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Articles from the November 28, 2012 edition

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Local challenges encourage creative alternatives

After having been in Grand Coulee for almost two years now, one of the biggest changes that I am still trying to adapt to is an unexpected one. It’s not the distance to the... — Updated 12/3/2012 Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet at Noon at Vets’ Center The GCD Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon at the Vets Center in Electric City on Thursday, Nov. 29, to start decorating for the Vintners and Brewers event being held this weekend.... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story


Clover/Dennis have a girl

Valerie Clover and Michael R. Dennis of Coulee Dam are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Kinzley Evelyn Dennis born Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 7.5 oz., and was... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story


Elwell/Brown have a boy

Amber Elwell and Evan Brown of Nespelem are proud to announce the birth of their son Zayne Lennox Brown on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 6 lbs., 10 oz., and was 20... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story


Pumping health

Inland Northwest Blood Center workers attend to donors James Hicks, left, and Randi Pakootas Monday during a blood drive at Coulee Medical Center’s old clinic building. INBC... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story


It's a girl for Moreno/Boyd

Brittany Moreno and Jerald Boyd Sr. of Coulee Dam, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Jayla Ann Boyd, born Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 5 lbs., 13 oz., and was 18... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story

 By Greg Wilder    Opinion

Positive approach energizes

Last week you published an article about the Coulee Dam/Elmer City sewer plant project that painted a very positive face on the Coulee Dam Town Council. And, as it was, they earned that praise — they deserved that praise! They... — Updated 11/28/2012

 By Roy Hamilton    Opinion

Volunteer of the Year nomination: George Kohout

I would like to take this opportunity to nominate George Kohout as volunteer of the year. We are not members of the Ridge Riders, but we appreciate what George has done for the entire community. He has brought the Ridge Riders... — Updated 11/28/2012


Myth Busted: Poll shows entrepreneurs would let high-income tax cuts expire

The politically charged debate over high-income tax cuts is reaching a fever pitch, and the question being asked across the nation is whether small businesses’ hiring ability... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Several of the decades-old circuit breakers for water pumps and generators in Grand Coulee Dam will be replaced at a cost of millions over the next two or more years. The Bureau of Reclamation awarded Alburquerque, Ne... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story


We must work together to prevent across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases

There is no question that the past few years have been challenging for many Americans. Americans have weathered 45 straight months of unemployment ranging from 7 to 10 percent. After four years of running trillion-dollar deficits,... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Family night introduced new high school curriculum

High school students will find a radically altered science and math curriculum offered next year at Lake Roosevelt High School, and the school has launched a “STEM Family... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story


Plenty deserve it

Think about all the people you (all of us) take for granted. Folks who do things to help their community as a matter of course. No community could function without its volunteers and their selfless spirit. That’s why each year... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story


Shift in schools affects sidewalk grant

There’s a new twist to that Spokane Way sidewalk project. Grand Coulee’s council heard engineer Jeff Stevens from Gray & Osborne explain that he thought the Spokane Way sidewalk application needs to have its language adjusted... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News

Medicare OKs ambulance billings

Ambulance services for Medicare patients have finally been approved for payment, Fire Chief Rick Paris told Grand Coulee City Council members last week. Paris said that a third-party billing service can go back to Jan. 1, 2009,... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story


Chamber event is Saturday

Nearly 200 people will get to experience “A Night in Paris” without having to leave town Saturday night. It’s the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Vintners & Brewers Tasting & Auction night at the Vet... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story


Statue restored

A landscape crew and one CMC employee, Erik Rogers, erect a popular sculpture at its new home at Coulee Medical Center Nov. 20. The Richard Beyer sculpture, donated by the... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story


Tethered to towers

Wilson Construction linemen Monday dismantle equipment on the new towers carrying 500 kilovolt lines from the Third Powerhouse on Grand Coulee Dam. The linemen are tethered to the... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News

Rotary seeks project to double new school funds

The Rotary Club is seeking a project from the school district so it can go after a grant to double its fund for the new K-12 school. Rotarians Jim Keene, Roy Hamilton and Bob Valen appeared before the school board Monday night and... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News

Voters turn down park district request

The Coulee Area Park & Recreation District’s efforts to obtain tax revenue failed at the polls by about 44 votes. The district’s final vote count gave the measure 57.42 percent favorable votes. It needed a 60-percent yes vote... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story



Wal-Mart donates for car seats Omak Wal-Mart employees, through their foundation, recently made a $500 cash gift to Coulee Medical Center to purchase seven infant car seats. Coulee Medical Center CEO Scott Graham said the hospital... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News

Board starts discussion on new school name

It’s time to play “name that school.” The school board is tackling the job of naming the district’s new K-12 facility by passing the process off to Superintendent Dr. Dennis Carlson. But it’s all according to Hoyle. The b... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story


Volunteer of year nominations are open

The Star is accepting letters of nomination for the 2012 Volunteer of the Year through Dec. 10. The annual honor is given to one person in the community who exemplifies the spirit of working selflessly for a cause or just helping... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News

Party busted in Grand Coulee 18 minors charged

A 20-year-old man was cited for possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor and for 17 counts of supplying alcohol to minors, after officers were called on a complaint of noise at a residence on 803 Division Street, Grand Coulee,... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 11/18 - Police confronted a driver known to have a suspended license. He said he had a new license. When asked for his new license the driver produced a license issued in 2009. The man couldn’t produce an... — Updated 11/28/2012 Full story


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