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 By Scott Hunter    News    May 20, 2015 

Public invited to mingle and help decide future direction

The doors of the middle school in Grand Coulee will be opened for a special meeting of the minds tonight (Wednesday) from 5-7 p.m., a time arranged for the community to tour it and talk about the building’s future and more. “Grand Coulee Dam...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 20, 2015 

"Barker Canyon" fire starts an early season

About a dozen local firefighters this Friday night are attacking a wildfire across Banks Lake from the Grand Coulee Dam Airport. The fire is suspected to have started from a lightning strike in the...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    May 20, 2015 

pot license decision handed to city clerk

It’s in the hands of the city clerk. That’s the best Grand Coulee’s city council could come up with last night (Tuesday) in regard to a controversial application for a marijuana retail business license. About 30 people showed up to offer their...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 20, 2015 

Mayor: No more planning commission

Electric City has changed the way it will do its municipal planning. Mayor John Nordine, in responding to a person interested in being on the planning commission, said that he has decided to bring planning in-house with a professional planner working...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 20, 2015 

Local elections will feature several races

Grand Coulee will have a new mayor, and a number of former council members from at least two cities have filed to return to municipal government, according to election filings posted by county auditors Friday. Grand Coulee Mayor Chris Christopherson...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 20, 2015 

New flags to be added in Isle of Flags

American Legion Post 157 will dedicate 10 new flags in honor of veterans in the Isle of Flags Memorial Day ceremony, beginning at 11 a.m., Monday, May 25. Over 500 flags will fly at Spring Canyon Cemetery when volunteers complete the task this...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 20, 2015 

Council slithered to a new non-position

Our best guess is that last night’s non-decision by the less-than-courageous (being kind) Grand Coulee City Council was a dishonest move predesigned before the meeting to allow elected leaders not to make a decision. If that’s true, it’s...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 20, 2015 

Time is important, so is listening

Governance, like life, is full of trade-offs. One of them is efficiency versus efficacy, and you strive for one at the risk of losing the other. Such was the case at last week’s Electric City Council meeting, where the mayor and a council member...

 
 By Robert Fifield    Opinion    May 20, 2015 

Roundabout is a bad idea for Four Corners

In regards to the Four Corners, I sure hope that they don’t put in one of them roundabouts that they were talking about. I wish that the person that ever came up with that idea had been still born. Most of the population have never driven extra...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Congressman    Opinion    May 20, 2015 

Protecting Civil Rights and national security USA Freedom Act strikes a balance

No American should fear that their government has made a false choice between prioritizing either national security or civil rights. Our nation needs a continuing, robust debate on the proper balance the federal government should strike in defending...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 20, 2015 

City council hears tourism requests

The chamber of commerce and Ridge Riders Saddle Club each made a pitch for more hotel/motel tax money at the Electric City council meeting last Tuesday night. Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Peggy Nevsimal had earlier...

 
 By Gayle Swagerty    Community    May 20, 2015 

Monumental effort

The town of Coulee Dam is spearheading an effort to create and establish a monument to honor 81 persons who died during the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam. Friday, Karen Struve, president of...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 20, 2015 

Schilling and Alejandre to represent LR at districts

Lake Roosevelt’s senior throwers Katelynn Schilling and Octavio Alejandre qualified last week to move on from sub-districts at Tonasket Wednesday to the District 5-6 meet in Ephrata on Friday. “Our senior throwers excelled in this meet and will...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 20, 2015 

Raiders finish sixth at districts

Raider baseball competed for a state berth until the very last moment possible Saturday, finishing sixth in the district tournament. The Raiders had defeated Kittitas on the May 11 to stay alive in...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 20, 2015 

Four golfers head to districts

Four Raider golfers will be competing today at the district tournament, which is being held at Alta Lake Golf Course. To make it there, the Raiders played in the last match of the season May 11 at home against Okanogan and Moses Lake Christian....

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 20, 2015 

Tennis loses out at Districts

Lake Roosevelt’s tennis players had their 2015 season come to a close Saturday at the first round of the district tournament. Only one team made it out of the single elimination round. That was the doubles team of Tanya Ang and Riley Pitner. Ang...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 20, 2015 

Lady Raiders close season at 2-18

Lady Raider softball ended its season at Pateros May 15 with two losses. The final overall win-loss record for LR was 2-18 with a 2-14 Central Washington North record. “We have a very young team returning to next year’s roster, only losing two...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 13, 2015

License sought for marijuana store

A Grand Coulee business couple has asked the city council to grant them a business license for a marijuana retail store near Coulee Medical Center. Jean Comstock and Jim Pachosa appeared before the council last Tuesday night and requested support in...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 13, 2015

School-clinic partnership will aim for better care

Kids at Lake Roosevelt Schools will have more direct access to health care if a plan to that end pans out between Coulee Medical Center and Lake Roosevelt Schools. The project was taken on by a...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 13, 2015

Rotary spaghetti feed Saturday will help sixth graders and more

A spaghetti dinner set for Saturday will help fund a project that brings together sixth graders from Coulee Dam and Nespelem schools to pave their way as eventual classmates in high school. The Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club chose to work with the sixt...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 13, 2015

Dog, owner compete in national contest

Self confidence, even in dogs, has a lot to do with how well they perform. Take the case of "Crystal," an 11-year-old Sheltie, owned by Janice Elvidge of Elmer City. Elvidge had given up on Crystal af...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 13, 2015

Assaulted man taken to hospital

A severely beaten man who had been attacked by several people giving him a ride out of Nespelem was taken to the hospital here Sunday. Victor Conrad, 47, was found in a Main Street apartment after police officers here were led to the site by...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 13, 2015

Incumbents survive tribal primary

All the incumbents running in the Colville Tribes’ primary election last week made it into the general election June 13. Only one incumbent received fewer votes than the person challenging him. When the votes were all in, Allen Hammond, incumbent...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    May 13, 2015

Connecting the Dots . . .

How is Seattle’s Lighthouse for the Blind connected to the Export-Import Bank? Very closely. Since 1918, The Lighthouse for the Blind has provided education, training and manufacturing jobs for...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 13, 2015

Baseball finishes season with winning record

Raider baseball finished the regular season May 5 with a doubleheader win over the Tonasket Tigers. The wins put the overall win-loss record for the Raiders for 2015 at 14-6, with a league record of 11-5. The wins over the Tigers in Coulee Dam put...

 

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