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Articles from the March 14, 2012 edition

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 By Roger Lucas    News    March 14, 2012

Port district controls Banks Lake golf course

Grant County Port District 7 has suddenly found itself in the golf business. At a special meeting Thursday night, commissioners reclaimed a lease formerly held by the Banks Lake Golf and Country Club,... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    March 14, 2012

Lake Roosevelt houseboat operation still year-by-year

Dakota Columbia will operate the Seven Bays and Keller Ferry houseboat concessions for another year, the National Park Service confirmed Tuesday. The agreement was reached after an attempt to attract proposals for a 10-year contract failed. There... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    March 14, 2012

Meth bust jails two

Grand Coulee Police arrested and jailed two Electric City residents March 2 on charges of delivering meth within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop. Robert Day, 34, and Heather McClain, 35, were arrested and taken to Grant County Jail, under charged... Full story



SHARP Kids to help at park The after-school and summer program for kids will take on some maintenance tasks at the Gerkhe Windmills, a parks official said Monday. Coulee Area Park and Recreation District Chairman Phil Hansen told commissioners the... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    March 14, 2012

New recycler pitches service to local mayors

A Grand Coulee woman pitched the area’s four mayors Monday to begin a recycling service, and suggested that they start up their own garbage collection system. Kimberly Christensen said she intends to begin small with a new recycling service, placin... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    March 14, 2012

All invited to tribal Earth Day event

Tribal Recycling manager Joaquin Bustamante said last week that he hopes “Earth Day” on April 20, will attract some 1,200 visitors to the grassy area near the Trading Post at the Colville Indian Agency. The event is catering to school children... Full story


Focus on reading

Jess Utz reads to a class at Center Elementary during a daylong emphasis on reading, in which community members were invited to read to the students. — Scott Hunter photo... Full story

 By Raechel Dawson    News    March 14, 2012

Tribal retrocession law awaits governor’s approval

Washington’s tribal communities earned autonomous recognition from the state Legislature on the final day of the session March 8 that, upon the governor’s approval, could become effective as early as June. The bill that passed last week could... Full story

 By Maida Suljevic    News    March 14, 2012

Senate rewrites State Parks funding measure Discover Pass revamped

The future of Washington’s state parks’ financial viability may depend on a legislative agreement to expand an access pass program first implemented last July. Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 2373 passed the Senate 30-17 March 6, the... Full story

 By Orie Francis    Opinion    March 14, 2012

Challenge to tribes: build a school

The Colville Confederated Tribes just received $193 million from the federal government. I would like to CHALLENGE the CCT to re-invest some of that money into their future, by building a NEW state-of-the-art high school. This would help ALL future... Full story

 By April Smith    Opinion    March 14, 2012

School board comment was unfair, hurtful

I want to write a response to the comment by an unnamed school board member in the article about ACH track and tennis coming to our school for practices. In the bottom of that article, it was mentioned that there was concern about not having enough... Full story

 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    March 14, 2012

A history of fiscal insults

My last letter to The Star editor helped define the reasons I am reviewing Coulee Dam town records … not a willy-nilly vendetta, as Mayor Snow has described it, but a real attempt to see how and why it is our cost for municipal services are among t... Full story


Technology vs. imagination

Recently, I spent some time at my childhood home in Georgia. One day my mother surprised my daughter and her cousins with boxes of toys we had packed away together when I was a pre-teen. I was... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago The Laser Light Festival began to rise from the ashes Monday at Coulee Dam’s Town Hall with the naming of a festival chairman. The board of directors of the chamber of commerce had mad... Full story


Ernest F. “Ernie” Sprugel

Ernest F. “Ernie” Sprugel, 89, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in the Veteran’s Administration Hospital hospice care facility in Spokane.  His love for his family, his passions, and his... Full story


Portches have a girl

Kevin and Christi Portch of Grand Coulee are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Kenzie Lynn Portch on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz., and was 21 inches in length at birth.... Full story


Poes have a boy

Ryan and Marlene Poe of Hartline are pleased to announce the birth of their son James Marshall Poe on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz., and was 20-1/2 inches in length at birth. Sibling... Full story


It’s a boy for White/Tonasket

Jessica White and Pokey Tonasket of Keller, are pleased to announce the birth of their son Kadyn Alexander White on Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 4 lbs., 8 oz., and was 18-1/2 inches in length at... Full story


Weekly bicycle ride

A group is forming to have a weekly bicycle ride. Those interested should meet at North Dam Park Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. For more information call Stan at 631-1850.... Full story


Set for Earth Day

This Belgian horse team and wagon will be on hand for Electric City’s “Earth Day” celebration, Saturday, April 28. Organizers say that children will have the opportunity to ride in the wagon... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon on Thursday, March 15, at Pepper Jack’s Bar and Grille. Healthy Eating Class Coulee Medical Center will be hosting a Healthy Eating Class on Wed., March 21, at 6:30 p.m., in the CMC Public... Full story

 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    March 14, 2012

Weather changeover for March

Generally we see a nice change in weather conditions as we watch March progress. Still, I would recommend being ready for winter-like conditions. In 1951 we had 9.8 inches of snow. Mean precipitation... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 3/2 - Several items being reported stolen from an Electric City residence, which subsequently turned up at a residence close by, was all a mistake, the man told police. The complainant said he had loaned the other man the items... Full story


Dress like a decade for Friday dance

Those who dress “in your favorite era” will get a discount price for the “Decade Dance” planned for this Friday night, March 16, at the Grand Coulee Dam Middle School from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The “family event” will feature the D.J.... Full story


February honorees announced

Lake Roosevelt High School Principal Brad Wilson announced Monday that Gordon Proctor was chosen staff member of the month for February. Students of the month honored were: Austin Rosenbaum, Levi... Full story


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