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Articles from the February 19, 2014 edition

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Mayor, officer spar over report in news

Grand Coulee Mayor Chris Christopherson got another grilling from police officer Sean Cook Tuesday night after information in the city’s “Key report” was published in The Star newspaper, Feb. 12. Cook had confronted the mayor at the city’s pr... Full story


Moose Lodge 504 and Bob Valen honored for year

The chamber of commerce named two of its own to awards last Thursday night as the "Achiever of the Year," and "Business of the Year." The awards are made by the vote of members of the Grand Coulee... Full story


Town discussing trees

Trees. That’s what dominated talk among town council members last Wednesday night. First, it was a move by the town’s public works department to call for bids on someone to clear branches that have grown too close to power lines. Public works... Full story


Firefighters schooled on legality of fires

Electric City firefighters had a sensitivity training session last Wednesday night at the firehall. It all came about because of Fire Chief Mark Payne’s issue with illegal burning on two separate occasions recently. Mayor Jerry Sands made the... Full story


Last call

Fishermen stand around a fishing hole in the melting ice of Banks Lake Feb.12 just off Coulee Playland in Electric City. At that point a week ago, the ice was still about 6 inches thick. - Gwen... Full story



Hazardous waste collection day set The Regional Board of Mayors has set Sept. 12, as the household hazardous waste day for the Delano Regional Transfer Station. Details of the hazardous waste collection day will be forthcoming soon. Civil service... Full story


Saturday school offered for suspended students

Suspended students in the Grand Coulee Dam School District will soon be able to work off one day of their suspension by attending a special Saturday school. The district’s board of directors approved the plan at a recent meeting and the Saturday... Full story


City will expand pipeline for future

With eyes on the future, the Electric City Council voted last week to move ahead with a 10-inch pipeline for the proposed Sunbanks Lake Resort water project. It will cost the city between $18,000 and $20,000 to expand the size of the pipeline from... Full story


Tribal program has new director

Randall Friedlander, a tribal member, was recently hired as the Colville Tribes’ Fish and Wildlife (CTFW) director. Friedlander will provide strategic planning and management oversight of 130 employees with an operating budget of over $20 million,... Full story


Tribal burn bans imposed for air quality

The Colville Confederated Tribes have issued seven burn bans from November, 2013, through January of this year, officials said this week. Currently, no burn bans are in effect on the Colville Reservation. The report issued by Kathy Moses, of the... Full story


Corridor kiosk site sought in Electric City

Electric City could land one of a handful of kiosks being planned along the Coulee Corridor. The "corridor" covers the area between Othello and Omak and is recognized nationally for the many unusual... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 19, 2014

District sets fees for park use

Large groups wanting to use North Dam Park will be charged according to a new fee schedule approved recently by the Coulee Area Park and Recreation District Commission. Individual users and small family groups will not be charged, but organizations... Full story


CMC board should reassess its position on hospital administration

I know most people are aware I have been a strong advocate to remove the administration from CMC. I have yet to see any action taken towards this, and in all fairness I realize the board must make sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed.... Full story


Benefit concert a success

Fern Blaylock and the local pastors would like to thank everyone for their outstanding support of the benefit concert last week with Lost and Found. Everyone had a great time and we received donations of 160 pounds of food and $1,725 to assist those... Full story


Glad reason prevails on marijuana use

I am glad to live in a community where we can put to rest the myth that smoking marijuana is a fringe activity engaged in only by those on the margins of American society. In reality, marijuana smoking is extremely common, and marijuana is the... Full story


Inslee should explain support of illegal students

I’m writing this letter in reply to an article in the Grant County Journal dated Monday, January 27, 2014, on page 3 with the heading of “Inslee’s” and under the heading of financial aid. Inslee wants lawmakers to approve a plan that would... Full story


Seeking info on family history

I was born in Grand Coulee in 1940. I would like to get information about my family. One grandfather worked on the dam and the other ran a tavern. My grandfather's names were Iver Harold Jones and Paul Hunich. Can you help? Can you refer me to... Full story


Board member's comments usurp council authority

This in direct reference to the Butch Stanger letter of 2-12-2014. I was surprised that he found it necessary to answer my initial letter to the editor. Not only was my letter to Colville Tribal Council, but also, he usurps council authority through... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 19, 2014

Winter Olympics: Heartbreaks, heros and their stories

Have you been watching the winter games in Russia? We have, on and off, and something has changed for me. In the past I would be cheering for the USA all the way and be disappointed if we did not get... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago The Colville Business Council sent out a news release detailing their outrage with Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Chambers, in connection with the special room at A.E. Wright Elementary used to confine a 7-year... Full story


Don Seaver

Don Seaver passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 in Nespelem, Wash.  His graveside services will be at Spring Canyon Cemetery at noon on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. A complete obituary will be in next week’s Star.... Full story


Free tax help at the senior center

Income tax time is here! Free tax preparation is being offered at the Grand Coulee Senior Center again this year. Volunteers trained in cooperation with IRS and AARP will be available every Tuesday, Feb 11 - April 8, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. New... Full story


Senior Meals

Wed., Feb. 19 - Dinner BBQ Chicken, Cheesy Potatoes, Spinach, Biscuits, Fruited Jello w/Whipped Cream. Thurs., Feb. 20 - Dinner Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Broccoli, Rolls, Cookies with a Bowl of Fruit. Fri., Feb. 21 - Breakfast Breakfast... Full story


Jury's out - until Thursday

Planet Earth Players cast members rehearse Monday for their upcoming production of Twelve Angry Jurors, which begins Thursday at the Grand Gallery of Arts Theatre on Grand Coulee's Main Street for a...


Aluminum cans only

The seniors accept aluminum cans ONLY. Please do not put cardboard, plastic bottles or other aluminum in the collection sacks. In 2013, the Seniors collected 3800 pounds (almost 2 tons) of cans and took in approximately $1500 for the Senior Center.... Full story


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