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 By Scott Hunter    News    January 11, 2017 

Colville Tribes to pay $250K in settlement

The Colville Tribes will repay the federal government nearly a quarter million dollars to settle allegations it submitted false Medicaid claims in connection with bills submitted by a mental health contractor for services allegedly never rendered, U....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017 

Area burglaries spiked in 2016

Grand Coulee's police department showed a marked increase in the number of burglaries reported in its jurisdiction (which includes Electric City) in 2016 over what it reported for 2015, according to...

 
 News    January 11, 2017 

Not tennis weather

A small herd of deer watches warily as walkers pass nearby the spot in Coulee Dam's Cole Park where they had bedded down near the tennis courts to wait out Sunday's snowfall. Low temperatures will...

 
 News    January 11, 2017 

Library would like to hear from you

North Central Regional Library would like to hear from you. The five-county library district is currently working on a new strategic plan and would like to hear what the public thinks of its libraries and what they’d like to see in the future. The...

 
 News    January 11, 2017 

Annual Balde Eagle Festival set

The annual Balde Eagle festival will be held in Grand Coulee Thursday, Feb. 16, and in Davenport on Friday, Feb. 17, according to National Park Service Education Specialist Janice Elvidge. Events on both days are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m....

 
 News    January 11, 2017 

Newsbriefs

Mayor Wilder chairs board Coulee Dam Mayor Greg Wilder was named chairman of the Regional Board of Mayors and presided over the group’s first meeting of 2017 Monday afternoon. No rate increase The Regional Board of Mayors received word Monday that...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017 

School district seeks public input

Patrons of the Grand Coulee Dam School District will soon have an opportunity to officially comment about local schools. The district just recently prepared a survey, which will be online, covering a number of topics relating to different aspect of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017 

NPS to present plan for Ice Age Floods trail

Community members are encouraged to attend an Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail informational meeting Jan. 23 in Coulee Dam. The national project is to tell the story of the Ice Age Floods, which includes 16,000 square miles in four states and,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017 

Weather forces delays at GCD and Nespelem schools

Old Man Winter interrupted Monday’s start of school, forcing a two-hour delay because of snow at both Grand Coulee Dam and Nespelem schools. In Coulee Dam, interim bus manager George Davis said roads in general were bad in all directions. He...

 
 News    January 11, 2017 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 1/3 - The manager of the Spring Canyon Apartments told police that someone had entered one of the apartments. He said that he had opened up all the blinds and locked the door the previous day, but he found the blinds pulled shut...

 
 News    January 11, 2017 

Council meeting canceled

Tonight's (Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017) Coulee Dam Town Council meeting was canceled due to lack of a quorum, a statement posted on the town's website said....

 
 News    January 11, 2017 

Nespelem Elementary to start late

Nespelem Elementary School was start two hours late Thursday, Jan. 12, due to weather conditions, the school announced Wednesday night....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 4, 2017

Zoning issues complicate Center sale

The sale of Center School is made more complicated by the issue of zoning. The school district has made efforts to sell the vacated school and some additional acres, but so far no one has stepped up to the plate to make an offer. The issue of zoning...

 
 News    January 4, 2017

Ice breakers

Bob Hendrickson heads back to the boat launch at Coulee Playland after a brief excursion just after noon New Year's Day, kayaking through the ice on Banks Lake. Behind him are Ross Vordahl, Rod...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 4, 2017

Wintery weather and slickness headed to region

Wintery weather and slickness headed to region The National Weather Service warned Saturday that a fresh round of troublesome winter weather is likely headed our way beginning Saturday afternoon and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 4, 2017

Port District reports financial turnaround for golf course

There were smiles all around last Thursday as Port District 7 officials got the year-end financial report on Banks Lake Golf Course, which they manage. At the end of 2015, port commissioners were looking at red ink to the tune of $32,000. But last...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    January 4, 2017

Skewed crime stats put Grand Coulee in first place

Grand Coulee got first place, but not necessarily the type of first place you’d want to receive. An FBI report for the state of Washington shows that Grand Coulee, for its size, was rated first in the state for burglaries for the year 2015....

 
 News    January 4, 2017

Newsbriefs

Port changes meeting time Grant County Port District 7 is changing its meeting time, according to a vote of commissioners last Thursday. The Port District has been meeting at the airport at 5 p.m. the last Thursday of every month. Commissioners, by...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 4, 2017

Elmer City passes budget after drama

Elmer City has a 2017 budget, but not without a bit of strife. It was all over a $2 an hour raise for city clerk Gary Benton. The raise and passage of the town’s $915,603 budget narrowly passed Dec. 8, with one council member, Jesse Tillman,...

 
 News    January 4, 2017

New Grand Coulee police officer sworn in

Grand Coulee Mayor Paul Townsend, right, welcomes the city's eighth police officer in a swearing-in ceremony held Monday at city hall. Mathew Ponusky, left, of Spokane, will attend a four-month...

 
 News    January 4, 2017

Time to nominate the volunteer of the year

You know who they are. They work in your church or volunteer at the school. Maybe he or she picks up litter every week along the highway, or is the one who can always be counted on to shovel a sidewalk when someone else can’t. Or maybe it’s...

 
 News    January 4, 2017

Correction

The Star newspaper reported last week that Carl Russell had resigned as president of POWER. He only had resigned as manager of the fish pens in Electric City. He is still president of POWER. The Star regrets the error....

 
 News    January 4, 2017

Late start for schools Monday morning

There will be a two-hour delay to the start of Lake Roosevelt Schools this morning....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 28, 2016

City contracts out to clean up books

Grand Coulee is hiring an outside source to help the city reconcile its finances. The city council approved the hiring of an outside contractor to do the “reconciliation of city financial software system to city bank accounts to assure accuracy of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 28, 2016

Golf course trees down

Grant County Port District 7, which runs Banks Lake Golf Course, has cut down a number of cottonwood trees at the course. The decision was made earlier this year because roots from the trees were...

 

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