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Articles from the March 21, 2018 edition

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  • Short- term rentals off the table in Electric City

    Jacob Wagner|Mar 21, 2018

    People who own houses in Electric City and who don’t live in those houses will not be able to rent them for any timeframe shorter than a month, following a city council vote last week. In contrast to short-term rentals, when the owner of a home occupies it, they are allowed to charge people to stay for short terms as a “bed and breakfast.” The Electric City Council voted 3-1 March 13 not to continue with the idea of including such “short-term rentals” in the city’s comprehensive plan. Prior to the vote, two couples spoke against the idea. Mark...

  • Local students join national walkout

    Scott Hunter|Mar 21, 2018

    It's something you rarely see: a large group of high school and junior high school students standing together, not saying a word. That happened March 14 in the parking lot at Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School amidst light rain, puddles and heavy reflection for 17 people who died in a Florida school shooting Feb. 14. The students had left the school, joining in a national walkout organized by students and either tolerated, encouraged or forbidden by their local schools, nearly 3,000 of...

  • Electric City considers turning back annexed lands

    Roger S. Lucas|Mar 21, 2018

    Electric City will consider reversing an annexation decision it made back in 2009. The city council has asked City Clerk Russell Powers to find out how to reverse its annexation decision that brought a large block of land south of the Osborn Bay into the city. Powers said Monday that he has asked the city's attorney what the process would be so he can report back to the council at one of its future meetings. "If the city eventually wants to turn back annexed land, it would take a vote of the...

  • Newsbriefs

    Mar 21, 2018

    Annual Easter egg hunt set The town of Elmer City will hold its third annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 1. Mayor Gail Morin started the local egg hunt two years ago, drawing up to 100 people each year. Morin said that anyone who wants to volunteer to help hide the eggs can call town hall at 633-2872. The hunt starts at 1 p.m. The eggs will be placed in the town’s park prior to the hunt. Kids of all ages are invited to come and take part. Court looking for volunteer bailiffs Grant County Superior Court is seeking volunteer bailiffs to h...

  • Volunteers save horse from icy pond

    Jacob Wagner|Mar 21, 2018

    Eight local volunteers, in the middle of the night, helped save a horse that had fallen through the ice in a Douglas County pond recently. Ron and Virginia Keller live outside of the Crown Point area on Pendell Road. After coming home from dining out March 10, they realized they didn’t know where their two horses were, thinking it unusual the horses weren’t waiting for their late-night snack of apples and carrots. Ron searched his property far and wide, wearing a headlamp and carrying a flashlight, eventually hearing a faint whinnying noise. Th...

  • Dinner will benefit leukemia patient

    Mar 21, 2018

    A dinner planned by the Moose Lodge will raise funds to help support the family of a young man recently stricken with leukemia. The George Davis Dinner on April 7 from 5-7:30 p.m. will be open to non-members and will feature pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw and chips, plus dessert and non-alcoholic drinks. Tickets are $10, available at the Moose Lodge and the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce office. A silent auction is planned, as well as a raffle for a “Seattle Experience” including a one-night hotel stay, dinner and the Seattle Gre...

  • Trail work starts in Elmer City

    Roger S. Lucas|Mar 21, 2018

    Elmer City's "Complete Streets" project that will connect town streets to the Downriver Trail is underway. Public Works Director Jimmer Tillman said that paving of the 2,300-foot trail will begin as soon as the weather warms. Elmer City awarded the work to be funded through a $250,000 state Transportation Improvement Board grant to DW Excavating, Inc., of Davenport, Wash. The winning bidder has shaped the trail that runs along the Lower River Road and is currently laying a gravel underlay...

  • City shouldn't rush to get rid of an asset

    Scott Hunter|Mar 21, 2018

    There may be good reasons for Electric City to consider un-acquiring territory it gained when it annexed a considerable amount of land several years ago, but the city council should think about it more than a little before doing so. Some people probably think it would be best for one of the likeliest growth spots in the area to be devoid of local leadership or direction. If members of the council are hoping that turkeys would roam free beyond the causeway, they may be right. The area didn’t develop after the Great Recession killed all p...

  • We need to take part if we want improvements

    Birdie Hensley|Mar 21, 2018

    Want a bus so you can get to the store or doctor? Want a bus in town to take you to the senior center? Want bus service to drive you home from a community event? Raise your hand! If any of this is true, why did we have a Grand Coulee Mobility Summit March 15 at the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center, and out of 20-plus organization that were invited ONLY three attended? It does not help just to sit with your friend at coffee or at the bar and complain about things we do not have in town. Only one city had a representative, no representative from...

  • Sick of liberal editorial cartoons

    Becky and Doug Patrick|Mar 21, 2018

    We have subscribed to The Star newspaper for almost 40 years, but we have never seen such partisan writings ever before. We are sick of the progressive bias that you show and, in particular, the Trump bashing from the Editorial cartoon. (I use that term loosely ... because it is far from funny!) President Trump is the only person strong enough to try to fight off socialism against all odds and the uphill battle to rid our government of the serious corruption. I hope in the future, for our country’s sake, you will take a good, hard look at y...

  • Newhouse votes to restrict your court rights

    Patti Nordby|Mar 21, 2018

    What do Congressman Dan Newhouse and the Republican Party have against United States citizens’ relying on the courts to defend their rights, their lives, the places they love, and their livelihoods? Wonder what I’m referring to? During the 115th Congress, Republicans have introduced at least 50 bills to limit your rights as a citizen to take cases of corporate and private misconduct to the courts. Eleven have passed in the House of Representatives and Newhouse voted for all eleven of them. These include: - H.J. Res. 111, which limits your abi...

  • Congress tanks - but does it care?

    Lee Hamilton|Mar 21, 2018

    We’re at a watershed moment in American political history. Our Congress — I’m talking about the people’s body, the institution created by our founders, and not just the men and women who currently inhabit it — is in deep trouble. And no one seems to be offering hope. Its public standing is abysmal, occasionally dropping into the single digits in polling. Very few people seem to respect it, even on Capitol Hill. Small surprise, as the Pew Research Center reported the other day that “More members of the U.S. House of Representatives are choosin...

  • Sleep: is it necessary?

    Jesse Utz|Mar 21, 2018

    Most parents realize this not long after bringing their newborn home. A lack of sleep is something that must be overcome as we pray and wait to see if our child will actually sleep through the night tonight. As those kids grow up, yes, they do start sleeping all night long, all morning long, all afternoon long and then we start praying for some awake time with them. As parents we also lose sleep when our teenagers are awake. First dates for our daughters and sons can bring us to a new place of sleeplessness, as we wait for their return or a...

  • Coulee Recollections

    Mar 21, 2018

    1 Years Ago Proctor wins: Shane Proctor’s “Number 7” provided him with all the luck needed Saturday night as he battled his way to the “Toughest Cowboy” championship and the deed to the Jager ranch. The final event of the season was played out in the Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena, and came down to points in the bull riding event to decide the championship and the title to the 38-acre ranch. 20 Years Ago Texaco upgrades: Work began on a major upgrade to Tim’s Texaco at the 4-Corners in Grand Coulee. Owners Tim and Michele Arrants are adding...

  • Clara Alice Croasmun (1932 – 2017)

    Mar 21, 2018

    A Celebration of Clara Alice Croasmun’s Life will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Almira Community Church in Almira, Washington. Strate Funeral Home of Wilbur, Washington, is assisting her family.... Full story

  • James "Jim" Andrew Roberts

    Mar 21, 2018

    James "Jim" Andrew Roberts, 63, of Wilbur, Washington, passed away Friday morning, March 2, 2018, in Davenport, Washington. Jim was born July 19, 1954, in Baker, Montana, into the home of Charles Martin and Anna Jeannette Roberts. A 1972 graduate of Monroe High School, Jim became an electrician and was a proud member of the IBEW for over 40 years. At the time of his passing, Jim was a Superintendent II in the right powerhouse at the Grand Coulee Dam, where he had worked since October 2008. Jim... Full story

  • Seder Service set for March 28

    Mar 21, 2018

    Jews for Jesus is coming to Almira Coulee Dam Community Church on Wednesday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. Join us at the Coulee Dam Campus for Christ in the Passover, a Seder celebration. Enjoy a great family experience combined with a Creative Potluck Meal… just 3 LOOSE rules: No pork, no shellfish, and no yeast. Did you know The Last Supper was a Passover meal? The elements have significance. Alan Bond is traveling from San Francisco to join us. Come learn and celebrate with us this Easter season....

  • Sunrise services are planned

    Mar 21, 2018

    Anyone in the community who would like to attend is invited to an outdoor sunrise service on Easter at the Crown Point overlook. The service, planned by the Grand Coulee Community Church, Faith Community Church and the Church of the Nazarene will start at 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 1....

  • City council member resigns

    Roger S. Lucas|Mar 21, 2018

    Here’s an opportunity, if you live in Grand Coulee, to serve your community. The city of Grand Coulee is looking for someone to serve on the city council, to replace David Tylor, who resigned his position Tuesday night. Tylor submitted his resignation at the council meeting last night after serving for eight years. City officials are asking interested parties, who meet the requirements, to submit a letter of interest to the city clerk. The letters will be discussed and a new councilmember selected at the next council meeting, April 17. To q... Full story

  • It's a boy for the Palmanteers

    Mar 21, 2018

    Uriah and Shoshannah Palmanteer, of Coulee Dam, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Uriah Brently Palmanteer, born Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz., and was 20.5 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Elijah Palmanteer, Alonzo Adams, Aidan Palmanteer and Milliana Palmanteer. Maternal grandparents are Larry Jordan, of Coulee Dam, and the late Shirley Wak Wak. Paternal grandparents are Tina Palmanteer and the late Randy Johnson. Great-grandparents... Full story

  • All those pretty baskets - 412 of them

    Roger S. Lucas|Mar 21, 2018

    Shoppers eye the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center Easter basket sale as it kicked off Monday morning. Seniors volunteers spent days putting games, toys and treats together for the popular annual sale. This year the seniors ended up with 412 baskets, ranging in price from $5 to $25. All year long, seniors gather baskets and toys, then in the final week add the more perishable items. Easter is April 1. - Roger Lucas photo...

  • Possible transportation solutions discussed

    Jacob Wagner|Mar 21, 2018

    About a dozen people gathered at the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center on March 15 to discuss possible solutions to local public transportation issues. The Mobility Summit Meeting included employees from Grant Transit Authority, People For People, and Special Mobility Services, all transportation providers who have services in the area, as well as people from the senior center, Coulee Medical Center, and Support Services for Veteran Families. The meeting was a follow-up to a January meeting in which those in attendance discussed problems with...

  • Meetings and Notices

    Mar 21, 2018

    Chamber to Meet at the Melody The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at the Melody Restaurant at noon this Thursday, March 22. Jesse Tillman from Coulee Concrete will be the guest speaker. He will give a history of Coulee Concrete and let attendees know about services they have to offer. Grant County Fire Dist. 14 to Meet Grant County Fire District 14 will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, March 26, at the Electric City Fire Station. Demos to Meet in Okanogan Get involved in your democracy! All Okanogan...

  • Raiders find strengths at Oroville meet

    Jacob Wagner|Mar 21, 2018

    The Lake Roosevelt track & field team had their first meet of the season at the Oroville Invite on Saturday, with a couple of Raiders placing first in their events. "It was a great first outing. Our athletes' strength areas are emerging," remarked Head Coach Lori Adkins. Raider Steven Flowers placed first in the shot put event with a distance of 42, feet 3 inches. Flowers also excelled in the long jump, where he placed third with a distance of 17 feet, 10.5 inches. Addison Hansen placed first...

  • Raiders start with wins in tennis

    Jacob Wagner|Mar 21, 2018

    The Raider tennis squad had a busy opening week to their 2018 season, competing at home against Pateros, Entiat, and Wilbur/Creston. In Coulee Dam on March 15, the Raiders competed against Entiat with the boys winning 4-0, and the girls going 2-1 in their matchups. "There were a lot of good things about how we played," Raider Head Coach Steve Archer said. "The overall skill is a notch above last year. Malcolm Carson is playing at a very high level and should give every opponent he faces this...

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