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Articles from the July 9, 2014 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 9, 2014

Cities may extend police coverage a year to study issue

The police issue between Grand Coulee and Electric City took a number of twists and turns this past week. Electric City had threatened to walk away from extending its law enforcement contract with Grand Coulee and develop its own police department....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 9, 2014

Chamber: festival expenses are not federally funded

As the local chamber of commerce got ready to host thousands of people in the area to its annual Festival of America last Friday and Saturday, members became aware of misperceptions among the public...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 9, 2014

"Consolidation" uttered at council

Consolidation — the word that sends chills up local spines, was spoken last Tuesday night. City Councilmember Tom Poplawski brought it up at the Grand Coulee City Council meeting. And he even said it out loud. Poplawski noted that maybe it was...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    July 9, 2014

Firefighters busy over the holiday

A number of small fires marred the busy July 4 holiday weekend, Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Chief Richard Paris reported this week on behalf of several responding agencies, and one large fire near Keller was still being battled Tuesday morning. At...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 9, 2014

Mystery man cleans up North Dam

A civic minded man made a big contribution of labor Saturday, helping to clean up the top of North Dam after Fourth of July fireworks the night before. But no one knows who he is. The young man, say Bureau of Reclamation officials, was walking by...

 
 News    July 9, 2014

Newsbriefs

Gift made of vacation pay The Grand Coulee Dam School District board of directors accepted a $740.61 cash gift from Guillermo Guzman, a former Spanish teacher at Lake Roosevelt High School, at its recent meeting. The gift was from money the district...

 
 News    July 9, 2014

Nespelem names interim principal

Deborah Panke will take over July 14 as Nespelem Elementary School’s principal, following a decision by the school board in a special Monday night meeting. Panke, the school’s special education teacher, will take over in the wake of the recent...

 
 News    July 9, 2014

New manager hired at store

A South Carolina man was named manager at the Variety Store recently. Owner John Sweeden selected Dave Slyter as manager of the Grand Coulee store. The two had served together in the Sprouse Reitz...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 9, 2014

Crews removing asbestos before demolition

Crews from IB-1, an asbestos abatement firm, are currently removing asbestos from the classroom wing of Lake Roosevelt High School, and district officials stated last week that it will take about two weeks to complete the work. Then it will be time...

 
 News    July 9, 2014

Junior rodeo offers fun coming up

There will be laughs guaranteed for those attending the Ridge Riders Junior Rodeo, July 19-20. And it’s free for the entire family. The wrangling starts at 10 a.m. both days, promising family fun and plenty of action, including bareback riding,...

 
 News    July 9, 2014

Nespelem rodeo coming up

With 13 standard rodeo events and four special events, the Nespelem Celebration Rodeo will offer a wide variety for fans July 12-13 at the Nespelem Rodeo Grounds, in conjunction with the annual powwow and stick games. Everything from saddle broncs...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 9, 2014

Parks problems a symptom of something bigger

The two letters below on separate problems at nearby state and national parks illustrate a larger problem with a policy stance the entire nation has adopted through its politics. For decades now, the...

 
 By J.P. Squire    Opinion    July 9, 2014

Not a happy camper at Steamboat Rock State Park

I am the outdoor recreation journalist with the Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group based in Kelowna, British Columbia, responsible for a Making Tracks column and outdoor recreation features in valley-wide publications, The Okanagan Saturday and The...

 
 By Donald Gill    Opinion    July 9, 2014

NPS concession not working for this camper

We just spent our vacation at Keller Ferry Campground, and what I saw when I arrived was a travesty. The grass was burned to a crisp. The camp site was full of debris. The fire ring had garbage in it. The outlets in the restrooms were not working....

 
 By John Overby    Opinion    July 9, 2014

Free market gas case study coming

I seem to recall the Star's editorial support of the "status quo" of gasoline prices here in the Coulee a few weeks ago. It was implied that detractors just didn't “know Jack" and that the higher prices were due to the free market system which...

 
 By Truman Covington    Opinion    July 9, 2014

Looking for more valid elections

Activism is the rent some of the CCT elders pay. In the white societal world this is goot goot. It is called volunteerism. It is considered ‘concern’ for your fellow man, your neighbor, your community through participation in local community gove...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 9, 2014

The turns you don't see coming

Have you ever ridden a roller coaster in the dark? A long time ago, wife Karrie and I had the privilege of going to California with a friend and visiting Disneyland. Space Mountain is a roller coaster in the dark and it was maybe the best ride I...

 
 Obituaries    July 9, 2014

Donald "Don" Joseph Ferguson, Sr.

Donald "Don" Joseph Ferguson, Sr., 79, quietly passed away from his Keller, Washington home Monday evening, July 1, 2014 surrounded by his loving family, Donald entered into this world on January 2, 1...

 
 Community    July 9, 2014

Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, July 10, at noon. Call Peggy 633-3074 for location. Coulee Area Community Blood Drive The Inland Northwest Blood Center along with the Coulee ommunity Blood Drive...

 
 Community    July 9, 2014

Festive music

Rock A Bar plays on the stage at the Grand Coulee Dam Chamber of Commerce's Festival of America in the lower Visitor Center park at Grand Coulee Dam July 5. Band members (from left) are Paul Furman,...

 
 Sports    July 9, 2014

Golf tourney this weekend

The Coyote Open Golf Tournament is coming up this weekend at the Banks Lake Golf Course. The tournament will be featured July 11-13, with Friday’s play a practice round at half price for participants. Saturday’s tee times at 8 a.m. to 11 a.m....

 
 Community    July 9, 2014

Happenings at the library

Summer events continue at the Grand Coulee library with this Friday, July 11, the NCRL Puppeteers – Mad Scientist will be performing 3 p.m. Fri., July 18, Master Story teller Deb McVay will be here beginning at 10 a.m. Fri., July 25, Chelan Couty...

 
 Community    July 9, 2014

Free compost workshop offered

Learn how to compost your yard and garden waste at a free class held on Thursday, July 17th at 6:30 pm in the Grant County Public Works public meeting room.  The class will last approximately 90 minutes.  The meeting room is located at 124...

 
 School    July 9, 2014

Tipps on honor roll

Dylan Tipps, a senior at Central Washington University and a resident of Electric City, was named to the Central Washington University Spring Honor Roll. Central undergraduate students who earn a 3.5 or better grade point average, on a 4.0 scale,...

 
 School    July 9, 2014

LRHS alum receives EWU scholarship

Karah Duclos, of Coulee Dam, has been awarded an Edward and Vieno Nansen Scholarship of $2,252.20 for the 2014-15 academic year at Eastern Washington University, the school announced. The scholarship is awarded a student from the Grand...

 
 Sports    July 9, 2014

Bowling Scores

BOWLING Summer 2014 TEAM W L Fighting Chipmunks 22 14 Chewy’s Const. 21.5 14.5 Flyin W 19.5 16.5 L.B.B. 18 18 The Force 18 18 Grandma’s Gang 15.5 20.5 Dixie Chicks 15 21 Bad News Bears 14.5 21.5 High Game: Fighting Chipmunks 497; Jesse Vieira...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    School    July 9, 2014

GCD School District signs with meal manager

The Grand Coulee Dam School District approved a five-year contract Monday night with Chartwell Food Service of Wenatchee, but has its eye on doing the food program within the district sometime in the future. The five-year contract will allow the...

 
 Community    July 9, 2014

Plant Problem Diagnostic Clinics available through October 9

Plant Problem Diagnostic Clinics have started at the WSU Extension Office located in the Okanogan County Courthouse, room 101. These clinics are a part of the public service that the Okanogan Master Gardener volunteers contribute to the community...

 
 Community    July 9, 2014

Join the Arbor Day Foundation and help America's forests

America’s forestland is a prized natural resource, and anyone can help plant trees in these vital areas by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month. Through the Replanting Our National Forests campaign, the Arbor Day Foundation will honor each n...

 
 Community    July 9, 2014

Spring Canyon fun

This week at Spring Canyon, the following ranger conducted activities include – Sat., July 12 and Sun., July 13, 4:30 p.m. Guided Bird Walk. Join Ranger Deborah on a walk through the campground area and Bunchgrass Nature Trail of Spring Canyon to...

 
 Legals    July 9, 2014

Legals for July 9, 2014

IN THE TRIBAL COURT OF THE CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE COLVILLE RESERVATION Colville Tribal Credit Corporation, ) Case No.: CV-CD-2013-36206 a lending institution wholly-owned by ) the Confederated Tribes of the Colville ) Indian Reservation ) )...

 
 Community    July 9, 2014

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 6/30 - While cleaning out a vehicle at Jack’s Four Corners, a worker found what he thought was a controlled substance and called the police. Since the vehicle had been involved in a weapons offense, the material was held for a...

 
 By b    Lifestyles    July 9, 2014

June ushered in our summer dryness

Reviewing the past five June’s, June 2014 comes in as the driest. Here at the home weather station we only measured 0.59 inches, while the mean for June is 1.04 inches. Here’s how that ranks going back to 2009: 2013- 1.51 inches, 2012- 3.35...