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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 4, 2015 

Newspapers, media, bubbles, and the fracturing of democracy

I gave the college kids a mixed bag of goods last week about the nature of newspapers and media in general, and tied it to some worries I have about the health of our democracy. Asked to be this year’s “publisher in residence” at Washington Sta...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 25, 2015

Two teens die in Coulee City crash

Two teenagers were killed and a third injured in Coulee City Friday night when the car they were in left the road and hit a light pole at the city park. The driver, Auston Frye, 17, of Hartline; and...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 25, 2015

Wild horse roundup halted

A roundup of wild horses on the Colville Indian Reservation was stopped just before noon Sunday due to mounting pressure from tribal members. The roundup had been planned to take about three weeks, ga...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 25, 2015

Local hospital ekes a profit

Coulee Medical Center managed to show a slim profit in January, following months of losses, mostly due to downward adjustments in the amounts due from Medicaid in 2014. CMC’s financial statements for January showed a $1,351 gain on the bottom...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 18, 2015

Two teens die in Coulee City crash

Two teenagers were killed and a third injured in Coulee City Friday night when the car they were in left the road and hit a light pole at the city park. The driver, Auston Frye, 17, of Hartline; and a passenger, Pedro Huitron, 18, of Lind, died in...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 18, 2015

Wild horse roundup halted

A roundup of wild horse on the Colville Indian Reservation was stopped just before noon Sunday due to mounting pressure from tribal members. The roundup had been planned to take about three weeks,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 18, 2015

Chamber honors outstanding members

The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce singled out members to honor at its annual banquet last Thursday night at Pepper Jack's Bar and Grille. The Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union was voted...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 11, 2015

Park and recreation district pursues wellness center plan

The dream of a community swimming pool and wellness center is due for a visible rendering, which architects started to get a feel for Tuesday morning in a field of weeds. In January, the Coulee Area...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    February 11, 2015

Public Records Act under attack

Several bills before the Legislature this session all seek to weaken in some way the state’s model Public Records Act, and therefore, the entire state. One of the most egregious, HB 1349, is scheduled for a hearing Thursday afternoon before the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 4, 2015

Dam area shows Seahawk spirit

It seemed to be pumping through the veins of people all over the community last week, but there couldn't have been more concrete evidence of the Pacific Northwest's support of the Seattle Seahawks...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 4, 2015

Omak man injured in wreck

A 39-year-old Omak man was taken to Coulee Medical Center today after he swerved to miss a deer on SR 17 and hit a telephone pole. Jason Reise was headed north in a 2005 Dodge Caravan 13.4 miles north of Coulee City when he had to swerve to miss a...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    February 4, 2015

What goes around, comes around

“I don’t have kids in school,” she said, “why should I have to pay taxes for schools?” Someone paid when you were a kid in need of an education, I said. “But I didn’t live here then,” she said. Wherever you were in this country, I...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 28, 2015

Lasers write giant Seahawk 12 on Grand Coulee Dam

There couldn't be more concrete evidence of the Pacific Northwest's support of the Seattle Seahawks for their bid to repeat last year's Superbowl victory tomorrow, than a big 12 emblazened on the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    January 28, 2015

It's up to us to maintain the gift

Local school district patrons this year have been given a huge, remarkable gift the benefits of which we are still discovering. And we will still have the privilege of maintaining it for a long time to come. Renewing the tax levy that helps do that...

 
 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...

 

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