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Articles from the May 28, 2014 edition

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  • Airplane crash kills pilot near Steamboat Rock

    Scott Hunter|May 28, 2014

    An airplane accident killed a man on Banks Lake near Steamboat Rock Saturday. Kenneth A. Berger, 60, of Monroe, Wash. was an accomplished pilot, attorney and longtime city councilman who built his plane from a kit, according to the Monroe Monitor. Berger had already put down his SeaRey LSX amphibious plane at about 5 p.m., witnesses said. They said he apparently was trying to take off again, when the plane flipped over forward into the water. Nearby boaters got to the craft, and two women at... Full story

  • Horse race was wild, alright

    Roger S Lucas|May 28, 2014

    The Ridge Riders "Wild Horse Race" provided plenty of action for both cowboys and horses at the Saturday night Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Riding event in Delano. The new feature of the event actually stole the show as teams of three cowboys tried to saddle a wild horse and ride it across a specified line. There are several team members with aching muscles this week, and it was a wild event with things going on all over the arena. The Casey Heemsah team from Twisp turned in first place. It... Full story

  • Top level changes continue at CMC

    Scott Hunter|May 28, 2014

    Following the change in Coulee Medical Center’s top manager last month, three more high-level executives will be leaving the hospital, Interim Chief Executive Officer Debbie Bigelow announced last week, and more changes are coming. In the medical center’s “Communicator” emailed newsletter issued Thursday, Bigelow said the next to leave would be Chief Operating Officer Alan Wagner, Chief Financial Officer Joe Vessey and Director of Communications and Marketing Steve Becker. With CMC for nearly four years, Wagner “has played a key role in profes... Full story

  • City's treatment plant in need of repairs

    Roger S Lucas|May 28, 2014

    The operator of Grand Coulee’s Wastewater Treatment Plant addressed the city council last Tuesday night, seeking $400,000 to make needed repairs. Gary Abbott explained to the council the results of a report from the city’s engineering firm, Gray & Osborne, showing the need for major electrical repairs at the plant. The plant is owned by both Grand Coulee (51 percent) and Electric City (49 percent). Abbott told the council that the electrical equipment had lasted over 30 years, well past normal wear and tear, and was near the end of its use... Full story

  • Artist expands art offerings after school

    Roger S Lucas|May 28, 2014

    An art volunteer at Center Elementary and the Grand Coulee Dam Middle School is teaching students art history and how to paint in the style of famous painters. Cathy LaPlace, born and raised in France near the Belgium border, discovered that the district's art program was somewhat limited and is giving up hours of her time to help out. She meets with interested students after school to explore artists, their styles, and some of the art they have produced. Recently, her students studied the life... Full story

  • Bus garage, daycare now allowed

    Roger S Lucas|May 28, 2014

    The Senior Center may now build a garage to house buses on their property in Grand Coulee. And, if anyone is still interested, a licensed daycare could set up shop on Main Street. Those two subjects of longstanding requests are now possible, following an ordinance passed the Grand Coulee City Council May 20. The issues had come before the council about a year ago and the city held a public hearing on the matter early in April. The Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center has two buses and had come before the council a year ago to ask if they could build... Full story

  • New laser debut glitchy

    Roger S. Lucas|May 28, 2014

    The new laser light show came off with a 45-minute glitch Saturday night. A mechanical problem kept lookers aghast at the celebrated debut of the show. After the initial show Saturday night, the laser debut got an ovation, according to Bureau of Reclamation Public Affairs Officer Lynne Brougher. The show came off Sunday and Monday nights without any trouble. “I’ve received mixed reviews,” Brougher said. The show played without benefit of water spilling over the spillway of the dam because the level of Lake Roosevelt is still below the spill... Full story

  • Newsbriefs

    May 28, 2014

    Police negotiations coming up Grand Coulee’s city council was advised that the city would start negotiations soon with Electric City on the renewal of its five-year police services contract. Grand Coulee provides police protection for the the city of Electric City by contract arrangement. The current contract expires at the end of the year. Free food event Friday The Zion Lutheran Church will have a visit from the Mobile Food Bank from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, May 30, officials said this week. The mobile unit, carrying free produce, is j... Full story

  • Disappointed in new laser show

    Carol Schoning|May 28, 2014

    If Saturday night was the entire new light show (as it didn’t start until about 10:30 instead of 10 and was over by 11), I am truly disappointed. I had heard it was much longer than the old one. The story is fantastic! The pictures and wording are almost all black and white, just a few small spots of color. The wording is waytoo big to watch up close, in places like the VAC and the lower park, it is blurred. It could probably be better read from Crown Point or at least the area across from the motel and casino. There are largeanimals and o... Full story

  • Sharing some thoughts

    Lloyd Olbricht|May 28, 2014

    Or rambling as The Star newspaper, Shut Up Mr Utz does. If AT&T buys Direct TV for the billions they are offering, hope they will offer services to all of North America. Will they again become the best, most secure stock market investment they once were? Will the stupid Feds allow them to be a regulated monopoly as they once were? Or will they become a thief as our local fuel stations have been allowed to become. I'm very hopeful that I will be able to shop at home again when the new service station opens in Grand Coulee. I have been told that... Full story

  • RE: "Gas Critics don't know Jack" (May 14 editorial)

    Paul Kelly|May 28, 2014

    It was nice reading a new perspective in this week’s editorial about our local gas prices. I don’t like paying more for gas than anyone else, but I believe the Positive greatly outweighs the Negative. The Positive: Convenience, professionally run operations that represent our community well, service, jobs, jobs and jobs — for our local community. The Negative: Slightly higher gas prices. In my opinion, the Positive aspects greatly outweigh the Negative. I have had the chance to meet several of the Madsens’ employees, all of which appreci... Full story

  • Thanks for saving my life

    Chuck Goodall|May 28, 2014

    A special thanks to my hero, my granddaughter Kati Goodall, for knowing what to do and saving my life by giving me a shot when I passed out at the ball game. I’m not sure how you knew what to do, but you did. I would also like to thank all the people who helped me when I was down. I don’t know all your names, but there was Peggy Sandgren, Steve Harrington, Ben Alling and the ambulance crew to mention a few, and the staff at Coulee Medical Center were wonderful. I am here today because of Kati and all my friends and neighbors. I am blessed to... Full story

  • Class of '64's 50th coming up

    Soy Redthunder|May 28, 2014

    The Class of 1964 of Coulee Dam High School is announcing plans for its 50th class reunion. The weekend of August 15-17 will bring together classmates and teachers of that school year. Many social activities will be held at locations throughout the Grand Coulee Dam area. It is our hope that with the opening of the new school at Lake Roosevelt, we may tour the new facility and congratulate the school board on its decision to go forward. If anyone is interested in helping with the arrangements for this event, please contact me or Marie Jensen... Full story

  • Memories on Memorial Day

    Jesse Utz|May 28, 2014

    When I was younger, a cemetery brought visions of ghosts and creepy monsters. Not to mention a music video by Michael Jackson that made all the ghouls dance in unison. It was a place you did not want to go and always felt a little uncomfortable. As a kid it also brought back visions of death and that can make it all the scarier for a child. But as we grow and mature, we learn and experience, and the cemetery becomes something else. For me, it is a place of memories. If you think about it for a moment, like I did this weekend, it’s kind of a s... Full story

  • Coulee Recollections

    May 28, 2014

    1 Years Ago The mandatory hold back for low achieving students, being considered by Grand Coulee School District, has been placed on hold by the school board. Several community members opposed the idea because of a fear in extra costs and drops in attendance that would ultimately have an effect and possibly end elective classes like choir, band and auto shop. Karen Depew said goodbye to her last class of preschoolers this week. After 17 years of providing Promise Pre-School, a Christian based... Full story

  • Meetings and Notices

    May 28, 2014

    Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, May 29, at Siam Palace in Grand Coulee at noon. Bob Valen will be the guest speaker. His topic will be “Wildfire and Weather Outlook.” CMC Guild (Auxiliary) to Meet CMC Guild will hold its next regular meeting at CMC on Wednesday, May 28, (today) from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Family History Center Available The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites all who desire to utilize the Family History Center in the Coulee Dam Chapel, located at 806 Spruce Street in C... Full story

  • Isle of Flags

    May 28, 2014

    People gather at the Isle of Flags Memorial Day remembrance at Spring Canyon Monday morning for the annual ceremony and dedication of new flags in honor of fallen veterans. More than 500 flags unfurled in the wind. - Scott Hunter photo... Full story

  • It's a girl for the Drywaters

    May 28, 2014

    Alyssa and Johnny Drywater of Coulee Dam are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Kenzie Mae Drywater, born Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz., and was 21.5 inches in length at birth. Maternal grandparents are Christopher “Cloud” Peoples and Gale Neal. Paternal grandparents are Val Drywater and Tina Drywater.... Full story

  • Alejandre, Kelly-Marconi, and Hanway district champs

    John McNeil II|May 28, 2014

    Three Raiders came home as District 5-6 champions Saturday and will compete at the state track and field tournament at Eastern Washington University Friday and Saturday. “I knew it was going to be a great meet when we started off with three district championships!” exclaimed Head Coach Lori Adkins on the field event championships in Ephrata. Octavio Alejandre repeated as the district shot put champion by throwing 44 feet, 5 inches. Alejandre said his goal is to throw 48 feet at the the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s 1B, 2... Full story

  • Three Lady Raiders named to all-league squads

    John McNeil II|May 28, 2014

    Three Lady Raider softball players have been named to the Central Washington 2B North All-League squads for the 2014 season. Lake Roosevelt freshman Tristen Adolph was named to the First Team CWL 2B North because of her pitching and base running ability. Adolph struck out 55 batters, batted .489 for the season, and stole 48 bases. “Tristen played every position on the field this season, but she ended the season as our go to pitcher,” Head Coach Jamie Lezard said. “She had a tough job at first of finding the strike zone, but she pulled it all t... Full story

  • Raider Tennis finishes 2014 season in Districts

    John McNeil II|May 28, 2014

    Raider Tennis competed in District 6 Tournament at Cashmere last week, where their season came to an end. The matches were close and were played to a different format than in the regular season. “The format was two out of three sets with no-add scoring, which means you only have to win games by one point,” noted Head Coach Steve Archer. “Many of the games for both Dan (Campobasso) and Holly (Carriere)/Areielle (White) went to deuce and were won by a single point.” Campobasso played Juan Mensoza of Cascade in boys’ singles. Mensoza took the... Full story

  • New school from the air

    May 28, 2014

    A view of the new school being built next to Lake Roosevelt High School in Coulee Dam gives a size perspective for anyone familiar with the old building. The photo was taken May 10 during Colorama from a helicopter piloted by LRHS graduate Tim Tueth. - Scott Hunter... Full story

  • No golfers qualify for state

    John McNeil II|May 28, 2014

    Raider golf came up short at the the District 5-6 Golf Tournament at Lake Chelan Golf Course May 20, so no Raider golfer will advance to the state tournament this season. Brandon Desautel and Mikel Friedlander finished sixth and seventh, respectively, which was just one place too low to advance. “Our kids were grinding out there, but we didn’t play our best,” Raider Head Coach Steve Files said. “I was proud of our effort and the way we competed.” Desautel shot a 116 for his sixth-place finish. He need to cut off six strokes to qualify f... Full story

  • Getting your "prairie look" on

    Frankie Delano|May 28, 2014

    What comes to mind when you see the word “prairie” on a cover of a magazine devoted entirely to decorating? Probably not too much, unless you enjoy this avenue of creative outlay. I don’t know about you all but I really think decorating is a rewarding experience, especially decorating on the cheap. Anyway, let’s explore the Prairie Look and what we have to do to become a Prairie Styler. First, is the Prairie Look brand new? Or is it just a different name for a hybrid or a combination of decorating styles we’ve been using forever, such as: Adiro... Full story

  • Bowling Scores

    May 28, 2014

    BOWLING SCORES SENIOR BOWLING May 7 Bob S. 217/563; Bob M. 183/505; Ken A. 170/488; Dixie 143/342 May 13 Bob S. 200/583; Pat Z. 203; Bob M. 184/537; Dixie 138/359 May 21 Leo L. 161/439; Bob M. 168/471; Ray D. 189/467 SUMMER LEAGUE TEAM W L Chewy’s Const. 9 3 Flyin W 7 5 The Force 7 5 LBB 7 5 Fighting Chipmunks 6 6 Dixie Chicks 6 6 Team 8 3 9 Grandma’s Gang 3 9 High Game: Flyin W 542; John Stensgar 220; Mae Stensgar 187 High Series: Fighting Chipmunks 1518; Jesse Vieira 585; Mae Stensgar 487 Splits: Dixie T 2-7/5-10 Previous High Game: Fig... Full story

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