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Articles from the September 28, 2016 edition

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School bus driver shortage looms

The Grand Coulee Dam School District is “seriously” short of bus drivers. Recruiting bus drivers hasn’t worked, and “advertising for them the past few years has failed to replace retiring drivers,” bus manager Bill Kemble said this week.... Full story


Spectacular hike

Nick Heilman, of Grand Coulee, takes in the view Sunday afternoon from near the top of Steamboat Rock, overlooking two boaters on Banks Lake and the Steamboat Rock State Park campground. - Jacob... Full story


City presses ahead with controversial plan

Electric City has adopted its Revitalization and Pathways plan by a 5-0 council vote and is already moving ahead to accomplish one of its goals — sidewalks and curbing along SR-155 as it goes through the city’s business district. The city has... Full story


Two seek appointment to council

Two residents have indicated interest in the vacant council seat in Grand Coulee. The city had advertised for someone to fill the vacancy that occurred when Erin Nielsen resigned after taking job in Boise, Idaho. Expressing an interest in serving... Full story


Four towns cooperate on paving grant

Area vehicles could have a lot of sticky tar on their tires if a four-town request for grants to chip seal a number of area streets comes through in October. Four towns have applied for a state Transportation Improvement Board chip seal grant... Full story


Scores show up for free food

The parking lot and surrounding area at Zion Lutheran Church was full last Thursday as the Second Harvest mobile truck distributed free food to scores who showed up. The event was sponsored by the... Full story



GC fire and ambulance busy The Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service reported five fire calls and 28 ambulance calls during August. Fire calls included four mutual aid responses and one vehicle fire. Eight ambulance calls were... Full story


Gas thieves drill and drain tanks

Jess Ford of Grand Coulee has had 15 vehicles' fuel tanks drilled by thieves in the past four months. Several of the tanks were drilled while inside a fenced-in storage area off Van Tyne Avenue, just... Full story


Town gone from nice to nothing

Not sure where to start. We have gone from a nice town with services to nothing in a few short years. We are being told to call 911 after 5 p.m. and on weekends. We have over 18 single ladies in this town, over half over 70. We have only six or... Full story


Three endorse Estudillo for judge

The three of us have over 75 years of experience practicing law in Grant County. All of us have been both prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys at some point in our careers. We have practiced in front of numerous judges in Grant County. Based... Full story


Reader asserts facts misstated

After hearing and reading a lot of misinformation about the race between Judge David Estudillo and his challenger, Nick Wallace, I feel compelled to set the record straight regarding two issues: campaign financing and judicial experience. According... Full story


He'll vote for Thrasher

Eyebrows rose when a young woman not born in Okanogan County rallied more votes than the incumbent, moving on to the Nov. 8 general election for District 2 Okanogan County Commissioner. But the excellence Ashley Thrasher has shown in managing her... Full story


Commissioners have made public lands private

I think what people may not know regarding the road closures in the South Okanogan County, from 2001 until the recent Three Devils Road in 2015, is that there are thousands of acres of public land that the public no longer has access to. The only... Full story


We remember '86 and more

This weekend the class of 1986 from the great halls of Lake Roosevelt will celebrate 30 years out in the real world. Classmates will come back to the streets of Electric City, Elmer City, Grand Coulee and Coulee Dam, their old stomping grounds, to... Full story


Seventy-seven years ago

A section of rubble masonry retaining wall is completed for the pumping plant parking area and for the highway grade change in this area. - Sept. 6, 1939.... Full story


Daniel Robert Williams

Daniel Robert Williams, 47, of Grand Coulee, Washington, passed away suddenly on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at 11:11 a.m. at Mid Valley Hospital in Okanogan, Washington. He was born October 6, 1968, in... Full story


Betty Franks

Betty Franks, 96, of Othello, Washington, passed away Friday, September 23, 2016. She was born in Spokane, Washington, on August 7, 1920. Betty Franks graduated from Medical Lake High School in 1937.... Full story


Virginia A. Haney Allen

Virginia A. Haney Allen, born August 10, 1919, in Watts, California, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016, in Grand Coulee, Washington. A complete obituary will run in an upcoming Star issue.... Full story


It's a girl for Smith/Stanford

Kristen Smith and Corey Stanford, of Electric City, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Scarlet Olivia Stanford, born Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz., and was 18.5... Full story


Okanogan County is celebrating 4-H Week Oct. 3–7

Do you want to know what the 4-H program is about? How to find a club in your area? How to start a new club? How to navigate the 4-H Online system? All current and potential 4-H members and leaders are invited to join the WSU Okanogan County... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber To Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon, this Thursday, September 29, at La Presa Mexican Restaurant in Grand Coulee. Judge Estudillo will be the guest speaker. Grant County Port Dist. 7 Budget Meeting Grant Co... Full story


Legals for September 28, 2016

Town of Elmer City Budget Hearing The Town of Elmer City will hold a Budget Hearing on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. The Budget Hearing will be held at Elmer City Town Hall, 505 Seaton Ave., Elmer City, WA. All interested persons are... Full story


Raiders beat the Bears in chaotic game

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders defeated the Brewster Bears 36-14 in Coulee Dam Friday to go 4-0 for the season and leading the league, the first time LR has had this good of a record since anyone can... Full story


Lady Raiders lose two

The Lady Raiders volleyball team lost in the tie-breaking fifth set Sept. 20 against Okanogan. "My girls started off the game really hot," Head Coach Kasey Garvin said. "They served, passed, and hit... Full story


Runners compete at Okanogan

Lake Roosevelt cross country runners attended the Okanogan Invitational last Wednesday. The runners are already showing an improvement since last week. Out of 59 total runners, Raiders finished mostly in the middle time range. Kyle Edmo finished... Full story


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