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Articles from the June 11, 2014 edition


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  • Losing money and docs, hospital faces more challenges

    Scott Hunter|Jun 11, 2014

    With two key health care providers working on a very limited basis and revenues limited as a result, Coulee Medical Center is losing money and faces yet another challenge: a physician will leave for a year, starting in January. Dr. Jacob Chaffee announced last week that following the battles with the former administration last year, he needs some time off. “The past six months here at Coulee Medical Center have been difficult and I have come to the point that I need to take a sabbatical,” he wrote in CMC’s email newsletter. “My family and I w... Full story

  • Highway work to resume this week

    Jun 11, 2014

    The state Dept. of Transportation expects local road work to resume Wednesday and Thursday this week. From the the DOT: SR 155 (MP 0-25) Coulee City @ US 2 to Grand Coulee @ SR 174, Wednesday and Thursday, daylight hours; expect up to 20-minute delays with flaggers where a crew is chip sealing.... Full story

  • LRHS graduation photos now online

    Jun 11, 2014

    Here's a slide show of 153 photos taken at the June 7, 2014 graduation at Lake Roosevelt High School....

  • Lake Roosevelt graduates last class

    Scott Hunter|Jun 11, 2014

    Lake Roosevelt High School pushed 31 of its students into the world last Saturday. The graduating class of 2014 celebrated the accomplishments of all, taking special note of its top scholars, community volunteers and athletes, and listing some $568,168 in offered scholarships. Below is a list of the class accomplishments. 2014 Lake Roosevelt High School Graduation Awards & Scholarships The Class of 2014 Valedictorian: Chyenne Kelly-Marconi The Class of 2014 Salutatorian: Daniel Campobasso High H... Full story

  • City wants to triple price of Electric City's police coverage

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 11, 2014

    Grand Coulee is advancing a proposal for law enforcement coverage for Electric City that would triple the price, a proposal that its own police chief hadn’t seen. Chief Mel Hunt took one look at the proposal and stated, “This is the first time I’ve seen this.” The copy of the proposal had been made available to The Star by the city clerk’s office in Electric City. Officials there were going through sticker shock last week when they looked at the proposal from Grand Coulee for $209,982 for 2015. In the final year of the current five-year contrac... Full story

  • 10th annual fun event for kids is set for this Saturday

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 11, 2014

    by Roger S. Lucas The 10th Annual Koulee Kids Fest is Saturday, with everything for kids. Pick up your Koulee Kids passport at the Visitor Center, Saturday Market or Coulee Hardware and you can be on your way to fun and maybe prizes. The event is organized by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce and many partners. Get your passports stamped at six or more fun venues and you are qualified for great gifts at a drawing at the end of the day. Fun activities at the various venues include: • catching a fish at the big tank at the Colville T... Full story

  • Cities to consider pathway

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 11, 2014

    Grand Coulee and Electric City officials will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, June 16, to discuss ways they can work together on a walking path that could extend across the causeway south of Electric City and through their two respective cities. The meeting will be held in Grand Coulee's council chambers. Gray & Osborne, the engineering firm for both cities, will also meet in an effort to put together a proposal that would allow them to apply for a grant to help with the expense of creating the path.... Full story

  • High school stuff for sale this week Must be gone by Saturday night

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 11, 2014

    Want something from Lake Roosevelt High School before they tear it down? Now’s your chance. The high school education wing is having a giant yard sale this Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14. Everything in the classrooms is up for grabs. Want a desk? Want a blackboard? It’s all up for purchase. How about a chair or two, or more? Lake Roosevelt Principal Brandon Byers said the sale will give people an opportunity to purchase a teacher’s desk, a rolling cart, and even a pencil sharpener. The garage sale will run from 9-4 each day and all purch... Full story

  • Woman reports missing gold coins

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 11, 2014

    Police are still bewildered by a Grand Coulee woman's loss of some 200 South African gold Krugerrand coins. Dorothy Harris told police that an Electric City resident, Steve Kiona, who came to the property to do yard work, called her at work May 30, after discovering that someone had ransacked his dresser drawers in the basement. She was advised by Kiona that she'd better come home. She found that someone had entered the house, in spite of her six dogs, and had taken, among other articles, a... Full story

  • Town to pay unbilled BPA charges

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 11, 2014

    The federal corporation that sells the town of Coulee Dam its electricity underbilled the town in the past and now wants the municipal utlity to pay up. Coulee Dam’s town council approved a plan Wednesday to pay Bonneville Power Administration for “undercharging” for electric power over the past few years. Mayor Greg Wilder asked the council for its agreement for him to sign off on paying the BPA back some $47,000 for undercharging since 2012 for providing electricity to the town. He said that the two parties had agreed to pay the amount off i... Full story

  • A weekend made for dads

    Jun 11, 2014

    A dad and son admire an old Ford at last year's Coulee Cruizers Show n' Shine event at Banks Lake Park. The event is set for this Father's Day weekend, along with the chamber of commerce's Koulee Kids Fest, the Lions Club barbecue at North Dam Park and the Saturday Market in Grand Coulee. - Scott Hunter photo... Full story

  • Our take on the news

    Scott Hunter|Jun 11, 2014

    Apparently, the mayor of Grand Coulee does not want his police department serving Electric City. That seems the most reasonable way to interpret his proposed tripling of the cost Grand Coulee charges Electric City for answering calls to Electric City. Why this might be is a matter for speculation. On a more hopeful note, the same two cities will explore the possibility of effectively completing a nearly community-wide walking trail. Crossing the causeway and joining Electric City and Grand Coulee with a pedestrian pathway would enhance local li... Full story

  • Re: "Large crowd shows up for ambulance issue"

    April Smith|Jun 11, 2014

    I wanted to just say a couple things about the article in today’s paper regarding this subject. First, I was at that meeting also. It states in the article that it all started over an inspection by state DOH at the request of Mayor Wilder. I have to disagree with that. That is when Mayor Wilder had to make it public information. It also states that he requested the inspection because of a couple complaints. I don’t think those complaints had anything to do with the state of the ambulance but were rather more fuel for the complainant’s fire. Tru... Full story

  • Grand Coulee Class of 1964 planning "Tigers"- 50th Reunion

    Susan Miller|Jun 11, 2014

    The GC Class of 1964 Tigers committee is making plans for our blue and white 50th Reunion, August 1-3. Classmates are coming from Wyoming, Las Vegas, Idaho, Spokane, coast, etc. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone for this historic milestone in our lives. We graduated 33, and our bond is strong! Friday, Aug. 1, plans pending, but hope to tour the new school and get a group photo at our old school, social hour and activities as new Laser Light Show, etc. Saturday, August 2 is backyard BBQ at the home of Susan Fahr Miller in Electric C... Full story

  • Why do we take flowers to the cemetery on Memorial Day weekend?

    Holly Allen|Jun 11, 2014

    My answers to this question is the same as why I take flowers to the cemetery anytime: To show respect to a loved one that has passed away (not limited to family members). Memorial Day was designated to show respect for those that have served our country “Veterans.” But it is a good day to give flowers to all friends and loved ones that have passed. Many of us take flowers more than once a year. I don’t like the term “graves,” but some spots at cemeteries have flowers of some kind year round. Each cemetery has it’s own rules. Often times the c... Full story

  • Trophies, friends and unicorns

    Jesse Utz|Jun 11, 2014

    It was another whirlwind weekend of projects, friends and graduation celebrations. As we visited with friends and people we call family these last few days, some things came to light, and smiles settled in to our faces that will be there for awhile. So travel with us … Friday night a neon, rainbow colored unicorn named Humphrey slipped into our lives again (an obvious mystery person). We reminisced and laughed hard about the adventures and memories of this mythical creature and will cherish this... Full story

  • Coulee Recollections

    Jun 11, 2014

    1 Years Ago Two females sustained injuries Sunday when a rifle that a boy was putting away in his truck accidentally went off. The bullet grazed one female on the arm and hit the other in the shoulder. They both were treated at Coulee Community Hospital and an investigation into the incident is underway by Colville Tribal Police. Charles Toulou, Charles Bart, Leonard Holt and Eddie Covington all received their honorary LRHS Diplomas Saturday, along with the 43 graduates of Lake Roosevelt. All f... Full story

  • Frank Ward

    Jun 11, 2014

    Frank Ward passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at the age of 72. Frank was born in Delano, Calif., in 1941 and lived many places until moving to Coulee Dam in 2001, where he especially enjoyed gardening and hiking. Frank is survived by his wife Gayle; son Frank and daughters Phoebe and Heidi. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, June 14, starting at 2 p.m., at the home of David and Bonnie Schmidt, 209 Columbia in Coulee Dam, Wash. Please join us in a celebration of... Full story

  • Katherin Anna (Sherling, Sutton) Tracy

    Jun 11, 2014

    Katherin Anna (Sherling, Sutton) Tracy peacefully passed on Friday, May 30, 2014, at North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket. Katherin was born in Oroville, Washington on July 10, 1919, to Ernest and Emma Sherling of Molson. It was in the Highlands that Kay spent her younger years and started school at Lone Star on Mary Ann Creek, traveling to and from by horseback. By third grade the Sherling family moved into Molson to be closer to school. During the Depression the family moved to the valley... Full story

  • Robert Kistler Rowe

    Jun 11, 2014

    Robert Kistler Rowe passed away May 29, 2014. A celebration of Robert's life will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday June 14, 2014 at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Grand Coulee, with a graveside service at Spring Canyon Cemetery to follow. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to the Spokane Shriners Hospital for children. El Katif Shriners 1108 W. Riverside Avenue, Spokane, Washington.... Full story

  • Hicks named employee of year

    Jun 11, 2014

    Sommer Hicks was named Coulee Medical Center's employee of the year. Hicks, an executive assistant to Administration & Patient Care Services, has been with CMC since 2004. She was presented the award at CMC's Employee Appreciation Dinner May 21 by her daughter, Mariah. Hicks is known around CMC for "always having a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone," the hospital's employee newsletter stated. "She embodies professionalism and teamwork in everything she does."... Full story

  • Meetings and Notices

    Jun 11, 2014

    Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, June 12, at Pepper Jack’s in Grand Coulee at noon. GCD Employees Association to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Employees Association will hold its June meeting Wednesday, June 11 (tonight) at 5:30 p.m., at the Siam Palace in Grand Coulee. Family History Center Available The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites all who desire to utilize the Family History Center in the Coulee Dam Chapel, located at 806 Spruce Street in Coulee Dam. The center is now o... Full story

  • It's a girl for Whalawitsa/Beeson

    Jun 11, 2014

    DeeAnna Whalawitsa and Darrell Beeson of Nespelem are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Caroline Dellinn Beeson, born Friday, May 30, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz., and was 18 inches in length at birth. Maternal grandparents are Lewis and Delores Whalawitsa of Nespelem. Paternal grandparents are Al and Linn Beeson of Grass Valley, Calif.... Full story

  • A boy for the Rosses

    Jun 11, 2014

    Jennifer and Marion Ross of Keller are proud to announce the birth of their son Marion Lewis Ross Jr., on Friday, May 30, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz., and was 20 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Joshua Morning Owl 10, and Julian Ross 5. Maternal grandparents are Don and Diana Aiken. Paternal grandparents are Wade Ross and Yvonne Aubertin. Great-grandparents are Mary and Jerry Ross.... Full story

  • Adams/Jenkins have a girl

    Jun 11, 2014

    Michael Adams and Sarah Jenkins are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Avery Irene Adams born on D-Day, Friday, June 6, 2014, at Valley Hospital in Spokane Valley, Wash. She weighed 8 lbs., 13 oz., and was 21 inches in length at birth. Big brothers include Landon Jenkins and Keaton Adams. Grandparents include Robert and Janet Valen and Mick Adams.... Full story

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