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Articles from the August 14, 2013 edition

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We could make it all work better

It happens repeatedly in Coulee Country, even when we invent ways to try to get around our biggest road block to progress. In a community with four town councils and four mayors, we’ve needed to find ways, institutions, to make it possible to... Full story


SR 20 clean-up efforts to last through the weekend

In case you were thinking of taking SR 20 over the pass to the west side of the state, time to rethink that strategy. State Department of Transporation workers will have to remove about 20 football fields worth of mud from the highway after last... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 14, 2013

Process holds up "emergency" repairs

The Regional Board of Mayors is finding out that its operating agreement is a poor way to run a railroad. Facing emergency repairs at the Delano Transfer site a month ago, the mayors put a hold on the single bid they received to do the work, hoping... Full story


Filtered experience

Tristen Holcom and his mother,Tia Holcom, were among those who stopped by Friday afternoon at Spring Canyon to look at the sun through a solar filtered telescope. With the Holcoms is NPS Education... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 14, 2013

Late votes tallied for mayor, school board

Late mail ballots in last week’s primary election didn’t change those who will advance to the general election in November. Coulee Dam Mayor Quincy Snow faces an uphill battle to retain his seat after Greg Wilder had over a 100-vote margin going... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 14, 2013

Head of tours outlines dam's program

It’s not just kids that ask the craziest things. One person at the Visitor Center asked Ivan Snavely, who heads the tour program at the Grand Coulee Dam, if they built the dam from the top down, or... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 14, 2013

Park commissioners OK beer tent

Park commissioners Monday night barely passed a motion to allow the chamber of commerce to hold another beer garden event at North Dam Park next month. Commissioners expressed frustration with... Full story


Festival planned

The chamber of commerce has added one new twist and dropped one idea for its Sept.14, Harvest Festival at North Dam Park. The added twist is the Rotary Club will have a public BBQ for the celebration, featuring burgers and hotdogs. Dropped was a... Full story



Chelan barrels champ from Grand Coulee At the 2013 Lake Chelan Rodeo Aug. 3-4, Denene Douglas of Grand Coulee won the Barrel Racing event with a final time of 17.694, the Lake Chelan Mirror reported. Back To School nights planned The Grand Coulee... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 14, 2013

Hunt takes new assignment stateside

Capt. Ryan Hunt took up a new assignment Aug. 1, with the Marine Corps in 29 Palms, Calif., as an instruction officer. The 1999 graduate of Lake Roosevelt High School and Washington State University... Full story


Officer Hunt joins Grant County Sheriff's Office

Former Grand Coulee Police officer Adam Hunt started his duties as a county deputy Aug. 1 after a small swearing-in ceremony in front of Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones’ staff and Hunt’s family.... Full story


Grant county commissioners impose temporary burn ban

The Grant County Board of Commissioners imposed a temporary ban on outdoor burning, effective Tuesday Aug. 13. The ban prohibits all outdoor burning until further notice and will be lifted once conditions improve. If citizens are caught burning,... Full story


All new Civil Service board appointed

Grand Coulee Mayor Chris Christopherson appointed three new members to the city’s civil service board. Alan Cain will have the six-year term, Mark Graves a four-year term and Ken Carroll the two-year term. The civil service board is a completely... Full story

 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    August 14, 2013

Humbled by support

I was both honored and humbled by the overwhelming support I received in the Coulee Dam primary election. Thank you all for taking the time to vote… and for thinking of me in the process! I believe that your support anticipates (maybe demands)... Full story

 By Gail Morin    Opinion    August 14, 2013

Change on the agenda

“Nothing on the agenda” was the reason for canceling the August 7 Coulee Dam council meeting. July 22, 2013 a letter was sent to the Department of Ecology from Coulee Dam and the town’s engineers requesting funding for a revised plan to... Full story


People were victims in recent fire

I still adamantly say the Colville tribal peoples across our rez and off are without a doubt victims in every sense of the word in the recent firing up of our CCT Admin. bldg. Legal proceedings against recent-past council/last year are imminently... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 14, 2013

Fantasy football predictions -- Part 2

Well, last week I gave some predictions for the AFC and told you my Super Bowl pick for the AFC. So of course this week is the NFC. Also, I must apologize to you Bronco fans out there. I was advised by a very smart lady that hate is a very strong... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago A hot day and an electric fence combined for a close call and some excitement in Seaton’s Grove Friday. A small brush fire spread quickly and would have consumed a home had neighbors and firefighters not responded quickly. On a hill... Full story


Raymond Joseph Zowada

Raymond Joseph Zowada, Colonel U.S. Army, retired, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2013. He was born July 1, 1922. A complete obituary and service information will be printed in next week’s Star.... Full story


Dean Randolph Jess

Dean Randolph Jess passed away Friday, July 5, 2013. He was born March 15, 1971, and raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in the Grand Coulee area. Dean went to school and graduated from Lake Roosevelt High School in 1990. While at school, he... Full story


Marjorie McClain

Marjorie McClain, 91, of Federal Way,Wash., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.  She was born to Harry & Hannah Smith in Tillamook Ore.  A longtime resident of Grand Coulee (class of 1939), she... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet this Thursday, August 15, at noon at Siam Palace in Grand Coulee. Eric Labis of Foundation Search will speak about his company’s grant searching software. Okanogan County... Full story


Celebrate 45th reunion

Coulee Dam High School Class of 1968 recently celebrated their 45th class reunion Aug. 2 and 3.... Full story


Gearing up for school at the middle school

All new students must be registered in order to start school on the first day, August 27. The Grand Coulee Dam Middle School has set up August 21 and August 22 as Registration Days for new students to the Grand Coulee Dam School District who will be... Full story


A gala for the reading program

A wrap up for the summer reading program this Friday, August 16, 10:30 a.m. - SRP Gala -games, crafts, food, FUN! Go to for more information on activites through the North Central Regional Library.... Full story


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