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Articles from the May 9, 2012 edition

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Enlightened giving

A group of former Colorama leaders from earlier days emptied their coffers and gave $5,000 toward the cost of putting new lights up at the Ridge Riders Rodeo Grounds just in time for the 55th... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 9, 2012

For your friends and family -- good info

Our latest printed issue of the Visitors’ Guide is at the printer, but why wait? You can click on the Expand button below to see the whole thing in your browser. If you know someone who wants to... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 9, 2012

Cross the dam — while you can

It’s no longer permitted … most of the time. But this Saturday, residents, tourists and their families can walk across Grand Coulee Dam. Once upon a time, back before 9/11 brought stricter... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 9, 2012

Towns meet on sewer plant dispute

Discussions were polite but initially tense as Elmer City officials met with their Coulee Dam counterparts Friday at Elmer City Hall on proposed sewer plant upgrades that both towns would pay for.... Full story

 News    May 9, 2012

Colorama this weekend

The 55th running of the community’s Colorama celebration is coming Thursday and running through Sunday. Two new features are in place for this year’s event. A Sunday bull riding event kicks off...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 9, 2012

Fatal crash near Colfax involved local driver

The Washington State Patrol reported a two-car fatal accident on highway 26 near Colfax Friday evening involving a local driver. One person was killed and five injured in the accident 30 miles west of Colfax. Diana Chun, 21, of Coulee Dam, was... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 9, 2012

Nurture and nature inspires a new bakery

Starting a bakery is, for Mary Schilling, an extension of values, the fulfillment of a lifelong love of feeding people. “I’ve always loved to bake and cook and feed people,” she says. It... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 9, 2012

Woman looking for help for grandchildren

An Electric City woman finds herself needing help before she can help her two grandchildren out of foster care. Mardee Davis, who lives at 103 West Grand Avenue, is trying to get custody of her two... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 9, 2012

Council discusses city business in Ephrata

Liveability and infrastructure took up a good share of the time at Electric City’s retreat last Friday, the mayor said. Topics discussed included crime, raising sewer rates and a new car fee, among others. The need to do something about crime... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 9, 2012

Poll vote may indicate tribal changes coming

Two sitting Colville Business Council members lost out to challengers in the primary “poll” count last Saturday and will not make it to the general election June 16 unless absentee ballots put them over the top. The two biggest vote getters in... Full story

 By Reed Anfinson    Opinion    May 9, 2012

The truth about postal reform

Now that the U.S. Senate has passed a bill, S 1789, to reform the ailing U.S. Postal Service, critics are trying to disable the bill on its way to the House of Representatives. Business Week recently catalogued unhappy stakeholders, including postal... Full story

 By Clifford Appel    Opinion    May 9, 2012

Dotson will be missed

I was shocked to learn of Loren Dotson’s death last week at his home in Electric City. When we worked together as technicians at GCD, I found him to be very skilled and an intelligent problem solver. As my supervisor during my last nine years of... Full story

 By Bruce Marcellay    Opinion    May 9, 2012

Petition tribal council for bigger share of $193 million

The Tribal Council took it upon themselves to give the tribal members 20 percent of the 193 money and to keep 80 percent for their share. It’s already been agreed to, voted on and approved by the Tribal Council. Using the 20-80 percent formula the... Full story


We’re fortunate to have such a good hospital

I had to spend 11 days in the hospital last month, and have had to go get vitals checked about every other day since my stay, because my BP and pulse have been fluctuating so wildly. In having to visit so frequently, I am once again reminded of just... Full story

 By RC Covington    Opinion    May 9, 2012

Quality of care-patient flow, what's that?

Last Friday morning I had an appointment at the new clinic to have my hip replacement dressing (and sutures) removed. This simple procedure should have taken no longer than 15 minutes, but it actually involved over an hour in the waiting room alone.... Full story

 By Jim Glick    Opinion    May 9, 2012

Stop printing Wilder’s rantings

How much longer are you going to print the rantings and ravings of Greg Wilder? I have to tell you I got so fed up reading his drivel that when The Star arrives and I see a letter in “The Letters to the Editor” section, I just look at the name... Full story

 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    May 9, 2012

A tale of two cities … continued

The saga continues. At the advice and suggestion of the state Department of Ecology (DOE), Coulee Dam extended the Olive Branch to Elmer City… well, sort of; they suggested a meeting between the two towns’ mayors to “explain” the reasons for... Full story


Dennis Lee Wiggins

Dennis Lee Wiggins, 69, passed away Monday, Apr. 30, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., on December 8, 1942, to Harry J. and Geneva A. Wiggins, Dennis... Full story


Loren Albert Dotson

Loren Albert Dotson, 69, passed away at his Electric City, Washington home Thursday morning, May 3, 2012. Loren was born August 23, 1942, in Long Beach, Calif., to Albert and Edith (Perry) Dotson. He... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon on Thursday, May 10, at the Siam Palace in Grand Coulee. On the agenda is Colorama. Want to Volunteer? There will be a meeting for those who have volunteered to help at the Mason City tour... Full story


What’s cookin’ at the seniors?

Please call by noon for dinner reservations 633-2321. Reservations are not needed for breakfast. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. and Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. WED., MAY 9 - DINNER Honey Glazed Ham, AuGratin Potatoes, Green Salad, Broccoli & Cauliflower,... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 9, 2012

Grant County sheriff meets with local residents

Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones spoke to the concerns of a dozen Electric City residents who turned out Monday night at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille. His visit was all part of a plan to hold town hall... Full story


Honor Roll for GCD Middle School

Honor roll for GCD Middle School The following is the honor roll for term three at the Grand Coulee Dam Middle School. HIGH HONORS 3.5 - 4.0 * depicts 4.0 EIGHTH GRADE Scott Abrahamson*, Devan Black*, Kayley Duclos*, Keanna Egbert*, Areielle White*,... Full story


Receive Moose honors

The following students have a received $1000 scholarships from the Grand Coulee Moose Lodge 504. From Lake Roosevelt High School: Dalton Boutain and Phoenix Shephard. From Almira-Coulee-Hartline: Jordan Jones and Kelsey Streeter.... Full story


Summer food program for children

The Nespelem School District announces the sponsorship of the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children. Meal will be made available at no charge to attending children under 19 years of age. All meals are available with out regard to race, color,... Full story


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