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 By Scott Hunter    News    January 21, 2015 

Consultant helping to rebuild fire department

People apparently pleased with the mayor's selection of a consultant who has been helping the Coulee Dam Fire Department were not happy with the mayor's refusal last week to commit to hiring him...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    January 21, 2015 

Fraudulent hoarding should be a crime

Perhaps there would be nothing wrong with holding onto money collected for another purpose, if just holding onto it did no harm. But it does, and it is wrong. Specifically, money collected under a state law designed to promote tourism and create...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 14, 2015

Readers now must choose volunteer of year

Readers have until next Wednesday, Jan. 21, to make their wishes known on choosing the person to be honored as the 2014 Volunteer of the Year. All letters nominating eligible volunteers are published in this week’s Star, starting on page 3. The...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 14, 2015

Study proposed: Should cities unite?

If you've ever found yourself wondering if it might be more efficient to have one city instead of four to govern the local area, you're not alone. The local chamber of commerce offered Monday to head...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 14, 2015

USBR matching grant will ease park district finances

The park district that struggles to find ways to pay for maintaining North Dam Park will have an easier time financing the effort with a new grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Coulee Area Park and Recreation District commissioners learned...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 7, 2015

Who should be honored?

Readers have until Jan. 12, next Monday, to send in their nominations for the annual volunteer of the year honor to be decided by community poll. The initiative will choose a worthy volunteer to be...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 31, 2014

Readers can name someone deserving recognition

Readers have until Jan. 12 to send in their nominations for the annual volunteer of the year honor to be decided by community poll. The Star initiative picks a worthy volunteer to be honored as an example of selfless service to others. Many people...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 24, 2014

Town officials confident of emergency coverage

by Scott Hunter Following a shakeup in the Coulee Dam Fire Department that came to a head two weeks ago, town leaders last week stated their confidence that citizens are safe and that calls for emergency services will be met. “In terms of...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 24, 2014

Couple to greet the New Year twice next week

Damon Eric Harrell and his wife Kymberly will usher in the New Year at midnight twice next week, if they can pull it off, and they will post to The Star’s Facebook page as they go. The Harrells (he is the son of Melvin Harrell Sr. of Grand Coulee)...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    December 17, 2014

Volunteer of the Year to be announced in January

Evidently, we need a little more time to think. Each year, The Star solicits nominations from readers for Volunteer of the Year award, and each year, we receive multiple letters nominating between fiv...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Sports    December 17, 2014

Sports scheduling - so far

With the Lake Roosevelt gym in the midst of getting a new roof, it hasn’t taken much over the last two weeks to send sports schedules into disarray, with schedules changing sometimes daily. The reconstruction of the leaky roof couldn’t be...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 17, 2014

Coulee Dam town officials confident of emergency coverage

Following a shakeup in the Coulee Dam Fire Department that came to a head last week, town leaders this week have stated their confidence that citizens are safe and that calls for emergency services will be met. “In terms of providing protection,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Community    December 10, 2014

Merry Christmas -- Favorite photos from September on

Below is a slideshow of 170 photos of the community taken since September, many that have not been published. You can go to Our Photo Site to see them larger, download them or share them on social...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 10, 2014

Report: Crucial to success, recruiting for hospital going well

As Coulee Medical Center works to build up its business to a sustainable level, it’s finding success with a homegrown approach to recruiting talent, Chief of Staff Dr. Andrew Castrodale said Monday, and it needs to. The feasibility study that...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 3, 2014

Penalty recommended for 911 outage

Remember that 911 outage last spring when the entire state had no emergency phone service? You would if you’d tried to place an emergency call that wouldn’t go through. The staff at the state’s...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 26, 2014

Vintage Christmas event at town hall is new community event

Here's a quick video to give you a flavor of the event happening now....

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    November 26, 2014

The whole city is now vulnerable

Last week, the Grand Coulee City Council reversed its earlier decision that had kept the chief of police job under the protection of the city’s civil service commission. That reversal should be reconsidered. No matter how much faith council...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 19, 2014

Coulee Dam open to new tourism spending approach

Faced with various groups annually vying for tourism tax dollars, most Coulee Dam Town Council members verbally endorsed an approach suggested by Mayor Greg Wilder last week: outsource it — with provisos. Wilder advocated an approach similar to wha...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    November 19, 2014

Broader approach would benefit area, grow jobs

As local towns decide on how much money they’ll spend next year, the season always brings out what for councils is a bothersome and needlessly complicated question: How much money should we spend to promote tourism, and how should we spend it? Thre...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 12, 2014

Construction boom on reservation offers jobs

[This story has been updated with more accurate numbers of workers that were made available.] With a massive new headquarters under construction near Nespelem for the 12 Confederated Tribes of the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 12, 2014

Hospital passes $22 million budget

Hospital District 6 commissioners passed a budget Monday night that anticipates changes in fee structures, increased employment, new doctors and a razor thin 0.1-percent net margin, basically break even. “We’re going to start conservative and...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    November 12, 2014

If not the whole bagel, half would still be good

As a matter of fact, we view the four towns as one in many ways, but in purely practical terms joining just two would be very good start. In any large city, the populations of Electric City, Grand...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 5, 2014

Coulee Medical Center staffers training for Ebola fever

Even while much of the world is just waking up to what the potential spread of Ebola fever in Western Africa might mean for the rest of the globe, the local hospital in Grand Coulee is already making...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 5, 2014

Pedestrian hit on highway

A 38-year-old Mallot man walking along SR 97 was hit by a car Thursday night about 6 p.m., the Washington State Patrol reports. Tarence Marconi was walking north along the highway when a northbound car drove onto the shoulder, striking Marconi and...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 29, 2014

NPS plans fee raises for Lake Roosevelt

National Park Service officials at Coulee Dam presented their proposal last week to boost boat launch and camping fees for Lake Roosevelt. One of their main concerns, said Lake Roosevelt National Recr...

 

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