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 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 25, 2015 

New champions, old champions and losses

A coach once told me that a bad loss is sometimes the best thing for a team. It lets you know that there are still things to work on and that it exposes our weaknesses. That statement can be applied to our everyday life as well. Sometimes we are goin...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    February 25, 2015 

Octavio Alejandre is state champion

Raider Wrestling made a great showing at the state tournament with all three wrestlers placing. Octavio Alejandre took the state championship at 285 pounds. Oscar Pakootas took third at 132, and...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    February 25, 2015 

Raiders third at districts, move on to regionals

The Raider boys won two games last week to earn third place in the District 5-6 tournament and a meeting with District 7-9's number-two team Friday night at regionals. This is the second year in a row...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    February 25, 2015 

Lady Raiders season ends with loss to White Swan

The Lady Raiders played their final game of the 2014-15 season at Eastmont High School against the White Swan Cougars on Feb. 19 in a loser-out game of District 5-6 play. The Lady Raiders and Cougars...

 
 By Jerry Sands    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Mayor Sands explains his resignation

My wife Connie and I retired in 1999 and moved to Electric City from Seattle. We did some investing in the area, did a lot of fishing and I played a lot of golf. Then one day in 2005, Troy Ritter asked if I would consider running for Electric City...

 
 By Jim Moore    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Jackson's Chevron Service in Nespelem

Many of us can recall the days of the Service Station, a place where one went to get the gas tank filled, windshield washed, oil checked, among other things, all while one waited in the vehicle and the person at the Service Station performed the...

 
 By Jones and Magers    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Sheriffs support House Bill 1491

The legislative session is approaching the half-way mark and there are many important issues being discussed and debated; education, transportation, the environment, public safety, healthcare, taxes, and economic development to name a few. The...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Do our youth need help? YES!

Our kids need us. That part we can all agree on, but it is the how that can sometimes get overwhelming, causing some of us to drag our feet and hope someone else will take up the cause. The other barrier is sometimes we let the “Bad” kid or the t...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    February 18, 2015

Three Raider wrestlers move on to state match

All three Raider wrestlers who competed at the Regional Tournament at Northwest Christian on Feb. 14th advanced to Mat Classic XXVII. Not all had an easy road making it to State but all three placed...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    February 18, 2015

Lady Raiders advance to second week of district play

After taking second place in the league, the Lady Raiders held on in district tournament play last week with a decisive defeat of Oroville after having let Kittitas slip by in a disappointing...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    February 18, 2015

Raiders still have shot at regionals

To stay alive in post-season basketball, the Raider boys must defeat a team they last took down at home - in overtime. In the second week of the District 5-6 Tournament tomorrow at Eastmont High...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 11, 2015

An 80th birthday, Oh how time flies

I recently had the honor of being invited to a party for a man that has strong roots in our community. This column could have easily been called “Past Gems in the Coulee” or “Where are these Gems now” but this man is much more than a part of...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    February 11, 2015

Lady Raiders take second in league play

The Lady Raiders finished the 2014-15 regular basketball season with an 11-3 win-loss record in Central Washington 2B North, and a 12-8 overall record. With the second-place finish, the Lady Raiders advance to the district tournament, playing...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    February 11, 2015

Three wrestlers move on to regional meet

Octavio Alejandre, Oscar Pakootas, and Jacob Smith all advanced from the sub-regional wrestling meet in Oroville to the regional competition after placing in the top four at Oroville last Saturday. The regional meet will be held at Northwest...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    February 11, 2015

Raider boys take third place in league

After a tough week, the Raider boys finished the 2014-15 regular basketball season in third place in the Central Washington 2B North League standings. In league play, the Raiders earned a 9-5...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 4, 2015

Top 10 bands that influenced my life

OK, this is not a best bands list. This is a list of the most influential bands in my life. Bands that my parents infused onto me, bands that I chose for myself and bands that were just there at the right time. Second disclaimer: remember I am only...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    February 4, 2015

Lady Raiders on six-game win streak

by John R. McNeil II The Lady Raiders have been on a basketball hot streak, winning six in a row to improve their overall win-loss record to 11-7. In Central Washington 2B North LR is 10-2 and sitting...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    February 4, 2015

Raiders on four-game win streak

by John R. McNeil II With one week left in the season, the Raiders are sitting at 12-6 overall win-loss record with a four-game win streak. The wins have put the Raiders in third place in the Central...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    February 4, 2015

Wrestlers on to sub-regionals

Raider Wrestling wrapped up the regular season and is now preparing for the first round of postseason this weekend in Oroville. Sub-regionals start on Friday at 4 p.m and continue on Saturday at 10 a.m. All schools in the Eastern Washington North B...

 
 By Jim Keene    Opinion    January 28, 2015

Local school levy a partnership

School districts in the state of Washington continue to rely on a partnership for funding between state and local resources. Local communities through a levy provide essential resources to augment the basic state school support. Our community has...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 28, 2015

Gems in the Coulee: Volunteers

Anyone who knows anything at all about our history in the Coulee area knows that volunteerism is what made the heart start beating and thriving in this area. Sure, the great Grand Coulee Dam brought thousands into the area but if not for the local...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    January 28, 2015

Lady Raiders on win streak

After a bad set of games, the Lady Raiders are on a win streak, sweeping all opponents last week. Lake Roosevelt is sitting in the number-two spot in the Central Washington North, behind Okanogan. The Lady Raiders’ win-loss record stands at 9-6...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    January 28, 2015

Raider boys win two of three

The Raiders won two of three basketball games last week to put them in fourth place in the Central Washington North standings, with a 6-3 league win-loss record and a 9-6 record overall. The wins came at Oroville and Bridgeport. Liberty Bell...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    January 28, 2015

Wrestlers make good showing at Kittitas

The Raiders came up against many schools that will have state competitors Saturday in Kittitas and competed in challenging matches and took home three medals from the Coyote Classic. “We got a chance to see teams like Ilwaco and Napavine, who will...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 21, 2015

Your day-to-day encounters can mean a lot

Sometimes I can go a whole day without having any personable contact with anyone. Just ask my wife, she will confirm this. But on other days I can have contact with hundreds of people, missing out on an opportunity to influence, lift up or otherwise...

 

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