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Articles from the March 7, 2018 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News    March 7, 2018

Owning fiber, town considering broadband expansion

Coulee Dam wants to know if its residents would like high-speed internet access through a fiber-optic broadband network it's considering building, some of it just for its own use and savings. After...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    March 7, 2018

Kids will put on play this Saturday

The community will see its children perform "The Snow Queen" at this year's Missoula Children's Theater production this Saturday, March 10. Saturday will see performances at 2 p.m. and at 6 p.m., both...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    March 7, 2018

Alternative school reconsidered

The school district’s Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) program might be coming back. The alternative school program was cut last summer due to budget crunches, but could be coming back, Superintendent Paul Turner told the school board Feb. 26....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 7, 2018

Group plans to open wine bar on Main Street

A new vibe may find its way to Main Street in Grand Coulee in the form of The Wine Bar. The aptly named establishment will feature wines and food pairings, and the owners are hoping it will become a...

 

Newsbriefs

Key player not interviewed The men interviewed in last week’s article “1960 G.C.H.S. teammates remember their state championship,” Kenny Hoke, Wayne Snyder, Don Kurth, and Ray Rice, said this week that they wished to express the significance...

 

Wanted man chased, arrested

A Nespelem man wanted on several arrest warrants was finally captured Feb. 24, after a foot chase in Electric City and taken to Grant County jail. Arrested was Amos M. Staggs, 23, wanted on a felony warrant and two misdemeanor warrants. Staggs is als...

 

All aboard

The Coulee Area Park and Recreation District board Monday met with a full set of commissioners Monday night for the first time in years. Above, the all-volunteer board listens to Secretary Carla...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    March 7, 2018

Man cited for too many dogs

An Electric City man, who had been cited earlier, was cited again Sunday — for having too many dogs. Police wrote Frank Brown, who resides at 18-B West Grand Avenue, citations for his dogs barking and and for having eight dogs on the premises. The...

 

Local leaders taking safety training in Maryland

Several school and other agency personnel are in Emmitsburg, Maryland, this week at the FEMA Emergency Management Institute taking training on school safety. In the forefront is Grand Coulee Dam...

 

City would do well to study and pursue fiber optic network

In the late 1990s, as The Star was starting to publish online as an experiment, access to the internet was not essential. Things have changed. Today, the world is online. New and innovative ways of accomplishing old tasks more efficiently often also...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 7, 2018

The joys of parenthood

When you’re surrounded by kids for most of the day, sometimes you reflect on parenting skills: your own and others’. I also have many friends, who are young parents themselves, who come to me on...

 

Gun Culture is the problem

Last week, I opened the newspaper to find a [letter to the editor] mentioning how the NRA was not to blame for ANY gun violence, and that it was more of a cultural issue rather than a gun issue. I’m here to say that it is a GUN CULTURE issue, and...

 

Electric City - neighborhood or not?

The current Electric City Municipal Code clearly states its purpose “to protect residential areas from potential adverse impacts as a result of activities which may be deemed commercial in nature.” A new City Ordinance, drafted to allow Short...

 

40 million reasons to save our dams

What would life in the Mid-Columbia be like if dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers were removed? What would then be used to control flooding that devastated communities before the dams were put in place? How would we provide clean, reliable hydropo...

 

Bonnie M. (Whitcraft) Rinker

Bonnie M. (Whitcraft) Rinker, 82, of Electric City, Washington, passed away Monday, February 19, 2018, in Yuma, Arizona. She was born January 12, 1936, in Malta, Montana. She graduated from Grand... Full story

 

Shirley Jean Jones

Shirley Jean Jones went to be home with her Lord on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. She was born September 8, 1930, in Seattle, Washington, to Henry and Martha Sagehorn. The family moved to Tacoma,... Full story

 

Spring is the real deal

Hunter Piccinini, 4, reacts with delight at finding the first buttercup brought to our attention this spring. Hunter and his mom found it on a hike along Banks Lake Feb. 26. - Rose Piccinini...

 

February students of the month

Here are the LR Elementary and Nespelem Elementary students of the month....

 

Legals for March 7, 2018

Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan Comment Period Okanogan County is updating the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) in accordance with RCW 70.95. This is a 5-year update. The plan identifies solid waste and moderate risk waste m... Full story

 

Reader enjoys paper, but not one-sided cartoons

We are renewing our subscription to The Star newspaper. We have enjoyed reading many of the articles and like seeing the news about the people and the area which has become our home. We do not enjoy your one-sided political cartoons. I believe...

 

Thanks for helping with charity quilts; we're still working

Some 18 ladies turned out to tie quilts for World Relief and the Omak Support Center. Many thanks to each of them and to the ones who work at home. At this time, we together have finished 51 quilts and decided to continue into the first two weeks of...

 
 By Pat Leigh    Opinion    March 7, 2018

Watch Newhouse actions, not words on DACA

Trump’s most recent challenge to DACA failed when on Feb. 26, 2018, the Supreme Court refused to review lower court decisions that keep DACA in place indefinitely. This administration will undoubtedly continue to challenge the path to...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 2/26 - A city employee advised police that a door was open at a Continental Heights location. An officer checked on the report and didn’t find anyone inside. He advised the owner. - Police followed a vehicle that was often used...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    March 7, 2018

Washington becomes the fourth state to ban bump stocks

A controversial gun control bill to ban bump stocks was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee. SB 5922 passed both chambers in the Washington state legislature by slim margins and largely along party...

 
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