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Articles from the April 3, 2024 edition

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  • Fun and fast

    Apr 3, 2024

    A young mom holds the bag open as her child gathers eggs at the Lions Club's 85th annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at the former middle school in Grand Coulee. The club takes over an hour to set up the field with the plastic eggs that members have filled with prizes. The hunt is over in minutes with no sign of eggs left on the field. A photo of prize winners is on page 6. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Triple Fish Challenge returns, with even more Friday family fun

    Renata Rollins|Apr 3, 2024

    The annual Banks Lake Triple Fish Challenge is just around the bend, coming up on April 12-14 at Coulee Playland. In addition to the fishing tournament on Saturday and Sunday, the weekend will feature an expanded Fun-Day Friday on the afternoon of April 12 from 1 to 5 p.m., featuring live music and an open beer garden for the first time, as well as the popular rainbow trout net-pen for kids, crafts and face painting stations, gold panning, S'mores, and an expanded food vendor choices. "This year...

  • Million-dollar sewer line repair project trickles forward

    Renata Rollins|Apr 3, 2024

    Electric City’s main sewer line repair job has received an offer of just under a million dollars in a combined grant and loan package from the state Public Works Board, marking a crucial milestone in the quest to prevent failure of the critical infrastructure running parallel to Banks Lake. The board, which provides grants and loans to municipalities for critical and emergent public works projects, awarded $998,680 — half as a loan and half as a grant — according to the city’s contract engineer, Marissa Siemens of TD&H Engineering. Once th...

  • Planners think about wildfire in Ok. County

    Scott Hunter|Apr 3, 2024

    Big maps up on a screen made an impression. The maps outlined all the areas burned by wildfires in Okanogan County. The first slide showed burns from 1982 through 2013. The second slide added what has burned since 2013. From a glance at the map, you might guess that possibly twice as much land burned in the last 11 years as in the prior 31. In a room full of firefighters and others concerned with keeping the county from burning up, it was an appropriate intro to the Community Wildfire...

  • Challenging the Biden Administration's ill-conceived grizzly bear relocation proposal

    Dan Newhouse Congressman 4th District|Apr 3, 2024

    For decades, the debate over grizzly bear introduction into the North Cascades ecosystem has raged on, and I have been fighting tirelessly to ensure that the voices of Central Washingtonians are heard. Regrettably, last week saw the release of the U.S. National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with proposed action on the question of introducing grizzly bears to the region. This proves that—once again—the Biden Administration is acting without due consideration for the concerns of Ce...

  • Signs installed in wrong spot

    Robert Fields|Apr 3, 2024

    Last year I wrote several letters to The Star paper addressing people entering Grand Coulee at high rates of speed from the Bridgeport highway. Over the summer there was no traffic control, but I do feel good knowing the city hall’s well protected. I also asked for the city to install the solar slowdown signs that were purchased for traffic entering our town on Hwy [174] about eight years ago. Well, the signs were not used for the purpose they were purchased for. I have found the signs. They were installed at the corner of Federal and Main S...

  • Rooster racket ruins REM

    M. S. Townsend|Apr 3, 2024

    I want to know after several complaints to the City of Grand Coulee, one formal, one handwritten, that after three months of waiting for something to be done, about a rooster in the city limits on Gardener and Bowman St. I live on Wetzel St., and at 3 a.m. it starts and all day and night. I have a hard time sleeping. When I do fall asleep it starts crowing. What do we have to do to get something done? The city told me as soon as an officer is free [they] will send him over there. All you have to do is sit in your car and you can hear it unless...

  • Jobs suitable for kids

    Roger Lucas|Apr 3, 2024

    When I was growing up in Palouse, I always had a job, or two. One of my early jobs wasn’t one of my best. In fact, it was often dangerous. We had a small bowling alley, six lanes if I remember correctly. I set pins. We didn’t have any automation in those days. They painted a black circle and the task was to set the pins exactly in the circle. If you didn’t put them exactly in the circle, the good bowlers would get really angry with you and sometimes let go with a bowling ball before you were ready. I was paid five cents a line. It was a crapp...

  • Why no Easter lily sightseeing tours?

    Don Brunell|Apr 3, 2024

    Easter is when potted Easter Lily plants start showing up in nurseries and supermarkets like poinsettias during the Christmas season. They adorn the altars and pulpits of most churches on Easter Sunday, but why don’t sightseers flock to fields to enjoy the spectacular sea of white blooms? The answer is a small group of family lily farmers who are bulb producers. They need to clip the flowers to concentrate the plant’s nutrients on bulb development. Fields of white flowers on the ground are not...

  • Coulee Cops

    Apr 3, 2024

    Coulee Dam Police 3/26 - A couple on Fir Street had an argument over a haircut for their infant child. The man agreed to leave the residence to allow tensions to de-escalate. 3/27 - An Aspen Street man reported two packages stolen from his porch totalling about $400 in value, including earbuds and a solid-state drive for a Playstation 5. More investigation is required. The victim was asked if he wished to press charges if a suspect was found. Not if it’s a kid, he said in effect, but if it’s someone who should have known better, then yes. - A...

  • Winning week puts Lady Raiders at 6-2

    Apr 3, 2024

    Four wins last week put the Lady Raiders at 6-2 overall so far for this fastpitch softball sea-son. They beat Bridgeport 21-5 Thursday, following LR's 14-4 win over Liberty Bell March 26, both away. Liberty Bell got more of the same on Lake Roosevelt's home field at the old middle school in Grand Coulee Friday, 17-0, 11-1. LR plays two home games this week, first against Oroville on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., then Quincy on Friday at 4. The Lady Raiders will meet Omak at Omak's East Side Park on...

  • Raider baseball wins and loses

    Apr 3, 2024

    The Raiders won a game against Bridgeport March 28 on the Mustang’s home field, but lost to Liberty Bell three times, once there March 26, then twice more at home on Friday. Lake Roosevelt beat Bridgeport 7-0. Liberty Bell’s Mountain Lions skunked the Raiders, 38-0, 20-0, and 16-0 in Coulee Dam Friday. LR heads to Okanogan for a league game Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The Raiders will meet the Cougars in Warden Saturday at 3 p.m. after taking on Goldendale at 1 p.m. in Warden....

  • Library open with new lights

    Apr 3, 2024

    Exciting news! The Grand Coulee Library lighting project was completed sooner than expected and we are now open, resuming normal operating hours. A huge thank you to the Friends of the Grand Coulee Library, the Library Advisory Board, and the City of Grand Coulee for their ongoing support. Their input and feedback informed every step of this project. Let there be light! This lighting plan was thoughtfully designed by Blankenship & Associates, a lighting design firm from Spokane. We were able to...

  • It's a boy for Avalo/Navanjo

    Apr 3, 2024

    Diana Avalos and Jose Navanjo of Grand Coulee, Washington are proud to announce the birth of their son Xavier Antonio Navanjo Avalos on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 9 lbs., 4 oz., and was 22 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Ximena age 3 and Anais age 2. Maternal grandparents are Victoria and Victoriano of Perris, Calif. Paternal grandparents are Claudia and Jose of Woodland, Calif. Great-grandparents are Paudelio, Alicia anmd Josephina.... Full story

  • Eagles have a girl

    Apr 3, 2024

    Jared and Tressie Eagle of Almira, Washington are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Grace Kate Eagle on February 7, 2024, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz., and was 19-1/2 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Aubrey age 10 and Avery age 8. Maternal grandparents are Joe and Debbie Gray of Coulee City, Washington. Paternal grandparentd are Mike and JoAnn Eagle of Almira.... Full story

  • Tax statements have been mailed

    Apr 3, 2024

    Tax statements for the 2024 tax year of real, personal and manufactured homes including those with delinquent taxes and assessments have been mailed. We are also working on updated statements for those parcels that had changes that were processed after the original statements were created. While the tax statement format has not changed, there are new taxes and assessments that were added for some areas of the county. For example, in the Moses Lake area there are a new hospital bond levy and the MLIRD will be back assessing again with two new...

  • Meetings

    Apr 3, 2024

    Grant Count Fire Dist. to Meet Grant County Fire District #14 will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, April 8, at 6:00 at the Electric City Fire Station. Area AA Meetings In Electric City, the New Hope group holds its meetings Monday through Friday evenings at 6pm at the Vets Center. There is also a noon meeting every Wednesday. These meetings are open and non-smoking. For more information, contact Paul 631-4551 or Phyllis 631-1187.I In Nespelem, the group Bound and Determined holds its meetings Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the Catholic...

  • Bonnice Sieker

    Apr 3, 2024

    Bonnice Sieker, 74, graduated to Heaven on Tuesday, March 19, 2024,in Spokane, Washington. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at Faith Community Church in Electric City. Note time change for Sieker service The celebration of life for Bonnice Sieker has been changed to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at Faith Community Church in Electric City.... Full story

  • Legals

    Apr 3, 2024

    Northwest Native Development Fund REQUEST FOR BID Item 1. Remove approximately 3,200 square feet of Roofing, Roofing components (tar paper, sheathing, existing trusses) from a section of the roof identified by engineered drawings provided by owner. Item 2. Install new truss package provided by owner within the section of the roof that is identified by engineered drawings provided by owner. Item 3. Install new roofing, roofing components (tar paper, sheathing, etc.). All roofing and components shall be provided by the owner. Item 4. Install roof... Full story