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Articles from the June 25, 2014 edition

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  • Electric City to consider supplying its own police

    Jun 25, 2014

    Electric City is considering creating its own police force and possibly a tax to fund it. Mayor Jerry Sands said Tuesday that it will be on the agenda when his council meets July 8. He stated that the city will consider a property tax levy issue, asking residents of Electric City to vote 35 cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation to fund the department. That would cost owners of a $200,000 house $70 a year. Sands will ask his council to consider putting a levy before voters on the Aug. 5 primary election ballot. Sands also stated that... Full story

  • Coleman Smith named Grand Coulee Dam power manager

    press release, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation|Jun 25, 2014

    GRAND COULEE, Wash. – Lorri Lee, Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Region, announced today that Coleman Smith is returning to the Pacific Northwest Region to serve as the Grand Coulee Power Manager. Smith replaces Mark Jenson who now leads the Grand Coulee Power Office Project Management Team. “It gives me great pleasure to announce Coleman’s return as the Grand Coulee Power Manager,” said Lee. “He has an in-depth understanding of our power program, and with previous experience as an Area Manager, he understand... Full story

  • Pipes and paving conflict may be avoided

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 25, 2014

    An Electric City 10-inch waterline project to Sunbanks Lake Resort, which had been scheduled to begin Monday, has been delayed until after July 4 weekend. City Clerk Jackie Perman said the contractor on the job said if his crew wasn’t set up to go on Monday he would delay the project. The job calls for a nearly 1,900-foot long trench for a 10-inch pipeline to provide city water to the resort. The 10-inch line to be installed alongside the pavement of SR 155 will be capped for any eventual service to new construction across the causeway. S... Full story

  • Alpacas and lavender make chamber agenda

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 25, 2014

    In the rocky hills above Lake Roosevelt last Thursday, some 25 chamber of commerce members got to experience the dream farm of members Merv and Mary Jo Monteith. At their Spring Canyon Alpacas and D&M Gardens, they were introduced to the couple's Alpaca herd, about 30 in number, and got a special introduction to a 3-week-old newcomer to the farm. Visitors took a winding gravel and dirt road up a hill and past the D&M Garden lavender grow, now nearly in full purple bloom. A barbecue prepared and... Full story

  • Ranch rodeo to show the real stuff

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 25, 2014

    Ever wonder what a real cowboy does? You can find out Saturday evening when the Ridge Riders hold their Ranch Rodeo in Delano. Action begins at 7 p.m. It's the second year that the Ridge Riders have brought ranch rodeo action to Grand Coulee. Saturday's program is an excellent time to bring the family because children 10 and under can attend free. Team contestants will compete in the following categories: 1) Team branding; 2) Trailer loading; 3) Pasture gathering, and a special individual... Full story

  • Three newcomers elected to tribal council

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 25, 2014

    Three newcomers have won their way onto the 14-member Colville Business Council as a result of the Colville Tribes’ general election tally last Thursday. The newcomers are Marvin Joseph Kheel, and brothers Edwin and Michael E. Marchand. Kheel won over Yvonne Swan 284-158 in the Inchelium Position 2 race. Edwin Marchand won over John E. Gorr, 286-179, for Position 1 in the Omak District. Michael E. Marchand won Position 2 over Duane E. Hall, Sr., 267-198. In other races, Jim Boyd was re-elected from Inchelium District Position 1, over Gerald R... Full story

  • Newsbriefs

    Jun 25, 2014

    Substitutes accepted The Regional Board of Mayors has decided if one of their four mayors can’t attend the monthly meeting that mayor can send a voting substitute. The mayors repeatedly have had to cancel meetings because all four mayors are not in attendance. The substitute could be the city’s mayor pro-tem or a council member. Playhouse to win Tickets are still on sale to win the children’s playhouse on display at Loepp Furniture in Grand Coulee. Tickets are $1, and some lucky winner will get to take the playhouse home after the Junior Rodeo... Full story

  • Town seeks commission member

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 25, 2014

    The town of Coulee Dam is looking for a third Civil Service Commission member. Mayor Greg Wilder said two commissioners have been selected, but a third is still being sought. Wilder named Shawn Derrick to the two-year term and Herb Sherburne to the six-year term. He is looking for an interested person to serve a four-year term. Derrick is currently a town councilman, and according to Wilder, can also serve on the commission. Anyone interested in serving on the commission can contact Wilder at city hall, 633-0320. The commission, when... Full story

  • Chopping block

    Jun 25, 2014

    Coulee Area Park and Recreation District Commissioner Bob Valen asks a tree cutting crew about their plans at North Dam Park Wednesday, where the crew, under contract to the Bonneville Power Administration, was set to cut all the trees in the lower, undeveloped area of the park. The park district managing the area wasn't notified and was including some of the trees in its master plan. Under a 2011 policy change, BPA now directs cutting of all growth higher than 10 feet in its powerline... Full story

  • Repeat offender sentenced to 180 months for abusive sexual contact

    Jun 25, 2014

    A federal judge sentenced a 22-year-old man to 15 years in prison for “abusive sexual contact” with a child on the Colville Indian Reservation. Senior United States District Court Judge William Fremming Nielsen sentenced Steven Ray St. Peter for his abuse of a minor child on the reservation in 2012. On June 12 of that year, a federal prosecutor’s press release said, the family of the 9-year-old victim reported the sexual contact to the Colville Tribal Police who began a search for St. Peter. Witnesses told police they saw St. Peter runni... Full story

  • Six arrested on drug charges

    Jun 25, 2014

    After an eight-month investigation the North Central Washington Narcotics Task Force executed several search warrants that led to the arrest of six individuals, according to a press release. The task force made 19 methamphetamine purchases in all and added an additional 13 enhancements for the deliveries that occurred in school zones, some of which occurred in the areas near Okanogan High School, Okanogan Elementary school and the Brewster High/Middle School. During the service of several search warrants law enforcement officers located drugs,... Full story

  • Police tussle shows opposite of progress

    Scott Hunter|Jun 25, 2014

    As absurd as it is starting to appear, the current discussion between Grand Coulee and Electric City regarding their police services contract at least serves to illustrate why an area with a tiny population continues to burden itself with four separate towns where one would do nicely. The problem is we’re too focused — on ourselves. Electric City is now considering the possibility of launching its own police department rather than accept the sticker shock of a proposed huge increase in the rate it pays to Grand Coulee for the service. Tha... Full story

  • School district should consider solar panels

    Jack McKissen|Jun 25, 2014

    Since it’s been decided to repair/replace the roof of the high school gym, this would be an opportune time to install solar panels to generate electricity. This would reduce the power bill for the school district. The savings would probably be enough to pay the cost of the solar panels. Jack McKissen Grand Coulee... Full story

  • "Pooka," man's best friend

    Jesse Utz|Jun 25, 2014

    The very first column I wrote for the paper, "Missing the missing trees," had a section in it about a dog that was walked by her master in those trees. (Ironically, more trees and shrubs are being ripped out of the North Dam area as we speak). Well, that dog was Pooka, and she has edited her last paper with her master and watered her last bush. A lot of you who frequented The Star, or knew the Hunters, knew the white scruffy canine that went just about everywhere they did. You knew Pooka. Many... Full story

  • Coulee Recollections

    Jun 25, 2014

    1 Years Ago Grand Coulee Police Officer, Dan Holland, saved a Grand Coulee woman from a house fire Friday night. At 2:27 a.m. the report came in as a brush fire at Nancy Fish's home. Seconds later it was considered a structure fire. Officer Holland responded and woke Mrs. Fish up who was sleeping and more than likely saved her life. Two LRHS basketball players have been asked to play on the Elite State Team this summer. Jessica Loe, a junior, and Steve Breeze, recently graduated, will both get... Full story

  • Leta (Linda) Joyce Hall

    Jun 25, 2014

    Leta (Linda) Joyce Hall, 88, of Coulee Dam, Wash., passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014. Leta was born in Spokane, Wash., on March 26, 1926, to Leland and Ethel Mae Johnson. Her earliest memories are of living in Omak, Wash., where her father was a barber. They moved to Spokane when her father took a job with the state of Washington as a Parole Officer. She eventually moved to Coulee Dam and met Charles L Hall while attending high school. They were married on June 28, 1947, in Spokane. She was... Full story

  • Christie Ann Arbaugh

    Jun 25, 2014

    Christie Ann Arbaugh passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at her home in Grand Coulee, Wash. She was born to Lloyd and Angeline Nicholson on January 5, 1958. She was raised in Arlington and graduated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School. Christie was a loving wife daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece and a friend to anyone she met. She married her soul mate, James C. (Pete) Arbaugh on February 11, 1983. They built a home in Stanwood on property that had side-by-side ponds that they loved to... Full story

  • Henry "Hank" Piatote

    Jun 25, 2014

    Henry "Hank" Piatote, 84, died Wednesday afternoon, June 18, 2014 in Puyallup, Washington. Born May 13, 1930, to the Nespelem, Washington home of William and Margaret Thompson-Piatote he attended Puyallup High School. A standout all-around athlete, the recent high school graduate was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers pro-baseball team, an offer young Hank turned down, to pursue life's adventures and see the world. On April 5, 1950, he joined the United States Air Force, serving during the Korean... Full story

  • Preserving your family collections

    Kristen Heidenthal|Jun 25, 2014

    Many people have some sort of family collections stashed away in their homes - family photos, letters, post cards, newspaper clippings and journals full of memories. Although they have lasted this long, what are you doing to ensure that these items of personal value will be preserved for the future? Archives, libraries and museums are not the only organizations tasked with preserving history these days. You can take a few steps to make sure that your family treasures will last for future... Full story

  • Celebrate 'Flood Fest' at Sun Lakes/Dry Falls State Park

    Jun 25, 2014

    Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate the unique geologic heritage of Sun Lakes/Dry Falls State Park near Coulee City at the annual Flood Fest. The festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Dry Falls Visitor Center. Flood Fest also celebrates the remarkable Ice Age floods that carved the channeled scablands of eastern Washington. Visitors will find a variety of educational stations staffed by event partners, including the National Park Service, Ice Age Floods Institute, Coulee... Full story

  • Meetings and Notices

    Jun 25, 2014

    Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, June 26, at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille. Grant County Fire District 14 to Meet Grant County Fire District 14 will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, June 30, at 7 p.m. at the Electric City Fire Station. CMC Guild to Meet Coulee Medical Center Guild (Auxiliary) holds its regular luncheon meeting the third Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is July 15 in the Community Room at CMC from noon to 2 p.m. American Legion Post 157 Meets The American Legion P... Full story

  • Honor rolls for Lake Roosevelt High School

    Jun 25, 2014

    The following is the second semester honor roll for Lake Roosevelt High School. HIGH HONORS 3.5 – 4.0 SENIORS Mikel Friedlander, Chyenne Kelly-Marconi, Akaycia Foster, Daniel Campobasso, Shaine Thomas, Madisyn Byam, Brandon Desautel JUNIORS Marissa LaFountaine, Katelyn Schilling, Jazmine Sumner, Tyler Cross, Kammi Rosenbaum, Hayley Seylor, Aaron Whitney, Hannah Manon, Steven Joseph, Riley Stout, Coltin Williams, Shay Duclos, Savannah Marin SOPHOMORES Lachelle Bearcub, Scott Abrahamson, Devan Black, Desarare Garcia, Kayley Duclos, Hunter C... Full story

  • Nespelem School honor roll

    Jun 25, 2014

    The following is the fourth quarter honor roll at Nespelem School. 6th Grade – LorRinda Richardson, 4.0 5th Grade – A: Moses Luevano, Edward Frank, Isaiah Adolph, Robert Thomas; B: Kyona Edmo 4th Grade – A: Michelle Luevano; B: Shunka Cawston, Gladeyes Williams 3rd Grade – B: Enid Bearcub, Maurice Circle, Camryn Carden, Anoki Somday 2nd Grade – A: Virgil Bearcub, Janie Epperson, Edward Gonzalez, Cylia St. Pierre, mMixat Vargas-Thomas; B: Peyton Jake, Zoe Weed 1st Grade – A: Hope Harris, Siriana Simonsen, Ruby Simpson, Lola Yazzie; B: Zyven Bo... Full story

  • Bowling Scores

    Jun 25, 2014

    SUMMER YOUTH TEAM W L Team 2 3 1 Team 1 1 3 Team 3 0 0 Team 4 0 0 High Game Team 2 216; Bishop S. 103; Ellie H. 70 High Series: Team 2 619; Bishop S. 266; Ellie H. 163 SUMMER 14 TEAM W L Chewy’s Cons. SVC 17.5 10.5 Fighting Chipmunks 17 11 Flying W 16.5 11.5 LBB 15 13 The Force 13 15 Dixie Chicks 13 15 Bad News Berars 11.5 16.5 Gandma’s Gang 8.5 19.5 High Game: LBB 554; Bob Schryvers 222; Candy Weed-Butz 170 High Series: LBB 1454; Bob Schryvers 574; Mae Stensgar 420 Splits: 6-7; Daniel 2-8-7; Marilynn 5-7/4-7-10; Sheilia 5-4-7 Previous – High... Full story

  • Camp planned

    Jun 25, 2014

    The first Raider Nation Youth basketball camp will be held at the Lake Roosevelt High School gym, July 7-10. The camp will be run by Raider boys’ head basketball Coach Matt Simpson and his assistants. The basketball camp will be for third to eighth grade boys and girls. Simpson said grades 3-5 will meet at the gym from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. daily. Grades 6-8 will meet from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Youth must submit permission documents either before the clinic begins or the day they arrive. Cost per youth is $15. Simpson said Nespelem, the middle s... Full story

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