Articles from the November 8, 2017 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News

Hospital CEO asking what community wants

Ramona Hicks started “turning over the rocks” in June, as she took the lead position at Coulee Medical Center after the resignation of the last CEO. And lately, Hicks has been meeting with as many community groups as possible t... — Updated 11/9/2017

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Recalling Pacific invasions, Fred Long can laugh now

Now, 95 years young, World War II veteran Fred Long walks with a slight stoop and uses a cane, but his health is fine and his power of recollection is keen. Long, who has lived in... — Updated 11/8/2017


Nespelem students of the month

From left, top row: Naz Brisbois, Lola Yazzie, Qwentana Quiltanenock, Francis Louie; middle row: Theo George, Nataliah Saulque, Breanna Sweowat, Louie Frank; bottom row: Alastar... — Updated 11/8/2017


This week in Sports

Thursday, November 9 5 p.m., LRJH Basketball at Liberty Bell Friday, November 10 No School 7 p.m., Raider Football state at Davenport... — Updated 11/8/2017

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports

Raiders defeat Kittitas, progress to first round of state

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders football team defeated Kittitas in Coulee Dam on Friday in the districts crossover tournament, sending the now 7-2 Raiders to the first round of the state... — Updated 11/8/2017


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet this Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Melody Restaurant in Coulee Dam. Meeting begins at noon. Jonathan Hughes, Specialist in the U.S. Army, will be the guest... — Updated 11/8/2017


Allinsons celebrate 60th anniversary

Paul and Sheila Allinson, of Grand Coulee, Washington, will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary November 10, 2017. The couple married at St. Paul's Methodist Church in... — Updated 11/8/2017


Patricia Ann Roe Mills Lucas

Patricia Ann Roe Mills Lucas passed away peacefully at Coventry House in Othello, Washington, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Patricia was born in Lander, Wyoming, to Ernest Roe... — Updated 11/8/2017


Michael A. Iannetta

Michael A. Iannetta, 76, passed away Tuesday morning, October 31, 2017, in Grand Coulee, Washington. He was born Friday, April 18, 1941, in Wenatchee, Washington, to Gilt and Elsie... — Updated 11/8/2017


Charmayne Yvonne "Cherie" Williams Dazell

Charmayne Yvonne "Cherie" Williams Dazell was born in Astoria, Oregon, on August 14, 1953, to Lee and Phyllis Williams, and left this earth on Friday, November 3, 2017, in Grand... — Updated 11/8/2017


Phillip G. Haegen

Phillip G. Haegen, 90, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at his assisted living home in Spokane, Washington. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 13, at Coulee Dam Community Church in... — Updated 11/8/2017


Sixty-seven Years Ago

Spillway bucket repair, block 54: this view, inside the working chamber of the floating caisson, shows the finished surface of the replaced concrete in the apron section, which is... — Updated 11/8/2017

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

Growing up, Raiders and conversation

This weekend was jam packed with sports, emergencies and some really good impromptu conversations with strangers and friends. Here are the highlights. Raider football is headed to... — Updated 11/8/2017

 By Bob Valen    News

Do we really know our air quality?

Air quality alerts are common in many regions of the world. The United States experiences air quality alerts regularly too. The causes are wide ranging and many are seasonal in... — Updated 11/8/2017

 By Stephanie Guin    Opinion

Re: "Dangerous dog seized from owner"

These people are unreal. One-time bite and he’s dangerous. Really, but you can drive drunk and get five and six DUIs and go out to try and kill again, but a dog being protective is all of a sudden dangerous. You people need to... — Updated 11/8/2017

 By Lou Stone    Opinion

Doublespeak supports the unfair and morally obscene

Doublespeak supports the unfair and morally obscene Is Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers ignorant about what is going on, literally, on the ground? She gives “doublespeak” about her support for the destruction of public land... — Updated 11/8/2017


The only merciful thing

I hope everybody saw Dapper Dan Newhouse’s latest screed, wherein he pats himself on the back for a number of things, not least supporting the new Republican bill to renew CHIP. Give me a break. CHIP never should have lapsed:... — Updated 11/8/2017

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Be aware of what we require of our military

The average citizen in modern American is too far removed from the reality that keeps our country demanding more of those who choose to serve the country with military service. So inside this issue of The Star, we include our annua... — Updated 11/8/2017

 By Roger S Lucas    School

District monitors lunch program after complaints

Several complaints have recently been levied against the Lake Roosevelt school lunch program. Complaints include that the program is frequently running out of hot lunches, evidence of outdated milk and students finding hair in... — Updated 11/8/2017

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

City considers allowing goats

Is Grand Coulee goat friendly? We may find out. Officials in Grand Coulee may have to look at their animal ordinance and add goats. Councilmember Tammara Byers told her colleagues that she had been approached several times by... — Updated 11/8/2017

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Rescued dogs get another 90 days

Grand Coulee council gave Dorothy Harris another 90 days to get the number of dogs she has down to two. Harris and her sister-in-law, Doneen Harris, had been operating a dog rescue on Young Street and had worn out their options... — Updated 11/8/2017


INET busts another illegal pot grower

Grant County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team busted another illegal marijuana growing and sales operation last week, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. Based on a tip from a patrol deputy, INET opened an... — Updated 11/8/2017

 By Scott Hunter    News

Coulee Owl Pharmacy to open in hospital

When Fritz McGinnis wanted to buy Russell Drug in Grand Coulee decades ago, he had no way of knowing his ambition to run a community drug store here would eventually be realized by a couple he hadn’t yet met, the eventual owners... — Updated 11/8/2017

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Local marijuana retailer presents at chamber

B Street Bud, Grand Coulee's marijuana shop, has now been in operation since New Year's Day 2016, and has to follow a lot of rules in their line of business. Employee Sean Luna... — Updated 11/8/2017

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Voters choose newcomers

Upsets in the town of Coulee Dam were the order of the day as ballots were counted Tuesday for mayor and three council positions. Newcomer Larry Price won decisively over Councilmember Gayle Swagerty in the town’s mayoral race.... — Updated 11/8/2017


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