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Articles from the November 29, 2017 edition

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Center School buyer backs away

A proposed sale of Center School fell through Monday night. The school district had prepared a sales contract, and just after Superintendent Paul Turner explained the details of the sales agreement to the Grand Coulee Dam School District board of...

 

Crowd demands school action on discipline

The school board Monday night appeared surprised that many of the school staff and the general public see discipline, or the lack of it, as the number-one issue in the district. The near six-hour...

 

Raiders and Lady Raiders basketball against Oroville videos

The Lady Raiders decimated the Lady Hornets in basketball on Dec. 2 with a final score of 63-22. The Raider men lost 58-55 in overtime. These videos show Khani Priest for the Lady Raiders and Trevor...

 

Union appeals to board as "last hope" in discipline issue

About 40 members of the Public Service Employees union attended Monday night’s Grand Coulee Dam School District board meeting to support its officers as they expressed concerns with discipline problems within the district. Many wore specially...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 29, 2017

Two locals surrender in Moses Lake stabbing

Two Coulee Dam residents surrendered to authorities Sunday as suspects in a Moses Lake stabbing. Rebecca N. Norton, 28, and 24-year-old Aaron Pfaltzgraff-Miller, both of Coulee Dam surrendered about...

 

Electric City moves to second phase of new parks plan

Electric City has moved into “phase 2” of its new parks program. This phase centers on the McNett Avenue park behind the city’s fire hall. Robert S. Droll, landscape architect who won the bid to do the work, will assist City Clerk Russell Power...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 29, 2017

Budget and rates split votes in Coulee Dam

Although they passed a $9.6 million budget unanimously, the mayor had to break two ties to get to that point at a Coulee Dam council meeting Monday night. The sticking points were around changes to rates for utilities that Councilmember Keith St. Jeo...

 

Tribal leader offended by Trump's "Pocahontas" comment

Michael Marchand, chairman for the Colville Confederated Tribes, referred to President Donald Trump’s recent “Pocahontas” comment as “racist and insensitive.” In a Nov. 28 press release, Marchand expressed disappointment in Trump’s...

 

Light work

Grand Coulee city crew member Tony Marin straightens a bulb receptacle on a holiday lighting display outside The Star Monday. The displays, purchased by businesses in the area in the 1990s, have...

 

School leaders have more than discipline at stake

Parents and school employees spoke loud, clear and long at a long school board meeting Monday about a lack of discipline in Grand Coulee Dam School District schools, an issue that involves much more than the schools alone. This community is not alone...

 

Food bank thankful for a ton of support

The Care and Share Food Bank has received over one ton of donations from our small communities with big HEARTS in the last two weeks. The Boy Scouts, Coulee Medical Center, and Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union, plus other smaller drives, did a great...

 

Bill would streamline USBR, BIA water projects

Life on our eastern side of Washington’s so-called “Cascade divide” certainly offers many natural advantages: less rain, more time spent outdoors in the sunshine, and an ideal climate for apples, wine grapes and many other crops, just to name a...

 

Finally got turkey!

Sometimes Thanksgiving Day just does not go according to plans. But Sunday Night, when I was eating turkey, I realized it was very well worth the wait. I heard there were many who had Turkey Day debacles this year. A two-hour wait for a tow truck,...

 

A history lesson on tax cuts

To stimulate the U.S. economy to “levels you haven’t seen in many years”— President Trump is proposing to cut federal income taxes, for most folks in general, but predominately for really affluent families and mega-corporations. His proposal...

 

Donna M Benton

Donna M Benton, long-time resident of the Grand Coulee Dam area, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 18, 2017, in Bullhead City, Arizona. A full obituary and celebration of life service will be announced and scheduled for next spring...

 

Eugene Agapith

Eugene Agapith, 72, passed away Tuesday evening, November 21, 2017, in Spokane, Washington. Born Sunday, July 22, 1945, in Nespelem, Washington to Oscar Agapith and Sarah Jack, Eugene received his...

 

Lula Aubertin

Lula Aubertin went home to be with her Lord, surrounded by friends and family, on Friday, November 24, 2017, from complications of a stroke. Lula was born on November 26, 1917, in Keller, Washington,...

 

Decking the lobby

Colleen Manley hands Jessica Steinert ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree at the Coulee Dam Credit Union Monday. Even with rain pouring down Tuesday, the place is starting to look a lot like...

 

Community blood drive planned for December

Inland Northwest Blood Center along with the Grand Coulee community blood drive volunteers led by Leha Bodeau are planning a blood drive for Monday, December 18. Donation hours will be from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the community room in Coulee Medical...

 

Meetings and Notices

No Chamber This Week  The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not meet this Thursday, in preparation for their annual Vintners and Brewers fundraiser this Saturday night at the American Legion Hall in Electric City. American Legion to Mee...

 

Raiders defeat Raiders in basketball

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders defeated the Lake Roosevelt Raiders basketball team on Nov. 21. Wait, what? That's right, the Lake Roosevelt Raiders and Lady Raiders played their Crimson & Gold games...

 

Local students graduate from WVC

Mataiya Nachtigal, of Electric City, and Shan Birdtail and Tiffany Circle, both of Nespelem, were listed this week among the 2016-17 graduates of Wenatchee Valley College with associate of arts and sciences degrees, the school announced. Also,...

 

Boys and Girls Club official opening today

The Nespelem Boys and Girls Club is holding their official opening and dedication today (Nov. 29) at 3 p.m. in the Nespelem Community Center gym....

 

Newsbriefs

Coulee Dam cuts back on tourism funding The town of Coulee Dam will likely put less money into funding tourism promotion next year following a town council OK on a first reading of the proposed budget Monday. City Clerk Stefani Bowden said less money...

 

This Week in Sports

Wed., November 29 6 p.m., LRHS Wrestling at Okanogan Jamboree Thurs., November 30 5 p.m., LRJH Basketball at Oroville Sat., December 2 LRHS Basketball, here with Oroville (L), (BJV/4:30 p.m.; GV/6 p.m./BV 7:30 p.m.) 10 a.m., LRHS Wrestling at...

 

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