Articles from the August 15, 2012 edition

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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,... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story



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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story


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... Full story

 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, said he would have tried to disuade the commission... Full story


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 representatives in support of federal funding of local... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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,... Full story


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... Full story


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,... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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