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Articles from the April 17, 2013 edition

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 News    April 17, 2013

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Fish help needed Anyone able to help in releasing rainbow trout at the net pens in Electric City would be welcomed by the Promoters of Fish and Wildlife at 9 a.m. Saturday. After releasing the fish, the POWER group will clean the net and get it...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 17, 2013

Updated 2:30 p.m.: Power goes out in Coulee Dam

The power outage in Coulee Dam will likely last until 5 or 6 p.m. tonight, one source told The Star. Lynne Brougher, with the Bureau of Reclamation, said USBR personnel are helping Coulee Dam crew and...

 
 By Scott Hunter and Roger S Lucas    News    April 17, 2013

Teacher arrested, could face deportation

A Spanish teacher at Lake Roosevelt High School is in Okanogan County Jail this week, facing charges of forgery and identity theft, after being arrested last Thursday by Coulee Dam police. Guillermo...

 
 By Scott Hunter and Roger S Lucas    News    April 17, 2013

USBR: local liveability an issue in recruitment

The Bureau of Reclamation is having trouble attracting and retaining new skilled employees, Power Manager Mark Jenson told a number of local leaders Monday afternoon. Jenson said that often a combination of local factors creates a problem for...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 17, 2013

Creation of tourism board advocated

The largest producer of hotel/motel taxes in the area proposed changes to the way the funds are used at a meeting of some 20 community people Monday. Pat Welton, managing partner of Sunbanks Lake Resort, stated that the three local municipalities...

 
 News    April 17, 2013

Tours back on

The Bureau of Reclamation reported this week that it had received an exception to the federal government hiring freeze so it could fully staff its Grand Coulee Dam tours. The Bureau had earlier stated that it might have to trim the number of days...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 17, 2013

Grant help denied, smaller sewer plant plan to be proposed

A solution to the Coulee Dam wastewater treatment plant controversy that could satisfy a large number of the stakeholders could come next Wednesday night when the council meets. Councilmember Karl Hjo...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 17, 2013

Tribes propose police service to Elmer City

The Colville Tribes pitched the Elmer City council last Thursday to provide the town’s official police force. Appearing at the town council were Public Safety Director Bill Elliot and Tribal Police Chief Corey Orr. Elliot told the council that the...

 
 News    April 17, 2013

Ceremony for new school construction set

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new K-12 school facility will be at 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, school district Superintendent Dennis Carlson announced. All contracts and processes have been concluded and the general contractor, Walker...

 
 By Whybarks    Opinion    April 17, 2013

As home smoldered, impossible to feel alone

We would like thank everyone who has helped us out since we lost our home in the fire. It was such a lonely and devastating thing to watch nearly everything we owned go up in flames. As many of you may know, my husband and I both grew up in...

 
 By Sue Bjorklund    Opinion    April 17, 2013

Hoe down elimination stomps on spring highlite

I had heard rumors early in the school year that the Hoe Down was going to be eliminated this year, but I was hoping that this would not be the case. However, it appears that the decision has been made, and there will be no Hoe Down this spring. As...

 
 By Diane Babler    Opinion    April 17, 2013

Colorama Hoe Down is history?

So, the administrators and staff of Center Elementary school have decided to do away with the annual Colorama “Hoe Down” that has been taking place in our community for at least 25 years that I know of. This decision provides yet another example...

 
 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    April 17, 2013

Teacher Guzman an extension of family

My first meeting with Guillermo Guzman was for my son’s parent-teacher (Spanish) conference. The second time I met with him was this Sunday past - at the Okanogan County jail. Mr. Guzman and I have exchanged emails from time-to-time regarding...

 
 By Daryl Rodrigues    Opinion    April 17, 2013

Article failed to protect accused

Media has a duty to distinguish fact from opinion and to report both sides of a story without bias. Because reputations and lives can be destroyed long before facts are known we rely on the media to equalize the power imbalance between the...

 
 By Cathy Krohn    Opinion    April 17, 2013

Photo of students unprofessional

I find it in very poor taste and highly unprofessional to include a picture of innocent students with the article about Guillermo Guzman. It has been a very traumatic event for them and this just adds another element of hurt to what they are already...

 
 By Michael Palanuk    Opinion    April 17, 2013

Gift of public funds?

As a long time resident in Grand Coulee I loved our Community Hospital and Clinic. Some great staff members made it a desirable place to get excellent attention. The Blood Draw as an annual event was a real positive for a small hospital and helped...

 
 By Carol Schoning    Opinion    April 17, 2013

Re: "City: no daycare on Main Street" 4/10/13

Have none of these council members ever looked for daycare in this area? Impossible! So most children are cared for by unlicensed caregivers in their homes or relatives who don’t always WANT to do it. I would think in the interest of community...

 
 By Danielle Vick    Lifestyles    April 17, 2013

Dear John, or, um, Grand Coulee,

As with most breakup letters, this one may come as a shock, but I wanted you to hear it from me first. Small towns being what they are, I began to get worried that you would hear it from someone else...

 
 Obituaries    April 17, 2013

Evelyn L. Mattson

Evelyn (Haskins) Mattson, a lifetime resident of Washington, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013. She was born in Leavenworth to Nancy (Stevens) and Jean Haskins. She attended school in Leavenworth and...

 
 Obituaries    April 17, 2013

Mary Ann McNeilly

Mary Ann McNeilly (77) 1935 – 2013. All are invited to a celebration of life for Mary Ann McNeilly at 1 p.m., on Sat., May 4, 2013, at Faith Community Church in Electric City, Wash. Surrounded by her loving family, Mary Ann peacefully passed away...

 
 Obituaries    April 17, 2013

Holm, Richard "Dick" C. 10/30/1957-04/08/2013

Richard “Dick” C. Holm, was called home to Jesus on Monday, April 8. Dick was born to Charles and Theresa Holm on October 30, 1957, in Redmond, Oregon. For the past 54 years he has made his home in Elmer City, Washington. After graduating from...

 
 Obituaries    April 17, 2013

James Curtis Waters

James Curtis Waters, 88, born December 2, 1924 in Everett, Washington, passed away Monday, April 1, 2013 in Puyallup, Washington. A retired sea captain, our Dad spent most of his life on the waters...

 
 Obituaries    April 17, 2013

George "Swede" Walberg

Graveside services for George “Swede” Walberg will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Spring Canyon Cemetery beginning at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Masonic Lodge behind the Coulee Dam Community Church-Presbyterian Swede passed...

 
 Obituaries    April 17, 2013

John Graham

Graveside services for John Graham will be held Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m., at Spring Canyon Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Eagles Lodge in Grand Coulee. John Graham passed away March 16, 2013....

 
 Obituaries    April 17, 2013

Jean Campbell

Graveside services for Jean Campbell will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Spring Canyon Cemetery at 1 p.m. Dress is casual but the family is wearing pink in her honor. Jean passed away November...

 
 Community    April 17, 2013

Senior Meals

Wed., Apr. 17 - Dinner Opal’s Porcupine Meatballs in Red Sauce, Seasoned Boiled Potatoes, Green Beans, Fruit Cobbler. Thurs., Apr. 18 - Dinner Chili, Jay’s Cornbread with Corn & Green Chilies, Bowl of Fruit, Cookie. Fri., Apr. 19 - Breakfast Saus...

 
 Community    April 17, 2013

Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet at Flo’s The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its regular meeting Thursday, April 18, at noon at Flo’s Café in Grand Coulee. Special guest will be Josh Rabe who will talk about his proposal for starting a disc...

 
 Community    April 17, 2013

Cubs take part in contest

The local Cub Scout Pack 24 went to the Chelan Shooting Range on April 13 to take part in a shooting event. Unconfirmed results indicated in the scored BB gun shooting Landon Krohn took first with a...

 
 Community    April 17, 2013

Shred Day offered

On Thursday, April 25 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Region * Crime Victim Service Center in association with National Crime Victim Rights Awareness Week is hosting two free shred events open to the public. These events will be located at the...

 
 Sports    April 17, 2013

Little Guy Wrestling banquet this Thursday

A Little Guy Wrestling banquet will be held Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m., at Center Elementary in the gym. Pizza, drinks and awards will be provided....

 
 School    April 17, 2013

Book fair time at the middle school

GCD PTA will be hosting a Scholastic book fair again this year. The whole school is excited at the amazing selection of books. The fair will be scheduled during the parent/teacher conference week. It will be open Wednesday, April 17, and Thursday,...

 
 School    April 17, 2013

Third quarter honor roll noted for LRHS

The following is the third quarter honor roll for Lake Roosevelt High School. HIGH HONORS depicts 4.0 SENIORS Brady Black*, Ashley Lezard, Hillary Carriere, Kendall Piccolo, Abigail Williams, Andrew McClure, Johnny Madina-McCraigie, Elizabeth...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    April 17, 2013

Raider track moves forward with first two-meet week

Raider track came back from spring break with a two-meet week. The first, at Bridgeport on April 9, was the Brewster Co-Ed Relays. This is a meet where boys and girls are teamed up for relays in all field events. All races are relays, including the...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    April 17, 2013

Raiders on a win streak

Raider baseball went on a winning streak, sweeping away all opponents last week. It started on April 9 at Bridgeport, where the Raiders 10- runned the Mustangs, 11-0. Brady Black continues to be stout on the mound and Kendall Piccolo closed out the...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    April 17, 2013

Raider Golf still has a way to go

Raider golfers took on Oroville and Manson at Oroville April 9. There were no team scores for the match. “We still have a long way to go,” commented Head Coach Steve Files, “but all our JV girls made the trip and competed really well for their...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    April 17, 2013

Softball posts first wins of the season

The Lady Raider softball squad posted their first wins of the 2013 season last week by beating the Manson Trojans Saturday in Grand Coulee. Head Coach Jamie Lezard said the girls were happy to be playing at home and picking up the first wins of the...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    April 17, 2013

Girls heating up the courts

The Raider girls’ tennis squad posted back-to-back wins last week, defeating Wilbur-Creston April 8 and Davenport April 13. Lake Roosevelt’s boys beat Wilbur-Creston, but fell to Davenport. In...

 
 Sports    April 17, 2013

Sports this week

Thurs., Apr. 18 4 p.m., Raider Baseball (JV only) here with Bridgeport. 4:30 p.m., Raider Tennis here with Okanogan. Fri., Apr. 19 4:30 p.m., Raider Tennis at Pateros. Sat., Apr. 20 10:30 a.m., Raider Track at Quincy Invitational. 11 a.m., Raider...

 
 Community    April 17, 2013

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 4/9 - Police had a report of a woman spraying weeds along the road on Jackson, Goodfellow and Stevens streets in Electric City. Police looked for her but couldn’t her. - Police responded to a call from Coulee Medical Center...

 
 Community    April 17, 2013

Foundation taking grant applications

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for its Regional Impact Grants. Up to $5,000 is available to 501(c)(3) nonprofits in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties for general programs, start-up funding, small equipment, and...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    April 17, 2013

March on the dry side

The mean precipitation for March was 0.82 inches, though here at the home weather station we only received 0.36 inch, a huge variance from last year’s March total of 2.64 inches. What a difference...

 
 Legals    April 17, 2013

Legal Notices for April 17, 2013

CITY OF GRAND COULEE NOTICE OF SALE OF SURPLUS ITEMS The City of Grand Coulee will sell by sealed bids, a 1981 Ford Club Wagon Van, approximately 58,190 miles, sold as is. It is available for viewing at Grand Coulee City Hall, 306 Midway Avenue, Gran...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Community    April 17, 2013

Coming down

Steven Riehart, of 24-7 Property Maintenance drops a limb from a huge fir tree at the Fercha home at Fir and Civic in Coulee Dam. Reportedly one of the oldest trees in town, it measured about five...