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Articles from the June 27, 2018 edition

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 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 27, 2018

School levy on August ballot would just maintain

Voters will decide if the Grand Coulee Dam School District will function on the same amount of money it has been, or be forced into a budget made much tighter by the new school funding law passed by the state Legislature last year. The district’s...

 

Slide repair to start

An aerial photo shows a temporarily repaired slide area on Peter Dan Road where the dark spot marks temporary asphalt over a hump created by a landslide. Okanogan County on Tuesday accepted a bid of...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 27, 2018

Final vote count for CBC

The official vote counts of Saturday’s general election for the Colville Business Council, including the absentee ballots, are in, with several incumbents voted out including the current chairman of the council that governs the tribes. In the Omak...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 27, 2018

Recent fires show the season is here

Local firefighters were busy over the last couple weeks, from fighting wildland fires to attending to one right behind the fire station in Grand Coulee. Firefighters were called to help on a large fire that burned more than 2,000 acres just north of...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 27, 2018

International peace run includes dam

The Sri Chimnoy Oneness-Home Peace Run passed by the Grand Coulee Dam last week, spreading a message of peace and carrying a torch that has traveled the world. The group consist of 12 runners from...

 

Fireworks will top festival on July 4

That’s the clue for a good time here July 3 and 4, when the Festival of America occurs below the Visitor Center at Grand Coulee Dam. The celebration is put on by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce. Please see the separate Festival of Ame...

 

Newsbriefs

Early deadlines for holiday Because of the Independence Day holiday, The Star will be published on July 3 (Tuesday) instead of on our usual Wednesday schedule. The deadline for ads and news copy will be Friday, June 29. No-shows for school board The...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 27, 2018

Eagle Scouts tour dam bicycling cross country

A large group of Eagle Scouts took a hard-hat tour of the Grand Coulee Dam June 25, going deep into the dam to explore the inner workings of the marvel of engineering. The group, known as Eagle...

 

Local libraries to host Grant PUD as part of summer program

Grant PUD to present "It's not magic, it's water" throughout the summer Grant PUD will participate in the North Central Regional Library's summer reading program as they share an interactive...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 27, 2018

Sunrise Disposal to use new technology in their trucks

Grand Coulee Councilmember Mike Horne said at the latest council meeting that Sunrise Disposal, who performs garbage collection service in the area, will be using new global positioning system (GPS) equipment in their trucks around the time that...

 

Nice save

Brett Leadingham of the Wannabes softball team bobbles, then catches the ball near first base on Monday when they played against the Smokin' Joes team at North Dam Park in a recreational league game....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    School    June 27, 2018

New athletic director, teacher hired

Lake Roosevelt Schools will have a new athletic director, physical education teacher, and football coach in Tim Rasmussen, and new elementary school teacher in his wife, Nicole Rasmussen. The Rasmussens are returning to their home state of...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 27, 2018

Declaration spells out the United States difference

A certain seemingly innocent, even holy-sounding, reference made recently by a high government official in defense of an unpopular policy should give Americans pause. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sought to shore up the position of the...

 
 By Dave Noggles    Opinion    June 27, 2018

Thankful he got out

As a former employee at the Grand Coulee Dam School District (30 years plus), I would like to respond to the article in last week’s Star entitled “High staff turnover this year in GCD school district.” I am now retired from the district, and I...

 
 By Carl Russell    Opinion    June 27, 2018

Re: "Trump, GOP get failing grades on new tax law"

I know you are a liberal but at least you could try to be objective in your selection of the guest editorials. For instance, the so-called Americans for Tax Fairness. This organization is not for fair taxes; they are for higher taxes for everyone....

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion    June 27, 2018

Ugliest town in the west can do better

I entered Electric City the other day through its southern portal, and was shocked. I don’t know why; I had entered the city through its south end a hundred times before. But this time the many eyesores along the entrance to the city stood out...

 

The toxic effects of detention centers for young children

Amid all the confusion about zero tolerance and executive orders over the crisis at the border, one thing is clear. At least 2,000 children are still detained away from their parents in shelters across the country. Many — no one knows exactly how...

 

Legals for June 27, 2018

Town of Coulee Dam Notice of Public Hearing NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held to consider the Six-Year Comprehensive Street Program (TIP) for 2019 – 2024. The Public Hearing will be held in the Coulee Dam Town Hall Council...

 

Catherine Olive (St. Clair) Kirk

Catherine Olive (St. Clair) Kirk, 69, of Brewster, Washington, passed away peacefully in her sleep November 23, 2017, at the University of Washington Hospital with complications from her 35-year...

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet this Thursday, June 28, at noon at Sunbanks Resort Lodge Cantina, outside of Electric City. Scott Hunter, owner of the Star newspaper, will be the guest speaker. The public is...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 6/19 - Coulee Gas reported a counterfeit $20 bill that police collected and will send to the U.S. Secret Service. Police were unable to identify the customer who used the bill in security footage. - An Elmer City man wanted on a warrant...