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Articles from the October 23, 2013 edition

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Police dispute kicked upstairs

A flap over law enforcement coverage at the Bureau of Reclamation has attracted the attention of its regional director. Recently the city of Grand Coulee was awarded a four-man contract, a renewal of an existing agreement, to provide police services... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 23, 2013

Are crosswalk violations a problem?

Are violators of pedestrian crosswalks a problem in the area? Yes, says Electric City resident Steve Salstrom, who has complained about the motorists who zoom by even when people are in the crosswalks. Salstrom stated that on one occasion he was... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    October 23, 2013

Candidates respond to questions

This week The Star presents a candidates’ forum, in which we publish the responses of candidates for public office to questions we emailed to each. Not all responded, but many of the candidates seeking voter approval for 11 contested local offices... Full story


Office: Mayor of Coulee Dam

Gayland Snow's statement: I feel that we must improve our current waste water treatment facility, with the most cost effective measures to insure stability for the future. Other infrastructure needs... Full story


Office: Coulee Dam Town Council Position 2

Karl Hjorton’s statement: 1. What are the top challenges that will be faced by the office you seek to occupy? I believe that we must address the town's aging infrastructure; in order to promote business and growth within our community we must... Full story


Office: Coulee Dam Town Council Position 3

Trader did not respond. Duane Johnson’s statement: 1. What are the top challenges that will be faced by the office you seek to occupy? Addressing and establishing a viable wastewater treatment facility that meets the present and future needs of... Full story


Office: Elmer City Mayor

Mary Jo Carey did not respondGail Morin’s statement: Elmer City’s population has remained constant over the last twenty years and the tax base will likely not increase significantly in the near future. Generally speaking, that’s the way we... Full story


Office: Electric City Council

Aaron Derr’s statement: My name is Aaron Derr and I am running for Electric City Council Position 1. I feel the greatest challenges for this position will be to provide a consistent and transparent governance for Electric City, and to work with the... Full story


Office: Public Hospital District 6 Commission Position 1

Kris Hare's statement: I am Kristan (Kris) Hare running for reelection as Public Hospital District 6 Commissioner, Position 1. When first appointed, then elected six years ago, the greatest challenge... Full story


Office: Public Hospital District 6 Commission Position 3

Jerry Kennedy's statement: Health care reform brings with it new financial challenges to hospitals. Rural hospitals face the biggest challenges. While our community is fortunate to have a new... Full story


Office: Public Hospital District 6 Commission Position 5

Betty Brueske’s statement: The primary challenges that I believe a hospital commissioner faces will be making decisions that support high quality medical care for all while at the same time controlling costs to ensure the solvency of the medical... Full story


LR National Recreation Area is open

The National Park Service (NPS) reopened all 401 national parks, including Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, LRNA announced Thursday. Visitor facilities normally open during this time of year including campgrounds, boat launches, and the... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 23, 2013

Bear a bigger problem than usual

There seems to be an unusual amount of black bear in the area this year. Two were shot in Coulee Dam recently by Tribal Natural Resource officers, after residents there were bothered by them roaming t... Full story



Bus building sought Larry Curtis, representing the Senior Center, appeared again before Grand Coulee’s city council asking if the city will allow Seniors to build a garage in which to store their two buses. In a prior appearance, the council had... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 23, 2013

Improvements scheduled for city hall

They are going to dress up city hall. The Electric City council has approved a plan to replace its 22-year-old carpet at city hall, doing half with this year’s budget and the other half with its 2014 budget. Loepp’s Furniture will be doing the... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 23, 2013

City pressed on home mechanic

Mike Horne, owner of MPH, a mechanical firm on Midway in Grand Coulee, made his second appearance before the city council to complain about a home mechanic operation at 431 Grand Coulee Avenue. The operation in question is owned by Donovan Picard,... Full story


Local leader to head state hospital group

During its annual membership meeting last week, the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts approved new statewide officers, with Coulee Medical Center’s top executive leading the list. CMC’s Chief Executive Officer J. Scott Graham... Full story


Election coverage designed to help

Our diverse region and readership have decisions to make. We hope this week’s Local Candidates Forum provides some help for voters who open their mail-in ballots to cast decisions on races they may not have even realized were occurring. Readers... Full story


Re: "Local help available for health insurance questions"

In referring to your article praising Coulee Medical Center and Foisy and Kennedy for their assistance signing people up for mandatory health insurance, I would like to add Dawn Ensminger and Darcy Epperson at the IHS Clinic in Nespelem. These women... Full story


Re: "Reader prefers Tea Party line" in Letters from Our Readers, Oct. 16

Good Letter Don McClure, but you didn't go quite far enough. Regarding the economic collapse of 2008. This collapse was caused by Congress with the Affordable Housing Act pushed thru with President Clinton and the Democratic Congress. To give the uni... Full story


Council in a hurtful rut

WHAT DO YOU THINK!? (like Sneena likes to say). I say our incompetent kiddy council needs to get their political priorities straight and actually “DO” something for the Colville Tribes, the Colville tribal peoples. Spending how many thousands... Full story


Lonesome Larry has lots of friends

In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, the end of his migratory journey. Biologists... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 23, 2013

Teachers, the unsung heros

I was not a good student. Big surprise, right? To be totally honest, for years the comment card on my report card read: Very good student, does not perform to potential, just does enough to get by. Th... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago A commission that will help bring money for improvements to Elmer City was given the vote of approval Thursday. The commissioners are: Doris Bonertz, Wynne Dennis, Jeff DeWinkler, Ralph Rise and Robert Riley. A fallen pilot was honored... Full story


Frederick "Earl" DeCamp

Frederick "Earl" DeCamp passed away Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, one month shy of his 96th birthday.  Earl was born November 28, 1917, on the DeCamp homestead eight miles north of Nespelem, Wash., to... Full story


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