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Articles from the January 24, 2018 edition

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 By Jacob Wagner    News    January 24, 2018

Local effects of the federal government shutdown explored

Most of the federal government shutdown at midnight on Friday, before reopening on Monday night, raising the question of how our local-area federal agencies were affected, and how they would be affected in the event of another shutdown. Lynne Broughe...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 24, 2018

Flu epidemic hits the coulee

When Coulee Medical Center's infection control nurse went home for the weekend a couple weeks ago, the state of Washington was in the green, but had turned dark red by Monday morning. Those are the co...

 

Lake Roosevelt loses against Brewster Bears basketball

January 29 proved to be a rough night for Lake Roosevelt basketball as the visiting Brewster Bears mauled the Raiders 63-33, and the Lady Bears beat the Lady Raiders 53-39. Both LR teams are still...

 

Woman asks for school zone on River Drive

A resident of River Drive has proposed that it be turned into a “school zone” and earned the support of the school district. Amanda Burton appeared before the Grand Coulee Dam School District board of directors Monday night to make her proposal,...

 

Newsbriefs

Fire and ambulance calls recounted The Grand Coulee volunteer fire department had 52 fire calls and 480 ambulance calls in 2017, according to a report to the city council last week. In December, the final reporting month, the fire department...

 

New coffee house to be born of old Carpenter's Union Hall

How do you make a building constructed in 1938 look new? You can, but it takes hundreds of hours of painstaking work to make it happen. Solveig Chaffee has done it. She plans to open the Voltage...

 

Jess Ford makes scholarship donation

Garrett Jess, left, presents Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Paul Turner with a check for $667, funding the Steve Breeze Memorial Scholarship at Lake Roosevelt High School. Breeze was...

 

Program with a message on opioids approved

A proposal for a student body assembly and concert focusing on opioid addiction, plus a dance, got approval from the school board to proceed Monday night. Making the presentation were James Pakootas and Miah Bearcub, both telling their personal...

 

New bus drivers added, more needed

The Grand Coulee Dam School District has two new bus drivers. And they need more. Joining the drivers recently were Joan Gross and Chris Wonch. They had completed a comprehensive training schedule...

 

School directors recognized

Nespelem School Superintendent Mary Hall noted Monday night that school board members were now about halfway through their year and it was time to recognize them and thank them for their dedication. “There’s a lot of responsibility,” Hall...

 

Trump used common sense in shutdown

In 2013, the Federal Government shut down for 16 days. What that meant for those of us wishing to access our very own Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area (LRNRA) at that time was nothing short of unbelievable. Operating under a Contingency Plan...

 

Resolve to care for children in 2018

2018 has arrived! Are you searching for a New Year’s resolution, but just aren’t exactly sure what you should resolve to do? Do you love children and think they deserve to be cared for in a safe and nurturing home? If you answered yes to either...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 24, 2018

Looking into the shadow

How do students get real-life looks into a career without holding down a job? The answer is being a “Job Shadow.” This gives students a real opportunity to walk in the shoes of a career or job...

 

To close the digital divide, it must first be identified

Despite the potential for broadband to modernize the economy in rural America, access and availability continue to lag. The President’s recent executive order affirmed this limitation and the need to commit resources to close rural America’s digi...

 

Coulee Recollections

10 Years Ago The Colville Tribe’s two lumber mills are receiving about 100 truckloads of logs a day and loggers are keeping up with their goal of cleaning out a 9,000-acre section of the forest fire burn.  The Raiders are still firmly atop the...

 

Betty Marie (Allen) Fields

Betty Marie (Allen) Fields passed away peacefully, with her husband by her side, on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, in Wilbur, Washington. Betty was born on March 17, 1932, in Ogden, Utah, to Lillis and... Full story

 

Ledora "Lee" Kelly

Ledora Kelly, 91, passed away at her home in Grand Coulee, Washington, on Saturday, January 13, 2018, with loved ones at her side. She was born on September 17, 1926, in Lewiston, Idaho, to Lee and... Full story

 

Gayle Jeanine (Hope) Kenerson

Gayle Jeanine (Hope) Kenerson was born December 5, 1950, to Don and Peg Hope in Ephrata, Washington. She passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018, in Denver, Colorado, after a long, courageous, battle... Full story

 

Verheul to join Strate Funeral Home

Strate Funeral Home is pleased to announce the addition of Dan Verheul to their staff. Dan is a licensed funeral director/embalmer who has worked in the funeral industry for over 30 years. Dan will also be the pre-planning funeral counselor for...

 

Senior Meals

Wed., Jan. 24 – Dinner Ham and Bean Soup, Biscuit, Cheesy Cauliflower, Cottage Cheese w/Pineapple, Cook’s Choice Thurs., Jan. 25 – Dinner Baked Fish, Baked Potato, Lemon Broccoli, Mixed Fruit, Parfait Fri., Jan. 28 – Breakfast Sausage Links,...

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet  The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon this Thursday, January 25, at Siam Palace in Grand Coulee. Mickey Webb from Grant County Fairgrounds ad County Fair will be the guest speaker this week. Coulee...

 

LR Raiders wrestle at Kittitas, Pateros

Raider wrestlers mixed and matched in Pateros last week before heading to Kittitas for a tournament where Tony Nichols won first and Kaleb Horn won second for the Raiders in their weight divisions....

 

Raiders gain league victories, lose non-league game

The Raider boys made mincemeat out of the Mountain Lions, lost a non-league game against the Bulldogs, and won a close one against the Trojans last week. In Liberty Bell on Jan. 16, the Raiders...

 

Lake Roosevelt girls win one, lose two

After a big win preceded by two losses last week, the Lady Raiders are tied for league standing with Liberty Bell. Lake Roosevelt lost on the road to Liberty Bell, lost a non-league home game against...

 

This week in sports

Wed., Jan. 24 LRHS Basketball here with Tonasket, girls varsity 6 p.m., Boys varsity 7:30 6 p.m., LRJH Wrestling here with Tonasket/Okanogan and Pateros Thurs., Jan. 25 5 p.m., LRJH Girls’ basketball here with Tonasket LRHS Basketball at Omak (NL)...

 

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