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Articles from the November 30, 2016 edition

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 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 30, 2016

New pharmacy projected for 2017

Grand Coulee Dam area residents may soon have a second option for where they pick up their prescription drugs. Coulee Medical Center expects to have a new retail pharmacy up and running by early 2017, according to Jonathan Owens, chief executive... Full story

 

Kids line up for Santa at North Dam Park

About 80 children showed up to see Santa Claus and to take part in a "cake walk" program last Saturday at North Dam Park. A number of local citizens provided cakes, some 25 in all, to be passed out... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 30, 2016

CMC planning new daycare center for employees

Coulee Medical Center has “every intention” of building a daycare center for their employees, according to Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Owens. Completion of the project is anticipated for May or June 2017, at the latest, Owens told his board... Full story

 

City hall renovations to continue

Electric City plans to continue its renovation of city hall next year. The 2017 improvements include new windows and doors. The project is being funded in the 2017 budget and is expected to cost less than $20,000. In the last year, city hall was... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 30, 2016

Nespelem Elementary students don their lab coats

Students at Nespelem Elementary received a hands-on science experience from chemical engineers from Washington State University last week. Doctor Seu Ha, an immigrant from Korea, received his... Full story

 

Proposed Electric City park will wait for grant

Electric City’s proposed park, behind the fire department building, may not get developed until sometime in 2018, city officials stated. The council, at its October budget workshop, decided to wait until a grant application to Washington State... Full story

 

LR National Recreation Area Public Scoping Meeting

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is considering expanding recreational areas at the northern half of the recreation area. The National Park Service unit will host a public scoping meeting at the Community Colleges of Spokane Colville Campus,... Full story

 

Adding bus possible, but drivers still needed

The Grand Coulee Dam School District will have enough money in its transportation fund to order another new bus next year, according to the financial report school board members heard Monday night. Already the district has two new 35-passenger buses... Full story

 

Proposing a compromise on the Electoral College

The framers of the US Constitution created the Electoral College as a result of a compromise for the presidential election process. During the debate, some delegates felt that a direct popular election would lead to the election of each state’s... Full story

 

Federal government must listen to local community on snake river dams

Hundreds of local residents showed up last week in Pasco for a debate that many thought had long been settled. We again find ourselves making the case that proposals to breach the Columbia and lower Snake River dams would hurt our local community,... Full story

 

Cheap gas fueling petrochemical expansion

In Washington, an abundance of low cost, reliable hydropower spurs economic growth. It is a key reason why energy intensive industries locate here. Today, our nation has a profusion of carbon-based energy. Unlike a decade ago when we relied upon... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 30, 2016

Your Story Part 1

It starts with a question. That question can be difficult for some to answer, or for others it can release the flood gates of time and you end up knowing everything about them. A simple question, “What’s your story?” can require a person to... Full story

 

Thirty-one years ago

Excessive snow on December 8, 1985, made it possible for artist Perry Ferguson to create this sculpture of an Indian on a horse. Assisted by Joe Kiehn, the sculpture was begun on Dec. 8 at 10:30... Full story

 

Jacob Fischer

Jacob Fischer died unexpectedly at age 42 last week. The 1993 graduate of Lake Roosevelt High School lived in Spokane. A service in his memory is pending. A complete obituary will follow in next week’s Star.... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

No Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not meet this Thursday due to the upcoming Vintners and Brewers event Saturday night. Meetings will resume at noon Thursday, Dec. 8. American Legion to Meet The American Legion... Full story

 

Senior Menu

Wed., Nov. 30 – Dinner Chicken Strips, French Fries, Mixed Vegetables, Fruit Platter, Cupcakes Thurs., Dec. 1 - Dinner Italian Casserole (meat, veggies, noodles and cheese), Cauliflower, Pears, Cook’s Choice Dessert Fri., Dec 2 - Breakfast Ham... Full story

 

Free compost class

Learn how to compost your yard and garden waste at a free class on Thursday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grant County Public Works public meeting room located at 124 Enterprise St. SE, Ephrata.  The class will last approximately 60... Full story

 

Leaf pickup finished

Town crew members finish the seasonal leaf pickup Monday on Grant Avenue with Coulee Dam's mulching machine. - Scott Hunter photo... Full story

 

Pioneer calendar now for sale

The 2017 Coulee Pioneer Museum calendar will feature pictures of the Third Powerhouse at Grand Coulee Dam, Birdie Hensley said this week. The calendar is dedicated to the men and women who worked on the project, the 50th anniversary date of which is... Full story

 

Bids due on old school

Bids on the sale of Center School, and property surrounding it, are due this Thursday. Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Paul Turner said that his understanding was that three parties might be bidding on the old school. But he reminded... Full story

 

Legals for November 30, 2016

Town of Elmer City Availability of 2017 Preliminary Budget and Final 2017 Budget Hearing Notice is hereby given that a Preliminary Budget for the Town of Elmer City is now available, and that the city will hold the Final 2017 Budget Hearing on... Full story

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 11/19 - A Nespelem woman will likely receive a citation from the court for having expired tabs and no insurance. She was stopped when an officer noticed the tab expiration, and she was given a few days to supply the police departm... Full story

 

Keeping their feathers numbered

Turkeys cross a lawn in Grand Coulee, pleased to have survived another Thanksgiving. - Jacob Wagner photo... Full story

 

Ski Club meeting next Wednesday

The Grand Coulee Dam Area Ski Club will be having an informational meeting on December 7th. We will be meeting at Nespelem School at 5:15 and then at Lake Roosevelt High school at 7:30. Loup Loup representatives will be here to issue season passes... Full story