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 By Scott Hunter    News    June 20, 2018 

Coulee Dam considering change to tree ordinance

Coulee Dam’s law that protects its trees may be overhauled at the next council meeting June 27. Resident Bruce Bartoo has asked permission to remove two town-owned ornamental cherry trees from the planting strip in front of his house at 310 Stevens...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 13, 2018

Standing ovations given at graduation ceremony

It was not the usual graduation Saturday at Lake Roosevelt High School, where announcements of honors and awards earned by graduates, important as they are, were outshone by speeches that honored...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 30, 2018

Body of teenager recovered from lake

The body of a 17-year-old Lynnwood, Washington boy was recovered Saturday evening from the waters of Banks Lake after he went missing late Friday evening near Steamboat Rock State Park, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office reported Sunday morning....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 30, 2018

New art gallery opens in area

They've been wanting to develop an art scene locally, and last Saturday officials of the Northwest Native Development Fund took a big step: opening an art gallery. Board member Molly Morris cut the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 30, 2018

Man dies in motorcycle crash

An Idaho man died Saturday afternoon between Wilbur and the Keller Ferry when his motorcycle crossed the centerline on a sharp curve and struck a guardrail, the Washington State Patrol reported. Larry Everett Merriman, 75, was headed north on a 2002...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 30, 2018

Man's body found in Banks Lake

Grant County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday morning, May 23, recovered the body of a man from the waters of Banks Lake south of Electric City. Deputies were called around 7:30 a.m. after a boater discovered the body, later identified as...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 30, 2018

Suppressed no more

After attending the opening of the wine bar on Main Street Friday night, the ribbon cutting at the new art gallery on Spokane Way on Saturday, and getting a bite and a cup afterward at the new coffee house a block away, a niggling, suppressed hope...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 23, 2018

Man dies in motorcycle crash

An Idaho man died Saturday afternoon on SR-21 between Wilbur and the Keller Ferry when his motorcycle crossed the centerline on a sharp curve and struck a guardrail, the Washington State Patrol reported. Larry Everett Merriman, 75, was headed north...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 23, 2018

"Assembly" throbs with a message for local kids

To call it a "school assembly" might give you the wrong impression. It was a rap concert at the end, but the bulk of it before the bass throbbed was all about honesty, mistakes, permanent hurt,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 23, 2018

School zone coming to River Drive

When Amanda Burton moved into a house on River Drive in Coulee Dam, she noticed it's a very busy road with no crosswalk where drivers often speed through, very near Lake Roosevelt Schools. Her kids...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 16, 2018

Students to seek removal of state folk song "Roll on, Columbia"

Students at Lake Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School intend to petition the state Legislature to reject the state’s official folk song because its original lyrics contain references they consider racist. Seventh-grade students studying state...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 16, 2018

No fire, just smoke at school

An alarm that drew six fire engines, an ambulance, 22 firefighters and emergency medical personnel, plus three police officers tested their response plan but revealed only smoke at the high school gym Thursday about 3:45 p.m. The problem was apparent...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 9, 2018

Congressional candidate holding town hall Wednesday night

A candidate for Congress announced a tour of the state’s 4th Congressional District that includes a town-hall meeting tonight (Wednesday) in Coulee Dam and a coffee shop visit the next morning. The Christine Brown for Congress campaign announced...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 9, 2018

Medical center creates case and tour for baby delivery

It's not easy for most people in policy-making positions far away to appreciate what the word "rural" actually means. That's a problem when it could mean life or death. That's a point people with Coul...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 9, 2018

Colville poll votes tallied

Jarred-Michael Erickson leads Janet (Wak Wak) Nicholson by just one vote in the Saturday polling for Nespelem Position 1 on the Colville Business Council, one of seven seats up for election. The poll vote was certified Monday, but can change...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 9, 2018

A roundup of complications

Few things in modern life are as complicated as healthcare. That fact was all too apparent last week as Coulee Medical Center officials presented their case for supporting the practice of delivering babies in rural hospitals, especially CMC. From a...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 2, 2018

Congressional candidate holding town hall Wednesday night

A candidate for Congress announced a tour of the state’s 4th Congressional District that includes a town-hall meeting tonight (Wednesday) in Coulee Dam and a coffee shop visit the next morning. The Christine Brown for Congress campaign announced...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 25, 2018

Shredded stage curtain needs a replacement

The curtain on the stage in the Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School gym, the one the class of 2018 will walk under to pick up their diplomas in June, is falling apart, a problem possibly...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 18, 2018

Town, tribes talking of collaboration on fast internet

The town of Coulee Dam and the Colville Tribes are negotiating on working together so that each might complete projects to bring high-speed internet service to the town and to the Colville Reservation...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 11, 2018

Rotary to offers spaghetti to address hazard

The local Rotary Club will put on a spaghetti dinner April 28, to raise funds to help replace disintegrating stage curtains at Lake Roosevelt Schools. The club, which took a lead role in organizing community support and talks around the new school,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 11, 2018

Bridge incident was a false alarm

All those at the scene of what could have been a horrific tragedy Saturday evening, at the Columbia River Bridge in Coulee Dam, were greatly relieved when it wasn’t. Viewed from the bridge, a woman...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 4, 2018

Coulee Dam parks plan would seek upgrades, maintenance

A draft plan for parks and recreation in the town of Coulee Dam that will lay out goals and objectives for the next 20 years was presented to the town council last week. The second edit of the draft Parks and Recreation Plan will go through yet...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 4, 2018

CMC finances looking better

Coming off a strong winter season, Coulee Medical Center showed upbeat financial numbers, including a nearly $200,000 gain in February and a big drop in the amount the hospital owes to Grant County. Chief Financial Officer Kelly Hughes told Hospital...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 28, 2018

LR earns statewide award for improvement

Lake Roosevelt Jr/Sr High School was named a "school of distinction" for its continuous improvement over five years in English/Language Arts and Math. In presenting an award to the school board...

 
 By Scott Hunter    School    March 28, 2018

Barry steps down from school board

After five years leading the Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors and a total of nearly a dozen years on the board, Joette Barry resigned Monday night because she is moving out of the district. “We’re the longest renters in the Uni...

 

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