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Articles from the July 24, 2013 edition

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 News    July 24, 2013

Newsbriefs

Meeting cancelled The town of Coulee Dam cancelled its regular meeting of Wednesday, July 24, because town officials stated that there wasn’t any business to transact. The council’s next scheduled meeting is Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. Scam warning Grant...

 
 By press release    News    July 24, 2013

Colville Tribal Headquarters Building Lost To Fire

NESPELEM, WA—Fire claimed the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation’s Headquarters located at the Colville Indian Agency early Monday morning, Colville Tribal Chairman Michael O. Finley...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 24, 2013

Local man arrested for Quincy truck theft

A Quincy farmer, who had offered a $2,500 reward for information that would help him recover his stolen truck and trailer, could pick up his own reward after spotting them just outside Grand Coulee. Kevin Weber, of Weber Farms in Quincy, a pilot,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 24, 2013

School district increases budget by a million

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board passed its 2013-14 budget Monday night after a public hearing on the matter. No one showed up to question the $9.5 million budget. The new budget exceeds the one for the 2012-13 school year by more than a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 24, 2013

Man arrested for break-in

A Nespelem man was arrested and booked into Okanogan County Jail Monday after being identified as the person who broke into the Galaxy Smoke Shop last Thursday. Police stated that Michael Stead, 26, was identified through security cameras on site. Af...

 
 News    July 24, 2013

Will to win

A contestant in Sunday’s events at the Ridge Riders’ Junior Rodeo wears the intensity of competition on her face as she rounds the last pole in the senior girls’ event. The two-day rodeo, which...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 24, 2013

NPS leader: sequester cuts could get worse

Dan Foster, the new superintendent of the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, is learning how to do more with less. And it may be only an omen of things to come. He told chamber of commerce...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 24, 2013

Plant poisoning suspected

Jerry Beierman, a Grand Coulee resident known for raising record-sized veggies, thinks someone doused several of his plants with some kind of poison, he reported to police Saturday. On Monday, Beierman said that three tomato plants, two bean plants a...

 
 News    July 24, 2013

Moon set

A full moon sets over Jones Bay on Banks Lake as the sun rises over the opposite horizon Tuesday morning. — Scott Hunter photo...

 
 News    July 24, 2013

Northwest Native Development kicks off annual Native Business Awards

Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) has launched a state-wide competition and search for three “native business” categories: • The “eagle” will go to a native business of the year. • The “bear” award will go to an outstanding...

 
 News    July 24, 2013

Young artists invited to join PUD's contest

Grant PUD invites children age 12 and under to participate in its special 75th Anniversary art contest. Participants create a work of art with the theme “How my family uses electricity,” using the PUD’s contest form. The forms can be downloaded...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 24, 2013

Puppy back with its owner

The story of a puppy that was taken by some people from Poulsbo had a happy ending. A man reported to police that while he was in Safeway shopping, someone took his little white female Husky pup named “Sage.” A review of a security tape showed...

 
 News    July 24, 2013

Tribes to build new Omak casino

The Colville Tribes has announced plans to construct a casino on property purchased four years ago along SR-97, south of the Rodeo Trail Road near Omak. The Tribes wanted to start the project earlier but when workers dug on the site back in 2009,...

 
 Obituaries    July 24, 2013

Veronica Lou Tatshama

Veronica Lou Tatshama went to meet her Creator Friday, July 12, 2013, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. Veronica was known by family as Babe; friends as Ronnie and co-workers as...

 
 Community    July 24, 2013

Community Vacation Bible School: SonWest Roundup

Calling all kids ages 3 through middle school for a great week of Vacation Bible School. Kids will have a fantastic time with music, crafts, games and stories as they learn about Jesus! School will be held Monday-Friday August 5-9, from 9 a.m. -...

 
 Community    July 24, 2013

At the library

Some upcoming activities at the Grand Coulee library are: July 26, 11 a.m. - NCRL Puppet Show. August 2, 11 a.m. - Renowned NW author / illustrator Eric Brooks August 9, tba - Dig into Archaeology. August 16, 10:30 a.m. - SRP Gala -games, crafts,...

 
 Community    July 24, 2013

Senior menu

Wed., July 24 - Dinner Sara’s Birthday Meal, Pork Roast, Cheesy Potatoes, Harvard Beets, Seasonal Fruit Platter, Tapioca Pudding w/Dollop of Jam. Thurs., July 25 - Dinner Crab Louie, Crackers, Garlic Bread, Fruit Medley. Shopping & Errands with...

 
 People    July 24, 2013

Boyds celebrate 50th anniversary

Chuck and Dodie Boyd recently celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary at the home of their son and wife Jeff and Jennifer Boyd in Spokane. A beautiful family dinner was held with family members...

 
 People    July 24, 2013

Boyd Galbraith earns doctor degree

Aaron Boyd Galbraith was awarded a degree of Doctor of Medicine recently from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth University in Hanover, N.H. Galbraith is the son of Allan Galbraith and Lorena...

 
 Community    July 24, 2013

Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet this Thursday, July 25, at noon at Sunbanks. New manager at Safeway, will be on hand to give info on the local Safeway store. Grant County Fire Dist. 14 to Meet Grant County...

 
 Community    July 24, 2013

Class reunions

Class of 2003 Reunites this weekend The Lake Roosevelt Class of 2003 will be holding an informal get-together for its 10-year reunion on July 26 and 27. Friday night will be at the Electric City Bar and Grill and Saturday at Spring Canyon all day...

 
 Community    July 24, 2013

Rewards for readers

John McNeil, of the Masonic Lodge, tells kids at the Grand Coulee Library about two bikes the group donated as a giveaway reading contest for the library. Kids who read for at least 10 hours can...

 
 School    July 24, 2013

School Briefs

Learning and fun combined The school board Monday night approved a field trip request from SHARP Kids and Summer Rocks to go to Moses Lake. The trip will include a stop at a pea farm, and at Soap Lake to conclude a unit on water testing. While at...

 
 Sports    July 24, 2013

Golf and Bowling Scores

GOLF Team 7/10 TOT Standing Oasis 33 23 3 CTFC 33 25 5 Jacks 31 17 1 Eagle Cove 34 31 5 DW 34 19 2 Bobby O’s 30 24 4 Hometown 35 37 6 Loepps 34 41 7 Senior Bowling 7/17/13 Larry W. 108/318; Leo L. 170/474; Pat Z. 204/531; Ray D. 171/455; Bob S....

 
 By Frankie Delano    Lifestyles    July 24, 2013

Shopping and junking in the coulee

Hello shoppers! Did you miss me? Detective Frankie D. here at The Star again after taking a break for summertime activities like broiling up some hamburgers and hot dogs and hanging out on Lake Roosevelt. The truth of the matter is, and the matter in...

 
 Legals    July 24, 2013

CITY OF ELECTRIC CITY REQUEST FOR BIDS OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER

CITY OF ELECTRIC CITY REQUEST For Bids Official Newspaper The City of Electric City is calling for bids to designate a newspaper of general circulation within the city which meets the requirements of RCW Chapter 65.16 as the official newspaper for...

 
 Community    July 24, 2013

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 7/16 - A woman reported that she found in a ditch a Bureau of Reclamation envelope that contained a number of cards. 7/17 - Police received a report of a woman walking in the street yelling at herself. Police found the suspect...

 
 Community    July 24, 2013

TOPS in the morning

An information meeting is scheduled for July 31, 2013, at 8 a.m., at the Coulee Dam Community Church, 509 Central Avenue, Coulee Dam, across from the Colville Tribal Museum (double red doors at South end of the building – no steps).  TOPS, a...

 
 Community    July 24, 2013

Earth adventures for teens to do

Are you a teenager and looking for something fun and exciting to do to wrap up your summer? Have you ever sailed on a boat? Here’s your chance to learn while sailing around the San Juan islands on...

 
 By Chris Heizer    Opinion    July 24, 2013

Thanks for rejuvenating the home town

I would like to take a moment and compliment the community in which I grew up. I have had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time in my home town this summer and have noticed several area improvements. I don’t have enough room to list them...

 
 By Birdie Hensley    Opinion    July 24, 2013

Museum would provide way to save history of locals

History was made 80 years ago, July 16. Thousands of people gathered at the Grand Coulee Dam site in 1933 as Gov. Clarence Martin oversaw the groundbreaking for the dam. With a sledge hammer in hand, Martin promised that Grand Coulee Dam would delive...

 
 By Jay and Lil Sooter    Opinion    July 24, 2013

Are we proud of our new Electric City arsenic plant and brown water?

Our answer is NO! On June 12, 2013 an article in The Star said the Electric City officials claimed the water was OK to drink. Do you notice a lot of chlorine in your water? Does you water run brown at times? Does your icemaker make brown ice? Has the...

 
 By Carol Schoning    Opinion    July 24, 2013

Re: "Voters to choose from three mayoral candidates"

I think Greg Wilder would make a great new major. Quincy has done a good job for many years. Coulee Dam needs someone more in tune with younger families and their priorities now. The city council could probably use a burst of new energy, as well....

 
 By Truman Covington    Opinion    July 24, 2013

Critical of tribal government reorganization

The token gesture towards solidarity through recent council committee delegations for the coming year was indeed too little too late ... my own doubts linger as madam queen left no loopholes. Her throne was shaken, yes, but it is still in place. Her...

 
 Opinion    July 24, 2013

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago A fire once again hit the Colville Indian Reservation last week as flames charred more than 2,000 acres and threatened several homes. Due to the overload on the town’s water pump, caused by the hot weather, the town of Nespelem is...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    July 24, 2013

Change is already happening; get on board

One of the unique attributes of the Coulee is that when you return to this area after a long departure, it appears that nothing has changed. It is the same as when you left. I have heard this hundreds...

 
 News    July 24, 2013

Jeannie Moon

Services for Jeannie Moon will be held this weekend with a public wake on Sunday, July 28 at 7 p.m. Sunrise burial will follow July 29 at the Chief Joseph Cemetery....