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 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 26, 2014 

Police chief job no longer protected

Grand Coulee’s city council changed its mind last week about protecting its next police chief by passing an ordinance removing the chief from Civil Service. Two weeks earlier, the council had voted 4-1 to keep the chief of police position under...

 
 News    November 26, 2014 

Rocks block road near Northrup

Motorists stop on SR 155 about 5 miles south of Electric City where boulders blocked the highway to Coulee City late Tuesday. Traffic bound for Grand Coulee was reportedly forced to turn around and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 26, 2014 

No police protection set for Electric City

The Grand Coulee/Electric City police contract for 2015 is in limbo. Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands said this week, “we haven’t seen any contract, yet.” Ever since voters turned down a real estate levy request by Electric City by a two to one...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 26, 2014 

Elmer City debating pay raises

Elmer City wants to provide overdue pay raises for two town workers but leaders have to figure out how to pay for it, after a proposal to raise utility rates was blocked last week. Mayor Gail Morin said that the two workers, Town Clerk Renée...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 26, 2014 

School board eases eligibility for athletes

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board made two decisions on athletic policy Monday night, one over the objections of one of its members. School board Director Ted Piccolo had issues with changing district policy so that student athletes can be...

 
 News    November 26, 2014 

Star still accepting nominations for volunteer of year

The deadline for nominations for the annual Volunteer of the Year award is until Monday, Dec. 1. Letters of nomination should be as specific as possible about why the candidate should be honored, including contact information for the nominator and...

 
 News    November 26, 2014 

Newsbriefs

Star closed for holiday The Star newspaper office will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 & 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will open for business again on Monday, Dec. 1, at 9 a.m. Local will march in Macy’s Parade Lynda Nutt, who...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 26, 2014 

Street lighting additions planned for Electric City

Electric City plans to add at least 15 new street lights next year. The initial cost is about $2,000, and it will boost the city’s electric bill a bit higher. The decision to move forward on the street light program was made last Tuesday night and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 26, 2014 

City close to buying land for park

An effort to develop an Electric City park moved one step closer Nov. 11 when the council matched the property owner’s asking price. The council voted to offer the Banks Lake Bible Church $25,000 for a double lot near the old Baptist Church...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 26, 2014 

School grounds care approved

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board Monday night approved a five-year grounds contract with Oasis Lawn Care for an annual cost of $37,600. The contract includes mowing, trimming and edging, lawn aeration, pruning, fall leaf removal, weed...

 
 News    November 26, 2014 

Easy bidding

Shoppers place their penny bids in cups during last Saturday's Penny Auction, a fund raiser for the Lake Roosevelt High School Class of 2016. The class gathers, through purchases and donations, items...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 19, 2014

Planners sidestep business move issue

Grand Coulee’s planning commission kicked the can down the road to the city council on the Mike Horne proposal to move his MPH mechanic shop down the street to a new location. One planner after another moved away from trying to find a way that...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 19, 2014

Animal rescue operation making a difference

Nella is getting a second chance. She's an 18-year-old broodmare that now has a new home through the Grand Coulee Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. Nella is now enjoying a green pasture existence at a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 19, 2014

Electric City to spend more on tourism

More of money collected to boost tourism and related jobs will be allowed to to do so following a move by councils in Electric City and Coulee Dam last week. Electric City annually has put half its hotel/motel tax revenue into a reserve fund. The cou...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 19, 2014

Coulee Dam open to new tourism spending approach

Faced with various groups annually vying for tourism tax dollars, most Coulee Dam Town Council members verbally endorsed an approach suggested by Mayor Greg Wilder last week: outsource it — with provisos. Wilder advocated an approach similar to wha...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 19, 2014

No wool over their eyes

A new effort to become certified in grading animal fiber by Maryjo Monteith, of Spring Canyon Alpacas, could take up to two years, she indicated recently. The grading system includes fiber from...

 
 News    November 19, 2014

Newsbriefs

Construction site employment numbers revised Lydig Construction Assistant Superintendent Bohman Swanson at the Colville Tribal headquarters job site, provided better statistics on workers after a story in last week’s Star highlighted the jobs the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 19, 2014

City will shop for police protection

Electric City is looking for law enforcment support other than from Grand Coulee, the city with which it has contracted for decades to police its streets. The city council committee on law enforcement was instructed by council last Tuesday night to...

 
 News    November 19, 2014

Star accepting nominations for volunteer honor

The Star is accepting nominations for the annual Volunteer of the Year award until Monday, Nov. 24. Letters of nomination should be as specific as possible about why the candidate should be honored, including contact information for the nominator...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 12, 2014

Grand Coulee forbids civil service separate lawyer

The independence of Grand Coulee’s Civil Service Commission is being challenged, chair Alan Cain said this week. “Our attorney, Scott W. Detro, of Omak, has informed me that City Attorney Julie Norton has advised him not to do work for the Civil...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 12, 2014

Construction boom on reservation offers jobs

[This story has been updated with more accurate numbers of workers that were made available.] With a massive new headquarters under construction near Nespelem for the 12 Confederated Tribes of the...

 
 News    November 12, 2014

Star accepting nominations for volunteer honor

The Star is accepting nominations for the annual Volunteer of the Year award. Each year, the community picks from several worthy people nominated for the honor. One person is honored. Groups are not eligible. Nominations can be made until Nov. 24....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 12, 2014

Hospital passes $22 million budget

Hospital District 6 commissioners passed a budget Monday night that anticipates changes in fee structures, increased employment, new doctors and a razor thin 0.1-percent net margin, basically break even. “We’re going to start conservative and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 12, 2014

Pretty birds are a lot of company

When a cockatiel says "pretty bird" it isn't because it has a super large ego, it's just a fact. Cockatiels, while a bit messy, are beautiful and a lot smarter than you would think. Peggy Sandgren,...

 
 News    November 12, 2014

Newsbriefs

Free dumping for fall cleanup Fall cleanup time has arrived in the coulee. Residents can dump yard waste free at the Delano Transfer Station Nov. 15-22. Dump hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m....

 

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