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Articles from the April 24, 2024 edition


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  • High schoolers get a taste of tragedy

    Scott Hunter|Apr 24, 2024

    One minute, they were heading to another party. The next was chaos, blood and death. That was the scene outside the Nespelem Community Center April 18 as unveiled in an elaborate enactment involving vehicles full of Lake Roosevelt High School students. Most of the student body stood on the other side of the black plastic curtain and a taped off border. Beyond it, many of their classmates lay in a bloody scene depicting the kind of instant carnage that can happen when fragile flesh is forced...

  • Updated: "Hit list" threatens five students at Lake Roosevelt Jr/Sr High School

    Scott Hunter|Apr 24, 2024

    Update: Two students have been arrested by police and taken to jail or juvenile detention, Superintendent Rod Broadnax said about 7:45 Thursday night. The two students at Lake Roosevelt Jr./Sr. High School were expelled on an emergency basis earlier Thursday after an investigation of their emails revealed threats to kill five students at the school. During an authorized investigation into one student's emails, school personnel came across a "hit list" of five students to kill, naming two of them... Full story

  • MPH Building on Midway bought "for the dirt"

    Renata Rollins|Apr 24, 2024

    The prominent former “MPH” auto shop on Midway Avenue has been sold to the investment firm that owns two contiguous vacant properties to the east. But the multi-million dollar hotel once planned for the block has no immediate future, according to the firm principal. “We don’t have any plans for it at all,” Caleb McNamara of Blackfly LLC said in a phone call with The Star April 12. “It just added to our piece of the pie.” McNamara’s Blackfly LLC owns the neighboring vacant building that once housed Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille, and the building...

  • Better than panties on a milk cow

    Renata Rollins|Apr 24, 2024

    "They're going to put panties on a milk cow," explains Cheryl Pryor of the six teams from local businesses participating in the "Merchants' Panty Pull" at the Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Riding event on Thursday, May 9. That marks Day One of the annual Colorama Festival, followed by two days of pro rodeo events, all happening at the Ridge Riders Arena in Delano. Cindy Edwards and Pryor have been Ridge Rider volunteers for years as part of a team of four to eight people. This year, Edwards says,...

  • A tremendous act of compassion

    Scott Hunter editor and publisher|Apr 24, 2024

    Some deep thinking has been going on, and its helping. Last week, many local professionals in law enforcement, emergency medicine, and other first responders, — the folks who have to live with the possible trauma of a car crash to which they only responded to help — took time to show every local high school student just what happens in a crash. Many of them worked for weeks or months in preparation and planning. Teenagers as a group are far more likely to be involved in car crashes, and this area has too often seen the worst side of those sta...

  • From China to Central Washington: tracing the deadly path of the fentanyl epidemic

    Dan Newhouse Congressman 4th District|Apr 24, 2024

    Communities across Central Washington have been devastated by the epidemic of synthetic opioids like fentanyl, which is the leading cause of death for people ages 18-45 in the United States. Dubbed the “silent killer” of American youth, fentanyl’s lethal potency is alarming; a mere two milligrams, equivalent to 10-15 grains of table salt, constitutes a fatal dose. Bad actors in China have been taking advantage of loopholes in our laws in the United States to push these dangerous substances over our borders, and I have been working tirel...

  • Assaulted by prescription drug ads

    Bob Valen|Apr 24, 2024

    Watching the evening television news is something I typically don’t do. There are a few reasons why. There is the widespread TV news edict, “If it burns or bleeds, it leads.” Next, there is the never-ending prescription drug advertising that is most prevalent on the national networks. Let me share an interesting fact — of the 195 nations on Earth, only two permit prescription drug advertising directed at potential consumers. It’s called direct-to-consumer advertising, or DTC. Who are those two...

  • Judith Ann McGuire

    Apr 24, 2024

    Judith A. McGuire passed away on April 18, 2024, two days shy of her 73rd birthday, in Grand Coulee, Washington surrounded by her family. Judy was born April 20, 1951, in Coulee Dam, Washington to Elmer (Al) and Shirley (Spratlin) Nolan. Judy grew up in Grand Coulee and graduated from Grand Coulee High School in 1969. She was a beloved Tiger fan. After high school, she had few miscellaneous jobs before starting her federal career for the Grand Coulee Dam project in 1973 as an emergency service... Full story

  • Bonnice Sieker

    Apr 24, 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....

  • Need to dedicate flags by Friday, May 17

    Apr 24, 2024

    It’s just about time for the Isle of Flags dedication. Dediations will be accepted until Friday, May 17. If you want to have a flag dedicated and in place to honor your deceased veteran for this year’s event, call Ben Alling at 509-633-0663 or 509-680-7250 before May 17....

  • Area AA Meetings

    Apr 24, 2024

    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....

  • Spring Canyon Cemetery Clean-up Saturday

    Apr 24, 2024

    All are invited to a community clean-up day at Spring Canyon Cemetery this Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 am until noon. It will be a good time to clean around your family’s headstones or stones of those who do not have family living here anymore. Bring gloves, shovels, weed eaters, brooms, brushes, etc. Lion’s Club members, military veterans and cemetery supporters will be there to work with you and haul away debris. It will be a fun time. If you have questions, call 509 633-0182 or 509 631-0551 for information....

  • Nespelem Jr. Rodeo this weekend

    Apr 24, 2024

    My name is Lahalee Michel. I am the daughter of Virgil and Joclyn Michel. My maternal grandparents are Glen Lisenbey and Kathy Agee; my paternal grandparents are Beverly Buckner and the late Nate Michel. I am 15 years old and a freshman at Omak High School where I participate in FFA, wrestling and track. I started my rodeo journey in 2020 and was blessed when Kaelyn Ankney and Codi and Krista Marchand took me under their wings. With their generosity and guidance, I am able to compete in...

  • It's a boy for the Sampsons

    Apr 24, 2024

    Riley and Seth Sampson of Grand Coulee, Washington are proud to announce the birth of their son Casey Wesson Sampson, born Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 9 lbs., 7 oz., and was 20.5 inches in length at birth. Maternal grandparents are Victor and Tiffany Wisdom. Paternal grandparents are Seth O. Sampson II and Diana Sampson. Great-grandparents are Hank Wiebe, Seth Sampson I and Betty Kissner. Great-grandmother is Billie Bredstrand.... Full story

  • Future and present curators

    Apr 24, 2024

    Nespelem Elementary students examine printed portraits of Chief Willie Red Star Andrews, Mary Owhi Moses, and other tribal ancestors who sat for paintings in Nespelem in the late 1930s. The artist, Clyfford Still, was a painter and art professor at Washington State University (then Washington State College) who co-founded the "Nespelem Art Colony" for visiting artists from 1937-1940. Staff from the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver visited the Colville Reservation last week to engage 3rd, 5th and...

  • Former Councilmember Frank LaFountaine passes

    Apr 24, 2024

    Respected elder of the Colville Tribes, Frank LaFountaine has passed away at age 76. He served on the Colville Business Council for the Nespelem District from 1980 through 1984. LaFountaine graduated magna cum laude from Seattle Pacific College in 1970. He earned a juris doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law and became an attorney. In addition to his service on Tribal Council, he also served his community as a lawyer. He spent years working in Colville Tribal Court at various times as a prosecutor, a public defender, and an...

  • All-class reunion coming

    Apr 24, 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...

  • Coulee Cops

    Apr 24, 2024

    Coulee Dam Police 4/8 - A Tulip Street man reported that his neighbor’s dog, a 90-pound pit bull named Rex, bit his 10-pound Grand Charles dog, J.J., that had been hooked to a cable-run in the backyard. The man yelled at the pit bull, which let go of the smaller dog. Police saw the puncture wounds on the smaller dog and saw the pit bull still in the yard which had barked and then moved towards the fence. The owner of the pit bull was contacted and said he would do what he had to do and was unhappy with the dog. Police learned later the smaller...

  • Raider tennis to host district tourney

    Scott Hunter|Apr 24, 2024

    The Raider tennis team will host the District 6 Tournament on Saturday, May 11, and Wednesday, May 15, Coach Casey Brewster said. The tournament will take advantage of the four courts at the high school, likely the newest in the district, built in 2015, and the two courts at Coulee Dam's Cole Park just across the river, originally built in the 1930s but resurfaced during Coulee Dam's Quincy Snow administration more than 10 years ago. Visiting teams will include those from Liberty Bell High...

  • Raider updates

    Apr 24, 2024

    Softball The Lady Raider fastpitch team racked up five more wins in the last week, the last one 11-1 against Brewster in a league game on the Bears’ home diamond April 23. They also beat Tonasket a week ago, 17-2, then twice more in a Friday doubleheader there, 14-4, 8-4. Manson fell to Lake Roosevelt 20-3 April 18. They’ll finish the regular season with five home games: They’ll play Okanogan at home tonight (Wednesday) in a doubleheader at 3 p.m., then Brewster in Friday’s doubleheader, also starting at 3. Lake Roosevelt (14-2) will welcome...

  • Local scholars honored

    Apr 24, 2024

    Four local students were among those at Community Colleges of Spokane to make the honor roll for winter quarter 2024, which ended in March, the schools said last week. The honor rolls list those students who achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or above, including, Megan Abel, of Grand Coulee; Audrey Hansen, of Coulee Dam; and Robert Morin, of Elmer City at Spokane Community College. At Spokane Falls Community College, Kayla St Pierre, of Nespelem, made the honor roll there....

  • Legal Notices

    Apr 24, 2024

    City of Grand Coulee NOTICE TO CONSULTANTS FOR SPOKANE WAY IMPROVEMENTS The City of Grand Coulee solicits interest from consulting firms with expertise in Civil and Structural Engineering Design. This agreement will be for approximately two years in duration with the option for the City of Grand Coulee to extend it for additional time and money if necessary. Consultants will be considered for the following project. The City of Grand Coulee reserves the right to amend terms of this “Request for Qualifications” (RFQ) to circulate various add... Full story

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