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Union reaches agreement with school district

The local chapter of the Public School Employees union voted 28-8 to ratify a 6-percent raise in the Grand Coulee Dam School District late last month and the school board approved the change last Thursday. After months of deliberations, the PSE Nov....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 12, 2018 

Mayor to resign

Coulee Dam’s mayor is resigning due to health concerns, he told The Star in a text message Sunday. Mayor Larry Price was elected in November 2017 and took the helm of the town at the start of this year. Price had told The Star last month he had...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    December 12, 2018 

Twister economics no solution to school funding

Solutions to serious problems should not require contortions of logic that look like the loser in that old game of Twister. You know the one: where players try to reach different spots on a large surface on the floor with different parts of their...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 5, 2018

Coulee Dam theater subject of hope

A Grand Coulee woman offered last week to help Coulee Dam work on getting the former Village Cinema up and running. Kimberly Christensen and her husband, Michael, who started their Coulee Kettle Corn business a year ago, moved to the area eight...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 5, 2018

Vigil Sunday will remember children who have died

The death of a child is always hard, but every holiday thereafter can be especially tough on the surviving parents. Next Sunday, many of them will gather in mutual support to “honor the memory of all children gone too soon,” as The Compassionate...

 

The name, itself, says a lot

When the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced proposed possible changes to the way it manages a local fishing beach, it used in an official document the popular name given it by the folks who use it, a name first made popular in the writings of a...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 28, 2018

CMC will end year with $1.5 million gain

After a year of financial nerves and fiscal restraint, Coulee Medical Center officials delivered good news on progress toward a turnaround Monday night. Hospital commissioners passed a budget that comes close to double what it was in 2014 and...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 28, 2018

Icy roads at heart of crashes, including three deaths

Vehicle crashes attributed in part to icy roads killed three people in the region in the last week, authorities said. Richard Howe, 62, of Omak, died about 8:35 p.m. Nov. 21 on SR-155 six miles south of Disautel Pass. Howe was wearing a seatbelt in t...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 21, 2018

Possibility: Grant might pay for extra plant work, helping Elmer City

The engineer in charge of the new wastewater treatment plant in Coulee Dam says funds may be available to pay for the extra lift station needed to bring Elmer City’s effluent to the plant. With costs estimated at three quarters of a million...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 21, 2018

Firefighters want to clean up Coulee Dam

Firefighters in Coulee Dam want to clean up areas of the town that could contribute to a much worse fire season than the last one under the wrong circumstances. Judah Pope told the city council Wednesday the Coulee Dam Volunteer Fire Department had...

 

Time to think outside the city

A few years after Rod Hartman had retired as the 10-year mayor of Coulee Dam in 1996, he tried to impress upon me the absolute necessity of merging the local towns. I agreed, and always have, that it would probably make sense to do so, even if it...

 

National struggle revealed in a coulee issue

I had a friend at the age of 10 who swore to me that she was a boy. We were just kids playing in sand and gravel of a pit behind my home outside Missoula, Montana. Her statement didn’t really make any sense to me. She looked like a girl to me, alth... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 31, 2018

Health district notes whooping cough case at Lake Roosevelt

The Grant County County Health District warned in an alert Tuesday that one of two cases in the county of a potentially serious, contagious illness involved a student at Lake Roosevelt Schools. Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brzezny...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 31, 2018

Restaurant owner sentenced in assault case

The owner of a local restaurant was sentenced Oct. 22 on assault and criminal trespass charges to which he pleaded in Grant County Superior Court. Juan Moreno, 41, pled guilty to one count of criminal trespass and entered an Alford plea to one count...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 31, 2018

Coulee Dam leaders looking at rate hikes

Coulee Dam may raise its utility rates significantly over the coming years, if a discussion at last week’s town council meeting is an indication. With a shift in philosophies kicking in for the first budgeting season of a new council and mayor,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 24, 2018

Estimate: $760K added to Coulee Dam sewer plant bill

Coulee Dam’s sewer plant customers could end up paying three quarters of a million dollars more to add a lift station to carry Elmer City’s sewage to the new wastewater treatment plant, a new cost for which a search for funding will now begin....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 24, 2018

State candidate visits area

An independent candidate for the state Legislature visited the Grand Coulee Dam area last Thursday and Friday, knocking on doors and speaking at the chamber of commerce luncheon. Ann Diamond is...

 

Raiders defeat Brewster for league championship

Flowers TD vs Brewster from Somebody at The Star on Vimeo. For the first time in memory, maybe ever, the Lake Roosevelt Raiders beat the Brewster Bears in football Friday night, and it was for their... Full story

 

Signs of hope

As we watch the larger political world seem to strain to pull itself apart, it’s heartening to see signs of local unity shining a beam of light through the clouds. Last week, Coulee Dam’s city council agreed to consider paying for the extra...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 10, 2018

A rock in the road in the middle of the night

A boulder fell onto the highway along Banks Lake sometime in the early hours of the morning Tuesday, blocking the 60 mph northbound lane. Unfortunately, Shaian Gomez found it in her Ford Focus....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 10, 2018

Authorities: bad fire could have been worse

A fire that destroyed four homes in Elmer City last week left the fire chief thankful for his neighbors, who he said likely prevented a larger catastrophe. Okanogan Fire District 2 Chief Dave Finch sa...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 10, 2018

PUD candidates make their case in Grand Coulee

Two candidates for leadership of the public electric utility in Grant County laid out their cases for election last Thursday at the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Siam Palace. Nelson Cox and Judy Wilson both feel the Grant...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 3, 2018

In Elmer City, high winds whip up fire, burning homes

High winds threw an Elmer City fire across Highway 155 last night after a blaze started in the Grandview Mobile Home Park below the highway. Details were sketchy last night, but one person with an eme... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 3, 2018

Support shown for local cities to consolidate

More than 50 people gathered at the Wine Bar in Grand Coulee Thursday to discuss the idea of consolidating some or all local towns into one. SCJ Alliance, a consulting firm for municipal planning,...

 

Fire burns in Elmer City in high winds

If you're thinking of driving to Elmer City to take a look at the fire, don't. The road is blocked. High winds threw the fire across the highway 155 tonight after a fire started in the trailer court... Full story

 

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