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Articles from the November 7, 2018 edition

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 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 7, 2018

School district to propose second levy

The Grand Coulee Dam School District will be proposing an “enrichment levy” for 2019 meant to bring in approximately $450,000 each year, the second part of a two-levy approach intended to replace the single levy now taken over by the state....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 7, 2018

Lake Roosevelt graduate recounts time in Navy

Lake Roosevelt graduate Calen Farmer spent six years in the Navy before pursuing an electronics engineering degree, and the experience took him around the world. Farmer graduated from Lake Roosevelt...

 

Wow factor

Sixth-graders at Lake Roosevelt Elementary look up with a wow a second after launching a group of three rockets Friday afternoon. They, and high schoolers earlier in the day, had just assembled the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 7, 2018

School district seeks grants to leverage local dollars

Eyeing free grant money to help stretch local dollars, school leaders Monday told a consulting company to go after grants that would help modernize the heating and cooling system in the old gym at Lake Roosevelt High School and more. The Grand...

 

Newsbriefs

Coulee Dam rates heading up Residents and electric ratepayers in Coulee Dam can expect an increase in rates next year, town councilmembers indicated during discussion at a budget workshop Monday. Citing the need to replace large transformers and...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 7, 2018

Veterans assembly this Friday

The annual veterans assembly at Lake Roosevelt Schools will be held this Friday at the gym in Coulee Dam. Changing things up from previous years, the event will be split into two segments: one for kin...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 7, 2018

Transgender policy elicits strong opinions

Strong opinions surrounded a post on The Star’s Facebook page when The Star shared an article from the paper headlined “Transgender policy, club approved at school board meeting.” Opinions on both sides of the argument centered around the idea...

 

Unofficial election results

STATE MEASURE 1631 G O L D Statewide Yes 3,585 2,448 718 1,825 850,861 No 16,005 6,414 4,040 6,288 1,097,277 STATE INITIATIVE 1634 G O L D Statewide Yes 14,474 5,441 3,362 5,374 1,062,381 No 5,731 3,395 1,394 2,726 876,921 STATE INITIATIVE 1639 G O...

 

NCB is collecting coats for kids

The Grand Coulee branch of North Cascades Bank (NCB) is collecting new or gently used coats for local children in need. Gloves, scarves, hats and other warm outerwear for children are also welcome. Cash donations will be used to purchase new...

 

National struggle revealed in a coulee issue

I had a friend at the age of 10 who swore to me that she was a boy. We were just kids playing in sand and gravel of a pit behind my home outside Missoula, Montana. Her statement didn’t really make any sense to me. She looked like a girl to me, alth... Full story

 

Great football season owes much to Rob Williams

As we near Thanksgiving, I hope the Raider Nation will join me in being thankful for the vision and passion Rob Williams had for starting the Lake Roosevelt youth football program 11 or so years ago. Many of the players on this year’s team had the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 7, 2018

The sand hill

If you live in the Grand Coulee Dam area, you know that the large volcano-looking structure beside the high school is called “the sand hill.” It is one of the markers of our little area that has...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    November 7, 2018

Sailing on top of the world – Part 2

In the last column, I wrote about the physical changes occurring in and around the Arctic Ocean. Those changes are occurring due to climate change. Shipping lanes are being used for commerce,...

 

A Montana sapphire fit for a king

Meet the late Will Chaussee. On the outside, he was a cedar lumber owner-dealer. On the inside, he was a mountain man, and he owned a sapphire mine between Hamilton and Philipsburg, Montana. He retired and annually invited me to his place up in the...

 

Bill Phillip Niendam

Bill Phillip Niendam, 91, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2018, at Grand Coulee, Washington. Bill was born January 10, 1927, at Paris, Arkansas, to Bill and Edris Niendam.   Bill was a Shriner and a 32nd-degree Mason.  He was a longtime resident... Full story

 

Gary L. Pierson

Gary L. Pierson passed away Thursday, September 20, 2018, from a heart attack in Ephrata, Washington. He retired from the Bureau of Reclamation at Grand Coulee Dam in 1995. A memorial service will take place Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the... Full story

 

Delores "Toots" Juanita George

Delores "Toots" Juanita George, age 82, of Nespelem, passed away on October 23, 2018. The Rosary was held October 26, 2018, at the Nespelem Catholic Longhouse. Funeral Services were held October 27,... Full story

 

James Arthur Stansfield, M.D.

James Arthur Stansfield, M.D., 94, completed life's journey Nov. 1, 2018. Born the second son to Nell Hillie and Joseph W. Stansfield on June 5, 1924, in Juneau, Alaska. His parents moved to Alaska... Full story

 

Demographics and business

Allan Peterson, of the Small Business Development Center in Moses Lake, talks with chamber members at Voltage Coffee Thursday. Peterson, who takes appointments for free small-business consultations...

 

Meetings & Notices

Chamber This Week This week’s meeting will be held at noon at Voltage Coffee House in Grand Coulee. General business is on the agenda. American Legion to Meet The American Legion Post 157 next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the...

 

Library branches to be closed

All 30 North Central Regional Library branches in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties will be closed on Nov. 14 for an all-staff training day. The library district’s Distribution Center in Wenatchee will also be closed, and the...

 

Raiders defeat Irish, get ready for first round of state tourney

Lake Roosevelt continues to go undefeated in football, defeating DeSales on Friday, and now prepares to take on Onalaska on Saturday. On Nov. 2 in Coulee Dam, the Raiders defeated the Irish with a...

 

Raider runners compete at state

Hannah Wapato placed 11th and Soarin' Marchand placed 53rd at the state competition for cross country. Wapato and Marchand each competed in 5,000-meter races at the 1B/2B state competition at Sun WIll...

 

Volleyball stops just shy of state

The Lady Raiders’ volleyball season came to an end in Royal City with a close loss against the Manson Lady Trojans last Thursday. On Nov. 1, the Lady Raiders traveled to Royal City for a postseason game with Manson, from which the winner would...

 

Penny auction changes to a dime

It had to happen sooner or later. An annual event that has served as a fundraiser and annual kickoff to the local holiday season is making a fundamental change, organizers announced: the penny auction will become “The Ten-Penny Auction” this...

 

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