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Articles from the April 6, 2022 edition

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  • Nespelem Creek fire burns 200 acres trees/grass

    Apr 6, 2022

    A fire burned 200 acres in trees and grass north of Nespelem on Monday. The Nespelem Creek Fire started at about noon on April 4 according to Public Information Officer Kathy Moses of the Mount Tolman Fire Center. She said gusts of wind knocked down a tree, which knocked down power lines, causing a power outage, sparking up dry grass and starting a wildfire in a field that threatened one home in the area. Wind gusts were at 27 miles per hour, pushing the wildfire through a field of tall grass....

  • Upper Columbia Tribes receive over $3 million from state to reintroduce salmon

    Apr 6, 2022

    A coalition of tribes has secured over $3 million in funding in the Washington State supplemental budget for salmon reintroduction in the upper Columbia River. The money will go to three member tribes (Colville, Spokane, and Coeur d’Alene) to invest in efforts they are leading to restore salmon, revitalize tribal culture, and strengthen the region’s economy by implementing salmon reintroduction activities in the Spokane and Columbia rivers and their tributaries, the Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) said in a statement Tuesday. The maj...

  • Ridge Rider Rodeo grounds gets audio system upgrade

    Scott Hunter|Apr 6, 2022

    Getting ready for next month's Colorama Rodeo, the Ridge Riders Rodeo Grounds Tuesday saw workers from Spokane mounting new speakers to the light poles for a better sound experience that should save money in the long run. President George Kohout said the speaker systems that announcers must bring with them are an expensive, added cost of putting on a rodeo. The investment taking shape this week will lessen that bill each year and upgrade other events that have been lacking a good sound system....

  • COVID-19 rates continue to decline in local counties

    Apr 6, 2022

    COVID-19 rates continue to decline overall as the incidence rate in Grant County had dropped to 26 cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week span as of March 31. The rate was at 48 the previous week, 79 the week before that week on March 17, 123 the week before, and much higher, 1,458, on Feb. 11. That said, an additional death was announced in Grant County Health District’s weekly update on March 23, that of an unvaccinated man in his 60s from Moses Lake who had an underlying health condition, bringing the county’s covid death total to 257 s...

  • Active scene

    Apr 6, 2022

    Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputies visited a Lakeview Terrace residence Tuesday evening. Manager Loren Scammahorn said he called law enforcement after he'd caught the two taking copper wire out of the empty trailer. A National Park Service ranger at the scene said law enforcement was still actively investigating. An LCSO deputy referred The Star to a public information officer who could not be reached Tuesday evening. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Wind on the water

    Apr 6, 2022

    High winds whip Banks Lake in front of Steamboat Rock into a spray repeatedly Monday as a wind event brought sustained winds of around 25 miles an hour, with gusts recorded at least up to 52 mph. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Tours of dam should restart at end of May

    Apr 6, 2022

    Tours at Grand Coulee Dam should start at the end of May, following the end of masking and distancing requirements that made tours impossible last year. The Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center is currently open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Bureau of Reclamation plans to resume the “One River, Many Voices” laser light show and the return of the tours of the John W. Keys III Pump-Generating Plant public on May 28, the Saturday before Memorial Day, the traditional opening of the season. Masks are no longer required inside the Grand Coulee Vis...

  • Over 400 smiles await

    Apr 6, 2022

    Easter baskets, put together by volunteers at the Grand Coulee Dam Seniors Center, await purchase Monday morning during the annual fundraiser this week. The seniors put together over 400 baskets, each designed to appeal....

  • Indigo dyeing workshop

    Apr 6, 2022

    Need a fun activity to put on your calendar for Spring Break? We are hosting a Shibori Indigo Dyeing Workshop on Friday, April 8th from 3-5 PM in the Grand Coulee Public Library’s Backyard! Shibori is an ancient form of Japanese tie dyeing that creates beautiful patterns with indigo dye. We will be covering beginner and advanced dye methods in this workshop, so no prior dyeing experience is necessary to join. All ages are welcome. Adult supervision required for children. Hope to see you there....

  • Meetings & Notices

    Apr 6, 2022

    AA Grant County Fire Dist. 14 to Meet Grant County Fire District 14 will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, April 11 at the Electric City Fire Station. Grant County Mosquito Dist. 2 to Meet Grant County Mosquito District 2 will hold its monthly meeting at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 14 at the 210 W. Coulee Blvd., Electric City. AA Meetings for GCD and Nespelem Area Confused in the Coulee AA meetings are held on Mondays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Vets Center in Electric City. Call Paul at 633-3377 days or 633-3345 evenings. New... Full story

  • NCW Libraries and Confluence Health offer virtual healthy living series

    Apr 6, 2022

    NCW Libraries is proud to partner with Confluence Health to offer a virtual Health Living Series this spring featuring an introduction to healthy living, weight loss, sleep, and cancer prevention and screening. This weekly series will run from April 13-May 25, each Wednesday evening at 7PM. A provider from Confluence will lead the presentation followed by a question and answer session. The series will include: April 13: An Intro to Health Living with Katie Mathews, PAC. April 20: Depression, More Than Just the Blues, with Kasey Grass, Behaviora...

  • State Parks announces grand opening of Beverly Bridge

    Apr 6, 2022

    OLYMPIA – April 4, 2022 – Washington State Parks invites the public to join community leaders, trail enthusiasts, public lands agencies and elected officials for the grand opening of the refurbished Beverly Bridge. The dedication ceremony will take place at 1 p.m., Friday, April 8, rain or shine. Attendees are asked to park at the Huntzinger trailhead and walk to the Beverly Junction on the west side of the bridge. Shuttles are available for persons with mobility issues. A Park Ranger will be available onsite to assist. (Driving dir... Full story

  • Raiders beat Manson twice after Brewster loss

    Apr 6, 2022

    The Lake Roosevelt Raiders baseball team is having a winning season despite a loss to Brewster last week. The Raiders got shut out on their home field in Coulee Dam by the Brewster Bears March 29, losing the game 13-0. "We got a couple hits, but didn't do too hot in that game," Raider Head Coach Billy Nicholson said. "Brewster is a really good team," he said, adding that the Raiders walked the Bears too much. But things went better for the Raiders in an April 1 doubleheader with the Manson...

  • Lady Raiders score big win

    Apr 6, 2022

    The Lady Raiders are a force to be reckoned with, having defeated Wilbur-Creston 18-2 on Saturday in Creston. LR scored three runs in the first inning, an incredible 11 runs in the third, and four more in the fourth inning to end the game early. The Ladies hit well at the plate. Halle Albert hit a triple and a single; Sawyer Steffens hit a single; Emma Marchand hit a single, two doubles, and a triple; Aaliyah Marchand hit a couple doubles; Presley Steffens hit a double; and Peyton Jake, Desiree George, Nautika Brown, Cora Nicholson and Taylor...

  • Tennis competes with Tonasket, Liberty Bell

    Apr 6, 2022

    The Raider tennis team is excited to be holding court having competed with Tonasket and Liberty Bell this past week. The Raiders played in Tonasket March 29 and hosted Liberty Bell March 30, but are on spring break now and won't play again until April 11 in Omak at 4 p.m. "The season is off to a great start, and the kids are super excited about tennis," Head Coach Billy Monroe said. "Due to our large numbers, I have been mixing up the lineups lately to try and get everyone a match, which has...

  • Raiders all top their own personal bests in track and field

    Apr 6, 2022

    Raider track and field athletes are running faster and throwing farther. "All athletes pulled off at least one [personal best]," Head Coach Lori Adkins said after the team competed in Bridgeport March 31. The relay team of Jayd Johnson, Cylia St. Pierre, Raeley Portch, Carly Neddo "is back on the track and ran well," Adkins said, with the team finishing the race in 57.89 seconds. "The Raiders had a great meet!" she said. "It is so good to see them scoring as a team, placing fifth out of eight...

  • PTA general meeting April 12

    Apr 6, 2022

    The Grand Coulee Dam School District PTA will be having a general meeting the high school hub at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 12. Elections and upcoming events are on the agenda. Those interesteed in being a board member should note that they need to have been a PTA member 15 days prior to the meeting. Membership forms are at the elementary office. Zoom meeting is: Hope to see you there... Full story

  • CALL FOR BIDS Town of Coulee Dam Tree Trimming Services

    Apr 6, 2022

    The Town of Coulee Dam will receive sealed bids for Coulee Dam Tree Trimming Services. Bid Package and Specifications may be obtained by contacting Town Hall at (509) 633-0320 or emailing Sealed Bids should be mailed to the Town of Coulee Dam, 300 Lincoln Ave, Coulee Dam, WA 99116, or hand delivered to the Clerk’s Office, by 10:00am on April 27, 2022. The Town of Coulee Dam reserves the right to reject any and all bids. (Publish April 6, 2022)... Full story

  • It takes a family

    Roger S Lucas|Apr 6, 2022

    My wife Dorothy has suffered from dementia for the past several years. We have been able to care for her in our home for these past years until recently all the family agreed that the level of care she needed could no longer be provided by me in the home. It is fortunate that our two grandchildren, Ashley Landeros and Travis Irwin, live here and handled all the details, paperwork, and other needs during this time, always mindful of my feelings and the concurrence of family members who live elsewhere. We sought a place for this care and were...

  • We must fix the nursing shortage

    Tom Purcell|Apr 6, 2022

    Where did all the nurses go? One of my family members ended up in the ER for a week after a bad fall. The hospital we chose and its staff were wonderful in every way, but this time, one important thing was missing: an appropriate number of nurses to deliver superior care. The nurses who were there did their best. They are working long hours and exhausting themselves and, still, the ones we met were cheerful and supportive. There is a special place in Heaven for people in this profession. But where did all the nurses go? We moved our family memb...

  • Biden Administration ignores the facts: Dams are not the problem

    Dan Newhouse Congressman|Apr 6, 2022

    It is completely mind-boggling that amidst an energy and supply chain crisis, President Biden would remove a source of power and transportation for an entire region. Yet, just last week, the White House updated their blog with a post about doing just that: breaching the four Lower Snake River Dams. This “blog post” proves that the Biden Administration is beholden to radical, environmental lobbyists, and is only hearing their side of the argument. They are completely ignoring the devastating impacts that breaching the Lower Snake River Dams wou...

  • Price of gas fuels work from safety of home

    Don Brunell|Apr 6, 2022

    With COVID-19 vaccines widely dispensed and masking requirements mostly lifted, will “work from home” end? Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? Probably Not! One big reason it is expensive to drive and the waste of time and fuel idling in traffic jams. Another is safety. Gas prices continue to skyrocket. Last year, the average cost at the pump was $2.62 per gallon. By the end of March, Seattle’s gasoline increased to $4.88 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s latest sur...

  • Coulee Cops

    Apr 6, 2022

    Grand Coulee Police 3/28 - A man may face trespassing charges after staring at people through the window of the gym on Coulee Boulevard. The man had been banned from the business previously. 3/29 - A woman putting makeup on while in the middle of the road on Alcan Road was told to stay out of the roadway. 3/30 - Police spoke to a man who parked a trailer on private property on King Street. The man said he would get the trailer back soon after a friend’s truck tire got fixed. Police said the owner could request to have it towed, but the man said...