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Grand Coulee voters boost sales tax for streets

When Grand Coulee leaders put Proposition 1 on the ballot, they thought a bump in sales tax would be the best way for the city to collect a little extra money needed for street repair. Voters agreed, evidently, as votes tallied up last night...

Woman dies in morning crash

A Nespelem woman died today (Feb. 15, 2018) in an early morning crash on SR-155, a mile south of Nespelem. Bridget Boyd, 38, was driving a 2005 Buick Rendezvous southbound at 6:43 a.m. when it crossed into the northbound lane and onto the shoulder....

Dam spillage due to minor generator maintenance

The Grand Coulee Dam spilled water over the top last week due to anticipation of spring runoff, combine with minor maintenance being performed on a generator. "Inflows into Lake Roosevelt are up...

Short-term rental issue dominates council

The question of allowing “short-term rentals” in Electric City dominated the council meeting Tuesday night. The city had prepared a draft ordinance, which was for information only, but clearly spelled out that if Electric City eventually...

Carbon monoxide poisoning suspected in two deaths

Two people were found dead in a home in Coulee City Monday evening, with carbon monoxide poisoning suspected as the cause of death. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said investigators Tuesday were looking into the tragic deaths of two people in...

Street fixes coming in E.C.

Electric City residents will notice a lot of street repair happening this year in several spots around town. Electric City Council authorized Mayor John Nordeen II to proceed with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) grant street repairs at...

Newsbriefs

Morin to chair mayors Mayor Gail Morin of Elmer City will take over the chair position on the Regional Board of Mayors. Each year, the chair position changes in a rotation system between the four mayors. Morin was unable to attend Monday’s...

Proctor leaving PBR for a big, new goal

Grand Coulee's native son, Shane Proctor, who has made a name for himself riding bulls, is leaving the Professional Bull Riders to pursue another long-held goal. Turning 33 in March, Proctor figures...

School and emergency personnel to take training

A number of school employees, and personnel from other agencies, plan on spending a week-long training session at the FEMA Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland, beginning the first week in March, Superintendent Paul Turner advised...

Wanted man slips away in sagebrush

Police are looking for a Grand Coulee man who eluded them after they tried to arrest him Sunday on a warrant out of Grant County. Local police are asking the county prosecutor’s office to add a charge of “escape in the 3rd degree” to the...

Elmer City awards trail bid

Sometime this spring, Elmer City residents, along with town visitors, can take a hike from their doorsteps along a new interior trail system that leads to the Downriver Trail along the Columbia River. The bid that will allow this to happen was...

Fireworks plans set for July 4

Fireworks over Grand Coulee Dam will be on Wednesday, July 4, this year, Peggy Nevsimal of the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday. The chamber board and Nevsimal returned from a retreat at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, over the...

Skateboard competition proposed

Immediately after joining the board, a new commissioner with decades of experience in the skateboard industry said he’d like to arrange a competition for the local skatepark for this summer. The Coulee Area Park and Recreation District board had...

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 2/6 - Police were told that a man left threatening messages on cardboard boxes and on a woman’s sanitary napkin after being unhappy with a car he purchased from residents. The residents were advised to get a court restraining...

Voters showed good sense

A vote on a boost to the Grand Coulee sales tax that passed on Tuesday will add a bit to the bottom line of most non-food retail sales made in Grand Coulee. The city council showed good sense in allowing the public to vote on it as a solution to...

Trump administration right to reverse federal overreach

The right to an individual’s life, liberty, and private property underpins any free society. It is a well-established principle enshrined in the Constitution’s 5th Amendment that under a limited government, no individual can be deprived of...

Valentine's Day

It would be a huge mistake for me to let a day go by when the paper comes out on Valentine’s Day and not write about my love. Plus, it is a huge opportunity for brownie points. Oh, by the way, this very paper wrote about us way back then; “Fire...

Cities balancing budgets with fees

Have you carefully checked your utility bills lately? Most people don’t unless they are monsters like the ones for garbage in Scranton, PA, and Los Angeles. In Vancouver, WA, our garbage and recycling bill now has an added 3.6-percent refuse tax....

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago Pleasants tops 1,000 points: Matt Pleasants has amassed some 1,021 points in his high school career, an average of 12 points per game in 85 outings. 20 Years Ago Flavors of old Mexico will grace the coulee: Eisael Hernandez opens his...

Local business presents at Spokane Ag Expo

Mervin and Mary Jo Monteith of Spring Canyon Alpacas spent last week at the Ag Expo in Spokane. They, with five other farms and Alpaca Culture Magazine, spent three very full days sharing the joy of...

Receive free trees

Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone who joins the Foundation in February 2018 will receive 10 free Norway spruce trees or 10 free redbud trees to plant when the weather turns warm.  The...

Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet  The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at La Presa Mexican Restaurant in Grand Coulee at noon this Thursday, February 15. Lynda “Cat” Stead will speaking about dream building. Lions Club to Meet February 20...

Eugene D. "Gene" Downing

Eugene D. "Gene" Downing, age 83, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, after a short illness. His home was Electric City, Washington. Gene was born June 6, 1934, in Absarokee, Montana, to... Full story

Matthew J. Vincent

Matthew J. Vincent, 78, of Grand Coulee, Washington, formerly of Minneapolis, Minnesota, passed away Monday, January 29, 2018, after a short battle with cancer. After graduating from South High... Full story

William C. (Bill) Miller Jr.

William C. (Bill) Miller Jr. passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Claire McKay Miller, and his immediate and extended family. A graveside service will be held on... Full story

Jolene Bowler Pickett

Jolene Bowler Pickett passed away on Monday, February 8, 2018, in Murray, Utah. She was born on April 8, 1929, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Joseph M. and Lulu Bowler. Jolene spent her early years in... Full story

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The following is the honor roll for Lake Roosevelt Jr. Senior High School for first semester.

HIGH HONORS 3.5 – 4.0 SENIORS Robin Matt, Rylee Pitner, Keianna Vera, Aidan Derr, Dylan Steinert, Damian George, Kayla St. Pierre, Kayci Hanway, Bradley Wilder, Emily Abel, Dylan Jenkins, Chasity Williams JUNIORS Addison Hansen, Reagan Herndon,...

Future Business Leaders of America qualify for state

Somebody has to lead the future of American business, and some of those somebodies could be Lake Roosevelt students in the after-school club called Future Business Leaders of America, which is...

Lady Raiders upset Brewster on two-win weekend

In a tremendous upset, the Lady Raiders defeated the top-seeded Brewster Lady Bears Saturday at the District 5-6 2B tournament to clinch a spot in regionals next week. The victory came the day after...

Raiders split games, play Waterville on Friday

The Raider basketball team split their districts games this weekend, defeating Walla Walla Valley Academy before losing to Kittitas. The boys play Waterville on Friday. In Grandview on Feb. 9, the...

With three regional champs, Raiders sending eight to state

Three Raider wrestlers took regional championships last weekend, and the team secured enough placers to register eight for the Mat Classic state meet in Tacoma this week. Lake Roosevelt wrestlers competed in regionals last weekend, producing three...

This week in sports

Wed., Feb. 14 6 p.m., LRJH Wrestling with Liberty Bell and Okanogan at Tonasket Thurs., Feb. 15 5 p.m., LRJH Girls’ Basketball here with Okanogan Fri., Feb. 16 5:45 p.m., LR Girls’ Basketball against White Swan, at Granger (girls have qualified...

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