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Articles from the April 17, 2013 edition

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Fish help needed Anyone able to help in releasing rainbow trout at the net pens in Electric City would be welcomed by the Promoters of Fish and Wildlife at 9 a.m. Saturday. After releasing the fish, the POWER group will clean the net and get it... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    April 17, 2013

Updated 2:30 p.m.: Power goes out in Coulee Dam

The power outage in Coulee Dam will likely last until 5 or 6 p.m. tonight, one source told The Star. Lynne Brougher, with the Bureau of Reclamation, said USBR personnel are helping Coulee Dam crew and... Full story


Teacher arrested, could face deportation

A Spanish teacher at Lake Roosevelt High School is in Okanogan County Jail this week, facing charges of forgery and identity theft, after being arrested last Thursday by Coulee Dam police. Guillermo... Full story


USBR: local liveability an issue in recruitment

The Bureau of Reclamation is having trouble attracting and retaining new skilled employees, Power Manager Mark Jenson told a number of local leaders Monday afternoon. Jenson said that often a combination of local factors creates a problem for... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 17, 2013

Creation of tourism board advocated

The largest producer of hotel/motel taxes in the area proposed changes to the way the funds are used at a meeting of some 20 community people Monday. Pat Welton, managing partner of Sunbanks Lake Resort, stated that the three local municipalities... Full story


Tours back on

The Bureau of Reclamation reported this week that it had received an exception to the federal government hiring freeze so it could fully staff its Grand Coulee Dam tours. The Bureau had earlier stated that it might have to trim the number of days... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 17, 2013

Grant help denied, smaller sewer plant plan to be proposed

A solution to the Coulee Dam wastewater treatment plant controversy that could satisfy a large number of the stakeholders could come next Wednesday night when the council meets. Councilmember Karl Hjo... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 17, 2013

Tribes propose police service to Elmer City

The Colville Tribes pitched the Elmer City council last Thursday to provide the town’s official police force. Appearing at the town council were Public Safety Director Bill Elliot and Tribal Police Chief Corey Orr. Elliot told the council that the... Full story


Ceremony for new school construction set

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new K-12 school facility will be at 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, school district Superintendent Dennis Carlson announced. All contracts and processes have been concluded and the general contractor, Walker... Full story

 By Whybarks    Opinion    April 17, 2013

As home smoldered, impossible to feel alone

We would like thank everyone who has helped us out since we lost our home in the fire. It was such a lonely and devastating thing to watch nearly everything we owned go up in flames. As many of you may know, my husband and I both grew up in... Full story


Hoe down elimination stomps on spring highlite

I had heard rumors early in the school year that the Hoe Down was going to be eliminated this year, but I was hoping that this would not be the case. However, it appears that the decision has been made, and there will be no Hoe Down this spring. As... Full story

 By Diane Babler    Opinion    April 17, 2013

Colorama Hoe Down is history?

So, the administrators and staff of Center Elementary school have decided to do away with the annual Colorama “Hoe Down” that has been taking place in our community for at least 25 years that I know of. This decision provides yet another example...

 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    April 17, 2013

Teacher Guzman an extension of family

My first meeting with Guillermo Guzman was for my son’s parent-teacher (Spanish) conference. The second time I met with him was this Sunday past - at the Okanogan County jail. Mr. Guzman and I have exchanged emails from time-to-time regarding... Full story


Article failed to protect accused

Media has a duty to distinguish fact from opinion and to report both sides of a story without bias. Because reputations and lives can be destroyed long before facts are known we rely on the media to equalize the power imbalance between the... Full story

 By Cathy Krohn    Opinion    April 17, 2013

Photo of students unprofessional

I find it in very poor taste and highly unprofessional to include a picture of innocent students with the article about Guillermo Guzman. It has been a very traumatic event for them and this just adds another element of hurt to what they are already... Full story


Gift of public funds?

As a long time resident in Grand Coulee I loved our Community Hospital and Clinic. Some great staff members made it a desirable place to get excellent attention. The Blood Draw as an annual event was a real positive for a small hospital and helped... Full story


Re: "City: no daycare on Main Street" 4/10/13

Have none of these council members ever looked for daycare in this area? Impossible! So most children are cared for by unlicensed caregivers in their homes or relatives who don’t always WANT to do it. I would think in the interest of community... Full story


Dear John, or, um, Grand Coulee,

As with most breakup letters, this one may come as a shock, but I wanted you to hear it from me first. Small towns being what they are, I began to get worried that you would hear it from someone else... Full story


Evelyn L. Mattson

Evelyn (Haskins) Mattson, a lifetime resident of Washington, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013. She was born in Leavenworth to Nancy (Stevens) and Jean Haskins. She attended school in Leavenworth and... Full story


Mary Ann McNeilly

Mary Ann McNeilly (77) 1935 – 2013. All are invited to a celebration of life for Mary Ann McNeilly at 1 p.m., on Sat., May 4, 2013, at Faith Community Church in Electric City, Wash. Surrounded by her loving family, Mary Ann peacefully passed away... Full story


Holm, Richard "Dick" C. 10/30/1957-04/08/2013

Richard “Dick” C. Holm, was called home to Jesus on Monday, April 8. Dick was born to Charles and Theresa Holm on October 30, 1957, in Redmond, Oregon. For the past 54 years he has made his home in Elmer City, Washington. After graduating from... Full story


James Curtis Waters

James Curtis Waters, 88, born December 2, 1924 in Everett, Washington, passed away Monday, April 1, 2013 in Puyallup, Washington. A retired sea captain, our Dad spent most of his life on the waters... Full story


George "Swede" Walberg

Graveside services for George “Swede” Walberg will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Spring Canyon Cemetery beginning at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Masonic Lodge behind the Coulee Dam Community Church-Presbyterian Swede passed... Full story


John Graham

Graveside services for John Graham will be held Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m., at Spring Canyon Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Eagles Lodge in Grand Coulee. John Graham passed away March 16, 2013.... Full story


Jean Campbell

Graveside services for Jean Campbell will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Spring Canyon Cemetery at 1 p.m. Dress is casual but the family is wearing pink in her honor. Jean passed away November... Full story


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