Articles from the October 28, 2015 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 28, 2015

Vandals break into old school, light fire

Someone broke into the old middle school in Grand Coulee last Friday night or early Saturday morning, tried to start a fire in the exercise room and caused at least $28,000 in damage. Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 28, 2015

Thieves hit bowling alley twice last week

The closed bowling alley in Coulee Dam was broken into twice last week, the third time burglars have entered the business since the middle of September. Coulee Dam police were notified Monday, Oct. 19, of the first break-in last week and notified... Full story

 

Program takes off like a ...

Lake Roosevelt and Nespelem students at Lake Roosevelt Schools look up at a rocket just launched by University of Washington Professor Robert M. Winglee Friday at a rocketry event. Teacher and... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 28, 2015

Talks between cities to reopen for police services

Grand Coulee and Electric City will soon be back trying to negotiate a new police contract. Earlier in the year, the Electric City Council decided to make an agreement with Coulee Dam for police services. But the agreement was never signed. The... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 28, 2015

Candidates speak at town forum

Pride in their community was the overall theme of the town council candidate forum in Coulee Dam last Thursday night. Three of six candidates showed up and had an opportunity to connect with some 15 p... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 28, 2015

Tilmus residents ask for tree care

A group of Tilmus Street residents in Coulee Dam asked the town council for better care of the sycamore trees lining the street. They said the trees, which once were taken care of regularly by the town, have become overgrown and possibly dangerous.... Full story

 

Scary stuff awaits

Cody Wilson gives local teenagers a lesson on how to scare people at their assigned posts in a haunted house at the Grand Theatre on Grand Coulee's Main Street. Wilson said the theater has 18 youth... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

Moose Lodge offers party for kids You are all invited to the Moose Lodge Halloween day party, an event especially designed for kids. The event will be from noon to 3 p.m. at the lodge, 216 Continental Heights in Grand Coulee. They’ll offer... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 28, 2015

New ordinance moves pathway ahead

The Electric City Council has passed a “complete streets” ordinance that will enable the city to move forward with a half-million-dollar pathway project. Phase one of the project would connect Coulee Playland and North Dam Park and is estimated... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 28, 2015

School leader to step down next year

Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson submitted his letter of resignation Monday night to the school board. He will remain until his current contract expires June 30, 2016. In his letter, Carlson stated that “it has been... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 28, 2015

Fall cleanup schedules given

Those falling leaves! You can do something about them in November when the Regional Board of Mayors have their free dump at the Delano Regional Transfer Station, Nov. 14 – 21. The governing board has set two free dates each year in an effort to... Full story

 

Forum a small success

Although attended by only a handful of voters, a forum with town council candidates was a pleasure to “moderate” last Wednesday night. The three candidates (of a total of six) were well-spoken and voiced definite ideas on their preferred... Full story

 

Vote thoughtfully for what the town really needs

Recently, The Star held a Coulee Dam forum. Three of the six candidates actually participated. We had hoped to have “actually” seen and heard and exchanged between the good, bad, and the disagreeable...with all six. It was a fair and open... Full story

 

Corporate farming: who owns the world's seeds?

This summer, agrochemical, biotechnology, and seed giant Monsanto dropped their bid to acquire their Switzerland-based competitor Syngenta. Initial merger serenades were sternly rebuffed by Syngenta, and Monsanto’s interest turned into a $46.5... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 28, 2015

A Tale of Two Senior Nights

Sometimes it is hard to predict what is going to happen in a sporting event. That was the case in the last two senior nights at Lake Roosevelt High School. Volleyball and Football had their celebrations of graduating seniors, who in turn were... Full story

 

Changes to Obamacare are coming

Maybe there is finally something Democrats and Republicans can agree on — fixing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. From the day it was signed into law in 2010, Republicans have tried unsuccessfully to repeal Obamacare,... Full story

 

Five generations

Recently Sonja Everett had the privilege of a five-generation photo with her family. Right to left: Sonja Everett, her son, Richard Avey; his daughter, Elizabeth White; her daughter, Bridget Sanders;... Full story

 

Veterans invited to bigger assembly

An annual assembly that had become a big tradition in the now- closed middle school will become a bigger event next month with the all grades attending at Lake Roosevelt Schools. Organizer and teacher Sandy Hood said all grades, from kindergarten... Full story

 

College Bound Scholarship sign-up rate breaks record at 91 percent

Eighth graders sign for early state funds commitment Olympia — Over 33,000 — 91 percent — of last year’s eighth-grade students signed up for the College Bound Scholarship program by the June 30 deadline. This cohort, the graduating class of 2... Full story

 

City changes pot restriction language

In keeping with its decision to make the change at its meeting a month ago, the city of Grand Coulee revised its municipal code last week to strike out references to compliance with “federal law” for those seeking a business license. With the... 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. 29, at noon, at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille in Grand Coulee. Debbie Bigelow, CEO at Coulee Medical Center, will be the guest speaker.... Full story

 

It's a boy for Nault/Labro

Mercedes Nault and Seth Labro of Keller, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Alexander Idej Labro, born Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 8 lbs., 3.9 ozs., and was 20... Full story

 

Brunners have a girl

Samantha and Jesse Brunner, of Almira, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Paige AnnaKarin Brunner, born Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz., and was... Full story

 

It's a girl for Johns/Wynne

Ashley Johns and Alfred Wynne, of Creston, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Dawn Jean Wynne, born Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 8 lbs., 11 oz., and was 20... Full story

 

Raiders defeat Kittitas 28-12

Interceptions, long touchdown runs and a good air attack earned Lake Roosevelt its first football win in weeks Friday night at home against Kittitas. With the 28-12 win, the Raiders ended a... Full story

 

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