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 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 10, 2016 

Loosening up writers' block

There’s an effort to resurrect “Them Dam Writers” an organization that encourages people to write. The group had been organized back in the 1980s, but in recent years had dwindled to only a few. The effort to get the group going again will begi...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 10, 2016 

After-school program gets regional award

An after-school program promoting values, leadership, family and education received a multi-state award last week when its director, Kim Stanger, was in Washington D.C. to encourage more funding from...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 10, 2016 

School leader arrested by Internet task force

A popular educator and rising young school administrator was taken from Lake Roosevelt Schools in handcuffs last week, after a Seattle-based task force on Internet crimes served warrants to search...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 10, 2016 

Citizens wanted for Pathway committee

Want to serve on Electric City’s Pathway committee? All you have to do is drop a note off at city hall. The city council will make a selection of four local citizens to serve, along with city Councilmember Brad Parrish, on an advisory committee...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 10, 2016 

What should the city ask?

A public workshop will be held this Thursday night at the Electric City fire station to develop survey questions for the proposed Pathways project. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and take part by sharing their...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 10, 2016 

Leases approved for Coulee Dam's building

Coulee Dam Town Council agreed on two leases at its meeting Jan. 27. Council members agreed to leases for The Melody Restaurant and Riverview Lanes, the town’s two tenants in the building it owns. The Riverview Lanes lease, covering two years with...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 10, 2016 

City working on new park

Electric City will be working on its new “no name” park this year. The park site, behind the city’s fire station, is yet to be named, and is promoted as a “neighborhood” park. It is the brainchild of Councilmember Lonna Bussert. The city ha...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 10, 2016 

Nespelem school levy passed

A levy to support Nespelem School District passed by a large margin Tuesday night with only 14 percent of the ballots in Okanogan County left to count. As of Tuesday night, 52 voters said yes to the measure that will tax property owners at about...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 10, 2016 

Nespelem school levy passed

A levy to support Nespelem School District passed by a large margin Tuesday night with only 14 percent of the ballots in Okanogan County left to count. As of Tuesday night, 52 voters said yes to the measure that will tax property owners at about...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 10, 2016 

Raider heritage statue idea approved

Alumni from Grand Coulee’s Tigers, Coulee Dam Beavers and from Nespelem’s Savages got the go-ahead from the school board recently for a space on the new school campus for a statue showing that the Raiders grew out of the three earlier schools....

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    February 10, 2016 

Traumatic news demands much of us

The arrest last week of a popular educator is an emotionally wrenching trauma for a significant portion of the community, not just for him and his family. If he’s guilty of what the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force say he is, they’ve...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Congressman    Opinion    February 10, 2016 

Reining in Operation Choke Point

What do you call it when the federal government targets legitimate businesses and causes them to be shut down, not for illegal activity, but because they are deemed undesirable by the Administration? Answer: federal regulatory intimidation. Last...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    School    February 10, 2016 

Program has students teach students

A number of fifth-grade students, all part of a "highly capable" program, made presentations before two third-grade classes recently at Lake Roosevelt Elementary. The students selected a topic they...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    February 10, 2016 

Smith and Sanchez are district champs

Jacob Smith and Renford Sanchez came home from the Central Washington South District Tournament with gold medals. In the 113-pound weight, Smith defeated Gary Rios-Lopez of Kittitas by pin, then in...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    February 10, 2016 

Raiders lose last regular season games

Raider Boys Basketball ended the regular season with two losses last week. The first loss Feb. 2 came at home against the number-one Brewster Bears, the next on Feb. 4 in an upset loss to the struggling Okanogan Bulldogs in Okanogan. At home against...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    February 10, 2016 

Ladies finish season with a split

The Lady Raiders won a close game Feb. 2 at home against Brewster, then lost big to the number-one Okanogan Bulldogs on Thursday night. The split left the Lady Raiders with an overall win-loss record of 13-6 and a league record of 11-3. With the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 3, 2016

Police department stable at three

“Rocket scientists they are not.” That was the way Coulee Dam’s interim police chief described villains who brag about their escapades on Facebook. Interim Chief Larry Hall said that he often looks at Facebook to catch up with some law...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 3, 2016

Bowler scores a perfect 300

Don Richer, 52, of Coulee Dam, threw a perfect 300 game last week at Riverview Lanes. It wasn't his first - he has three official 300 games to his credit. But it was exciting just the same, both for...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 3, 2016

School leader arrested by task force

A popular educator and rising young school administrator was taken from Lake Roosevelt Schools in handcuffs today, after a Seattle-based task force on internet crimes served warrants to search his home and office. Nate Piturachsatit was arrested at...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 3, 2016

Nespelem School levy on ballot for Tuesday

Voters will decide Feb. 9 whether to continue property tax support of Nespelem Elementary School by paying only about a tenth of the amount of money the levy actually would bring to the school. The...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 3, 2016

Two trees spared cutting after council reverses vote

The town council last week narrowly repealed a vote it took in December to remove two town-owned trees along the 300 block of Stevens Avenue after one council member said he felt deceived and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 3, 2016

Fate of church enters council discussion

What to do with an old stone church? The old stone community church in Coulee Dam is vacant and needs a new tenant. The subject came up at the Coulee Dam Town Council meeting last Wednesday night when Councilmember David Schmidt stated his regrets...

 
 By Myrna and Orie Francis    Opinion    February 3, 2016

A few of our thoughts regarding the proposed parks, trails and paths in Electric City

It seems to us that we have a group of council members that likes to spend a lot of money. We live on Sunny Drive in Electric City. A few years ago council members proposed a park on the lake, just below our property, due to opposition they decided...

 
 By Robin Batterman    Opinion    February 3, 2016

Our voices can still be heard!

The path route pictured in The Star newspaper, Jan. 13, behind Electric City homes and through natural wildlife habitat is NOT set in stone. In an era where preserving our natural wildlife habitats and delicate environments has gained importance,...

 
 By Deb Hester    Opinion    February 3, 2016

Hoping church gets second life

I grew up with Dan Peterson as my pastor in the Bothell/ Inglewood area, where he moved after working on the Coulee Dam Community Church. He would be very sad to hear of your church’s demise. Dan told many wonderful stories about building the...

 

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