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Articles from the June 12, 2024 edition


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  • Banks Lake Golf Course will be sold to Colville Tribes for $1.2 million

    Renata Rollins|Jun 12, 2024

    After a process going back more than two years, the Banks Lake Golf Course will soon be owned and operated by descendents of the area's original people: the Colville Confederated Tribes. Grant County Port District #7 Commissioners quickly voted to approve moving forward with the $1.2 million purchase and sale agreement after Commission Chair Jim Keene gave a presentation on the negotiations and terms at a June 11 Port Commission meeting. It was the only item on the agenda. "I'll just say that...

  • School director resigns following after- meeting confrontationSchool director resigns following after- meeting confrontation

    Scott Hunter|Jun 12, 2024

    A member of the Grand Coulee Dam school board has resigned in the wake of a contentious stand the board took last week to not allow four graduates to "walk" at graduation. Deidre Ellsworth explained her decision to step down in a letter to "students offended by my action after the board meeting," which she asked The Star to publish. It's on page 2. The affected students allegedly had arranged to buy alcohol on the senior trip to Disneyland. The board backed the decision of the administration to...

  • One applies for Grand Coulee mayor

    Renata Rollins|Jun 12, 2024

    The opening for Grand Coulee mayor netted one candidate, Ruth Dalton, who serves on the city council and has been the stand-in mayor for the last month, since the previous mayor resigned. Letters of interest were due Monday, and the council had planned to interview applicants at their June public meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25 at 6 p.m. However, with the sole applicant already being a member of the council, the council may appoint Dalton as mayor at the June meeting without a formal interview, as allowed under state law, City...

  • USDA awards CCT $16.5 million for food processing

    Jun 12, 2024

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program has awarded the Colville Tribes a $16.5 million dollar grant to build a new food processing facility which will combine traditional and modern techniques. The new facility will include several buildings with a total area of approximately 28,000 square feet. Construction will occur on the site of the old food processing plant on Omak Mission Road. The processing facility will be dedicated to traditional first foods of the Colville Tribes. It will utilize state-of-the-art t...

  • Tribal museum now open

    Renata Rollins|Jun 12, 2024

    The Colville Tribal Museum opened for the season last week, and they've already had visitors from multiple states stop in to learn local history and culture from the Tribes' History/Archeology Department. This year, staff have installed new exhibits you have probably not seen before - even if you are local. These exhibits include twined basket work by Omak mixed-media artist and tribal member Joe Feddersen, an old dendroglyph on a San Poil ponderosa pine, and a section dedicated to the crisis...

  • Witnessing the costs of incivility

    Jun 12, 2024

    The departure of a local volunteer board member this week (see her letter on this page) underscores for us an emerging trend that is the direct result of the onslaught of social media’s encouragement of extremes online that affect our real world for the worse. Social media’s expert finesse at manipulating humans’ innate physiological reactions to emotional stimuli was a subject of one part of the meeting of the Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors Monday exploring ways to control student cell phone usage. Social media sites...

  • An apology and resignation

    Deidre Ellsworth|Jun 12, 2024

    To the students offended by my actions after the board meeting regarding their classmates not allowed to walk in the LR graduation: As you can imagine this was very hard on all of us and coming to this decision had me heartbroken for all the families of the students not allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. In the meeting I spoke on how it’s unfair to be placed in this position at all and how the blame fell on our shoulders in their eyes. When the meeting was over I approached a scene where another board member was being c...

  • Generations

    Dan Langdon|Jun 12, 2024

    My parents were of the “Greatest Generation”: Dad served in the Army Air Corps in the European Theatre, and Mom was a defense worker. They had grown up in the Great Depression, which was a time of political division and grinding poverty. There was a populist element in the country that wanted the United States to be isolationist, led by the heroic pilot Charles Lindburg. Industrialist Henry Ford was a quiet supporter of Adolph Hilter. A Catholic priest named Father Edward Coughlin had a huge national radio audience where he spewed ant...

  • 230 yard used as a landfill

    Robert Fields|Jun 12, 2024

    Oh-K, I’m sorry. I should not have made everybody read my smarty mouth letters. I was really looking for a targeted reader. This huge pile of concrete has sat for years, I know the project had no plans to deal with this eyesore. I am not so naïve to think my letters would change their minds. Fact, nobody likes to be reminded of their obligations. Now they are really not going to look into this mess. This is pretty much what I figured would happen. My target readers list should be a superintendent or someone in upper management. So as Paul Ha...

  • Sometimes dreams do come true

    Roger Lucas|Jun 12, 2024

    Dreams did come true for Colleen Leskinen of Nespelem. Last week Colleen had an open house for her new daycare center. The daycare, just 50 yards from Colleen’s house, will be fully operable when state licensing officials make their official visit and signoff on the 2,400 square foot daycare building. Colleen is licensed for 35 children. She currently has 28. Building a new facility has long been a dream of Colleen’s. Her dream has come true. Her home and new daycare building is at the end of a long lane. If her dog Duke doesn’t announce your...

  • Interment of Ashes for Judy McGuire

    Jun 12, 2024

    Interment of Ashes for Judy McGuire April 20, 1951 - April 18, 2024 The interment of Judy McGuire ashes will be held on Saturday, June 22, at 11am at Spring Canyon Cemetery The interment will be led by Pastor Lee Hitchcock of Faith Community Church. Following the interment a picnic will be held at Spring Canyon to honor this remarkable lady. Anyone attending please bring a side dish....

  • Theresa Ann "Terry" Alling

    Jun 12, 2024

    Theresa Ann "Terry" Alling, age 71, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. Terry was born in Coulee Dam, Washington to Fern and Jim Gorman. Terry Graduated from Grand Coulee High School in 1971, where she was a cheerleader and also on the National Honor Society. She married Steve Alling on June 5, 1971 and started a family. She went back to school in 1978 to become a dental assistant. She enjoyed her career until retirement in 2015. Over the course of many years, she lived in Grand Coulee,...

  • Gail Ann Morin

    Jun 12, 2024

    Gail Ann Morin (83) of Elmer City, Washington, "Loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother" passed away early Sunday morning, December 10, 2023, at Coulee Medical Center, with her sons by her side. Gail entered this world Wednesday, April 24, 1940, in Mason City, Washington to the home of Karl Henry & Christina Mae Sampson-Overbey. A graduate of Ephrata High School in Ephrata, Washington: a life-long learner - Gail went on to earn her master's degree in education, attending Central Washington Universit...

  • Coulee Cops

    Jun 12, 2024

    Coulee Dam Police 6/3 - An Electric City woman broke a man’s windshield with a shovel because she was mad at him. The woman admitted to hitting the windshield and told police she wanted him off of her property. The man chose not to press charges. 6/4 - The town of Coulee Dam received a fake $100 bill for a utility payment. The bill was marked as for “motion picture purposes.” The person who used the bill said he had received the bill from someone for lawn mowing services. He contacted police on a later date and explained his girlfriend had r...

  • Meetings

    Jun 12, 2024

    Mosquito Dist. to Meet Grant County Mosquito District #2 will hold its monthly meeting this Thursday, Wednesday, June 13, 2024 at 4:00pm at 210 W. Coulee Blvd. in Electric City. 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....

  • Barrel race set at the Ridge Riders

    Jun 12, 2024

    The Inland Empire Barrel Racing Association has set a race for June 29 and 30 at the Ridge Riders rodeo grounds in Delano. This is for all ages from peewees to seniors. Groups are based on the participant’s horse’s lifetime earnings from under $100 up to $2000 and the open. Race starts at 11am both days. Practice time runs from 10am to 10:30am. Poles will run after the barrels are over in an open 2d format. For more infirmation go to iebra.net under schedule, or enter the day of the race at 9:30am....

  • They made it!

    Jun 12, 2024

    Confetti falls as the graduating class of 2024 is introduced by Principal Natalie Kontos Saturday in the gym at Lake Roosevelt Jr/Sr High School. - Ethan Tatum photo...

  • Colleen's Child Care dedicated to Fred

    Jun 12, 2024

    Colleen Leskinen talks June 3 with guests, including kids anxious for cake, at the dedication of her new Colleen's Child Care Center near her home in Nespelem, where she's been providing daycare services for years. Leskinen said the new facility would be dedicated to her late husband Fred Leskinen, who originally set a goal of building the facility instead of housing the daycare in their home. It's been 17 years, said Pete Palmer, Leskinen's daughter, since they started seeking funding. Palmer...

  • Legals

    Jun 12, 2024

    CITY OF ELECTRIC CITY CALL FOR BIDS FOR 1965 Utility Trailer The City of Electric City will sell by sealed bid the following: 1) 1965 Utility Trailer, minimum bid $500. The vehicle is being sold AS IS and is available for viewing. Please call City Hall at (509) 633-1510 to make an appointment during normal operating hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00am– 5:00pm). Bids must be submitted on the City supplied bid form which may be obtained at Electric City City Hall or online at www.electriccity.us/bid-process-and-bid-awards. Sealed bids must be r...

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