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 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...

 

School leaders have more than discipline at stake

Parents and school employees spoke loud, clear and long at a long school board meeting Monday about a lack of discipline in Grand Coulee Dam School District schools, an issue that involves much more than the schools alone. This community is not alone...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 22, 2017

Two locals wanted in Moses Lake stabbing

Grant County detectives are looking for two Coulee Dam people named as suspects in an early morning stabbing near Moses Lake. Investigators are looking for 28-year-old Rebecca N. Norton and...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 15, 2017

Local soldier addresses chamber

Army Specialist Jonathan Hughes had been back from Iraq since September when he spoke at the local chamber of commerce meeting last week. He spent nine months in the northern part of the country,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 15, 2017

Car crashes off highway to Bridgeport

Local emergency responders rushed to the scene of a one-car rollover Monday morning after a federal security officer found a man crawling from his overturned car along the highway to Bridgeport.... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 8, 2017

Hospital CEO asking what community wants

Ramona Hicks started “turning over the rocks” in June, as she took the lead position at Coulee Medical Center after the resignation of the last CEO. And lately, Hicks has been meeting with as many community groups as possible to tell the story of...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 8, 2017

Coulee Owl Pharmacy to open in hospital

When Fritz McGinnis wanted to buy Russell Drug in Grand Coulee decades ago, he had no way of knowing his ambition to run a community drug store here would eventually be realized by a couple he hadn’t yet met, the eventual owners of the company of...

 

Be aware of what we require of our military

The average citizen in modern American is too far removed from the reality that keeps our country demanding more of those who choose to serve the country with military service. So inside this issue of The Star, we include our annual salute to our vet...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 25, 2017

David Schmidt seeks to continue work on council

For David Schmidt, serving on the town council is a civic duty, one he is currently fulfilling for the second time, having served an earlier term a decade ago. "It's just a sense of feeling of...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 25, 2017

Netzel looks for council seat to do more

Fred Netzel has been prodding Coulee Dam's current administration and town council for more than a year to take action on issues he finds important, so he's running for a council seat to be more...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 25, 2017

Gayle Swagerty seeks seamless transition

Coulee Dam Councilmember Gayle Swagerty says Coulee Dam is making a lot of good progress and she has the most experience to carry it forward as mayor after current Mayor Greg Wilder steps down at the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 25, 2017

Larry Price wants to be mayor

Larry Price thinks people in Coulee Dam aren't happy with the tone of their current government, and he wants to change that. Price is running for mayor against Gayle Swagerty, whom he considers to be...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 25, 2017

Bartoo wants a change in direction

Bruce Bartoo doesn't like the direction the town of Coulee Dam has headed the last four years. "Except for the wastewater treatment plant, it seems like everything that's been happening has involved...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 25, 2017

Marcia Warnecke knows Coulee Dam and wants to help

Marcia Warnecke has lived in Coulee Dam for 45 years and now she’d like to help the town by serving on the town council. “I think I can offer some objective, new ideas and help,” she said. “It’s important to be able to listen and hear...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 18, 2017

CMC launches new plan

Coulee Medical Center is taking an abrupt change in the direction of a plan that was introduced just six months ago as a way to right its finances, and it’s rebuilding its in-house billing department with an emphasis on efficiency. The new directio...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 18, 2017

Next issue will help you meet the candidates

Elected positions for Grand Coulee Dam School District and the city of Coulee Dam are up for election, and The Star will publish candidate interviews for each contested position in our Oct. 25 issue. In Coulee Dam, the mayor’s office is sought by...

 

City must be careful not to spend the wrong money

A few years ago, Electric City inadvertently ran afoul of the rules for properly appropriating funds brought in by taxes collected from motel and campground patrons, leading to a small fiscal problem when the city had to repay the money to its own...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 4, 2017

Town of Coulee Dam will become a city

The town of Coulee Dam will soon become a “non-charter code city,” following a vote at the town council meeting last week. The council voted unanimously to make the switch that Town Attorney Mick Howe said most other municipalities in Washington...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 4, 2017

Local man drives over the edge

A local man drove over a steep embankment at an overlook just below Grand Coulee Dam Friday night, surviving a 200-foot plunge down the hill. Christopher Coffey, 32, of Electric City, was ejected...

 

Study outlines town's sewage options

A study on Elmer City’s options for sewage treatment suggests the town may save over the long run by building a new treatment plant of its own, instead of extending its decades-long contract with Coulee Dam. Elmer City has received its wastewater...

 

Photographer was busy this week; enjoy

So, Jacob took a ton of photos this week and we actually got the best of them online. You might be in some. Below is a slideshow, but you can find all our photos...

 

Driver goes over the edge

State Patrol investigators are piecing together the scene of a crash near the top of Grand Coulee Dam tonight. A driver apparently powered through the parking lot in the overlook just below the top...

 

Missing man found

An Electric City man who went missing Monday night, prompting authorities to issue a “Silver Alert,” was found Tuesday afternoon and is safe. Donald S. Fisher, 69, hadn’t been seen since about 7 p.m. Monday, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office... Full story

 

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