Articles from the January 11, 2017 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News    January 11, 2017

Colville Tribes to pay $250K in settlement

The Colville Tribes will repay the federal government nearly a quarter million dollars to settle allegations it submitted false Medicaid claims in connection with bills submitted by a mental health contractor for services allegedly never rendered, U.... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 11, 2017

Paper could be late

It's entirely possible The Star could be late tomorrow. As I write, freezing rain is pelting the ground, the National Weather Service is warning of an ice storm with up to a half inch of ice locally,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 11, 2017

Schools starting two hours late Wednesday

Lake Roosevelt Schools and Nespelem School with start two hours late Wednesday. At Nespelem Elementary there will be no preschool at all for the day. Also, breakfast will not be served at Nespelem on Wednesday. Freezing rain was pelting much of the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017

Area burglaries spiked in 2016

Grand Coulee's police department showed a marked increase in the number of burglaries reported in its jurisdiction (which includes Electric City) in 2016 over what it reported for 2015, according to... Full story

 

Not tennis weather

A small herd of deer watches warily as walkers pass nearby the spot in Coulee Dam's Cole Park where they had bedded down near the tennis courts to wait out Sunday's snowfall. Low temperatures will... Full story

 

Library would like to hear from you

North Central Regional Library would like to hear from you. The five-county library district is currently working on a new strategic plan and would like to hear what the public thinks of its libraries and what they’d like to see in the future. The... Full story

 

Annual Balde Eagle Festival set

The annual Balde Eagle festival will be held in Grand Coulee Thursday, Feb. 16, and in Davenport on Friday, Feb. 17, according to National Park Service Education Specialist Janice Elvidge. Events on both days are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

Mayor Wilder chairs board Coulee Dam Mayor Greg Wilder was named chairman of the Regional Board of Mayors and presided over the group’s first meeting of 2017 Monday afternoon. No rate increase The Regional Board of Mayors received word Monday that... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017

NPS to present plan for Ice Age Floods trail

Community members are encouraged to attend an Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail informational meeting Jan. 23 in Coulee Dam. The national project is to tell the story of the Ice Age Floods, which includes 16,000 square miles in four states and,... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017

Weather forces delays at GCD and Nespelem schools

Old Man Winter interrupted Monday’s start of school, forcing a two-hour delay because of snow at both Grand Coulee Dam and Nespelem schools. In Coulee Dam, interim bus manager George Davis said roads in general were bad in all directions. He... Full story

 

Barbara Marie Lackner

Barbara Marie Lackner passed away Monday, January 2, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. Barbara was born to Lloyd and Mary Virgo April 28, 1948. She lived on the family farm in Stevinson,... Full story

 

Phyllis "Marlene" Grant

Phyllis "Marlene" Grant, 61, went to be with her Lord Jesus one day following her 61st birthday on Monday, January 2, 2017, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. Born Sunday, January... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017

School district seeks public input

Patrons of the Grand Coulee Dam School District will soon have an opportunity to officially comment about local schools. The district just recently prepared a survey, which will be online, covering a number of topics relating to different aspect of... Full story

 

Joyce M. Nee

Passionate educator, devoted Catholic, lover of the outdoors. Beloved sister, friend and wife, and most of all, extraordinary mother to her own children and countless others. Joyce Nee brought... Full story

 

Althea Thomas Rider

Althea was born July 8, 1963, in Grand Coulee, Washington, to Ranae Thomas and Al Garry and passed away Friday, December 23, 2016, in Tomball, Texas. She was raised in Nespelem and attended school at... Full story

 

Gladys Marie (Teslow) Sharp

                                                                    Gladys Marie (Teslow) Sharp, 90, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017, in Bellevue, Washington.... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon, this Thursday, January 12 at the senior Center. General business is on the agenda. Grant County Democrats to Meet The regular monthly meeting of the Grant County... Full story

 

Spratline/ Vieira have a girl

Micaela Spratling and Jesse Vieira, of Coulee Dam, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Kalani Marie Vieira, born Friday, December 30, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz., and was 19.5... Full story

 

Katiches have a girl

Sorrell and Melissa Katich are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Saige Kellie Katich, born Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz. and was 21.5 inches in length at... Full story

 

It's a boy for the Knights

Cameron and Kelsie Knight, of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Karson Wayne Knight, born Sunday, January 1, 2017, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 8 lbs., .08 oz., and was 19.75... Full story

 

Avoiding déjà vu all over again

The late Yogi Berra coined the phrase, “It’s déjà vu all over again!” It is used extensively to describe political miscues. Case in point: ObamaCare. Recently, the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel wrote a column describing... Full story

 

Our system comes with no guarantees

There are a lot of dire predictions about our representative democracy out there. We’re just past a presidential election campaign in which candidates complained about a rigged political system. Now, commentators worry about the imminent failure... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 11, 2017

Senior Profile: Aiyanna Picard

As we start the New Year I wanted to highlight some of the seniors in this year’s class at Lake Roosevelt who are succeeding and striving to make a difference in their own lives. I choose Aiyanna Picard because, well, she is “The Legend,” and... Full story

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    January 11, 2017

December brings cold snap and snow

Let’s start out with a quick look back at 2016 weather, shall we? What really stands out for me in 2016 was the amount of precipitation we received. Our area averages 10.55 inches annually. Well, that changed and will likely change the overall... Full story

 

Raiders wrestle in Okanogan and Warden

Raiders wrestled in the Brewster Mix & Match last Tuesday, then in a Warden tournament on Saturday. The Brewster Mix & Match is without brackets and team points, but is rather an opportunity for wrestlers to gain experience. Three Raiders participate... Full story

 

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