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Articles from the August 2, 2017 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News    August 2, 2017

Man dies in crash

An Omak man died in a car wreck just north of Nespelem Saturday night. The Washington State Patrol reports that Ronald R. Hance, 39, was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup northbound on SR-155 when it left the road to the right about 12:41 a.m. The...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 2, 2017

Couple's car recovered after theft

After a thief in the night stole their cash, credit cards, car and luggage a week ago, an Electric City couple were happy to have at least their car returned with only minor damage. "I'm so happy to... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 2, 2017

Where's the smoke from?

A number of fires are burning in the Pacific Northwest and in British Columbia, the smoke of which has found its way to our area, and all over Washington, and is unhealthy to breathe. Over 100 fires... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 2, 2017

Rockin' the Coulee project reflects national rock art trend

The latest craze in the coulee is painting rocks and placing them around the community. Two Facebook group pages titled "Rockin' the Coulee" and "Grand Coulee Rocks" advocate for people to paint rocks... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 2, 2017

State auditor finds Grand Coulee problems not fixed

An audit report made public last week is highly critical of the city of Grand Coulee’s books and states that prior “findings” still had not been corrected. State auditors issued a number of findings, the harshest assessment that auditors note,... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 2, 2017

Free food an extra benefit at the local senior center

The Senior Meals program offers free food to anyone at the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center. The food is received through Second Harvest from the local Safeway, as well as from Spokane, and from anyone... Full story



Sanity sighted in U.S. Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) Tuesday released the following statement: “This committee will hold hearings... Full story

 By Lori Powell    Opinion    August 2, 2017

Magnificent dam is missing an important piece

Grand Coulee, Washington. What a beautiful place to call home. I had never heard of this small town before I relocated here two years ago. Since I’ve been here I have seen so many beautiful sights, but nothing has compared to the creation built,... Full story


Congress should not forsake the basic concept of insurance

Insurance at its essence is a simple concept. A large number of people get together and make payments to a central fund so that when an unfortunate event occurs to one member there are sufficient reserves to cover the cost incurred. It is all too... Full story


Supporting teaching health centers to boost rural care

Delivering high quality health care in rural communities – including those in Central Washington – has long been a growing challenge. Access to primary care can be time-consuming and costly for medically-underserved rural residents.... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 2, 2017

The games go on

When John Elway retired, the Broncos did not close down Mile High Stadium and go home; they came back and gave it all they could the next year. When Michael Jordan left the Bulls, the rest of the team did not quit and refuse to play the next year. Wh... Full story


Sixty-eight Years Ago

Repairing eroded spots on the face of the spillway at Grand Coulee Dam. Like a dentist filling a tooth, workmen are busy concreting the eroded spots caused by the spring and summer overflow sweeping... Full story


Pathway dip fixed

Bureau of Reclamation workers Wednesday smooth out an uneven part of the pathway near Pole Park along SR-155 that was brought to the bureau's attention by a bicyclist. Below is a shot of how the dip... Full story


Lionel R. Levac

Lionel "Leo" R. Levac, 94, passed away peacefully at Coulee Medical Center, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, ending a courageous one-year effort to combat cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. Born t... Full story


David Munter

David Munter passed away last week. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 11, at Washington State Veterans Cemetery, in Medical Lake, Washington. A complete obituary will be in next week’s Star.... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will be meeting at noon, this Thursday at La Presa Mexican Restaurant. Valerie Cochran, the new public relations manager from Jess Ford, will be the speaker. Wenatchee Valley Erratics... Full story


Senior meals

Senior meals Wed., August 2 - Dinner Hamburger Steak with Onions, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans, Pears, Cook’s Choice Thurs., August 3 - Dinner Ranch Chicken, Potatoes/Carrots, Broccoli and Cauliflower, Tropical Fruit, Berry Trifle Fri.,... Full story


Former superintendent responds to retired custodian

Issues raised by retired custodian Ray Wells before the Grand Coulee Dam School District board were largely part of his job description and were misdirected, former school superintendent Dennis Carlson stated. Wells had appeared before the school... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 2, 2017

Dog rescue issue to be heard next week

A woman advocating allowing her to help stray dogs at her home is going to try again to gain favor with Grand Coulee planners for a dog rescue operation. Dorothy Harris will appear before the city’s planning commission at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 8, at... Full story



Corrections A pair of toad or frog figurines, not troll dolls, are housed beneath a chunk of Coulee Dam’s sidewalks on Stevens Avenue. A July 19 story recalled the wrong type of character, but we maintain that trolls would be more appropriate.... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 2, 2017

Two suspected of burglary at town shop

Coulee Dam police arrested two men in their 20s for burglary and vehicle prowling after nearby resident reported seeing one of them taking items from the town shop last week. One of the men, Paul Willford, 25, was noticed wandering inside the town... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 2, 2017

Runway repairs coming soon

Grant County Port District 7 is seeking bids to make improvements to its runway, taxi area and apron at Grand Coulee Dam Airport. There was no estimate on what the project would cost and Port District President James Keene said that if the port... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 7/24 - Police were asked to assist tribal police who were in pursuit of a vehicle on SR-155. They had asked Grand Coulee police to place a spike strip across the highway near the Colville Tribe’s headquarters and later learned... Full story


Things to do in the coulee

Wednesday, August 2 • Pacific Science Center presentation, 11 a.m., Lake Roosevelt Elementary gym. • Wednesday Market, North Dam Park, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, August 3 • Portrait Class with Cat, Grand Coulee Library. Ages 10 and up, 4:30 p.m.,... Full story


Legals for August 2, 2017

CALL FOR BIDS Sealed bids will be received by Grant County Port District #7 (Owner) at the Grand Coulee Dam Airport Office, Ludolph Road, Electric City, WA 99123 until 11:00 a.m., Thursday August 10, 2017 for: GRAND COULEE DAM AIRPORT, ELECTRIC... Full story

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