Articles from the August 6, 2014 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News

Police will enforce law, despite mayor's wishes

Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands’ attempt to influence how Grand Coulee police pursue noise complaints has fallen on deaf ears, at least for the short term. He went to the Grand Coulee police department office recently and told... — Updated 8/12/2014 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Fire fights choke area in smoke

Some of the smoke choking the area from The Devil's Elbow Complex fires north of Keller may come from firefighters' efforts to battle the blaze, as they burn out fuel to deny the... — Updated 8/11/2014


San Poil evacuations ordered due to fires

Update As of 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, the fires had consumed nearly 8,300 acres and was threatening some 50 homes and 50 other structures. One outbuilding has burned. San Poil... — Updated 8/10/2014 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Nearly ready

The Grand Coulee Dam School District's new school complex in Coulee Dam stands close to completion Tuesday morning. The K-12 school is on schedule for its mid-September opening.... — Updated 8/6/2014

 By Scott Hunter    News

Weird little storm hit without warning

Thanks to the observations of our astute community members, we can classify that remarkably weird little storm that blew through Aug. 2 as a type that is more common to Africa, the... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story


Marlin Russell Newnam

Marlin Russell Newnam, 79, born August 13, 1934, in the Epworth, N.D., home of Russell H. and Vina Mae Newnam, passed away in his Electric City, Wash., home Wed., July 30, 2014. In... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story


Help with life jackets

Rotarians have connected with the Safe Kids program at both Crescent Bay and Spring Canyon boat launches in an effort to save lives in area waters. The program is sponsored by... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story


Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago Over 1900 acres outside of Elmer City has burned and hundreds of firefighters from the area and surrounding communities have combined in the effort to stop it. Many citizens had to be evacuated but no homes were lost.... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Town to get gift of property

A Western Washington woman has agreed to gift a piece of property on Coulee Dam’s north entrance to the town, Mayor Greg Wilder stated last week. Diane Hartzell, whose parents lived here during construction of Grand Coulee Dam,... — Updated 8/6/2014


This week at the library

Summer events continue at the Grand Coulee library with this Wed. Aug. 6, 10:30 a.m., Craft Day with Spinning Wheels and Thaumatrope. Fri., Aug 8, 10 a.m. Reptile Man will be at the library. Wed., Aug. 13, 10:30 a.m., Build a... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story


DSHS staff coming to town

DSHS Staffers the the state’s Department of Social and Health Services will be at the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center’s Thrift Store at 203 Main Street, Grand Coulee from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday Aug. 28. They will take... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story


Community astronomy program this weekend

The Grand Coulee Dam area has some spectacular views of the night and daytime sky. The peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower is the early morning on August 12 and 13. So come join local astronomers and National Park Service Sky... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, August 7, at noon, at La Presa in Grand Coulee. Natalie Dennis will be speaking about the Vintage Christmas market planning. OES to Meet Grand... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story


Senior menu

Wed., Aug 6 - Dinner German Sausage with Sauerkraut, Butter Seasoned Potatoes, Seasonal Veggie Platter, Fruit Cocktail Cake. Thurs., Aug. 7 - Dinner BBQ Chicken, Garden Salad, Cheesy Potatoes, Broccoli, Ice Cream with Fruit... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story


Class of '84 to celebrate

The LRHS Class of 1984 will be celebrating its 30 year reunion the weekend of August 23. Friday night the group will meet at the Electric City Bar and Grill. On Saturday a gathering at Spring Canyon will be held left to where the... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story


It's a girl for the DeWinklers

Stephenie and Joel DeWinkler of Coulee Dam are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Nova Rozlynn DeWinkler on Monday, July 28, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz., and was 21.5 inches... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

Gems in the Coulee: Kachane Piturachsatit

Most of you may never have met him, others just once or twice. Some will know the name only. Most will know at least one of his boys, some all three, but everyone will know Siam... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story


Our best insurance against coming mega-fires and more

Much as we may hate to admit it and don’t want to think about it, our burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, increasing the greenhouse effect. This warms the Earth, which costs us in many ways.... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story


Reader likes getting the paper

Subject: The Star Newspaper Problem: None I’m an old Coulee Dam High School Class of 1954 graduate. I live in Minnesota now but I sure do like to get The Star. It brings back lots of old memories of the dam building time. So... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story


One city united would be best for all

Several weeks back, Jess Utz wrote an article in The Star about the merging of Coulee Dam, Electric City and Grand Coulee into one town. I know this is a subject that has been brought up many times in the past, and it’s never gon... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

A very good trend

Recent leadership exhibited by many on municipal councils indicates what we hope is flowering trend in local governance: intelligent cooperation toward common goals. Within the space of a few months, at least two examples,... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Special estate sale will commemorate couple who died

When her sister died suddenly in June, Carla Kneeland had already happened to have had a conversation with her about what to do next: give the contents of the home she and her husband made in Grand Coulee to the Grand Coulee Dam... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story



Bank holds school supplies drive North Cascades Bank in Grand Coulee began its month-long “School Supplies Drive” last Friday. The bank will be accepting through the month of August any school supplies, or monetary donations... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Mayor details new hands-off policy on police hiring

Coulee Dam’s Civil Service Commission is up and running. Mayor Greg Wilder named the third member of the commission a week ago and the first task of the three-member group is to hire a third police officer. “In order to remove... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Commission to start chief of police selection process

Grand Coulee’s Civil Service Commission will begin work soon to hire a new police chief. That task was handed to them as the result of a memo from Mayor Chris Christopherson on advice from the city’s attorney. The commission... — Updated 8/6/2014 Full story


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