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 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    September 17, 2014 

New LR school opens with plenty of fanfare and lots of students

The new school complex in Coulee Dam opened Monday without a serious glitch. But there were kids, kids, and more kids. Following years of declines, student numbers on Monday were 22 percent more than...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    September 17, 2014 

Factors in success

This week, local students went from attending some of the worst school facilities in the state to attending the newest, largest and most high-tech K-12 school building in Washington. K-12 is now...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Community    September 17, 2014 

New local event determined multi-state BBQ champs

A team from Duvall, Wash. secured their third straight yearly championship of the Pacific Northwest by winning last weekend's Harvest Festival Barbecue in Grand Coulee. The Grand Coulee Dam Area...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    September 10, 2014

Jubilation all around

To celebrate the opening of the new Lake Roosevelt School, we’ve dedicated a lot of space throughout the paper this week to that coverage. You’ll find photographs on most pages of the progress ins...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    September 3, 2014

Town taking on cleanup is right

The town of Coulee Dam is now taking an aggressive stance on the cleanup of a property on Holly Street where the house burned down two years ago. Such cleanup issues are almost never easy, and the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 27, 2014

Big Bend Community College success rate increasing

Big Bend Community College has improved on the success rate of its students over the last couple years, boasted college President Terry Leas last week, speaking at a Rotary Club luncheon in Grand Coulee Wednesday. Leas said a common state measurement...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    August 27, 2014

Harvest festival to offer celebration time

by Roger S. Lucas and Scott Hunter This year's Harvest Festival will feature a barbecue competition with some $3,500 prize money, as the event continues to evolve in its third year. That and a lot...

 
 By Scott Hunter    School    August 27, 2014

Nespelem school fills last-minute job openings

In an avalanche of last-minute personnel changes, Nespelem Elementary School covered all its employee bases Monday, as new Principal Debra Pankey walked the school board through a configuration of...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 20, 2014

Payments to tribal members coming soon

A settlement administration firm in Montana is getting ready to distribute funds to individual tribal members under a settlement with the U.S. Department of Interior. But more than 1,600 members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 20, 2014

Updated with new schedule: Heads up if you're heading to Spokane next week

Travelers headed to Spokane on US 2 this week should plan plenty of time to get there, the state Department of Transportation says, but the contractor has changed schedules to adust for congestion on...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 13, 2014

Monthly loss felt like good news to hospital

After losses totaling more than $1 million in the two months prior, June’s negative nick of just $48,000 felt like very good news for hospital leaders Monday night. “The corner is turned,” commented Commissioner Geary Oliver following a report...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 6, 2014

Fire fights choke area in smoke

Some of the smoke choking the area from The Devil's Elbow Complex fires north of Keller may come from firefighters' efforts to battle the blaze, as they burn out fuel to deny the fire a way to...

 
 By Roger Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    August 6, 2014

San Poil evacuations ordered due to fires

Update As of 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, the fires had consumed nearly 8,300 acres and was threatening some 50 homes and 50 other structures. One outbuilding has burned. San Poil Valley residents were...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 6, 2014

Weird little storm hit without warning

Thanks to the observations of our astute community members, we can classify that remarkably weird little storm that blew through Aug. 2 as a type that is more common to Africa, the arid Middle East,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 6, 2014

Nearly ready

The Grand Coulee Dam School District's new school complex in Coulee Dam stands close to completion Tuesday morning. The K-12 school is on schedule for its mid-September opening. Said one construction...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 6, 2014

Special estate sale will commemorate couple who died

When her sister died suddenly in June, Carla Kneeland had already happened to have had a conversation with her about what to do next: give the contents of the home she and her husband made in Grand Coulee to the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center....

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 6, 2014

A very good trend

Recent leadership exhibited by many on municipal councils indicates what we hope is flowering trend in local governance: intelligent cooperation toward common goals. Within the space of a few months,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 6, 2014

Keller Ferry out of service with steering system issues

The Keller Ferry vessel, Sanpoil, is out of service with mechanical issues until further notice, the state Department of Transportation said late Monday afternoon. With the ferry that carries vehicles on State Route 21 across Lake Roosevelt out of...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 23, 2014

Latest count: 300 homes destroyed in Carlton Complex fire

The massive Carlton Complex fire has destroyed 300 homes, and regional and nationwide response has been in some ways "overwhelming," says Okanogan County Frank Rogers. Here's is his latest update, including what vicitims currently need: Members of th...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 23, 2014

Region responds to firestorm

When a storm system moved across the region July 14, lightning started multiple fires just as temperatures would reach into the 100s for days, feeding what would become the largest wildfire in state...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 23, 2014

Separation of powers a matter of degree

The degree to which the people and their elected representatives get involved in the day-to-day details of governance depends on how keenly the results are felt and on the relative opportunity for corruption. Our Constitution sets up a purposely...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 23, 2014

How far are we from the fires?

It's difficult to grasp the size of the fires burning in Washington when some says they've burned 168,000 acres. But most of us are familiar with our area on maps. Here's a map of the area, with red...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 16, 2014

Brush fire burning thousands of acres

A brush fire that started south of Leahy Junction Wednesday afternoon had consumed nearly 7 square miles of grass and brush by this morning after some short-range jumping and fast movement late...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 9, 2014

Chamber: festival expenses are not federally funded

As the local chamber of commerce got ready to host thousands of people in the area to its annual Festival of America last Friday and Saturday, members became aware of misperceptions among the public...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    July 9, 2014

Firefighters busy over the holiday

A number of small fires marred the busy July 4 holiday weekend, Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Chief Richard Paris reported this week on behalf of several responding agencies, and one large fire near Keller was still being battled Tuesday morning. At...

 

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