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 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 8, 2017

Plea deal includes no jail time for clerk

A former Mosquito District 2 clerk pled guilty to one count of first-degree theft in Grant County Superior Court Monday. A second count of first-degree theft, relating to an alleged misappropriation of funds of just over $129,000, was dismissed...

 

Kids and guests take part in Read Across America

Electric City Mayor John Nordine II reads to Jessica Tufts' second grade students at Lake Roosevelt Elementary School last Thursday, Dr. Seuss's birthday, taking part in the Read Across America...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 8, 2017

New carnival will serve Colorama this year

Colorama will have a new carnival this year, Rainier Amusements, out of Portland, Oregon, the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week. The new carnival is one of the featured attractions for this year’s Colorama Festival, May...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 8, 2017

Local roads will close for fire station construction

A contractor will be on site next week to start work on a new fire station for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which means two portions of local roads will be closed for that project. Innovative...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 8, 2017

Winter hard on schools

The Grand Coulee Dam School District has had its problems with the harsh winter, and will have to repair sidewalk and playground concrete walkway problems when spring arrives. Sidewalks in front of the new school have had surface problems and the...

 

Newsbriefs

Next week, thank a classified employee March 13-17 has been proclaimed Classified Public School Employees Week by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. There are 60,000 classified school employees in the state who are involved in nearly every aspect of...

 

School strategizers meet

Richard McBride, superintendent of the North Central Educational Service District 171, leads a discussion on developing a strategic plan for Grand Coulee Dam School District in a Lake Roosevelt...

 

NPS offers marina one-year contract extension

The National Park Service is offering Lake Roosevelt Vacations, Inc., a one-year contract extension. If accepted, it will continue to operate the NPS-owned marina complex at Kettle Falls through April 30, 2018. NPS officials are offering to extend...

 

Project at casino taking shape

Workers this week are ripping existing sidewalks up at the entrance to Coulee Dam Casino as they get ready to create a new entrance area. The project includes a new restaurant on the second floor,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 8, 2017

It all adds up

It’s not easy to get used to driving 10 miles per hour slower on a short stretch of highway you’ve been traveling daily for decades. That’s a problem many folks face trying, straining, braking to navigate the multi-lane stretch of highway 155 b...

 
 By Ian Ross    Opinion    March 8, 2017

Questions for Rep. Dan Newhouse

On Feb. 23 constituents of the 4th Congressional District of Washington gathered at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp to participate in democracy and make our voices heard by you, our elected representative. You were not present. Had you...

 

Rescuing America's Health Care System

  Repealing and replacing “Obamacare” is necessary to prevent Americans from suffering the consequences of this failed and unraveling law. Promises of affordability and lower premiums have turned into the reality of diminishing choices, rising...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 8, 2017

Senior Profile: Olivia Arnold

I sat down with the young lady I call “Live” and learned a bit more about what makes her tick. I have known the Arnold family for a long time and have watched this senior at Lake Roosevelt bloom into an amazing adult, but I heard more than I...

 

Sixty-eight years ago

Workmen operate prepakt grout equipment as they pump grout into prepakt areas at the base of the right training wall. Equipment shown here includes, at top, two double-drum grout mixers; center, two...

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber meets at La Presa [Corrected] The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Thursday at La Presa. Star Publisher Scott Hunter will provide a program. Grand Coulee Library Mystery Program The Grand Coulee Library will be...

 

Buttercups mean spring, honest

Spring is coming as shown by the buttercups found locally by these kids....

 

It's a boy for the Coffeys

Jillian and Richard Coffey, of Electric City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Caleb Ross Coffey, born Monday, February 20, 2017, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 8 lbs., 3.7 oz., and was 19 inches in...

 

Ives/Barnaby have a boy

Lachelle Ives and Nicholas Barnaby, of Coulee Dam, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Landon Donald Barnaby, born Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz., and was 21.5...

 

Free trees from Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March 2017 and receive 10 free white pine trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees. “White pine trees...

 

Blood drive planned March 20

Inland Northwest Blood Center along with the Grand Coulee community blood drive volunteers led by Melanie Slatina, are planning a blood drive for Monday, March 20. Donation hours will be from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the community room in Coulee...

 

Nespelem students of the month for February

Students at Nespelem School selected for February students of the month include, from left - top row:  Agnice Campbell, Ema Bearcub, Eddy Cohen, Kyona Edmo, Drake Weed; bottom row: April Bigwolf,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Sports    March 8, 2017

State wrestlers treated

Three student athletes who placed at the state wrestling tournament in Tacoma last month were treated to lunch at The Siam Palace with the Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club Wednesday. Lake Roosevelt...

 

Up north, thawing permafrost causes climate change concerns

Planet Earth, our little satellite that we all call home, is composed of several broad-ranging geographic regions. Let’s add some varying climate types to those regions. Now we see how the complexities of these broad geographic regions grow. At...

 

Bowling Scores

COLUMBIA LEAGUE 2nd Half TEAM W L Team 6 22 18 Strike or Spare 16 24 Solid T Const. 15 25 High Game: Ron Staggs 248 High Series: Ron Staggs 616 Previous High Game: High Game: Jason Olson 235 High Series: Ron Staggs 596 Splits: Soy 3-10; Jesse...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 2/21 - Police checked on a disturbance at a Hill Avenue apartment. Police encountered a woman who refused to stop and went around the corner of the apartment complex, where she fell, breaking her ankle. She had complained that a...

 

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