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Volunteer of the Year nominations in this issue

Nomination letters for The Star’s annual Volunteer of the Year award are published in this issue, on page 2, and online. The honoree is chosen by our readers, either through a written note or an online poll. You can let your choice be known: ... Full story

 

Local homes raided in drug, counterfeit investigation

One man is in jail and another suspect is being sought after a county interagency task force and the Secret Service raided a Grand Coulee residence early Friday morning. The raid site was lined with... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 17, 2016

Classes for boating coming

Boaters in Washington state born after Dec. 31, 1954, now need to take a boater education course and carry a state Boater Education Card. An online course is offered by a private company for $29.50... Full story

 

Mayor gets push-back on plant claims

Coulee Dam residents will get an update on the proposed wastewater treatment plant project at a public meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 24, starting at 5:30 p.m. at city hall. In a letter to the editor in today’s Star newspaper, Mayor Greg Wilder stated... Full story

 

City council changes to one meeting a month

Grand Coulee’s city council will meet one more time in February, but then will meet only once a month. The council passed its once-a-month ordinance at its meeting Feb. 2. After the Feb. 16 meeting, the Grand Coulee council will meet once a month... Full story

 

Effort to rebuild longhouse gets traction at conference

The Chief Joseph Nez Perce Longhouse, destroyed by fire three years ago, may soon be replaced by a new building if a committee working for it can settle with insurance and find more funding. The new... Full story

 

Loosening up writers' block

There’s an effort to resurrect “Them Dam Writers,” an organization that encourages people to write. The group had been organized back in the 1980s, but in recent years had dwindled to only a few. The effort to get the group going again started... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

Tillman named pro tem Jesse Tillman was named mayor pro tem by a vote of council members at Elmer City’s council meeting last Thursday night. He will fill in for mayor Gail Morin when she is away. Blood drive scheduled There will be a Grand Coulee... Full story

 

Man arrested on attempted break-in charge

A Selah, Washington man was arrested last Thursday for allegedly trying to break into the marijuana retail store on Burdin Boulevard. Police said Sterling R. Sauve, 22, tried to get into B Street Bud by forcing the back door open. Sauve was arrested... Full story

 

Cities accepted police contract

Electric City has finally agreed to a contract with Grand Coulee to provide police services. Its city council voted 5-0 for the contract offer, even though some of the language was a bitter pill to swallow. Then there was an ultimatum, the tossing... Full story

 

Choose your volunteer

Below are this year’s nominations for The Star’s annual Volunteer of the Year award. Each of them are highly deserving of the honor. When chosen by our readers, they will stand for the honor meant to recognize the many in the community who give... Full story

 

Archie Dennis nominated for Volunteer of the Year

I would like to nominate Archie Dennis as the “Volunteer of the Year” as he is very dedicated to helping people in our community and in the surrounding counties. Archie has been an emergency medical technician and fireman for many years, and he... Full story

 

Glo Carroll nominated for Volunteer of the Year

I wish to nominate Glo Carroll of Coulee Dam as the Grand Coulee Dam area Volunteer of the Year. I don’t personally know Glo, but as a member of this community, I was witness to the amazing work she did this summer in the midst of the worst... Full story

 

Stop break-ins from brazen thieves

The community needs to start working together to stop the thievery that is going on in this area. Our local police departments can’t do it on their own and, due to cut backs in budgets, they are short staffed and need our help. We have thieves who... Full story

 

Re: Coulee Dam wastewater treatment facility

The town has all worked for the past 10 years, grappling with ideas, thoughts, concepts, and a lot of hard work regarding the wastewater treatment facility design and implementation. The process involved an amalgamation of two mayors, a few... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 17, 2016

Meet an LR Hall of Fame and Gem in the Coulee inductee: Victor Camarena

Recently Victor “The Mongoose” Camarena was named Regional Junior High Wrestling Coach of the Year. Big accomplishments for any man, but even greater for Victor. Victor is a former Raider himself and a former state-caliber wrestler. To be honest,... Full story

 

Sixty-six years ago

Erosion in Spillway Bucket, Block 54. This view, inside the working chamber of the floating chamber shows the erosion of the downstream face of the bucket at Station B1 7 +07 Sections A-1 and B-1. In... Full story

 

Elroy Gene Novotney

Our family lost a wonderful man on February 4, 2016. Elroy Gene Novotney was born June 15, 1929, in Wilbur, Washington, to James and Marie Novotney. He was their youngest son out of 14 children. Gene... Full story

 

A little encouragement helps

Raider fans cheer on the Lake Roosevelt varsity boys' basketball team, behind in the third quarter in a playoff game at the District 5/6 Tournament in East Wenatchee Saturday. The team came from... Full story

 

LR loses to Kittitas, defeats Liberty Bell

The Raider boys kept their dreams of the state basketball tournament alive Saturday with a dramatic one-point, at-the-buzzer win over Liberty Bell after fighting back from a 13-point deficit at the... Full story

 

Four wrestlers advance to state tournament

Four Raider wrestlers earned a trip to the Tacoma Dome for the Mat Classic as they qualified at the end of the Central Washington Regional Tournament Saturday. Kaleb Horn, at 106 pounds; Jacob Smith, at 113; Tony Nichols, at 132; and Renford Sanchez,... Full story

 

Lady Raiders split first two games of districts

The Lady Raiders vanquished a foe in the final seconds of a playoff game in East Wenatchee last Wednesday, earning the right to face an unbeaten team who would best them by a greater margin on... Full story

 

This week in sports

Wed., Feb, 17 6 p.m., JHS Wrestling,Oroville Mix and Match 6:15 p.m., HS Boys’ Basketball against Oroville (loser out), Eastmont High School 7:45 p.m., HS Girls; Basketball against Tonasket, Eastmont High School Thurs., Feb. 18 5 p.m., JHS... Full story

 

PTA events

Science Fair Applications are due this Friday. Friday, February 26, 6-8 p.m., Free Family movie Night, elementary cafeteria. Concessions available for purchase.... Full story

 

Legals for February 17, 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE Noxious weed consultants of the Noxious Weed Control Board of Grant County will begin inspecting properties on March 7, 2016, in accordance with RCW 17.10.160, for the purposes of general inspection, the taking of specimens of weeds,... Full story

 

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