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Articles from the July 4, 2012 edition

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Distraught with leaders, tribal members will meet July 4 to seek answers

As you probably know, some tribes in the Northwest have started receiving their shares of a $1 billion settlement with the U.S. government over mismanagement of their money and trust lands. Some tribes like the Confederated Tribes of the Colville...

 By Scott Hunter    News    July 4, 2012

Small-hydropower bill passes

This could help explain and encourage the push for new permits to explore schemes for new, smaller hydropower in the local region, including a reservoir above the coulee opposite Million Dollar Mile, or a penstock under the city from Banks Lake to...

 By press release    News    July 4, 2012

Grant PUD Commission terminates general manager

EPHRATA, Wash. – After a three week personnel review, Grant PUD commissioners today agreed to terminate General Manager Tim Culbertson. “In our judgment, Mr. Culbertson’s decision to maintain a relationship with another utility employee makes...


Grand display

With a little less than a quarter of the Columbia River’s total flow going over the spillways at Grand Coulee Dam Tuesday morning, some 60,000 to 70,000 cubic feet per second tumbles through in the... Full story


July 4 festival offers annual fun

The July 3-4 Festival of America is just a day away, but there’s still time to get all those picnic supplies you need so you can eat outdoors and enjoy the many festive features of the event. The... Full story


Port commissioner resigns post

Grant County Port District 7 Commissioner Larry Maier resigned his position Thursday night. Maier told fellow commissioners Orville Scharbach and Stan Conklin that he plans to spend time with family and do a little ocean fishing. Maier had been on... Full story


District responds to critic’s questions

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board June 25 night approved a response Superintendent Dennis Carlson made to a number of questions submitted several weeks ago by Electric City resident Carl Russell. Russell had opposed the location of the new... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    July 4, 2012

Author to sign books Saturday

Wendell George will be at the Colville Tribal Museum Saturday to sign copies of his new book “Last Chief Standing.” It’s George’s second book, the first was titled “Coyote Finishes the People.” George is a member of the Entiat Tribe and... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    July 4, 2012

Tribal wildlife team collars two gray wolves

The Colville Tribes’ wolf trapping team has captured and collared two gray wolves over a two-day period near the San Poil drainage area. It was the first official report of wolves actually being on... Full story


Running the world for peace

The World Harmony Run team moved through the coulee area mid-morning last Wednesday on its way from Seattle to Helena, Montana. The four-member team is made up of runners from New York, Ukraine, New... Full story


Star closed for the holiday

The Star office will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, July 3 and 4 for the 4th of July holiday. The office will reopen Thursday, July 5 at 9 a.m.... Full story


Re: Finley is lone incumbent to survive tribal election

Please keep abreast of the situation going on with the $193 million settlement. There are things happening that are newsworthy and many hope will unseat those council who have been keeping themselves removed from the discussion demanded by our... Full story

 By Jess Utz    Lifestyles    July 4, 2012

How summers should be spent

Well, summer might just be making an appearance in the Coulee, and it got me thinking. When I was a kid we spent just about all day outside. We just had to be home before dark. All day outside. I... Full story

 By Cassie Sauer    Opinion    July 4, 2012

Hospitals and the Supreme Court Ruling: A Step Forward for Health Care in Washington State

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the full Affordable Care Act may continue. The Affordable Care Act is a landmark piece of legislation, and the Washington State Hospital Association supports it as a way to ensure all our residents... Full story

 By Don Brunell    Opinion    July 4, 2012

Safe roads important to quality of life

Any realtor will tell you people looking to buy a home want good schools and safe neighborhoods. They also look for decent roads for when they head to the mountains or the beach during holiday... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    School    July 4, 2012

School district makes personnel changes

The Grand Coulee Dam School District directors approved personnel issues at their meeting June 25. Renewals were approved for Sandy Davidson, accounts payable; Peggy Day, special education secretary; Lee Seekiins, 21st Century grant director; Mandi... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 6/24 - Police told a homeowner on Silver Drive in Electric City to keep his dogs quiet. He said he would. - Dispatch advised police that a white Dodge Avenger was leaving Coulee Dam headed south on SR-155, and someone had seen a small... Full story