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Articles from the February 12, 2014 edition

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Report details major conflicts within city's government

An investigative report issued by the city of Grand Coulee’s risk management firm details infighting between the chief of police and the mayor, charges and counter charges of nepotism and favoritism, micromanagement by the mayor and a breakdown in... Full story


Police reports now go through city hall

Police reports that The Star newspaper has regularly picked up at the police department now have to be picked up at the city clerk’s office, by order of Grand Coulee Mayor Chris Christopherson. The newspaper has had access to the reports directly... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 12, 2014

Photos from the week are now online

This week's photos are now online. More than 80 photos taken in the last week, some we really wish we could have used in the paper, are ready to view. Here's a slide show:... Full story


Finally, snow fun

A family of fun seekers finds it on the popular sledding hill at North Dam Park Monday afternoon, following the first decent snowfall the area has had all winter. - Scott Hunter ph... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 12, 2014

Commission begins hospital redirection

Facing another litany of complaints about mismanagement, hospital commissioners Monday directed changes in two key policies that have angered community members and medical staff. The commission directed CEO Scott Graham to find a legal way to... Full story


Seniors press city on bus garage issue

Members of the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center are still hopeful that they will someday be able to build a garage to house their two buses, even though the city of Grand Coulee is dragging its feet on the issue. Larry Curtis, appeared before the city... Full story



Play on the way The Planet Earth Players will put on “12 Angry Jurors” Feb. 20, 21, and 22, at the Grand Gallery of Arts on Grand Coulee’s Main Street. Tickets for the performances will be on sale at the door for $7. The play is directed by... Full story


Poplawski takes seat at city council in Grand Coulee

Tom Poplawski, a retired state parks employee, was named to fill a vacant seat on Grand Coulee’s city council. Three people had submitted their names for the vacant position, but one withdrew his name the night the selection was made. Poplawski... Full story


City plans to fix major water line

Grand Coulee will go out to bid on its Midway Avenue water project, the replacement of about 500 feet of line. The project will replace lines across Midway Ave. from Jess Ford, to Four Corners and to the Catholic Church. It will also replace lines... Full story


New Year – warm and dry

January kicked off our new year on the warmer and drier side. Here at the home weather station we had a January mean temperature of 31.5°F, while the overall mean is 26.9°F for a difference of 4.6°F. The low for the month was 14.9°F on Jan. 31... Full story


Coulee, what's your sign?

It’s times like these that make you wonder if there’s something to astrology. There is always turmoil somewhere in the world, but when it rears its chaotic head in local communities, it begs the profound question, What the heck? With months of... Full story


Re: "Writer demands answers from tribal council" (Letters to the editor, 2/5/14)

This is very short reply to the recent letter to the editor authorized by Mr. Truman Covington. First of all, the information referenced in your fourth paragraph is entirely inaccurate. Colville Tribal Federal Corporation – CTFC has completed Fisca... Full story


Highway 155 cracks need fixing

What does the Banks Lake Highway sound like? Ka Thunk, Ka Thunk, Ka Thunk! What are the sounds of front-end alignment and lower back treatment? $$Ka Ching$$, $$Ka Ching$$, $$Ka Ching$$! Randy Spotts... Full story


12th man in coulee a good thing

It was great to see local businesses and homes decorated with Seahawks 12th man images. People in the coulee have always been supporters of our local sports teams, so it was neat to see them get on board and support our state team’s first Super... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 12, 2014

Valentines help, it's never too late

What happened to the good old days when we could just drop a superhero Valentine in the handmade pink heart taped to our secret valentine’s desk? Or we could just give her a stuffed animal or a... Full story


Approve the Keystone Pipeline

The Seattle Times headline said it all: “Obama running out of reasons to reject Keystone XL.” For five years, the Keystone XL pipeline has been mired in studies, red tape and delay. Now, the... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Growing concerns about why a police officer was needed in the schools were aired publicly Monday night at the shool board meeting. School resource officer Joe Lausing spent 40 minutes answering questions from the school board.... Full story


Grace Ann Winiecki

Grace Ann Winiecki, age 53, who resided in the NHS-Northstar Specialized Services, Evans House in Virginia, Minn., passed away Friday, January 17, 2014, at St. Michael’s Nursing Home after suffering a stroke. She was born May 23, 1960, in Coulee... Full story


Free tax help at the senior center

Income tax time is here! Free tax preparation is being offered at the Grand Coulee Senior Center again this year. Volunteers trained in cooperation with IRS and AARP will be available every Tuesday, Feb 11 - April 8, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. New... Full story


Senior Meals

Wed., Feb. 12 – Dinner Grilled Pork Cutlets and Applesauce, Rice Pilaf, Squash/Rolls, Fruit Salad, Birthday Cake. Happy Birthday. Thurs., Feb. 13 – Dinner Swiss Steak, Boiled Buttered Potatoes, Green Beans, Peach Salad, Brownies. Grocery... Full story


New eye doctor in town

Dr. Nicholas A. Donaghey has joined the Gillespie Eye Care team as the primary optometrist at its Grand Coulee location, 407 Burdin Boulevard. Donaghey received his bachelor's degree from the... Full story


Meetings and Notices

No Chamber Meeting The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not be meeting this week due to the awards banquet being held Thursday Feb. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille. For more information contact Peggy at... Full story


Ready for Valentine's Day

Four students from Carolyn McNeil's kindergarten class at Center School get in the mood for Valentine's Day by placing items in the class display of individual artwork in the hallway outside their... Full story


Lady Raiders extend win streak

The Lady Raiders defeated Liberty Bell and Riverside Christian to extend their current win streak to four games last week. The wins help Lake Roosevelt secure second place in the Central Washington 2B... Full story


Raider boys drop two last week

The Raider boys lost two games last week, just as squads are jockeying for district berths, giving them a 9-9 win-loss record overall, 4-5 in league play. The Raiders now need to win out to hold on... Full story


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