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Articles from the January 30, 2013 edition

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The civil discussion at the Coulee Dam council meeting was a welcome relief from the tension building over the wastewater treatment plant issue. More than that, it was a model of how a town council meeting should be run. Kudos to all involved.... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    January 30, 2013

Civil meeting makes for progress in Coulee Dam

Two days earlier, people on opposite sides of a contentious issue hadn’t gotten along so well, but the regular meeting of the Coulee Dam Town Council Wednesday progressed with civility remarkable by contrast. The town council accepted without... Full story


Every inch counts

Ice climber Craig Pope, of Moscow, Idaho, makes his way to the left, looking for a path up on icicles clinging to the coulee wall at Million Dollar Mile along SR-155 Sunday. At one point, he said,... Full story



City to get sexual harrassment training Department heads and staff at the city of Grand Coulee will attend a sexual harassment training at 4 p.m. this Friday, according to mayor Chris Christopherson. He stated that he didn’t want to comment on the... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 30, 2013

Burglary takes cash from golf course

A safe with an estimated $2,800 inside was taken from Banks Lake Golf Course during the night hours Monday. Thieves dragged the 300-pound safe out the back door after gaining entry with a crowbar, police stated. The loss was discovered by Port... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 30, 2013

Worries about chickens stated

If they allow chickens in the city, they might attract snakes that would come for the eggs. That and a declaration that chickens are “filthy birds” were among comments The Electric City Council heard Jan. 22. Ken Doughty, who was against the... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 30, 2013

School year calendar revamped

Grand Coulee Dam School District board members took next year’s calendar and turned it upside down at their Monday night meeting. A printed calendar for the 2013-14 school year was given to board members at the district’s last meeting a month... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 30, 2013

Local housing report given

The local housing market is surviving a bumpy ride and is showing signs of improvement, real estate broker Merle Kennedy told chamber of commerce members at a Thursday luncheon last week. Kennedy said that the housing market last year looked bleak... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 30, 2013

Woman looking for her son

A Grand Coulee woman is seeking information on the whereabouts of her 14-year-old son, who was reported to police as a runaway Jan. 15. Keyana Gendron told The Star newspaper Monday that her son,... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 30, 2013

Rotary gets school wish list

The school board gave the Rotary Club a list of possible projects that it could take on to enhance the new K-12 school. The Rotary Club advised school officials that it had $15,000 and would like to see how far it could leverage the money toward... Full story



• In a story last week, it was reported that Coulee Dam Mayor Quincy Snow had requested that a meeting with the Colville Tribes Community Development Committee on Tuesday be changed from 9:30 a.m. to 9 am. An agenda from the committee emailed the... Full story


Road to be repaved

Coulee Dam has received a grant from the federal government to re-do lower Crest Drive from River Drive to the city limits, a distance of under a quarter mile. The federal grant was for for $302,750, with the state Transportation Improvement Board... Full story


Food watch

An American bald eagle perches in a tree at Crescent Bay on Lake Roosevelt Tuesday morning. — Scott Hunter photo...


Progress reported for handicapped parking

In a follow-up to my Oct. 29, 2012 letter requesting handicapped access parking signs at The Eagles and Pepper Jack’s, there has been progress. The Eagles reinstalled their sign and I purchased handicapped signs at the local hardware store and... Full story


Give teachers some credit

It’s been over a month since Team USA 4th Grade did their coaches, American public school teachers, proud by coming in fourth in the world’s reading rankings. Yet, there’s been very little celebrating in this country of ours so famous for... Full story


California vs. Texas

California and Texas are like the two biggest kids on the block going toe-to-toe for bragging rights. Who’s the biggest? Who’s the best? Bravado aside, comparing the business climate in these two... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago A local woman and her family must deal with mixed emotions as the nation prepares for war. She left Sunday to assume her post in the Army for at least the next several months in western... Full story


Laurel G. “Gerry” Beck

Laurel G. “‘Gerry” Beck, Gerry aka: “Tootie” to her family, 89, was born February 26, 1923, in Cathay, N.D., to Hjalmer “Jonie” and Hulda Stokes. She passed away from her Grand Coulee,... Full story


Bertha Ann Mustard

Bertha Ann Mustard, 80, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She was in the arms of her daughter Mary at the time of her passing. Bertha was born... Full story


Clarence "Lee" Chafin II

On Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, Clarence “Lee” Chafin II left his earthly body and flew to the heavens to join his family that went before him after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic... Full story


Free tax help at the Seniors

Income tax time is here! Free tax preparation is being offered at the Grand Coulee Senior Center again this year. Volunteers trained in cooperation with IRS and AARP will be available every Tuesday, Feb 12 - April 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, Jan. 31, at noon at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille. Steve Becker, marketing director at CMC, will speak about CMC marketing plans for the community. Port Dist. 7 to Meet... Full story


It’s a girl for Jordan/Palmanteer

Shoshannah Jordan and Uriah Palmanteer of Coulee Dam are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Milliana Vanae Palmanteer on Friday, December 21, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand... Full story


December Students of the Month at Center

Front - Aaliyah Cheeney, Sadie Desautel, Lucy Budravage, Nathan Garcia, Jerusalem Picard Adams Back - Raven Clark, Kiley Short, Adriana Garcia-Atchison, Jenna Cleveland, Anthony Vu. Not pictured -... Full story


Lady Raiders extend win streak

by John R. McNeil II Victories over Bridgeport and Manson last week placed the Lady Raiders solidly atop the Central Washington North with just five games left in the regular season. Against the... Full story


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