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 By Scott Hunter    News    February 3, 2016 

School leader arrested by task force

A popular educator and rising young school administrator was taken from Lake Roosevelt Schools in handcuffs today, after a Seattle-based task force on internet crimes served warrants to search his home and office. Nate Piturachsatit was arrested at...

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 3, 2016 

Nespelem School levy on ballot for Tuesday

Voters will decide Feb. 9 whether to continue property tax support of Nespelem Elementary School by paying only about a tenth of the amount of money the levy actually would bring to the school. The...

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 3, 2016 

Two trees spared cutting after council reverses vote

The town council last week narrowly repealed a vote it took in December to remove two town-owned trees along the 300 block of Stevens Avenue after one council member said he felt deceived and...

 By Scott Hunter    News    January 27, 2016

CEO: Auditors didn't like what they found

Bonuses given out in 2014 to hospital executives prior to a turnover in leadership will likely result in a “finding” from the State Auditor’s Office, Coulee Medical Center’s top executive told her board Monday night. “The auditor has...

 By Scott Hunter    News    January 27, 2016

Bigelow to retire as hospital leader

The woman who took the helm of the troubled hospital she’s spent most of her career at will not renew her contract, opting instead for some time with grandchildren, she reiterated to commissioners Monday. Debbie Bigelow had sent a letter to...

 By Scott Hunter    News    January 20, 2016

Nespelem voters to decide on school levy

Nespelem area voters should have ballots in hand soon for deciding on a school levy that would turn some $34,000 of their tax dollars into an additional $318,000 in state funds. Nespelem School District Superintendent Rich Stewart said the rate of ta...

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    January 20, 2016

At some point, cities should get serious

Grand Coulee’s mayor is right when he says in a front-page article this week (“New twist could bring towns’ functions together”) that his city has “a lot to offer” other municipalities in considering how the four in the Grand Coulee Dam...

 By Scott Hunter    News    January 13, 2016

Union local transferred to Grand Coulee

The demise of the Alcoa aluminum plant in Wenatchee has led to a change in the location of the union lodge for machinists and a Bureau of Reclamation worker is now president. Wallace "Peewee" Pleasant...

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    January 13, 2016

Olympia coverage is a little extra

A story that starts on page 2 this week comes through The Star’s association with the state association that works with colleges in the state to encourage and support journalism education. “Governor, DNR 2016 budget proposals seek wildfire fighti...

 By Scott Hunter    News    January 6, 2016

Roof collapses at rodeo grounds

The overhead covering that has shaded rodeo fans for decades collapsed sometime Sunday night or Monday morning, presumably a victim of a heavy snow load and its age. Much of it is lying in a heap on...

 By Scott Hunter    News    January 6, 2016

CMC adds tech to safeguard records

Patients checking in at Coulee Medical Center can now verify their identities with a state-of-the-art fingerprint scanner. The "SafeChx" system not only guards against identity theft, but also...

 By Scott Hunter    Lifestyles    January 6, 2016

New photos online now

Catching up after the holidays, our photos taken from 12-22-15 to 1-5-16 are online. Here's a presentation and link:

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 30, 2015

Last testimonies given for community church

Members of the Coulee Dam Community Church and others gathered for its last service Sunday, offering a worship service that included bittersweet remembrances by those attending and a final fellowship...

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    December 23, 2015

How far does tribal court authority go?

Can tribal courts hear tort cases against non-Indians? This case worked its way up to the Supreme Court, which heard it this month. Here is an interesting "Amicus" podcast on the subject, with...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 23, 2015

State agency: Coulee Dam's trees worth millions

The trees owned by the town of Coulee Dam are worth an estimated $3 million dollars, a recent inventory report funded by the Washington Department of Natural Resources states. The study, produced by Community Forestry Consultants, was produced under...

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    December 23, 2015

It is written ... all over their faces

The run up to the holidays is always a time during which it is challenging to fit everything in the schedule. And at a weekly newspaper, the schedule is really messed up during the season when...

 By Scott Hunter    School    December 23, 2015

School gets $56K grant

Nespelem Elementary School got a Christmas present Thursday night when electric utility representatives presented a big check at the school's annual Christmas Program. Nespelem Valley Electric...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 16, 2015

New postmaster takes over in Grand Coulee

Grand Coulee's newest postmaster has worked at the national level for the U.S. Post Office, but wanted to get back to small- town life. Amy Glover took charge of the Grand Coulee office Dec. 8. That...

 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    December 16, 2015

Historic registry might not be what you think

A state preservation official Thursday dispelled myths and disclosed some little-known facts about what happens when property is declared "historic" and entered on a registry. The Grand Coulee Dam...

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    December 9, 2015

It's time to do better at preserving our history

This community has not done a good job of preserving its own history. Until recently, the home of the largest dam and largest powerplant in North America, and of one of the most important public works projects in the country’s history, hasn’t...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 9, 2015

Local post offices will work the weekend

Local mail carriers and post office workers will be working this Saturday and Sunday to catch up on delayed mail delivery, following storm damage to the U.S. Post Office’s distribution center in Spokane, which was flooded Tuesday night. That was...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 2, 2015

Free Christmas concert planned

A concert, complete with a visit from Santa is in the planning stage for the Grand Theatre on Grand Coulee's Main Street, the operator says. Theater operator Cody Wilson, who took over the venue this...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 2, 2015

Hospital may not break even this year

Coulee Medical Center officials were hoping to break even for 2015, but probably won’t make it, Chief Financial Officer Paul Babcock told Hospital District 6 commissioners Monday night. CMC and its clinics lost nearly $125,000 in October, about 7...

 By Scott Hunter    News    November 25, 2015

Jack Hilson, former publisher of The Star, dies at 90

Former Star owner, editor and publisher Jack Hilson, a man whose political expertise helped to build the local airport, Steamboat Rock State Park and more, has died. After serving in the Navy in World War II, Jack and his wife, Dolores, became...

 By Scott Hunter    School    November 25, 2015

Nespelem school to seek levy

Nespelem School District will ask voters to support a four-year levy in February. The school board voted Monday night to pass a resolution for the $36,000 levy, which would replace the current operations and maintenance levy and gain the tiny...


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