Articles from the March 7, 2012 edition

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Spring must be on its way!

Kaylee Landeros, 7, a second-grader at Center Elementary, and resident of Coulee Dam, brought in the first notable buttercup over the weekend. Kaylee found the buttercups behind the water tanks off... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    March 7, 2012

Port calls meeting on golf course fate

Port District commissioners will host a meeting of golfers and those interested in keeping Banks Lake Golf and Country Club open this Thursday, March 8, at 5 p.m. at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grill in Grand Coulee. Speaking for the commissioners, Larry M... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    March 7, 2012

State taking name suggestions for new ferry

The public is going to be able to take part in naming a new Keller Ferry that will replace the Martha S. next year. The state Department of Transportation is asking the public to submit names for the...

 By Roger Lucas    News    March 7, 2012

Energy-saving project proposed for schools

Local schools could see a boost in energy efficiency under a proposed project. Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson was instructed by the board at its late February meeting to work with McKinstry, an energy company, to... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    March 7, 2012

Ridge Riders will offer clinic

Horse enthusiasts from far and near can saddle up “Old Paint” and join both youngsters and adults in the Ridge Riders riding clinic, March 31- April 3. It will be Janet Doughty’s 36th year as... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    March 7, 2012

Town seeks a refi for $800,000 savings

Coulee Dam plans to submit an application for a 1.5-percent loan from the State Drinking Water Revolving Fund, which would enable the town to refinance a current U.S. Department of Agriculture loan on which it is paying 4.5 percent. Jeff Stevens of... Full story


Tribal council seeks member input on “18 money” policies

The Colville Business Council of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation will seek opinions of tribal members 13 and older on the release of “Minor Trust Account” payments, CBC Chairman Michael O. Finley said. “The Council will... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    March 7, 2012

New towers require a lot of concrete

It could be the largest concrete pour since the Third Powerhouse project in the 1970s. An official from Wilson Construction, Gerald Turner, said that pours in late spring on the six towers in the Bonneville Power Administration powerline replacement... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    March 7, 2012

City hires engineers for new plant

Electric City accepted a contract with its engineering firm for design of a new plant to treat drinking water for arsenic. City council members OK’d the contract with Gray & Osborne last Tuesday night for $176,119. Another $34,352 was approved by... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    March 7, 2012

Too good a deal turned down

A local man said Monday that he was “almost” the victim of a scam. Everett Leishman had advertised a snow blower on craigslist, an online classified ad service, for $200, and got a suspicious response. The interested party sent two postal money... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    March 7, 2012

Group gave more than $9,000 last year

Thrivent Financial, working through the Zion Lutheran Church, gave over $9,000 to local charities in 2011, church officials reported. The Care & Share Food Bank received a cash donation of $3,120 last December in addition to food items. The senior... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    March 7, 2012

City OKs FD requests

Grand Coulee Fire Chief Rick Paris got the go-ahead from the city council to fix three projects he brought up before council members. He explained to council that the second bay in the city’s fire station had developed what he feared was a “sink... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 7, 2012

Musing on Morgan

For the last quarter century or so, Reg Morgan has managed to turn out a column in The Star just about every week. That’s a lot of “musings” to scratch out into a collection of observations that folks want to read as part of their weekly... Full story

 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    March 7, 2012

Re: “Town to hire records manager”

Given the recent decisions of the Coulee Dam Town Council, I must admit that I’m feeling empowered! That I could almost single handedly force the Town of Coulee Dam to create a new position to deal with their legal and ethical responsibility is,... Full story

 By Frank Ordway    Opinion    March 7, 2012

Wash. voters pass $2.6 billion in taxes for education

Voters overwhelmingly supported their local schools and voted for $2.6 billion in taxes to support education. You may have read reports about levies in a particular district or county, but there was precious little attention paid to what happened all... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Two Coulee Dam residents have worked hard for the last nine years to convert what was the Ponderosa Motel into the technologically state-of-the art Columbia River Inn. Three weeks ago, Ron and Diane LeMay took a large technological... Full story


Velma Mae French

Velma Mae French 84, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, following an extended valiant fight against cancer. She was born July 12, 1927, in Sturgis, S.D.,... Full story


Larry Neal French

Larry Neal French, 62, passed away at his home Aug 19, 2011, in the presence of his family. He was born January 28, 1949, to Marty and Velma French in Sturgis, S.D.  Larry married Nancy Epperson in... Full story


David Doppler

Services for David Doppler will be held Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Dunstan’s Church in Grand Coulee. Doppler, the son of Alice Doppler, passed away Dec. 23, 2011.... Full story


Ernest “Ernie” Sprugel

Ernest “Ernie” Sprugel, 89, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Spokane. Services are pending and a complete obituary will appear in next week’s Star.... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon on Thursday, March 8, at Pepper Jack’s Bar and Grille. Free Tax Help Income tax time is here!! Free tax preparation is once again being offiered at the senior center in Grand Coulee every... Full story


What’s cookin’ at the seniors?

WED., MARCH 7 - DINNER Pork Roast, Rice Pilaf, Buttered Carrots, Cinnamon Applesauce, Watergate Dessert. THURS., MARCH 8 - DINNER Mexi-Chicken Casserole, Green Salad, Corn, Chips, Salsa, Fruited Jello with Whipped Cream. (Grocery Shopping & Errands... Full story


Slow down earlier

New speed limit signs on SR 155 change the speed limit earlier for drivers approaching Electric City from the south. This 50 mph sign will slow down motorists who will also find a 35 mph limit coming... Full story

 By John McNeil II    Sports    March 7, 2012

Raiders two and out at state

The Raiders dropped two state tournament games in Spokane last week to end a two-month winning streak and leave the tournament without a trophy for the fourth time in five years. In the opening game... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    Sports    March 7, 2012

Coaches to take on ACH athletes

The Grand Coulee Dam School District has entered into an agreement to provide facilities and coaches for junior high and high school track and tennis with Almira-Coulee-Hartline schools. The board made the decision at its February meeting. The ACH... Full story


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