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 By Scott Hunter    News    January 11, 2017 

Colville Tribes to pay $250K in settlement

The Colville Tribes will repay the federal government nearly a quarter million dollars to settle allegations it submitted false Medicaid claims in connection with bills submitted by a mental health contractor for services allegedly never rendered, U....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 4, 2017

Wintery weather and slickness headed to region

Wintery weather and slickness headed to region The National Weather Service warned Saturday that a fresh round of troublesome winter weather is likely headed our way beginning Saturday afternoon and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    January 4, 2017

Skewed crime stats put Grand Coulee in first place

Grand Coulee got first place, but not necessarily the type of first place you’d want to receive. An FBI report for the state of Washington shows that Grand Coulee, for its size, was rated first in the state for burglaries for the year 2015....

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    January 4, 2017

Rezoning caution warranted, but so is all due speed

Advanced planning has never been an apparent strength in this community born of the Great Depression, which is why anytime the subject of zoning comes up, wise people flee to the hills. But this time it must be different. Grand Coulee’s planning...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    December 28, 2016

Our goals for 2017 involve you

A small-town newspaper must be more these days, and over the last decade-plus, we’ve been learning, along with the rest of the industry, just what that means. In 2017, our goals at The Star involve a better implementation of what we’ve learned...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 21, 2016

Coulee Medical Center drill pitted "active shooter" against local responders

It had never been done here before, but by the time they pulled it off, about 250 hospital employees were trained in what to do if an "active shooter" ever enters Coulee Medical Center. No one knew...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 14, 2016

NWS says we should expect moderate to heavy snow tonight

A winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service advises that we should expect snow to imapct travel, starting late tonight. Here's their advisory: URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 7, 2016

Tribal veterans join thousands at pipeline protest and victory

Smiles and tears accompanied song and prayer last week as members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation gave an appreciative sendoff to 10 armed forces veterans who were heading to...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 23, 2016

Group meets on sidewalk problem in Coulee Dam

A group of some 22 Coulee Dam citizens met in Electric City Monday night, intent on allying in an effort to impress their town council to fix the sidewalks. The issue of fixing sidewalks has been gaining attention since Fred Netzel, who called the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 16, 2016

Sidewalk fix in town budget talks

Coulee Dam’s sidewalks are in need of repair and the town will have to decide how to fund a longterm solution or to make smaller repairs a few at at a time. Solutions discussed at the town council’s preliminary budget hearing last week ranged fro...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 16, 2016

County races still too close to call

With 6,500 ballots left to count, two races for county commissioner seats in Okanogan County are still up in the air. The county’s election department issued the latest count taken Monday afternoon, which showed fewer than 700 votes separating the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 9, 2016

Some contested local elections are very close

With more than a third of the ballots left to count Tuesday night, Chris Branch’s bid to take Sheila Kennedy’s District 1 seat on the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners was ahead 53 percent to 47 percent. In Grant County, Superior Court...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    November 9, 2016

We'll figure it out together

No matter what just happened, we’re all in this together. Regardless of which candidate won the presidential election, or any others you’re watching closely, the republic, state and county will su...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 2, 2016

CMC stops spending on big project

Coulee Medical Center has put a stop to a project that was bleeding money and caused the hospital to borrow on county warrants, the administrator told the board Monday night. The medical records project was supposed to cost $1.3 million to integrate...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 2, 2016

Crime problem concerns town folks

A discussion about local crime revealed the level of concern many local people in Coulee Dam feel as minor property crimes increase. “We have a serious problem with drugs,” Councilmember David Schmidt said, admitting at Wednesday’s town council...

 
 By Scott Hunter    School    November 2, 2016

Students hear inspiration behind new art

An artist whose paintings hang in Lake Roosevelt Schools addressed students at a dedication of the art last week and gave insights into her inspirations for the six works depicting various birds -...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    November 2, 2016

Can we get it back?

People giving good advice for dealing with an increase in local crime usually miss the real point of the discontent of those complaining about it. They’ll advise, rightly, that we would all be better off if we’d stop pretending we still live in...

 
 By Scott Hunter    School    October 26, 2016

Not high school politics

As a Republican candidate for the state's second-highest office, conservative talk show host and Lake Roosevelt graduate Marty McClendon addresses a less-than-conservative crowd of Lake Roosevelt...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 19, 2016

Candidates speak at forum

A forum for Okanogan County commissioner candidates was markedly civil Thursday night in Coulee Dam, despite a campaign season possibly among the most contentious in recent county history. That may ha...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    October 19, 2016

A federal review of the entire river will be worth watching

The three federal agencies whose dams control the Columbia River system are rethinking the whole complex process, and that should make everyone pay close attention. Next Tuesday, the Bureau of Reclamation, Army Corps of Engineers and the Bonneville...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 12, 2016

Candidate forum is Thursday night

A forum for voters to hear the positions of candidates for two contested Okanogan County commissioner seats will take place Thursday at Lake Roosevelt Schools. The two hotly contested races come after months of push-back on the existing...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 12, 2016

Bureau of Reclamation seeks comments on modernization plan at Grand Coulee Dam

The Bureau of Reclamation is inviting the public to comment on a proposed multiyear powerplant overhaul project at two Grand Coulee Dam powerhouses. During the 30-day comment period that ends Nov. 7,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 12, 2016

Gehrke windmills named historic

The Gehrke Windmill Garden at North Dam Park has been listed on the Washington Hertiage Register of Historic Places. The Governor’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation granted that distinction Oct. 7 at a meeting in Tacoma. Coulee Area Park...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 5, 2016

Judge has ideas on local crime

A judge of the superior court of one of the four local counties whose corners meet in the Grand Coulee Dam community has ideas he thinks should be considered across counties to help curb local crime....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 5, 2016

Candidates forum set for Oct. 13

Okanogan County Board of Commissioners candidates will address the public in an open forum Thursday, October 13, in Coulee Dam at Lake Roosevelt Schools. The forum, sponsored by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place in the...

 

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