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Articles from the December 26, 2012 edition

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What will endure from 2012?

It’s a typical practice around the new year to examine the year we are leaving behind. Sometimes it’s worthwhile to examine any personal gains or losses, or to assess a resolution made at this... Full story


Chief Joseph Nez Perce Longhouse burns

Statement issued by Colville Tribes Chairman John Sirois on loss of longhouse: Our community, especially the Longhouse Community, stand in a state of shock a day after Christmas. At approximately 12:30 a.m. this morning, a fire broke out at the...

 By Jeff Adamson    News    December 26, 2012

US 2 reopened between Stevens Pass & Leavenworth

Bending trees shed their excess snow naturally due to a change in weather LEAVENWORTH –Dozens of snow-laden trees slumped over the roadway since Saturday shed the excess snow on their branches, straightened, and are no longer threatening to fall...

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 26, 2012

Volunteer of the Year for 2012: Eloise Bowman

You could say that the fourth time was the charm. That’s how many times over the years the 2012 “Volunteer of the Year” has been nominated for the honor. This time Eloise Bowman won it. Bowman... Full story



Vigil cancelled Two members of an honor guard from American Legion Post 114, among others, showed up for a planned candlelight vigil for the victims of the recent school shooting in Connecticut Wednesday night, but the event at Mason City Park was ca... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 26, 2012

Wolf hunt approved for tribal members

Colville Tribal members are able to hunt gray wolves in designated areas through Feb. 28, or until the quota of nine wolves is met. Business Council Chairman John Sirois said recently the decision has been a long time coming and has been... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 26, 2012

Officer: City crosswalks a problem

Police officer Joe Higgs told Grand Coulee City Council members last Tuesday night that the city had a crosswalk problem. Higgs noted that crosswalks on Midway Avenue, from city hall to the post office, three of them, don’t meet Department of... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 26, 2012

Rates to rise in Electric City

It’s official now … Electric City’s water and sewer rates are going up. The council had indicated a willingness two weeks ago to increase both utility rates in 2013 and 2014, and passed resolutions to do so at its meeting last Tuesday night. Fi... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 26, 2012

Electric City approves salaries

Electric City’s council approved the city employee salary schedule for 2013 at its meeting Dec 11. The schedule includes a 1.6-percent cost-of-living increase. The annual schedule: • mayor, $3,000; • clerk/treasurer, $55,634.64 • deputy... Full story


Tribal members protest

Members of the Colville Tribes gather in protest outside the tribal government headquarters Wednesday, objecting to leaders’ decision to stick to an earlier decision on allocation of a $193 million... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 26, 2012

Grand Coulee salaries set

The city council at Grand Coulee agreed to a resolution setting salaries for the city clerk, utility foreman and police chief at the council meeting Tuesday night. The city clerk’s wage was set at $21.70 an hour, or $3,762.26 a month; the utility... Full story


Red nose tradition

Students in Glenna Whitelaw’s first-grade class at Nespelem Elementary get ready to sing — guess what song — in the school’s annual holiday program Wednesday night. From right: Summer Lowery,... Full story


Electric utility raises rates

Following recent public hearings, Grant PUD commissioners approved a $305.7 million budget for 2013. Commissioners also approved a plan to increase rates by 6 percent for all Grant County electric customers. The new rates will impact customers... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 26, 2012

Wilson awarded contract

Wilson Construction of Canby, Oregon, was awarded the contract to replace some 25 power poles for the town of Coulee Dam. Wilson is the firm that built the towers and ran the new power lines from the Third Powerhouse to the switchyards, a project... Full story


Many tribal members approve of keeping settlement money for programs

I am writing to counter Yvonne Swan’s statements in The Star newspaper and advise that many, many Colville Confederated Tribal Members were quite happy to receive the first 50 percent of the Salazar Settlement funds and want the remaining 50... Full story


Let’s stop teen drinking tragedies

The recent deaths of three Washington teens--a 14-year-old Bellingham girl, a 17-year-old boy in Shoreline, and an 18-year-old Washington State University student -- remind us just how dangerous alcohol is for minors. As parents and co-chairs of the... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago The city of Grand Coulee’s police department will return to policing Grand Coulee Dam next year under an agreement the city reached with the Bureau of Reclamation. A program started locally gives families unable to afford fishing gear... Full story


Celebrate Christmas

Coulee Dam Community Church-Presbyterian Mon., Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held. St. Henry’s Catholic Church Mon., Dec. 24 at 8:30 p.m. a Christmas Eve Mass will be held. Tues., Dec. 25 at 9 a.m, Christmas Mass to... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 12/17 - An Electric City woman who left her purse unattended while she used a restroom at Coulee Medical Center reported it missing. She said she forgot to pick it up when she left the restroom and when she returned for it, the... Full story


Big gingerbread house

Ceth, Charlene and Craig Leonard, along with their St. Bernard Crystal, stand in front of their Aspen Street home in Coulee Dam Wednesday night. “I really wanted to do it for the kids,” said...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 26, 2012

Updated 5:25 p.m. Christmas Eve: Deadly trees close US 2 from Stevens Pass to Leavenworth

Update: WSDOT issued this statement after 4 p.m. Christmas Eve: With dozens of snow-laden trees still slumped over the highway, the Washington State Department of Transportation is keeping US Highway...