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Articles from the March 30, 2016 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News    March 30, 2016

School hopes missing equipment returned

Exercise equipment has been taken from a gym that has been open to community use for years, and school district officials are hoping someone will bring it back. “It is disturbing and frustrating to think that people would take valuable equipment th...

 

Big job

A worker walks on a platform at drum gate three on Grand Coulee Dam, where the Bureau of Reclamation is repairing the leak. As the level of Lake Roosevelt is held below 1,255 feet above sea level to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 30, 2016

Candidates listed in tribal primary

Twenty-eight contenders have filed for seven positions in the Colville Business Council primary election May 7. The top two candidates for each position will advance to the tribal general election on June 18. Six of the seven incumbents have filed...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 30, 2016

Spring cleanup is upon you

Dig out that old garden rake, it’s spring cleanup time in the coulee. All towns have a slightly different schedule than the others. The spring cleanup schedule is April 2-9. Full details are available on page 2. In Elmer City, if you are unable to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 30, 2016

Coulee Dam anticipates loan approval for plant

Coulee Dam will receive official word on its loan application for its wastewater treatment plant April 19, according to town officials. Representatives from USDA Rural Development will meet with town officials at noon at town hall to make an official...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 30, 2016

Coming feed will raise funds for sixth-graders' experience

Dates for a getaway that brings together students from Nespelem and Lake Roosevelt schools are set for May and a fundraiser is planned for April. The Grand Coulee Dam School District board set dates for the Tall Timber Ranch trip for sixth-graders fr...

 

The big Elmer City Easter egg hunt

Erin and Jennifer Nielsen and their two children, Indra, 2, and Amunet, 4, show the eggs the kids collected at Sunday's Easter egg hunt in Elmer City. About 150 people turned out for the event, which...

 

Newsbriefs

Educators to be honored Carrie Derr and Susan Duclos will be honored at the Grant County Excellence in Education Banquet, May 5, at Big Bend Community College. Derr, a teacher, will be honored as an outstanding certificated educator, and Duclos for...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 30, 2016

Raising funds for a solid memory

An alumni group that wants past mascots memorialized at the new school in Coulee Dam is working toward a new sculpture and collecting money to have it made. The Grand Coulee Alumni Association has...

 

Wagner interns at Star Publishing

Jacob Wagner has joined The Star as a college intern for the spring quarter of 2016. Wagner will be working on assignments in writing, photography, advertising and more, and learning about publishing...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 30, 2016

District buys vehicle

The Grand Coulee Dam School District school board approved the purchase of a 2001 Suburban at its meeting Monday night. The vehicle has 71,000 miles on it and the purchase price is $9,386. Prior to the decision to purchase the nine-passenger...

 

If you're texting, you'd better not be driving

Heads up, Washington! April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, so make a commitment to leave your cell phone alone while you’re driving. Not only is it dangerous, but with extra officers looking for cell phone violators, you risk a ticket...

 
 By Rich Black    Opinion    March 30, 2016

Missing equipment from middle school gym fitness center

We are missing some fitness equipment from the middle school gym fitness area. The following equipment was noticed missing after the weekend of March 19-20: two 20-pound dumbbells; two 25-pound dumbbells; two 30-pound dumbbells; two 35-pound...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 30, 2016

Piercings, dancing, resurrection and a Calloway

Well, it was a packed week last week, but Spring Break is just around the corner. With a week-long rest coming I thought I would give you my highlights for the last seven days. Fundraising can be a drag sometimes. With the peddling of all kinds of...

 

Why is Trump popular?

For many months, day after day, the first thing that appeared on much of the national news media in bold black letters was the word Trump, often accompanied by a photograph of Mr. Trump. By early March 2016, some of the political pundits were saying...

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    March 30, 2016

Standing with Belgium: Attacks show necessity for plan to defeat ISIS

Last Tuesday, the world was again horrified by coordinated terrorist attacks at the airport and subway in Brussels, Belgium. Dozens of people lost their lives, and many more were injured. Even before they took official responsibility, there was...

 

Sixty-six years ago

Because of soft foundation material in the bottom of the Grand Coulee, it was necessary to make a 2-mile detour, high over the east side of the coulee. This photo shows some of the heavy basalt rock...

 

Joanne "Bone" Redthunder

Joanne "Bone" Redthunder, 61, was born August 8, 1954, into the Nespelem, Washington home of Joe and Lucy Weipah - Redthunder. Joanne passed on to her elders Thursday morning, March 24, 2016, from...

 

Marvin E. Kuest

Marvin E. Kuest, 85, of Grand Coulee, Washington, passed away on Good Friday, March 25, 2016, in Wenatchee General Hospital. Funeral services will be scheduled at a later date. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Martha, of Grand Coulee and...

 

John Clayton Winegarden

John Clayton Winegarden, 77, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016. He was born April 20, 1938, in Grass Valley, California. He proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. After his tour was finished, John became a union...

 

Longs to celebrate 70th anniversary

Fred and Valeta Long, of Grand Coulee, will celebrate 70 years of marriage on Saturday. They were married April 2, 1946. Home from World War II, Fred had not thought he would ever get married,...

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon this Thursday, March 31, at Junkers on Main Street in Grand Coulee. New Coulee Medical Center doctors Dr. Sam Hsieh and Dr. Elizabeth Hsu will be the guest speakers....

 

News from the GCD Senior Meals Program

We wanted to thank everyone who helped with the cleaning &andrepairs weekend in early March. Several people showed up to volunteer their services and they did a fantastic job in the kitchen and around the center. Offsite, the bus garage upgrades are...

 

Williams/Day have a girl

Danika Williams and Damon Day, of Coulee Dam, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Robbi Lorraine Day, born Monday, March 14, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 8 lbs., 15 oz., and was...

 

Goodman/Blackmer have girl

Nicole Goodman and Jacob Blackmer, of Coulee City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Rain Blackmer, born Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz.,...

 

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