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Articles from the December 2, 2015 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 2, 2015

Cities consolidation outlook is cloudy

An effort to get talks going on consolidating two local cities may be in jeopardy. A decision Feb. 10, by Electric City’s council, to move forward in support of an independent study, was not a formal vote, according to City Clerk Jackie Perman. At... Full story


A great start

Shoppers explore vendors' handmade gifts and more at the Vintage Christmas Market held at Coulee Dam's town hall Saturday. The event featured dozens of vendors and a lunch offered by the Ridge Riders... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 2, 2015

Kids' thoughts on school uniforms presented

Carrie Derr’s sixth grade class let the school board know how they felt about school uniforms Monday night. The school board has discussed pursuing school uniforms for next fall to begin the 2016-17 school year. A special committee will be formed... Full story


Star accepting nominations for volunteer honor

The Star is accepting nominations for the annual Volunteer of the Year award. Each year, the community selects between several worthy people nominated for the honor. One person is honored. Groups are not eligible. Nominations can be made until Jan.... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 2, 2015

Bowling alley opening delayed

Riverview Lanes has set Tuesday, Dec. 8, as its opening date. New owner Scott Elmore said Monday that he still had some minor mechanical problems to iron out before the lanes would be ready. He had earlier scheduled the opening date for Dec. 1.... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 2, 2015

Could the town be a national historical site?

A state official will give a public talk in Coulee Dam next week, where he will also speak with town officials about the possibility of designating parts of town as a historical site. Michael Houser,... Full story



Ending strokes presentation planned Janet Mano, RN, will give a presentation of “Together We Can End Strokes” at the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center from 4-4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The presentation is sponsored by Aging & Adult Care of... Full story


Local charitable giving effort in full swing

The Christmas wishes of 138 children from 52 local families are on the Trees of Sharing this year. The Trees of Sharing is a well-established, community-wide program sponsored by local churches whose... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 2, 2015

Few tickets left for Chamber event

The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce’s Vintners & Brewers Tasting and Auction event this Saturday night has 13 tickets left at press time. The chamber has been holding the event for nearly 20 years. It is always held the first Saturday of... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 2, 2015

Chief candidates narrowed to three

Coulee Dam could have a new police chief sometime in December. Town officials were busy Monday, interviewing the top three candidates provided by the Civil Service Commission, which narrowed the list of candidates down from 10 who applied for the... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 2, 2015

Free Christmas concert planned

A concert, complete with a visit from Santa is in the planning stage for the Grand Theatre on Grand Coulee's Main Street, the operator says. Theater operator Cody Wilson, who took over the venue this... Full story


Shame on "What's in it for me?" whiners

Thank you for your thoughtful, insightful editorial (“Seeking the fair tale land of no taxes” 11/18). Not surprised you drew fire from the “Greed is Good” crowd. “How much is enough?” your critics ask. (Or, “What’s in it for me?”)... Full story


Taxes are excessive

Great response from Mr. Cathcart. I appreciate your letter “Wanting to pay less to government is no fairy tale, 11/25” and agree with you. We are taxed excessively (those who pay taxes) and there is little to no accountability from our... Full story


A government we can trust

Can we Americans trust the government? According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, 81 percent say sometimes or never. Yet we American citizens state we want the government to act in their behalf and provide services we want and need. In the same... Full story

 By Monteiths    Opinion    December 2, 2015

Thanks for support, but venture won't go forward

We would like to thank everyone for the interest you have shown regarding the potential purchase of the Center School by the North American Wool Co-op. We are members of the co-op and we were working together to assess the feasibility of the... Full story


Our public health district needs help

Attention all health care professionals! Ranked 37th out of 39 Washington state counties in public health, according to a respected study, Okanogan County remains in critical need of a secure public health system. Yet our county commissioners have... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 2, 2015

Goodbye to the good, bad and ugly

No, I am not going anywhere. But sometimes the dreams we build up get temporarily postponed. Now, the title is about goodbyes and I am not going to elaborate on who is the good or the bad, or even the ugly; you can figure that out for yourselves.... Full story


Margaret Elaine Sanford

Elaine Sanford, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother passed away at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington, on Sunday, November 29, 2015. She... Full story


Raymond R. (Ray) Green

In the early morning hours of November 20, 2015, Raymond R. Green passed away at home.  Ray was a kind and gentle soul who loved life and lived it to the fullest.  He was born in March of 1939 in... Full story


Whalawitsa/Towner have a girl

Christopher Whalawitsa and Tyana Towner, of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Illithiah Jane Whalawitsa on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lb., 13.7 oz., and... Full story


It's a boy for the Kobes

Kelly and Leah Kobes, of Wilbur, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Kenneth Kobes, born Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz., and was 20.5 inches in length... Full story


Celebrating 55 years

Tom and Kathy Skordas, of Coulee Dam, Washington, are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary December 5. The couple were wed in Salt Lake City, Utah, on December 5, 1960. They lived in the coulee... Full story


Meetings and Notices

No Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not be meeting this week due to the Vintners and Brewers event this weekend. The next scheduled meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 10, at noon at the Coulee Dam Town Hall. Okano... Full story


Local library to host annual lighting event

The Etheta Anderson Library in Grand Coulee will be holding a “Lighting of the Library” again this year on Thursday, Dec. 10. The ceremony will include a visit from Santa who will arrive Grand Coulee Fire Department fire truck, plus drawings for... Full story


School changes approved

Personnel changes in the Grand Coulee Dam School District approved by the school board Monday night include Cassie Wendt, Lake Roosevelt High School head softball coach; Annette Timentwa, Title VII/JOM paraprofessional; Debra Jimenez, Title I math... Full story


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