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Articles from the December 18, 2013 edition

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Public offers priorities for golf course

A community meeting to discuss improvements to the Banks Lake Golf Course was held last Thursday night with about 40 people showing up. Port District 7, which owns and operates the golf course, was in a brain picking mood last week and explained... Full story


Three recognized for service at fire department

The Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department held its annual awards dinner at the fire station Saturday night. Charles Pope was recognized as "Rookie of the Year." Mike Day was named "Firefighter of... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 18, 2013

Expect snow today

We should expect inches of snow today, the National Weather Service says. Below is their winter weather alert issued this morning: . Urgent - Winter Weather message National Weather Service Spokane WA 432 AM PST Fri Dec 20 2013 ...Heavy Snow...


Schedule detailed for volunteer of the year

Nominations for The Star’s annual volunteer of the year award will remain open until Dec. 26., and will be published in the Dec. 30 issue and online. Nomination letters will be published in our Letters from Our Readers section on page 3 in each... Full story


Local man dies at boat ramp

A Grand Coulee man was found dead on the Crescent Bay boat ramp Sunday. The police report stated that James Carol Arbaugh, 68, of 37 Division Street, had been fishing and apparently left the edge of the water to return for something above the ramp,... Full story


Grant will improve sidewalks

Engineers will determine just how far Grand Coulee’s recent $232,656 grant from the Transportation Improvement Board will go for street improvements, public works director Dennis Francis said last week. The grant should cover improvements to... Full story


Local cowboy takes third at nationals

Bull rider of the year standing escaped Shane Proctor’s reach last weekend at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, but he still finished with a good paycheck. The Lake Roosevelt High School graduate won his first two go-rounds for... Full story


In the season spirit

Seniors were in a festive mood last Wednesday night when they gathered at Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center for their annual Christmas dinner. Officials said 88 turned out for the affair. Pictured from... Full story



Early deadline for two weeks Publication dates and deadlines for The Star newspaper have been altered because of the holidays. The paper will publish on Monday instead of Wednesday for the next two issues. Ads and news copy for the Dec. 23 paper... Full story


Councilmember: Put teeth into nuisance law

Electric City will put some teeth into its nuisance ordinance in January if Councilmember Brad Parrish has his way. Parish asked at the last city council meeting Dec. 10 that the issue of cleaning up properties in the city be put on the agenda at... Full story


Homeowner wants storm drainage fixed

An Alaska resident who owns a house at 301 Columbia in Coulee Dam has tossed the town a difficult request. Patrick Wilson, who now lives in Petersburg, Alaska, owns the home on Columbia where he plans to retire soon. He says that excess water... Full story


Mayor Snow thanks council at last meeting

Quincy Snow wrapped up 16 years as Coulee Dam's mayor last Wednesday at the last town council meeting of the year. He personally thanked members of the council for their support and hard work,...


Earlier school completion eyed

An effort may still be made to complete the new K-12 school project by the end of August, 2014, and begin school around Sept. 8, in the new building complex. Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson told the board of directors... Full story


Flu reportedly on rise

Local health care providers in Grant County have reported an increase in the number of patients they are seeing with flu-type symptoms, according to Dr. Alexander Brzezny of the county’s health district. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore... Full story


Don't drive doctors away

All I want to say is my mom finally found a good doctor in Grand Coulee, instead of having to drive her into Spokane all the time. Her doctor is Dr. Chaffee, and I was so relieved when she and my dad found him! He is very caring and he gives my mom... Full story


Tribes claiming fishing control at Geezer Beach

After not patrolling Geezer Beach for almost a year, C.C.T. is again bullying and terrorizing local legal anglers. The Bureau (of Reclamation) owns and controls the land known as Geezer Beach. C.C.T. is in Boise, at the regional offices of the... Full story


Re: "Zoning laws stand in the way, and that's good" (Nov. 20th Star)

As a representative republic, our country is founded on the rule of law. Some regulations are necessary. But when the citizenry is subjected to too much regulation, (over 40,000 enacted last year in the U.S.) they become burdened under the weight.... Full story


No transition - not surprising, but amazing

We’ve often commented upon the actions of our now out-going mayor and some town council members. Their lack of concern, bullying tactics and adverse actions towards our town and its citizens have been duly noted and as a result YOU removed them... Full story


Birdwell for volunteer of year

I would like to nominate Jerry Birdwell for 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Jerry has stepped up far beyond the call of duty to help keep the Banks Lake Golf Course open for the community this past year. Day after day, as the golfers hit the course,... Full story


Birdwell for volunteer honor

I would like to nominate Jerry Birdwell for Volunteer of the Year. When the call went out for volunteers needed to keep the Banks Lake Golf Course open, Jerry was one of the first in line. He has worked tirelessly repairing and maintaining the water... Full story


Heather Downs for volunteer of year

I would like to nominate Heather Downs for the Volunteer of the Year award. Heather has her hands in many different organizations and has been helpful to many different people in many different ways throughout this last year. Heather runs the local... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 18, 2013

Happy Dec. 18 birthday

To whom? Well this date in history has given birth to some pretty important and down right famous people. Some notorious, some infamous and some local cool cats. So where do we start? Well, let’s... Full story


Harold Eugene Dunlap Sept. 13, 1921 to November 25, 2013

After a long and fruitful life, Harold Eugene Dunlap died surrounded by family at the home of daughter Flora Long and son-in-law, Ken Long. Raised on a homestead ranch in the foothills of Keller Butte... Full story


John W. Magers

John W. Magers, 71, of Republic, Wash., passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. He was born to R.W. Magers and Marion(Danekas) Magers of Ritzville, Wash., on July 27, 1942, in Spokane. John married Carol Lee Fowler of... Full story


High honors bestowed on McClure

Andrew McClure and Scoutmaster Bob Bond participate in a ceremony bestowing the Eagle Scout rank on McClure Monday night at the Vets' Hall in Electric Cit. More than 60 attended the occasion,... Full story


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