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Articles from the July 2, 2014 edition

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  • Top of Electric City agenda: levy for new police department

    Roger S Lucas|Jul 2, 2014

    A special levy on the Aug. 5 primary ballot could produce about $200,000 towards an Electric City police department, city officials said Monday. Mayor Jerry Sands and City Clerk Jackie Perman said the idea of an Electric City police department would be the main item on the city council agenda when it meets July 8. “We need a decision that night so we can prepare for a community meeting to explain and get input from community members,” Sands stated. A public meeting could be scheduled at the July 8 council session. The $200,000, coupled wit... Full story

  • Win in a cinch

    Jul 2, 2014

    Austin Olma and Kent Clark of the winning Dennis Wines team, tie up a steer during the Ridge Riders' Ranch Rodeo Saturday night. - Scott Hunter photo Ranch rodeo results listed The Dennis Wines team took first place among eight teams competing in the Ridge Riders Ranch Rodeo Saturday night, with Wines, Austin Olma, Kent Clark and Mandee Fulwiler on the team. In second place: TJ Symonds, Marcy Harris, Steve Richey and John Symonds. Third place: Cesar Bobadilla, Kaylee Bobadilla, Jon Penfold and... Full story

  • Reclamation selects new GCD power manager

    Jul 2, 2014

    The Bureau of Reclamation has appointed a new leader for Grand Coulee Dam. Regional Director Lorri Lee, for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Region, announced Thursday 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,” Lee said in a press release. “He has an in-depth understan... Full story

  • July 4th celebration plans inside

    Jul 2, 2014

    It may not be a patriotic duty, but it certainly is a patriotic privilege to attend the Festival of America this Friday and Satur- day at the park below the Visitor Center. For the complete schedule, see The Star's Festival of America special section below. There's a little bit of everything for everyone and a whole lot of fun for the lot, in the two-day celebration. The festival offers free music, food, a craft fair, a new laser light show and on Friday night, fireworks over Grand Coulee Dam.... Full story

  • Grand Coulee woman wrecks on dam hill

    Jul 2, 2014

    A woman hit the rocks on the west side of the highway just north of Grand Coulee Dam at Riley Point Tuesday morning, rolling her 2003 Jeep Liberty. Anastashia Ridgely, 23, of Grand Coulee, was taken by aid to Coulee Medical Center where she was in stable condition Tuesday afternoon. Ridgely, who was northbound on SR 155 down the hill, crossed the the southbound lane on the curve, striking the rock and rolling the car once, the Washington State Patrol reported. It landed on its wheels in the... Full story

  • Town selects firm to analyze alternatives for sewer plant

    Roger S Lucas|Jul 2, 2014

    Coulee Dam is moving ahead with an “alternatives analysis” of its plan for revisions to its wastewater treatment plant. The council voted funds, not to exceed $104,572, to move forward and to determine the scope of work, and best location for, the town’s proposed wastewater treatment plant overhaul. The town had earlier selected the engineering firm Varela & Associates, a Spokane business, to do the analysis. That selection was made with participation of Elmer City, the Colville Tribes, and representatives from councils and staff. Varela was a... Full story

  • Town waiting on critical replacement at treatment plant

    Roger S Lucas|Jul 2, 2014

    Coulee Dam officials have their fingers crossed that a critical piece of equipment at its wastewater treatment plant now in operation will last until a new one is received. The town council voted Wednesday to spend some $40,000 to replace the "clarifier" at the treatment plant. Public works director Barry Peacock outlined the problem for city officials at the council meeting. The wastewater plant doesn't have a backup for the clarifier, and if it went down before the new one could be installed,... Full story

  • Tribes removing predator fish in Sanpoil River

    Jul 2, 2014

    A crew of six tribal fisheries staffers are working on the Sanpoil River from mid-May to July to catch as many walleye and smallmouth bass as they can in hoping to improve redband rainbow trout and kokanee runs. The work is part of a "Chief Joseph Kokanee Enhancement Project" that began in the spring of 2011 and is expected to continue through 2017, a press release from the Colville Tribes' Fish and Wildlife Department states. Over the past three years, fisheries staff have been working to... Full story

  • Haag named to port district

    Roger S Lucas|Jul 2, 2014

    Gary Haag was selected as commissioner of Port District 7 at a meeting last Thursday night. He replaces Orville Scharbach, who resigned from the commission several months ago. With the addition of Haag, the board is now at full strength. Haag came to the area in 1969, when his father transferred here to work at the Grand Coulee Dam project. He attended one year of high school in Coulee Dam and then transferred to Grand Coulee High School, where he graduated in 1971. Haag recently retired from... Full story

  • New school construction on schedule

    Roger S Lucas|Jul 2, 2014

    The district’s K-12 school complex is right on schedule, members of the school board were informed Monday night. Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson stated that the elementary wing will be turned over to the district Aug. 4, and be ready for furniture. Shortly after that, on Aug. 11, the libraries and dining halls will be turned over to the district and ready for furnishings. Aug. 15, the junior high and high school wing will be ready for furnishings. On Sept. 2, the school offices will be open and ready for r... Full story

  • The de-annexation of Coulee Country

    Jesse Utz|Jul 2, 2014

    It was recently brought to my attention that maybe we are looking at things wrong. Consolidating the community is probably a bad thing. Maybe we should be reverting back to the way things used to be. We should all be living in the past and never look for change. I am sure there are many of you that would be onboard for this (of course you are, you’re doing it now). So here is my plea to step us backwards so that we can all have our own private little area that only small groups are responsible for. First off, we must start the de-annexation pro... Full story

  • Ending the taxpayer subsidy for exorbitant executive bonuses

    Lloyd Doggett|Jul 2, 2014

    There is an outrage in our tax code and it’s costing you money. Federal law currently gives publicly–held corporations a special tax deduction when they pay their executives huge “performance-based” bonuses. The deduction can be worth millions of dollars. The more they shower their executives with such pay, the less publicly-held corporations pay in federal taxes. And when giant companies don’t pay their fair share, that tax burden is then shifted onto small businesses and working families. Public outcry over huge pay packages and corporate... Full story

  • Coulee Recollections

    Jul 2, 2014

    1 Years Ago A large fire burning on the Colville Reservation has scorched thousands of acres, threatened many homes and blanketed the area with black smoke. The Hopkins Canyon Complex fire began Saturday afternoon when a lighting storm blew through the area, starting five fires eight miles west of Nespelem. Lifelong rancher Norman McClure has been earning national recognition for his lifetime of volunteer work and good range management. McClure, a lifelong resident of Nespelem, recently... Full story

  • Celebrating Coulee Style - LET'S ROCK!

    Frankie Delano|Jul 2, 2014

    Get ready for a fantastic Fourth of July weekend in the Coulee. The annual Festival of America, coming up at the park below the Visitor’s Center in Coulee Dam on July 4-5, will be an entertaining event with foot-stomping live music both evenings, plus the fireworks display off the top of Grand Coulee, starting at 10:30 p.m., on Friday night, July 4. And, once again, opening at 11 a.m. each day, the event features artisans and craftspersons and their special wares and foodies; take note, some of our favorite food vendors will be in the park t... Full story

  • Legals for July 2, 2014

    Jul 2, 2014

    IN THE TRIBAL COURT OF THE CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE COLVILLE RESERVATION Colville Tribal Credit Corporation, ) Case No.: CV-CD-2013-36206 a lending institution wholly-owned by ) the Confederated Tribes of the Colville ) Indian Reservation ) ) CHIEF OF POLICE PUBLIC ) NOTICE ) OF SALE OF Plaintiff, ) REAL PROPERTY ) vs. ) Bernardene Charley, ) A single individual, ) ) Defendant ) The Colville Tribal Court has directed the undersigned Chief of Police, Colville Tribe, to sell the property described below to satisfy a judgment in the... Full story

  • Middle School honor roll

    Jul 2, 2014

    Honor Roll for middle school GPA 3.50-4.00 8TH GRADE Malcolm Carson Jr., (4.0), Rylee Pitner (4.0), Dylan Jenkins, Dylan Steinert, Karen Hagen, Jonell Denchel, Lucas Bird, Keianna Vera, Bradley Wilder, Aidan Derr, Alan Nordine, Tanessa Chuckulnaskit, Ashley Palmer, Beau Michel 7TH GRADE Lonnie Cawston (4.0), Kolby Picard (4.0), Hannah Wapato (4.0), Jaylyn Kensler, Addison Hansen, Stephen Flowers, Tylee Caddy, Savannah Hobrecht, Kelsie Olbricht, Olivia Ludwig, Haley Neddo, Vesta Martin, Anthony Nichols, Chelsea Timentwa, Marisha Hobrecht,... Full story

  • Albert I. F. Fish

    Jul 2, 2014

    Albert I. F. Fish 69, was born January 29, 1945, in Pasco Washington, to Horry Irvin and Lottie Belle Caswell Fish. He suddenly passed away Sunday, June 1,2014, in Kennewick Washington. Cremation has taken place and he is interred at Mueller’s Cemetery in Kennewick. Services were held graveside Thursday, June 12, 2014. Albert moved with his family to Grand Coulee in the spring of 1946. He attended school there from kindergarten through high school, and graduated with the class of 1963. He lived in Grand Coulee for nearly 63 years. He had a f... Full story

  • Nikita M. Reyes

    Jul 2, 2014

    Nickita M. Reyes, 39, passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Sacred Heart Medical Center her home is Grand Coulee, Wash. Nickita was born on January 31, 1975, in Omak, Wash., to Gary and Corrine (Carpenter) Reyes. She attended school both in Omak and Spokane and went on to college and received her medical billing degree. She is survived by her father and stepmother Gary and Andi Reyes; five children: Tom Waters, Braden Waters, Joleigh Waters, Kassidy Palmer and Lalanie Palmer. Her five brothers: Terry Crim, Gordon Crim, Carl Glover, Dale... Full story

  • Leta (Linda) Joyce Hall

    Jul 2, 2014

    Leta (Linda) Joyce Hall, 88, of Coulee Dam, Wash., passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2014. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 2 p.m., at the Coulee Dam Community Church.... Full story

  • Meetings and Notices

    Jul 2, 2014

    No Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not meet this week due to the Festival of America Celebration this weekend. Meetings will resume next Thursday, July 10. 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. The guild is seeking new members. Membership dues are only $5 a year. For more information call 633-0405. OES to Meet Order of Eastern Star will hold an... Full story

  • Youth camp planned at LRHS

    Jul 2, 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

  • Lake will be coming up over 4th of July weekend

    Jul 2, 2014

    With Lake Roosevelt about 4 feet from being full, the Bureau of Reclamation expects the lake to rise starting July 3 by up to a half foot each day through the weekend. Filling the lake lifts accumulated debris off the shores and into the water where it can be dangerous to boaters. The Bureau of Reclamation is advising people camping along the Lake Roosevelt shoreline over the July 4 weekend to be aware of potential dangers that could exist due to rapidly rising lake levels. "When camping along... Full story