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Articles from the December 14, 2016 edition

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Restaurant to open next spring at casino

The Colville Tribes’ expanded Coulee Dam Casino will open in late February or March, Chief Operating Officer of Colville Gaming John MacClain said last week. The $3.2 million project was started about a year ago, and will include full dining... Full story

 

Christmas in the Coulee

We hope you find our guide to finding gifts in the coulee helpful, that you'll support local businesses when you can and that you don't have to travel through a lot of snow. Give our guide a look...

 

Local cowboy champ sets another record

Shane Proctor has done it again. This time Proctor picked up the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo "average championship" this past weekend after 10 days of competition in Las Vegas, a feat he... Full story

 

After fire, home electricity turned on again

Coulee Dam police and fire officials discovered last Thursday that a resident had possibly jumped an electrical meter that had been turned off after a Dec. 5 garage fire. Town officials had turned the meter off at 415 North Columbia and requested... Full story

 

City clerk Perman to retire

Jackie Perman will retire in April next year as city clerk in Electric City, she announced last week. "We will miss her; she has done a wonderful job for the city," Mayor John Nordine II, said... Full story

 

Locally-raised alpaca meat found to be mild

Maybe sometime soon you will find alpaca meat in the delicacy section of your local meat market. Alpaca meat? That's right, alpaca meat! Local alpaca ranchers Merv and MaryJo Monteith are teaming... Full story

 

Fire personnel receive awards

Several people were recognized at the Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire and Ambulance awards banquet last Saturday night, held at the fire station. Pictured from the left, Judah Pope got the award for... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

Volunteer of year delayed The Star’s volunteer of the year recognition will happen in January 2017 instead of this month to allow people enough time to nominate people they know who deserve the recognition. “Jury duty” scam hits county The... Full story

 

On Bob Ferguson's ban on the most popular firearm in the country

The news story “Thousands of gun crimes go unpunished in Washington,” run by King 5 News on Nov. 16, asked King County Sheriff John Urquhart why prohibited persons are not prosecuted when they attempt to buy a firearm. He plainly stated they do... Full story

 

A million Wreaths Across America

Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving for lost loved ones. It is especially painful for America’s military families whose son, daughter, spouse or parent was killed while serving in uniform. Normally, the fallen are remembered on Memori... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 14, 2016

Winter memories

This early snow and cold front has me remembering back to my childhood and the fun we had in the snow jungles during winter. We spent almost all day outside, in the bitter cold. Of course, we were stacked up with layers upon layers of long johns,... Full story

 

Seventy years ago

Excavation work along the Feeder Canal. Town of Grand Coulee shown at extreme right.- Dec. 19, 1946 photo... Full story

 

Wayne Stewart Rawley

Wayne Stewart Rawley passed away quietly on Sunday, November 20, 2016. Wayne spent his last years at Golden Years Retirement Home in Riverside, Washington, where he was lovingly cared for by Mandy... Full story

 

Elten Henry Klein

Elten Henry Klein passed away peacefully December 8, 2016, at the Columbia Basin Skilled Nursing Unit in Ephrata, Washington. He was born in Spokane, Washington, October 8, 1924, to Anne Thomas Klein... Full story

 

Imogene Waggoner

Imogene Waggoner, 83, born November 6, 1933, in Monse, Washington, passed away Thursday morning, December 8, 2016, in her Elmer City, Washington, home following a courageous battle with cancer. At Imogene’s request cremation has taken place and no... Full story

 

LR Students of the Month for November

Students at Lake Roosevelt Elementary School selected for students of the month for November.... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

No Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not meet this week. Care and Share Food Bank Is Open Fridays The food bank at the Church of the Nazarene has normal operating hours every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. It is located... Full story

 

Lady Raiders defeats followed by dominant win

The Lady Raiders showed no mercy Saturday to Soap Lake, winning by 27 points following two losses of their own against Brewster and Liberty Bell last week. Following a 60-44 loss to the Lady Bears... Full story

 

Raider boys ring in a victory at Liberty Bell

The Raider boys chalked up their first mark in the win column for the season after defeating the Liberty Bell Mountain Lions 52-43 Thursday. "It's hard to go out to Liberty Bell and play well, and we... Full story

 

Raider wrestlers mix things up

Raider wrestlers hosted the Lake Roosevelt Mix and Match Dec. 7, before going to the Connell Tournament on Saturday. The LR Mix and Match, unlike tournaments, doesn't involve eliminations, brackets, p... Full story

 

Raider alumni games set for next week

Lake Roosevelt High School will be holding alumni vs. alumni basketball games on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Lake Roosevelt is looking for LR graduates of any age to participate in the event. Anyone interested in playing in the alumni game should contact... Full story

 

Bowling Scores

COLUMBIA LEAGUE TEAM W L Strike or Spare 35 21 Team 6 31 25 Solid T Const. 19 37 High Game: Don Richer 248 High Series: Don Richer 681 DAM KEGLERS TEAM W L 4 145.5 114.5 3 135 125 6 133 127 5 131 129 2 119.5 140.5 1 8 12 High Game: KEVIN ROSENBAUM... Full story

 

This week in sports

Wed., Dec. 14 6 p.m., LR Wrestling at Oroville Mixer Thurs., Dec. 15 4:30, LR Basketball here with Tonasket(L) Sat., Dec. 17 1 p.m., LR Basketball at Okanogan 10 a.m., Raider Wrestling at Cashmere Tournament Wed., Dec. 21 6 p.m., LR Wrestling at... Full story

 

Legals for December 14, 2016

Grant County Fire District 14 Change of Meeting Date Grant County Fire District No. 14 will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, December 19, 2016 at 7:00PM at the Electric City Fire Station due to the Christmas holiday.   (Publish December 14,... Full story

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 12/5 - Police are looking for an Elmer City woman who allegedly struck her boyfriend of six years, causing a cut in his nose. The man said he didn’t want to get his girlfriend in trouble. When police arrived there was blood on... Full story

 

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