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Articles from the July 20, 2022 edition

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  • Hot day, cool scene

    Jul 20, 2022

    Hot day, cool scene Plenty of people populated the beach and picnic areas at Spring Canyon Tuesday as temperatures reached into the 90s. Check our weather forecast on page 2. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • New leader appointed at Colville Tribes

    Scott Hunter|Jul 20, 2022

    The Colville Tribes has a new executive director, the tribes announced Thursday night. "The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation has appointed Cody Desautel to serve as the Tribes' new Executive Director," stated CBC Chairman Jarred-Michael Erickson in a press release. The executive director is the administrative head of tribal government and reports directly to the 14-member governing Colville Business Council. "Cody is well known to us and to tribal membership due to his prior...

  • Electric City considering short-term rentals again

    Jacob Wagner|Jul 20, 2022

    Electric City is moving with caution as they consider an ordinance to allow short term rentals just three years after banning them. During their July 12 meeting, the city council discussed the pros and cons of allowing people to rent out residences for short stays, less than 30 days, as made popular by websites like Airbnb. Mayor Diane Kohout noted that the previous council had voted down the idea of allowing short term rentals. That happened in 2019, after more than a year of discussing the issue. At that time, a Lakeview Avenue couple noted t...

  • Desautel appointed to federal wildfire commission

    Jacob Wagner|Jul 20, 2022

    Colville Confederated Tribes Natural Resources Director Cody Desautel is one of 47 people, selected from 500 applicants, appointed to the new federal Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission. The U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Interior and Homeland Security through the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the selections on July 7. The commission will “play a key role in recommending ways that federal agencies can better prevent, mitigate, suppress, and manage wildland fires. It will also recommend policies and s...

  • CAPRD continues to maintain North Dam Park

    Jacob Wagner|Jul 20, 2022

    North Dam Park can continue to be maintained, at least for a while longer, as more funding has been donated by the community to the Coulee Area Park and Recreation District. At their July 13 meeting, CAPRD commissioners were presented with a $5,600 check by Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rachelle Baughman who started a page at the online fundraising site, Commissioner Kevin Portch said that CAPRD also received $900 in private donations separately from that online donation site. The group voted to...

  • Kari Alexander seeks county commission seat

    Jacob Wagner|Jul 20, 2022

    Affordable housing, good jobs, good schools are just a part of Kari Alexander's vision for Okanogan County as she runs for county commissioner. Alexander would like to see youth more involved in the local government. "Our youth are the future of this county," she wrote in an email to The Star. "I think we all want to ensure that Okanogan County is the kind of place our kids want to come back to and raise their own families - which means we need affordable starter homes, good jobs, and good...

  • Aaron Kester running for county commissioner

    Jacob Wagner|Jul 20, 2022

    Attention may be the most valuable thing a county commissioner can do for issues, and Aaron Kester, if elected, wants to give his attention to a multitude of issues facing Okanogan County. Mental health, housing, and industry maintenance and growth are among what Kester listed to The Star as issues facing Okanogan County. "Each issue needs direct inspection and attention," Kester wrote in an email, "and although I hate to see it, some issues will not receive needed attention when our most concer...

  • Elmer City Council meeting time changes

    Jul 20, 2022

    The Elmer City council will be meeting earlier from now on in their monthly meetings. The group voted to make their meetings earlier, now at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, rather than later in the day. No one in the group had a problem with the time change, which had come up as a topic because new City Clerk Kelly Ross lives in Keller and her commute is made easier with the earlier monthly meeting time....

  • Kelly Ross hired as clerk in Elmer City

    Jul 20, 2022

    Elmer City has hired Kelly Ross as their new clerk this month following the resignation of Gary Benton from that position. Ross lives in Keller where she has a small farm with her husband, she told The Star. She has over 30 years of administrative experience and was the clerk in Nespelem for the past year and a half. She also has a water distribution manager license....

  • Grand Coulee City Hall requires sewer line work

    Jul 20, 2022

    The parking lot at Grand Coulee City Hall was off limits for days in the last week as sewer line work needed to be done. City Clerk Lorna Pearce explained that sewer line failure resulted in needing a replacement line for the city hall building on Midway Avenue. The work is anticipated to be done and the line made operational sometime this week. City Hall has remained open, although parking wasn’t available in their parking lot. A cost estimate for the repairs was not yet available....

  • Fire restricted at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

    Jul 20, 2022

    Due to compounding conditions, all fires at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area are prohibited effective 12:01 am, Friday, July 22 until further notice. No open flames are permitted, the National Park Service said Tuesday. This includes, but is not limited to, all fires in NPS provided fire rings and boxes, shoreline fires, charcoal fires, tiki torches, incense burners, candles, and propane campfires. Self-contained propane or gas stoves and lanterns are still allowed during the full fire ban. For the most current information regarding the...

  • Big Tech is steamrolling America's newspapers

    Brett Wesner Chair NNA Assoc.|Jul 20, 2022

    Google and Facebook have enormous economic and political power in society - especially over the news industry. Many ask if they have played a role in the misinformation that erodes our free press and plagues our democracy. Google and Facebook have a duopoly of the distribution of digital news content, which drives people to their platforms where they make money. The platforms hoard critical data and use clever tactics, like reframing stories in rich previews, to keep users on their sites – sipho...

  • The day Jesse Owens came to Palouse

    Roger Lucas|Jul 20, 2022

    Jesse Owens is probably the country’s most famous Olympic athlete when you consider the setting where he won his four gold medals. Owens won the gold in the 4x100 relay, the 220-yard dash, the 220 low hurdles and the broad jump, in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He won more than the four medals, and he won the public relations tug with Adolph Hitler, who was trying to use the games as a way to show the world that the more traditional Aryan athlete was better than anyone else. Hitler had just come to power and was convinced by Göring that he co...

  • Every community is a border community

    Dan Newhouse|Jul 20, 2022

    It’s no secret the situation at our southern border is out of control. Indeed, recent figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection show record levels of border crossings are continuing, including a record-setting number of terrorist sightings and an increased number of illegal drugs found at the U.S.-Mexico border. But why should we in Central Washington worry about something happening thousands of miles away? Because it’s affecting every single one of our communities. With three months left in the fiscal year, southern border encounters hav...

  • cho.walqx - Darlene M. Wilder

    Jul 20, 2022

    Cho.cho.walqx - Darlene M. Wilder, 76, Honored Elder of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville, Devoted Wife, Loving Mother & Grandmother and Caring Educator, left us all much too soon on Thursday, July 7, 2022, from Spokane, Washington. Darlene was born on Wednesday, June 19, 1946, in Nespelem, Washington to Harvey and Ellen Moses. In 1964, Darlene was chosen as Miss Colville Confederated Tribes and went on to be voted 2nd runner-up for Miss Indian America. She graduated from Coulee Dam, Washi... Full story

  • Lester Byron Harper

    Jul 20, 2022

    A celebration of life for Lester Byron Harper, 89, of Grand Coulee, will be Sunday, July 31, at 2pm at the Grand Coulee SDA Church, 324 E Grand Coulee Ave. Lester was born the fourth of eight children to Byron Edwin and Mildred Christy (Pendell) Harper, Nov. 29, 1932, at home then known as "Sam", Douglas County, Washington (later known as "Rex", between Delrio and Grand Coulee)-the home had been the post office and dance hall, located on land which had been homesteaded in 1914 by his... Full story

  • Lelan J. "Lee" Frank

    Jul 20, 2022

    Lelan J. "Lee" Frank, 46, Son, Brother, Dad, Grandpa & Uncle, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in Wenatchee, Washington. Lee was born Saturday, August 2, 1975, in Toppenish, Washington to Sally Frank and Len Abrahamson. A member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville, Lee worked various jobs including Security at Powwows and at the Trading Post in Nespelem, Washington. When not out walking, Lee enjoyed spending time at the house watching TV, recording movies, listening to heavy metal... Full story

  • Dorothy Lee "Dottie" Park

    Jul 20, 2022

    Dorothy Lee "Dottie" Park, 83, passed away during the early morning hours of Thursday, July 7, 2022, in Omak, Washington. Dorothy was born on Sunday, November 27, 1938, in McNary County, Tennessee to John and Graple Lou Mae Grantham-Albin. Dottie married Dale A Park Sr. and for a number of years they toured together with a traveling western show, featuring Dottie – a champion archer, amazing the audiences with her prowess with bow and arrow. Then for seventeen years, Dale and Dottie owned o...

  • Junior rodeo this weekend

    Jul 20, 2022

    The Ridge Riders have been busy preparing the rodeo grounds for the annual Ridge Riders Jr. Rodeo July 23-24. There can be anywhere from 125-250 kids aging from 5 to 19 years of age with their families in town for the weekend. There are currently entries from as far away as Gig Harbor, Whitefish, Montana, and Mt. Vernon, Wa. The Ridge Riders have 55 buckles going to first place winners with cash pay outs going for 2nd, 3rd and 4th places and 9 overall All Around Awards to each age division.... Full story

  • It's a girl for the Schoofs

    Jul 20, 2022

    Kristi and Russell Schoof of Electric City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Olivia Peyton School, born Thursday, June 23, 2022, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee Washington. She weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz., and was 21 inches in length at birth. Sibling includes Kennedy Kathryn Schoof age 2. Maternal grandmother is Christina Poste of Lisbon, N.Y. Paternal grandfather is George Hunter of Fultonville, N.Y....

  • Besemanns have a girl

    Jul 20, 2022

    Alex and Christi Besemann of Electric City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Henley Lee Besemann, born Monday, July 4, 2022, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee Washington. She weighed 6 lbs., 15 oz., and was 19 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Serenity, Theseus and Asher. Maternal grandmother is Tina Singer of Grand Coulee. Paternal grandparents are Larry and Debbie Besemann of Republic, Washington....

  • It's a boy for the Knights

    Jul 20, 2022

    Kelsie and Cameron Knight of Almira, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son Walker Lawrence Knight, born Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz., and was 20.5 inches in length at birth. Sibling includes Karson Knight, age 5. Maternal grandparents are Debbie Campbell and Don Osborne. Paternal grandparents are Steve and Yo Knight. Great-grandparents are Mary Campbell and Larry Campbell....

  • Stearns has a boy

    Jul 20, 2022

    Leslie Stearns is proud to announce the birth of her son Kayson Pete Swimptkin, born Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 9 lbs., 8 oz., and was 21 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Terrance, Mason and Nastaliah. Maternal grandparents are Mark Stearns and the late Gaileen Simpson....

  • Library offers reading challenges

    Jul 20, 2022

    A fun-filled summer of reading challenges, arts and crafts, science demonstrations, story times, have kicked off at all 30 NCW Libraries locations and the two community bookmobiles! Sign up for our free, all-ages Summer Library Program to set reading goals, engage with your library and community, and win prizes. To check out these programs and also to sign up go to: or call the local library at 509.633.0972.... Full story

  • Coulee Cops

    Jul 20, 2022

    Grand Coulee Police 7/9 - A woman explained to police that when a deer jumped onto SR-155 near the top of the Grand Coulee Dam she swerved to avoid the deer and hit a light pole. Police observed the damage to the light pole, a street sign, and her vehicle, which was towed to an impound yard in Moses Lake. 7/12 - A woman was caught paying for one item, but not another, at the hardware store in Grand Coulee. She was confronted by police at her residence in Electric City. Eventually, her mother paid for the stolen item, a $100 kitchen faucet....

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