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Articles from the April 17, 2024 edition

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  • Triple Fish challenge reaches across state

    Scott Hunter|Apr 17, 2024

    From Newman Lake to Lake Stevens, they came to fish Banks Lake last weekend to try to catch three different species of fish on each of two days. Local Brian Walters completed the task, with the greatest combined weights to take the big prize of a tricked-out Jackson kayak. Reel Recreation, a local non-profit led by fishing friends and dedicated to promoting fishing and other outdoor activities for kids, put on the Triple Fish Challenge tournament, which started in 2013 under the local chamber...

  • Colorama coming up

    Renata Rollins|Apr 17, 2024

    Over the next few weeks, you'll be hearing a lot about the 67th Colorama Festival – the kickoff to the Coulee area high tourist season happening May 9-11 this year. Part vendor fair and part pro-rodeo, the early summer community party features live music, beer gardens, bull riding, a parade, two days of pro rodeo events, a raffle drawing, cowboy breakfast, riding entertainment, a Kid Zone with games and activities, a 21+ after party, and even a little variety circus show. For now, Colorama b...

  • Mock crash exercise will sound alarming

    Scott Hunter|Apr 17, 2024

    High school students tomorrow may pretend to die or be injured in a mock car crash planned for Thursday morning in an exercise designed to resemble the real tragedy. That will include "toning out" police and ambulance units to respond to the event at the Nespelem Community Center, so don't panic if you hear those genuine-sounding calls. The purpose is to portray to students just what can happen in the seconds and minutes after someone makes a mistake: distracted driving, driving intoxicated,...

  • Emphasis patrols to watch for speeding in Electric City

    Renata Rollins|Apr 17, 2024

    Emphasis patrols to discourage speeding will be popping up in Electric City, according to Coulee Dam Police Chief Paul Bowden, whose force provides police services there. The speed limit is 35 mph throughout the main corridor of Electric City, but drivers at times increase their speed before they reach the higher speed zones on either end of town, Bowden said. This can be problematic this time of year, he said, as more traffic goes in and out of the campgrounds during the warmer seasons. The limit becomes 50 mph just after Sunbanks Lake Resort...

  • Take our daughters and sons to Grandma's

    Tom Purcell|Apr 17, 2024

    “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” is on April 25th, and I think we should try something different this year: Let’s take our daughters and sons to grandma’s. The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Foundation says that April 25th is designed to be more than just a career day — more than the practice of “shadowing” an adult in the workplace. It’s equally important to show children “the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities of work and family life…” It’s about “providing boys and girls a chance t...

  • A little political history

    Carl Russell|Apr 17, 2024

    For the people that have not followed political history, I would like to give you my perspective as to where the political parties have gone from the late 1950s and early 1960s. (I voted for JFK.) The Democratic Party today is where the Socialist party was in the 1950s &1960s, and a large part of the DNC is where the communist party was. The Republican Party is where the Democrats were in the late 1950s and early 1960s. To demonstrate my point, John Fitzgerald Kennedy could NEVER be nominated or elected President in the DNC party today. But he...

  • Could a man be dog's best friend?

    Roger Lucas|Apr 17, 2024

    If a dog is man’s best friend, then why can’t a man be a dog’s best friend? I lost my little dog over a year ago. She had been with me for about 15 years. Now I don’t want to pick a fight with people who feel differently about pets. I bought my little dog when she was just a small puppy. A woman was selling her dog’s puppies out of the trunk of her car on Bureau property near The Star newspaper corner. I paid $50 for the puppy. Upon the advice of my wife, I eventually picked a female puppy, while I liked the color of the male puppy better. My i...

  • More worn-out wind blades, solar panels landing in dumps

    Don Brunell|Apr 17, 2024

    While wind and solar farms generate “greenhouse gas free” electricity, there are ongoing concerns over their impacts on our environment especially as a rapidly growing number of worn-out blades and panels are landing in landfills. Those blades, housed on giant wind towers reaching over 250 feet in the sky, are starting to reach the end of their useful lives (15 to 20 years) and are being taken down, cut up and hauled to burial sites. Even though over 90 percent of the decommissioned wind tow...

  • Paul Grant Pearson

    Apr 17, 2024

    Paul Grant Pearson passed away March 28, 2024, in Keller, Wash. Paul was born March 16, 1981, in Republic, Wash. to Richard and Gladys (James) Pearson. Paul grew up in Keller and attended school there and he graduated from Wilbur High School. Paul work various jobs in the Keller area, the marina, community center, and grocery store. He was also a caretaker for children in the area. Paul is a member of the Colville Confederated Tribe of Indians, an avid Green Bay Packers fan, enjoyed shooting his guns, video games and spending time with his... Full story

  • STCU receives awards for wildfire response, marketing campaigns

    Apr 17, 2024

    STCU’s response to the 2023 Gray and Oregon Road wildfires was honored for excellence by the Marketing and Business Development Council of America’s Credit Unions. In results announced last month, judges for the Council presented five total Diamond Awards to STCU, recognizing marketing excellence in 2023. Most notable was the Carat Award for Greatest Impact, which was given in recognition of STCU’s efforts to support the communities affected by last year’s two devastating Spokane-area wildfires. Immediately following the wildfires on August...

  • Looking for gold

    Apr 17, 2024

    Kids actually pan for gold at one of the activities set up for Fun Friday. Experienced gold panner Stephen McKune set it all up with his own equipment and brought dozens of vials of sandy material, each containing a few tiny flakes of gold. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Meetings and Notices

    Apr 17, 2024

    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 Church. Contact Myrna at 634-4921 for more information. Food Bank Open Care & Share Food Bank regular hours are Fridays 1-3 p.m. Questions call Pastor Shawn at...

  • Emergency Air Ambulance: Two providers, healthy competition? 

    Renata Rollins|Apr 17, 2024

    Sometimes a Coulee Medical Center patient needs to be transferred to specialists or trauma care at a larger hospital, in a city such as Spokane or Seattle. In critical situations, air transport may be deemed medically necessary to save a life or limb. At that point, emergency room staff start making calls to one or both of the competing EMS programs covering the Coulee area. One program is called Life Flight Network - which most people informally surveyed for this story knew about - and the...

  • Legals

    Apr 17, 2024

    GCD School District CALL FOR BIDS The Grand Coulee Dam School District hereby calls for bids to furnish the following for the 2023-2024 school year. Milk for the school breakfast/lunch program during the 2023-2024 school year. Milk items on which bidders are to submit quotes per case are: -1% Milk-22 cases per week. -Chocolate Milk -20 cases per week Multiple deliveries per week are expected for all Milk products. Bidding will close at 3:00 p.m. on April 29, 2024. Bids can be sent to: Grand Coulee Dam School District 110 Stevens Ave Coulee... Full story

  • Coulee Cops

    Apr 17, 2024

    Coulee Dam Police 4/9 - A burglary related report originating from Electric Boulevard was filed with no additional details. - It appeared someone had smoked something in the lobby of the post office in Coulee Dam. A burnt item and empty prescription bottle with an unreadable label were found in the trash. Police told the reporting party to simply take the trash out to the dumpster. - A woman said she had loaned a vehicle to a man over a year ago but he had not returned it. An officer located the vehicle at the casino, where the man said the veh...

  • Lady Raiders on a winning streak

    Scott Hunter|Apr 17, 2024

    Could be excellent pitching. Could be fast, smart base stealers. Could be good, solid bat-ting skills. It must be all of those. The Lady Raiders are having a season. The 1-A Omak Pioneers managed to get a point on them Saturday in Omak, losing 14-1. LR skunked Oroville last Thursday in Grand Coulee, 15-0. Yesterday, they scored 17 on Tonasket, holding the Tigers to 2 for their 10th win of the sea-son. They've only lost to Okanogan and ACH, once to each. The Raiders meet Manson there Thursday...

  • Hornet win was a bright spot in Raider baseball week

    Apr 17, 2024

    The Raiders prevailed over the Oroville Hornets 9-6 April 11 in Coulee Dam. Saturday, they lost both games of a doubleheader against Omak, there, 4-1, 9-3. Tonasket beat LR 14-1 Tuesday night in Coulee Dam. They’ll meet Manson there April 18 and head to Tonasket for a doubleheader April 19. They’ll play Brewster in the Bears’ home field April 23....

  • Rotary offering scholarship

    Apr 17, 2024

    The Grand Coulee Dam Area Rotary Club is offering a scholarship for up to $4,000 to a Lake Roosevelt student to a four-year university, a community college, or a trade or technical school. The scholarship could pay $1,000 a year to a four-year university or #1,000 a year as needed at a community college or trade or technical school. - The General Scholarship Application is a writable Word document. You will be able to save your work and edit your responses directly on the application; otherwise, you must print the application after you have...

  • Auditions set for Masquers next play

    Apr 17, 2024

    Masquers Theater announces open auditions for the play “The Odd Couple”. The auditions for this classic are Monday April 22nd and Tuesday April 23rd at 6:00 pm at the Soap Lake Masquers theater. The show will open Friday June 7th and ends Sunday June 23rd. There are parts for 6 adult men and 2 adult women....

  • Household hazardous waste collection event

    Apr 17, 2024

    Grant County residents may dispose of household hazardous waste for free at two different events in May. The first event will be held on Friday, May 3 from 12 pm to 4 pm at the Quincy Aquatic Center, 724 F St. SE. The second will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Grant County Road District Shop near Moses Lake at 12171-Wheeler Road. Both events are for waste generated by households only. Please note that containers will not be returned. Hazardous products have labels with words such as danger, caustic, flammable, and poison....

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