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 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 4, 2017

Zoning issues complicate Center sale

The sale of Center School is made more complicated by the issue of zoning. The school district has made efforts to sell the vacated school and some additional acres, but so far no one has stepped up to the plate to make an offer. The issue of zoning...

 

Ice breakers

Bob Hendrickson heads back to the boat launch at Coulee Playland after a brief excursion just after noon New Year's Day, kayaking through the ice on Banks Lake. Behind him are Ross Vordahl, Rod...

 
 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    News    January 4, 2017

Port District reports financial turnaround for golf course

There were smiles all around last Thursday as Port District 7 officials got the year-end financial report on Banks Lake Golf Course, which they manage. At the end of 2015, port commissioners were looking at red ink to the tune of $32,000. But last...

 

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....

 

Newsbriefs

Port changes meeting time Grant County Port District 7 is changing its meeting time, according to a vote of commissioners last Thursday. The Port District has been meeting at the airport at 5 p.m. the last Thursday of every month. Commissioners, by...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 4, 2017

Elmer City passes budget after drama

Elmer City has a 2017 budget, but not without a bit of strife. It was all over a $2 an hour raise for city clerk Gary Benton. The raise and passage of the town’s $915,603 budget narrowly passed Dec. 8, with one council member, Jesse Tillman,...

 

New Grand Coulee police officer sworn in

Grand Coulee Mayor Paul Townsend, right, welcomes the city's eighth police officer in a swearing-in ceremony held Monday at city hall. Mathew Ponusky, left, of Spokane, will attend a four-month...

 

Time to nominate the volunteer of the year

You know who they are. They work in your church or volunteer at the school. Maybe he or she picks up litter every week along the highway, or is the one who can always be counted on to shovel a sidewalk when someone else can’t. Or maybe it’s...

 

Correction

The Star newspaper reported last week that Carl Russell had resigned as president of POWER. He only had resigned as manager of the fish pens in Electric City. He is still president of POWER. The Star regrets the error....

 

Barbara Lackner

Barbara Lackner passed away Monday, January 2, 2017. A memorial service is set for 2 p.m., Saturday, January 7, at Grand Coulee Community Church. Strate Funeral Home is helping with arrangements. A complete obituary will be in next week’s Star...

 

Ronald W. Whitehead

Ronald W. Whitehead, 63, was born February 23, 1953, at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington. He passed away peacefully at Hospice of Spokane North on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, after...

 

Monte D. Moomaw

Monte D. Moomaw, 82, of Wenatchee, Washington, crossed over Saturday, December 24, 2016, with his wife and children by his side. Monte was born on December 6, 1934, in Toppenish, Washington, to...

 

Ronald Dee "Ron" Myszewski

Ronald Dee "Ron" Myszewski, 50, born July 7, 1966, in Woodland, California, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016, in Grand Coulee, Washington. Cremation has taken place and no services are...

 

Health district says flu has arrived in force

The Grant County Health District has received reports of positive rapid tests for influenza A within the last seven days. Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brzezny issued an alert to the Grant County healthcare community and media. “Be aware of...

 

It's a boy for the Fergusons

Nicole and Barney Ferguson, of Keller, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Bradley James Ferguson, born Monday, December 26, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 6 lbs., 2 oz., and was 21...

 

Meetings and Notices

No Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not meet this week. American Legion to Meet The American Legion Post 157 holds legion meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m.,...

 

What's cookin' at the Seniors

Wed., Jan. 4 – Dinner Ham, Mac and Cheese, Mixed Vegetables, Zucchini, Fruit Salad, Cupcake Thurs., Jan. 5 – Dinner Chicken Pot Pie (peas, carrots and onions), Fruit Slices, Pudding Parfait Fri., Jan. 6 – Breakfast Breakfast Meat Omelette,...

 

Legals for January 4, 2017

      SUMMARY OF ORDINANCE NO. 1037 of the City of Grand Coulee, Wash.                  On the 28 day of December 2016, the City Council of the City of Grand Coulee, Washington, passed Ordinance No. 1037.  A summary of the...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 12/25 - A Moses Lake man asked police to check on his brother because he hadn’t heard from him for quite awhile. The man was fine, but didn’t have any minutes left on his phone so he couldn’t call his brother. The officer...

 

Cold, but fun

Kids in Coulee Dam's Cole Park Monday take advantage of the region's snowfall, which was in perfect, cold and crunchy condition for sledding on the sunny afternoon near the Coulee Dam Federal Credit...

 

Who wants you to believe it?

We say that we live in the information age. The available quantity of information is immense. The reliability of that flood of information is uncertain. That situation is not entitely new; there have always been rumors. But electronic communication...

 

A foster care crisis grows in Washington

There is a growing crisis in Washington’s foster care system. There are currently more children entering foster care than the present number of foster homes can handle and the need for more homes is urgent! Sadly, due to the shortage of homes,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 4, 2017

Childhood greats who passed in 2016

The year 2016 saw many of my childhood heroes and icons pass away. As the year wound down, they seemed to come in waves and it got me thinking more and more about the celebrities who entertain us throughout the years, and in some cases become part of...

 

Seventy-six years ago

Winter at Grand Coulee Dam. – January 12, 1940 photo...

 

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