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Articles from the March 12, 2014 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News    March 12, 2014

Commissioners to look for cause to fire hospital CEO

Revelations and rancor dominated a two-and-a-half-hour hospital commission meeting that culminated with steps taken toward the possible ouster of Coulee Medical Center's CEO and for an independent... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    March 12, 2014

Accident cause and cost reported

An accident and resulting fire that put the John W. Keys III Pump Generating Plant at Grand Coulee Dam out of commission last fall has cost the Bureau of Reclamation $990,000 for cleanup, fire response and incident investigation alone, and will lead... Full story


Marchand expelled from Colville Business Council

Following several months of investigation and meetings of the Tribal Government Committee’s Rules Committee, the Colville Business Council voted March 6 to expel Benjamin Marchand, Jr. from their ranks, a tribal press release stated. Marchand... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 12, 2014

Monument to dam dead may be pursued

A total of 81 workers were killed during construction of Grand Coulee Dam, and there isn't a single marker to commemorate their deaths. That could change if a current effort to develop interest in a... Full story


New policeman hired

Grand Coulee has a new police officer. Christopher McClanahan, 32, was sworn in during ceremonies at city hall last Wednesday morning. McClanahan, from Elmer City, for the past two years has been in... Full story



Port commission spot is open Port District 7 is still looking for its third commissioner. The Port District has advertised to encourage anyone interested to submit a letter or come to the commissioner’s monthly meeting, at 5 p.m. the final... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 12, 2014

Nez Perce hope to rebuild long house by 2015

Construction of the new Nez Perce Tribe Long House that was destroyed by fire the day after Christmas, 2012, could begin as early as late summer, a spokesman said Tuesday. Albert Andrews Redstar said that a group has been working with the Long House... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 12, 2014

G.C. commission looking into zoning issues

Grand Coulee’s zoning commission is trying to unlock some restrictions in an effort to work with groups that have come before the council asking for help. Last April, two women, Andrea Marconi and Angela Feeley, went before the council with an... Full story

 By Gaylene Green    News    March 12, 2014

Upcoming fund raiser is rooted in history

On March 22, the Elmer City Firemen will be holding their annual Ham and Pancake Feed at the Coulee Dam City Hall from 4 to 8 p.m. This brought to mind an article published in The Star in the early 1970s concerning the origins of the Elmer City Fire... Full story


Questions, questions, questions!

I came away from my first hospital board meeting last night, March 10, 2014, with some unsettling questions. Actually, I had a hard time falling asleep as I tried to make sense of all I had heard, seen, and experienced. My first question. The... Full story

 By Carol Netzel    Opinion    March 12, 2014

Staff cuts apparent at hospital

Having been a recent patient at our community hospital and having been a nurse’s aide for several years I would like to present my observations of patient care. In January I was hospitalized for four days. During that time I observed nurses and... Full story

 By Kathy Wilson    Opinion    March 12, 2014

Gas prices too high

I fully agree with Carl Russell. These gas prices in the Coulee area are completely out of sorts. Wilbur is 46 cents A GALLON cheaper as of yesterday (March 8). How is that possible ? It's a Conoco station also & … I realize it's in a different... Full story

 By Ron Zacherle    Opinion    March 12, 2014

Tribal members are trapped

Thank you for accepting this letter; our Colville Tribal Tribune has been censoring us for a solid year now, so we have no other choice but to write through other sources. Our tribal leaders across the reservation are ethically and criminally... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 12, 2014

Raiders, Babies and a Polar Plunge

This past week was a busy one. So here is a recap of the week in a glimpse. The week started with a “Man Date.” Jeremy Hanson and I traveled to watch the Raider Boys B-Ball play in the Regional... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago School Board Directors indicated they would hold off on approval of a plan administrators proposed to bring test scores up, at least until they have more information. This was after the board fielded questions for two and a half hours... Full story


Phyllis Irene Williams

Phyllis Irene Williams, 81, born December 15, 1932, into the Miles City, Mont., home of Walter and Ingrid Wight, died Friday, March 7, 2014, at her Grand Coulee, Wash., home. Phyllis married Leland... Full story


Gary Crosby

Gary Crosby, 71, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 2, 2014, with family at his side. He was born in Seattle on September 11, 1942, to Ervin and Pearl Crosby. He graduated from Edmonds Hi... Full story


Spring is on the way

Colton Jackson shows the buttercups he found Friday, the first reported to The Star this year. Jackson, 10, found them on the hillside below the water tank in Electric City. - Scott Hunter... Full story


It's a girl for Bell/Pakootas

Ronnie Bell and Jason Pakootas of Nespelem are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Kendall Ember-Rose Pakootas, born Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz., and was 18 inches in length at... Full story


Graduates from basic

U.S. Air Force Airman Joshua S. Fountain has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, March 13, at noon at La Presa. On the agenda is a festival planning session for the upcoming summer season. Eagles #2577 Meetings The Auxiliary’s next scheduled... Full story


Using ladders in the yard

As winter ends, gardeners, get out that ladder and spruce up the shrubs and trees in your landscape. Ladders can be very useful to help you get into position to make appropriate cuts, which will improve your trees and shrubs. They can take the wear... Full story


Receive 10 free trees during the month of March

The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March 2014, and receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees. “White flowering dogwoods will add beauty... Full story


Kindergarten registration to begin for 2014-2015 school year

Registration for the 2014-15 school year will be held March 17 through April 11, for all children entering kindergarten next year. Parents may stop by the school office for a registration packet. A copy of the child’s OFFICIAL birth certificate and... Full story


Center Students of the Month

Pictured are the Students of the Month for February at Center School. From left - front: Austin Nanamkin, Wiley Kimble, Lucy Budravage, Eva Marchand, Caden Portch; back - Colton Jackson, Lillian... Full story


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