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Articles from the May 9, 2012 edition

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 Community    May 9, 2012

Enlightened giving

A group of former Colorama leaders from earlier days emptied their coffers and gave $5,000 toward the cost of putting new lights up at the Ridge Riders Rodeo Grounds just in time for the 55th...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 9, 2012

For your friends and family -- good info

Our latest printed issue of the Visitors’ Guide is at the printer, but why wait? You can click on the Expand button below to see the whole thing in your browser. If you know someone who wants to...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 9, 2012

Cross the dam — while you can

It’s no longer permitted … most of the time. But this Saturday, residents, tourists and their families can walk across Grand Coulee Dam. Once upon a time, back before 9/11 brought stricter...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 9, 2012

Towns meet on sewer plant dispute

Discussions were polite but initially tense as Elmer City officials met with their Coulee Dam counterparts Friday at Elmer City Hall on proposed sewer plant upgrades that both towns would pay for....

 
 News    May 9, 2012

Colorama this weekend

The 55th running of the community’s Colorama celebration is coming Thursday and running through Sunday. Two new features are in place for this year’s event. A Sunday bull riding event kicks off...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 9, 2012

Fatal crash near Colfax involved local driver

The Washington State Patrol reported a two-car fatal accident on highway 26 near Colfax Friday evening involving a local driver. One person was killed and five injured in the accident 30 miles west of Colfax. Diana Chun, 21, of Coulee Dam, was...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 9, 2012

Nurture and nature inspires a new bakery

Starting a bakery is, for Mary Schilling, an extension of values, the fulfillment of a lifelong love of feeding people. “I’ve always loved to bake and cook and feed people,” she says. It...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    May 9, 2012

Woman looking for help for grandchildren

An Electric City woman finds herself needing help before she can help her two grandchildren out of foster care. Mardee Davis, who lives at 103 West Grand Avenue, is trying to get custody of her two...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    May 9, 2012

Council discusses city business in Ephrata

Liveability and infrastructure took up a good share of the time at Electric City’s retreat last Friday, the mayor said. Topics discussed included crime, raising sewer rates and a new car fee, among others. The need to do something about crime...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    May 9, 2012

Poll vote may indicate tribal changes coming

Two sitting Colville Business Council members lost out to challengers in the primary “poll” count last Saturday and will not make it to the general election June 16 unless absentee ballots put them over the top. The two biggest vote getters in...

 
 By Reed Anfinson    Opinion    May 9, 2012

The truth about postal reform

Now that the U.S. Senate has passed a bill, S 1789, to reform the ailing U.S. Postal Service, critics are trying to disable the bill on its way to the House of Representatives. Business Week recently catalogued unhappy stakeholders, including postal...

 
 By Clifford Appel    Opinion    May 9, 2012

Dotson will be missed

I was shocked to learn of Loren Dotson’s death last week at his home in Electric City. When we worked together as technicians at GCD, I found him to be very skilled and an intelligent problem solver. As my supervisor during my last nine years of...

 
 By Bruce Marcellay    Opinion    May 9, 2012

Petition tribal council for bigger share of $193 million

The Tribal Council took it upon themselves to give the tribal members 20 percent of the 193 money and to keep 80 percent for their share. It’s already been agreed to, voted on and approved by the Tribal Council. Using the 20-80 percent formula the...

 
 By Mary Ann McNeilly    Opinion    May 9, 2012

We’re fortunate to have such a good hospital

I had to spend 11 days in the hospital last month, and have had to go get vitals checked about every other day since my stay, because my BP and pulse have been fluctuating so wildly. In having to visit so frequently, I am once again reminded of just...

 
 By RC Covington    Opinion    May 9, 2012

Quality of care-patient flow, what's that?

Last Friday morning I had an appointment at the new clinic to have my hip replacement dressing (and sutures) removed. This simple procedure should have taken no longer than 15 minutes, but it actually involved over an hour in the waiting room alone....

 
 By Jim Glick    Opinion    May 9, 2012

Stop printing Wilder’s rantings

How much longer are you going to print the rantings and ravings of Greg Wilder? I have to tell you I got so fed up reading his drivel that when The Star arrives and I see a letter in “The Letters to the Editor” section, I just look at the name...

 
 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    May 9, 2012

A tale of two cities … continued

The saga continues. At the advice and suggestion of the state Department of Ecology (DOE), Coulee Dam extended the Olive Branch to Elmer City… well, sort of; they suggested a meeting between the two towns’ mayors to “explain” the reasons for...

 
 Obituaries    May 9, 2012

Dennis Lee Wiggins

Dennis Lee Wiggins, 69, passed away Monday, Apr. 30, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., on December 8, 1942, to Harry J. and Geneva A. Wiggins, Dennis...

 
 Obituaries    May 9, 2012

Loren Albert Dotson

Loren Albert Dotson, 69, passed away at his Electric City, Washington home Thursday morning, May 3, 2012. Loren was born August 23, 1942, in Long Beach, Calif., to Albert and Edith (Perry) Dotson. He...

 
 Community    May 9, 2012

Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon on Thursday, May 10, at the Siam Palace in Grand Coulee. On the agenda is Colorama. Want to Volunteer? There will be a meeting for those who have volunteered to help at the Mason City tour...

 
 Community    May 9, 2012

What’s cookin’ at the seniors?

Please call by noon for dinner reservations 633-2321. Reservations are not needed for breakfast. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. and Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. WED., MAY 9 - DINNER Honey Glazed Ham, AuGratin Potatoes, Green Salad, Broccoli & Cauliflower,...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    May 9, 2012

Grant County sheriff meets with local residents

Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones spoke to the concerns of a dozen Electric City residents who turned out Monday night at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille. His visit was all part of a plan to hold town hall...

 
 School    May 9, 2012

Honor Roll for GCD Middle School

Honor roll for GCD Middle School The following is the honor roll for term three at the Grand Coulee Dam Middle School. HIGH HONORS 3.5 - 4.0 * depicts 4.0 EIGHTH GRADE Scott Abrahamson*, Devan Black*, Kayley Duclos*, Keanna Egbert*, Areielle White*,...

 
 School    May 9, 2012

Receive Moose honors

The following students have a received $1000 scholarships from the Grand Coulee Moose Lodge 504. From Lake Roosevelt High School: Dalton Boutain and Phoenix Shephard. From Almira-Coulee-Hartline: Jordan Jones and Kelsey Streeter....

 
 School    May 9, 2012

Summer food program for children

The Nespelem School District announces the sponsorship of the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children. Meal will be made available at no charge to attending children under 19 years of age. All meals are available with out regard to race, color,...

 
 By Roger Lucas    School    May 9, 2012

New-school meeting with state went well

Getting the state’s attention, is one thing, keeping it is another. School Superintendent Dennis Carlson and new-school architect Laurence Rose both had encouraging remarks after meeting with officials in the Office of the Superintendent of Public...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    May 9, 2012

Baseball set for district play

Raider baseball sits in a three-way tie atop the Central Washington 2B North going into the last week of play. The series was supposed to be against Oroville, but Oroville had players with off-the-fie...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    May 9, 2012

Golf match cut short

The Raider golf match at home on Thursday was cut short because of the wet weather. There were no official scores and there are no plans to reschedule — now that district play starts Monday in Chelan starting at 10 a.m. Before then, the Raider...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    May 9, 2012

Raiders finish strong at Bridgeport, Liberty Bell

Raider Track finished the regular season last week with meets on Tuesday in Bridgeport and Friday at Liberty Bell. At both meets the Raider girls finished second behind Entiat. The Raider boys...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    May 9, 2012

Lady Raiders close with A-C-H

The Lady Raider softball team closed the rocky 2012 season with a home doubleheader against the Warriors last Tuesday at Grand Coulee. Almire-Coulee-Hartline fields a strong squad with an overall...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    May 9, 2012

Raider tennis preps for districts

Raider tennis had a busy week to close the regular season with matches in Wilson Creek, Liberty Bell, and at home last Saturday. At Wilson Creek last Tuesday, the Raiders faced a Blue Devil squad that featured one boy and three girls. The Raider boys...

 
 Sports    May 9, 2012

This week in sports

May 7-12 TBA, District Baseball, TBA. Thurs., May 10 TBA, Sub-District Track at Oroville. Fri., May 11 3 p.m., Raider Softball here with Oroville (DH) Sat., May 12 TBA District Tennis, TBA. Mon., May 14 10 a.m., Raider Golf Districts at Chelan. May...

 
 By Jess Utz    Lifestyles    May 9, 2012

Jess, Shut Up - Continuing my tour

After the last column I had many people come up to me, saying, “Hey you forgot about …” this business and that business, and they were kinda right. So I will continue my tour of local...

 
 Community    May 9, 2012

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 4/29 - A driver, pulled over for a faulty license plate light and running over the fog line, was cited within walking distance of his home for driving while under the influence. His car was towed. - The owner of a pit bull that at...