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 By Roger S. Lucas    News    December 6, 2017 

City passes moratorium on new storage units

The city of Grand Coulee passed an “emergency” moratorium on the location of mini-storage units at a specially called meeting last Thursday night. The special city council meeting was triggered by a person from out of town who wanted to pursue...

 

Soon, solid footings

A crew pours concrete mix for the foundation of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's new fire station above SR-155 across from Pole Park Thursday. The $13.6 million project is scheduled to be completed...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    December 6, 2017 

Lake Roosevelt Jr./Sr. High named school of distinction

Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School is one of seven schools in Educational Service District 171 to be named a “School of Distinction.” The 2017 award was posted in November, and high school Principal Mark Herndon outlined the award at the sc...

 

Newsbriefs

Christmas crafts stolen Patty Williams works for months making her “towel tops” to sell at Christmas bazaars in the area, but somebody stole them from her basement last week, she told The Star. Williams makes the product, which combines two...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 6, 2017 

Boys & Girls Club sees official opening at community center

Local school-aged children finally have more to do in the area, thanks to the Nespelem Boys & Girls Club. The Nespelem Boys & Girls club had its official opening and dedication Wednesday, Nov....

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    December 6, 2017 

Port district notes solvent golf course operation

There was some good news and “black ink” noted as Grant County Port District 7 commissioners reviewed the past season’s activity at Banks Lake Golf Course. The port district operates the 18-hole golf course and this is the second year in a row...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 6, 2017 

Park district wary of future

Leaders of the little government district that has kept North Dam Park from collapsing into disrepair for several years is feeling uncertain about the future. After approving a budget Monday night in which they show spending at about $33,000 next...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 11/26 - A motel owner showed police damage to one of his rooms where he said the tenant had taken things off the walls and removed covers on various items. 11/27 - About a cord-and-a-half of firewood was stolen from a property on...

 

Center School buyer backs away

A proposed sale of Center School fell through Monday night. The school district had prepared a sales contract, and just after Superintendent Paul Turner explained the details of the sales agreement to the Grand Coulee Dam School District board of...

 

Crowd demands school action on discipline

The school board Monday night appeared surprised that many of the school staff and the general public see discipline, or the lack of it, as the number-one issue in the district. The near six-hour...

 

Union appeals to board as "last hope" in discipline issue

About 40 members of the Public Service Employees union attended Monday night’s Grand Coulee Dam School District board meeting to support its officers as they expressed concerns with discipline problems within the district. Many wore specially...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 29, 2017

Two locals surrender in Moses Lake stabbing

Two Coulee Dam residents surrendered to authorities Sunday as suspects in a Moses Lake stabbing. Rebecca N. Norton, 28, and 24-year-old Aaron Pfaltzgraff-Miller, both of Coulee Dam surrendered about...

 

Electric City moves to second phase of new parks plan

Electric City has moved into “phase 2” of its new parks program. This phase centers on the McNett Avenue park behind the city’s fire hall. Robert S. Droll, landscape architect who won the bid to do the work, will assist City Clerk Russell Power...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 29, 2017

Budget and rates split votes in Coulee Dam

Although they passed a $9.6 million budget unanimously, the mayor had to break two ties to get to that point at a Coulee Dam council meeting Monday night. The sticking points were around changes to rates for utilities that Councilmember Keith St. Jeo...

 

Tribal leader offended by Trump's "Pocahontas" comment

Michael Marchand, chairman for the Colville Confederated Tribes, referred to President Donald Trump’s recent “Pocahontas” comment as “racist and insensitive.” In a Nov. 28 press release, Marchand expressed disappointment in Trump’s...

 

Newsbriefs

Coulee Dam cuts back on tourism funding The town of Coulee Dam will likely put less money into funding tourism promotion next year following a town council OK on a first reading of the proposed budget Monday. City Clerk Stefani Bowden said less money...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 11/21 - A man who resides on F Street told police that someone had gotten into his unlocked vehicle and taken his laptop. - A woman on Kelso Avenue told police that a stray dog had been in her yard for a few days. The officer foun...

 

Court orders $139k restitution from former clerk

An Electric City woman was ordered by Grant County Superior Court Monday to repay nearly $139,000, for unauthorized personal payments to herself while a clerk for Grant County Mosquito Control District 2. The repayment is to be made to Enduris...

 

Electric City expects $1 million in improvements

Electric City has received word that it was awarded a $735,000 grant for major street repair. The grant requires a 5-percent match of nearly $37,000. City Clerk Russell Powers said the state Transportation Improvement Board grant will enable the...

 

Mayor-elect talks about the road ahead

Larry Price, in the process of planning his term as mayor of Coulee Dam, emphasizes the need to bring people together. “People in the town have been battling each other, and we need to come together,” Price stated in an interview last week. Not...

 

Cups overflowing

Shoppers place their penny bids in cups at the Penny Auction Saturday, a fund raiser for the class of 2018 at Lake Roosevelt High School. With 170 donated items, the class of 45 seniors profited...

 

Newsbriefs

Newspaper office closes for holiday The Star office will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving, plus Friday. Garbage more costly Garbage rates are going up in Electric City on Jan. 1, 2018. The good news is, not very much. If you use a 65-gallon...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 22, 2017

Local organizations help the needy

The spirit of giving can be found in different areas of our community. Just a few examples include giving presents to children in poverty, food to the hungry, coats and winter clothes to children in...

 

Ambulance service offering EMR course

Classes will be held soon to develop badly needed emergency medical responders to bolster ambulance services. The Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department has scheduled an informational meeting for 7...

 

Animal outreach facility wants to help locally

There is a facility in Moses Lake that receives dogs, cats and other animals, as well as non-game birds, when people don’t know what to do with them. Camron Derting, administrator for Grant County Animal Outreach, appeared before the Grand Coulee...

 

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