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  • Unsecured loads at Delano are about to cost you

    Renata Rollins|Apr 10, 2024

    If you’ve gotten in the habit of driving uncovered loads to Delano, you will now see a fine for that on your bill, according to the board that oversees the transfer station. The Regional Board of Mayors discussed the issue at their April 3 meeting, prompted by Delano Manager Randy Gumm’s recommendation, due to an increase in observed road litter from dump-bound vehicles. He and his new attendant hires have noticed people hauling material into the transfer station that is not tied down or covered, “and we’re finding their stuff out on Alcan R...

  • Triple Fish Challenge returns, with even more Friday family fun

    Renata Rollins|Apr 3, 2024

    The annual Banks Lake Triple Fish Challenge is just around the bend, coming up on April 12-14 at Coulee Playland. In addition to the fishing tournament on Saturday and Sunday, the weekend will feature an expanded Fun-Day Friday on the afternoon of April 12 from 1 to 5 p.m., featuring live music and an open beer garden for the first time, as well as the popular rainbow trout net-pen for kids, crafts and face painting stations, gold panning, S'mores, and an expanded food vendor choices. "This year...

  • Million-dollar sewer line repair project trickles forward

    Renata Rollins|Apr 3, 2024

    Electric City’s main sewer line repair job has received an offer of just under a million dollars in a combined grant and loan package from the state Public Works Board, marking a crucial milestone in the quest to prevent failure of the critical infrastructure running parallel to Banks Lake. The board, which provides grants and loans to municipalities for critical and emergent public works projects, awarded $998,680 — half as a loan and half as a grant — according to the city’s contract engineer, Marissa Siemens of TD&H Engineering. Once th...

  • Grand Coulee council confirms Don Redfield as next chief

    Renata Rollins|Mar 27, 2024

    Don Redfield has been selected as the next chief of the Grand Coulee Police Department, a turnabout from the mayor's initial decision this month not to hire any of the candidates from the original pool. Mayor Mike Eylar's choice was unanimously approved by the city council at a special meeting convened last night, moving forward a process that had garnered public criticism from the department's rank and file. "Circumstances changed that made immediate action necessary," Eylar told The Star...

  • Whole-community town hall rescheduled

    Renata Rollins|Mar 27, 2024

    A whole-community town hall has been pushed back a week to Saturday, May 4. The meeting will still take place at the Coulee Dam Town Hall Ballroom at 10:30 a.m. and feature all four local mayors and most council members from each jurisdiction. The Star’s editor and publisher, Scott Hunter, will moderate the event. The event is being organized by the Regional Board of Mayors. The agenda and format is still being determined, but attendees can expect to hear updates about regionally relevant projects, including road chipseal repair jobs that s... Full story

  • Spring clean-up dates are set

    Renata Rollins|Mar 27, 2024

    The annual Spring Clean-up dates have been set for the weeks of April 8th and 15th. Self-hauled yard waste (bagged or unbagged) will be accepted both weeks at Delano Transfer Station during the dump’s regular hours: Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge, but residents still need to weigh their loads in and out so staff can track the weight. Three of the local towns will go house to house for limb chipping, with varying schedules. Electric City’s chipping dates are April 8-12. City staff wil...

  • Tensions surface at Grand Coulee city hall 

    Renata Rollins|Mar 20, 2024

    It started out with an abrupt retirement announcement from the Public Works director — and didn’t get much easier from there at last night’s Grand Coulee council meeting. By the end of the evening one council member and two police officers — including an applicant for the police chief opening — were directly questioning the mayor’s decision to not hire any current candidates for that position. The unusually tense meeting happened on a night with an already packed agenda covering a road reconstruction project, in-town speed limits, several vac...

  • Special Grand Coulee meeting called to confirm new chief

    Renata Rollins|Mar 20, 2024

    The Grand Coulee City Council will convene for a special meeting Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m., the city clerk announced Monday. The council is expected to confirm a police chief candidate, a key move in a hiring process that has garnered criticism from Grand Coulee Police Department rank and file, and at least one Grand Coulee council member. Mayor Mike Eylar had originally declined to hire any of the candidates from the pool of five applicants, after interviewing the top three selected by the city’s volunteer Civil Service Commission. Since las... Full story

  • Annual writing competition offers local teens chance for creative expression, cash Submissions due April 15

    Renata Rollins|Mar 20, 2024

    Local 9th through 12th graders with a knack for creative writing have the chance to win one of three cash prizes this spring in the 13th annual Teen Short Fiction Competition, hosted by North Central Washington Libraries and a Wenatchee-based nonprofit organization. High school students - whether in public school, private school, home school or Running Start - are invited to submit original short fiction up to 2,000 words in length, either a short story or the beginning pages of a longer piece,...

  • Library closed into early April

    Renata Rollins|Mar 20, 2024

    The Grand Coulee Library closed this week for a lighting upgrade and is expected to re-open in early April, according to the branch’s website. It has been a long-time need, according to library staff, and several boosters of the local branch, who described the old lighting using words like “flickering,” “buzzing,” “humming” and “dim.” The upgrade is intended to make the branch a more pleasant place to visit and work, and will make it more energy efficient, according to Amanda Brack, communications and engagement manager for North Central Was...

  • Grand Coulee to re-open police chief search

    Renata Rollins|Mar 13, 2024

    In the decision between three finalists for Grand Coulee police chief, Mayor Mike Eylar has chosen option D: None of the Above. “I’m not offering the position to any of the three that I interviewed,” Eylar said in a phone call Tuesday. “I’ll tell you exactly what I told them: I don’t doubt the heart and the desire and willingness to do the job, whatsoever. It’s just that we’re in what I think is kind of a critical stage, where I need somebody that has the knowledge, skill and abilities that the job requires, in order for us to be able to be a...

  • All-Community Town Hall set for April 27

    Renata Rollins|Mar 13, 2024

    Residents of the local towns will have the opportunity next month to hear from–and address–all four mayors and most council members at one joint public meeting dedicated to area-wide issues, the Regional Board of Mayors decided at their March 6 meeting. The all-community town hall will take place Saturday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the Coulee Dam Town Hall Ballroom. The Star editor and publisher Scott Hunter will moderate the event. The idea has been out there since Grand Coulee Mayor Mike Eylar floated it at the February mayors meeting. Ove...

  • CMC wound care center "not just a band-aid station"

    Renata Rollins|Mar 6, 2024

    No matter where you are or what city you’re in, if you received serious wounds in an accident and needed immediate care, chances are you’d head for the nearest hospital. But for infected wounds, non-healing wounds or chronic wounds like bed sores, you’d want the nearest wound care center: one with a wide range of treatment options, including high-tech therapies, administered by certified wound care nurses who receive regular training on an evolving body of medical evidence. That’s not something all hospitals provide. Coulee Medical Center...

  • E.C. comp plan under review

    Renata Rollins|Mar 6, 2024

    The document guiding Electric City’s future growth plans has an update coming due in 2025, and the first round of review is underway. The city’s Planning Commission, an appointed advisory board made up of five Electric City residents, is taking a first look at the comprehensive plan, chapter by chapter, as part of a regular periodic update required by the state’s Growth Management Act, or GMA. “We’re just basically going to methodically go through each chapter and update it the best we can,” said Kurt Danison, a planner working with the ci...

  • Friends of Grand Coulee Library assures free books for kids 0-5 years 

    Renata Rollins|Feb 28, 2024

    Kids in the Grand Coulee area can now receive a free book in the mail every month until their 6th birthday, courtesy of a partnership between the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Friends of the Grand Coulee Area Library. It's one of several ways the local Friends group supports the community and local library branch, according to board President Nancy Carlson, who made a presentation on behalf of the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization at the Grand Coulee City Council meeting Feb. 20. "The...

  • LR students, keep using your voices

    Renata Rollins|Sep 13, 2023

    I want to commend the Lake Roosevelt students who petitioned the school board to change the dress code to something more reasonable and less discriminatory. Often when people notice a problem we either stay silent or simply complain online and then go about our lives. That’s why it was so encouraging to see an example of people working together to set a goal, determine strategy, and present their case to decision makers. I hope this is not the last time these students use their voice and organizing skills. It’s cliche to say, but: You are our...