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Articles from the February 28, 2024 edition

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  • That winning feeling

    Feb 28, 2024

    Raiders react at the final buzzer as they win their playoff game against Tri-Cities Prep Saturday in Wenatchee, earning them a spot in the quarterfinals at the state tournament on Thursday at the Spokane Arena. From left are Raiders Chase Marchand, Ivan Alejandre, Brandon Pino, and Kayman Jordan. The story and photos are on page 6. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Friends of Grand Coulee Library assures free books for kids 0-5 years 

    Renata Rollins|Feb 28, 2024

    Kids in the Grand Coulee area can now receive a free book in the mail every month until their 6th birthday, courtesy of a partnership between the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Friends of the Grand Coulee Area Library. It's one of several ways the local Friends group supports the community and local library branch, according to board President Nancy Carlson, who made a presentation on behalf of the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization at the Grand Coulee City Council meeting Feb. 20. "The...

  • Be My Huckleberry event a hit at school

    Scott Hunter|Feb 28, 2024

    One way to get people involved might just be to throw a good party. Or as they call it at the Indian Education Program at Lake Roosevelt Schools, a "Family Engagement Night." They had a good one last week, as 230 people showed up to an event they'd planned for 100. "We were blown away by the attendance," program coordinator Ashley Three Irons-Atkins told the school board Monday night. The theme for the Feb. 22 event was a valentine "Be My Huckleberry" relationship-building emphasis. Dinner was...

  • Rollins reporting for The Star

    Feb 28, 2024

    Renata Rollins joins The Star this week as a part-time reporter. She will cover news related to Grand Coulee City Hall, Electric City, and Coulee Medical Center, as well as occasional features and community stories. Rollins spent early childhood in Colville, and grew up in Spokane in a multigenerational house with her parents, siblings and grandmother. She first visited the Grand Coulee area at age 11, on a family camping trip to Steamboat Rock, and fell in love with the basalt and sage. "We...

  • Gotta watch the Zags

    Roger Lucas|Feb 28, 2024

    We are a Gonzaga household. Not the usual kind of specific fans. For instance, I don’t focus on the individual players. I don’t know them by number and can seldom identify any of the players while watching the games. I leave that to my great grandson, Damon Landeros, who often comes up to the house to watch Gonzaga games with me. I started watching the Zags several years ago when I was intrigued by how a small university could develop such a strong basketball program. I haven’t been disappointed. The Zags give me something to watch up to and i...

  • Tweed a Dem in sheep's clothing

    Carl Russell|Feb 28, 2024

    Looks like James Tweed must be a Democrat in sheep’s clothing of a Rino. We have the most inept destructive administration in my lifetime. Over 13 million illegals’ coming across the border from Mexico not counting the ones coming from Canada. Highest increase in inflation from President Carter days. All because Biden war on fosil fuel stopped the keystone pipeline stopped the drilling in Anwar that was to start in 2020. His total administration were not qualified for the job they were put in, there only qualifications was they were part of...

  • Religion and women

    Jack Stevenson|Feb 28, 2024

    Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all originated in the greater Middle East. The most fundamental believers of each of these religions treat women as second-class citizens. Why? During most of the time that humans have existed, there was no formal education process. Most people were illiterate. There was no science to investigate the cause of disease or anything else. People could only believe, and they certainly did. In the book Encyclopedia of Gods, Michael Jordan cataloged 2,500 gods that people have invented and worshiped. People believed...

  • Recognizing our nation's future farmers

    Dan Newhouse Congressman 4th District|Feb 28, 2024

    As a third-generation farmer from Sunnyside, I understand the crucial role agriculture plays in our region. From tree fruits and hops to apples, potatoes, and wine grapes, Central Washington farmers produce over 300 different products and contribute over $9 billion in agriculture production to our economy. But without prioritizing our next generation of farmers, this level of impact will soon become impossible to replicate. The average age of farmers in the United States is 57 and a half years old, with only 9% under the age of 35. Children...

  • Thaddeus George Moore

    Feb 28, 2024

    Thaddeus George Moore of Electric City, Washington passed away on Sunday, February 4th, 2024. He was 62 years old. Our beloved Thad was born in Spokane,Washington to Thaddeus (Pete) Moore and Lola Moore on September 2, 1961. He graduated from Wilbur High School in 1980. Thad enjoyed many hobbies including, hunting, fishing, and collecting. Above all...he most enjoyed people! He is survived by his mother Lola Moore of Wilbur, Washington, brothers Rich Moore of Grand Coulee and Damian Moore of Che...

  • David A. Peter

    Feb 28, 2024

    David A. Peter of Grand Coulee, Washington, passed away peacefully at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024. He had been diagnosed with cancer in 2023. His beloved wife, Barbara, and his sister teddy were by his side. Their loving care allowed him to recover at home for several months. Dave was born March 11, 1947, in Long Beach, California, to Theodore and Beverly Peter. His three sisters would follow to complete the family. In those early years they lived primarily in...

  • Notice of Special Joint Board Meeting

    Feb 28, 2024

    Notice is hereby given that the Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors will be holding a Special Joint School Board Meeting with Nespelem School District Board of Directors, Tuesday, March 5th 2024 at 6:00 p.m. at Siam Palace, Main Street, Grand Coulee....

  • Coulee Cops

    Feb 28, 2024

    Grand Coulee Police 2/21 - Police received a report of two males yelling at each other and a female crying on Wenatchee Avenue. Police spoke to a nearby resident who said there hadn’t been a disturbance at her place, and they were otherwise unable to locate the people involved in the reported disturbance. - A man called police to report an overdose and then waved police down saying he was the one who called. He said the overdose was occurring in a Subaru driving down Alcan Road. Police pulled the vehicle over and the occupants were fine. H...

  • Raiders win first round at state 2B tournament

    Scott Hunter|Feb 28, 2024

    It's a time of year full of wake-up calls, and the Raiders got one Saturday as they squeaked by a team they'd had by 10 points in the first half of their "Opening Round" game in the state basketball tournament Saturday in Wenatchee. Lake Roosevelt (23-1) beat the Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars (18-4) by three points, 67-64. "That was a little bit closer than I'd like," Raider Coach Ed Wolfe said after the game. "They can shoot well, all the way across the board, all of them." The Raiders held a...

  • Raiders named for all-league honors

    Feb 28, 2024

    Twenty Raider athletes were named to the Central Washington 2B All-League teams earlier this month. Chase Marchand was named boys Player of the Year in the league, and Brandon Pino was named to league first team. Ivan Alejandre and Champ Louie were each named to the second team. In girls’ basketball, Cylia St. Pierre was named to the league first team. Shayanne Marchand and Carly Neddo made the second team. In boys’ wrestling, Francis Louie was named to first team. Zach Elwell and Kaden Christman were selected for second team. In girls’ wrest...

  • Area student named to the dean's list at UW

    Feb 28, 2024

    A Lake Roosevelt graduate has been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Washington for Spring 2023 Quarter. To qualify for the Dean’s List, senior Lilly LaPlace, of Electric City, had to have completed at least 12 graded credits with a grade point average of at least 3.50 (out of 4)....

  • Scholarship offered to education students 

    Feb 28, 2024

    The Okanogan County School Retirees’ Association has announced it is offering a $2,000 college scholarship for an Okanogan County high school graduate. To be eligible, applicants must be at least a college junior working towards initial certification in an education field and must plan to work in public schools. The application deadline is May 1. Applications are available at For more information, contact Rita Figlenski at

  • Legal Notices

    Feb 28, 2024

    CALL FOR BIDS CITY OF GRAND COULEE JAMES SAUNDERS STREET AND FORTUYN ROAD IMPROVEMENTS ENGINEER’S ESTIMATE $675,000 Sealed Proposals will be received by the undersigned at the City of Grand Coulee, 306 Midway Avenue, Grand Coulee, Washington 99133, up to 11:00 a.m.; local time on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, for furnishing the necessary labor, materials, equipment, tools, and guarantees thereof to construct James Saunders Street and Fortuyn Road Improvements. This Contract provides for the reconstruction of approximately 1,000 LF of Fortuyn Road a...