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Articles from the April 20, 2022 edition

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  • Fresh eggcitement

    Apr 20, 2022

    Toddlers in the youngest set of egg hunter at the Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt Saturday learn what they're looking for in the annual tradition the club put on again at the athletic field of the former middle school in Grand Coulee. The winners of the prizes in a few of the eggs are on page 2. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Baseball cancelled today/softball still on

    Apr 20, 2022

    The Lake Roosevelt Raiders baseball game with Liberty Bell scheduled for today has been cancelled and will turn Friday's road game with Liberty Bell into a doubleheader to make up for it. The Raider field was pummeled by rain and hail, muddying up the home plate area and leaving puddles. The Lady Raiders softball game in Grand Coulee at 4:30 p.m. is still on today, with their field not getting hit so hard by the weather....

  • For Earth Day, look past the hyped-up rhetoric

    Scott Hunter|Apr 20, 2022

    As our politics degrade, so does our ability to deal with the most urgent issue we all face. Climate change is so very hard to wrap your head around, especially for people like us who live in an area where a river runs through it and powers our homes and businesses with green, hydro-electric energy. It’s easy to be complacent here, until August anyway. That’s when, over the last few years, we’ve come to expect “smoke season” if we’re lucky, “fire season” if conditions push the nature around us to kindling levels and something, anything, causes...

  • Consolidation touched upon briefly at mayors meeting

    Jacob Wagner|Apr 20, 2022

    The idea of consolidating Coulee area towns was discussed briefly at a recent meeting of area mayors, with the general opinion expressed being that it is complicated. During the April 6 Regional Board of Mayors meeting, the group discussed at some length how to pull off a spring-cleaning event, a frequent topic with the group. When asked by The Star if they felt consolidation would help simplify what seems to be a convoluted process by having one conversation instead of four between four different towns, a few spoke on the topic. Elmer City...

  • Four tribal council seats headed to primary elections

    Apr 20, 2022

    Four out of seven positions are up for election on the Colville Business Council that will go through the primary process to narrow down each race to just two candidates before the general election in June. The CBC is the governing body of the Colville Tribes with 14 positions total for the council, and seven up for re-election each year. There are four positions each in the Inchelium, Nespelem, and Omak districts, and two positions in the Keller district. This year, races going through the primary process include: Inchelium Position #2...

  • Nespelem Jr. Rodeo this weekend

    Apr 20, 2022

    Queen Lelah Mason welcomes you to The Nespelem Junior Rodeo being held at the Nespelem Rodeo Grounds on Saturday and Sunday April 23 and 24, beginning at 10 a.m. both days. There will be 8 all-around saddles, 9 reserve all-around awards, handmade 1st place buckles, and all-around LP buckles. There will be payout to 4th place. This is a CTJRA points rodeo. No entries accepted after April 18. Admission will be $5, with ages 5 and under admitted free. Concessions will be available. For information and entries call Kayce 509.978.9292, Sindy...

  • Car lands in Banks Lake

    Scott Hunter|Apr 20, 2022

    A local driver ended up in the water last week when her vehicle veered into Banks Lake about 5:44 p.m. Thursday. Stacey Joe White, 46, of Coulee Dam got out of the car and swam to shore before the Toyota Highlander sank, according to Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol. The incident happened on SR-155 about five miles north of the junction with US 2 just north of Coulee City. White was reportedly alone in the car. She was taken to Coulee Medical Center with minor injuries. The...

  • Grand Coulee enters digital age with new website

    Jacob Wagner|Apr 20, 2022

    The city of Grand Coulee has launched a new website that has some handy info for residents. The website, which went live in January, is a little hard to find on Google, but is at There, visitors to the site can find meeting agendas, look things up in the city’s code, find the email addresses for the mayor and council members, and find handy forms such as building permits, demolition permits, and dog license applications. Kristine Thiesfeld, who is the clerk for the Grand Coulee Police Department, put the website together u...

  • Legal Notices

    Apr 20, 2022

    Public Notice City of Coulee Dam ORDINANCE ADOPTED BY THE TOWN OF COULEE DAM Ordinance 800 – Adopting the Budget for the Calendar year of 2022. Ordinance 801 – amending the 2021 budget as adopted in ordinance no. 790 and amended in ordinance No. 793, 795 and 797. Ordinance 802 – amending the 2022 budget as adopted in ordinance no. 800. Full and complete copy of the above ordinances are available by contacting City Hall during normal business hours. Stefani Bowden, Clerk / Treasurer (Publish April 20, 2022) Town of Nespelem, Washington Ordin...

  • Golfers tee off at Okanogan

    Apr 20, 2022

    Raider golfers competed at the Okanogan Valley Golf Course on April 12, and again on April 14. “We were able to get some of our kids their very first competitive rounds under their belts, which was great,” Head Coach Steve Files said. “Conditions (including snow flurries) were very tough on Tuesday [April 12], but Thursday [April 14] was decent where Colton Jackson and Trevan Barnaby shot their best rounds of the season so far.” Jackson finished the course in 105 strokes while Barnaby finished in 124. The Raiders are scheduled to play on thei...

  • Softball wins and wins and wins

    Apr 20, 2022

    The Lady Raiders softball team is on a winning streak boosting their now 8-2 win-loss record for the season. The ladies defeated Pateros there on April 11 with a final score of 19-1. With Lake Roosevelt securing the victory in just three innings, Emma Marchand pitched one inning, striking out two, Presley Steffens pitched one inning, striking out three batters, and Aaliyah Marchand pitched one inning, striking out one. LR scored seven runs in the first inning, eight in the second, and four in the third. LR then won both games of a doubleheader...

  • Track and field at K-Valley Rally

    Apr 20, 2022

    The Raider track and field team competed at the K-Valley Rally in Kittitas April 15 against the wind as well as athletes from other schools. "Although the temperatures and sun cooperated, the strong head wind made it hard for the athletes to earn top marks and times," Head Coach Lori Adkins remarked. "They still placed well and put points on the scoreboard." "Arianna Waters shined in the discus event on her debut performance," Adkins said. Louie threw for a distance of 77 feet, four and a half...

  • Tennis competes all throughout the land

    Apr 20, 2022

    The Lake Roosevelt tennis team is putting miles on their tennis shoes, most recently competing in Omak, Oroville, and Entiat. LR competed in Omak April 11, Oroville April 13, and Entiat April 14. “Tennis is going well,” Head Coach Billy Monroe said, noting that the three away matches “made for a lot of traveling.” “Omak was a good team,” he said. “We got beat pretty handily in most of our matches. Teyten Flores and Zane Chaffee won at second and third singles for a little bright spot. In Oroville, with eight Raider athletes, Monroe said t...

  • Raiders come from zero to beat Omak

    Apr 20, 2022

    The Raiders won two and lost two this past week to have a 8-4-1 win-loss-tie record so far this baseball season. Maybe the Raiders were only lulling the Pioneers into a false sense of security by remaining scoreless in the first four-and-a-half innings, setting Omak up 5-0 halfway through the fourth on a frosty Thursday afternoon. If they were, it worked. Lake Roosevelt decided to play offense in fifth to the point of tying the game at five each, overtaking Omak in the sixth inning when Raider...

  • Coulee Cops

    Apr 20, 2022

    Grand Coulee Police 4/11 - A man reported about $1,000 worth of stuff taken from his vehicle parked at Williams Avenue including numerous tools and a subwoofer speaker. 4/12 - Police received a license plate that had been lying in Spokane Way. Police were unable to find any contact information for the registered owner and placed the plate into an evidence locker. - An officer helped a tribal officer restrain a patient at the hospital, an inmate at a tribal jail, who was kicking while being restrained. 4/13 - At almost midnight, police...

  • Fast Horse & Dick have a boy

    Apr 20, 2022

    Keya Fast Horse and Coby Dick of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Coby Edward Dick Jr., born Friday, March 25, 2022, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz., and was 21 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Annalise Fast Horse and Haley Dick. Maternal grandparents are Carrie Pakootas and Mathew Pakootas. Paternal grandmother is Janice Dick.Great-grandmother is Mildred Swan.... Full story

  • Dorothy Ruth Lucas

    Apr 20, 2022

    Loving Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother passed peacefully following a long illness on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. She is preceded in death by son Larry, and her five siblings. Dorothy was born on April 3, 1934, in Twin Falls, Idaho. Her parents, James and Christina Compton were tenant farmers on farms around Buhl, Idaho. Her love for animals grew from this experience and she had many special pets in her life. She regularly took her dog "Pee Wee" to the store for ice cream and made sure... Full story

  • Darlene Mae Allen

    Apr 20, 2022

    It is with great sadness that the family of Darlene Allen announce her passing. She was a beloved wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Darlene was predeceased by her husband William "Bill" Allen 53 years ago. Her spirit is carried on by her children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Darlene's faith was an essential part of her life. Her dedication and service to the Lord never wavered. She will forever be in our hearts.... Full story

  • Bank donates to rodeo effort

    Scott Hunter|Apr 20, 2022

    North Cascades Bank donated $2,500 Friday to help the Ridge Riders put on the Colorama Rodeo. The bank, said Branch Operations Manager Jerri Smith, sees the rodeo as "an important event for our local community. Not only does it give us something to look forward to each year, it's also an entertaining, family friendly event that benefits our community financially." Smith noted the bank has helped sponsor the rodeo for many years. This year, she said, "we are very excited to sponsor the...

  • Next in virtual series

    Apr 20, 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 is each Wednesday evening at 7PM. A provider from Confluence will lead the presentation followed by a question and answer session. Next in the series is: April 20: Depression, More Than Just the Blues, with Kasey Grass, Behavioral Health Integrated Clinical Director. April 27: Cover Your Butt: Colon Cancer Prevention... Full story

  • Weather a great talking point

    Roger Lucas|Apr 20, 2022

    Why am I cold all the time? Doesn’t the weatherman know it’s supposed to be spring? But I’ve seen much colder days. I endured 46 below when working for Potlatch Forest shortly after I got out of high school. Work area layout was a cement slab with a tin roof and the sides all open. Three planer machines filled the interior of the huge shed. One person fed the boards into the machine, and two graders marked the planed boards according to their value. Two more pulled the boards off the chains and put them in appropriate piles. The winter had b...

  • Look north to increase gas supplies

    Don Brunell|Apr 20, 2022

    The news that President Biden plans to resume leasing of federal land for oil exploration maybe good five years from now, but that action alone won’t bring down record gas prices at the pump in the months ahead. According to American Automobile Association (AAA), the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline was $4.07 on Good Friday (April 15); down from $4.31 a gallon a month ago. That’s still 70 percent higher than when he took office. The Interior Department announced it will put up...

  • With risk increasing, small businesses can protect themselves from cybercriminals 

    Jessica Campos Center for Rural Affairs|Apr 20, 2022

    Many small business owners wonder how cybersecurity pertains to their business, or think they could never fall victim to cybercriminals. But, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA), cyber-attacks are a growing threat for entrepreneurs and the U.S. economy. In 2020 alone, the FBI reported that the cost of cybercrimes reached $2.7 billion. While some small businesses have little to no financial resources to devote to professional information technology solutions, tools are available to help understand the risks and where improvement...

  • Serving Our Nation's Finest

    Dan Newhouse|Apr 20, 2022

    Currently, a little over 1.3 million people are serving on active duty in our nation’s military—that is less than half of one percent of the U.S. population. Securing our national defense and protecting our interests is a heavy burden to rest on these men and women, and that is why continuing to care for our servicemembers and veterans is such a solemn duty for the federal government. I’m honored to represent over 39,000 veterans in Central Washington and consider it one of my highest priorities to ensure they receive the high-quality care and...