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Articles from the February 20, 2013 edition

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Time to take a stand against stumps

Enough is enough. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has apparently adopted a reckless and callous attitude toward community assets not made of concrete or steel, assets that make living easier in this semi-arid desert, assets that often take much... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    February 20, 2013

Bureau cuts eagle roosting trees on lake

A 100-year-old cottonwood tree on Banks Lake whose branches attracted as many as 10 eagles at a time is no more, cut down by the Bureau of Reclamation a couple of weeks ago. While Bureau employees... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    February 20, 2013

Document request cut off after news report

A public disclosure request for information from police documents made a few weeks ago by police officer Sean Cook has been discontinued at his own request, The Star learned this week. A request the Grand Coulee officer made recently had the police... Full story


Tribes to receive hero award

The Colville Tribes will receive the Sierra Club’s “Watershed Hero Award” in special ceremonies Saturday, Feb. 23, in Spokane. The award is for the Tribes’ cleanup efforts in the upper Columbia River of hazardous wastes deposited by slag... Full story


Mayor: town will pursue new study on wastewater plant

Mayor Quincy Snow assured those attending a town council meeting last Wednesday night that the town would follow through on a “value engineering” study of its $4.92 million wastewater treatment plant project. He made the announcement after a long... Full story



Proctor still in lead Grand Coulee original Shane Proctor maintained his lead in the PBR Built Ford Tough Series by just 53.96 points, despite going just one for three last weekend. Proctor has 3,414.120 points and has earned $116,960.80 so far this...


The thrill of championship

Orrin Gross leaps onto Coach Steve Hood after taking the state championship at 145 pounds in class 2B high school wrestling at the state meet in the Tacoma Dome Saturday. Mike Gross, Orrin’s... Full story


Calendar alignment an issue for districts

The boards from the Nespelem and Grand Coulee Dam school districts districts met jointly last week, in another of what have become quarterly meetings. Concerns were shared about the two districts’ school calendars for next school year. Efforts... Full story


Food service truck has been recovered

A food service truck stolen from the Grand Coulee Dam School District has been recovered. Two district employees traveled to the Seattle area last Wednesday and brought the 1994 Ford truck back to the bus garage for repairs. The truck went missing... Full story


Tribal ceremonial locker explained

Tribal members have been asking questions regarding the Tribes’ Ceremonial Locker such as how it’s used, when it began and who can benefit from it, the Colville Fish and Wildlife department state last week. The department seeks to manage the big... Full story


Sleight of hand and food for thought

The town of Coulee Dam began increasing our sewer rate about a year ago. In December, 2011 we were paying a reasonable $37 a month — one month later, our rates were increased by 33 percent! Thinking that there must have been a good reason, we... Full story


An open letter to the tribal council

Sin...redemption--being right or wrong. Are you so righteously ‘right’ that you allow yourself to stoop down, in servitude to evil … instead of being true to yourself … true to your reservation, and, most importantly, true to your own... Full story


January generally normal

Reviewing data from the past four Januarys shows we didn’t have any changes from the normal. We had good, measurable snowfall this year (2013, 7.3 inches) and last (2012, 9.9 inches). Here’s how... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago The bald eagle became the focus of hundreds of tourists last weekend as they flocked to the Grand Coulee Dam area to look at the national bird during the “Balde” Eagle Festival. “We doubled what we had last year,” said Grand... Full story


Flora Elizabeth, “Lally” Dunlap, née Brim

Flora Elizabeth, “Lally” Dunlap, née Brim (83), passed away peacefully in the company of her loving family the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. She died after suffering strokes and seizures... Full story


Jesse G. Storey

Jesse G. Storey, Grand Coulee, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Valley Care Center in Okanogan. Jesse was the second son of Harold V. and Mary Seresun Storey, born August 9, 1929, in Seattle, Wash. He grew up in Seattle and moved to... Full story


Francis Lee Swan

Francis “Franco” Lee Swan, age 59, a lifelong resident of Inchelium, Wash., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Inchelium at his home. Franco was born on July 20, 1953, in Inchelium the son... Full story


Michael Wade Rounds I

Michael Wade Rounds I (68) met his Savior Jesus Christ face to face at 10:59 p.m., on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 when he left this world from Spokane’s Deaconess Hospital. Michael’s beloved wife... Full story


Laurel G. “Gerry” Beck

A memorial celebration of life for Laurel G. “Gerry” Beck will take place at Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Coulee at 11 a.m., on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Gerry passed away the third weekend of January, 2013.... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet at Pepper Jack’s The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 21, at noon at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille in Grand Coulee. Lions to Meet GCD Lions will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7... Full story


Nice day

Brad Thoma jogs through the parking lot of the Visitor Center at Grand Coulee Dam Tuesday with partly sunny skies in the 40 degrees. The forecast calls for a 30-60 percent chance of snow Thursday and... Full story


Raiders wrestlers take second in state

The Raider wrestlers took home their highest placing trophy ever Saturday, placing second in the state in the B classification. Liberty Bell took home the championship, scoring 112 team points to the... Full story


Lady Raiders move on to regionals

The Lady Raiders came away with third place at last week’s District 5-6 basketball tournament at Wenatchee High School. Lake Roosevelt will move on to the regional tournament this Friday at Mt. Spok... Full story


Celebrating the movies

Growing up in Los Angeles, Academy Award night was a citywide celebration. By the time my brother and I would tumble inside, ready for our afternoon snack, the glamorous stars were already pulling up... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 2/12 - An official with the Head Start program at Center School told police that someone had taken the lock off a storage shed where games and toys are stored. Nothing was taken, the report stated. It was thought that the entry... Full story


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