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Articles from the December 31, 2019 edition

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Recent fires investigated Colville Tribal Police Chief Dustin Best told The Star Monday that the agency has “looked into” recent fires in empty buldings in the Lone Pine area near Elmer City, but he couldn’t disclose any details. Hospital...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 31, 2019

Crazy fun stuff planned for New Year's Day

If you'd like some active fun on New Year's Day, here are a couple local options: Pretend you're a polar bear Meet at Spring Canyon at noon for a polar bear plunge into Lake Roosevelt or join a few...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 31, 2019

UPDATE: Search over for missing man

Chief Henry Hix of the Colville Tribal Natural Resource Enforcement Department, identified the body of 41-year-old Leonard “Junior” Simpson Tuesday afternoon. Simpson was found by two volunteers... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 31, 2019

Rick Paris retires as fire chief for Grand Coulee

Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department Chief Rick Paris will be retiring as chief at the end of the month, but will still be on the department as a fireman and emergency medical technician. Paris...

 

2019: a look back at a year full of news

It's been a year filled with news. The Star carried more than 1,200 stories in 2019. Here's a look back at some of them that range from city council dramas to national music awards. Jan. 16 - Bob Poch... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 31, 2019

Coulee Dam rates will rise

Coulee Dam’s town council passed new rates and a budget this month that included utility rates increases following a series of budget workshops the council worked on in November and December. A flat increase for garbage pickup of $3 per container...

 

The wrap-up for Trees of Sharing 2019

The annual Trees of Sharing project began Nov. 1 and culminated with the delivery of wrapped Christmas gifts to 115 children in 48 families Saturday, Dec. 14. Thank you to every person who enthusiastically supported this project by purchasing gifts...

 

Threatening freedoms provokes revolt

You don’t know how important your freedoms are until you start to lose them. That’s what is behind the protests going on in Hong Kong. In April the government in Mainland China passed an extradition bill that would allow officials to take...

 

Boxcars full of cement

Cement for the building of Grand Coulee Dam was hauled in by the boxcar full. Thousands of loads were needed for the project. When it was done, the North Dam was built, along with Dry Falls Dam, and w...

 

Boeing needs strong tailwinds

As we launch into 2020 and the ensuing decade, Boeing faces very strong head winds which are major concerns for those of us living in the Pacific Northwest. Things are vastly different now. In my...

 

Charles "Charlie" Douglas Potts II

Charles "Charlie" Douglas Potts II born on December 27, 1952, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 21, 2019, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. Charlie was born in Oahu, HI to... Full story

 

Robles earns diploma at Big Bend

Included among the 38 December 2019 graduates of Big Bend Community College's HS21 program was local student Kristie Robles. Friends and family celebrated with her at the first-ever December...

 

Meetings & Notices

No Chamber Until January 9 Due to the upcoming holidays, the GCDA Chamber will not be holding meetings until the new year. The group will meet at noon on Thursday, January 9 at Siam. AA Meetings for GCD and Nespelem Area Confused in the Coulee AA...

 

Legals for Dec. 31, 2019

Notice of Change of Regular Meeting Date Public Hospital District No. 6, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln, & Okanogan Counties, WA Public Hospital District No. 6, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln and Okanogan Counties, Washington; which operates Coulee Medical Center... Full story

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 12/21 - A man driving without headlights around Martin Road told police he had been dumping old tires near Les Schwab’s trailer. He said his new tires weren’t from Les Schwab but his old ones were and he didn’t think they would...

 

November Students of the Month

Here are the students of the month for November at LR and for December at Nespelem...

 

Raiders defeat Cougars at Warden

The Raiders played in Warden on Saturday where they continued their win streak and undefeated season.  The Raiders defeated the Cougars with a final score of 74-28.  Sam Wapato led the Raiders with 15 points, followed by Soarin’ Marchand with...

 

Lady Raiders post first loss of season

The Lady Raiders played in Warden on Saturday where they lost their first basketball game of the season. LR lost to the Warden Lady Cougars by a final score of 72-39.  Despite the loss, the Lady Raiders are still on top of the Central Washington 2B...

 

Trevon Johnson takes first at Freeman wrestling tourney

Raider wrestlers competed in the Freeman Invite on Saturday where Trevon Johnson took the championship in his 220-pound weight class. Johnson defeated Overton from Deer Park 11-7 in the championship...

 

Thompson to play volleyball for Big Bend

Lake Roosevelt senior Mikaylah Thompson Dec. 20 signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake. "Mikaylah has made the decision to sign with Big Bend, and...

 

Coming up in Raider sports . . .

Fri., Jan. 3 10 a.m., HS Wrestling, Powerhouse Tourney, home 3:30/5/6:30 p.m., HS Basketball at White Swan Sat., Jan. 4 10 a.m., HS Wrestling, Banks Lake Brawl at ACH Tues., Jan. 7 6/7:30 p.m., HS Basketball here with Brewster Thurs., Jan. 9 6/7:30...

 

Keller Ferry to resume service Monday

KELLER – Keller Ferry service, on SR 21, will resume service at 6 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. The M/V Sanpoil was removed from service starting Wednesday, Dec. 4 for repairs to strengthen the hull. During the course of that work, contractors... Full story

 

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