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Articles from the November 12, 2014 edition

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Grand Coulee forbids civil service separate lawyer

The independence of Grand Coulee’s Civil Service Commission is being challenged, chair Alan Cain said this week. “Our attorney, Scott W. Detro, of Omak, has informed me that City Attorney Julie Norton has advised him not to do work for the Civil... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    November 12, 2014

Construction boom on reservation offers jobs

[This story has been updated with more accurate numbers of workers that were made available.] With a massive new headquarters under construction near Nespelem for the 12 Confederated Tribes of the... Full story


Star accepting nominations for volunteer honor

The Star is accepting nominations for the annual Volunteer of the Year award. Each year, the community picks from several worthy people nominated for the honor. One person is honored. Groups are not eligible. Nominations can be made until Nov. 24.... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    November 12, 2014

Hospital passes $22 million budget

Hospital District 6 commissioners passed a budget Monday night that anticipates changes in fee structures, increased employment, new doctors and a razor thin 0.1-percent net margin, basically break even. “We’re going to start conservative and... Full story


Pretty birds are a lot of company

When a cockatiel says "pretty bird" it isn't because it has a super large ego, it's just a fact. Cockatiels, while a bit messy, are beautiful and a lot smarter than you would think. Peggy Sandgren,... Full story



Free dumping for fall cleanup Fall cleanup time has arrived in the coulee. Residents can dump yard waste free at the Delano Transfer Station Nov. 15-22. Dump hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.... Full story


Recycling to be researched

Recycling in the Coulee got a breath of fresh air Monday at the Regional Board of Mayors meeting. Every time the recycling idea seems dead, someone brings it back to life. Dick Howe, of Sunrise Disposal, responded to criticism that his firm hadn’t... Full story


Students return after unscheduled two-day break

Students were back in school Thursday after a smoking electrical panel gave them a near two-day break last week. It all happened on Tuesday at about 9:20 a.m. when a malfunction of the main circuit electrical panel in the school kitchen prompted... Full story


Woman wrecks on highway

An Almira woman will be charged with drunken driving after she drove into a field off SR 174 Monday about 7 p.m. The Washington State Patrol reported that Alison M. Viebrocksteveson, 40, was injured when her 2003 GMC Denali left the highway as she... Full story


If not the whole bagel, half would still be good

As a matter of fact, we view the four towns as one in many ways, but in purely practical terms joining just two would be very good start. In any large city, the populations of Electric City, Grand Coulee, Coulee Dam and Elmer City would barely... Full story

 By John Bury    Opinion    November 12, 2014

Apparently, veterans are low priority

The elections are over, back to business with Congress as they have many unsettled issues in need of attention. The VA scandal is still a priority for Congress to settle. Although the VA has made some progress toward veterans care and benefits improv... Full story


Torn flags look bad

The flags along the 155 corridor are all ripped and unsightly. Should be replaced or removed immediately.  Disgraceful for viewing on Veteran’s Day. Phil Berry... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 12, 2014

National Anthem thoughts

I was standing at the Veterans Assembly last week at the high school during the National Anthem and found myself thinking of not only the 30-plus veterans on hand for the event that we were honoring but of other vets that lost their lives giving the... Full story


Moses Lake helps put BMW World center stage in MunichMoses Lake helps put BMW World center stage in Munich

There is a new look to Bavarian tourism these days. In the past, tourists flocked to Munich’s city square like Seattle’s New Year’s revelers at the Space Needle. They came to see the ancient Glockenspiel, a giant cuckoo clock on the city hall t... Full story


Coulee Recollections

10 years ago Grady “Skip” Lael joined the Marine Corps exactly 61 years ago, in 1943 on Veterans Day, serving 29 and a half months with the Amphibian Tractor Battalion in one lone, famous campaign in the Pacific, the taking of Iwo Jima. He... Full story


Trees of Sharing still taking names

You still have until this Thursday to submit names for the Trees of Sharing program, which distributes Christmas gifts to children in need. Names will be accepted at Safeway, Harvest Foods and Coulee... Full story


Winifred M. Adams

Memorial Service for Winifred M. Adams (DOB 10-8-1925), mother of Christine A. Giuliani and mother-in-law of Dr. Giannantonio Giuliani, will be held at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Grand Coulee,... Full story


Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the senior center

The Grand Coulee Nazarene Church and Coulee Dam Community Church invited the community to the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Senior Center on Sunday, Nov. 23, from 2-4 p.m.... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber Meeting The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet this Thursday, Nov. 13, at noon at La Presa in Grand Coulee. John Moody from the Ice Age Flood Institute will be giving the program. Blood Drive Coming Inland Northwest Blood... Full story


Legals for November 12, 2014

Okanogan County Fire Dist. 2 NOTICE OF BUDGET MEETING The Okanogan County Fire Dist. 2 will be holding its budget meeting on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Elmer City fire barn. (Publish Nov. 12 and 19, 2014) TOWN OF ELMER CITY PUBLIC... Full story


Raiders finish 14th at state tournament

LR Cross Country finished the State B race in 14th place in the team standings out of 16 full teams running at Pasco Nov. 8. With much of the team being new to state, Head Coach Gary Darnold depended... Full story


Three Lady Raiders named to all-league teams

Sean Garvin, Areielle White, and Kammi Rosenbaum were all named to the Central Washington 2B North All League Volleyball squads. Sean Garvin is the only freshman on the First Team. Areielle White is... Full story


Alumni game set

The Lake Roosevelt Girls’ basketball team is hosting a Lake Roosevelt High School alumni game on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. All graduates of Lake Roosevelt High School who are interested should contact Matthew Pleasants at 633-0543 or... Full story


Students of the Month

Students selected for the month of October.... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police - A man from Partello Street called police to say he had picked up a bank bag with a dollar bill and a deposit slip inside. He met an officer and gave the bank bag to him. - A woman on Young Street told police that a neighbor’s... Full story


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