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 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 20, 2019 

Fire station construction contract terminated

A $13.6 million fire station being built for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation along SR-155 has faced numerous delays, and a bigger delay now with the termination of the contract between the bureau and...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 20, 2019 

Changes planned for streets in Electric City

Those who drive around Electric City regularly may be surprised this summer to find that the Y-shaped intersection near city hall will be losing the Western Avenue branch off that intersection that...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 20, 2019 

City pursuing critical upgrade

Electric City needs to upgrade a critical piece of infrastructure that every person in the city depends on, and for which the city will need to arrange several hundred thousand dollars in financing. Electric City’s 1960s-era sewage lift station,...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 20, 2019 

Ferry work slated for April and summer

The Keller Ferry, which connects SR-21 from the Wilbur area to the Keller area, will be out of service from April 1 to April 7 for a permanent repair to be done on a weld crack that had closed the ferry from Jan. 25 to Feb. 2. A temporary repair had...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    School    March 20, 2019 

Locals help clear snow for spring athletes

The long-running winter has made it hard to play spring sports, meant to be played on grass and dirt, not ice and snow. "We've had volunteers helping, doing whatever they can, like snow blowing...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 13, 2019

Darnell Sam fills vacant Nespelem District position

Darnell Sam has been appointed to the Nespelem District Position #2 on the Colville Business Council, following the expulsion of Andrea George, who had filled that position. The CBC named Sam to the council seat following a 94-53 vote by tribal membe...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 13, 2019

Report: Elementary school showing improvements

Discipline issues at Lake Roosevelt Elementary School are going down, and students are performing better in English Language Arts and math, according to the principal. Principal Lisa Lakin spoke to the Grand Coulee Dam Area School District board of...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 13, 2019

New principal chosen for high school

Out of five candidates, Kirk Marshlain has been chosen as the new Lake Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School principal. The Grand Coulee Dam School District board approved giving Superintendent Paul Turner the go-ahead to hire Marshlain at their March...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 13, 2019

Geologist tells dramatic story

Not only did dozens of gigantic floods shape the local landscape thousands of years ago, they raced across the solid-rock remains of hundreds of layers of lava flows that built the local bedrock...

 

Now is the time to make a difference in the community

Term limits, change, whatever you want! Now is the time. Every day, I hear people want term limits. If you read last week’s Star, you see many, many open volunteer vacancies in local organizations, cities, boards, etc. Now is the time for you, or...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    March 13, 2019

Coach made a career of preparing wrestlers for life

An era of Raider wrestling is ending with the coming retirement of Coach Steve Hood, whose professional and personal life was shaped by the sport he viewed as a means to help shape young lives. "It's...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 6, 2019

28 positions up for elections on various boards and councils

Are you interested in helping make a difference in the local cities, parks, schools, hospital, or elsewhere? There are 28 local offices up for election this fall, including positions on city councils, school boards, and various districts in the area....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 6, 2019

Crumbling new sidewalks in Grand Coulee may require big fix, legal work

Nearly new sidewalks that Grand Coulee had installed in 2015 are already cracking and crumbling, a situation that could require time in court to work out. Grand Coulee's city council voted at their...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 6, 2019

Elmer Council OKs search for sewer plant funding

Elmer City’s council approved a resolution Feb. 21 allowing the city to apply for funding to build its own wastewater treatment facility. There was no discussion of the resolution before the vote at the council meeting. There has been bad blood...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 6, 2019

Care and Share Food bank gets needed boost

The Care and Share Food Bank, located at the Nazarene Church on SR-174, filled their almost-empty shelves with food from Yakima-based nonprofit Northwest Harvest last week. Carol Nordine, who manages...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 6, 2019

Natural Helpers say program is showing results

The Natural Helpers program at Lake Roosevelt High School has been a success, staff members and students say, and they want to keep it going. The program, which used a student survey to identify 21 students to whom other students feel comfortable...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    March 6, 2019

Really, spring will arrive, really

With all the snow occupying our landscape, it’s hard to image spring at all. Be assured that it will arrive; in fact, March 20 will bring vernal, or spring, equinox. It’s that point in time that...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    March 6, 2019

Raiders take sixth in state 2B basketball tourney

The Raiders basketball squad won two and lost two at state last week, ultimately finishing sixth out of Washington's 60 2B schools. The Raiders kicked off their string of games at the Washington...

 

Lady Raiders come to end of season that had its moments

The Lady Raiders lost their regionals playoff game Friday, ending their 2018-19 season. Lake Roosevelt lost in Tumwater against Willapa Valley, 44-35. The Lady Raiders led 10-7 at the end of the...

 

Raiders head to state tourney

The Raiders lost their regional playoff game on Saturday, but will play in the first round of state today (Wednesday) for a chance to play in the next round on Thursday. The Raiders lost to the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 27, 2019

Bureau and school district disagree on project impact

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Grand Coulee Dam School District disagree on the impact a bureau project will have on local schools. The USBR is planning a 10-year project to update three generators, named G19-21, in the Third Powerhouse starting...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 27, 2019

Summer work on AC, more will close gym for upgrade

The Lake Roosevelt High School gym will likely be closed during the summer to upgrade its heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. The new HVAC system will be installed on the roof, keeping the noise from the system out of the gym, and...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 27, 2019

Grand Coulee discusses controversial new gun law

Grand Coulee considered adopting a resolution refusing to enforce Washington state’s Initiative 1639 related to gun control, but chose instead to have a resolution drafted saying the city supports the United States Bill of Rights. Several sheriffs...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 27, 2019

More towns choose recycling option

Grand Coulee and Elmer City have both cast their vote for a recycling option, both wanting a receptacle at the Delano Transfer Station for no extra charge to the cities or the residents. Electric...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 27, 2019

Grand Coulee cleaning up financial records mess

by Jacob Wagner The city of Grand Coulee’s financial records seem to be getting in order after years of chaos, but there’s still a ways to go. “Things are getting back on track, and at least our financial system balances to what our bank...

 

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