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Articles from the May 15, 2024 edition


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  • Grand Coulee mayor resigns 

    Renata Rollins|May 15, 2024

    Grand Coulee is looking for more patrol officers, a police chief, a wastewater treatment plant operator, and a public works director. Starting Friday, the city will need a new mayor as well. Mayor Mike Eylar announced his intention to step down from the role, due to medical issues, at a special city council meeting May 14, less than five months after being sworn in. “Bills will continue to be paid, payroll will continue to be paid, decisions will continue to flow,” Eylar said at the special session. Councilmembers had just learned of his res...

  • Parade happens

    May 15, 2024

    A big crowd comes out for the annual Colorama Parade Saturday, after it had at one point looked like it would not happen at all. A declaration of its cancelation by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, due to lack of needed police, got attention and response from the Grant County Sheriff's Office and local police, who staffed it as necessary for traffic control. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • School leaders avoid $500k loss of federal funds

    Scott Hunter|May 15, 2024

    Leaders of two school districts Tuesday night, agreed to a “tuition” plan that’s been in dispute for months, which threatened to cost them over half a million dollars that would otherwise go to educating their students. Everyone was relieved at a joint meeting of the boards of directors of the Nespelem and Grand Coulee Dam School districts. “Thank you so much for working hard to make that agreement successful,” GCDSD Board President Rich Black said. “I know it wasn’t exactly what you had in mind. It wasn’t exactly what we had in mind.” At is...

  • Rebuild of hospital access roads starts next Monday

    Renata Rollins|May 15, 2024

    Two short roads responsible for carrying 100% of Coulee Medical Center traffic in Grand Coulee will undergo reconstruction beginning next week and lasting into the summer. Fortuyn Road and James Saunders Street will be closed except to “local traffic only” starting Monday, May 20, according to an informational flyer delivered to Fortuyn residents last week. What that means in practice for ambulances and hospital visitors is not yet known, but the contractor is working on a plan for continued access, according to Grand Coulee Clerk Lorna Pea...

  • Some internet, wireless services out Thursday, Friday this week

    May 15, 2024

    A planned fiber outage will happen in Grant County late this week for line repair and replacement, temporarily cutting off internet for fiber customers, and disrupting major wireless carriers locally as well, according to local internet providers. Coulee Internet, iFIBER, and Fordair Wireless all sent notice that internet will be down for eight hours for fiber optic line repair, sometime within the window of 10 p.m. Thursday, May 16, and Friday at noon. “This will cause fiber hubs and cell phone services (Verizon & ATT/T-mobile) to be down f...

  • Wrong way to Colorama

    May 15, 2024

    A Grand Coulee ambulance heads the wrong way down Midway Avenue during Saturday's parade to take care of a man in distress at the Pacific Pride station. It was a heat-related issue. EMT Ben Alling, a veteran in the parade on the American Legion float, jumped off the float to help when his radio went off. When temperatures change quickly, as they did last week, suddenly exceeding 80, people have trouble adjusting. Just ask Star writer Roger Lucas. Or actually, on the opinion page, you can read...

  • Grant PUD leader to step down in June

    May 15, 2024

    Rich Wallen, Grant PUD’s general manager/chief executive officer, has announced his resignation from the utility. The resignation, given to Grant PUD’s Board of Commissioners on May 7, is effective on June 14, the PUD announced the next day. With Grant PUD for seven years, Wallen has served the last two and a half as the general manager of the electricity and internet utility that serves all of Grant County. “During his time as CEO, Rich oversaw profound changes at Grant PUD,” stated Grant PUD Commission President Tom Flint on the PUD’s w...

  • Easy afternoon

    May 15, 2024

    Whiskey Trail entertains on the chamber's portable stage at the Colorama fair in North Dam Park, positioned so that people in both the open eating area and the beer garden could enjoy the music. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • The watcher became the watched

    Roger Lucas|May 15, 2024

    Last Saturday was my 34th Colorama Parade. I will likely remember this one more than the rest. I had sat at my vantage point for over an hour before the parade started. It was really hot out. Just as the first part of the parade reached my location the heat got to me and I passed out. This is really about our local healthcare providers and how they help us when we have problems. On the scene almost immediately was Rick Paris and his ambulance crew. While I wasn’t tuned in to much, I remember how pleased I was that Paris was on the scene. I h...

  • Blame was wrong

    Robert Fields|May 15, 2024

    I am the first to admit when I’m wrong. A city employee and I had a talk. He informed me that the concrete (see “Let’s try common sense on illegal dump” in May 8 issue) was not from the city road project, but from a private party. He knows who but doesn’t want to get in volved. So, my apologies to the city. But I still wish it would get cleaned up! Robert Fields...

  • Blame was wrong

    Robert Fields|May 15, 2024

    I am the first to admit when I’m wrong. A city employee and I had a talk. He informed me that the concrete (see “Let’s try common sense on illegal dump” in May 8 issue) was not from the city road project, but from a private party. He knows who but doesn’t want to get in volved. So, my apologies to the city. But I still wish it would get cleaned up! Robert Fields...

  • Betty Martin Lacy

    May 15, 2024

    Betty Martin Lacy, 104, died peacefully at Coulee Medical Center on Friday, May 3,, 2024. She was born March 30, 1920, in Wallace, Idaho to William Martin and Ameilia Rawe Martin. Betty grew up by the Milk River in Nashua, Montana as the 13th of 15 children. Betty originally visited Grand Coulee in 1936 to help her oldest sister with her two young sons. In 1943 she met and married Cleatis Lacy in Seattle shortly before he was deployed with the Navy in WWII. Betty lived in Vancouver to be near th... Full story

  • Hallie Sena Anderson

    May 15, 2024

    Hallie Sena Anderson will be honored at a graveside memorial service on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 1:00 pm at the Riverside Cemetery, Riverside, WA off Hwy 97. We welcome you to come and share tribute for her and her gracious life.... Full story

  • Need to dedicate flags by May 17

    May 15, 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....

  • Notices

    May 15, 2024

    Retirees to Meet Okanogan County School Retirees’ Association will meet at 11 AM, Friday, May 31, 2024 at Community Presbyterian Church of Omak, 9 Birch St. S, Omak. Meeting Focus: 2024 Scholarship recipient and 2024-’25 budget. No lunch available. For more information: Penny Garrison, 509-429-0292. 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, con...

  • Library happenings

    May 15, 2024

    Listen while you garden Libby makes it simple to listen to your favorite books when, where, and how you want. Listen while you garden, cook, clean, run, drive, and more! Listen on the go Libby makes it simple to listen to your favorite books when, where, and how you want. Listen while you garden, cook, clean, run, drive, and more! Reading Challenge Join a reading challenge with fun for the whole family! Track your reading, write book reviews, earn digital badges, and discover great books....

  • It's a girl for Tsusie

    May 15, 2024

    Shinina Tsusie of Grand Coulee, Washington, is proud to announce the birth of her daughter Violet Jones on April 27, 2024, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 1 oz., and was 19 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Damien Chase and KaeCea Chase. Maternal grandparents are Bernice Tsusie and Francis Tsusie.... Full story

  • Eggleston/Zamora-Rice have a boy

    May 15, 2024

    Ryleiha Eggleston and Nicholas Zamora Rice of Grand Coulee, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son Liam Koda Zamora-Rice on Friday, May 3, 2024, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 6 lbs., 13.7 oz., and was 19 inches in length at birth. Maternal grandmother is Carla Graeber of Grants Pass, Oregon. Paternal grandparents are Alisa Rice of Grand Coulee and Eduardo Zamora of Montebello. Great-grandparents are Shirley Graeber, Carol Schoning and Earl Rice.... Full story

  • Coulee Cops

    May 15, 2024

    Coulee Dam Police 4/29 - The driver of a car that was reportedly driving too fast in the Kelso Avenue area was contacted by police who had been provided with the license plate number. The driver said he was only going 15 miles per hour. The officer said there are frequent complaints about speeding there and that officers who see speeding take place will write infractions for it. - A man reported about $30 worth of gas was stolen from his Ford pickup while parked on Coulee Boulevard. - Police responded to Fir Street where an incident took place...

  • Legal Notices

    May 15, 2024

    Grand Coulee Dam School District CALL FOR BIDS The Grand Coulee Dam School District hereby calls for bids to furnish the following for the2024-2025 school year. Milk for the school breakfast/lunch program during the 2024-2025 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 May 22, 2024. Bids can be sent to: Grand Coulee Dam School District 110 Stevens Av...

  • Lady Raiders still looking at state

    Scott Hunter|May 15, 2024

    The Lady Raiders took a loss after a win this week in their quest to make it to the state Fastpitch Softball Championships at Yakima's Gateway Sports Complex May 24-25. In District 6 playoffs, Lake Roosevelt bested Tonasket 8-7 in Grand Coulee May 10, as league pitcher of the year Presley Steffens struck out 13 batters. Last night, however, LR lost to the Lady Bulldogs, 5-2, in Okanogan. LR (17-5) will now play Brewster on the Raider's home diamond in Grand Coulee Friday at 4:30 p.m. in a...

  • LR athletes earn all-league honors in softball

    May 15, 2024

    Six Lady Raider fastpitch players earned all-league team honors at the end of the regular season this year, Coach Jaci Gross said. Presley Steffens was named Pitcher of the Year Taylor Vargas Thomas was chosen for first team all-league. Nautika Brown and Shae Crollard were selected for 2nd team all-league. Ava Sam and Aspen Smith both got an honorable mention....

  • Added-in umph

    May 15, 2024

    Jaxon Krohn plays in the District 6 tournament in Coulee Dam's Cole Park Saturday morning against an Okanogan player who bested him in the single-elimination tournament. The tournament used the four Lake Roosevelt Jr/Sr High School courts and the city's two courts in the park near the credit union. Lake Roosevelt also hosts the girls' District 6 tourney today, May 15. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • All-class reunion coming in June

    May 15, 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...

  • Rodeo results

    May 15, 2024

    THURSDAY BULL RIDING RESULTS 1st Blake Masden - $3350 - Goldendale,Wa 2nd Taja Wells- $2010 - Browning ,Montana 3rd JC Merriott- $1340 - Medical Lake,Wa Colorama Rodeo Results Grand Coulee, Wash., May 10-11 All-around cowboy: Caleb McMillan, $1,034, bull riding, tie-down roping and steer wrestling. Bareback riding: 1. Mason Stuller, 80.5 points on Aces Wild Pro Rodeo’s Black Butte, $895; 2. Will Norstrom, 80, $671; 3. Tristan Hansen, 78, $447; 4. Clay Stone, 77.5, $224. Steer wrestling: 1. Caleb McMillan, 4.9 seconds, $1,034; 2. Sam Mundell, 5...

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