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Articles from the April 30, 2014 edition

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  • New bowling alley owners get lease

    Roger S Lucas|Apr 30, 2014

    The Coulee Dam Town Council approved a four-year lease with new owners of Riverview Lanes Bowling Alley at its Wednesday night meeting. The lease with present owners, Pat and Sara Zlateff, who have had the eight-lane alley for the past seven years, expires May 1. The new owners are Sherry and Jeremy Moore, who reside in Electric City. It was a fast turn around for the town, and will mean that Riverview Lanes will remain open without a break. The four-year lease is along the terms of the lease the town held with the Zlateffs, at $675 a month... Full story

  • Video taken of fisherman's arrest

    Scott Hunter|Apr 30, 2014

    A video has been posted on Youtube of a man being arrested after fishing in a restricted area below Grand Coulee Dam and allegedly resisting arrest. The Wilbur man's arrest was the subject of a police reports brief in the April 30 Coulee Cops. Taken from a distance April 24, the video is nearly 20 minutes long and includes language many may find offensive from people in the background. It also includes audio early on of a man apparently warning the subject of the arrest, possibly by radio of cell phone, that the approaching officer was about... Full story

  • News photos now online

    Scott Hunter|Apr 30, 2014

    I've uploaded three weeks worth of photos on our photo site today. Enjoy!... Full story

  • Senator tours school construction

    Apr 30, 2014

    Under a skylight at the top of stairs, State Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, whose leadership made the facility possible, gets a tour April 23 from school district Superintendent Dennis Carlson and others of the new school complex being built in Coulee Dam. Parlette said the project is one of the most exciting efforts she has been involved in during her 20 years in the Legislature. - Scott Hunter photo... Full story

  • Geeky interest turns into real business

    Scott Hunter|Apr 30, 2014

    A group of friends trying to scratch their own itch for faster Internet connections have been almost forced into opening a new business to answer the same growing need for the local community. Coulee Internet Services Company is adding connections every week with wireless-to-fiber technology that extends the reach of faster Internet speeds to places too remote for fast access wires to reach. And their plans include adding even areas now served by fiber optic and DSL connections. Living in Elmer... Full story

  • Three tapped for Gates Millennium scholarship

    Roger S Lucas|Apr 30, 2014

    Three Lake Roosevelt High School students were named Gates Millennium Scholars last week. The three are Brandin Smith, Chyenne Kelly-Marconi and Daniel Campobasso. The scholarships are given to minority students who come from low-income families and who qualify under an extensive process. Ten Gates Millennium Scholarships were given in the state of Washington this year, with Lake Roosevelt students given three. With the three being named this week, that makes a total of 16 Gates scholars from... Full story

  • Younger leader takes seat at Coulee Dam council

    Roger S Lucas|Apr 30, 2014

    Shawn Derrick was elected to fill a vacant seat on the Coulee Dam Town Council Wednesday night, but not without some twists and turns. Bob Poch, the councilman that Derrick replaces, had a lot to do with Derrick being seated at the meeting. When the vacant position came up during the council meeting, Derrick was nominated, and received two votes, those of council members Gayle Swagerty and Ken Miles (Councilmember Duane Johnson was away). Then Councilmember Ben Alling nominated Carol Netzel,... Full story

  • Candidates to vie for CBC spots

    Roger S Lucas|Apr 30, 2014

    Twenty-two candidates have filed for office in the Colville Business Council primary election scheduled for May 3. In the Nespelem District Position 1 race, incumbent William “Billy” Nicholson is being challenged by Shawnee N. BearCub and Amelia (Moses) Marchand. In Nespelem Position 2 race, incumbent Nancy Cawston Johnson is being challenged by Charlene BearCub, Brian J. Nissen and Harvey Moses, Jr. In the Inchelium District’s Position 2 race, incumbent and current Chairman Michael O. Finley is being challenged by four tribal members: Pat L... Full story

  • Newsbriefs

    Apr 30, 2014

    Playhouse raffle ongoing Raffle tickets on the little playhouse parked in front of Loepp Furniture are on sale inside the store for $1 each. The tickets will remain on sale until Junior Rodeo time July 19-20. You don’t have to be at the Junior Rodeo to win. The playhouse is built annually by DWK Fowler Construction and donated to the Ridge Riders for the drawing. Book sale gives a boost The PTA says its recent book fair was a success, with more than $3,000 worth of “books and bling” sold. Through the year, the group has made several contr... Full story

  • Where'd that big fish go?

    Roger S Lucas|Apr 30, 2014

    Driving by Mason City Memorial Park people did a double take when they noticed the big chain saw sculpted salmon was gone from its base. Have no worry, the Chinook salmon is safely stored in the Coulee Dam town warehouse, where it awaits some final changes to its rather stiff and upright stance. The town is trying to figure out a new mount for the fish - changing it from a vertical position to its original idea of a fish leaping. The salmon and a companion wildlife sculpture were the result of a... Full story

  • Council hears intriguing tale of history

    Roger S Lucas|Apr 30, 2014

    Susan Dechant walked Coulee Dam council last Wednesday night through the intriguing tale of a monument lost and a new one proposed. Lost for non-payment was a monument erected in 1938 along the then main road in Delano to honor workers who died during construction of Grand Coulee Dam. The bill on the American Legion monument, some $1,750, Dechant noted, wasn’t promptly paid and the Legion asked for more time. That was granted by the Colville monument maker. However, when the Legion tried to talk him down to $500, the monument owner lost his p... Full story

  • Chamber: tourney a success

    Apr 30, 2014

    The Triple Fish Challenge over last weekend was a success, chamber of commerce officials said Monday. “No one won the boat, though,” chamber Executive Director Peggy Nevsimal stated. Ten boats and 18 anglers participated in the two-day event held at Coulee Playland, along with a bass tournament. To win the boat you had to have the highest weight catch of a bass, trout and walleye, for each of the two days. Jim Stanley of Creston came the closest, catching all three fish the first day, but only a trout on the second day. The top five winners by... Full story

  • Be wary of guidelines for educational change

    Apr 30, 2014

    An effort announced a month ago by the Washington State Board of Education (SBE) seems reasonable enough, but leaves a tinge on the pallet that hints of possible poison to come. Let’s hope not. The SBE wants to raise awareness of school discipline concerns, mainly, that some groups of students are more often at the receiving end of disciplinary action in school, and that can hurt their education in the long run. “The data on student discipline indicates that certain student groups are being disciplined and excluded from the classroom at hig... Full story

  • Two year Anniversary

    Jesse Utz|Apr 30, 2014

    Well, about two years ago I started writing this column for The Star. It started with missing the missing trees and we have covered many subjects along the way. In the beginning I was doing a monthly column, then every two weeks, and before I knew it I was doing it on a weekly basis. Yes, sometimes it is very difficult to come up with a subject that I can spin into my style of writing. If you have not noticed, I always try and put a positive spin on things. That in itself can be difficult and I... Full story

  • The Princess and the Pea

    Don Brunell|Apr 30, 2014

    Let’s face it. We’re spoiled. Even in our tough economy, most Americans enjoy a myriad of conveniences we take for granted. We awake to a warm house, turn night into day with the flip of a light switch, jump into a hot shower, get dressed and grab a cup of fresh brewed coffee before heading to work in our car or on the bus. On the way home, we stop at the grocery store to pick up a few items from the 40,000 choices offered there. What do all these things have in common? They are made possible by... Full story

  • Coulee Recollections

    Apr 30, 2014

    1 Years Ago Officials from the US Dept. of Ecology presented Grand Coulee Mayor, Tammara Byers with a check for $3.1 million in a ceremony at North Dam Park. The money is to be used to help connect Grand Coulee's water lines to Electric City's. Nespelem School District announced this week that more budget and personnel cuts a probable for next year. Declining enrollment and overstaffing is said to be the reasoning. 20 Years Ago A former Ketch Pen bartender, accused of four counts of over... Full story

  • Bert Colby Johnson

    Apr 30, 2014

    Bert lived a full, active life filled with family and friends. He was known for his gregarious friendly nature; speaking to everyone he met, judging none. He was a devoted husband and father. Helen, his wife of 68 years, and their four children were the center of his life. Bert was the eldest son of Alfred and Colby Johnson, born in Sebeka, Minn. In 1941, he joined the Army Air Corps and served in the 320th Bomb Group B-26 Marauder. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and six Bronze Stars while flying 50 missions as a Top Turret Radio... Full story

  • Charles "Chuck"Hanke

    Apr 30, 2014

    Charles "Chuck" Hanke 63, of Grand Coulee, Wash., passed away Monday, Apr. 28, 2014, in Spokane, Wash., with his family by his side. Chuck was born in Seattle to Al Hanke and Marylou Kelley on February 18, 1951. Chuck along with his wife, Janet, are the owners of Electric City Bar and Grill. He leaves behind his wife Janet and children: Crystal (Jeremy) Comer of Edmonds, Wash., Colleen (Mike) Olds of Anchorage, Alaska; stepchildren Connie (BJ) Tuetken of Wilson Creek, Wash., Lisa (Denny)... Full story

  • New laser show will debut in May

    Roger S Lucas|Apr 30, 2014

    The all-new laser light show on the face of Grand Coulee Dam, will debut May 24, Bureau of Reclamation officials stated. It replaces the original show developed in 1989 at a cost of $791,806. The new show, was created under a $1.6 million contract, by LumaLaser of Eugene, Oregon, and guided by a stakeholders group made up of interest groups that benefit from the dam and Columbia Basin Project. It has been a long time coming. The new show had been originally scheduled for sometime in 2013, but was held up by repeated changes. The original laser... Full story

  • Meetings and Notices

    Apr 30, 2014

    Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, May 1, at Siam Palace in Grand Coulee. PTA Book Fair Book Reports will be read by Wensdae Antoine and Lillie LaPlace, GCD Middle School students. Dedication Time is Here Isle of Flags dedication time is fast approaching. Call Ben Alling at 509.633.0663 for more information about dedicating a deceased veteran’s flag. The deadline is May 18, 2014. Eagles #2577 Meetings The Auxiliary’s next scheduled meeting is set for May 6, at 6 p.m. The Auxiliary meets the fir... Full story

  • Pier dedicated

    Apr 30, 2014

    Steamboat Rock State Park Ranger Jeremy Jalali and Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club President Colleen Manley cut the ribbon Monday at an official dedication of the first handicapped-accessible fishing pier in North Central Washington. The 12 year, $60,000 project was supported by the community at numerous spaghetti feeds and by Rotary District 5060, the Columbia Basin Foundation of Ephrata, the Grand Coulee Lions Club, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and individual donations. - Scott Hunter... Full story

  • It's a boy for Duclos/Collins

    Apr 30, 2014

    Ashley Duclos and Dagan Collins of Electric City, are proud to announce the birth of their son Kyron Nathan Ray Collins on Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 6 lbs., 8 oz., and was 19-3/4 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Kylie Duclos 11-1/2 and Kayden Duclos 6-1/2. Maternal grandparents are Krayton and Tonya Duclos of Electric City. Paternal grandparents are Pat and Shirlene Collins of Grand Coulee. Great-grandparents include Ray and Lynda Duclos, Frank and Kaye Sandford and Larry and... Full story

  • Senior Center accepts aluminum

    Apr 30, 2014

    The seniors accept aluminum cans ONLY. Please do not put cardboard, plastic bottles or other aluminum in the collection sacks. In 2013, the Seniors collected 3800 pounds (almost 2 tons) of cans and took in approximately $1500 for the Senior Center. That is approximately 30 cans for everyone in the Grand Coulee Dam area. The program helps keep the doors open at the Seniors and keeps the cans out of the landfills. Please do not put other material in with the cans because we have to dispose of it and that raises the already high garbage bill and... Full story

  • Ladies pick up third win

    John McNeil II|Apr 30, 2014

    Lady Raider softball went one of three in last week's games, falling to the league-leading Liberty Bell, but prevailing in one of two games in Saturday's doubleheader against Oroville. At Liberty Bell April 22, Lake Roosevelt left six runners stranded and made too many mental errors on defense, allowing the Mt. Lions to score. The Lady Raiders hosted the Oroville Hornets in a doubleheader Saturday at Grand Coulee, where a better focused LR team defeated the Hornets in the first game. As a team,... Full story

  • Track rained out at Mansfield, competes at Cashmere

    John McNeil II|Apr 30, 2014

    LR competed at Cashmere in the Rieke Invitational April 25, but got rained out at a Mansfield’s Iceberg Invite April 22. At Cashmere, the Raider girls finished 21st overall with 10 team points. The Raider boys did not score any team points. Chyenne Kelly-Marconi scored all the team points for the Raiders. In the 100m hurdles, Kelly -Marconi placed seventh with the season personal record time of 17.51 seconds. Over at the Long/Triple Jump pit Kelly-Marconi placed fifth in both events with s... Full story

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