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Articles from the May 15, 2019 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News    May 15, 2019

School discipline explained, progress reported

Faced with critics who question discipline policies at Lake Roosevelt Schools, officials Monday presented data and studies behind a direction they said is not only working better locally, but also mandated statewide. Ready with a raft of statistics...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 15, 2019

Council changes rules on firing chief

Electric City quietly changed the rules Tuesday night that govern the process by which it could fire its fire chief. The vote happened moments after Electric City’s fire chief told people waiting outside city hall during a closed session of the...

 

High tension

High voltage power lines cross North Dam Park and a section of the Colorama carnival, as seen from a helicopter Saturday. The placement of one of the taller rides offered by the carnival became an...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 15, 2019

Local politics warming up

Four of the five Electric City Council seats are up for election this year, as is the mayor’s office, and interest is running higher than usual. It’s filing week in Washington, and people interested in running for elected office have until...

 

Out with "archaic," in with new tech tools at Lincoln County dispatching center

As Sheriff Wade Magers, several of his staff, two county commissioners and computer personnel held their collective breath on the morning of April 23, the Lincoln County Sheriff's dispatching...

 

Correction

Cody Leonard was referred to with the wrong gender pronoun in a story about Geezer Beach last week. She is a woman.... Full story

 
 By Peggy Nevsimal    Opinion    May 15, 2019

What is your obligation or commitment to your community?

What is your obligation or commitment to your community? Another Colorama weekend is done and this was a particularly challenging one for those of us at the Chamber of Commerce. In 1994, 38 years into the 63-year history of Colorama, the carnival... Full story

 
 By Betty Brueske    Opinion    May 15, 2019

Concerned about Electric City's sidwalk plan

I was shown an aerial photo of the proposed Electric City sidewalk plan on Highway 155. I am concerned because the parking lot adjacent to New Paradigm Physical Therapy would be eliminated if sidewalks block off highway access. Handicapped patients... Full story

 

Leave Geezer Beach to geezers

Prior to 9/11, one of the real pleasure spots for bank fisherman was the Banks Lake canal. At the time, I fished there almost daily. Although I wasn’t physically handicapped or too elderly, there were many who fished there because they could park... Full story

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    May 15, 2019

Climate change, tree rings and us

Climate change, tree rings and us Like a book of factual history, tree rings are the annual chapters of a tree’s life. Through the eyes of a trained professional, tree rings tell the real story of... Full story

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    May 15, 2019

Unity is the key to a lot of doors

I have been hearing the word unity a lot lately. Its meaning, according to the dictionary, is “a state of being united or joined as a whole.“ It also has a mathematics definition. The number one... Full story

 

Larry Green

Funeral services will be held for Larry Green at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 18, at Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee. Larry died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, May 12, 2019. A complete obituary will be in next week’s Star.... Full story

 

James H. "Jim" Short

James H. “Jim” Short, 89, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019, passed away in Grand Coulee, Washington. He was born August 25, 1929. He was predeceased by sisters: Edith Short and Bette Morris. Jim is survived by his wife, Cathy Short; children:... Full story

 

Wide- eyed acceptance

Emmaline Piturachsatit accepts an award May 3 at a Lake Roosevelt Elementary School assembly for winning first place in the K-3 category of a regional poster contest for fire prevention, sponsored by... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week Chamber will meet this Thursday, May 16, at noon at Siam Palace. Coaches’ Meeting Set for Adult Summer Softball A coaches’ meeting is set for the upcoming adult summer softball league on Wednesday, May 22, at North Dam upper... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    School    May 15, 2019

Nine Raiders head to track & field districts

The Raider track and field athletes competed at the District 5-6 2b subdistricts meet in Manson May 8, where nine Raiders qualified for the district tournament on Friday in Quincy. “Our throwers really shined,” Head Coach Lori Adkins said....

 

Lady Raiders are league champs in softball

The Lady Raiders finished their regular season of softball with two more wins, making them league champions for the regular season, and are now moving onto postseason play. The Lady Raiders defeated Bridgeport twice on May 7 in a doubleheader at... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Sports    May 15, 2019

Whiteman qualifies for state

Darin Whiteman qualified for the state golf tournament Monday in Pasco at the District 5-6 tourney at Sun Willows Golf Course, taking sixth place in the tournament. Whiteman shot an 88 for the day,... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 15, 2019

Girls' tennis team ties for first

The Raider tennis squad competed in the Central Washington 2B/1B League tennis tournament May 6 and 8 at the North Cascades Athletic Club in Omak, where the LR girls team tied for first with Tonasket. That first-place spot was earned by Alexia Ryan,... Full story

 

Coulee cops

Grand Coulee 5/7 - An officer picked up a Hickory Farms box with tobacco, rolling papers, and an odor of marijuana from the alternative school after the principal reported finding it in one of the “community rooms.” The box and its contents were...

 

Governments join forces vs. northern pike in lake

Tribal, state and local governments have joined forces at Lake Roosevelt to combat the spread of northern pike, recently recorded just two dams away from critical Columbia River salmon habitat. The lake’s co-managers at the Confederated Tribes of...

 

Legal Notices May 15, 2019

Town of Nespelem Notice of Public Hearings NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Town of Nespelem and CCT Planning Department at the Town of Nespelem – Town Hall, on May 29, 2019 @ 5:00 PM. The purpose of the public... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 15, 2019

Flood watch issued for this area this afternoon through evening

The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a flood watch for areas in North Central Washington and Eastern Washington, including around Grand Coulee Dam. NWS is warning of showers and... Full story

 
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