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 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 4, 2019 

Grant Transit Authority buying new buses

Grant Transit Authority, which provides bus services through Grant County, will be buying four more buses with federal grant money. The acquisition of those buses will not add any routes to the Grand Coulee Dam area. Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 4, 2019 

Smartphones: a distraction or a tool?

Are smartphones a hindrance to learning in the classroom, or an asset? A recent article in The Star reported on smartphone-related discussions at a recent Grand Coulee Dam School District board meeting. That article directed readers to a poll on the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 4, 2019 

Mystery hole still draws interest

An unexplained phenomenon took place 35 years ago on a farm on a plateau west of Omak Lake in which a three-ton piece of earth was lifted out of the ground, landing some 73-feet away. It's still a...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 27, 2019

Smartphone access at school discussed by board

With an ever-growing presence of smartphones and tablets in our lives, how do they fit into the school system? The topic of smartphones, and therefore social media, came up multiple times at the... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 27, 2019

B Street closure extension granted for USBR fire station

The Grand Coulee City Council voted last week to extend their contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to keep a portion of B Street closed for up to another year during construction of the bureau’s new fire station. The council discussed some...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 27, 2019

Deadline set for sale of golf course

The local port district set a formal deadline of Dec. 31 for the sale of Banks Lake Golf Course to Rattlesnake Ridge to be completed. Grant County Port District 7, which manages the local airport and Banks Lake Golf Course, signed a purchase and...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 27, 2019

Pioneer Museum acquires some old tools

A local museum focused on honoring the people who make the community's history now has a collection of tools from a worker on display. Antique hammers and wrenches were donated by Robert McClure this...

 

Raiders season ends in second round of state tourney

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders' football season ended in Kalama in the second round of the state playoff tournament Saturday. In Kalama, the Raiders played against the Kalama Chinooks, losing 43-0....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 20, 2019

Electric City picks new engineering firm

At the same meeting in which their public works director described the “dilapidated” state of some of Electric City’s water and sewer system, the city council voted to change the firm that plans and engineers major upgrades on those systems...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 20, 2019

CBH: Huge hydropower project now far more likely here

A proposed $1.4 billion hydropower project is looking more likely to happen in the area, its promoters say, and would bring in 1,000-1,500 workers during construction and create 100-150 permanent...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 20, 2019

Miller selected as new Electric City Fire Chief

Justin Miller has been selected as the new fire chief for the Electric City Volunteer Fire Department. Miller’s appointment to chief was approved by the Electric City Council at their Nov. 12 meeting. Miller has served on the department for 16...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 20, 2019

1943 letter describes Persia as seen by American G.I.

Imagine opening an old envelope and catching a glimpse of history. Grand Coulee man Fred Long received a few items that belonged to his brother, Robert "Bobby" Long, after he passed away recently,...

 

Volleyball competes at state

The Lady Raiders ended their volleyball season by competing in the state tournament for the first time since 1991 as they lost in two games in Yakima last week. Lake Roosevelt first played the Kalama...

 

LR athletes win all-league honors

Many Raiders and Lady Raiders athletes have received “All League” honors from the Central Washington 2B League, nominated and chosen by coaches from the league. All four teams made it to the post season this year. In football, in which the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 13, 2019

Third fire in three weeks put out Tuesday

A garage fire in Grand Coulee was extinguished before it spread on Monday afternoon, causing mostly smoke damage, with no one suffering any injuries. “It could have been way worse,” Marjie Gallagher said about the fire that she said was caused...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 13, 2019

Initiative will affect road repair funds

Two local towns will directly lose transportation funds because of the passage of a state initiative. Electric City and Elmer City will lose a bit of revenue from the recent passage of a statewide initiative that, among other things, limits how...

 

Raider football team ready for first round of state following district playoff victory

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders football team is going to state, hosting a first-round game on Saturday, following a solid victory in the district crossover game. In Coulee Dam on Nov. 8, the Raiders annih...

 

Volleyball bound for state tournament

The Lady Raiders volleyball team is Yakima bound, having qualified for state for the first time since 1991 with a 3-0 victory over Mabton last week. The Lady Raiders had lost to Lady Bears Nov. 5 in...

 

Edmo competes at state cross country

Raider Kyle Edmo ran at the 1B/2B state cross country meet at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco on Saturday. Edmo placed 110th out of 154 runners with a time of 18 minutes, 40.1 seconds. Daniel...

 

Raider soccer ends in playoffs

The Lady Raiders soccer team's fourth season ended in the playoffs last week, the first time the team made it to the playoffs. Lake Roosevelt lost a soccer playoff game 6-3 in Tonasket against the Lad...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 13, 2019

Star poll: Most prefer permanent Daylight Savings time

Locals support idea of “ditching the switch” and adopting “permanent Daylight Savings Time” State legislation passed earlier this year would put a stop to changing clocks. Locals do not like switching their clocks twice a year between...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 6, 2019

Daylight Savings ended but could become permanent

Daylight Savings Time ended on Nov. 3 when we rolled our clocks back an hour. Could this be the last time we “fall behind?” Legislation signed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this year to permanently adopt Daylight Savings Time, in other... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 6, 2019

Caretaker class hopeful at LR

A new class at the high school could certify students to be home caretakers. Lake Roosevelt High School is working on crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s of implementing a home caretaker class into offered curriculum. The move would be the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 6, 2019

They crossed that bridge when they came to it

Bridge girders heading toward the West Fork area of the San Poil river along highway 21 between Keller and Republic crossed the bridge at Coulee Dam recently. The girders, six in total, each measure 1...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 6, 2019

Special forces veteran honored for his service

James Duranceau attended an event last month hosted by the Special Forces Association where he was honored for his 16 years as a Green Beret in the United States Army. Duranceau joined the army in...

 

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