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Articles from the September 21, 2016 edition

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School board sets four main goals

The school board has set four main goals as the Grand Coulee Dam School District heads into the new school year. Superintendent Paul Turner and members of the board met in a long evening retreat to discuss school affairs and to set some specific goal... Full story


Hospital begins bridge building - with a powwow

When Coulee Medical Center leaders wanted to find ways to cure the hospital's ailing relationship with members of the Colville Tribes, an idea for a good start popped into Shoshanna Jordan's mind:... Full story


Councilmember reprimanded

The Electric City Council reprimanded one of its own members for violating rules of procedure at its meeting last Tuesday night. The complaint against Councilmember Birdie Hensley originated from an online posting she’d made that stated that... Full story


Work days set for golf course

Volunteers, bring your rakes and shovels. Banks Lake Golf Course needs your help. Golf officials there are planning the plugging of the greens and sanding them, Sept. 26–28. Jim Keene, chairman of Port District 7, which manages of the course, put... Full story


Alumni support new sport

Coulee Dam All Class Reunion representatives donate a $2,700 check Friday to the Lake Roosevelt athletic program to help with startup expenses for the new soccer program. The money came from... Full story



A grand picnic The Electric City community picnic held Sept. 10, raised $1,000 towards the development of the city’s new park site, behind the fire station. A year ago a similar picnic raised $2,500, and an additional $30,000 has been budgeted by... Full story


Pathway discussion lists fears and research

A large number of “not in my neighborhood” trail opponents turned out last Tuesday night to express their fears about Electric City’s Pathway and Trails plan. Their appearance and comments dominated the first half of the city council meeting,... Full story


Bus garage hit by thieves again

Thieves hit the school district's bus operation again last weekend. This time they siphoned gas from one bus and stole two batteries from the district's boom truck. Bus officials stated early Tuesday... Full story


Bowden joins C.D. police

Paul Bowden joined the Coulee Dam police force Monday. Bowden comes to the Coulee Dam Police Department from Wilbur where he served as an officer for 12 years. The new officer was appointed a sergeant. Coulee Dam has been advertising for a police... Full story


Best of Northwest grill it out

It was like grill heaven Sunday at North Dam Park. Seventeen grills were cooking and grill masters turned out from Idaho, Oregon and throughout Washington, going after prize money and having fun at the same time. Many of the top 10 competitors in... Full story


"Area watch" needed to combat crime

I read and agreed with Larry Price’s letter in The Star 9/14/2016 issue, “Concerning the current drug and crime issues in the Coulee Dam area.”  I see it 24/7 in my area, day and night. I can get up in the middle of the night seeing groups... Full story


Town looking for clarity, not blame, with lawsuit

The towns of Coulee Dam and Elmer City entered an agreement in 1975 defining a set of terms and procedures to treat sewage wastes. After 40 years of arguments and misunderstandings, clearly both agencies are in an impasse. We are not a litigious... Full story


Wallace more qualified for judge

Because I was a superior court judge, retiring in 2009, people ask me which one of the candidates for Judge is most qualified. Nick Wallace has been practicing as a trial lawyer for 20 years. I know him well. During the 16 years I was on the bench... Full story


Jorgenson wrong, Estudillo has more experience

Retired Judge Ken Jorgensen had the facts wrong in his recent letter to the editor about Judge Estudillo and his challenger, attorney Nick Wallace. Judge Jorgensen has been retired from the court for nearly eight years, so perhaps he doesn’t have... Full story


Native American Day

This Friday is Native American Day. For some it is just a day off from school or work. For others it is just another, but for a large population that lives very near here this day is their day to be... Full story


Seventy-seven years ago

Photo shows transportation of a penstock section to the right powerhouse. The truck and loaded trailer have moved onto the barge which will carry both across the intervening water of the right... Full story


Brenda Diantha (Farver) Lamoreaux

Brenda Diantha Lamoreaux was born April 21, 1959, in Tonasket, Washington, to Marvin and Marilyn Farver and passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016, in Tacoma, Washington, after an unexpectedly... Full story


Dam wet run

Despite a rainy day, more than 100 runners competed in the Run the Dam race Saturday during the Harvest Festival, including these determined athletes crossing the Causeway in Electric City. It was... Full story


It's a boy for Bjorson/McLean

CJ Bjorson and Mikeal McLean of Electric City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Cashton Micheal Bjorson, on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 6 lbs., 10.9 oz., and... Full story


Meetings and Notices

No Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not meet this Thursday. The chamber will resume meetings at noon on Thursday, Sept. 29, at at La Presa Mexican Restaurant, with Judge Estudillo as the guest speaker. Grant... Full story


Chalk up two more in the win column for LR volleyball

Lake Roosevelt's volleyball team last week rallied against Waterville and swept Oroville to bring their win-loss record to 3-1. The Lady Raiders found themselves down two sets to zero against... Full story


Raiders attain 3-0 for season with lopsided victory

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders stuffed and mounted the Liberty Bell Mountain Lions 44-0 in Liberty Bell Friday. Highlights included QB Steven Flowers making a 30-yard run for the end zone in the first qua... Full story


Cross country runs their first meet of the season

The Lake Roosevelt cross country team competed in their first race of the season Sept. 13 in Bridgeport. In the 2.7 mile race, Raiders Kyle Edmo placed 29th out of about 70 runners, Cameron Tillman placed 38th, and Will Friedlander placed 41st. Only... Full story


Lady Raiders notch first soccer win in mixed week

The Lady Raiders soccer team played their first home game Sept. 13 against Manson, winning 3-0 in their first victory since the team's conception. But the new team is still learning the hard way how... Full story


This week in sports

Wed., Sept. 21 TBD, HS Cross Country at Okanogan Invitational 5 p.m., JHS Volleyball at Brewster Thurs., Sept. 22 4:30 p.m., HS Soccer at Tonasket (L) 5:30 p.m., LRJHS Football here with Liberty Bell Fri., Sept. 23 7 p.m., HS Football here with... Full story


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