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 By Scott Hunter    News    January 11, 2017 

Colville Tribes to pay $250K in settlement

The Colville Tribes will repay the federal government nearly a quarter million dollars to settle allegations it submitted false Medicaid claims in connection with bills submitted by a mental health contractor for services allegedly never rendered, U....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017 

Area burglaries spiked in 2016

Grand Coulee's police department showed a marked increase in the number of burglaries reported in its jurisdiction (which includes Electric City) in 2016 over what it reported for 2015, according to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017 

School district seeks public input

Patrons of the Grand Coulee Dam School District will soon have an opportunity to officially comment about local schools. The district just recently prepared a survey, which will be online, covering a number of topics relating to different aspect of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017 

NPS to present plan for Ice Age Floods trail

Community members are encouraged to attend an Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail informational meeting Jan. 23 in Coulee Dam. The national project is to tell the story of the Ice Age Floods, which includes 16,000 square miles in four states and,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017 

Weather forces delays at GCD and Nespelem schools

Old Man Winter interrupted Monday’s start of school, forcing a two-hour delay because of snow at both Grand Coulee Dam and Nespelem schools. In Coulee Dam, interim bus manager George Davis said roads in general were bad in all directions. He...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    January 11, 2017 

Avoiding déjà vu all over again

The late Yogi Berra coined the phrase, “It’s déjà vu all over again!” It is used extensively to describe political miscues. Case in point: ObamaCare. Recently, the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel wrote a column describing...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    January 11, 2017 

Raiders wrestle in Okanogan and Warden

Raiders wrestled in the Brewster Mix & Match last Tuesday, then in a Warden tournament on Saturday. The Brewster Mix & Match is without brackets and team points, but is rather an opportunity for wrestlers to gain experience. Three Raiders participate...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    January 11, 2017 

Lady Raiders defeat Fillies and Lady Shockers

The Lady Raiders basketball team is 6-2 in the league after decimating Bridgeport on the road last Tuesday, 63-36, then defeating Waterville at home on Saturday, 42-31. The girls are ranked 17th in...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    January 11, 2017 

LR lose two by slim margins

The Raider basketball team has a 1-7 win-loss record in the league after losing by four points, 46-42, in Bridgeport last Tuesday, then by five points, 43-38, against Waterville on Saturday at home....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 11, 2017 

No after-school activities for Nespelem today

No after-school activities for Nespelem today Nespelem School will send it’s kids home right after school today (Tuesday, Jan. 17) at 2:45 and will not hold after-school programs, the school said this morning. With freezing rain frequently on...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 11, 2017 

            Nespelem School starting two hours late Wednesday

       Nespelem Elementary will start two hours late Wednesday morning due to weather, and there will be no preschool at all for the day. Also, breakfast will not be served on Wednesday. Freezing rain was pelting much of the area Tuesday night, making...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 4, 2017

Zoning issues complicate Center sale

The sale of Center School is made more complicated by the issue of zoning. The school district has made efforts to sell the vacated school and some additional acres, but so far no one has stepped up to the plate to make an offer. The issue of zoning...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 4, 2017

Wintery weather and slickness headed to region

Wintery weather and slickness headed to region The National Weather Service warned Saturday that a fresh round of troublesome winter weather is likely headed our way beginning Saturday afternoon and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 4, 2017

Port District reports financial turnaround for golf course

There were smiles all around last Thursday as Port District 7 officials got the year-end financial report on Banks Lake Golf Course, which they manage. At the end of 2015, port commissioners were looking at red ink to the tune of $32,000. But last...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    January 4, 2017

Skewed crime stats put Grand Coulee in first place

Grand Coulee got first place, but not necessarily the type of first place you’d want to receive. An FBI report for the state of Washington shows that Grand Coulee, for its size, was rated first in the state for burglaries for the year 2015....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 4, 2017

Elmer City passes budget after drama

Elmer City has a 2017 budget, but not without a bit of strife. It was all over a $2 an hour raise for city clerk Gary Benton. The raise and passage of the town’s $915,603 budget narrowly passed Dec. 8, with one council member, Jesse Tillman,...

 
 By Hayley Stoebner    Opinion    January 4, 2017

A foster care crisis grows in Washington

There is a growing crisis in Washington’s foster care system. There are currently more children entering foster care than the present number of foster homes can handle and the need for more homes is urgent! Sadly, due to the shortage of homes,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    January 4, 2017

Rezoning caution warranted, but so is all due speed

Advanced planning has never been an apparent strength in this community born of the Great Depression, which is why anytime the subject of zoning comes up, wise people flee to the hills. But this time it must be different. Grand Coulee’s planning...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    January 4, 2017

LR hosts wrestling Powerhouse Tournament

The Raiders hosted wrestlers from eight other schools last Wednesday in the 14th annual Powerhouse Tournament. The Raiders took third with 111.5 points, behind Omak's 114 and Warden's 134. The event...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    January 4, 2017

Raiders and Lady Raiders compete at the Eagles Holiday Classic

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders and Lady Raiders basketball teams traveled to Spokane last week to play in the Eagles’ Holiday Classic tournament at West Valley High School where they competed in non-league games against new opponents. The Raiders lost...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 28, 2016

City contracts out to clean up books

Grand Coulee is hiring an outside source to help the city reconcile its finances. The city council approved the hiring of an outside contractor to do the “reconciliation of city financial software system to city bank accounts to assure accuracy of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 28, 2016

Golf course trees down

Grant County Port District 7, which runs Banks Lake Golf Course, has cut down a number of cottonwood trees at the course. The decision was made earlier this year because roots from the trees were...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 28, 2016

Game bird program ending

The POWER program to feed game birds in the winter will soon end. Lack of “manpower” is finally catching up to the longtime program by POWER (Promoters of Wildlife and Environmental Resources). Carl Russell, longtime president of the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 28, 2016

Fire department pay change

The city of Grand Coulee is changing the way it pays for training for its volunteer fire department personnel. The council has agreed to pay the fire department a fixed monthly fee instead of payment on the number of members who show up for training...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 28, 2016

2016 Year in Review of the GCD area and beyond

Here's a list of some of the major stories we've followed in 2016. Which ones were your favorites? January 6 An overhead covering that had shaded rodeo fans for decades at the Ridge Riders Rodeo...

 

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