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 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 20, 2016 

Rude tactics could indicate a deeper problem

You probably can’t blame the heat; this is the coolest July in recent memory. So maybe some locals are taking their cues about civility, or lack of it, from national movements and leaders. They shouldn’t, but it can be hard to avoid. Reportedly,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 20, 2016 

Tornado in coulee?

Did you see a tornado near Grand Coulee Friday? KREM reports that one touched down here about 3 p.m. And they have video of one near the Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights. If you have photos, we'd love to see them....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 13, 2016

Hospital picks CEO candidate

Coulee Medical Center will likely meet its new chief executive officer later this month, following a Monday-night decision to offer the job to one of two candidates board directors had been considering. In special session Monday night, the board of...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 6, 2016

Suit: Grand Coulee Dam pollutes river

An environmental group has sued the Bureau of Reclamation to force compliance with the Clean Water Act, which it contends Grand Coulee Dam and other big dams are not meeting. Pollution discharges from the USBR’s operation of the dam “contribute...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 6, 2016

Water park was less wet than planned

New interpretations of old regulations forced a last-minute change to plans for a water park, a new feature of the chamber of commerce's Festival of America. The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 6, 2016

Holiday weekend had its problems

It wasn't the smoothest sailing for festival planners over this Independence Day weekend. Problems started with short notice from Grant County Health District authorities that a water park for kids...

 
 By Fred Netzel and Scott Hunter    News    June 29, 2016

County won't ship juveniles away

County commissioners told those attending the sixth public meeting on the Okanogan County’s Juvenile Department last week that they would commit to continue housing juveniles in the county facility in Okanogan, rather than outsource the job to a...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 29, 2016

Tribal Chairman Jim Boyd dies at 60

Jim Boyd, leader of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and renowned musician and recording artist, died unexpectedly last week at the age of 60. "This is a very, very sad day for the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 29, 2016

Water park is less wet than planned

New interpretations of old regulations forced a last-minute change to plans for a water park, a new feature of the chamber of commerce's Festival of America. The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 29, 2016

Tribes' loss is the world's too

I didn’t know Jim Boyd well, just enough to like him and admire his talent. So it came as a complete surprise when the sudden news of his death overwhelmed me last week. That reaction likely has something to do with being nearly the same age, but...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 22, 2016

Tribal chairman Boyd dies at 60

The Colville Tribes announced this morning (6-22-16) that Chairman Jim Boyd has died at the age of 60. What follows is the tribal press release: Chairman Boyd walks on NESPELEM, WA - The Colville...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 22, 2016

Hospital meets with WSU medical college

Hospital officials met last week with Washington State University officials working to make that institution's new medical school a reality. Kenneth Roberts, the vice dean for academic and community p...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 22, 2016

National quilt show bringing art to coulee

A major art show, drawn in cloth and stitches, and honoring the National Park Service in its 100th year, will arrive in Coulee Dam just in time for the Fourth of July. The "Inspired by the National...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 15, 2016

Supertanker will fly in area for training

If you see a huge aircraft flying low over the Colville Indian Reservation from now through next Tuesday, you're seeing the world's largest supertanker aircraft and crews practicing in a firefighting...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 15, 2016

Citizens should fill out chamber's brief survey

Pop quiz: How would you feel about merging local towns? That’s the essence of a new, very short survey that likely arrived in your mailbox early this week. It’s being asked by the local chamber of commerce in order to gauge the interest local cit...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 8, 2016

Ceremony brings another challenge to center stage

She described it perfectly, although few could hear her. “Everybody’s worst nightmare,” was the way Principal Ronanda Liberty pegged the experience she was having in front of a gymnasium full of people anxiously waiting to see and hear the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 1, 2016

"IRS" calls are a phishing scam

Officials have encountered numerous reports in the region recently of con artists calling people to demand immediate payment and even threaten jail time with a supposed warrant for the arrest of the person getting the call. The callers are often...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 25, 2016

Tragic scene offers lessons for students

At a horrific scene in the middle of the school day last Friday, the screams of victims and their mothers twisted the air with an agony many seemed to feel - even though they knew it wasn't real....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 25, 2016

Great support shown in sale to "Bring Justin Home"

A sale of used items on the sidewalk outside of Harvest Foods and Variety in Coulee Dam Saturday drew huge support from contributors, raising about $6,400. The sale was held to give support to the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 25, 2016

Crash event organizers deserve thanks

The folks who put together last Friday’s “mock crash” did a great service to the whole community. The event, designed to give young drivers a taste of the reality of a car crash, not something depicted neatly for a television scene, probably...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 18, 2016

How would you answer Kate?

Approached by someone who knew nothing about the area you live in, how would you answer them if asked for the most important facts they should know before or during a visit to the area we call home?...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 18, 2016

Great support shown to "Bring Justin Home"

A sale of used items on the sidewalk outside of Harvest Foods and Variety in Coulee Dam today (Saturday) has drawn huge support from contributors. The sale is to give support to the family of Justin...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 11, 2016

Local man dead after bike wreck

A man involved in many local causes who helped with the sound system heard at Saturday’s parade died driving his Harley later that night just east of Grand Coulee. Walter H. Nuehring, known locally as Steve Nuehring, was riding his white 2007...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 11, 2016

Far-fetched schemes should not be ruled out

Lest we get into the “it will never happen here” mood, let’s remind ourselves that the existence of this community was preceded by a very nutty idea that was laughed at by the whole nation. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was derided for...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 11, 2016

Put food in that bag for Saturday pickup

If you live in Grand Coulee, Coulee Dam or Elmer City, you should have gotten a plastic bag in the mail on Thursday. That's to put food in for the Care and Share Food Bank. Add some non-perishable...

 

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