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Articles from the April 4, 2012 edition

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 News    April 4, 2012

Reining right

Instructor Tara Johnson, left, talks students through a lesson during a Monday session of her riding clinic put on by the Ridge Riders at the Colorama Rodeo Grounds in Delano. — Scott Hunter...

 
 News    April 4, 2012

Newsbriefs

Baseball fund raiser tonight Raider baseball and softball will hold a joint fund raiser tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. The “Hit-A-Thon” will take pledges based on longest hits, introduce a “Fungoman Challenge” and let community members step up to...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    April 4, 2012

Electric City Council to meet in Moses Lake

Electric City’s council will retreat, May 4. That is, they will go on a retreat. The council members, at the urging of Councilmember Birdie Hensley, agreed to set aside a day to go to Moses Lake for discussions. The council, at their regular...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 4, 2012

Hospital commissioner steps down from board

Rick King stepped down from his longtime post as hospital district commissioner Wednesday, ending a 14-year volunteer career capped by the building of a new hospital. “This has been one of the...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    April 4, 2012

Golf rates slashed by commissioners

Golf play is open at Banks Lake Golf Course, and the port district has slashed membership rates significantly. Individual memberships have dropped from $750 a year to $400 and membership for couples or families has been trimmed fom $950 to $450,...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    April 4, 2012

LR’s head basketball coach resigns from position

Brad Wilson’s resignation as boys’ varsity basketball coach at Lake Roosevelt High School was accepted by the school board at its last meeting. Athletic Director Rich Black said the district will...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    April 4, 2012

Full slate filed for tribal elective offices

All seven Colville Tribal Business Council members up for election this year are being challenged for their two-year terms. A total of 29 have filed for the seven seats with the primary election barely four weeks away on May 5. Both positions in the...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    April 4, 2012

City OK’s agreements

Electric City’s city council approved agreements with three entities last week. • An agreement with the Grand Coulee Veterinary Clinic details rates for euthanasia and disposal fees for animals brought into the clinic and also for boarding them....

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    April 4, 2012

State awards over half million for energy upgrades

The Grand Coulee Dam School District has received an energy grant from the state of $580,268, district officials said Monday. Coupled with energy incentives in the amount of $174,243, and net costs to the school district of $406,025, the energy...

 
 News    April 4, 2012

Focusing on the center

Community leaders gather in a Coulee Medical Center meeting room Thursday to get and give a sense of support for the idea of pursuing a community/wellness center that would likely feature a...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    April 4, 2012

Man found dead

A Coulee Dam man was found dead Monday about noon in Fiddle Creek, near 402 Columbia, an apparent suicide victim. Lyle Allstot, 30, was a graduate of Lake Roosevelt High School in 2000 and a longtime employee of Harvest Foods. Coulee Dam Police...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    April 4, 2012

Firefighters to train for red cards

A number of fire departments will be in training April 11 and 12, at Electric City, for “red card” wildfire certification. Firefighters who go out on range fires need eight hours of training each year in order to keep their “red cards” up to...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    April 4, 2012

Updates coming for network, phones

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board approved an E-Rate project totaling some $232,000, at its meeting March 26. Of the project total, the district will put in just over $57,000. E-Rate funds come from both state and federal governments and...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 4, 2012

Retreat from what, exactly?

The concept is fairly mundane, nothing to get excited about. Executive and leadership boards quite often go on “retreats” to places other than their usual haunts to hash out ideas and plans in a...

 
 By Christie Arbauch    Opinion    April 4, 2012

RE: Neighborhood needs to be cleaned up

I would expand that statement. Our entire city needs to be cleaned up. Drive or walk about anywhere … our town is an eyesore. Besides the unlicensed cars, boats, trailers and motor homes on our streets, we also have burned and boarded up houses...

 
 Opinion    April 4, 2012

City planning is extreme

We are writing this as concerned citizens of Electric City. We feel that what the city has been doing with the annexations, zoning and ordinance changes, is a little extreme. On the annexations, they went about this against us. Several of us went...

 
 By Chuck Allen    Opinion    April 4, 2012

Time to speak up about crime

Crime is the number one problem affecting the quality of life in Grant County. We are seeing an epidemic of thefts, as metal and hay thieves prey on our hardworking farmers. We’re seeing property crimes, including burglaries, vandalism and...

 
 By Jess Utz    Lifestyles    April 4, 2012

Jess, Shut Up - Missing the missing trees

Over the last few weeks, trees and shrubs have been disappearing between Pole Park and The Star newspaper. The culprit? USBR. This made me think of the joggers and walkers that use that path every...

 
 Opinion    April 4, 2012

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago An effort has been launched to encourage Electric City to adopt a cleanup law similar to Grand Coulee’s. Grand Coulee resident Gerald Sands attended the Electric City council meeting...

 
 Obituaries    April 4, 2012

Marion Braun

Memorial services for Marion Braun will be held at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Grand Coulee on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow. Braun passed away January 9, 2012....

 
 Obituaries    April 4, 2012

Marcella McCraigie

Marcella McCraigie, 84, passed away, Tuesday, April 3, 2012, in Grand Coulee. A recitation of the Rosary will be held for her in the Strate Funeral Home Chapel of Grand Coulee, at 3 p.m., on Thursday, April 5, with graveside services to be held at...

 
 Community    April 4, 2012

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 3/25 - A Lewiston driver was stopped when an officer noticed that occupants of the vehicle were not wearing seat belts. There were four in the front seat and four in the back. Two minors, the driver and a front seat adult were...

 
 Community    April 4, 2012

Easter events

Easter Sunrise Service set The Coulee Area Pastors’ Association would like to invite everyone to the Community Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 8, at Crown Point. Easter happenings at Community Church The Coulee Dam...

 
 Community    April 4, 2012

Supporting the cause

Grand Coulee native son and world champion bull rider Shane Proctor and his sister Cody Proctor address a room full of Ridge Rider supporters at what could be the group’s first annual banquet...

 
 Births    April 4, 2012

It's a girl for the Slaters

Catrien and Dusten Slater of Electric City are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Sophie Sue Slater on Monday, March 12, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz., and was 21 inches in length at...

 
 Births    April 4, 2012

It’s a girl for Friedlander/Anthony

Corina Friedlander and Larry A. Anthony II of Nespelem are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Dy Mnd Butterfly Friedlander Anthony on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz., and...

 
 Community    April 4, 2012

Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon on Thursday, April 5, at Pepper Jack’s Bar and Grille. Stefan Newbury of Tri-Freaks will give an update on Colorama’s May 12th Over the Dam Run. PEP to Meet Planet Earth Players...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Sports    April 4, 2012

Martial arts matches mix it up

Locals prevailed in mixed martial arts matches held at the Nespelem Community Center Saturday night in an event billed as “Rez Cage Wars”. The event featured six adult MMA matches and one youth...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    April 4, 2012

Baseball drops makeup game

Lake Roosevelt baseball was washed out with last week’s rain, but was back in action on Monday for the first makeup game of the series against Brewster. The Raiders will travel to Brewster on...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    April 4, 2012

Raider track still shifting

Raider track is still shifting people around to find the best competitive mix. At Cashmere last Friday, for instance, speedster Nick Gleason threw shot put and distance man Oscar Pakootas tried his...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    April 4, 2012

Stanczak, Desautel on top

Tanecia Stanczak and Drew Desautel led the way for the Raiders at Desert Canyon Golf Club in last Wednesday’s match against Waterville, Columbia Basin Secondary, Moses Lake Christian, and Omak....

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    April 4, 2012

Raiders rackets rained out

With the wet weather, the Raider tennis squad was only able to play one of three matches scheduled for last week, and that match was a makeup for a previous weather cancellation. At Omak March 26,...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    April 4, 2012

Raider softball loses to Brewster, rained out

The Lady Raiders series against Brewster last week had the misfortune to be rained out not only at home on Tuesday, but also on Saturday at Brewster for the doubleheader. For Lady Raider softball, tha...