Articles from the November 20, 2013 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News    November 20, 2013

Hospital in shakeup mode

The top administrator at Coulee Medical Center narrowly avoided a vote of no confidence from his board Monday night, with a decision by the hospital district commission that clearly disappointed members of his staff. In a special meeting of the... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    November 20, 2013

Man injured in electrical accident at dam

A Bureau of Reclamation employee was critically injured Monday as a fire started at a switch in the John W. Keys III Pump Generating Plant. Daniel McCulloch, 54, was flown to Harborview Medical... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    November 20, 2013

Hit the hoops against hunger Tuesday

The Lake Roosevelt Raider basketball players will play against each other on Tuesday to raise funds to feed families for the holiday season. They're hoping to raise enough to feed 50 needy families,... Full story


No answer yet on big shop size

The best answer city officials could give Electric City resident Mike Dennis last Tuesday night was, it’s in the works. Dennis has been pressing the city to get changes to its master plan on the size of auxiliary buildings (metal storage sheds,... Full story


Commission studies how to hire police

Grand Coulee’s Civil Service Commission is still trying to decide how to continue in its efforts to test and recommend the hiring of, a new police officer. The commission met in a special meeting Friday in an effort to schedule testing for seven... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    November 20, 2013

Jaci Gross named EWU Teacher of the Month

Students and staff at Grand Coulee Dam Middle School were on pins and needles Friday morning, gathered for a special assembly with a secret subject ... Until they saw the TV camera and anchors.... Full story


City keeps tourism fund policy

Electric City’s council decided last Tuesday night to stick with its policy, at least for now, on how it spends its hotel/motel tax revenues. Its current policy puts half of its hotel/motel revenues in a reserve fund and makes the other half... Full story



City supports health district After a presentation by Grant County Health District’s Jeffrey Ketchel, the Electric City council voted to give the district $2,000. The district had asked for $2 per resident or $2,000 from the city to help with its... Full story


Coulee Pioneer Museum display marks Kennedy killing

If you are old enough, do you remember where you were on Nov. 22, 1963, when the nation and the world was informed that President John F. Kennedy was shot? You can record your recollections of that... Full story


USBR may open portion of trail

A quarter mile long piece of the Downriver Trail system might soon be reopened, Bureau of Reclamation officials stated last week. The trail would extend through a pedestrian gate along the rip-rap on the east side of the Columbia River near the... Full story


Town's 291 new street lights to go up

Coulee Dam’s council approved a $9,700 change order on its proposed LED street light project at its meeting last Wednesday night. The change order will enable the contractor, Northwest Edison, to install 291 TRS series photocontrols with the new en... Full story


Zoning laws stand in the way, and that's good

Among the most frustrating regulations that citizens run up against when trying to fight city hall are zoning laws. But some of the most obvious problems this community faces result from a lack of them, or of their past enforcement. Zones in a city... Full story


Re: "Our take on the news" Nov. 13, 2013

Reading the Nov. 13 Star newspaper editorial prompted me to this response. Don't you find your statement about wondering what the judge will find to be ironic? One of the complaints about Mr. Picard helping his friends and neighbors came from Jack's... Full story


Appalled at mechanic citation

I am appalled that the city of Grand Coulee would issue a citation and impose a fine to the mechanic and an outstanding person. He will give you the shirt off his back. The other businesses who have complained are being petty. We live next door to... Full story


Commissioner stood up for community

I’ll make this short because most of the community knows what’s been going on. After the community built a new hospital its reputation and management seems to have gotten worse. At the last three board meetings, the number of unhappy citizens... Full story


Election winner thanks supporters

My sincere appreciation to those who supported me for Hospital Commissioner. I will make every effort to support YOU. Betty Bruesky... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 20, 2013

Losing arts = lost opportunities

Well, LRHS and GCD Middle school got the bands back together not long ago when they hired the new band teacher, Lisa Vaughn. I have seen her working late to get caught up after the late start. There... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Elmer City Mayor Paul Till-man announced that he was resigning as the mayor of Elmer City because he will be moving to Coulee Dam. Mary Jo Carey was named as the mayor pro-tempore. Kristen Maher, daughter of Jim and Tracy Maher of... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet at Noon The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its noon meeting at Siam Palace in Grand Coulee on Thursday, Nov. 21. The program will be presented by Terri Riley-Brown and Julie Johnson of Assured Hospice & Home... Full story


Norman Hudnall

Norman Hudnall passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 in Grand Coulee following a brief illness. At his request no services will be held. A complete obituary will be in next week’s Star.... Full story


Joyce Metzger

Joyce Metzger passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Viewing will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 23,with the services to follow at 10 a.m., at the Great Drive Chapel, 925 N Grape Drive, Moses Lake. A complete obituary will be in next week’s Star.... Full story


Life lessons learned

Elizabeth Rangel, a 1998 graduate of Lake Roosevelt High School who now works as an outreach assistant at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash., spoke to local middle school and high school...


Senior Meals

Thurs., Nov. 21 - Dinner Pork Cutlets, Scalloped Potatoes, Assorted Vegetables, Molded Fruit Salad, Apple Surprise. Fri., Nov. 22 - Breakfast Polish Sausage and Cheese Scramble, Hashbrowns, Toast, Apricots, Orange Juice. Mon., Nov. 25 - Breakfast... Full story


It's a girl for St. Pierre/Marchand

Rowena St. Pierre and Ryan Marchand of Nespelem are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Jaiyana Raylynn Marchand on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 6 oz., and was 19 inches in length at... Full story


It's a boy for the Delgados

Missy and Lucio Delgado are proud to announce the birth of their son Braxton Steven D. Simpson born Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 8 lbs., 8 oz., and was 20 inches in length at birth. Sibling includes a... Full story


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