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Articles from the June 27, 2012 edition

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 By Roger Lucas    Lifestyles    June 27, 2012

Discovering independence

Next week marks one of my favorite holidays of the calendar year -- Independence Day. I love this holiday because it is typically a day filled with simple good cheer. I find it an easy holiday to celebrate. The weather is usually warm and pleasant....

 
 News    June 27, 2012

Holes and towers

USBR Project Manager Chris Vick, right, watches Monday as contractor crews use a giant drill bit to dig holes for footings that will hold up new powerline towers, like the partially finished one in...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    June 27, 2012

Woman arrested in stabbing

An Electric City woman was arrested and taken to Grant County Jail Thursday evening, after allegedly stabbing her live-in partner twice in the back with a 12-inch kitchen knife. Kimberly Kay Piapot, 45, and Martin Thomas Stanley, 43, had been...

 
 News    June 27, 2012

Rodeo adds bull riding

Bull riding has been added to Saturday’s Ranch Rodeo, Ridge Rider President George Kohout said Monday. Already, 10 bull riders had signed up for the added event, Kohout stated. The Ranch Rodeo, one of two scheduled this season by the Ridge Riders,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 27, 2012

Finley is lone incumbent to survive tribal election

Six new members will join the Colville Business Council in July, according to official poll and absentee ballot results released Thursday night. In Nespelem District 1, longtime Councilmember Harvey Moses Jr. lost to William “Billy” Nicholson II...

 
 News    June 27, 2012

Newsbriefs

Top of North Dam OK for fireworks Local residents can set their fireworks off July 4, at North Dam Park, a Bureau of Reclamation official said this week. Public Affairs Officer Lynne Brougher said that the BOR is encouraging those who set their...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    June 27, 2012

July 4 festival set for Grand Coulee Dam

The Festival of America, July 3 and 4, will celebrate our freedoms at the park below the Visitor Center in Coulee Dam. There will be craft booths, food, and music for hometown folks and visitors...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    June 27, 2012

Electric City deals with biting dogs

It was three dog night in Electric City. The city council Tuesday night declared two dogs “dangerous” and a third was given a temporary reprieve. The council didn’t take long in declaring Duke, a dog owned by Joseph Balthazar “dangerous,”...

 
 News    June 27, 2012

Caution advised for shoreline campers visiting Lake Roosevelt

The Bureau of Reclamation is advising people camping along the Lake Roosevelt shoreline over the July 4 weekend to be aware of potential dangers that could exist due to rapidly rising lake levels....

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    June 27, 2012

Tank placement delayed for now

Workers were prepared to set 16 tanks for Electric City’s arsenic treatment plant in place Tuesday until word came that the crane enroute to do the job had slammed into an underpass someplace...

 
 By r    News    June 27, 2012

District gets ready to hire contractors

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board has set a special meeting for July 11, to select a construction management firm for the K-12 school project, and to award a contract for the demolition of th...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    June 27, 2012

Name chosen for new ferry

The next Keller Ferry has a name — “Sanpoil.” The state Department of Transportation said “Sanpoil” was selected from among 200 suggestions that met the parameters set by officials. Some 500 suggestions were received. The ferry crosses...

 
 By Dennis Carlson    Opinion    June 27, 2012

Apology issued for remarks at graduation

I wish to apologize to everyone who attended the Lake Roosevelt High School graduation ceremony on June 9th. While every student speech is reviewed and approved by the high school principal, occasionally a student will deviate from the approved...

 
 By Mary Waller    Opinion    June 27, 2012

Re: “Jess, Shut Up - Wisdom in a grove”

Thank you for this article. John is a Facebook friend that I've never met but enjoy his wonderful words daily. Hope I can pass through (the area) someday and meet him. Mary Waller...

 
 By Dale Wentworth    Opinion    June 27, 2012

Region has mined its ground water for decades

All of us who live in the four Columbia Basin counties (Adams, Franklin, Grant and Lincoln) primarily rely on ground water for our drinking and water supply. The problem is our deep ground water is mostly ancient water, and we’ve been mining it...

 
 By Jerry Williamson    Opinion    June 27, 2012

We need an aquifer protection area

We have a serious challenge facing Grant County and our region – a declining aquifer system that threatens our future. Over the past 15 years, the Columbia Basin Ground Water Management Area, or ‘GWMA’, has secured state ($7.64 million) and...

 
 By Doc Hastings    Opinion    June 27, 2012

Keeping the federal government out of our backyards

When the Clean Water Act was signed into law in 1972, the intent was clear - the federal government, working with the states, should ensure that our water quality is protected. Although this is a goal embraced by all Americans, the scope and...

 
 Opinion    June 27, 2012

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago There may be no quick fix, but a group of people determined Monday night that they would explore all possibilities for getting the community what it has lacked for several summers - a swimming pool. Cartoon of the week: Dad is reading...

 
 Obituaries    June 27, 2012

James “Jim” George Birdwell

James “Jim” George Birdwell passed away and went to his eternal home on Friday, June 22, 2012. He was born July 18, 1946, in Harlem, Mont. He grew up in Coulee Dam and graduated in 1964 from Coulee Dam High School. Jim retired from the United...

 
 Obituaries    June 27, 2012

Clara Margaret Sears

What’s the secret to living long enough to be able to celebrate your 105th birthday? “Everything in moderation” she had said. Her father’s advice to his children. On June 16, 2012, after four...

 
 People    June 27, 2012

Local weight loss queen to get international honor

Gayle Rayoum, of Coulee Dam, was crowned Washington State Queen at the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) State Convention in Ocean Shores in May. Rayoum lost a total of 118 pounds to reach her goal and...

 
 Community    June 27, 2012

Class of 2002 reunionJune 30

The Lake Roosevelt High School class of 2002 will hold its 10th year reunion on Saturday, June 30. Please bring you own everything to Spring Canyon anytime from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Look for the red and gold balloons! All family, friends and teachers...

 
 Community    June 27, 2012

Meetings and Notices

GCD Chamber to Meet at Hometown Pizza Grant Chamber will meet at Hometown Pizza in Grand Coulee this Thursday at noon. The Festival of America will be held July 3 and 4 in the park below the Visitor Center at Grand Coulee Dam. The next meeting, July...

 
 Community    June 27, 2012

Hoop Fiend Alert

The Ephrata Rotary Club will offer a 3-on-3 tournament July 20 and 21, with games starting that Friday at 6:30 p.m. The club took over the event formerly associated with the Basin Summer Sounds concert and renamed the tournament “Rim 2 Rim”....

 
 Births    June 27, 2012

It's a boy for Desautel

Racheal Marie Desautel of Nespelem is pleased to announce the birth of her son Mackiah Lee Tom on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz., and was 21-1/2 inches in length at birth. Siblings include...

 
 Births    June 27, 2012

It's a girl for the Boyds

Kimberly and Dakota Boyd of Coulee Dam are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Hailee Caroline Boyd on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz., and was 19 inches in length at birth....

 
 Births    June 27, 2012

It's a girl for the Sweigerts

Rayana and Dane Sweigert of Almira are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Natalie Pinkette Sweigert. Siblings include Ariana age 3-1/2 and Veryk age 2. Maternal grandparents are Debbie and Donald Bragg. Great-grandmother is Mildred...

 
 Births    June 27, 2012

It’s a boy for Kandice Scott

Kandice Scott of Lincoln, Wash., is pleased to announce the birth of her son Rayden Edwin Scott on Sunday, June 17, 2012. He weighed 6 lbs., 8 oz., and was 20 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Char-Mae Scott Mellinger age 4. Grandparents...

 
 School    June 27, 2012

LRHS honor roll for second semester

The following is the Lake Roosevelt High school honor roll for second semester. HIGH HONORS depicts 4.0 SENIORS Jesse Adkins, Victoria Heilman, Kramer Carlson, Drew Desautel, Dominique Pleasants, Caleb Stout-Watt, Briana Leith-Monaghan, Phoenix...

 
 School    June 27, 2012

Middle School honor roll for second semester

The following is the Grand Coulee Dam Middle School honor roll for second semester. HIGH HONORS 3.5 – 4.0 • depicts 4.0 EIGHTH GRADE Tanya Ang*, Devan Black*, Kayley Duclos*, Keanna Egbert*, Desarae Garcia*, Lukas Hermetz*, Areielle L. White*,...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    June 27, 2012

Raider football has new head coach

Lake Roosevelt football began pre-season workouts this month with new Head Coach Steve Files introducing changes he brings to Raider football. Files was an assistant last year at LR and has coached football since 1984 at his alma mater 4A Newport...

 
 School    June 27, 2012

Area students achieve GEDs

Three local students who participated in Big Bend Community College’s General Education Development (GED) Preparation program reached their goal of earning GED certificates during the 2011-12...

 
 By Roger Lucas    School    June 27, 2012

Surplus sales bring district cash

by Roger S. Lucas The Grand Coulee Dam School District’s surplus and garage sale has netted some $11,336.24, Superintendent Dennis Carlson told the board Monday night. Two sales made up the bulk of the money with the disposal of two portable...

 
 Community    June 27, 2012

Coulee Cops

Coulee Dam 6/11 - A man who said he was wanted on a warrant turned himself in at the police department. Dispatch confirmed the warrant from Douglas County. He was taken to Okanogan County Jail. 6/12 - A woman was stopped for following another vehicle...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 27, 2012

More photos from this week's Star

Here are more photos, including most not published in The Star this week. Feel free to embed this slideshow on your blog....