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Articles from the November 23, 2022 edition


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  • Shots fired lead to tense evening for police, suspect

    Scott Hunter|Nov 23, 2022

    Law enforcement officers from several agencies descended on a mobile home in Electric City Monday afternoon, after a bail bondsman reported he'd been shot at from inside the home and returned fire. He was there with a warrant to collect Christopher Morgan, 38, who had failed to appear for a court date in Spokane, according to Grand Coulee Police. The mobile home sits at the corner of Fifth Street and Sunny Drive toward the northwest corner of Electric City's residential neighborhood close to...

  • Bad weather for travel tonight and tomorrow

    Scott Hunter|Nov 23, 2022

    The National Weather Service is warning us to expect heavy snowfall from Tuesday night through Wednesday night, Nov. 29-30, that may make travel "difficult or impossible." An alert issued early Tuesday morning says people in the area from Highway 28 north, reaching to Wauconda and Republic, can expect 5-9 inches of snow, with mountain areas getting up to 10-15 inches. The snow is expected to start about 7 p.m. Tuesday night. Areas south of Highway 28 (the highway that connects Soap Lake and... Full story

  • Leaders approve revised CD police agreement

    Scott Hunter|Nov 23, 2022

    Leaders in Electric City Tuesday night approved a slightly revised contract for police services with Coulee Dam after clarifying some language in it. The Electric City Council voted unanimously to approve the contract that will put the city’s law enforcement in the hands of Coulee Dam instead of Grand Coulee for the first time in many decades. Coulee Dam’s council voted last Wednesday to approve the contract with clarifications that had been worked out the prior two days after its last special meeting to consider the contract. Those inc...

  • City seeking applicants for scholarship

    Nov 23, 2022

    The City of Grand Coulee is now accepting community applications for the AWC Center for Quality Communities scholarship. The scholarship is available through a statewide competitive process for students who are active in leadership through their city government, community, or school. To be eligible, a student must: be a Washington state resident; expect to earn a high school diploma, home school diploma, or GED in spring/summer 2023; plan to continue their education at an accredited college or trade school in the 2023-2024 academic year on at...

  • Revving for a life fully lived

    Nov 23, 2022

    Joe Higgs adjusts handlebars and footrests on the late Mike Horne's bike to get it through the door of MPH Hi Dam Bar and Grill, where his friends gather inside for a celebration of Horne's life in appropriate style Saturday. Higgs burned a little rubber and carpet right inside the door with the back tire to mark the occasion before parking the bike near the back of the bar. Horne, owner of the bar and MPH Auto Repair in Grand Coulee, and a city councilman, died unexpectedly Oct. 26. The bar...

  • Assembled for sharing heritage

    Nov 23, 2022

    Dancers and singers and drummers in the Silent Hill Drum Group open up the Native Heritage Month Honoring Our Youth Mini Powwow at Lake Roosevelt Schools' assembly Tuesday afternoon. All students were invited onto the floor for another dance soon after. The event was put on by Lake Roosevelt Indian Education. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Stuffing inside

    Nov 23, 2022

    Darlene Morava gets plateful of flavor at the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center's Thanksgiving Dinner on the Thursday before the holiday. There were leftovers, and members will likely see some in upcoming meals this month. President Cheryl Hoffman said it may take another year or two to re-establish what had been an annual event before covid . - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Big tech uses journalism; big tech should pay for it

    John Galer|Nov 23, 2022

    The powers that Google and Facebook have over economic and political power in society - especially over the news industry - has caught the attention of lawmakers in Washington, DC. After a close election and many worries over the quality of public debate, many ask if social media have played a role in the misinformation that erodes our free press and plagues our democracy. Nowhere is this power more daunting than in the social media giants' use of news organizations' reporting, which the...

  • Questioning Coulee Dam/Electric City police contract

    Winona Simons|Nov 23, 2022

    As a longtime resident of Coulee Dam, I have concerns as to why the town of Coulee Dam and the Police Department are negotiating to take over the handling of police services for the Electric City area. Coulee Dam is already down one officer and will have to hire another one to cover Electric City. Crime is now rising in the Coulee Dam area. I unfortunately found this out the hard way over (the weekend before last), as my home was burglarized. In the early hours of Monday morning, while I slept, person/s broke into my house and went through my...

  • Oppose Dollar General

    Wiyaka Steinke|Nov 23, 2022

    I agree with Janis Heuvel’s letter to the editor from Nov.16th concerning Dollar General. I feel it would be detrimental to our community and especially our local businesses to allow a Dollar General to come to our area. It would essentially put the Coulee Wall Variety Store and the local residents who own and operate it out of business. There would also be a negative impact to our grocery stores, Coulee Hardware, and even take business away from our gas stations for convenience items. If anyone local cares to shop at one, they are now as c...

  • Re: "Dollar General wants to set up shop in Grand Coulee" (Star 10-26-22)

    Corrine Behme|Nov 23, 2022

    We’ve been visiting the area for 15 years and recently purchased land for our retirement home. The culture of the GC community is reminiscent of the small towns we grew up in and we intend to get involved. Reading about the plan to allow Dollar (General) to invade the area was dismaying! Not only do these stores undermine local merchant stability (just like Walmart) but they are notorious for L&I infractions! Corrine Behme...

  • Launching of a new look

    Roger Lucas|Nov 23, 2022

    While I was at the Citizen Newspaper in Bothell we were purchased by the Persis Corporation. They owned a number of newspapers and we were placed under the daily paper they owned in Bellevue. It was 1987. It created a lot of problems and opportunities. Instead of printing on our own small press, we started printing our paper in Bellevue. That’s where the opportunities came in. One of the Persis executives, Phil Gialanella, who was headquartered in Hawaii, would come over about once a month and hold a big show and tell time. He was instrumental...

  • We have so much to give thanks for

    Congressman Dan Newhouse|Nov 23, 2022

    In Central Washington, we have so much to be thankful for. This Thanksgiving, as we come together with our friends and family, don’t forget to take a moment to give thanks to our hard-working farmers, processors, and food bank workers throughout Central Washington who work to provide the food on our plates. From the turkey to the stuffing, our farmers probably played a part in your Thanksgiving dinners. Many of the potatoes, onions, winegrapes and other Thanksgiving favorites you consume were grown right here in Central Washington, making up a...

  • Forty Years Ago

    Nov 23, 2022

    The 1982 Raider Volleyball Team had a terrific season this year. Front row - from left: Kim Vordahl, Janae Parker, Dawn Zimmerman, Nancy Kuiper,Deanna Hamilton, Shelley Brashears, Brenda Boyd; back - Coach L.C. Curtis, Billie Shelby, Rose Somday, Lisa Loe, Jinger Higginbotham., Not pictured Rhonda Erickson Assistant Coach, LeaAnnSnyder and Kendra McDermott....

  • L. Jean Terou Nelson

    Nov 23, 2022

    Lydia Jean Nelson, 93, of Elmer City, Washington, died Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at Callaway Gardens Alzheimer's facility in Kennewick, Washington. Jean was born in Hamilton, Montana on April 25, 1929 to Roy James Terou and Elma Maki Terou. She came to Coulee Dam, WA with her family around 1942. In her twenties she worked as a waitress at the Green Hut Café in Coulee Dam, WA. She met and married Kenneth "Swede" Nelson on Feb 4, 1951. Together they resided in Elmer City, WA raising 4...

  • Meetings & Notices

    Nov 23, 2022

    Food Bank Closed this Friday Care & Share Food Bank will be closed on Nov 25 for Thanksgiving. Join our Facebook group. Questions call Pastor Shawn at 633-2566. AA Meetings in the Local Area Confused in the Coulee AA meetings are held Monday through Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Vets Center in Electric City. Call Paul at 633-3377 days or 633-3345 evenings. New Hope Group meetings are held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at the Vets Center. These are open and non-smoking. A new Alcoholics Anonymous group is meeting each Saturday at noon at the Grand...

  • Pick a tag of the Trees of Sharing to make a child's Christmas

    Nov 23, 2022

    Christmas is on our minds! Trees of Sharing 2022 decorated trees are now out with ornament tags with children’s wishes will be available at North Cascades Bank, Safeway Pharmacy, Spokane Teachers Credit Union, and Harvest Foods. Please pick up a tag & fill the wish. • Monday, December 12: (Very important date!) All gifts, wrapped and with tags attached to the outside of the package, need to be returned to a ‘Tree’ location so they can be organized for delivery. • Saturday, December 17, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Trees of Sharing delivery of gifts Pl...

  • Coulee Cops

    Nov 23, 2022

    Coulee Dam Police 10/30 - A man and woman were sleeping on the slide at Mason City Memorial Park on Mead Avenue, preventing kids from using the slide for its intended purpose. Police asked them to move from the slide. They didn’t offer any explanation for sleeping on the slide, but said they’d go sleep on a nearby bench while waiting for a bus. Police didn’t collect any further information from them because they weren’t committing a crime. 11/5 - Police responded to a report that a water tank had sunk about 15 inches into the ground at Cole Pa...

  • Washington State Parks seeks applications for Winter Recreation Advisory Committees

    Nov 23, 2022

    OLYMPIA – November 21, 2022 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to nominate winter sports enthusiasts for the agency’s snowmobile and non-motorized advisory committees. Four positions are available statewide to snowmobilers, and two are available statewide to individuals involved in non-motorized winter sports. Both committees are comprised of a combination of snowmobilers and individuals involved in non-motorized winter sports. The Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish...

  • Winter gear drive ongoing

    Nov 23, 2022

    The Grand Coulee branch of North Cascades Bank is continuing to collect winter gear donations through the month of November for local children in need. Items they are seeking include new or gently used snow pants, gloves, scarves and winter boots. All items will be donated to the Grand Coulee Dam School District K-12 and will be distributed to those students in need during the upcoming cold months. Please help our local youth stay warm and dry during these challenging times....

  • Bowling

    Nov 23, 2022

    Thursday Mixups TEAM W L Living' on a spare 29.5 10.5 Hemmer Ranch 24 16 Team #3 20 20 #1 18 22 Old Bag & Balls 12.5 27.5 The Incredibles 11 29 High Game: John Stensgar 209; Sam Turner 179 High Series: John Stensgar 594; Sam Turner 473 Splits: Mike Beaty 4-5; Mike Lackner 2-7; Wes Chase 2-7/6-7-9-10 FRIDAY DAM KEGLERS TEAM W L #3 101 63.5 #6 71.5 54.5 #2 82 70 #1 76 88 #4 66.5 90.5 #5 Vacant 0 89.5 High Game: John Stensar 287; Mae Stensgar 232 High Series: John Stensgar 735; Mae Stensgar 606...