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Articles from the February 11, 2015 edition

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School levy passes by large margin

Grand Coulee Dam School District passed its four-year school levy with a whopping 65-percent approval from the four-county area, Tuesday’s results showed. It caused Karen Depew, who chairs the Citizens for Quality Education committee, to say,... Full story


Class size law could require four new classrooms, but school is full

To school officials here, and throughout the state, Initiative 1351, passed by voters in November, is just another financial unfunded nightmare. The initiative calls for smaller class sizes, an idea... Full story


Grand Coulee won't return permit fee

By a narrow 3-2 vote, the Grand Coulee City Council refused to pay back a building permit fee to Mike Horne, who wanted to move his automotive business to a new location earlier this winter. The permit fee of $650.06 was only a small portion of what... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 11, 2015

Park and recreation district pursues wellness center plan

The dream of a community swimming pool and wellness center is due for a visible rendering, which architects started to get a feel for Tuesday morning in a field of weeds. In January, the Coulee Area... Full story



Newspaper to close Monday The Star newspaper will be closed Monday, Feb. 16, in observance of the Presidents Day holiday. The deadline for advertising and news is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. The Star office will open at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17. Valentine... Full story


Growing expectations

Quincy Williams, a sophomore at Lake Roosevelt High School, watches Friday as a 3D printer he programmed builds up a personal name tag with his basketball jersey number on it. The printer, which... Full story


Electric City pathway proposed

Electric City is starting a process that could lead to the building of a pedestrian pathway along SR-155, using hotel/motel tax money. Council members have long hinted that the city would like to do a major tourism project using some $280,000 held... Full story


Coulee Dam police force to grow in size

Coulee Dam is getting closer to selecting its third police officer. Police Chief Pat Collins and Sgt. Larry Hall have handled law enforcement duties for over a year while waiting for the civil service commissioners to be named and to organize. The... Full story


City to order new ambulance

Grand Coulee’s volunteer fire chief, Richard Paris, has asked the council to give him authority to sign an interlocal purchasing agreement with Snohomish County Fire District 3, so Grand Coulee could “piggy-back” with that agency in the... Full story


Public Records Act under attack

Several bills before the Legislature this session all seek to weaken in some way the state’s model Public Records Act, and therefore, the entire state. One of the most egregious, HB 1349, is scheduled for a hearing Thursday afternoon before the... Full story


Re: "Top 10 bands that influenced my life" in Jess, Shut Up

This has been a pretty fun subject for our family in the last week. Since Jesse and I met, music has always been a subject, a game and just what we do. So, since he’s asking for input and not just (Jess) saying, I thought I’d share some of my inf... Full story

 By Lou Stone    Opinion    February 11, 2015

Council censorship justified by two lies

Yes, at the March 6, 2013 Colville Tribal Council Management and Budget Committee Meeting, where Committee Chair Billy Nicholson held court and Mike Finley, Council Chair, sat next to, and huddled with, Billy, censorship was far beyond them saying... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 11, 2015

An 80th birthday, Oh how time flies

I recently had the honor of being invited to a party for a man that has strong roots in our community. This column could have easily been called “Past Gems in the Coulee” or “Where are these Gems now” but this man is much more than a part of... Full story


Coulee Recollections

10 years ago Information released by the town of Coulee Dam under the state Public Records Act, indicates Clark Slattery has received a settlement of $13,472.23 for almost 30 year of double billing on his monthly electric bill at his home on River... Full story


Meetings and Notices

No Noon Chamber Meeting, Banquet Instead The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not meet this Thursday at noon due to the Installation and Awards Banquet being held at 6 p.m. at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille. Tax Forms Available For those... Full story


Art sale benefitting historical society to be held Feb. 21

An ongoing Sally Ward art exhibit and sale at RockWall Cellars to benefit the Okanogan County Historical Society is bringing Sally Ward art owners out of the woodwork. Ward lived in Omak from 1952 to 1974. The show runs through March with a special... Full story


Scribbling the future

Architect Keith Comes draws red lines on an aerial photo of the lot across SR 174 from Coulee Medical Center, indicating possible positioning of a future community wellness center. His firm, NAC... Full story


It's a girl for Chuweah/Dick

Christina Chuweah and David Dick of Nespelem are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Kloey Mabel Dick, born Friday, January 16, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz., and was 20-5 inches in... Full story


Timentwa/Louie have a boy

Annette Timentwa and Calem Louie of Nespelem are proud to announce the birth of their son Sneekthlca Sqis Louie-Timentwa, born Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 7 lb., 5 oz., and was 19 inches in length at... Full story


It's a girl for the Graves

Cassandra and Kyle Graves of Coulee Dam are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Chaylee Jordan Noel Graves, born Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Wash. She weighed 7 lbs., and was 19.5 inches in length at... Full story


Sattler/Handley have a girl

Jenna Sattler and Brewster Handley of Wilbur are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Isabel Rochelle Handley born Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 6 oz., and was 19 inches in length at... Full story


It's a girl for Zacherle/Caudell

Ashley Zacherle and Justus Caudell of Wilbur are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Gracyn Raine Caudell, born Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz., and was 21 inches in length at... Full story


School doors to be locked for safety

Lake Roosevelt Schools are beginning to implement new security protocols, despite a few grumbles from parents. The inside front entrance doors are locked and must be opened with an electronic switch... Full story


Lady Raiders take second in league play

The Lady Raiders finished the 2014-15 regular basketball season with an 11-3 win-loss record in Central Washington 2B North, and a 12-8 overall record. With the second-place finish, the Lady Raiders advance to the district tournament, playing... Full story


Three wrestlers move on to regional meet

Octavio Alejandre, Oscar Pakootas, and Jacob Smith all advanced from the sub-regional wrestling meet in Oroville to the regional competition after placing in the top four at Oroville last Saturday. The regional meet will be held at Northwest... Full story


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