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 By Dow Constantine Susan Johnson    Opinion    March 25, 2015 

After five years, consumers have embraced the Affordable Care Act

Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law five years ago, Washingtonians have sent a powerful message: The Affordable Care Act is working, and the quality healthcare coverage choices offered on Washington Healthplanfinder are...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 25, 2015 

Forts: the forgotten practice

Remember the fort. Ours was in the middle of a bunch of sagebrush out by the bird hills. OK, some of you are saying, where the heck is the bird hills? Well, we locals know that out along the...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    March 25, 2015 

Raider baseball opens with two wins

The Raiders came home from a double header in Bridgeport Saturday with two wins. Lake Roosevelt was challenged in the first game, with the Mustangs scoring seven runs, but in the end outscored them by two in the 9-7 LR win. In the second game, the...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    March 25, 2015 

Raider tennis off to soggy start

The Raider tennis team's first match on the new court surface at Lake Roosevelt was delayed an hour due to rain on Friday. Because of the delay, Head Coach Steve Archer said, the format was changed....

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    March 25, 2015 

Lady Raiders drop openers

The Lady Raider softball team opened the season at home Saturday to two losses. “It was a tough day for the Lady Raiders,” Head Coach Jamie Lezard said. “We had too many errors, left too many base runners out there, and were having a hard time...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    March 25, 2015 

Track opens at big meet

A small Lake Roosevelt team travelled to West Valley High School in Spokane Valley for the Howard Dolphin Invitational Saturday. “We took a small group of determined Raiders to compete against 1800 other athletes at the West Valley Invite,” Head...

 
 By John Crabtree    Opinion    March 18, 2015

Water is Life

Here in the west, we understand that there is much truth in the old joke that whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting. Rural and small town America depend on water and our neighbors downstream count on us to preserve the quality of that wat...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 18, 2015

We need to honor the badge

With everything going on in the world right now — Ferguson, Missouri and other places — with the attack on law enforcement officers, I thought I should share my perspective on things. Not that my perspective is the right or wrong one, I just try...

 
 By Jerry Sands    Opinion    March 11, 2015

Thanks, and sorry to see you go

I would like to thank the Electric City Planning Commission that I worked with over the years for all their hard work and long hours spent bringing Electric City to the city it is today. We accomplished a lot of good things together. I was sorry to...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 11, 2015

When I grow up …

When we were kids, we had dreams of being a firefighter, police officer or other things. Those dreams were influenced by a bunch of different things, including parents, grandparents, neighbors and books and TV. Somewhere along the line, as we are...

 
 By John Overby    Opinion    March 4, 2015

Senate transportation bill irresponsible

It seems ironic that on the same day that a huge increase in gas prices is seen in the area, the Washington State Senate passes a $15 billion transportation package that includes an 11.7 cent per gallon gas tax increase. It is fiscal...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    March 4, 2015

Raiders finish season 15-10

The Raider boys' basketball season came to an end Friday night at Mt. Spokane High School as Lake Roosevelt lost its regional matchup against the Northwest Christian Crusaders. "Boys played well and...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    March 4, 2015

Raiders named to all-league teams

Three Raider boys and four Lady Raiders were named to Central Washington North 2B All-League teams for their play during the 2014-15 season. Chance Garvin was the only Raider named to the first team....

 
 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...

 

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