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Articles from the December 23, 2015 edition

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Study of joining cities unlikely next year

Prospects of a study in 2016 on the possibility of consolidating the cities of Grand Coulee and Electric City are unlikely. Hopes dimmed last week when $10,000 towards the study became a victim of Grand Coulee’s budget crunching. The hope had been... Full story

 

Fresh music of the season

Children of Lake Roosevelt Elementary school perform in concert at the high school gym Thursday afternoon. The gym was full of parents and relatives, listening and taking photos of their kids singing... Full story

 

Commission to decide future of community stone church

The future of the Coulee Dam Community Presbyterian Church will likely be decided sometime in 2016. The decision is up to a Presbytery Commission, made up of a handful of people that includes former Pastor Muriel Brown of Ellensburg, who chairs the... Full story

 

How far does tribal court authority go?

Can tribal courts hear tort cases against non-Indians? This case worked its way up to the Supreme Court, which heard it this month. Here is an interesting "Amicus" podcast on the subject, with... Full story

 

Kids draw Christmas cards for this issue

The Star started a tradition 29 years ago, publishing seasonal greeting cards drawn by local third graders. Readers are again in for a treat this week with Christmas cards drawn by three third-grade... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 23, 2015

State agency: Coulee Dam's trees worth millions

The trees owned by the town of Coulee Dam are worth an estimated $3 million dollars, a recent inventory report funded by the Washington Department of Natural Resources states. The study, produced by Community Forestry Consultants, was produced under... Full story

 

Tribes to re-introduce antelope to area

A wildlife team from the Colville Tribes' Fish and Wildlife (CTFW) Department will head to Nevada this coming January to assist with capture efforts of up to 100 pronghorn antelope. The animals will... Full story

 

Bureau to build new fire station on own land

The Bureau of Reclamation has selected its site for a new fire station. Bureau of Reclamation officials announced Friday that it will build its 21,500-square-foot fire station near the intersection of B Street and Highway 155. The site, which was... Full story

 

Star holiday hours noted

The Star office will be closed for the holiday at noon Dec. 24 and reopen on Monday, Dec. 28.... Full story

 

It is written ... all over their faces

The run up to the holidays is always a time during which it is challenging to fit everything in the schedule. And at a weekly newspaper, the schedule is really messed up during the season when... Full story

 

Why no Coulee Dam council meeting reports?

How come you do not follow the Coulee Dam council meetings anymore? When the mayor election was going on, you were reporting everything that Mr. Wilder was doing and saying and reporting on the “heated council meetings,” making Mayor Snow look... Full story

 

What's next for the U.S. after the Paris climate agreement?

Well before the final negotiations of the COP21 climate talks in Paris, business was already making a big difference on the ground. For the first time, superstar entrepreneurs showed up with plans to fund major initiatives. Giant companies sent CEOs... Full story

 

Wreaths for every American in uniform

On Dec. 12, Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke patiently waited two hours in line with 70,000 volunteers at Arlington National Cemetery to collect wreaths and secure them to headstones. Thousands of others across our nation joined those at Arlington... Full story

 

Thirty Years Ago

This sculpture of an Indian on a horse. Assisted by Joe Kiehn, the sculpture was begun at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 8 and finished by 11 p.m. It was near Kiehn's Pawn Shop parking lot on Highway 174. ... Full story

 

Gina Jolene Vordahl

Gina Jolene Vordahl, 68, died Monday morning, December 14, 2015, in her Grand Coulee, Washington home, with her husband Ross, beside her. The Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center had become an important... Full story

 

St. Dunstan's to hold Christmas Eve service

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m., Thursday, December 24. Everyone is welcome. The church is located across the highway from Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee.... Full story

 

Final worship planned for community church

The Coulee Dam Community Church will be having their final worship service on Sunday, December 27, at 3:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to join in this special event.  There will be a reception immediately following the service.  Please bring your... Full story

 

All-class reunion in planning for Coulee Dam High School

A Coulee Dam High School (CDHS) all-class reunion will be held the weekend of Aug. 5-7, 2016, in Coulee Dam. All classmates and teachers who attended CDHS from 1935 to 1974 are invited. The last class to graduate from CDHS was the class of 1971, but... Full story

 

This week in the coulee

Tues., Dec. 22 2-4 p.m., Care and Share Food Bank open Thurs., Dec. 24 4 p.m., Christmas Eve service, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church 5 p.m., Service, Bethel Lutheran, Coulee City 7 p.m., Candlelight Service, Zion Lutheran 7 p.m., Candlelight... Full story

 

Ridge Riders plan for another banner year

The Ridge Riders are gearing up for another run at "Rodeo of the Year" honors. The Delano organization has won the award three of the past four years and has another busy schedule for 2016, President... Full story

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 12/15 - Someone had tried to pry the gas cap off a van parked at the Electric City Fire Hall. Police stated the damage was about $50. 12/16 - A man who has a house on Mead Avenue reported that someone had entered his house and... Full story

 

Raiders slam Mustangs

Raider Basketball jumped out early and controlled the game all the way through to the end. The Bridgeport Mustangs were never in the game. Lake Roosevelt jumped out in the first quarter to a 16-4 lead. The Raiders’ offense exploded in the second qu... Full story

 

Lady Raiders get big win over Fillies

The Lady Raiders won with a big margin over the Bridgeport Fillies in a Dec. 16 basketball game, improving their overall win-loss record to 3-1. Lake Roosevelt took control of the game early and never let go of the lead. The final score was LR 60,... Full story

 

Star accepting nominations for volunteer honor

The Star is accepting nominations for the annual Volunteer of the Year award. Each year, the community picks from several worthy people nominated for the honor. One person is honored. Groups are not eligible. Nominations can be made until Jan. 4,... Full story

 

School gets $56K grant

Nespelem Elementary School got a Christmas present Thursday night when electric utility representatives presented a big check at the school's annual Christmas Program. Nespelem Valley Electric... Full story

 

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