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Articles from the November 9, 2016 edition

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  • Business owner surrenders after alleged assault on police

    Roger S Lucas|Nov 9, 2016

    A former Electric City man and owner of local exercise facility, Body by Dam, reportedly turned himself in at the Grant County Sheriff’s Office last Thursday after charges were filed alleging he assaulted local police last April. He had been listed as a fugitive and had disappeared, along with his 7-year-old daughter, after charges were filed against him for alleged assault on three Grand Coulee police officers. Grant County authorities asserted that Lyle A. Floyd, 47, had been having some mental health issues and had made threats against l... Full story

  • Some contested local elections are very close

    Scott Hunter|Nov 9, 2016

    With more than a third of the ballots left to count Tuesday night, Chris Branch’s bid to take Sheila Kennedy’s District 1 seat on the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners was ahead 53 percent to 47 percent. In Grant County, Superior Court Judge David Estudillo’s bid to keep his job was hanging on by a 1.42-percent margin. Branch was leading 3,613 votes to Kennedy’s 3,199. The county Auditor’s Office said 7,427 ballots remain to be counted, plus ballots from drop boxes. The next count will occur Monday by 5 p.m. Another close margin separates... Full story

  • Preparing for the worst

    Nov 9, 2016

    Savannah Hobrecht, right, wasn't too traumatized playing a shooting victim during an exercise Saturday at Coulee Medical Center designed to get multiple agencies prepared for an "active shooter" in case one ever strikes the hospital. The drill attracted some 14 agencies from the region, including fire, law enforcement and emergency medical services, plus participants from Quincy and Tonasket. Treating Hobrecht at one of four triage stations outside the hospital, this one in the parking lot of... Full story

  • Bureau extends comment time for big overhaul

    Nov 9, 2016

    The Bureau of Reclamation is extending the public comment period for a proposed multi-year powerplant overhaul project at two Grand Coulee Dam powerhouses. The initial 30-day comment period ended Nov. 7; however, at the public’s request, it has been extended to Nov. 21. Reclamation is requesting public and agency input to help identify issues to be addressed in an environmental assessment for the proposed project to overhaul the 18 generating units in the left and right powerhouses. The 18 generating units and three station service units h... Full story

  • John Nordine, veteran of two wars, tried three times to get in

    Roger S Lucas|Nov 9, 2016

    John Nordine is living proof that the third time is the charm. That's how many times he tried to enlist in the Army before he was accepted. The first two times, John was rejected because he was just under 5 feet tall and just under 100 pounds. The third time John tried, he had a little help from a helpful doctor who measured his height while he was wearing cowboy boots and weighed him with all his clothes on, of which he had plenty. "I measured five feet and a quarter inch and just over 100... Full story

  • Omak dealership purchased by Jess

    Roger S Lucas|Nov 9, 2016

    Jess Ford in Grand Coulee has purchased Damskov Auto Sales in Omak. This will be the third auto store under the Jess family name. The Omak location is 707 Okama Drive, and will eventually become Jess Auto. “We have taken over operations of the Omak agency while all the final details are concluded,” Wade Jess said Monday. The Jess family purchased its Grand Coulee operation from L.F. “Buss” Carlson in 1991, and the Ford dealership on Grand Avenue in Pullman, Washington, in 2004. Speaking of the Damskov purchase, Wade Jess said that his son, Co... Full story

  • Newsbriefs

    Nov 9, 2016

    Bike raffle to benefit parks Two bicycles are being raffled off, with the proceeds to benefit Electric City parks. The drawing for the bikes will be Dec. 3 at the Lake Roosevelt School Bazaar. Tickets are $1 each and are available through Lonna Bussert and Birdie Hensley. Big football send-off planned With Lake Roosevelt High School’s football team headed to the first round of the state tournament Friday, fans are planning a streetside send-off for the team to see as they leave town. Andrea Marconi said the team will depart LR at 2:30 p.m. a... Full story

  • Centenarian dam worker dies

    Roger S Lucas|Nov 9, 2016

    A 100-year-old Odessa man, who was the oldest living man known to work on Grand Coulee Dam, has died. Edwin Kerns, who in his latter years, returned to Grand Coulee Dam on his birthday, May 25, passed away Nov. 3. His full obituary is on page four in this week’s Star Newspaper. Employees at the Visitor Center honored Kerns each year when he returned to view Grand Coulee Dam, and especially last May 25, on his 100th birthday. Kerns worked on the dam from 1935 to 1939. While here on his 100th birthday, Kerns received best wishes from the VC s... Full story

  • We'll figure it out together

    Scott Hunter|Nov 9, 2016

    No matter what just happened, we’re all in this together. Regardless of which candidate won the presidential election, or any others you’re watching closely, the republic, state and county will survive, especially with our help. Note that collective “our” that indicates it’s up to all of us to move on and work together, whether we like those on the other side of the argument or not. That can be especially difficult if you’re convinced, as so many seem to be, that those whose views you just can’t stomach are either stupid or evil. Here’s a viewp... Full story

  • Honoring America's defenders

    Dan Newhouse Congressman|Nov 9, 2016

    The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten – President Calvin Coolidge said it well almost 100 ago. Friday is Veterans Day, when we as a nation honor those who have answered the call to defend our way of life. We exercise and enjoy our freedoms every day, and we owe special recognition of every American man and woman who has served in uniform. On November 11, Veterans Day ceremonies will take place across the country. Citizens will gather in assembly to pay tribute to the memory and service of our warriors by singing the w... Full story

  • Even voting is at issue in this election

    Lee Hamilton|Nov 9, 2016

    One of the more intriguing aspects of this unusual election year is the extent to which the underpinning of the election itself — voting — has become an issue in its own right. An act that we used to take for granted is increasingly being called into question. Just look at the headlines from the past few months. Russia, it seems clear, is trying to meddle in the process, sowing confusion and distrust about the integrity of the vote and about the vibrancy and fairness of our democracy. There have been questions about the cyber-security of vot... Full story

  • What is important to talk about?

    Jesse Utz|Nov 9, 2016

    Communication has always been a key to success. Ask any businessman or woman and they will agree. Ask any teacher and they will also agree. Ask any coach and the answer is the same: communication is key to winning and losing. In the classroom, on the field and in the board room, talking to each other is a must. Communication is also a key ingredient in good parenting. The conversation around a meal can be one of the most insightful times. Kids can learn how busy their parents are and parents can also learn about a school day or Snapchat. Kids c... Full story

  • Eighty-two years ago

    Nov 9, 2016

    Pile Trestle Bridge - looking east, 1/4 mile below the axis of the Grand Coulee Dam. – November 2, 1934 photo... Full story

  • Reginald E. (Reg) Morgan

    Nov 9, 2016

    Reg Morgan passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Tacoma, Washington. He was born June 19, 1931, to Gemma Paglieri Morgan and Reginald E. Morgan Sr. in Seattle, Washington, graduating from West Seattle High School. In 1980, his work in fisheries research with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service brought him to the Coulee for a fish population study on Lake Roosevelt. When that project ended in 1984, Reg retired and began a second career as a writer... Full story

  • Russell W. Kershner

    Nov 9, 2016

    Russell W. Kershner of Coulee City, Washington, passed onto the loving hands and embrace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, in Grand Coulee Washington. Mr. Kershner was born on December 13, 1941, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to William Kershner and Edith (Woodhouse) Kershner. Mr. Kershner was a proud Vietnam Veteran as a member of The United States Army from 1960-1968. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, where he was wounded in action during the second tour. He was... Full story

  • Edwin C. Kern

    Nov 9, 2016

    Edwin C. Kern, 100, passed away Thursday, November 3, 2016, in Odessa, Washington. He was a lifetime resident of the Marlin/Odessa area, where he farmed and raised his family. Edwin was born on May 25, 1916, in Marlin, Washington, to Fred and Matilda (Weishaar) Kern. He attended Marlin School grades 1-4, Lauer school grades 5-8, and Odessa school for grades 9-12, graduating in 1935. After high school he went to work on Grand Coulee Dam from 1935-1939. While working on the dam, he married... Full story

  • Meetings and Notices

    Nov 9, 2016

    Chamber To Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon, this Thursday, November 10, at Siam Palace in Grand Coulee. Bill Kinney from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will be the guest speaker. Coulee Creators Meet Every Tuesday Coulee Creators, a sewing group, meets every Tuesday, 1-4 p.m., for a sew-in at 412 Federal Ave., Room 207. To RSVP, contact or call 509-386-5715. Monday, Nov. 14, there will be a sew-in from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Kissed Quilts. Grant County Port Dist. 7 to Meet Grant Count... Full story

  • Celebrating 50 years

    Nov 9, 2016

    Gary and Dolores Jenkin, of Coulee Dam, Washington, will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception on Sunday, November 13, at the home of their daughter, Nevada, and son-in-law, Warner Whybark. Their son, Eric, and daughter-in-law, Stacey, will co-host. The Jenkins have three grandchildren.... Full story

  • Blood drive set for Nov. 21

    Nov 9, 2016

    Inland Northwest Blood Center, along with the Grand Coulee Community Blood Drive Volunteers led by Sommer Hicks, will be holding a blood drive Monday, November 21, at the community room at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. Donations hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. INBC needs an average of 200 blood donors every day to meet the needs of more than 35 hospitals in the Inland Northwest. A single donation can save the lives of up to three people!... Full story

  • It's a boy for Loader/Post

    Nov 9, 2016

    Sabrina Loader and Tristan Post of Electric City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Dominick James Loader, born Friday, October 14, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 6 lbs., 2 oz., and was 20.5 inches in length at birth. He joins a sister, Kaelyn Loader, age 13 months, at the home. Maternal grandparents are Lisa Loader and William Loader. Paternal grandparents are Julie Hutchinson and Codey Post.... Full story

  • Legals for November 9, 2016

    Nov 9, 2016

    Legal Notice Town of Coulee Dam NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 2017 Revenue Source/Ad Valorem Hearing To the Citizens of the Town of Coulee Dam, notice is hereby given that the Town of Coulee Dam will hold a Public Hearing on the Revenue Source/Ad Valorem Tax for the Budget year 2017 on November 9, 2016, at 6 p.m. during the regular council meeting at Town Hall. All interested persons will be given the opportunity to provide written or oral comments on Revenue Sources and possible increases in property tax revenues at said hearing. Stefani Bowden... Full story

  • Powell opens Spokane art gallery

    Nov 9, 2016

    Long-time Grand Coulee resident artist Keith Powell stands with some of his work at his new gallery in Spokane during its opening event last Friday night at 123 East Second Avenue. Powell said he'll open the gallery for events and by appointment, but will still be creating his art in Grand Coulee. Powell said he has opened temporary galleries in Spokane in the past and done "very well." The new Spokane venue, which grew from that concept, was filled with people Friday night. - Scott Hunter... Full story

  • Grant PUD commissioners set budget for 2017

    Nov 9, 2016

    EPHRATA — Grant PUD Commissioners adopted a $307.3 million budget for 2017 during their meeting on Nov. 8, the PUD announced Tuesday night. The budget outlines funding so Grant PUD’s 47,000 customers will continue to be served with affordable and reliable energy. “Our 2017 budget reflects a commitment to long-term value creation for all customers,” said General Manager Kevin Nordt. “Our customers have been very clear in what they seek — safe, reliable energy at a stable and predictable price.” Along with paying for the daily costs to oper... Full story

  • Star accepting nominations for volunteer of the year

    Nov 9, 2016

    The Star is accepting letters of nomination for the 2016 Volunteer of the Year through Nov. 30. The annual honor is given to one person in the community who exemplifies the spirit of working selflessly for a cause or just helping those who need it. Anyone who volunteers his or her time and talent for the good of someone else is eligible, whether in the public eye or not. Nominations for groups of people will not be accepted. The entire community will comprise the selection committee. Letters of nomination will be posted online, and everyone... Full story

  • Trees of Sharing collecting names

    Roger S Lucas|Nov 9, 2016

    ’Tis the Season for the Trees of Sharing of 2016. The Trees of Sharing program is a way for area residents to anonymously provide Christmas gifts to local children who might not receive a gift overwise. Children’s names may be submitted on slips and dropped off at collection boxes at Safeway Pharmacy, Coulee Medical Center, or Harvest Foods. Names will be collected through Sunday, Nov. 13. Following the collection of names, trees with ornament tags will be placed at selected locations in the community by Nov. 18. Those wishing to provide gif... Full story

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