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Articles from the August 8, 2012 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 8, 2012

If you want it …

A study that determined the local market area could support a community wellness center — where people could swim and exercise year round, where community events, classes and meetings could be held and that could grow into much more — came as a... Full story

 By Press release    News    August 8, 2012

NRCS offers emergency assistance to land owners for storm damage

SPOKANE, WA, (Aug 9, 2012) –Today, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the availability of emergeng for damage to forested lands resulting from a microburst storm of emergency funding for damage to forested lands... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2012

Study: Community center is completely feasible

If you want it, you can have it. That’s the bottom line of a study on whether building and operating a center for the community to come together — for events and meetings, fitness pursuits, indoor swimming and more — is at all feasible. The... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    August 8, 2012

Port District stays the course

Port District 7 commissioners decided to continue operation of the Banks Lake Golf Course even though the agency has lost over $100,000 in the past four months. Only a handful of citizens turned out for a meeting held at the airport office last... Full story


Hot moon rising

A full moon rises over Grand Coulee Dam Aug. 1 as if to usher in a new month, new heat wave and new fire season tinting the sky around it. — Scott Hunter photo... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    August 8, 2012

Concern on crime draws out Electric City group

About 30 people turned out Monday night at Electric City’s fire hall to show support for a community watch program. The meeting largely was to determine what kind of interest people had in developing a community watch plan to help fight crime in... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2012

Concert series will feature talent from near and far

A series of free concerts is scheduled for North Dam Park and events center this month, starting on Friday, Aug. 17. That’s when a local rock group called Mister Meaner will take to the “stage” at the bottom of the grass amphitheater. The very... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2012

Woman knows how much a race can mean

In 2010 Dana Barkdull weighed 329 pounds and decided to make a change. A year and a half later she ran her first half-iron distance triathlon. By that time, she had dropped to 254 pounds. The half... Full story



Invited out to the ball games The 13-team recreation softball league will hold its annual tournament next Thursday through Saturday Aug. 16-18 at North Dam Park, and the community is invited to go to the games. NCNB to host school supply drive North... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    August 8, 2012

New restaurant to feature barbecue fare

The Tropical Pig, a new eatery in Electric City, will open within the next few days. Owner Robert Dzurich has taken a small space, formerly housing a t-shirt shop, and turned it into a colorful and... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    August 8, 2012

New manager takes over at tire store

Cory Willis is the new Les Schwab manager, taking over his duties at the tire and service store Aug. 1. He replaces Terry Strawn, who took a position as manager of a Les Schwab store in Snohomish.... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    August 8, 2012

Bull riding event offered next week

The Ridge Riders will beef up the summer next Wednesday night with another bull riding event. The rodeo grounds open at 6 p.m., Aug. 15, for what could become a frequent event next year. Bull riding begins at 7 p.m. Ridge Rider President George Kohou... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    August 8, 2012

Tribal members to vote on settlement

Colville Tribal members have until Aug. 11, to return a referendum ballot on whether enrolled members want to have the tribe disburse another 30 percent of settlement funds. Members received about $4,000 each last Friday, which amounts to 20 percent... Full story

 By John Overby    Opinion    August 8, 2012

Stop seeking federal money for local school

In the July 11 issue of The Star, Roger Lucas’ article on Linda Evans Parlette’s advocacy for an additional $15 million to upgrade the school district’s existing fields, track and gym, the following quote was cited: “This belief is supported... Full story


Box tops coupon clippers get ready

As we near the new school year, I’d like to remind all the good folks in the Grand Coulee Dam area about the Box Tops for Education program. It’s a program that has helped schools earn cash by clipping Box Tops coupons from hundreds of... Full story

 By Mel Toulou    Opinion    August 8, 2012

And now the rest of the story

In response to the recent articles pertaining to Burden Boulevard, I am compelled to set the record straight. I am an old man of the block, at 70 years of age, who is in tune with what goes on around the block. I, like many other people here, would... Full story


It’s time to end the Apple and GE offshore tax loopholes

While attention focuses on congressional action on the Bush tax cuts, another tax bill is quietly tiptoeing through the Senate. The Senate Finance Committee has reported out the corporate tax extenders bill, a collection of dozens of tax breaks,... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago A new X-ray machine sits in storage, while a decades-old vintage model remains in use at Coulee Community Hospital because it’s tough to fit new codes into an old building. The machine could be considered symbolic of CCH’s... Full story


Tracy/McLennan united in marriage

Ryan Tracy and Linsey McLennan were married on Friday, July 27, 2012, in San Diego, Calif.  The wedding was an elegant ceremony in front of family and friends at the Women’s Club at Mission Beach.... Full story


Walt Netzel

Walt Netzel passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in the bed that he had built, in the house he had built, with family present. Walt was born in 1923 in a little town in northern Wisconsin, where he grew up loving the outdoors, a love that lasted all... Full story


Shirley M. Best

Shirley M. Best, 76, our wonderful wife, loving mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. The daughter of Charlie O. and Edith McCullough; Shirley Mae entered this world... Full story


Henry “LeRoy” Wood

  Henry “LeRoy” Wood, born Feb. 23, 1933, in Crawford, Neb., moved to Washington state with his family in 1950. LeRoy went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, after a lengthy battle... Full story


Movie night at the Nazarene Church

Grand Coulee Church of the Nazarene will be holding a movie night on Saturday, August 18, from 5-8 p.m. Families with children sixth grade and younger are invited to take in a free “Veggie Tales” movile. Also, free family photos will be offered... Full story


Reunions are set

Grand Coulee All School The final plans for the Grand Coulee All-School Reunion Aug. 17-18 have been made, with a self-guided tour of the old high school from 10 a.m. to noon and then the potluck picnic at the North Dam Park on Saturday starting at... Full story


Senior Menu

Senior Meals Wed., Aug. 8 - Dinner Pot Roast with Potatoes, Carrots & Onions, Fruit Salad, Rolls, Cake. Happy Birthday! Thurs., Aug. 9 - Dinner French Dip with AuJus, Seasoned Fries, Pea Salad, Pudding & Fruit Parfait. Grocery Shopping and Errands... Full story


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