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Articles from the February 14, 2024 edition

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  • Police active as INET visits area

    Scott Hunter|Feb 14, 2024

    People noticed police activity Tuesday as multiple patrol cars converged on cars parked outside Hometown Pizza in mid-afternoon. Two people were arrested there. An officer who said he was with the Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team said they were not through. They headed to Fourth Street in Electric City where a house was surrounded by police cars. Three people inside the house were in custody briefly but were released. An expected press release about the event was not available before...

  • Cities may explore an encouraging idea

    Scott Hunter editor and publisher|Feb 14, 2024

    It became clear as crystal last night. Within the time allotted for one city council meeting in Electric City, at least three issues were discussed that require regional attention of two, three, or four local cities, all of which would benefit from cooperation among or between them. That’s why interest in at least one meeting among all their leaders, with the public invited, is an encouraging sign. The new kid on the block, Grand Coulee Mayor Mike Eylar, proposed last week at the Regional Board of Mayors meeting, that all the councils come t...

  • Community-wide, all-council meeting proposed

    Scott Hunter|Feb 14, 2024

    Grand Coulee’s new mayor, Mike Eylar, has proposed a joint meeting with the city councils of four local cities. Eylar brought the idea up at the Regional Board of Mayors meeting Wednesday. He said he and many local elected officials attended a training at Grand Coulee City Hall recently when he was surprised to see many officials from other cities there too. “It was exciting to have a good portion of the various city councils in attendance,” he said. He first broached the idea to Mayor Bob Poch, of Coulee Dam, who said he liked the idea. “Mayb...

  • $350,000 boosts senior housing plan Center

    Scott Hunter|Feb 14, 2024

    A study on a senior housing project is moving forward with a $350,000 grant through the state Department of Commerce, put into the state budget by the Legislature at the request of 7th District Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda). It gained bipartisan support and was included in the 2023-2025 biennial budget and signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. Center Senior Living President Cheryl Hoffman said the “funds provide planning dollars for a study to assess operating costs of an assisted living and memory care facility in Grand Coulee.” The project got...

  • Voters OK city shrinking and continued tax for school

    Scott Hunter|Feb 14, 2024

    Two propositions on local ballots passed by nearly the same results Tuesday. Electric City's Proposition 1, to de-annex four large parcels of land the city annexed several years ago, passed by about 81%, 169-40. Nespelem School District 14's Proposition 1, seeking a replacement levy, also passed by a little over 81%, 62-14. Electric City sought to partially undo the annexation it achieved in 2009, shrinking its boundaries to exclude four parcels owned by state or federal governments. They are...

  • Breaking the pattern

    Feb 14, 2024

    A low cloud pattern happens to catch the sun just right near Crescent Bay for dramatic effect. Winter is apparently back, with lows in the high 20s and highs in the 30s. Check our weather outlook on page 3. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Postal mail still is a portal to the outside world

    James Marples|Feb 14, 2024

    Having family in Grand Coulee, I read The Grand Coulee Star opinion piece “Those early postal days” (Feb. 7 issue). I can relate to the penny postcards. My late grandmother Dora (White) Marples had a shoebox full of them. Most were from her twin daughters Ida and Ina Marples. A few were from her eldest son Bill Marples (my Dad). I enjoyed seeing the unique stamps and designs as I was growing up. When I was age 6, a first-class stamp cost 6 cents. When I was 10 years old, postage was 10 cents. This parallel theme occurred when I was ages 15,...

  • To those responsible for striping all the roadways of Washington state

    Silas Powers|Feb 14, 2024

    Hello, I am Silas Powers. For the complex and difficult work of ensuring that all state routes, interstates, county, city and other roadways of Washington state are properly striped I have great respect. Why do the roadways show the following signs? • Lack of striping altogether • Heavily faded striping • Completely faded striping • Lack of retro reflectivity • Almost total invisibility of striping at night with light rain • Interference of road repairs or sealing with visibility of striping • Low quality of paint (in my opinion a 3 out of 10...

  • Hydropower is the cornerstone of a reliable, clean energy future

    PUD General Managers|Feb 14, 2024

    Affordable, plentiful energy is the root of a society that enables economic growth. It’s easy to forget our community’s biggest asset even though it affects everything we do. Now more than ever, our customers need to understand hydropower’s role in the rapidly changing energy landscape, and how we’re preparing for the future. It’s no secret that the public utility districts of Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties provide very low electric rates. Thanks to the vision of local citizens who voted to create public utility districts, and the commi...

  • Ribbons, medals, and trophies needed for future wrestlers

    Roger Lucas|Feb 14, 2024

    They better start making them soon because Lake Roosevelt will be winning them. Look ahead seven years or so and a new batch of wrestlers will be ready here. Victor Landeros, with the help of parents, is preparing 50-60 kids to become a dynamic wrestling force at Lake Roosevelt. Victor was a force of his own when he roamed the halls here. He’s got wrestling in his blood. He’s been building on the little kids’ wrestling program, Coulee Crushers, for both boys and girls. It’s paying off with large turnouts and with good results in tournam...

  • Carol Jean Gates

    Feb 14, 2024

    Carol Jean Gates, 74, passed away in her Grand Coulee, Washington home Wednesday morning, January 31, 2024, her husband David by her side. She entered this world as "Miss Carol Olsen" on Tuesday December 20, 1949 in Spokane, Washington. In Moses Lake, Washington, on Saturday, July 13, 2002, Carol married David Gates of Grand Coulee. Carol held various employment positions including as a bartender and most recently doing daycare out of her home. She was involved with the Grand Coulee, Senior... Full story

  • Hallie Sena Anderson

    Feb 14, 2024

    Our beloved mom, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend passed quickly and unexpectedly into the arms of Jesus at her home January 2024. To know her you knew the joy, hope and brightness of her faith. She saw God's goodness in all situations and circumstances and brought uplifting encouragement to all she met and knew. She had endless energy, interest and concern for others; serving tirelessly and humbly as a good and faithful servant. Hallie was born March 24,1949 in Sedalia Missouri to parents... Full story

  • Lenten Soup Suppers

    Feb 14, 2024

    The Grand Coulee Community Church is again serving soup and bread as is their tradition for the Lenten Season. The Soup Suppers are beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 14th at 6:00 PM and will continue each Wednesday for 6 weeks until March 20. Lent is the 40 day period of reflection and renewal leading up to Easter, which is on Sunday, March 31st this year. Homemade soup and breads will be served, followed by a Bible study. The church is inviting anyone in the community who is interested. Come join us for good food and fel...

  • Working on quilts every Wednesday

    Feb 14, 2024

    Every Wednesday we will be tying quilts at Zion Lutheran Church for the months of January and February. The group will start at 9am. Bring a sack lunch if you want to. One half of quilts will go to the Support Center and the other half to World Relief. We do keep 2 to 4 quilts at the church which were given to the family’s that just lost their home. Questions call 509-633-0648....

  • Coulee Cops

    Feb 14, 2024

    Grand Coulee 2/7 - The Moose Lodge was found to be secure after an alarm went off there. 2/8 - Police responded to a call regarding a man being on Wenatchee Avenue which is less than 1,000 feet from a Yakima Street residence. The man is restricted from coming within 1,000 feet of that residence due to a protection order. Police searched the area for the man but were unsuccessful in finding him. Police will conduct extra patrols in the area. - Police responded to a report of a man walking on Grand Coulee Avenue, waving a stick, and “bowing.” Pol...

  • It's a boy for Zacherle/Desautel

    Feb 14, 2024

    Emily Zacherle and Josiah Desautel of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son Tuff Wyatt Desautel on December 11, 2023, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz., and was 19 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Oakley Blue Sky Desautel (sister). Maternal grandparents are Willy and Erika Zacherle. Paternal grandmother is Wheatie Desautel.... Full story

  • Tillman/Tatum have a boy

    Feb 14, 2024

    Morgan Tillman and Ethan Tatum of Elmer City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son Arlo Rio Tatum, born December 13, 2023, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz., and was 20 inches in length at birth. Maternal grandparents are Jodie and Kevin Hannahs and Jimmer Tillman. Paternal grandparents are Jeff and Lynne Tatum and Bill and Jill Lenke. Great-grandparents are Dixie Tillman, Susan Socula and Paul White.... Full story

  • It's a boy for Raegan Judy

    Feb 14, 2024

    Raegan Judy of Wilbur, Washington, is proud to announce the birth of her son Tobias George Judy, born January 26, 2024, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz., and was 20 inches in length at birth. Maternal grandparents Tina Johnson of Elma, Washington and Chris Judy of Winnemucca, Nevada. Great-grandparents are Bob and Diana Johansen of Wilbur.... Full story

  • Raiders take District 6 championship

    Scott Hunter|Feb 14, 2024

    The Lake Roosevelt Raiders won the District 6 tournament championship for the second year in a row Friday in Omak, after a win at home on Tuesday. "We're fast," said a pleased Coach Ed Wolfe amid the jubilation on the Omak court, where the 2024 District 6 2B Boys Basketball Tournament was held for a week. The Raiders had just trounced the Tonasket Tigers 81-47 to take the title after having beaten Okanogan on Tuesday 91-69. The win will send the Raiders (20-1) to the Districts 6/7 Crossover...

  • Lady Raiders heading to crossover tournament

    Feb 14, 2024

    The Lady Raiders beat Liberty Bell 67-50 on Feb. 5 but fell to third-ranked Okanogan Wednesday, 62-36 in Omak at the 2024 District 6 2B Girls Basketball Tournament. The Raiders (12-11) head to the District 6/7 2B Girls Crossover Tournament for a loser-out game in Spokane Valley Saturday at 1 p.m. against Davenport (14-9) at West Valley High School, where a win would send them on to the state tournament in Spokane Feb. 23-March 2. Carley Neddo gets the rebound against the Bulldogs' Charlee...

  • Four boys head to Tacoma Dome

    Feb 14, 2024

    Four Raider wrestlers will compete at the boys’ state wrestling tournament in Tacoma this weekend. Senior Francis Louie will make his second trip to the big tournament, wrestling at 150 pounds with a 21-7 record. Colin Chaney, a freshman wrestles at 144 with a 10-15 record. Jacoby Jackson, an eighth-grader with a 4-4 record will wrestle at 120. And sophomore Zach Elwell will wrestle at 113, entering with a 4-4 record....

  • Two Raider girls head to state meet

    Feb 14, 2024

    Two Lake Roosevelt wrestlers will head to Tacoma for the Mat Classic XXXV state wrestling tournament this weekend in the Tacoma Dome Feb. 16-17. Senior Arianna Waters qualified for state after taking first place in Region 4 tournament in the 135 bracket, with a record 31-7. It will be her second time at state. Louisa Recilia, a sophomore, will go to Tacoma as an alternate at 235....

  • Legals

    Feb 14, 2024

    Coulee Area Park and Recreation District (CAPRD) is seeking a vendor for grounds maintenance at North Dam Park, Grand Coulee, WA The time frame for 2024 contract runs from April through the end of October. The selected vendor will provide maintenance of the park in the areas listed below. The budget for this seasonal project will not exceed 22,000 dollars. We reserve the right to extend this contract for up to two years. • Mowing of all cultivated lawn areas -- picnic shelter and adjacent grounds and both ball fields. • Some adjunct tall grass... Full story