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Articles from the September 11, 2013 edition

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• The Columbia River Treaty between the United States and Canada, which the two countries will start renegotiating soon, is one international news story the local community needs to watch. It can affect everything from how much water remains in loc... Full story



Lions to offer eye screening The Lions Club will offer a free eye screening exam Oct. 2 at the senior center in Grand Coulee from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The screening is open to all Grand Coulee Dam area residents. Certain individuals may qualify for a... Full story


City considering pot moratorium

The city of Grand Coulee is wrestling with whether to declare a moratorium on the location of marijuana gardens or distribution businesses within the city limits. The issue came up at the Sept. 3 city council meeting, and will likely come up again... Full story


Paddling for politics and passion

Five people in two canoes got as close as they dared to Grand Coulee Dam Saturday on a “Sea to Source” expedition in craft carved from trees by school kids and others. Their purpose is to call... Full story


Harvest Festival set for Friday and Saturday

You can come casual, but dress up your pet for the chamber of commerce’s first-ever “Harvest Festival” at North Dam Park Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14. See inside this week’s Star newspaper for more details click here. There’s a costume... Full story


Colvilles recognize same-sex marriage

The governing body of the Colville Tribes amended its law Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage. “This change is in keeping with tribal values, and in recognizing the special place that the Two-Spirited Peoples hold within the Colville tribal... Full story


Medical center joins stroke network

Stroke victims will have a much better chance of recovery because of new Telestroke Network technology introduced at Coulee Medical Center Tuesday. Emergency Room nurses and a handful of other... Full story


Funds sought by towns' tourism levels

The chamber of commerce is attempting to solicit tourism promotion funds from the local cities proportionally to the size of their tourism income. Chamber Manager Peggy Nevsimal laid out her organization’s plans to develop tourism in 2014 at the... Full story


Months later, repair job still waits

An emergency repair at the Delano Regional Transfer Station is still an emergency. The Regional Board of Mayors has been kicking around an $18,000 repair problem for far too long, Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands told the group Monday. The repair of... Full story


Keller woman gets year for helping to violate court order

A 35-year-old Keller woman was sentenced to one year of probation after she pleaded guilty in June to “Aiding and Abetting the Violation of a Lawful Court Order” in March and April, 2011. Lisa Gabriel was an officer at the tribal corrections... Full story


Museum wish list stated

The new Coulee Pioneer Museum is in need of a number of items, organizer Birdie Hensley stated this week. The museum is in its temporary home at 3 Coulee Boulevard in Electric City, and soon will have limited openings, depending on volunteers, to... Full story


Transfer station revenues reported

The Delano Regional Transfer Station is running some $33,000 ahead of last year through August in revenues collected, the Regional Board of Mayors learned at their meeting Monday. August showed the lowest gain of the year when revenues exceeded the... Full story


Many deserve recognition for horse rescue work

I have debated long and hard whether or not to write this letter, as many people have approached me and complained. After much consideration, I decided it’s best to hear it from the horse’s mouth, no pun intended. It has been brought to my... Full story


Star should rethink that position

After reading your Sept. 4 editorial “Might want to rethink that position,” I cannot help but come to the conclusion that maybe you should be the one doing the “rethinking.” 1) Alcohol, tobacco and gambling are also legitimate enterprises in... Full story


Minimum wage essay was a fairy tale

Boy, this is some fairy tale that Don Brunell can spin about how the minimum wage works for all of us getting it. Mr. Brunell needs to take a look out of the window of his ivory tower once in a while. Frank Ward Coulee Dam... Full story


Kids, time to get dirty, with dirt

A post that has been making its rounds on Facebook got me thinking about the way things used to be and the way things are now. When was the last time you saw kids playing cowboys and Indians? I know... Full story

 By Gy Moody    Opinion    September 11, 2013

Cleaning up the tax code starts with taking out the trash

  We’ve all heard the saying before: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” However, having owned a small janitorial and cleaning business in Billings, Mont. for the last six years, I can say with certainty that sometimes trash is... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Seeking more safety in the schools and legal protection, the Grand Coulee Dam School District passed a dress code Monday explaining what students can’t wear. After several years (1988) of no quilt shows in town, the Zion Lutheran Chur... Full story


Cross country off and running

Raider cross country opened their season at Tonasket last Saturday. Head Coach Gary Darnold was pleased with the way the runners competed at the opening race of the season. “The race in Tonasket... Full story


Lady Raiders open at Davenport

Lady Raider volleyball opened the 2013 season at the Davenport Invitational where they faced perennial state competitors and fought hard against a 1A school and last season’s Central Washington 2B North champion. “There were some really tough... Full story


Gorillas run past Raiders

Raider football opened up their 2013 season at home last Friday, where the Davenport Gorillas used a 32-point second quarter to defeat LR 56-0. The Gorillas’ rushing attack was led by Faulkner, who... Full story


Changes in GED Test Coming

This fall is the time to prepare for the GED exam, particularly if candidates for the GED certificate have already taken one or more of the tests in the current 2002 Series GED. This current version of the GED test will expire at the end of 2013 and... Full story


Dakotah Steven "Koda-Bear" Holt

Dakotah Steven “Koda-Bear” Holt Dakotah Steven “Koda-Bear” Holt was born November 2, 1992, in Spokane, Wash., and left us much too soon Thursday, August 29, 2013, while doing the work he... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon, Thursday, Sept. 12, at La Presa. Birdie Hensley will present a program on the prevention of zebra mussels from our waterways. Also everyone is invited to the Harvest... Full story


Going up fast

Crane operator works in tandem with workers high up in the steel framework of the new K-12 school project. The crane is lowering steel sheets in place and workers atop the structure bolt them into... Full story


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