Articles from the July 3, 2013 edition

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 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    July 3, 2013

Proud to be an American!

When I was a kid the Fourth of July meant fireworks, swimming, picnics and family. We would beg our parents to buy us fireworks and of course fire crackers were my favorite. Back then I did not think... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    July 3, 2013

Wildland fire breaks out on reservation

Wildland fire breaks out on reservation Wildifire consumed more than 500 acres on the Colville Indian Reservation July 4, on the 10th anniversary of a fire that burned more than 10,000 in the same are...


Very cool

The Columbia River tops Grand Coulee Dam as extra water makes its way from Canada, filling local reservoirs. The spill has been cooling the town of Coulee Dam during the high heat of the last couple... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 3, 2013

New state budget helps kindergarten

Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson was pleased with the new state budget signed by the governor Sunday. The new state two-year budget fully funds all day kindergarten, a switch from the past when the state funded... Full story


Enjoy the 4th at home in the coulee

You can enjoy all the traditional activity of the 4th of July by just staying home. The coulee community will see three days of fun and excitement. Activity begins Thursday, July 4, and extends through Saturday, July 6. On the 4th, the Festival of... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    July 3, 2013

Weather could make fireworks more dangerous

The National Weather Service has issued not only a heat advisory, but a “Red Flag Warning” until late Thursday night for a large area that apparently includes North Dam, a popular site for... Full story


Funding for street lights awarded

The state’s Transportation Improvement Board awarded 100% funding to convert existing street lights in Coulee Dam to lower energy technology. The council Wednesday night quickly OK’d approval of the grant and for Mayor Quincy Snow to execute the... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 3, 2013

State budget squeaker had town project on hold

The town of Coulee Dam can relax a bit now that the state Legislature has passed its budget. On June 20, the town was notified by the Department of Ecology, the agency handling the loan for its proposed wastewater treatment plant, that the loan... Full story



Star office to close for holiday The Star newspaper will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 4- 5, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The office will be open at 9 a.m. Monday, July 8, for normal business. The deadline for classified and d... Full story


New ferry comes out of its protective cocoon

The new Keller ferry, The Sanpoil, is out of its protective cocoon and is in the final stages of getting ready for its launch. Workers at the Crescent Bay assembly site said launch could be within... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 3, 2013

Restaurant to reopen this week in Coulee Dam

Juan Moreno opened his all new Melody Restaurant in Coulee Dam Monday. He is open for both breakfast and lunch, opening at 6 a.m. to catch workers who have to eat out before going to their job, and... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 3, 2013

Report: 21 cows on airport runway

Port District 7 commissioners are trying to deal with a report of 21 cows on the airport runway and several instances of cows breaking out of their pasture and getting on the golf course. It was reported at their meeting last Thursday that one pilot... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 3, 2013

Contractor: tribal hiring working well

Using the Colville Tribal TERO office as a hiring headquarters is working well, according to officials on the Grand Coulee Dam School District’s new K-12 school project. A report by Walker Construction to the school board showed that through June... Full story


New boat slips completed at resort

Sunbanks Lake Resort Manager Sandy McInnes compares old to new boat docks just installed at the resort. The 50 new boat slips will enable boaters to gain overnight or longer parking for their boats.... Full story

 By Jay Kimble    Opinion    July 3, 2013

Loved cat's violent death begs a question

Ginger, our 30-pound, 15-year-old cat never really did much in the way of activities. Mostly just eat and lay on the porch. For 11 years she laid in her favorite cat bed on the porch, just looking around, getting fresh air. But last Friday, while... Full story

 By Reg Morgan    Opinion    July 3, 2013

Spring Canyon poop level is unprecedented

We have lived in Coulee Dam since June of 1980 and have used the Spring Canyon picnic area many times through these years. On the afternoon of 6/28 we made one of this year’s first visits to the... Full story

 By Carol Netzel    Opinion    July 3, 2013

Is there a plan for old community garden area?

Last evening I took a favorite walk along North Columbia, around the Credit Union and down past the old wildlife, garden area. I was shocked to see all the fruit trees gone, the bird-friendly habitat, the flowering shrubs. Nothing left of the old... Full story

 By Gayle Swagerty    Opinion    July 3, 2013

After the garden is gone

What will people do after the garden is gone? What will people know after the garden is gone? Where will people, and rabbits, toads, butterflies, hummingbirds, ladybugs, song birds, moths, soil live stock, etc., go after the garden is gone? Someone... Full story


Carvings add to park

Thank you to everyone involved in getting the carving done in Coulee Dam. They look wonderful and add a nice touch to that great little park. “Well done,” to everyone who was involved. Cheryl Piturachsatit... Full story

 By Kathy Thompson    Opinion    July 3, 2013

Re-opened business will be a treat

I had the privilege of attending a by invitation only preview of the menu and food at The Melody, opening this week under new ownership. The citizens of the area are in for a culinary treat. Juan has done a wonderful job of creating fine dining in a... Full story

 By Monty Fields    Opinion    July 3, 2013

Weight Watchers meetings closed

The last meeting of the Coulee Dam Weight Watchers was held on Thursday, June 27. Weight Watchers International was forced to discontinue this group due to lack of participation. Thank you to all members who have previously supported this great... Full story


The reason for so many undocumented workers explained

As Immigration Reform known as S744 is being debated, I wanted to tell something about undocumented immigrants. Public must know why there are so many undocumented people currently living in the U.S. I hope someone reads this. When it comes to... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Armed with only garden hoses, several Coulee Dam residents helped prevent a fire from destroying two Coulee Dam homes last Friday. Coulee Dam Mayor Quincy Snow said strong winds knocked a poplar tree over on Yucca Street. That caused a... Full story


Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Martha Stefanik

A Celebration of Life for Martha Stefanik will be held Saturday, July 6, 2013, 11 a.m., at Banks Lake Bible Church, 25 School Avenue in Electric City with Pastor Bill Williams officiating. Immediately following, the ladies of the church will be... Full story


Memorial Services for Evelyn Mattson

Memorial services for Evelyn Mattson will be held Saturday, July 13, at 3 p.m. at Spring Canyon Cemetery , Grand Coulee. Pastor Shawn Nieder will be officiating. Mrs. Mattson passed away April 7, 2013. Attendees are invited to join the family for a... Full story


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