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Articles from the October 7, 2015 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 7, 2015

Molestation charges filed

A 43-year-old Grand Coulee man is set to appear in Grant County Superior Court this month, accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl. Charges were filed against Charles E. Johnson, who was seen entering a field April 20 with the girl. He was followed...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 7, 2015

New flag flies atop old pole again

An effort to keep an American flag flying in an unlikely spot saw success last week as the stars and strips were hoisted proudly above Delano Friday. Anyone traveling between Delano and Electric City...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 7, 2015

Fire protection gets a better grade in city

Early next year, many businesses and some homeowners can expect a modest decrease in the cost of their fire insurance. Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department Chief Rick Paris said this week that the city has improved its fire protection...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 7, 2015

Truck stolen from school

One of the Grand Coulee Dam School District’s trucks was stolen last Tuesday and recovered a few hours later at Crescent Bay. A school employee, Dean McPherson, was working on the roof at Center School and looked down to see his truck being driven...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 7, 2015

Eagles Lodge break-in reported

The Eagles Club was broken into sometime early Sunday morning. A burglar entered by breaking through the back door. Security cameras showed that a male intruder ransacked the place and stayed inside the lodge for about half an hour. Dispatch...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 7, 2015

Bowling alley burgled

Coulee Dam police are investigating a break-in at the Riverview Bowling Alley that occurred Sept. 15. Owner Pat Zlateff told police that he had arrived to do some work and found a number of items lined up at the back door. The burglar had gone...

 

Newsbriefs

Blood drive set The Inland Northwest Blood Center, along with Grand Coulee Community Blood Drive Volunteers, will hold a blood drive Monday, Oct. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the community room at Coulee Medical Center. INBC needs an average of...

 

Bruce Albert Brandstrom

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Bruce Albert Brandstrom passed away Friday, September 25, 2015, at the age of 82 after a brief illness.     Bruce was born June 2, 1933, in Mt....

 

To speak at Library Thursday

The Grand Coulee Library will host Mike VanQuickenborne for a public presentation at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, as part of a Speakers Bureau program. VanQuickenborne is a philosophy instructor at...

 

Quentin P. Ricks

Quentin P. Ricks, long-time resident of the Grand Coulee Dam area, passed away quietly in Artesia, New Mexico, Friday, October 2, 2015, at the age of 93. Quentin was born January 12, 1922, in Ririe,...

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber Meets at Pepper Jack’s for September The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will be meeting this Thursday, Oct. 8, at noon, at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille in Grand Coulee. General business will be discussed. Free Retirement Seminar...

 

Raiders are 2-2 overall

The Warden Cougars struck early and often on the Raiders Friday night, building a halftime lead that Lake Roosevelt could not overcome on their home field in Coulee Dam. At halftime, Warden led 53-6...

 

LR ladies lose three in three

The Lady Raiders faced the top two volleyball teams from the Central Washington 2B North League last week, losing decisively to Brewster but forcing Okanogan to work for every point. At Brewster Sept....

 

Raider CC takes midseason form

Raider cross country travelled to Kettle Falls Saturday for the CAN-AM Invite, hosted by Colville High School. The Raiders are in midseason form and showed it by running personal records at the race. “Three of the five who ran there last year...

 

This week in sports

Wed., Oct. 7 5 p.m., JHS Volleyball here with Okanogan Thurs., Oct 8 5:30 p.m., HS Volleyball here with Oroville 6 p.m., JHS Football here with Omak Fri., Oct. 9 7 p.m., HS Football at Mabton Sat., Oct. 10 Noon, HS Cross Country here, LR...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 9/28 - A Grand Coulee driver who was going 15 mph over the speed limit near the overlook area just above Grand Coulee Dam was cited by police. He asked the officer if the left lane wasn’t for faster travel, and the officer expla...

 

Legals for October 7, 2015

IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF GRANT In the Matter of the Estate of: ROBERT S. MELTON, Deceased. NO. 15-4-00107-1 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS The Administrator named below has been appointed as...

 

A prayer that bears fruit

Wade Burnside’s DNA may remain in his apple trees. Burnside was a determined sort who loved deeply and acted on it, not necessarily in ways that were easily understood. But last Friday, standing amidst his legacy high above Delano, a glimmer of...

 

To all interested veterans:

A few months ago, we presented the community a gift of a 40-foot banner to hang in the high school. This banner was presented to honor the veterans of the Grand Coulee area. Next month we will take time to honor all of those who are serving and...

 

Group wants strong leaders for county

Represent Okanogan County (ROC) first met as a group on June 28, 2015, to discuss the need for effective county leadership and thoughtful, well-informed decisions for the future. ROC does not represent any political party and remains committed to...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 7, 2015

Consolidation makes hard work but good sense

That dirty word is in the news again: consolidation. But this time it is being brought up in city halls. First off, I will stand up and give a standing ovation to those members of government who are...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    October 7, 2015

The autumn months are here

So many folks speak of the autumn months as one of their favorite times of the year, and I’m one of them. Temperatures are moderating from the heat of summer, and there’s a bit of a chill in the morning air as leaves begin to turn those...

 

Plaque remembers advocate

Rotary Club members and friends gathered Wednesday, Sept. 23, to remember Donna Hamilton, in whose memory the club erected a plaque at the handicapped-accessible fishing pier the club installed at...

 
 By Press release    News    October 7, 2015

Employees injured in Priest Rapids Dam explosion

EPHRATA, Wash. — (Updated with new information at 7:10 p.m.) At approximately 4:15 p.m. today an explosion was reported at Priest Rapids Dam along the Columbia River. At this point there are six confirmed employees with various levels of injury...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 7, 2015

County: bridges near Nespelem closed or restricted

In a press release sent about 5 p.m. Monday, Okanogan County Public Works said one bridge near Nespelem will be closed and another restricted on Tuesday. The agency said it is closing Bridge B-3 at milepost 5.08 on Park City Loop Rd, and will post a...

 
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