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Articles from the October 2, 2013 edition

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Mill to reopen The Omak Wood Products mill will have a private grand opening, Monday, Oct. 7, The Star newspaper learned Friday. A spokesperson said that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will be one of the dignitaries at the event. The mill, closed since... Full story


Government shutdown impacts local agencies

The latest failure of Congress to compromise has shuttered two local branches of federal agencies but not affected operations at Grand Coulee Dam. The federal government went into shutdown mode... Full story


It's the great pumpkin

The pumpkin patch at Shaw’s Fruits is open. Here Roy Hamilton shows off two near perfect pumpkins out of what is probably a couple of thousand growing in the patch next to his fruit stand.Last year... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 2, 2013

Bureau contract loss affects C.D. police

Police Chief Pat Collins made a little headway in his efforts to retain at least one of his patrolmen after the town of Coulee Dam was axed from its contract for law enforcement coverage with the Bureau of Reclamation. The contract, which affords... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    October 2, 2013

Tribal police investigate death in jail

A 34-year-old man hanged himself in the tribal corrections center Sept. 24, a press release from Colville Tribal Police stated Tuesday. Police Chief Cory J. Orr said police responded last week to the Colville Tribal Corrections Center near Nespelem... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 2, 2013

Liability issue puts damper on horse-kid match-ups

A plan to match kids and horses as part of a school program got stalled when the school district stated that its insurance carrier wasn’t too high on the idea. The idea was hatched by Chris Holman, president of “The Nourishing Hand” group, an e... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 2, 2013

Local kids to star in November play

The Missoula Children’s Theater is coming to town. Sponsored by the Grand Coulee Dam PTA, the popular theater group will be here to train a host of children from local schools, then put on performances Nov. 9. Representatives from MCT will come... Full story


Reclamation awards $2.5 million contract for asbestos abatement

The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $2.5 million contract for asbestos abatement work at the Grand Coulee Power Office and at the Hungry Horse Power Office in Montana. The contract was awarded Sept.16 to Modecor Corporation of Dallas, Texas. The... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 2, 2013

New school progress on schedule

Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson told his board Monday night that the K-12 school construction venture is back on schedule. “The elementary side of the project will be enclosed by the end of October, allowing workers t... Full story


Big line for free food

A long line awaited Thrivent Financial and Zion Lutheran workers as they gave away some 10,000 pounds of free food last Friday.  It was Thrivent’s second outing of the season and its annual visit... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 2, 2013

Port district adopts draft budget

Port District 7 approved its preliminary budget for 2014 last Thursday and has scheduled a public hearing for Oct. 24 for review and public input. The meeting is at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at the airport office, the port’s normal meeting place.... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 2, 2013

Burned-out mess remains on Holly Street

Coulee Dam rejected a bid of $21,000 to clean up a burned-out house at 611 Holly Street last Wednesday night. The lone bid had been submitted by Deckwa Construction, a Grand Coulee firm. The council did so because they weren’t sure where the money... Full story



Scott and Gwen and Roger, Thanks for putting the information on the golf course in THE  STAR this week.  I was so so sorry to hear about your embolisms,  Scott.   I hope the surgery solves your problem and be sure and listen to the doctor... Full story


Compromise is at the heart of governance

Remember when you were a little kid and had to learn, likely through repeated lessons, that you just can’t always get your way? That you have to learn to give a little just to get along in this world? That’s not just a childhood lesson, it’s a... Full story


Re: low-cost lab tradition ends

I was very disappointed several months ago when I read that the annual low-cost blood screening would no longer be available at Coulee Medical Center during National Hospital Week and our local health fair. My husband and I have found this to be a... Full story

 By Ray Duclos    Opinion    October 2, 2013

Snow leads with integrity

I had the honor and privilege to serve on the town council of Coulee Dam for six years. Mayor Snow represented the town with integrity at all times. The mayor does not make the decision of running the town. The council does. Mayor Snow has been... Full story

 By Mark Graves    Opinion    October 2, 2013

RE: Local Businesses Complain About Home Mechanic

Now let me get this straight. A couple of people are complaining to the city to stop a resident from helping out his friends and neighbors because it may be costing their business clientele? And in order to sweeten the complaint, they tell the city c... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 2, 2013

"Help, history needs a telling"

Sometimes I think I know a lot of things about our area. Other times I have no idea. So I thought I would throw some things out there and see if any of you can answer these things for me. So here we... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago A spaghetti dinner and auction was held at the Electric City Vets Center to raise money for Cindy Corpe to help pay her medical bills from a recent accident at work. $8,000 to $9,000 was raised for her medical bills and Cindy said she c... Full story

 By Mark Graves    Opinion    October 2, 2013

RE: Local Businesses Complain About Home Mechanic

Now let me get this straight. A couple of people are complaining to the city to stop a resident from helping out his friends and neighbors because it may be costing their business clientele? And in order to sweeten the complaint, they tell the city c... Full story


Bernard Joseph "Bernie" Morin

Bernard Joseph “Bernie” Morin, 77, passed away at his Elmer City, Wash., home early in the morning of Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. Born during the spring at the southern edge of the Fort Peck... Full story


Senior Menu

Senior Meals Wed., Oct. 2 - Dinner Roasted Chicken, Buttered Baked Potatoes, Spinach, Waldorf Salad, Dessert-Cook’s Choice. Thurs., Oct. 3 - Dinner Lasagna, Green Salad, Garlic Bread, Fruited Jello with Whipped Cream. Shopping and Errands with... Full story


Enjoy the beauty of fall; join Arbor Day and receive free trees

The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall by offering five free crapemyrtle trees when you join the Foundation in October. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America campaign, a program dedicated to... Full story


Rummage sale success

The Methodist Church’s annual rummage sale and luncheon held Friday drew a lot of early shoppers. The sale continued through Saturday. Profit from the sale and luncheon goes to the Church Women’s... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon, Thursday, Oct. 3, at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille. Singers Wanted The Coulee Community Choir meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church. Singers are... Full story


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