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Articles from the October 23, 2013 edition

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 News    October 23, 2013

Police dispute kicked upstairs

A flap over law enforcement coverage at the Bureau of Reclamation has attracted the attention of its regional director. Recently the city of Grand Coulee was awarded a four-man contract, a renewal of an existing agreement, to provide police services...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 23, 2013

Are crosswalk violations a problem?

Are violators of pedestrian crosswalks a problem in the area? Yes, says Electric City resident Steve Salstrom, who has complained about the motorists who zoom by even when people are in the crosswalks. Salstrom stated that on one occasion he was...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 23, 2013

Candidates respond to questions

This week The Star presents a candidates’ forum, in which we publish the responses of candidates for public office to questions we emailed to each. Not all responded, but many of the candidates seeking voter approval for 11 contested local offices...

 
 News    October 23, 2013

Office: Mayor of Coulee Dam

Gayland Snow's statement: I feel that we must improve our current waste water treatment facility, with the most cost effective measures to insure stability for the future. Other infrastructure needs...

 
 News    October 23, 2013

Office: Coulee Dam Town Council Position 2

Karl Hjorton’s statement: 1. What are the top challenges that will be faced by the office you seek to occupy? I believe that we must address the town's aging infrastructure; in order to promote business and growth within our community we must...

 
 News    October 23, 2013

Office: Coulee Dam Town Council Position 3

Trader did not respond. Duane Johnson’s statement: 1. What are the top challenges that will be faced by the office you seek to occupy? Addressing and establishing a viable wastewater treatment facility that meets the present and future needs of...

 
 News    October 23, 2013

Office: Elmer City Mayor

Mary Jo Carey did not respondGail Morin’s statement: Elmer City’s population has remained constant over the last twenty years and the tax base will likely not increase significantly in the near future. Generally speaking, that’s the way we...

 
 News    October 23, 2013

Office: Electric City Council

Aaron Derr’s statement: My name is Aaron Derr and I am running for Electric City Council Position 1. I feel the greatest challenges for this position will be to provide a consistent and transparent governance for Electric City, and to work with the...

 
 News    October 23, 2013

Office: Public Hospital District 6 Commission Position 1

Kris Hare's statement: I am Kristan (Kris) Hare running for reelection as Public Hospital District 6 Commissioner, Position 1. When first appointed, then elected six years ago, the greatest challenge...

 
 News    October 23, 2013

Office: Public Hospital District 6 Commission Position 3

Jerry Kennedy's statement: Health care reform brings with it new financial challenges to hospitals. Rural hospitals face the biggest challenges. While our community is fortunate to have a new...

 
 News    October 23, 2013

Office: Public Hospital District 6 Commission Position 5

Betty Brueske’s statement: The primary challenges that I believe a hospital commissioner faces will be making decisions that support high quality medical care for all while at the same time controlling costs to ensure the solvency of the medical...

 
 News    October 23, 2013

LR National Recreation Area is open

The National Park Service (NPS) reopened all 401 national parks, including Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, LRNA announced Thursday. Visitor facilities normally open during this time of year including campgrounds, boat launches, and the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 23, 2013

Bear a bigger problem than usual

There seems to be an unusual amount of black bear in the area this year. Two were shot in Coulee Dam recently by Tribal Natural Resource officers, after residents there were bothered by them roaming t...

 
 News    October 23, 2013

Newsbriefs

Bus building sought Larry Curtis, representing the Senior Center, appeared again before Grand Coulee’s city council asking if the city will allow Seniors to build a garage in which to store their two buses. In a prior appearance, the council had...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 23, 2013

Improvements scheduled for city hall

They are going to dress up city hall. The Electric City council has approved a plan to replace its 22-year-old carpet at city hall, doing half with this year’s budget and the other half with its 2014 budget. Loepp’s Furniture will be doing the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 23, 2013

City pressed on home mechanic

Mike Horne, owner of MPH, a mechanical firm on Midway in Grand Coulee, made his second appearance before the city council to complain about a home mechanic operation at 431 Grand Coulee Avenue. The operation in question is owned by Donovan Picard,...

 
 News    October 23, 2013

Local leader to head state hospital group

During its annual membership meeting last week, the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts approved new statewide officers, with Coulee Medical Center’s top executive leading the list. CMC’s Chief Executive Officer J. Scott Graham...

 
 By Scott Hunter editor and publisher    Opinion    October 23, 2013

Election coverage designed to help

Our diverse region and readership have decisions to make. We hope this week’s Local Candidates Forum provides some help for voters who open their mail-in ballots to cast decisions on races they may not have even realized were occurring. Readers...

 
 By Sheri Shumway    Opinion    October 23, 2013

Re: "Local help available for health insurance questions"

In referring to your article praising Coulee Medical Center and Foisy and Kennedy for their assistance signing people up for mandatory health insurance, I would like to add Dawn Ensminger and Darcy Epperson at the IHS Clinic in Nespelem. These women...

 
 By Carl Russell    Opinion    October 23, 2013

Re: "Reader prefers Tea Party line" in Letters from Our Readers, Oct. 16

Good Letter Don McClure, but you didn't go quite far enough. Regarding the economic collapse of 2008. This collapse was caused by Congress with the Affordable Housing Act pushed thru with President Clinton and the Democratic Congress. To give the uni...

 
 By Truman V. Covington    Opinion    October 23, 2013

Council in a hurtful rut

WHAT DO YOU THINK!? (like Sneena likes to say). I say our incompetent kiddy council needs to get their political priorities straight and actually “DO” something for the Colville Tribes, the Colville tribal peoples. Spending how many thousands...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    October 23, 2013

Lonesome Larry has lots of friends

In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, the end of his migratory journey. Biologists...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 23, 2013

Teachers, the unsung heros

I was not a good student. Big surprise, right? To be totally honest, for years the comment card on my report card read: Very good student, does not perform to potential, just does enough to get by. Th...

 
 Opinion    October 23, 2013

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago A commission that will help bring money for improvements to Elmer City was given the vote of approval Thursday. The commissioners are: Doris Bonertz, Wynne Dennis, Jeff DeWinkler, Ralph Rise and Robert Riley. A fallen pilot was honored...

 
 Obituaries    October 23, 2013

Frederick "Earl" DeCamp

Frederick "Earl" DeCamp passed away Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, one month shy of his 96th birthday.  Earl was born November 28, 1917, on the DeCamp homestead eight miles north of Nespelem, Wash., to...

 
 Obituaries    October 23, 2013

Cynthia "Cindy" Marie Fry-Ocampo

Cynthia “Cindy” Marie Fry-Ocampo, 67, Inchelium, Wash., passed away at Mt. Carmel Hospital, Colville, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. She had complications from rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. She was born on June 30, 1946, to Frances and James C....

 
 Community    October 23, 2013

Senior Meals

Senior Meals Wed., Oct. 23 - Dinner Baked Chicken, Creamed Potatoes and Peas, Fruit Jello Salad, Rolls, Baked Apples. Thurs., Oct. 24 - Dinner Beef Roast, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Sauteed Cabbage and Onions, Assorted Veggie Tray, Peaches and...

 
 Community    October 23, 2013

Bob's big Boo!

Bob Hinke works at readying his home to provide thrills for trick or treaters on Halloween. Hinke's house at 810 Holly Street won't be the lone spectacular spook house next Thursday. David and Bonny...

 
 Community    October 23, 2013

Meetings and Notices

No Noon Chamber Meeting The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not hold its noon meeting this week because of the After Hours event/ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Starkey Professional building, 17...

 
 People    October 23, 2013

Loch graduates from basic training

Seaman Apprentice Timothy Wayne Loch graduated from Navy Basic Training at RTC Great Lakes, Il., on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. He is currently attending Master at Arms, a school at Lackland AFB, Texas,...

 
 Community    October 23, 2013

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 10/12 - A woman on Weil Place told police that some kind of oil was poured on her doorstep. She said that there were foot prints leading from next door to her door. Police took note of the type of shoe imprinted in the oil. The...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    October 23, 2013

Runners shine in Oroville

Raider cross country performed like a state contender at the Oroville Invite last Saturday, with all runners posting good times. Raider Head Coach Gary Darnold was pleased, not only by his squad's...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    October 23, 2013

Raiders drop homecoming game

The Raiders dropped their third game in a row last Friday when they lost to the Oroville Hornets 42-14. The loss dropped Lake Roosevelt’s win-loss record to 0-3 in league and 3-4 overall. The Raiders are now tied with Bridgeport for last place in...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    October 23, 2013

Lady Raiders have rough week

The Lady Raiders dropped all three of their volleyball matches last week, with the last two decided in three games. At home Oct. 15, the Lady Raiders came out flat against Oroville and flew behind. In the second game, LR showed some spark and tied...

 
 Legals    October 23, 2013

Legal Notices for October 23, 2013

Notice of Public Budget Hearing and Change of Regular Meeting Time Public Hospital District No. 6, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln, & Okanogan Counties, Washington Public Hospital District No. 6, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln and Okanogan Counties, Washington;...

 
 School    October 23, 2013

BBCC reports big increase in math enrollment

Enrollment in college-level math classes has set records this fall at Big Bend Community College. College officials say enrollment in those classes has doubled since 2009, and increased 25 percent from fall of 2012 to fall of 2013. The numbers are...

 
 News    October 23, 2013

Crowning night

Lake Roosevelt High School's homecoming royalty pauses for photos at halftime during last Friday night's football game. From right are seniors, and the queen and king, Kassadi Boutain and Brandon...

 
 News    October 23, 2013

Next year's trout dinner

POWER members Jim Depew, left, and Doug Patrick guide a stream of 50,000 fingerling rainbow trout into net pens Tuesday on Banks Lake at Electric City. Delivered by the Washington State Fish &...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 23, 2013

Hospital board calls special meeting

Hospital District 6 commissioners will meet in a special session Friday night to discuss, in a closed session, to discuss legal matters with their attorney and to consider an employee’s performance. Following the the closed executive session, the...