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 By Scott Hunter    News    February 14, 2018 

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 yielded...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 14, 2018 

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...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 14, 2018 

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....

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    February 14, 2018 

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 allowed...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 14, 2018 

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 a...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    February 14, 2018 

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...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 14, 2018 

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...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    February 14, 2018 

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 t...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    February 14, 2018 

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...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    February 14, 2018 

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...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    February 14, 2018 

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 weekend...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    February 14, 2018 

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 the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 14, 2018 

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 ju...

 

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 privat...

 

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....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    February 14, 2018 

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...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    February 14, 2018 

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 Rai...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    February 14, 2018 

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...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    School    February 14, 2018 

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 sending...

 

District holds old school price at $150K

Center School will go on the block again. This will be the third time that Grand Coulee Dam School District has advertised the old elementary school for sale. The school board has held firm on $150,000 as the lowest price it will accept for the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 7, 2018

Quiet preferred

Dave Simms (foreground) and Pat Belt, both of the Waterville area, and Dick Jennings (middle), of Coulee Dam, all chose Crescent Bay as the place to go in order to get out of the house and break...

 

Mayor appoints interim city clerk in Grand Coulee

Grand Coulee Mayor Paul Townsend dismissed Carol Boyce as city clerk late last week. "Carol has made a longstanding contribution to the community and city, and I regret that this became necessary,"...

 

Lawmakers still grappling with court mandated education funding

Despite the passage of last year’s bipartisan agreement to fully fund K-12 public education with a property tax hike, the state Legislature is still wrestling over the issue as school leaders across the state say the changes will hurt their...

 

Elmer City gets bids on trail project

Elmer City received six bids, and town officials will likely award its “Complete Streets” project to one of the low bidders at its meeting Feb. 8. The $250,000 project is the result of a grant from the state Department of Transportation’s Trans...

 

Golf course fees to remain the same

The mild winter weather has people thinking about the upcoming golf season. Not the least of those looking ahead are commissioners of Grant County Port District 7, who are responsible for management of the 18-hole course in Electric City. The course...

 

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