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 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 13, 2016

Mayors reconsider starting a recycling program

The Regional Board of Mayors will take another run at looking into a recycling program, they decided Monday. The four mayors in charge of the Delano Regional Transfer Station said they would bring it up again with their respective municipal councils... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 13, 2016

Thousands of local shoes going all over the world

There are a number of closets in the coulee area that are missing some shoes. The Coulee Medical Center Guild reported last week that its collection of shoes, which started last July, has netted the... Full story

 
 By Izumi Hansen    News    January 13, 2016

Funding issues haunt Legislature's response to court-ordered basic education reforms

OLYMPIA — Teachers' compensation, teacher-shortage, the educational opportunity gap and school districts' operating levies are all on Washington state legislators' agenda this session as the state Supreme Court's McCleary mandate-along with the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 13, 2016

Electric City leaders to retreat to Ephrata

Electric City is retreating so it can move forward. The city plans a retreat for its council, mayor and staff next Saturday, Jan. 23, in Ephrata. The retreat is scheduled as a refresher, reviewing policies and procedures, and planning for the future... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 13, 2016

Electric City calls meeting on trail plan

A proposed trail system in Electric City will get an airing from a number of organizations next Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m., in the Coulee Medical Center conference room. The proposed trail would... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

School district to offer proposed levy info The Nespelem School District is hosting an informational night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the multi-purpose room. The purpose of the meeting is to share information about the Maintenance and... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 13, 2016

Union local transferred to Grand Coulee

The demise of the Alcoa aluminum plant in Wenatchee has led to a change in the location of the union lodge for machinists and a Bureau of Reclamation worker is now president. Wallace "Peewee" Pleasant... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 13, 2016

Report details more than 600 tons of junk

So you think you live in a normal environment? Electric City Mayor John Nordine II told members of the Regional Board of Mayors Monday that Grant County’s Solid Waste Advisory Council’s report shows otherwise. Nordine sits on the council as the E... Full story

 

Governor, DNR 2016 budget proposals seek wildfire fighting, recovery funds

OLYMPIA — When wildfires ignited around Twisp last summer, Meg Donohue said her coffee-roaster business shifted from being a popular gathering spot for the community to a place for up-to-the-minute news. “We found ourselves kind of being a hub... Full story

 

Olympia coverage is a little extra

A story that starts on page 2 this week comes through The Star’s association with the state association that works with colleges in the state to encourage and support journalism education. “Governor, DNR 2016 budget proposals seek wildfire fighti... Full story

 

Trees in Coulee Dam are assets

The town of Coulee Dam has declared by ordinance that it is in the best interest of the public that the trees be maintained and encouraged. The municipal budget supports the maintenance of the trees as directed by the ordinance. Knowing the... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 13, 2016

The game of groans

This last weekend was the start of the NFL Playoffs. Wins by the Chiefs, Seahawks, Steelers and Packers set things up for an action-packed football weekend coming up. But I want to talk about the game between the Bengals and the Steelers and the... Full story

 

Boeing has quite a lot riding on 737 MAX

When Boeing rolled out its first 737 MAX last month, there was little fanfare. Nevertheless, its importance to the company’s future and our state can’t be overstated. The good news is Boeing delivered more airplanes last year than Airbus, and it... Full story

 

Sixty-six Years Ago

A worker rappels down the spillway of Grand Coulee Dam, where floating caissons and catwalks can be seen in the river below during annual spillway bucket repairs. – February 9, 1... Full story

 

Peggie Louise Jordan

Peggie Louise Jordan, 59, well-known chef and friend to all in the Grand Coulee, Washington area passed away at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Wednesday evening, December 30, 2015. Peggie was... Full story

 

Melvin "Buggs" Toulou Sr.

Melvin “Buggs” Toulou Sr., began his journey September 7, 1942, and joined his ancestors Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Rosary was held Friday, January 8, at 7 p.m., at the Inchelium Community Center. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 9,... Full story

 

Earl Duane Jess

Earl Duane Jess, 72, quietly passed away Thursday afternoon, December 31, 2015, in Spokane, Washington, with his family by his side. Born August 12, 1943, in Mason City, Washington, to Elmer and Viola Thoren-Jess, Earl went on to attend Coulee City... Full story

 

Maybe not YOUR first choice

A bicyclist, sporting an ice mustache grown from his frozen breath, rides in the 15-degree Fahrenheit weather the day after New Year's Day on Highway 155 along Banks Lake. – Scott Hunter... Full story

 

Roles have been cast for Masquers Theatre "Them Three"

Soap Lake - Roles have been cast for Masquers Theatre’s next production, or in this case productions, according to theatre manager Joanne Bracht.  Three one-act comedies billed as Them Three will open February 12 and run three consecutive weeken... Full story

 

What's cookin' at the Seniors

Wed., Jan. 13 – Dinner Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Apricot Carrots, Fruit Cup, Birthday Cake Thurs., Jan. 14 – Dinner Chicken Diane, Ranch Potatoes, Green Beans, Fruit Slices, Cinnamon Chunky Bread Fri., Jan. 15 – Breakfast German... Full story

 

Raiders in second place in North

Raider Boys' Basketball ended a three-game week in second place in the Central Washington 2B North standings with a win over Waterville Saturday. Right now the Raiders' win-loss record stands at 6-4... Full story

 

Lady Raiders are 6-4 overall for the season

The Lady Raiders won one and lost two basketball games last week in the first of two three-game weeks in a row. The Lady Raiders defeated Tonasket at home on Jan. 5 by the final score of 51-39, which... Full story

 

Wrestlers bring home two gold medals

Of the seven wrestlers Lake Roosevelt sent to the Charger Invite in Springdale Saturday, four placed at the tourney, including two who came home with weight bracket gold medals for first place. As a team, LR finished fourth overall, with 91 points.... Full story

 

This week in sports

Thurs., Jan. 14 4:30 p.m., HS Basketball at Liberty Bell (L) Fri., Jan. 15 HS Wrestling, at Rainier Tournament Sat. Jan. 16 10 a.m. departure, HS Wrestling at Rainier Tournament 1 p.m., HS Basketball at Pateros (NL)... Full story

 

Local students make the grade at EWU

Several local undergraduate students at Eastern Washington University last quarter earned 12 quality hours and received grade point averages of 3.5 or better, placing them on the Dean’s List for the fall quarter. On the list are Luke Night Wolf,... Full story

 

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