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Articles from the August 15, 2012 edition

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 Opinion    August 15, 2012

Towns may discover divorce is messy

Sometimes they’re necessary, but anyone who has been through a divorce, as two local municipalities are considering, can tell you how much tougher it becomes when there is no one with whom to split life’s workload. Childcare and laundry duties,...

 
 By Press release    News    August 15, 2012

Fire should burn out within two days

Here's the latest update just in. Most of the Buffalo Lake Road Fire was quiet yesterday, giving firefighters the opportunity to continue improving containment lines and mopping up throughout its perimeter. In the southeast section, near Swawilla...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2012

Firefighters efforts saved many homes

Firefighters will have to be alert against localized erratic winds today as temperatures near the Buffalo Lake Road Wildfire creep near 100 degrees. With the fire 70-percent contained, officials...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2012

7,800 acres burned

The wildfire burning since Tuesday evening above Coulee Dam has scorched 7,800 acres so far, but only burned one old barn. No other structures have been lost, thanks to firefighters fending off the fl...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    August 15, 2012

Elmer City to Coulee Dam: We’re outa here

Elmer City has advised the town of Coulee Dam that it will put in its own wastewater treatment plant, and leave the larger town to foot the entire bill for its planned sewer plant upgrade, already set to nearly double rates. In a letter to Coulee Dam...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2012

Local band to lead off series

A series of free concerts at North Dam Park and Events Center will kick off with a local group offering the first backbeat on Friday, then a Spokane trio coming Saturday night. Mister Meaner will...

 
 News    August 15, 2012

Newsbriefs

Bullish time starts tonight Pack the kids in the car and head out to the Rodeo Grounds tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 15) for the Ridge Rider’s bull riding event. A beer garden opens at 6 p.m. and action out of the chutes begins at 7 p.m. Some 36 bulls...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    August 15, 2012

Principal under investigation

Center School Principal Sue Hinton may not return this fall. The Star learned Tuesday that Hinton has been the subject of an investigation. She could not be reached for comment. Superintendent Dennis Carlson, who is vacationing in Idaho, confirmed...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    August 15, 2012

Neighborhood dispute heard at council meeting

A Burdin Boulevard dispute between the Toulous and Becky Billups cropped up again at Grand Coulee’s city council meeting Aug. 7. Shirley Toulou told the council that exhaust generated from vehicles using the graveled parking lot south of their...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    August 15, 2012

School contracts awarded

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board settled two contracts dealing with the district’s K-12 building project at a special meeting Wednesday night. The board formally awarded the construction management contract to Wenaha Group of Pendleton, O...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    August 15, 2012

Stumps to art a possibility

Two tall stumps at Mason City Memorial Park in Coulee Dam may soon be sculpted into animals and bird images. One of the huge trees was blown over and the other damaged during the area’s rain and win...

 
 News    August 15, 2012

USBR awards $4 million contract for line relay system upgrade

The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $4 Million design and construction contract to Burke Electric, Bellevue, Wash., to replace a 30-year-old relay system that protects and monitors high voltage power lines linked to Grand Coulee Dam’s generators...

 
 News    August 15, 2012

Jess Ford buys property for expansion

Jess Ford announced last week that the company has purchased 135 feet of Midway Avenue frontage across the street. Wade Jess, owner, said that he plans to locate his firm’s auto detail shop across...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    August 15, 2012

Buttons building on Main St.

The Button family continues its strong presence on Grand Coulee’s Main Street with the doubling of its present graphic design and signage business, Button It. Richie and Amanda Button also own the...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    August 15, 2012

Wright smashing ceremony scheduled

Get out your sledge hammer and gold paint, you’ll need it Aug. 27. That’s the day set aside by the Grand Coulee Dam School District for a special “golden sledgehammer” ceremony connected with the demolition of A.E. Wright Elementary School. A...

 
 News    August 15, 2012

Transfer station in black

Mayors heard some good news Monday afternoon. A report circulated to the Regional Board of Mayors showed that the Delano Regional Transfer Station is about breaking even thus far this year. Figures show that the transfer station took in $3,591.17...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2012

Park levy raises concerns

Park district commissioners heard concerns from a taxpayer Monday night on their hopes to collect taxes after a vote next November. Dave McClure, a rancher with a lot of property north of Nespelem,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 15, 2012

Our stance slightly misunderstood

After publication last week, I realized too late that reader John Overby’s thoughtful letter mistakenly attributed my editorial stance July 11 — encouraging the community to contact federal...

 
 By Myrna Francis    Opinion    August 15, 2012

Do not add to local taxes

I would like to express my opinion on the park and recreation district’s idea to seek a levy to fund their ideas and expenditures. They make it sound like it will be a very small tax increase but when you add on all of the other taxes that are...

 
 By Myrna Schrivers    Opinion    August 15, 2012

Senior Center Meals program is thankful

We live in a fantastic, caring and giving community. You have supported your Senior Center Meals Program and Home Delivery Program in many ways, such as contributions, donations, food and volunteering hands. We strive for continual improvement in...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    August 15, 2012

Don’t take freedom for granted

The closing ceremonies of the London Olympics were Sunday night, and I can hardly imagine that we have to wait four more years to watch again. I love the Olympics, both winter and summer. First off,...

 
 Opinion    August 15, 2012

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Messy home owners in the town of Elmer City will soon receive a notice at their home or a property they own which states that they must clean up or pay. Due to the overload on the town’s water pump, caused by the hot weather, the...

 
 Obituaries    August 15, 2012

Dennis (Denny) Marvin Shear

Dennis (Denny) Marvin Shear, 76, of Electric City, Washington, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at Providence Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, of complications after surgery. Denny was born in Minomen,...

 
 Obituaries    August 15, 2012

Carole Jean (White) Fisher

Carole Jean (White) Fisher went to be with our Lord Tuesday, July 31, 2012, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Carole was born November 29, 1941, in Wahpeton, N.D., to Harold V. and Dorothy...

 
 Obituaries    August 15, 2012

William Lee “Bill” Russell Jr.

Funeral services for William Lee “Bill” Russell Jr., 59, of Wilson, Okla., were held Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at the Crystal Rock Cathedral in Ardmore, with Chaplain Jim Branch of the Christian Motorcycle Association officiating. Interment followed...

 
 Obituaries    August 15, 2012

Tracey Valandra Buffalohead

A headstone setting and memorial will be held for Tracey Valandra Buffalohead on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. The headstone setting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Little Nespelem Cemetery, a dinner will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Nespelem Catholic...

 
 Obituaries    August 15, 2012

Donna N. Broach

Donna N. Broach, 74, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. She was born September 10, 1937, in Coulee Dam, Washington, to the home of Walter and Rosalie Booth. In 1953 Donna married...

 
 Community    August 15, 2012

Grief support group meets

Anyone in the community experiencing the loss of a loved one is invited to come and share support! There are two groups meeting during the summer: one the last Wednesday evening of each month from 7-8 p.m. and the other on the first Thursday...

 
 Community    August 15, 2012

Veggie Tales 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” movie. Also, free family photos will be offered...

 
 People    August 15, 2012

Two local girls in National Pageant

Allison Rice and Alexia Ryan competed in the International Girl National Pageant in Branson Missouri July 31 through August 4 according to Grandmother Carol Schoning. Allison, state beauty winner,...

 
 Community    August 15, 2012

Reunions this week

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...

 
 Community    August 15, 2012

Senior Meals

Wed., Aug. 15 - Dinner Spinach & Ham Quiche, Country Potatoes, Fruit Bowl, Cinnamon Rolls Thurs., Aug. 16 - Dinner Chicken Fettuccini, Noodles, Garlic Bread, Broccoli, Fruited Jello. Fri., Aug. 17 - Breakfast Ham Steak, Eggs, O’Brien Potatoes,...

 
 Community    August 15, 2012

Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet at Pepper Jack’s Grand Coulee Chamber will meet Thursday, August 16,at noon at Pepper Jack’s Bar and Grille in Grand Coulee. TOPS Meetings TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter meets on Tuesdays at 9:15 a.m. at Grand Coulee Seni...

 
 News    August 15, 2012

No parking area

A policeman takes evidence photos as a USBR firefighter stands by after a Coulee Dam man totaled his 2002 Mazda pickup Sunday when he ran over an embankment below the Visitor Center, his vehicle...

 
 School    August 15, 2012

Time to register for preschool

The Grand Coulee Dam Cooperative Preschool will start its school year Tuesday, Sept 4.  Preschool gives kids a head start academically and socially and improves readiness for school.  Eligible kids will be three by December 1 and potty trained. ...

 
 School    August 15, 2012

Middle school gearing up for school year

  All new students must be registered in order to start school on the first day, August 28. 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...

 
 Community    August 15, 2012

Receive 10 free trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August

Nebraska City, Neb. — Spruce up your landscape by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees through the Foundation’s...

 
 Sports    August 15, 2012

Golf Results

Banks Lake Golf Course Merchant League Scores Aug. 8 results Team # Name Gross HDCP Net Points 1 Galaxy Smoke Shop 34 4 39 8 Wreck ‘N Crew 33 3 35 1 2 Oasis Lawn Care 32 3 35 9 Kartar 38 -5 33 1 3 Bobby O’s 30 3 33 1 10 AJ Gerard Construction 34...

 
 Community    August 15, 2012

Coulee Cops

Coulee Dam Police 7/30 - A man on Central Drive reported an intoxicated man on the roof of a house nearby. Police couldn’t locate any person on the roof of the place, and the officer explained to the man that a person has right to drink and work...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    August 15, 2012

A wet July brought damaging storms

We were visited by quite a nice line of thunderstorms on July 20. I watched these storms approach from the south that afternoon on the Spokane National Weather Service radar on their website. The...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2012

Fire out of control above towns

A wildfire burning out of control in the hills above the towns of Coulee Dam and Elmer City has consumed hundreds of acres of sage and grassland and reportedly forced some homeowners to evacuate as a...