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Articles from the March 20, 2019 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News    March 20, 2019

Quilters make comfort for those in need

Evelyn Russell doesn't know how many people are involved in an annual effort to put together dozens of quilts for the benefit of people in need, around the world and at a nearby crisis shelter....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 20, 2019

Fire station construction contract terminated

A $13.6 million fire station being built for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation along SR-155 has faced numerous delays, and a bigger delay now with the termination of the contract between the bureau and...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 20, 2019

Changes planned for streets in Electric City

Those who drive around Electric City regularly may be surprised this summer to find that the Y-shaped intersection near city hall will be losing the Western Avenue branch off that intersection that...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 20, 2019

Two women awarded top honors

One has devoted her career to the success of a local institution, the other just started a new business last year to fill a local need and fulfill a longtime ambition. Solveig Chaffee's Voltage...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 20, 2019

City pursuing critical upgrade

Electric City needs to upgrade a critical piece of infrastructure that every person in the city depends on, and for which the city will need to arrange several hundred thousand dollars in financing. Electric City’s 1960s-era sewage lift station,...

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    March 20, 2019

Daylight saving all the time proposed for state

OLYMPIA--Washington residents could vote to make daylight saving time year-round under a bill state senators passed on Tuesday, March 12. Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5139 was approved in a 46-3 vote, just two days after clocks were set forward....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 20, 2019

Ferry work slated for April and summer

The Keller Ferry, which connects SR-21 from the Wilbur area to the Keller area, will be out of service from April 1 to April 7 for a permanent repair to be done on a weld crack that had closed the ferry from Jan. 25 to Feb. 2. A temporary repair had...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 20, 2019

Native American Voting Rights Act signed into law

The Native American Voting Rights act was signed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee at a widely attended ceremony, Thursday. “We believe these three steps will allow tribal members to help us form a more perfect union and make good decisions about our...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 20, 2019

Belated thanks to snowplowers

Before it’s too late, a word of thanks needs to be said for those who plow snow. This was a tough winter, but local roads remained remarkably open after initial attacks were completed, allowing drivers to travel intact. That’s no small thing,...

 
 By Valerie Keck    Opinion    March 20, 2019

Re: "New store will open this spring"

This is such good news. In the past I shopped at the Variety Store regularly. I was usually able to find what I needed, whether it be underwear, socks, belts, T-shirts, kids’ toys, candles, postcards, spices, snacks, pet toys, rugs, kitchen...

 

Mixing in with the powerful

This is about two politicians, both in their 90s, one who passed away last week and the other still going strong. Former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh, 91, passed away last Thursday. He served Indiana and the nation well during his time in the Senate, and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 20, 2019

The sun on my face means something

Today I stood with my face pointed to the sun. Warmth of the rays covered my face and a smile crept upon my lips. A vague memory flickered in my skull. A memory that seems to have happened a long,...

 
 By Liv Finne    Opinion    March 20, 2019

Were they lying to us?

For years, through politics, teacher strikes and court cases, we have heard that state lawmakers were underfunding schools. Then, with great fanfare, state leaders came together in 2017 and passed an historic bill that raised property taxes, reduced...

 

Coulee Recollections

Twenty Years Ago The Town of Coulee Dam may be ready to sell its town shop to a private developer if a suitable site can be found to build a new shop. Coulee Community Hospital is finding it tough to get the state’s attention focused on its...

 

Edith D. "Swanee" Whitelaw

Edith D. "Swanee" Whitelaw, 91, went on to meet her Lord Jesus early Wednesday morning, March 13, 2019, from Keller, Washington. Swanee entered this world at Holmes City, Minnesota, on Friday,...

 

Jack Arthur Grier

Jack Arthur Grier, 67, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019, in Spokane at Sacred Heart Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Coulee Dam, Washington, October 2, 1951, to Tommie C and Margaret A Grier. In 1971, Jack...

 

Meetings & Notices

Chamber This Week Chamber will meet this Thursday, March 20, at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille beginning at noon. Ryan Rodin, Government Contracting Specialist from Greater Spokane will be conducting a workshop on the in’s and out’s on how to...

 

It's a boy for the Coffeys

Rich and Jillian Coffey of Electric City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son Wyatt Reed Coffee, born Friday, March 15, 2019, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz., and was 20 inches in...

 

Performance art

Parents watch as their children get credit for performances and backstage help after the Missoula Children's Theatre productions of "The Frog Prince" Saturday in the Lake Roosevelt High School gym....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    School    March 20, 2019

Locals help clear snow for spring athletes

The long-running winter has made it hard to play spring sports, meant to be played on grass and dirt, not ice and snow. "We've had volunteers helping, doing whatever they can, like snow blowing...

 

Temporary shelter

Coach Steve Archer runs his high school tennis team through fundamentals of racket technique in the Lake Roosevelt Elementary School gym last week. All the spring sports have had to make do with...

 

Bowling Scores

THURSDAY MIXUPS TEAM W L San Poil Valley 66 42 Only Nine! 60.5 43.5 The Star 46.5 61.5 High Game: John Stensgar 231; Mae Stensgar 147 Hiigh Series: John Stensgar 660; Mae Stensgar 405 Splits: John Stensgar Jr. 2-7; John Stensgar 6-7-10; Mae Stensgar...

 

Legals for March 20, 2019

Notice of Change of Regular Meeting Date Public Hospital District No. 6, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln, & Okanogan Counties, Washington Public Hospital District No. 6, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln and Okanogan Counties, Washington; which operates Coulee...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 3/13 - An officer responding to a 911 hangup call originating at the senior center was assured by volunteers who work there that there was no emergency there. - Someone allegedly driving under the influence was reported leaving...