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Articles from the December 12, 2012 edition

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November leaves a touch of snow

Our snowfall certainly wasn’t anything to get too thrilled about. Over a two-day period, the Dec. 10-11, we got 1.9 inches of snowfall here at the home weather station. That’s slightly more than... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 12, 2012

Volunteer of year voting is open

Eight candidates have been nominated for The Star’s annual volunteer of the year award. The nomination deadline was Monday night. Voting will cease on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. The honoree will be... Full story


Local vigil planned for Connecticut tragedy

A prayer vigil in memory of the Newtown, Connecticut victims will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec 19 at Mason City Memorial Park in Coulee Dam. Charlene Bearcub and Loretta Bingham are organizers of the event. They advised to dress warm, bring...

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 12, 2012

Tribal protesters plan rally

A rally of tribal members who have sought by petition the other half of a $193 million settlement with the United States government, will be held at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Colville Tribal Administration building Wednesday, Dec. 19. Yvonne Swan,...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 12, 2012

Group to push for wellness center

A group that has been studying the feasibility of building a community/wellness center in the area decided Thursday to push ahead with the effort, citing a very favorable feasibility study and a growing need in the area. Full disclosure: Readers shou... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 12, 2012

Coulee Dam resident feeding lots of wild guests

It’s still Thanksgiving time at 432 Columbia in Coulee Dam. The resident, Carol Netzel, sets the table twice a day and feeds anywhere from four to 14 visitors. It’s not an ordinary feast, but... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 12, 2012

Park district passes budget

The Coulee Area Park and Recreation District commissioners passed a budget for 2013 Monday night totaling $73,000. It includes revenues of $36,500 from a Bureau of Reclamation grant, and $6,000 from each of three local cities that collect... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 12, 2012

CCT will stay course on $193 million plan

The same day tribal members submitted a 2,600-signature petition, the Colville Business Council rejected the petitioners’ plea to pay out all of a $193 million settlement with the U.S. government. The council will stand by an October resolution on... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 12, 2012

Port pursues RV park plan funding

Port District 7 has applied to Grant County’s Strategic Infrastructure Program for $7,500 to pay for its feasibility report on a plan to build an RV park at the course. District Chairman Oroville Scharbach said he and others will meet with the... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 12, 2012

City ups ambulance rates

It will cost more now to ride in an ambulance in Grand Coulee, according to a new rate schedule and ordinance passed by Grand Coulee’s city council last Tuesday night. The more notable hikes in fees include: • a $50 increase from $250 to $300... Full story



Tough flu season has arrived Grant County Health District officials said this week that the flu season has arrived early this year and it may be the worst in years. District officials urged residents 6 months old and older to get flu shots as soon as... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 12, 2012

Colville Tribal officials unveil solar array

Colville Tribal officials on Friday unveiled a new solar array to power the Fish and Wildlife Program building near Omak and the Hearts Gathered immersive Salish language school. Located on the... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 12, 2012

District gets big energy grant, again

The Grand Coulee Dam School District was awarded a $484,738 energy grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction Friday. The school district was one of 21 throughout the state that shared in $14.9 million in energy grants. Almira... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Front page photo titled “What’s Up Dock?” caption says: National Park Service employees rescue the swamped dock at Crescent Bay boat launch early Monday morning after Lake Roosevelt rose over the weekend. An Electric City council... Full story


LR beats Entiat, loses to Tonasket

The Raiders picked up their first win of the season Monday against the Entiat Tigers by the score of 59-56. The Entiat Tigers came in Monday on a two-game winning streak and looked to make it three... Full story


Volunteer of the year nomination: Hillary Carriere

Although not a local resident, I would like to make a nomination for your volunteer of the year. As you are aware, TriFreaks puts on a rather large event in the Grand Coulee area annually in September. Although we have many volunteers in the... Full story


Volunteer of year nomination: Carol Estrada

I would like to nominate Carol Estrada for volunteer of the year. I think she is very deserving of this award as she volunteers a lot of her time throughout the communities, whether it be at the hospital, the schools, or at the Eagles. She also... Full story


Volunteer of the year nomination: Fern Blaylock

Fern Blaylock is my nominee for Volunteer of the Year 2012. I had the privileged opportunity to work with Fern for a couple of months at the beginning of the school where she was a volunteer riding everyday on the school bus that I drove. Fern is... Full story


Volunteer of the year nomination: Earl Cole

I am nominating Earl Cole. Every time there is a free dump day, we see Earl with a load of yard debris from some of the senior citizens that can not do the work themselves. Earl also takes care of a lot of their yards and other needs. Fred G.... Full story

 By Matt Bahm    Opinion    December 12, 2012

Find a balance

This January, core government functions such as scientific research, education, public safety, and environmental protection will face deep cuts under budget sequestration. If lawmakers cannot put politics aside to avoid continued cuts to these... Full story


Free enterprise is not free

There’s been a lot of talk about what we can’t afford as a nation and who is getting what “gift” or which free ride. When President Obama recently met with CEOs and chatted with Jamie Dimon, we should hope he issued a stern warning that... Full story


Carol Marie (Snyder) Rasmussen

Carol Marie (Snyder) Rasmussen, loving mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Carol was born Sept. 18, 1952, and had many fond... Full story


Christmas events planned

Lighting at the Library 6:30 p.m., Preschool choir to sing, followed by the Coulee Community Choir. Coulee Community Choir The Coulee Community Choir will present its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic... Full story


Teddy bear lady does it for the kids at Coulee Medical Center

Youngsters in the Coulee Medical Center (CMC) Emergency Room have a special advocate when it comes to reducing anxiety and stress. It stands about 15 inches tall, is soft and cuddly and is the... Full story


It’s a girl for Francis/ Marquez

Kailey R. Francis and Anthony S. Marquez Jr., of Grand Coulee are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Annalia Clare Marquez, born Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 13 oz. and was 20 inches... Full story


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