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Articles from the May 4, 2016 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 4, 2016

Hensley says her piece, gets "admonished"

An Electric City councilmember was admonished by the full council at a special public hearing last Wednesday night for activities judged to be beyond her authority. Reprimanded was Councilmember Birdie Hensley, who became a member of the council for... Full story

 
 News    May 4, 2016

Determined fun

Big smiles and wide eyes attest to a fun day at Lake Roosevelt Elementary last Friday as kids launch themselves into the school's annual Mini Bloomsday Race. - Jacob Wagner photo... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 4, 2016

Colorama festival and rodeo this weekend

Get ready for the 60th running of Colorama, May 6-8, with a special guide to the event inside this issue of The Star. There's a big parade, a rodeo, craft booths with food and gift ideas, and a newcom... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 4, 2016

Tribal primary draws 28 candidates

Colville Tribal members go to the polls Saturday to vote on 28 contenders for positions on the Colville Business Council. The primary vote will reduce candidates for each contended office to two who will face off in the general election in June. Poll...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 4, 2016

County officials rally opposition to plan

County officials discussed with the Coulee Dam Town Council Wednesday a plan county commissioners are considering to house juvenile offenders out of the county at a privately-run facility in Medical Lake. Juvenile Court Administrator Dennis Rabidou,... Full story

 
 News    May 4, 2016

Newsbriefs

CMC Guild to offer goods at Colorama The Coulee Medical Center Guild will have a booth at the Colorama Festival at North Dam Park selling Moso bags, seasoned salts, plants, and both coffee and cold water. Students’ rock painting draws police... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 4, 2016

Port District taking another look at projects

The idea of a trailer park and residential development along the Banks Lake Golf Course has surfaced again. Grant County Port District 7 commissioners raised the topic at their meeting last week as they wrestled with how to continue financing the... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 4, 2016

Blues festival coming right up

It will soon be toe-tapping time at Sunbanks Lake Resort. It’s nearly Rhythm & Blues Festival time at the resort on the shores of Banks Lake in Electric City. The festival is scheduled for May 19-22. Sunbanks has won the state Blues award for the... Full story

 
 News    May 4, 2016

School board OKs trips

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board approved two student trips at its meeting April 25, and put a hold on another. The board approved a trip by three students and advisors to “Imagine Tomorrow,” a science event at Washington State... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 4, 2016

Hearing in theft case delayed

An ombudsman hearing to review evidence in the case of a former Grant County Mosquito District 2 clerk, previously scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, has been re-scheduled to June 21, the prosecutor’s office reported. The clerk, Karyn M. Byam, 40,... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 4, 2016

A fine semantic line was crossed

There is no disputing that any organization has a right to control who speaks for it, but that doesn’t translate into a right to censor speech. Birdie Hensley was officially admonished by her colleagues on the Electric City Council last week for... Full story

 
 By Zielsdorf    Opinion    May 4, 2016

Readers appreciate Utz's column

I just wanted The Star to know how much we appreciate Jesse Utz’s column “Jess, Shut Up.” My wife and I have been subscribers of The Star since we moved here in 1999. It is refreshing to see a paper where Christianity is not maligned, as in... Full story

 
 By Trevino    Opinion    May 4, 2016

Questioning our forestry practices - native ethics vs. tribal drive

Human beings and nature exist on the same moral plane. An eco-centric world view, should be regarded as a precondition for an aesthetic and ethical appreciation and love of our (yours and mine) environment. Self-determination is a foundational... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 4, 2016

Seniors, are you ready for the next step?

This is the time of year when a small group of people in our community start to panic. A whirlwind of activity surrounds them, with every day being one step closer to that goal they have coveted for the last 13 years: graduation. The senior class of... Full story

 

Sixty-six years ago

A Ridge Rider Trail Ride. – 1950... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

No Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not be meeting this Thursday due to the Colorama Festivities this weekend. Come out and enjoy. Okanogan County Fair Advisory Committee Meeting Change The upcoming Okanogan... Full story

 

Duclos and Collins have a girl

Ashley Duclos and Dagan Collins of Electric City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Kazdyn Marie Collins, born Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 5 oz., and was 19... Full story

 

Bowmas have a boy

Whitney (Johnson) Bowman and Logan Bowman, of Grand Coulee, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Xaiden Tobiez Bowman, born Monday, April 25, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 8 lbs., 1 oz., and was 19... Full story

 

It's a girl for Shorty and Dick

Shondean Shorty and Zack Dick Sr., of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Scarlett Jo LaVaya Dick, born Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz., and was 20... Full story

 

Smooth seating

Dennis Jones, left, of DWK Fowler Construction, works with Mormon missionaries, Elders Folkman and Hoskins, repairing the grandstand seating at the Ridge Riders Rodeo Grounds Saturday. Renovations... Full story

 

Arbor Day Foundation offers tree-care booklet

The Arbor Day Foundation is offering a handy tree-care booklet designed to help people plant and care for trees. Anyone can receive Conservation Trees, a user-friendly booklet featuring illustrations, colorful photos, and easily understood... Full story

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 4, 2016

Raider tennis team keeps improving

Raider Tennis competed in three matches last week and continued to improve to get ready for the postseason. Against Liberty Bell April 26, the Raider boys won their match 3-2, and it wasn't easy for... Full story

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 4, 2016

Raiders on win streak

The Raiders are on a baseball win streak that has improved their overall win-loss record to 14-4 and their Central Washington North 2B record to 10-4. Lake Roosevelt defeated the Pateros Billygoats on senior night at Greene Field April 26 12-2 and... Full story

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 4, 2016

Four-win streak keeps Raider Ladies softball team hopeful

The Lady Raiders won four games last week, which moved them into the number-four spot in the Central Washington 2B North standings. If they remain there, they will have a berth to the district tournament at the Ephrata Fastpitch complex starting May... Full story

 

This week in sports

This week in sports Wed., May 4 2:30 p.m., HS Golf with Omak and Okanogan at Lake Woods Thurs., May 5 4 p.m., HS Tennis here with Oroville 4 p.m., JHS Track,here, Lake Roosevelt Invitational TBD, HS Baseball, tie-breaker if needed Fri., May 6 4... Full story

 

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