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Articles from the April 10, 2024 edition

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  • Tribes breaks ground on new convalescent center

    Scott Hunter|Apr 10, 2024

    Ceremonial gold shovels overturned dirt after prayers, songs and speeches Tuesday, celebrating the coming construction of a new convalescent center north of Elmer City, where the Colville Tribes will build the new facility for elders and other clientele. Praise was high for the project and those who moved obstacles and legislatures to get it underway, but details were scarce. Jarred-Michael Erickson, chairman of the Business Council of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, said...

  • Grand Coulee may get another shot at DOJ grant, with fewer strings attached

    Renata Rollins|Apr 10, 2024

    A large law enforcement grant Grand Coulee turned down last year due to lack of matching funds may have a new lease on life. A U.S. Department of Justice representative contacted the city last month indicating the department would prefer the $293,195 grant be used, even if it means forgoing the local match requirement and expanding the scope of possible activities that could be funded, according to Mayor Mike Eylar. “Apparently this is a matter of, it’s simpler for them to award the money without the restrictions than it is to take the has...

  • Community Town Hall re-rescheduled: May 18

    Renata Rollins|Apr 10, 2024

    The Regional Board of Mayors again rescheduled the Whole-Community Town Hall, and much of the discussion will center on the possible creation of a regional EMS district for ambulance services. The joint public meeting will take place Saturday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m. at the Coulee Dam Ballroom, and will include time for comments from attendees. The Star editor and publisher Scott Hunter will moderate the event. The mayors whittled the agenda to two priority items: discussion of a regional EMS district, and updates on upcoming highway chipseal...

  • Unsecured loads at Delano are about to cost you

    Renata Rollins|Apr 10, 2024

    If you’ve gotten in the habit of driving uncovered loads to Delano, you will now see a fine for that on your bill, according to the board that oversees the transfer station. The Regional Board of Mayors discussed the issue at their April 3 meeting, prompted by Delano Manager Randy Gumm’s recommendation, due to an increase in observed road litter from dump-bound vehicles. He and his new attendant hires have noticed people hauling material into the transfer station that is not tied down or covered, “and we’re finding their stuff out on Alcan R...

  • Sanctuary gets makeover

    Apr 10, 2024

    The sanctuary of the Seventh Day Adventist Church on SR-174 in Grand Coulee gets a makeover Thursday as members, along with those from the Abundant Life SDA church in Wenatchee work the drywall in high heat to help with drying. The Wenatchee group decided to forgo a foreign mission, spending last week in Grand Coulee to help the now four-person congregation with the project. The local group had moved from another church building to the former Episcopal church that doesn't have stairs to deal...

  • Taking action on the maternal health crisis

    Priya Helweg|Apr 10, 2024

    Last month, I traveled to Anchorage, Alaska for a Maternal and Child Health Conference. This conference brought together maternal health experts and advocates to discuss the heart-wrenching maternal health crisis in our country and what we’re doing to promote better outcomes. The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate among high-income countries. In 2021, 1,205 women died of maternal causes in the United States. In 2020, 861 women died of maternal causes in the U.S., a 40% increase in just one year, and some of our neighbors a...

  • Send Conroy to Congress

    Norm Luther|Apr 10, 2024

    Carmela Conroy gives eastern Washington voters the unusual, important opportunity to elect a foreign policy expert as their US Representative. As Foreign Service Officer for 24 years, she served in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Norway, New Zealand, and Tom Foley’s Japan office. US voters must weigh foreign policy experience much more heavily than usual in their 2024 voting decisions. Electing wannabe dictator Donald Trump would be a huge catastrophe for our national security by his policies towards Ukraine and Russia, with most congressional Republica...

  • Where have all the "ohs" and "ahs" gone?

    Roger Lucas|Apr 10, 2024

    Ohs and ahs were the favorite two words uttered in the early days when visitors viewed Grand Coulee Dam. My first experience with the dam was in 1948, when a couple of buddies and I escaped the halls of our high school for the day and drove up here. I can’t say we were too excited, but it was clearly a memorable event. We started out from Palouse, hit Spokane, then the coulee, and we ended up in Moses Lake. My next trip here was in 1953, after I was married, when we moved to Grand Coulee after I took a job grading lumber at the mill in L...

  • Biden Administration violating consumer choice

    Dan Newhouse Congressman 4th District|Apr 10, 2024

    In the United States, one of our most important freedoms is individual choice. However, the Biden Administration has unmistakably signaled its determination to advance its aggressive climate agenda at any cost — even at the expense of consumer choice — whether it pertains to gas stoves, dishwashers, or even gas-powered vehicles. As this administration continues their unconstitutional efforts to phase out gas vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EVs), it overlooks a critical factor: the United States currently lacks the necessary inf...

  • Bonnice Sieker

    Apr 10, 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.... Full story

  • Joseph William Louie

    Apr 10, 2024

    Joseph William Louie, affectionately known as Jobe, a beloved father, son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away on April 6th, 2024, while peacefully at home in Tacoma, Washington. He was born to Barbara Covington and Francis T. Louie Sr., in Omak, Washington on August 20th, 1974. He would go on to graduate from Omak High School in 1993 where he excelled in both football and baseball and where his love for his dogs began. Jobe would begin his career with his father in construction for a time.... Full story

  • Masquers Theater Presents Drama "Love Letters"

    Apr 10, 2024

    In its continuation of the year of well received plays, the Masquers Theater proudly announces its upcoming production of the drama “Love Letters” written by A.R Gurney. This two-person drama is being performed by theater veterans Victoria Drake and Bob Jasmen at the Soap Lake Masquers Theater for a limited run of 4 shows starting April 20th to April 28th. Cynthia Beyer is the director of this play that has been performed by a diverse company of big name actors and actresses over the years. The play’s two characters are a man and a woman who e...

  • NCW libraries to offer virtual program on apple industry

    Apr 10, 2024

    Learn about the history of Washington’s apple industry in the Humanities Washington virtual program “Big Apples, Big Business: How Washington Became the Apple State,” offered by NCW Libraries on April 17. This free program will be offered on Zoom from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and live-streamed at Wenatchee Public Library and Chelan Public Library. Register for the virtual program at on the events calendar.| No registration is needed for the live-streaming events. Amanda L. Van Lanen, a professor of history at Lewis-Clark State Colle...

  • Meetings and Notices

    Apr 10, 2024

    Grant Count Mosquito Dist. to Meet Grant County Mosquito District #2 will hold its monthly meeting this Thursday, Wednesday, April 11, 2024 at 4pm at 210 W. Coulee Blvd. in Electric City. 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...

  • Library happenings for April

    Apr 10, 2024

    oin NCW Libraries in celebrating its libraries and outreach services -- and the library workers who connect NCW residents to valuable resources, information, and experiences. Throughout National Library Week, we will take to social media to highlight staff going about their daily work in our library spaces, the bookmobile, and out in the communities we serve. A poetry reading list Celebrate the joy, expressiveness, and delight of poetry for National Poetry Month with our curated collection. Join us for a virtual program to explore how Washingto...

  • District releases Grant County Community Health Assessment

    Apr 10, 2024

    Grant County Health District (GCHD) released its 2023/2024 Grant County Community Health Assessment (CHA) last week, with a a comprehensive look at the overall health of Grant County. The CHA highlights both challenges and strengths within the county for an outline of important local data and community perspective, the district said in a press release. The CHA will impact the future work of local public health and other key community partners. The Community Health Assessment assists local communities in gaining a deeper understanding of health...

  • Coulee Cops

    Apr 10, 2024

    Coulee Dam Police 3/31 - An Electric City man detailed to police an online scam that involved his applying for a loan, getting approved, then being asked to take insurance on the loan, making a $500 payment with a gift card purchase in Wilbur. He later found it all suspicious, canceled the card, talked with his bank, and more. Police warned the man about the dangers of online scams and to look out for that kind of thing. 4/1 - A Coulee Dam officer assisted the Grant County Sheriff’s Office by responding to the Grand Coulee RV Park on SR-174 w...

  • Legals

    Apr 10, 2024

    Town of Coulee Dam Notice of Public Hearing NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN; The town of Coulee Dam has published this Notice of Public Hearing of the Town Council to provide the opportunity to comment on the proposed adoption by reference of Grant County’s Critical Areas Ordinance. The issued date of this notice begins a public comment period of not less than 14 calendar days. During this period written comments may be submitted to the staff contact. The proposal may be examined at Coulee Dam Town Hall, 300 Lincoln Ave, Coulee Dam, WA 99116. The C... Full story

  • Lake Roosevelt sports updates

    Apr 10, 2024

    Softball Lake Roosevelt's Lady Raiders were ranked 12th in the state Tuesday night on WIAA's RPI ranking of 47 fast-pitch softball teams at 2B-class schools in Washington state. LR (6-2) is second in the Central Washington 2B league, behind Okanogan (7-0). The team last played March 29 and will meet Oroville in Grand Coulee on Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m. Baseball The Raiders (1-9) lost to Goldendale and Warden at Warden April 6, 17-0 and 11-8. They'll play the Oroville Hornets in Coulee Dam...

  • School board OKs club trip plans

    Scott Hunter|Apr 10, 2024

    Lake Roosevelt Jr/Sr High School clubs are planning trips to Seattle and Montana, following Monday night’s school board blessing. The school’s Knowledge Bowl competitors will head to the University of Washington on a trip paid partially by their own fundraising efforts and supported by the gifted program and the Colville Tribes. Members of the team and advisor Pam Johnson advised the board of a transportation problem that is worsening as the group grows: They don’t fit in a Suburban. Johnson said they have a dozen high school students in the a...

  • All-class reunion coming in June

    Apr 10, 2024

    The Coulee Dam All Class Reunion will be held the weekend of June 21 (Friday), June 22 (Saturday), and June 23 (Sunday), 2024 with catered dinners at the Lake Roosevelt High School Gym on Friday and Saturday nights, and a picnic at Spring Canyon on Sunday. The reunion is open to all attendees of Coulee Dam, Mason City, or Nespelem public schools between the years of 1935 to 1971 along with students that attended Lake Roosevelt High School between 1972 and 1976. Additionally, anyone with ties to members from these classes are welcomed and...

  • Counties required to adopt security system

    Mary Murphy, Washington State Journal|Apr 10, 2024

    All counties are required to install “Albert Systems,” a technology that notifies counties when there is an attempted cybersecurity attack, under a bill Secretary of State Steve Hobbs endorsed. Even though ballot counting machines are not connected to the internet, election data is oftentimes circulated on internet communication channels. Technology like the Albert System can help protect the security of county records by monitoring any attempt to manipulate, intercept, or tamper with data transmitted through these channels. While 36 of 39 cou...