sometimes it just means it’s slower than we might like,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 30, 2016

School hopes missing equipment returned

Exercise equipment has been taken from a gym that has been open to community use for years, and school district officials are hoping someone will bring it back. “It is disturbing and frustrating to think that people would take valuable equipment th...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 30, 2016

Raising funds for a solid memory

An alumni group that wants past mascots memorialized at the new school in Coulee Dam is working toward a new sculpture and collecting money to have it made. The Grand Coulee Alumni Association has...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Sports    March 30, 2016

Basketball great Payton coming to the coulee

Local kids can work on basketball and more in a clinic with retired basketball great Gary Payton next week. Athletic Director Rich Black said Tuesday afternoon he had just learned the high school gym had been scheduled for a clinic hosted by Payton,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    March 23, 2016

Tourism group to take on Electric City city hall

Tourism interests expressed heated frustration with Electric City's council in a meeting last Thursday at Sunbanks Resort, frustration to the point of hiring a lawyer. The meeting, organized by the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 23, 2016

Internecine arguing makes case for municipal merger

Two examples glare in the news this week, showing why consolidating local towns into one city would make so much sense. It’s far from clear that consolidation would actually cut down on personnel or save as much money as one might assume, but...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 16, 2016

Firefighters want you satisfied Saturday

Elmer City's volunteer firefighters are preparing to put on their 55th Annual Pancake Feed Saturday, and they're hoping you'll attend. There's a good chance of that, judging from the past experience...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 16, 2016

GCD Yacht Club tears out old docks for new ones

The Grand Coulee Dam Yacht Club has been working on tearing out its aging docks at Eden Harbor over the last three weeks to make way for new ones. Keith St. Jeor said Friday, while pulling the old...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 9, 2016

Don't take police for granted

Most of us would never put ourselves in harm’s way, knowing that a man with a gun might be approaching with evil intent. A few of us just did. Local police were asked last week to block the highway heading into Electric City from the south because...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 2, 2016

Hospital to build a daycare

It’s hard to go to work if you’ve got no one to watch the kids. That’s a problem Coulee Medical Center will tackle, at least for its own employees, following a decision by hospital commissioners Monday night. They voted to spend up to $15,000...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 2, 2016

Suspect in custody after Coulee City schools closed

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says schools in Coulee City are closed this morning “as a precaution.” GCSO adds only that there have been no injuries and that law enforcement officers are at the school. Reports coming from a person near the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    February 24, 2016

Be watchful for you and your neighbors

Not too long ago, a couple moving into the area told us they felt safe moving here after reading Coulee Cops in The Star for several weeks. They concluded that if that’s as bad as it gets, this must be a very safe community. And they’re still...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 17, 2016

Classes for boating coming

Boaters in Washington state born after Dec. 31, 1954, now need to take a boater education course and carry a state Boater Education Card. An online course is offered by a private company for $29.50...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    February 17, 2016

Choose your volunteer

Below are this year’s nominations for The Star’s annual Volunteer of the Year award. Each of them are highly deserving of the honor. When chosen by our readers, they will stand for the honor meant to recognize the many in the community who give...

 
 By John R McNeil II and Scott Hunter    Sports    February 17, 2016

LR loses to Kittitas, defeats Liberty Bell

The Raider boys kept their dreams of the state basketball tournament alive Saturday with a dramatic one-point, at-the-buzzer win over Liberty Bell after fighting back from a 13-point deficit at the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 10, 2016

After-school program gets regional award

An after-school program promoting values, leadership, family and education received a multi-state award last week when its director, Kim Stanger, was in Washington D.C. to encourage more funding from...

 

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