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Legislators to hold telephone town hall meeting Feb. 16

State Sen. Linda Evans Parlette and Reps. Cary Condotta and Mike Armstrong are inviting residents of the 12th Legislative District to participate in a telephone town hall meeting to hear from their legislators and ask questions about the 2012 legislative session. The event will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Residents can call in and participate in the community dialogue from the comfort of their own homes by dialing 1-877-229-8493 and entering the numbers 15405, followed by the “pound” key. The call will begin at approximately 7 p.m. and last for one hour.

No problems,

just a bill

The town of Coulee Dam passed its recent state audit, for years 2009-2010. The auditor didn’t find issues with the town’s books or activities, and billed the town $10,933 for the service. That amount is about $2,000 less than the bills for the last two audits because no problems were found.

City will

support EDC

The Grand Coulee City Council voted last week to provide $510 to the Grant County Economic Development Council for its work. The favorable vote was contingent on a member of the council making a presentation at a future council meeting. The council has made annual payments to the development group in the past.

Lease extended

Coulee Dam’s council granted a three-month extension of The Melody Restaurant’s lease at its meeting last Wednesday night. The town owns the building that houses The Melody Restaurant, Village Cinema and Riverview Lanes.

City forms hotel/motel advisory committee

Electric City has named a special committee, made up of three hospitality concerns and two council members to help plan the use of hotel/motel tax money. The committee is made up of Hal Rauch, of Coulee Playland; Sandi McInnes, Sunbanks Resort; Tag Greer, from Sky Deck Motel; and council members Birdie Hensley and Lonna Bussert. Mayor Jerry Sands said the committee would make recommendations to the full council. The city of Electric City collected $67,800 in 2011 in hotel/motel tax money, which is set aside primarily for tourism advertising.

Bonertz named

mayor pro tem

Donald Bonertz was elected mayor pro-tem at the Elmer City council meeting last Thursday night. Bonertz will direct the council when Mayor Mary Jo Carey is out of town.

New member sought

Elmer City’s town council is looking for a new member. Those interested in serving on the council are asked to send or deliver a letter to city hall telling why they want to serve. The council will appoint the new member to fill Richard Avey’s seat. Avey didn’t file for re-election last November.


The Regional Board of Mayors has re-scheduled its meeting from Monday, Feb. 13, to Wednesday, Feb.15, at 1 a.m. at Electric City’s council chamber. Monday’s meeting was cancelled due to the lack of a quorum.

Star office closed

The Star will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents’ Day. All ads and news copy should be turned in by Friday, Feb. 17. The office will resume regular hours Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Disability board has opening

Okanogan County is seeking letters of interest from residents to fill a vacant “at large” position on the Okanogan County Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters Disability Board. The other four members of the board will select the “at large” candidate from the letters received. Letters.

Letters of interest must be received by March 9 and should be sent to: Okanogan County LEOFF, 123 Fifth Aven. N., Room 150, Okanogan Wa, 98840.

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