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 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 12, 2019 

Consolidation committee discusses next steps

So what's going on with the effort to consolidate local towns into one? A group of local business owners and residents who have that goal met Thursday at the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 12, 2019 

Beach parking banned at Geezer Beach by USBR

Despite overwhelming public opinion against the idea, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has chosen to ban vehicles from parking on Geezer Beach, located behind the Third Powerhouse of the Grand Coulee...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    June 12, 2019 

Bull ride and wild horse race on Friday

How do you score sports centered around riding big animals like bulls and wild horses? It’s not as if you can see a ball go through a hoop, or someone carry a ball into an end zone. The Star asked George Kohout, president of the Ridge Riders...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 5, 2019

State attorney general to visit local Rotary club

Washington state’s top legal officer will speak at local Rotary club’s June 12 meeting. Attorney General Bob Ferguson will be speaking about the work of the Office of the Attorney General and taking questions from those in attendance. The Grand C...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 5, 2019

Canoe journey to recall history, advocate for future

Seventy-nine years to the day after the original Ceremony of Tears, about 80 paddlers will leave Crescent Bay in canoes June 14 for an eight-day journey to Kettle Falls, the site of the original ceremony that mourned the loss of salmon from the...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 5, 2019

Local eagle population doing well

Eagle parents along the Columbia River have their hands full with four eaglets in their nest in the Washington Flats area. Local wildlife photography enthusiast Nora Gabler Jenn, previously profiled...

 By Jacob Wagner    School    June 5, 2019

Local Boy Scouts seek their Eagle ranks with school projects

Lake Roosevelt Schools may receive a smoking rack for meat and some track and field improvements, courtesy of local Boy Scouts who want to earn the Eagle rank. Showaway Hunt and Reniff Herndon spoke t...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 29, 2019

Grand Coulee's 'Heroin Hill' problem considered

Grand Coulee discussed the scourge of drugs in town at their latest council meeting. “I think we have a bit of a problem in terms of drug dealing,” Grand Coulee resident and business owner Kimberly Christensen said last week to laughter from a...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 29, 2019

Could the "B" in "B Street" stand for "Bureau"?

Grand Coulee could turn over a stretch of the infamous B Street to the Bureau of Reclamation. The city council discussed the topic at their May 21 meeting. Public Works Director Dennis Francis brought the topic up, noting that the bureau didn’t...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 29, 2019

Tribes sue big-pharma over opioid harm

The Colville Tribes have filed a lawsuit against major manufacturers of opioids, alleging devastating health effects on tribal communities resulting from the drugs. A May 10 press release from the tribes detailed the lawsuit, saying that “the...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 29, 2019

Wilbur cyberstalker gets 11 years

A Wilbur man was sentenced May 23 to over 11 years in federal prison for cyberstalking an ex-girlfriend and illegally possessing firearms. Thomas Martin Roberts, 52, had pleaded guilty June 12, 2018, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 29, 2019

Business sign enforcement discussed

What good does a sign do if it’s for a business that no longer exists? And what kind of signal does an ugly sign give to a passerby? Grand Coulee Councilmember Tom Poplawski brought the topic of signs up at the May 21 council meeting. “There are...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 29, 2019

Lady Raiders finish seventh in state softball

The Lady Raiders finished their softball season ranked seventh in the state, the best a Lake Roosevelt softball team has ever finished. The Lady Raiders' successful softball season came to a close in Yakima following a couple of state tournament...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 29, 2019

Whiteman ties for 12th in state 1B/2B golf tournament

Lake Roosevelt’s Darin Whiteman tied for 12th place at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association State Golf Tournament at Tumwater Valley Golf Club, held May 21-22. “Darin performed extremely well under intense pressure conditions,...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 29, 2019

Flowers takes first at state

Steven Flowers bested his own shot-put record by nearly two feet to earn the state championship Friday in Cheney, where Raider athletes competed in the Washington Interscholastic Activities...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 22, 2019

Filing period over, choices of candidates listed

With the filing period now closed, we can see which Coulee citizens have thrown their hats into the ring for positions on local councils and commissions, and which incumbents either filed to keep their spot, or chose not to file. In Electric City,...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 22, 2019

Grand Coulee Dam goes virtual

The Grand Coulee Dam was built during the Great Depression and is now entering the future via interactive, 360-degree virtual reality tours becoming available this weekend. Seattle-based virtual reali... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 22, 2019

Lady Raiders first in league, third in region, on to state

The Lady Raiders have played their district and regional playoff games, finishing first in the league and third in the region, and are moving on to state play this weekend. The Lady Raiders defeated...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 22, 2019

LR athletes win league honors

Raider athletes received “All League” honors this week, as voted on by coaches from the Central Washington 2B league. In baseball, Raiders receiving the honors were Hunter Whitelaw, who made the all-league first team; and Brit Egbert and Tyson Ni...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 22, 2019

Five Raiders to compete at state

Five Raiders qualify for state for track & field following Friday’s District 5-6 qualifier in Quincy. At the qualifier, the top five boys and top four girls in each event qualified for the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association 2019...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 22, 2019

Tennis girls compete at districts

Lake Roosevelt sent six girls to compete in the District 6 tennis tournament last week. The North Central Washington Athletic Associations 1A/2B/1B District 6 tournament was held May 15 in Manson and...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 22, 2019

Tribal primary winnows candidates from 33 to 14

The votes are in for the primary election for seven of the 14 positions on the Colville Business Council, the main governing body of the Colville Tribes, with 13 candidates seeking office in the Nespelem District alone. All the incumbents survived...

 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...


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