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Articles from the May 17, 2017 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 17, 2017

School district sends strong comments to USBR

The Grand Coulee Dam School District issued a strong response to invitations for comments on a Bureau of Reclamation proposed modernization program. The Bureau had advertised for draft environmental assessment comments on its 12-year plan to... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 17, 2017

Big load to cause big delays on local highways next week

[Update] The company planning the move of the big transformer has delayed the move after "discrepancies" were noted during a "weigh and measure" session with the state Department of Transportation, the company said. No word yet on a new schedule....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 17, 2017

Bureau road work will include traffic delays

The Bureau of Reclamation has a number of construction projects going on lately, and drivers will notice some delays, starting this week. ACCU Construction Inc., based in Santa Ana, California, got the $4 million contract, which involves repair to... Full story

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    May 17, 2017

Colorama a big hit despite weather

Colorama was a huge success! That assessment came early this week from a variety of sources, not the least from the chamber of commerce and Ridge Rider officials, the two sponsoring groups. Even... Full story

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    May 17, 2017

Plenty of winners listed for the rodeo

Those rodeo cowboys didn't waver, even with threatening skies both Friday and Saturday, as they competed for a lot of money in the 61st Colorama Pro-West Rodeo at the Ridge Rider grounds in Delano.... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 17, 2017

Mock crash brings out the grief

The horrific scene was only revealed after five buses of students and staff from Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School arrived and had lined up behind yellow police tape to witness a disturbing... Full story

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    May 17, 2017

Tribal primary sets up June election

There will be some changes on the Colville Business Council as two vacated seats will be filled and some incumbents could be in trouble after the May 6 Primary Election absentee votes were totaled. There will be new business council members in the... Full story

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    May 17, 2017

Speed limit change suggested

A Kelso Street resident appeared at Electric City’s last council meeting to suggest that if Grand Coulee adopted an ATV ordinance, he would like to see the speed limit between the two cities dropped so those owning all-terrain vehicles could... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 17, 2017

Hardware bear gets famous

A bear who visited Coulee Hardware has received some national attention. The bear, reported to police as being in Coulee Hardware’s outside, fenced-in storage area at 8:53 p.m. on May 6, had escaped the area by the time police arrived. Soon... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Don't let it wear off

Students who witnessed a mock crash scene last Friday may not realize it, but they were given an important advantage that we hope they don’t squander. As horrific as the actors and organizers of the mock accident scene made it, the impact of any... Full story

 
 By Anna Johnson    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Rural America deserves a champion

The Center for Rural Affairs has fought on behalf of rural communities for nearly 45 years. We are heartened by U.S. Department of Agriculture Sec. Perdue’s expressions of support for rural communities during his early days in office. However, we... Full story

 

Appreciating foster parents

Did you know that May is National Foster Parent Appreciation Month? There are nearly 9,000 children currently in foster care in Washington state. Children enter foster care at no fault of their own. Most children in foster care have endured some... Full story

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 17, 2017

America needs more welders, fewer philosophers

“America needs more welders and fewer philosophers,” proclaimed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio during the 2016 presidential campaign. He hit the nail on the head without disrespecting philosophers. Industry News reported in 1988 that there were... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Miracles happen daily

In a world where turmoil, drama and entertainment seem to grab the front page, top stories and flood our cyber space, I was reminded over the weekend that miracles still surround us. A blooming flower, an egg hatching, planets in orbit and other... Full story

 

Seventy-nine years ago

The 1938 high water of the Columbia River tops the upstream spillway blocks and floods the blockouts left for the outlet works gate installations at Elevation 934. The maximum flow for 1938 was... Full story

 

Naomi Anice (Evers) Thoren

Naomi Anice (Evers) Thoren, long-time resident of the Grand Coulee, Washington area, passed away quietly on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Wenatchee, Washington.  Naomi was born December 10, 1923, at... Full story

 

Legals for May 17, 2017

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Planning Department Pete Palmer, Land Use/Shoreline Administrator P.O. Box 150, Nespelem, WA 99155, 509-634-2570 PUBLIC NOTICE The Colville Tribes Land Use Review Board will be holding a public... Full story

 

"SmileMobile" coming to Coulee Dam next week

The Washington Dental Service Foundation SmileMobile, which travels the state offering dental services to children who might not otherwise have access to dental care, will be in Coulee Dam May... Full story

 

WSU offers Diabetes Prevention Program in Grand Coulee soon

The WSU Diabetes Prevention Program can help you lose weight and prevent or delay type-2 diabetes. It is a lifestyle change program that helps people develop lifelong skills for healthy living with step-by-step changes, according to Margaret... Full story

 

It's a girl for the Samples

Marica and Jeremiah Sample, of Coulee Dam, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Lilianna Elise Sample, born Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 9 lbs., 1.7 oz., and was... Full story

 

Conways have a boy

Ashley and Warren Conway, of Creston, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Aydan Leslie Conway, born Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz., and was 20.5 inches at birth. Sibling... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon, this Thursday, May 18, at High Dam Tavern, Grand Coulee. Jim Keene from the Port District and Banks Lake Golf Course will be the guest speaker. Okanogan County... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 17, 2017

Lady Raiders softball team heads to regional competition

The Lady Raiders will compete in the regional tournament after having defeated the Tonasket Tigers last Saturday to take third place in District 6. Following a 13-2 loss at home to Liberty Bell on... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 17, 2017

Cousins will go to state for Raider golf

The Raiders are sending sophomore cousins Darin Whiteman and Derek Whiteman to state, following a match in Oroville last week and the district tournament in Yakima. Derek Whiteman will attend as an alternate because Darin beat him by one stroke. In O... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 17, 2017

Five tennis players to head to regionals

Following their May 9 girls’ victory and boys’ loss against Oroville, the Lake Roosevelt Raiders competed at the district tournament in Omak on Friday and Saturday, where five Raider tennis players qualified to compete at the regional level on... Full story

 

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