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 By Betty Brueske    Opinion    May 15, 2019 

Concerned about Electric City's sidwalk plan

I was shown an aerial photo of the proposed Electric City sidewalk plan on Highway 155. I am concerned because the parking lot adjacent to New Paradigm Physical Therapy would be eliminated if sidewalks block off highway access. Handicapped patients... Full story

 By Bob Valen    Opinion    May 15, 2019 

Climate change, tree rings and us

Climate change, tree rings and us Like a book of factual history, tree rings are the annual chapters of a tree’s life. Through the eyes of a trained professional, tree rings tell the real story of... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 15, 2019 

Girls' tennis team ties for first

The Raider tennis squad competed in the Central Washington 2B/1B League tennis tournament May 6 and 8 at the North Cascades Athletic Club in Omak, where the LR girls team tied for first with Tonasket. That first-place spot was earned by Alexia Ryan,... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 8, 2019

Feral horse team assembled to address issue on reservation

The Colville Tribes have formed a horse management team to help manage the feral horses on the reservation. The tribes have, in recent years, paid money to remove portions of the feral horse population via controversial roundups using helicopters to...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 8, 2019

Large crowd shows up for fire chief disciplinary meeting

A peaceful, but angry, group of about 40-50 people gathered outside of city hall in Electric City Wednesday afternoon in support of Mark Payne, the city's fire chief, who is facing disciplinary...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 8, 2019

Bureau releases draft regarding possible Geezer Beach restriction

Locals overwhelmingly oppose a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation proposal to ban cars from driving on “Geezer Beach,” a beach named after the elderly who frequent the spot because of its easy accessibility. The issue is a hot topic among locals...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 8, 2019

Park commissioners meet … at the park

Commissioners from the Coulee Area Park & Recreation District met at North Dam Park April 30 to walk around the park and discuss aspects of it, future plans, and talking points for an upcoming...

 By Tonda Benge    Opinion    May 8, 2019

Small businesses got shut out from tax reform benefits

With Tax Day behind us and National Small Business Week upon us, it’s the perfect moment to reflect on what helps small businesses prosper. Encouraging people to “Shop Local” definitely helps. Each year, Small Business Week gives my business a...

 By Bob Valen    Opinion    May 8, 2019

Test election candidates for competence

In every stage of life we go through, there seems to be some type of test. We all faced the required tests that 12 years in school presented. There was a variety of tests for those who spent time in...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 8, 2019

Lady Raiders at top of league with 16-1 record

The Lady Raiders are continuing to dominate their opponents, winning all five of their games and leaving all opponents behind with combined scoring of 76-10. The Lady Raiders defeated the Pateros...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 8, 2019

Young Raider baseball team season ends with losses and wins

The Raiders baseball team suffered a couple of close losses at the hands of the Manson Trojans last week, but defeated Bridgeport twice in a doubleheader to close the season. A doubleheader in Coulee...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 8, 2019

Raiders do well at track and field meets

The Raider track and field team competed in Bridgeport and Royal City last week, where several Raiders placed or set personal records. “The Raiders are finishing a tough series of two-meet weeks,” Head Coach Lori Adkins said. “Although it was...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 8, 2019

Tennis moves on to postseason

Raider tennis players are competing in the league tournament in Omak following matches in Chelan and Creston. In Chelan April 30, the Raider girls lost 5-0, and the Raider boys lost 4-1. “We were pretty much dominated by the best team we’ve...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 1, 2019

Electric City fire chief facing disciplinary action

Electric City Fire Chief Mark Payne received a letter from the city regarding disciplinary action being considered against him for illegal burning practices. Payne, who forwarded The Star the letter, believes the action is directly related to his rol...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 1, 2019

For Sale: Banks Lake Golf Course, good condition

Banks Lake Golf Course and surrounding land have been declared surplus items, opening up the possibility of them being sold. Grant County Port District 7 commissioners, who manage the golf course as...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 1, 2019

School board hears deep concerns on a class

It’s hard for a child to learn in a classroom if other students are being disruptive, even violent. A conversation about this took place at the Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors’ meeting April 22. Clarissa Cawston addressed the...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 1, 2019

Construction resumes on fire station

Construction has resumed on the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation fire station off SR-155, with completion anticipated for March of 2020. The $13.6 million contract was originally awarded to Innovative...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 1, 2019

From LEGOs to drones

The classic toy LEGO has evolved over the years to incorporate robotics, and students at Nespelem Elementary are using LEGO robots to learn coding and robotics, skills that will be more and more...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 1, 2019

Lady Raiders continue to dominate in softball

The Lady Raiders defeated the Lady Shockers in a tight game on April 23, winning 6-3. "Emma Marchand brought home the win on the mound," Head Coach Jaci Gross said about the freshman who struck out...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 1, 2019

Raiders' track and field shine at meets

The Raiders track and field team last week competed at Peshastin, placing well, and in Wenatchee, where high winds canceled some events and blew others off course. The Raiders competed with other North Central Washington teams in Peshastin April 23....

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 1, 2019

LR tennis faces three teams

The Raider tennis team has been busy, playing against Liberty Bell, Tonasket and Okanogan. The Raiders hosted Liberty Bell in Coulee Dam April 23, when the Raider girls won 3-2, and the boys lost 4-1. “First time in memory an LR girls’ team has d...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 1, 2019

Raiders defeat Shockers

The Raiders defeated the Waterville Shockers 7-1 after jumping out ahead in early innings April 23. The Raiders got on the board in the second inning when Nick Baker stole home plate as a pitch got...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 1, 2019

Raiders tee off at Desert Canyon

Raider golfers teed up at the Desert Canyon golf course in Oroville last week. We’re getting to know each other quite well, since they are our only league opponent this season!” Head Coach Steve Files said about the Oroville Hornets. Darin...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    April 24, 2019

Congressman takes in local school challenges

Congressman Dan Newhouse visited Lake Roosevelt Schools Tuesday, touring the building and learning about the challenges the school district faces, particularly financial issues. Newhouse represents...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    April 24, 2019

Students show their science work

Lake Roosevelt students presented projects at a science fair held by the Parent Teacher Association on Thursday. Students from grades 1 through 10 presented projects to a dozen judges, community...


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