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Articles from the November 27, 2013 edition

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Law enforcement contract will likely split

An eventual contract for law enforcement services between the Bureau of Reclamation and local agenices will probably end up looking like this -- Grand Coulee, four officers; Coulee Dam, two officers; and two officers from the Colville Tribal Police... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    November 27, 2013

Administrators: CMC needs to focus on longterm survival

Directions in the management of Coulee Medical Center are aimed at providing for the long-term survival of the hospital, despite shorter-term difficulties, its top administrator and board chairman said this week. Chief Operating Officer Scott Graham... Full story


Pennies earned

–Patrons of the penny auction last Saturday listen for the winning numbers for hundreds of items they'd bid on during the auction and lucheon. The fund raiser for Lake Roosevelt's sophomore class... Full story


Early ceremony planned for swearing in town's elected

Mayor-elect Greg Wilder will be sworn in Dec. 23, as Coulee Dam mayor by U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby from the U.S. Department of Justice Eastern Washington, Wilder stated last week. Others elected to office in the town of Coulee Dam will likely take... Full story


Port District to buy golf carts

Port District 7 commissioners voted Thursday night to purchase 21 golf carts that they have had on lease since 2008. District President Orville Scharbach told commissioners that the carts would be paid for in three years. The package includes the 21... Full story


Making progress

Roy Moon installs electrical components in the K-12 new school project, which is making fast progress now that workers can work inside. The elementary school side is completely boxed in and workers... Full story



Star observes holiday The Star Newspaper office will be closed both Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29, for the observance of Thanksgiving. The newspaper office will open at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2. LR soft soled for NA month Lake Roosevelt High... Full story


Port to look for golf course grant

Port district commissioners approved a plan at their meeting last Thursday to seek a grant to fix up the Banks Lake Golf Course. The idea came from Frank Andrews Jr., a planner and grant writer for the Colville Confederated Tribes. Andrews called... Full story


Main Street gets lights for the Christmas season

They are lighting up Main Street. Grand Coulee Main Street merchants have bundled some money together to purchase special holiday season lighting in an effort to make the local season more... Full story


Big price found for engine repair

Grand Coulee had a bit of sticker shock when officials learned that it would cost about $20,000 to make repairs on its brush fire truck. Fire chief Rick Paris told the council last Tuesday night that the fire truck had blown a head-gasket and when me... Full story


Grand Coulee library light- up set for next Thursday

It’s light the library time. A special program is planned for the Etheta Anderson Grand Coulee Library on Thursday, Dec, 5. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A special lighting of the library, a repeat of last year’s program, is planned. The library, a... Full story


Art selection to start soon

An art committee made up of local residents will soon begin the process of selecting some $140,000 work of artwork for the new K-12 school complex. Under state law, 1 percent of public funds for construction projects must be put aside to purchase... Full story


Needed: stable medical workforce

When our family moved to the Airport Addition of Coulee Dam from the northeast corner of Wyoming in 1980, we were where we wanted to be, hopefully for the rest of our life. Lake Roosevelt High School was just around the corner, grocery shopping was... Full story


Memories triggered from letter

The letter to the editor Nov. 6 by Roberta Warden Gamble brought back memories. I knew Billy Bell in the 1930s. He had two bands of sheep. There were 1,000 ewes and 1,200 lambs in a band. The reason there were more lambs in a band was because several... Full story


City not addressing dog barking problem

I live in Electric City and I know the rules on how many dogs we can have. There are three Shepherds on our block that bark at trucks, deer and birds, it doesn’t matter what it is. When you work nights and come home to sleep and get woke up at 3... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 27, 2013

Tears in a man's eyes

Not too many years ago, I almost died. Literally. My wife called everyone she could think of and told them they better come visit me before it was too late. My memory of those days are very foggy, and... Full story


A Thanksgiving Message

 Thanksgiving is a day that we as a nation take time out from our busy lives to gather with family and friends to give thanks for our many blessings. America’s first Thanksgiving celebration is traced to 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. After an... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago The man who threatened to blow up Grand Coulee Dam was released last week from Spokane County Jail. Richard Vialpando was released after five months in jail. Laura Dick, of Nespelem,  won a statewide contest on anti-drugs at the... Full story


Norman Hudnall

Norman Hudnall passed away on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. He was born June 13, 1927, in Omak, Wash., to Clyde and Lucy (Holt) Hudnall. He married his wife of 65 years Helen (Bush) in Omak, Wash., on... Full story


Dennis Conway

Dennis Conway, 63, of Conway, S,C., died suddenly Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Dennis was born December 28, 1949, and grew up in Coulee Dam, Wash., creating a network of lifelong friends.  He graduated... Full story


Food bank gets boost

Zion Lutheran church members Ray Duclos, left and Evelyn Russell, right, present Care and Share Food Bank manager Fern Blaylock with a donation of $1,770, the results of the congregation's giving,... Full story


Trees of Sharing ornaments all around the community

The Trees of Sharing trees, decorated with ‘wish’ ornaments for more than 140 local children, are all around town. Trees are located in Grand Coulee at Funzee’s, Safeway Pharmacy, and Glacier (formerly North Cascades National) Bank, and at the... Full story


Meetings and Notices

No Chamber Meeting The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not be meeting this week due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Regular meeting will resume on Thursday, Dec. 5 at noon at the American Legion Post for decorating for the Vintners an... Full story


After a dry October, first seasonal snow falls in November

The home weather station measured a trifling 0.14 inches of precipitation for October. Looking back at past years shows we’ve had more — 1.15 inches in 2012, 0.54 inches in 2011, 1.23 inches in... Full story


Legals for November 27, 2013

Hospital Dist. 6 PUBLIC NOTICE OF MEETING CANCELLATION The regularly scheduled Public Hospital District #6 Douglas, Grant, Lincoln & Okanogan Counties Board of Commissioners scheduled for November 27, 2013 has been cancelled. (Publish Nov. 13, 20,... Full story


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