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Articles from the September 18, 2019 edition

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  • Electric City Fire Department still exists

    Jacob Wagner|Sep 18, 2019

    Following the firing of former fire chief Mark Payne last week, the other members of the Electric City Fire Department are still there and plan to stay there. “As of right now, we’re going to ride it out and see where it goes,” said Assistant Chief Gary Roscoe. “It’s our department, and we don’t want to disband. Most of us are hoping there’s a new mayor and some changes so we aren’t fighting this constantly. As volunteers, it’s hard to volunteer if they’re constantly pushing you out the door.” “The Mayor and myself will work with the remaining...

  • Grand entry

    Sep 18, 2019

    The grand entry marked the beginning of Coulee Medical Center's fourth annual Gathering of Wellness Powwow, led by the traditional eagle staff, and flags of the United States, The Colville Tribes and POWs missing in action. In the parking lot across the highway from the hospital, the event, which has grown each year, attracted 37 sponsors and trade booths, including some of the hospital's own departments. They do everything from handing out educational flyers to selling powwow paraphernalia....

  • Sales tax bump in Okanogan County would fund emergency communications

    Jacob Wagner|Sep 18, 2019

    Okanogan County voters will be asked on the Nov. 5 general election ballot to approve a tax meant to upgrade emergency communication systems and facilities. The Okanogan County Sheriff's Office explains the need for the tax by detailing the current state of the system used by fire, emergency management services, and police first responders in Okanogan County. Existing radio repeater equipment is based on 40-year-old technology at the end of its life, and there are no replacement parts for...

  • Derr: City hall needs to do much better at listening

    Jacob Wagner|Sep 18, 2019

    Councilmember Aaron Derr is running for mayor of Electric City and wants to fix the perception that city hall is running amok and just doing what it wants. "There were things with city hall I felt needed to be better," Derr said about his decision to run for mayor in an interview with The Star on Tuesday. He'd like to see city hall show "a willingness to be more communicative to the community." "For instance, with this Western Avenue construction," he said, "on the web page, it's just a small...

  • Kohout: More openness with citizens, more control of city government needed

    Jacob Wagner|Sep 18, 2019

    At the behest of her fellow citizens, Diane Kohout is running for mayor of Electric City, with the intention of giving the citizens more of a voice in their government. "What I want to bring back to the city is to have someone that they can actually talk to and hopefully get answers from," Kohout told The Star in an interview on Monday. "I want the city government to be more open and the people of the city to have more of a voice." "I think what we will do is have certain times when the mayor wi...

  • Had better mornings

    Sep 18, 2019

    A BMW sits in the middle of the intersection of Fir and Sixth Streets in Coulee Dam at 8:30 Saturday morning after suddently catching fire. No one was hurt. Units from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Coulee Dam Fire Department responded. A police officer at the scene said the car belonged to someone just going to work. — Scott Hunter photo...

  • Freezer full of locally sourced protein awarded at halftime

    Sep 18, 2019

    A quarter beef from Egbert Cattle Company, along with a chest freezer donated by Loepp Furniture and Appliance, was won by Annette Moses in a raffle ticket drawing at halftime in the Lake Roosevelt Raiders 54-14 victory over the Oroville Hornets on Friday. The raffle, combined with other fundraising activities, raised approximately $2,500 and was organized by parents of Raider football players and the Lake Roosevelt Athletic Booster Club....

  • Last, best chance at pre-snow fun

    Scott Hunter|Sep 18, 2019

    Whether you’re lamenting the end of summer or so glad it’s finally fall (which officially starts Sept. 23), events this week offer great seasonal transitioners. The Harvest Festival and Run the Dam now mark a place on the calendar for many that signals us to take a deep breath, appreciate the weekend, then dive into what’s ahead through December. The beer garden has become a great place to meet friends and feels great to those finishing the only race that takes you across the Grand Coulee Dam. (Many like to get a beer at 11 a.m. on Satur...

  • Best puppet show by a dam site

    Mark Payne|Sep 18, 2019

    Everyone should come to the Electric City Puppet Show before it’s over. You’ll have a chance to watch the Puppet Master work the Head Puppet and the other five. So far, the Puppet Master has gotten all the puppets to close a road, buy a car, remodel city hall, put up speed signs, put in a park and sidewalks! But have the citizens of Electric City asked for this? At the last puppet show, the Head Puppet did something totally out of character. He made a decision and the other five fell in line with that decision. Once again, it was orc...

  • Interest is good

    Birdie Hensley|Sep 18, 2019

    It is great to see people interested in city government and who want to run for a city position. In too many elections in the past, it has been a one-candidate selection. But remember, change is not always the solution to a problem. Electric City citizens voted blindly five years ago for change, and now it was causing lots of tension within the town. There are a couple of “meet and greet” days scheduled in October; go and listen and hear what changes are coming in the future. City government and state government and national government hav...

  • Supporting healthcare solutions for rural America

    Dan Newhouse|Sep 18, 2019

    Across the country, we have seen communities and patients struggle to access and afford healthcare. In rural areas, this struggle is intensified by longer distances and the remote nature of our communities. Living in rural America, we recognize emergency services aren’t always just a phone call away. Many of us travel many miles between our homes and the medical facilities that provide primary and long-term care — not to mention specialized treatments, which are often provided across the mountains in Seattle. For example, I’ve heard stori...

  • Working as wildfire support staff was hard work

    Roger S Lucas|Sep 18, 2019

    Where would anyone be without the support staff? My wife and I spent two summers as part of the support staff for firefighters. We worked for Okay Cascade, a firm out of Bothell, that supplied food, laundry and shower services for firefighters. We worked mainly in Washington, but had a 20-day stint on a fire in eastern Oregon. We spent most of our work time in food services and prepared food for sometimes hundreds of firefighters and their support staffs. Probably the largest number was in the Oregon fire where we fed some 1,500 fire fighters...

  • There's gold and silver in them thar coulee walls

    Bert Smith|Sep 18, 2019

    In the 1930s, the coulee walls behind Electric City and Delano were being prospected for gold and silver. These deposits occurred near the base of the Coulee Wall, in granite, overlain by basalt. The land was owned by James O. Black of Electric City and Joseph Rosauer of Opportunity Washington. Rosauer was a Spokane grocer whose family would form the beginnings of the Rosauer's Supermarket chain in 1934. These men would form a mining company and develop a mine called the "Black-Rosauers Mine,...

  • Dukes of hazards

    Scott Hunter|Sep 18, 2019

    Rotary club members Paul Turner, left, and James Heuvel help out at the Grant County Household Hazardous Waste Collection event Friday at the Delano Transfer Station. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Suicide awareness meeting this Thursday

    Sep 18, 2019

    On Thursday, September 19, 2019, starting at 1p.m, the Grand Coulee Power Office Diversity Council, Morale Committee, and Safety department are hosting a Suicide Awareness and Understanding informational meeting, to be held at the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center. There is no charge to this event and all in the community are welcome to attend. Learn how early intervention can prevent suicide and what resources are available. Speakers: David Clees, Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPCC. For over 30 Years Mr. Clees has practiced creative counseling and... Full story

  • Meetings & Notices

    Sep 18, 2019

    Chamber Meetings at Siam Palace The chamber of commerce will be holding its noon meetings during the month of September at the Siam Palace. This Thursday, Sept. 19, Patty Davis of PK’s Culinary will be talking about her food delivery program. Food Bank Hours Normal operating hours are every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. It is located at the Church of Nazarene, Hwy 174, Grand Coulee. Clients are encouraged to provide their own containers to carry groceries home in. Call Pastor Shawn for information: 633-2566. AA Meetings for GCD and Nespelem Area C...

  • Raiders dominate first game of season

    Sep 18, 2019

    The Friday-the-13th, full-moon home game season opener for the Raider football team proved to be lucky, with Cameron St. Pierre turning into a teen wolf and rushing for 274 yards and five touchdowns to help carry Lake Roosevelt to a 54-14 victory over the Oroville Hornets. "What a fantastic start to the year," Coach Tim Rasmussen said. "The kids went out, and we did a lot of good things. One of the things I love about this group is how much fun they have competing every single down." The game...

  • Raiders off to a running start

    Jacob Wagner|Sep 18, 2019

    And they’re off! Raider cross country competed in Manson at Wapato Point on Saturday, where Kyle Edmo was the top placing Raider runner in the 5,000-meter high school boys’ race. On the cool, overcast day, Edmo placed 27th out of 115 total runners with a time of 19 minutes, 15.58 seconds. Rob McManus of Cashmere was the top runner in that event with a time of 16:35.54. In the 2,500-meter middle school boys’ race, Chase Marchand took first in 8:40.50 The event was a “really great start to the year!” Head Coach Ann Green said. “I’m super excited...

  • This Week In Sports

    Sep 18, 2019

    Wed., Sept. 18 5 p.m., JV Volleyball at Liberty Bell Thurs., Sept. 19 4:30 p.m., Soccer here with Brewster 5 p.m., Volleyball at Waterville 5:30 p.m. JV Football at Oroville Fri., Sept. 20 7 p.m. Football at Lind/Ritzville Sat., Sept. 21 10 a.m., Cross Counry at Wenatchee...

  • Lady Raiders lose in Manson

    Sep 18, 2019

    The Lady Raiders lost to the Manson Lady Trojans on the road on Sept. 12 in four close sets, losing the first set 25-16, winning the second 25-21, then losing the next two sets 25-20 and 28-26. Head Coach Teri Sue Reed was enthusiastic about her team nonetheless. "Right now our most outstanding player is Jozlyn Hansen," she said. "She plays the Libero position and is in the 88% for accuracy on both digs and serve receive. That's a phenomenal percentage! She is dialed in for sure! She is in the...

  • Legals for September 18, 2019

    Sep 18, 2019

    IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR GRANT COUNTY CITY OF GRAND COULEE, NO. 19-2-00562-13 a Washington municipal SUMMONS BY corporation PUBLICATION Plaintiff, v. BERTHA V. VLACHOS, deceased; unknown heirs of BERTHA V. VLACHOS, deceased; and all other persons or parties unknown claiming any right, title, estate, lien, or interest in the real estate described in the complaint herein, Defendant. The State of Washington to the said BERTHA V. VLACHOS, deceased; unknown heirs of BERTHA V. VLACHOS, deceased; and all other... Full story

  • Coulee Cops

    Sep 18, 2019

    Grand Coulee Police 9/10 - Police told a juvenile girl at a house on Kelso Avenue about a barking dog complaint. She apologized and said she’d bring the dog inside. 9/11 - Police were made aware of a blue Chevy truck with a white stripe that has been around Hill Avenue when kids get on and off the bus in the mornings and afternoons. The superintendent of of schools told police he would have bus drivers keep an eye out for the truck and to get a license plate or driver description. Police didn’t see a vehicle matching the description when it...