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Articles from the February 18, 2015 edition

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Electric City Mayor Sands resigns

Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands has submitted his resignation, effective at the end of February. In a letter to the editor that appears in this week’s Star newspaper, Sands notes that he and his wife Connie would like to spend more time with...

 

Self expression invited

Lake Roosevelt High School art student Kiana Sam works on her technique in an assignment Friday studying the art of Wassily Kandinsky, one of the founders of pure abstraction in the early 20th...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 18, 2015

Two teens die in Coulee City crash

Two teenagers were killed and a third injured in Coulee City Friday night when the car they were in left the road and hit a light pole at the city park. The driver, Auston Frye, 17, of Hartline; and a passenger, Pedro Huitron, 18, of Lind, died in...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 18, 2015

Wild horse roundup halted

A roundup of wild horse on the Colville Indian Reservation was stopped just before noon Sunday due to mounting pressure from tribal members. The roundup had been planned to take about three weeks,...

 

Electric City Council: no restrictions on outbuilding size

Electric City’s council voted to remove any restrictions on the size of accessory buildings at its meeting last Tuesday night. The city’s planning commission had sent up a litany of proposed changes to the building code, the accessory building...

 

Artist to visit school and area

Lucinda Parker, a Portland artist who has been selected to create art for the new school, will be here next Sunday, Monday and part of Tuesday. Parker, an abstract painter, was selected from among several artists who were recommended by the...

 

Electric City agrees to half fund consolidation study

Electric City stepped up to the plate last Tuesday night and pledged up to $15,000 to move the idea of consolidating local cities along, and now the ball is in Grand Coulee’s court. The city council action was a boost for the chamber of commerce, w...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 18, 2015

Chamber honors outstanding members

The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce singled out members to honor at its annual banquet last Thursday night at Pepper Jack's Bar and Grille. The Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union was voted...

 

Newsbriefs

Sewer plant updated meeting slated The town of Coulee Dam will hold a wastewater treatment meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 25, beginning at 5 p.m. at town hall. The findings of an alternative analysis for updating the town’s plant will be discussed. The...

 

Final count shows heavy support for school levy

After Thursday’s ballot tabulations, the favorable vote for Grand Coulee Dam School District’s special levy remained at more than 65 percent. The final count in the mail-in-ballot election that ended Tuesday, Feb. 10, shows 734 yes votes and 381...

 

Poised to tighten, council instead loosens tourism purse strings

Electric City has voted to put all of its hotel/motel tax money in one account and asked its attorney to draw up an ordinance indicating this. The city council, in response to the chamber of commerce’s objections to the city holding a large reserve...

 

New sidewalks for Elmer City

Council members in Elmer City got a glance of what the sidewalk project that will be funded by a Transportation Improvement Board grant will look like at its meeting last Thursday night. Th town was awarded the $225,375 grant by the Washington State...

 

Mayor Sands explains his resignation

My wife Connie and I retired in 1999 and moved to Electric City from Seattle. We did some investing in the area, did a lot of fishing and I played a lot of golf. Then one day in 2005, Troy Ritter asked if I would consider running for Electric City...

 

Levy passage to the effort of all

The voters in our Grand Coulee Area know how important it is to Support Strong Schools. The school levy passed, and it will allow the school district to maintain and operate the new debt-free school. Several community volunteers helped by being...

 
 By Jim Moore    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Jackson's Chevron Service in Nespelem

Many of us can recall the days of the Service Station, a place where one went to get the gas tank filled, windshield washed, oil checked, among other things, all while one waited in the vehicle and the person at the Service Station performed the...

 

Story on pathway project contained inaccuracies

I was disappointed to read an inaccurate account of what happened at last week’s Electric City Council meeting in Roger Lucas’ “Electric City pathway proposed” article in the February 11th Star Newspaper. For clarification, the proposed...

 

Infection prevention is up to everyone

Valentine’s month is a good time to celebrate the work that is being done to reduce healthcare-associated infections in our community and to engage consumers in their own care. After all, Coulee Medical Center shares its heart with everyone. We...

 

Sheriffs support House Bill 1491

The legislative session is approaching the half-way mark and there are many important issues being discussed and debated; education, transportation, the environment, public safety, healthcare, taxes, and economic development to name a few. The...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Do our youth need help? YES!

Our kids need us. That part we can all agree on, but it is the how that can sometimes get overwhelming, causing some of us to drag our feet and hope someone else will take up the cause. The other barrier is sometimes we let the “Bad” kid or the t...

 

Myrtle Maude Wilson

After a short illness Myrtle Maude Wilson passed away at the Coulee Medical Center Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. She was born July 15, 1917, at Emmett McLean Co., N.D., to Roy and Margaret Rosseau Wilson....

 

Dorothy Ethel McClure

Dorothy Ethel  McClure was born on Dec 23, 1929, to Delbert and Ethel Powell of Spokane,Wash. Dorothy had many aspirations growing up and became musically involved with singing and playing the...

 

Richard "Dick" Mason Sears

On the midday of December 31, 2014, Richard passed away peacefully after a brief pneumonia infection while at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, California. Richard was visited and comforted by his family...

 

Nelson W. Snedeker

Nelson W. Snedeker was born May 30, 1918, in Perkasie, Penn. A veteran of WWII. Nelson married Luray Cliver, Colmar, Penn., on April 13, 1950. They spent several years traveling the U.S. and settled in San Diego, Calif. Nelson was employed by the...

 

Celebrating 100 years

Mary Palanuk celebrates her Feb. 14 birthday as she claimed the 100-year mark with 37 friends and family members at the long-term care center at Coulee Medical Center Saturday afternoon. She first...

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet at Siam Palace The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet this Thursday, Feb. 19, at noon at the Siam Palace on Main St., Grand Coulee. Tom Poplawski, Grand Coulee city councilman will give a presentation on what it is...

 

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