Articles from the December 17, 2014 edition

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District approves levy request

The Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors Monday night approved a $1.1million four-year levy for maintenance and operations to go before district voters Feb. 10. In doing so, the board followed the recommendations of a special levy comm... Full story


ASB officers get big check

Jack's Service gave the Lake Roosevelt Junior Senior High School Associated Student Body officers and members of the leadership group a check for $4,813.80, Monday. The money came from a special... Full story


Fire chief resigns in Coulee Dam

When you make a 911 call to report a fire in Coulee Dam you expect a town fire engine and crew to respond. Don’t count on it. Last week, Coulee Dam fire chief Robert Jackson resigned after 12 years as chief. When reached he refused to comment on... Full story


Town bids on Electric City police work

The town of Coulee Dam has made an offer to Electric City to provide police services. The offer was sent last week and outlined for Coulee Dam Town Council members last Wednesday night by Mayor Greg Wilder. The five-year offer would begin in 2015 at... Full story


City to spend less to bolster tourism

Electric City will spend thousands less on boosting tourism efforts and related job growth after the city council reversed itself in a 3-2 vote last week. The council last Tuesday night backed off its previous decision in November to spend 75... Full story



Early deadline for newspaper Due to the Christmas holiday The Star newspaper has a deadline for its next issue for news and advertising at 5 p.m. this Friday. Next week’s issue will be published Tuesday, Dec. 23. Happy Holidays. Pay raise approved... Full story


Oregon artist chosen for local school art

Lucinda Parker, an abstract artist from Oregon, has been commissioned to produce $75,000 worth of artwork for the new school complex. Parker was one of scores of artists recommended to a local committee by the Washington State Art Commission. The... Full story


Elmer City passes budget and raises

Elmer City passed its 2015 budget last Thursday night — barely. The $674,662.80 budget passed with a 3-2 vote. A large portion of the budget, $244,971, is pass-through money that will come in 2015 from the state’s Transportation Improvement... Full story


Sale scramble

Bidders move in to check their bids on items at a silent auction Saturday at the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center, where plenty of bargains were for sale, along with lunch. - Scott Hunter... Full story


Volunteer of the Year to be announced in January

Evidently, we need a little more time to think. Each year, The Star solicits nominations from readers for Volunteer of the Year award, and each year, we receive multiple letters nominating between five and 10 individuals, any of whom deserve special... Full story


Brighter above

While the Grand Coulee Dam area was shrouded in clouds Saturday, just above Crown Point the view offered bright blue sky over fluffy clouds. - Scott Hunter photo... Full story


Look up, Americans, it's not as bad as you think

We are one glum country. Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us. And just a few weeks ago, an NBC/Wall St. Journal... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 17, 2014

Find peace in the Silent Night

Sometimes during the hustle and bustle of this time of year we must pause. (OK, let’s pretend there is a dramatic 20-second silence right here) Sit back, relax, take a breath and let it soak in a second. That happened to me this weekend. Let me fil... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago The Coulee Dam Town Council approved a hotly contested budget last week before a packed house of community members who spoke their minds on several hot budget issues with the Mason City... Full story


Library lights up with winners

The “ Lighting of the Library’ was held Dec. 9 at the Grand Coulee Public Library and was attended by about 75 people. Santa arrived, courtesy of the Grand Coulee Fire Department, and greeted each child in attendence with a new book and a candy... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber After Hours This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Chamber After Hours meeting on Thursday, Dec. 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Starkey Professional building. See our ad page 3. Care and Share Food Bank... Full story


Wrestling adjusts to gym situation, keeps on wrestling

Raider Wrestling had to move its Dec. 10 home mixer to the Grand Coulee middle school gym, but at least the move was made easier by new mats the wrestling program received through a donation by the... Full story


Lady Raiders take down Liberty Bell Cougars

The Lady Raiders had an interesting week. The Dec. 9 game against Liberty Bell was rescheduled for Jan. 22nd. Then the home game Dec. 11 against Oroville was cancelled and will not be settled until... Full story


Raiders lose in Warden

The Lake Roosevelt boys basketball team had been scheduled to play three games this past week, but instead one was rescheduled, one is up in the air, and the Raiders lost to Warden in the only game played. A Dec. 9 road trip to Liberty Bell has been... Full story


Sports scheduling - so far

With the Lake Roosevelt gym in the midst of getting a new roof, it hasn’t taken much over the last two weeks to send sports schedules into disarray, with schedules changing sometimes daily. The reconstruction of the leaky roof couldn’t be... Full story


Nespelem Eagles take the league

The Nespelem Eagles earned the championship of the Panorama League and cut down the school’s basketball net in celebration last week. The undefeated team had a 10-0 win-loss ratio.... Full story


Bowling Scores

TUESDAY HI LO’S TEAM W L Coulee Internet Serv. 43 17 Pepsi 37.5 22.5 Riverview Lanes 34.5 25.5 Fullers 31 29 Sunflower Graphics 30 30 Team 6 0 60 High Game: Pepsi 462; Sheila A. 193 High Series: Pepsi 1232; Sherry 470... Full story


Legals for December 17, 2014

Public Notice Town of Coulee Dam ORDINANCES ADOPTED BY THE TOWN OF COULEE DAM Ordinance 728 – An ordinance setting salaries and wages for officers and employees of the Town of Coulee Dam for the calendar year 2015 and repealing Ordinance No. 723.... Full story


November continued the wetness

November brought more rain and a touch of snow, which put us over the mean precipitation in November by nearly a half inch, at 0.49 inches. We ended the month with a total of 1.73 inches as compared... Full story


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