The car is gone — only in the coulee

So readers of The Star Online noticed this week that we ran a small ad with a photo of a car that was parked in The Star parking lot and seemingly abandoned earlier this month.

The owner of the car popped in the day after the car had broken down to say it would be gone the next day or so. Fine, Gwen answered.

A couple weeks later it was still there at the edge of the parking lot next to the street, begging to be plowed in for the winter if we get a lot of snow. I don’t mind being patient to help someone out, but enough is enough.

We didn’t get the name of the owner, so we ran an ad this week with a photo of the car, saying it would be gone by Monday.

The next day, we note, it is gone from our parking lot.

It’s now at Pole Park. We wish the owners a Happy New Year and better automotive luck.

About Scott Hunter

Editor of The Star newspaper in Grand Coulee, observer of life, history, patterns in things that matter.
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5 Responses to The car is gone — only in the coulee

  1. RC says:

    This car story is trite in my view, the real story folded when the person/people were invalidated. We can only wonder who they are, where they came from and perhaps where they were going. When a disabled vehicle is left somewhere overnight and is vandalized a car story misses: why, who the perpetrators are and what motivated them, who the owner is and why the vehicle was left (near a business.) When this happens my wife gets home and asks “where is the Star?” My response is “no news.”

    • Scott Hunter says:

      If we’d known who it belonged to, the post would not be there at all. I could have just called them to see when they would pick up the car.
      As it is, I read in police reports this week that they were also ordered to get it out of Pole Park, too.

  2. RC says:

    Last week you ran a story about a 50 year old who fatally plowed into a road grader up Coyote Creek. His name was given as Henry Cate. Who was he? I knew him as a hard working man who delivered wood to seniors of the Colville Rez community. He knew the forested areas because thats where he spent a lot of time. He knew the people: I once asked “How is Leonard ___, doing? “He’s not doing so good, you might want to get up there and see him.” When he delivered wood he usually had a dog and a couple of his sons with him. As his sons quickly unloaded, Hank took a little time to “talk story.” He was probably evaluating me in case anyone should ask, “How’s RC doing.” Every time I put wood in my basement stove during these cold days I see the friendly face of a congenial guy who brought the wood. I will miss Hank. The Star, in my view, didn’t tell “the rest of the story.”

  3. RC says:

    Police Reports?? How’s that working for you. Most Policemen, I have interacted with, do not know “the people” they serve and their required orientation generally does not facilitate this for those who are hired from other areas. The real knowledgeable folks do not become “sources of information” until and unless they are asked. They’ll give you details and constructive criticism only when they feel that you are genuinely interested in them as readers…and humans. My comments are based upon use of qualitative research I have conducted while working for various systems. Occasionally I encounter a congenial Police officer but most want to do all of the talking…and they learn only the few facts. There is so much more…..

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