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Articles from the January 23, 2013 edition

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Always essential: respect

When citizens come into conflict with elected leaders or officials, it’s easy to forget the most important position the other holds: that of a human being. Passions can flare when one knows one is right, or when one feels under attack. But cooler... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    January 23, 2013

Blood drive cancelled

A blood collection drive scheduled for today (Monday, Jan. 28) has been cancelled. The collection was cancelled after Inland Northwest Blood Center personnel arrived at Coulee Medical Center’s Professional Building A (the former clinic building)...

 By Scott Hunter    News    January 23, 2013

Woman starting roller derby team here

For Rayne Rabe, a distinct connection exists between belting out a tune and barreling through your opposition. Practicing one has given her the ability to do the other. Before moving to Coulee Dam in... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 23, 2013

Town slows plant plan ahead of petition

Development of Coulee Dam’s wastewater treatment plant upgrade is on hold for three months. The council made the decision at a hastily called meeting Monday afternoon on Martin Luther King Day.... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 23, 2013

Wilder intends to seek mayorship

Greg Wilder, 69, a Coulee Dam activist, said last week that he plans to file for the office of mayor as an “agent of change” when the filing period opens in May. Wilder has been at odds with two-term Mayor Quincy Snow, and the town... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 23, 2013

Updated new school plans presented

The new K-12 school complex is being advertised for bids this month. Design and school officials went over the project, estimated to cost $24 million, with townspeople last Wednesday night at a... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 23, 2013

Stakeholders to review laser show plans

A local group of stakeholders will get the first look at the text for the all new laser light show within the next couple of weeks. Participants include the Colville Confederated Tribes, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Coulee Area Chamber of... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 23, 2013

Tribes advised of project delay

Coulee Dam Mayor Quincy Snow, Greg Wilder and Elmer City Councilmember Larry Holford all met with the Colville Tribes Community Development Committee Tuesday to discuss the proposed wastewater treatment facility. The meeting, originally set for 9:30... Full story


Positive winds of change are blowing

How wonderful it was to see so many citizens of Coulee Dam, energized and organized, at the special meeting held by Coulee Dam’s Town Council on Monday. The outcome of this meeting was to announce the Council’s intent to stop the WWTF project... Full story



Piccolo to coach baseball Ted Piccolo, a member of the school board, has been named the Lake Roosevelt High School head baseball coach. He was named at a meeting of the school board last Wednesday night. Flu causing some absences School officials... Full story


The meaning of “Okanogan”

I have been asked to give a definition of the word Okanogan, and decided to let everyone know because it is a word you hear every day and have never understood. Though there is no real consensus as to the definition of the word Okanogan there is a... Full story


Proposed bills would deny public right to public information

Two bills making their way through Washington State Legislature aim to take away the public's right to transparent government and review of public decision making. If your city, or the state ever made a decision you questioned, or if you joined a... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Jerry Beiermanwas selected as Volunteer of the Year for 2002. A long-term plan for Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area’s new superintendent will develop after she gets to know the area for a couple months. “I intend to develop a... Full story


What you can get for free, if you’re willing

With the holidays in the past, it seems that the darkest, coldest days of the year are upon us. But any student will tell you that with the advent of the second semester of school, it is just a quick... Full story


Laurel Geraldine Beck (Stokes)

Laurel Geraldine Beck (Stokes) passed away at her home on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. A complete obituary and pending services will be in an upcoming Star issue.... Full story



Sharon Ann “KIST” Redthunder’s obituary mistakenly listed her brother Martin Comedown (and Sherry) as having predeceased Sharon.  Sharon’s family wishes to assure their many family and friends that KIST is also survived by Martin and... Full story


Finding the fun

Tasha Enochs and Lady enjoy some Sunday skate time on the ice of tiny Thompson Lake near the entrance to Steamboat Rock State Park. The ice was 4 to 6 inches thick. — Brian Walters... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet at Noon at Pepper Jack’s The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, Jan. 24, at noon at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille. Merle Kennedy of Foisy and Kennedy Inc., will speak on the housing market in the GCD area.... Full story


Rechargeable battery recycling now available at Coulee Hardware

Keep your rechargeable batteries out of the garbage and the environment by properly recycling them. Coulee Hardware is now a recycling collection site for rechargeable batteries with the abbreviations Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, Li-ion, or Pb imprinted on the... Full story


Alvarezes have a girl

Kali and Sergio Alvarez of Wilson Creek, Wash., are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Olyvia Nichole on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 7 lbs., 3.2 oz., and was 19 inches in length at birth.... Full story


It's a girl for the Westras

Richard and Juliane Westra of Grand Coulee are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Haley Ann on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 8 lbs., 8 oz., and was 20 inches in length at birth. Siblings... Full story


Vargas/Heppner have a girl

Francine Vargas and Matthew Heppner of Nespelem are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Alexis Ezell Heppner on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 13 oz., and was 18inches in length at... Full story


Lady Raiders move into first place

With a victory over Oroville last Friday, the Lady Raiders moved into first place for the Central Washington North. The victory also extended their win streak to four games. In a rematch with Liberty... Full story


Raiders extend streak to four

The Raiders’ win streak moved to four with a victory at Oroville last Friday. The four-game win streak has also placed the Raiders atop of the Central Washington 2B North. The coaches liked the... Full story


Raiders Wrestlers finish second at Dream Duals at East Valley

Raider wrestling traveled to East Valley last Saturday to take part in the Dream Dual Wrestling Tournament which featured most of the top teams in Eastern Washington. At the 2B ranks, Liberty-Spangle... Full story


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