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 By Roger S. Lucas    News    June 7, 2017

Electric City to display park plan Thursday afternoon

Local residents will have an opportunity to see and comment on Electric City’s park and recreation plan Thursday, June 8, at 3 p.m. at city hall. The park plan has yet to come before the city council, and there will be plenty of time for public com...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 7, 2017

Firm proposed to design city parks

The city council at Electric City will have the opportunity next Tuesday, June 13, to select the design firm for its two proposed city parks. The community parks committee has recommended that a Lacey firm, Robert Droll, Landscape Architect, be selec...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 7, 2017

Big load makes its destination to switchyard

A 20-foot-wide, 346-foot-long load weighing about a million pounds made it to its destination after a two-day trip from Coulee City to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's 230-kilovolt Switchyard early...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 7, 2017

Big fireworks planned for July 1

The fireworks over Grand Coulee Dam will occur this year on Saturday, July 1, officials said last week. The traditional Festival of America, the July 4 celebration, will be June 30 – July 1 this yea...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 7, 2017

Koulee Kids Fest planned for next week

This is all about kids. And everything is free! It’s the annual Koulee Kids Fest, Saturday, June 17, a one-day event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids can get their passports, free, at the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce office, Coulee...

 

Newsbriefs

Coulee City man dies in crash A Coulee City man died early Friday morning just north of Soap Lake. Michael S. Burns, 62, was driving south on SR-17 in a red 2001 GMC Yukon when it crossed the northbound lanes about 4:50 a.m. onto a gravel shoulder,...

 

Fresh paint on course sign

Port District 7 Commissioner Jerry Sands puts the paint brush to the giant golf ball atop the golf course sign along SR-155. The ball was repainted last week, and Tuesday he was putting Seattle...

 

Corrections

Shaw’s Fruit and Produce in Belvedere was purchased from Harley and Donna Shaw and Roy Hamilton. The Shaws were inadvertently omitted in a story last week about new owners Dave and Alma Draper, who will operate the business as Alma and Dave’s...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 7, 2017

School may seek parking from National Park Service

The Grand Coulee Dam School District is looking for additional parking for its staff. Superintendent Paul Turner told his board that discussions are underway with the National Park Service to use the lower end of the NPS complex for school parking....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 7, 2017

Wednesday market organized

This year’s vegetable, fruit, and craft market will be offered on Wednesday evenings, the sponsors said last week. The market is sponsored by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, and will be from 4-8 p.m. each Wednesday, starting June 21...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Reader online access will change this month

For some time, The Star has published just about all of its stories online as well as in print. That practice will continue, but by the end of this month, online access will not be free. Why? Because we can’t afford to lose you, and we are...

 
 By Gayle Swagerty    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Elect a new mayor

As you probably know, the current Coulee Dam mayor has chosen not to file for another term, and with that decision, we need to elect a new mayor. I’ve been active on Town Council for almost four years. I serve on town committees with well-thought...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Can trees migrate?

Really, do trees migrate? The answer is a yes. A little clarification here, though; trees don’t actually move themselves. What does occur: tree populations can shift over time. A recent study confirms that, over the past three decades, trees in...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Tripping with seniors 2017

I was honored to be asked to go on the senior trip this year. This class is jammed full of special personalities, funny characters and future stars looking to make their mark in the world and on each other. So here is a recap of our trip to Seattle....

 

Sixty-nine years ago

Water rages downstream past the town of Coulee Dam in this 1948 photo showing the west bank of the Columbia River. During the 1948 flood, extensive damage was done to the riprapped slopes on both...

 

Sidney M. Lull Jr.

Sidney M. Lull Jr. passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the age of 76. He was born in Winthrop, Washington, to Elizabeth and Sidney M. Lull on February 1, 1941. Sid was the sixth and last child....

 

Celebrate their 60th

Grand Coulee High School Class of 1957 celebrated its 60th class reunion with a dinner at Pepper Jack's Bar & Grille May 24. Pictured from left, front row: Gail (Kusel) Martin, Pat (Kee) Van...

 

Free compost class offered

Learn how to compost your yard and garden waste at a free class on Thursday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grant County Public Works public meeting room located at 124 Enterprise St. SE, Ephrata.  The class will last approximately 60...

 

Reading program to begin

The Grand Coulee Library, part of the North Central Regional Library circuit, will begin its annual Summer Reading Program this month, encouraging kids to read while they are out of school for the summer. Prizes will be offered for reading, as well...

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon this Thursday, June 8, at the Eagles Lodge, Grand Coulee. General business is on the agenda. Coulee Creators Meet Coulee Creators meet every Tuesday 1-4 p.m. Contact...

 

LR Elementary students of the month for April

LR Elementary students of the month for April...

 

Nespelem students of the month

Nespelem students of the month...

 

GCHS Alumni Association awards scholarships

For the first time Grand Coulee High School Alumni Association is awarding scholarships to graduating seniors from schools other than Lake Roosevelt High School. Scholarships in the amount of $500 each were awarded to five graduating seniors:...

 

Music Boosters getting active

The Grand Coulee Dam Music Boosters club is active again after over a year of dormancy. The club supports music education for local students by helping raise money to cover instrument rentals and more for K-12 students. The club is meeting on June...

 

Lions award Reichlin

Brooklyn Rose Reichlin of Electric City is the 2017 recipient of a $1,000 scholarship awarded by the Grand Coulee Dam Lions Club. The scholarship application process includes a review of applicants’ academic achievement, community service record,...

 

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