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Articles from the December 4, 2019 edition

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Keller Ferry closes for 19 days

A temporary closure of the Keller Ferry begins today, Dec. 4, making travelers between Keller and Wilbur follow an hour detour. They ferry will be closed until Dec. 23, while the Washington State Department of Transportation performs repairs on it....

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 4, 2019

In pursuit of daycare: grain elevators

The local hospital has an acute need to provide daycare for its employees, a circumstance that has led to the purchase of nearby grain elevators. Coulee Medical Center asked employees in a survey...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 4, 2019

Tribal education leader dies in crash

A woman who helped generations of members of the Colville Tribes pursue their educations died in a crash Friday night just north of Coulee Dam. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 4, 2019

Grant Transit Authority buying new buses

Grant Transit Authority, which provides bus services through Grant County, will be buying four more buses with federal grant money. The acquisition of those buses will not add any routes to the Grand Coulee Dam area. Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 4, 2019

Smartphones: a distraction or a tool?

Are smartphones a hindrance to learning in the classroom, or an asset? A recent article in The Star reported on smartphone-related discussions at a recent Grand Coulee Dam School District board meeting. That article directed readers to a poll on the...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 4, 2019

Mystery hole still draws interest

An unexplained phenomenon took place 35 years ago on a farm on a plateau west of Omak Lake in which a three-ton piece of earth was lifted out of the ground, landing some 73-feet away. It's still a...


Re: "CBH: Huge hydropower project now far more likely here" Nov. 20, 2019

This looks like somebody’s off-the-wall dream. We are in an earthquake zone, and I, for one, don’t want any 30-foot water tunnels under me. Also, the tunnels shown are only from North Dam to the Grand Coulee city limits, which is the simple...


A politician you truly can admire

We live in a day when the caliber of our elected officials is in question. And for good reason as it becomes apparent that they continually lie to us, often when the truth would serve them better. I like a bumper sticker I saw recently that states,...


Time to honor and preserve Washington's Native Heritage

November is recognized as National Native American Heritage Month, and I believe this is an important time to remember and celebrate the contributions and history of our Native friends and neighbors in Central Washington and across the United...

 By Bob Valen    Opinion    December 4, 2019

The air in our lungs

The air around us is polluted, and the level of pollution in our air varies constantly. The causes of the pollution fluctuate as well. The pollution consists of gases and particulate matter. Common...


The Scheibner Sawmill in Northrup Canyon

The Scheibner Brothers in Northrup Canyon also ran a pre-industrial age sawmill on Northrup Creek around the year 1900. Original Steamboat Rock pioneer William Fleet worked as a millwright, helping...


Legals for December 4, 2019

Town of Nespelem Notice of Public Hearings   Notice is hereby given that the Town of Nespelem will hold a Preliminary Budget Hearing on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 5:00 PM at Town Hall.  Copies of the 2020 Preliminary Budget are available at... Full story


Gloria Lynn Atkins "Mish ee twie"

Gloria L. Atkins passed away Friday, November 29, 2019, as a result of a car accident. Gloria was born March 28, 1949, in Nespelem, Washington, to Joseph and Lorraine (Sam) Atkins. She attended... Full story


Michael Dwayne Stead Sr.

Michael Dwayne Stead Sr., 55, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019, in Grand Coulee, Washington. Michael was born Friday, March 27, 1964, in Rosebud, South Dakota, to Benjamin and Hannah... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 11/26 - A man was taken to jail on a burglary charge. He was pulled over as he drove near the skate park at North Dam Park because his vehicle matched the description of one that may have been involved is a possible burglary that had...


McGinnises have a girl

James and Charlotte McGinnis of Nespelem, Washinton, are proud to announce the birth of their dauhter Destiny Reign McGinnis, born Monday, November 11, 2019, at Coulee Medical Center in Grad Coulee, Washington. She weighed 6 lb., 5 oz., and was 18.5...


It's a girl for the Tufts

Jessica and Alex Tufts of Electric City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Lucille Josephine Tufts, born Satrday, November 16, 2019, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 5 lbs., 14 oz., and...


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