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Police chief job no longer protected

Grand Coulee’s city council changed its mind last week about protecting its next police chief by passing an ordinance removing the chief from Civil Service. Two weeks earlier, the council had voted 4-1 to keep the chief of police position under...

 

Rocks block road near Northrup

Motorists stop on SR 155 about 5 miles south of Electric City where boulders blocked the highway to Coulee City late Tuesday. Traffic bound for Grand Coulee was reportedly forced to turn around and...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 26, 2014

Vintage Christmas event at town hall is new community event

Here's a quick video to give you a flavor of the event happening now....

 

No police protection set for Electric City

The Grand Coulee/Electric City police contract for 2015 is in limbo. Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands said this week, “we haven’t seen any contract, yet.” Ever since voters turned down a real estate levy request by Electric City by a two to one...

 

Elmer City debating pay raises

Elmer City wants to provide overdue pay raises for two town workers but leaders have to figure out how to pay for it, after a proposal to raise utility rates was blocked last week. Mayor Gail Morin said that the two workers, Town Clerk Renée...

 

School board eases eligibility for athletes

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board made two decisions on athletic policy Monday night, one over the objections of one of its members. School board Director Ted Piccolo had issues with changing district policy so that student athletes can be...

 

Star still accepting nominations for volunteer of year

The deadline for nominations for the annual Volunteer of the Year award is until Monday, Dec. 1. Letters of nomination should be as specific as possible about why the candidate should be honored, including contact information for the nominator and...

 

Newsbriefs

Star closed for holiday The Star newspaper office will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 & 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will open for business again on Monday, Dec. 1, at 9 a.m. Local will march in Macy’s Parade Lynda Nutt, who...

 

Street lighting additions planned for Electric City

Electric City plans to add at least 15 new street lights next year. The initial cost is about $2,000, and it will boost the city’s electric bill a bit higher. The decision to move forward on the street light program was made last Tuesday night and...

 

City close to buying land for park

An effort to develop an Electric City park moved one step closer Nov. 11 when the council matched the property owner’s asking price. The council voted to offer the Banks Lake Bible Church $25,000 for a double lot near the old Baptist Church...

 

School grounds care approved

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board Monday night approved a five-year grounds contract with Oasis Lawn Care for an annual cost of $37,600. The contract includes mowing, trimming and edging, lawn aeration, pruning, fall leaf removal, weed...

 

Easy bidding

Shoppers place their penny bids in cups during last Saturday's Penny Auction, a fund raiser for the Lake Roosevelt High School Class of 2016. The class gathers, through purchases and donations, items...

 

The whole city is now vulnerable

Last week, the Grand Coulee City Council reversed its earlier decision that had kept the chief of police job under the protection of the city’s civil service commission. That reversal should be reconsidered. No matter how much faith council...

 

Remembering fallen comrades: Screaming Eagles

My name is Clinton J. Andrews. I was a member of the 3/502 HHC BN Postal Clerk, Infantry 11C Mortar Crew member in the Air Assault unit of Fort Campbell, Kentucky 1984-1985. While I was getting desert fatigues and boots, because I wanted back to...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 26, 2014

Cardboards boxes, willing hearts and friends

Last week I gave you a (try and make you smile) column about making a rough draft of what you are thankful for. Well, after the week I had, the true Thanksgiving list is here and ready for your approval. So here we go. Cardboard boxes can be hard to...

 

Farewell

As I complete my final weeks in Congress, it is only natural to reflect on the past 20 years. It has truly been my honor and privilege to serve you and represent those who call Central Washington home in Congress.  Whether it’s helping seniors...

 

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago Raider basketball practices starts next week for both the boys and girls teams. Head coach Brad Wilson expects 35 or more to show up for the first practice with four starters, all seniors...

 

It's a boy for the Turcottes

Donny and Nichole Turcotte of Omak are proud to announce the birth of their son Ozzy Hawk Turcotte on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz., and was 20-1/4 inches in length at birth. Siblings...

 

Mileys have a boy

Tjode and Dustin Miley of Grand Coulee are proud to announce the birth of their son Stettson Cole Miley on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz., and was 20 inches in length at birth. Maternal...

 

It's a girl for Silva/Carson

Katy Silva and Randy Carson of Electric City are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Willow Dawn Carson on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 5 lbs., 7 oz., and was 17-1/2 inches in length at...

 

Meetings and Notices

No Chamber Meeting The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not meet this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Meetings will resume next Thursday at noon at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille. Wenatchee Valley Erratics Chapter to Meet Wenatchee...

 

Early turkey

People fill the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center Nov. 19 for the Senior Thanksgiving Meal, which was served to about 175 people in the Senior Meal Program's two locations in Grand Coulee and Coulee...

 

First quarter honor roll at Nespelem School

The following is the first quarter honor roll at Nespelem School. 1st Grade - Talise Adolph, Sadie LaClaire, Denise Simpson, Norma Lowery, Qwentana Quiltanenock. Adryanna St. Pierre, Nikolas Seymour 2nd Grade - Zyven Boyd, Hope Harris, Skyler...

 

New school stinks, literally

Officials at Lake Roosevelt Elementary are trying to figure out why one of the first-grade classrooms picks up a sewer smell off and on. It happens in Kim Campbell’s first-grade room, and on occasion drives her and her 18 students across the hall...

 

Coaches resign at Lake Roosevelt

Lake Roosevelt’s football program took a hit this week with the head coach and two assistant coaches resigning. Resigning was Head Coach Steve Files, and Assistant Coaches Paul Braun and Joe Tynan. Files stated in his resignation letter to...

 

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