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Ten Years Ago

An electrical fire destroyed Carol Clark’s home in Elmer City last Sunday.

Lady Raiders were perfect this week with wins against Omak and Wilbur Creston. Tiffany Barry was the Player of the Game against Omak with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Jessica Loe was the Player of the Game against the Wildcats with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Twenty Years Ago

Slick roads this week caused five accidents. Highway 155 between Belvedere and Nespelem was so slippery with ice from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. it was almost impossible to drive.

Senior Kevin Hannahs earned the championship at 178 pounds at the Segel Memorial Wrestling Tournament Saturday.

Lady Raiders had one win and a loss this week and the boys lost two in a row. The ladies lost to Tonasket 55-49 and beat Chelan 55-46. The boys lost to Chelan 79-60 and Tonasket 76-70. 

The National Honor Society at Lake Roosevelt inducted new members and officers this week. The new members are: Elizabeth Avey, Jackie Jackson, Jamie White, Steve Hansen, Marty Malone, Heath Wisener, Scott Zlateff, Bubba Parker, Lawrence Achord, Jeff Mintle, Kelli Ayling, Mackenzi Caple, Patsy Gould, Emily King, Kristen Sherman and TeRay Warnecke.

Thirty Years Ago

Grand Coulee Police Department hired a new patrolman this week. Gary W. Martzell was hired and will be filling the vacancy left by Don Potteiger.

Many ice skaters can be observed out on Banks Lake and most likely along the shore line where the ice is safe. But there is a danger spot along the causeway south of Electric City, especially along the east side where springs are flowing.

Forty Years Ago  

New Trooper Myron Malone has been assigned duty here in the Grand Coulee Dam Area as of Dec. 17. Trooper Malone comes from Waterville.

Basketball Coach Jerry Riggan’s Raiders broke open a tight game last friday night against Okanogan winning 56-43. Chuck Desautel and Norris Palmanteer led a balanced attack with 12 points apiece and Richard Wippel corralled 12 rebounds.

Grand Coulee Dam School District announced this week that a series of energy conservation cutbacks will have to be made this week. Classroom temperatures will be dropped from 72 degrees to 68, public use of school buildings after hours will be reduced, security lighting will be reduced, the number of rooter buses going to away games will be reduced and half of the bus stops will be eliminated. This is all due to a conservation statement that was handed down by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

Fifty Years Ago

 The issue of the Star was dedicated entirely to telling the story of Jesus and Christmas in an issue called “THEY CAME TO BETHLEHEM.”

Sixty Years Ago

Another in a growing list of auto related tragedies hit close to home Monday evening when three local teenagers died when the car they were riding in rolled and they were thrown. Walter Howell, 17, of Electric City, Joan Beatrice Bombard, 16, of Coulee Dam and Merla Pierce, 15, of Electric City all were declared dead on the scene due to their injuries. Three others in the car received minor injuries. The accident occurred at 4:45 p.m. on the Bridgeport Highway eight miles east of Bridgeport.  

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