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Articles from the September 30, 2015 edition

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Consolidation talk on hold

A town council meeting at Coulee Dam that was designed to discuss consolidation of services such as police, ambulance and fire departments with other cities and towns was essentially postponed until Oct. 7, because only three of five council members... Full story


PAX program bringing peace to school

Kids at Nespelem Elementary know what a spleem is. It's what you're not supposed to do. A pax, on the other hand, is what you are supposed to do. Those two concepts, and those labels, are part of a... Full story


New clerk to start in Elmer City

Elmer City has a new clerk. Garrett Benton, an Elmer City resident, takes on his new position at the town hall this Thursday. Garrett said Tuesday that he is looking forward to his new role as the chief number cruncher for the town. The new town... Full story


Coulee Dam hopes to add police officer to school

Coulee Dam is looking for grant money to hire a school resource officer (SRO). Should the U.S. Department of Justice grant come through, at least the police officer in the schools would have wheels. The town council approved a budget amendment last... Full story


Careful aim

At a popular station at last Thursday's "Cultural Awareness Gathering" at Lake Roosevelt Schools' Greene Field, Austin "Bubba" Garcia pulls back on an arrow aimed at an elk replica target. The event,... Full story


Drone rule considered for Grand Coulee Dam Airport

Grant County Port District 7 commissioners passed a resolution last Thursday adopting any future rules developed by the Federal Aviation Administration concerning drones flying near the airport. The rule being considered may allow unmanned aerial... Full story


Mayor hopes to fill super's shoes by 2016

The town of Coulee Dam hopes to have the position of superintendent of public works filled by the first of the year, Mayor Greg Wilder informed the council last Wednesday night. Wilder said the town continues to get applicants for the position, both... Full story



Hendrickson joins fire department Matt Hendrickson is a new member of Coulee Dam’s volunteer fire department. Hendrickson is a certified EMT and has passed all tests. He was voted into the department by the town council at last Wednesday’s... Full story


Golf course dominates port budget

Grant County Port District 7 officials produced a preliminary budget for 2016 at their meeting last Thursday. The budget shows income of $216,500, with $127,000 coming from the Banks Lake Golf Course in membership dues and playing fees. Other... Full story


EWU launches initiative to build on legacy of renowned tribal rights activist

Eastern Washington University last week announced an academic and community program to honor the legacy of Lucy Covington, a Colville Tribal Council member who changed the course of American Indian history through her courageous and selfless style... Full story


Everything else is less important

Nothing is more important than our children. They are the future, so providing for them strengthens us all and the society in which they live, in which we all live, inseparable, whether we acknowledge it or not. That’s why the top story this week... Full story


A list for the rest of your life

So, let’s say someone said to you, “You can only take 10 things with you for the rest of your life.” All of the rest of your stuff will be destroyed, and the clothes on your back don’t count against you. What do you take? My mind instantly... Full story


October is Farm to School Month

October is National Farm to School month (#F2SMonth). “Farm to School” refers to schools serving local, farm-fresh foods ranging from fruits and veggies to honey and meat. The more local foods we serve our kids, the better. One-third of U.S.... Full story


It begins by cleaning up your act

Here is some advice to the young looking for their first job: Start by cleaning up your act. Also accept the fact that you’ll likely be starting out at a minimum wage, but will not be there very long if you’re a good worker and look presentable.... Full story


Over Seventy-Five Years Ago

The building of Grand Coulee Dam. – date of photo unknown... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber Meets at Pepper Jack’s The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will be meeting this Thursday, Oct. 1, at noon, at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille in Grand Coulee. On the agenda Bob Valen will speak on his time at Alcatraz. Free Open Sew... Full story


Bruce Albert Brandstrom

Bruce Albert Brandstrom, 82, passed away on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Spokane, Washington. A complete obituary will be in next week’s Star.... Full story


Doubles tennis results

This past Saturday a doubles tennis tournament was held at the new tennis courts. Next Saturday, October 3, at 9 a.m., at the high school courts, there will be a singles tournament. Everyone is... Full story


New doctor joins eye practice

A new doctor has been added to the Gillespie Eye Care team. Dr. Galen Schmidt has joined the eye care firm in Grand Coulee after some 30 years in private practice. Schmidt, and his wife, Pam, who is... Full story


Raiders have already bested last year's record

The Raiders exceeded their football win total from 2014 last Friday night as they defeated the Manson Trojans 28-12 at home. "We had great effort from start to finish," Head Coach Geary Oliver said.... Full story


Lady Raiders split matches

The Lady Raiders won in three after losing in three last week. On Manson’s home court, Lake Roosevelt lost in a three-game set Sept. 22 before defeating Tonasket in Coulee Dam Thursday in a three-game sweep. The match at Manson was disappointing... Full story


This week in sports

This week in sports Wed., Sept. 30 5 p.m., JHS Volleyball at Oroville Thurs., Oct. 1 5:30 p.m., HS Volleyball here with Okanogan 6 p.m., JHS Football at Okanogan Fri., Oct. 2 7 p.m., HS Football here with Warden Sat., Oct. 3 10:30 a.m., HS Cross... Full story


Legals for September 30, 2015

Notice of Application for coverage under the Statewide General Permit for Biosolids Management Notice is hereby given that the Grand Coulee-Electric City Wastewater Treatment Plant [WWTP] is applying to the Washington State Department of Ecology for... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 9/22 - A man on Banker Street told police that a vehicle was parked in the alley and blocking movement of traffic there. A woman told police that she would ask the owner to move the vehicle. - A man on Roosevelt Drive advised... Full story