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School superintendent reports on discipline issue

Superintendent Paul Turner responded to staff concerns on discipline issues at Monday night’s Grand Coulee Dam School District board meeting. Turner told the board, and about 25 staff members who were present, that he has had “time to reflect on...

 

Craft bazaar well attended

Kathy Rice shops at Patty Williams' table at the Seniors' Bazaar Saturday, where Williams was selling her sewn items, including hand towels, many of which had been stolen a week earlier. Williams...

 

Potential buyer still interested in Center School

A party who was interested in purchasing the Center School property, but walked away from signing a sales agreement at the last school board meeting, said Monday that he is still interested. “It all has to do with the price,” Elijah Kleimenov...

 

Mayor's mother seated on council again

Carol Nordine was installed as a member of the Electric City council at its monthly meeting Tuesday night. She takes the place of Jeremy Miller, who resigned his position recently, and who stated he plans to build a home outside the city limits. He...

 

Newsbriefs

Attendance down at schools Attendance at Grand Coulee Dam schools is running under budget estimates for December. The budget estimate was for an average of 707 students. December’s report showed attendance at 700.9 full-time-equivalent students....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 13, 2017

A call for local electric car chargers

Grand Coulee, a pioneer of green energy because of the dam, may take another step towards a green future by installing an electric vehicle charger, which is also being advocated as a tourism booster....

 

Electric City voters to choose park names

Residents along McNett Avenue could have a Mammoth in their backyard, and residents along Grand Avenue could have a Mastodon in theirs. Those are among the names suggested for two proposed parks in Electric City. Residents in the city will get a chan...

 

Man injured while building pipe bomb

A 55-year-old Soap Lake man was hospitalized after being injured Friday evening by a pipe bomb he was building inside his home, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release Saturday. Neighbors near the 100 block of Adrian Avenue...

 

Old high school doors to be replaced

Several doors need to be replaced in the old portion of Lake Roosevelt High School, Superintendent Paul Turner told the Grand Coulee Dam School District board Monday night. The board finally agreed to replace three double doors and one single door,...

 

Local public lands being privatized by big farm

There’s an elephant in the room, and its name is Gebbers Farms or “Gamble et al” in court documents! Our public lands are once again under threat of privatization by Gebbers Farms — this time, over six miles of French Creek Road, which provid...

 

Re: "City passes moratorium on new storage units"

Mini-storage in a prime retail business location? Terrible plan. Please, City Council, don’t allow this. There are plenty of mini-storage options in this community already. Diane Babler...

 

Re: "Tribal leader offended by Trump's 'Pocahontas' comment"

I was insulted too. These elders are such an important part of our country’s history and should be treated like royalty for their service. They are a dying breed. Did not like that he used this opportunity to be cheap and tacky. No wonder our...

 

PUD positioning for future needs

Affordable and reliable energy is one of the main drivers of our rapidly-expanding economy in Grant County. As stewards entrusted with the care and operations of your local public utility district, we take our job seriously. A decade ago, no one coul...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 13, 2017

Careers and life do mix

In case you had not heard yet, I got a new job at the school this year. I am the Pathways Coordinator at Lake Roosevelt. With that comes a couple of very big boots to fill. Those boots belonged to...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    December 13, 2017

And the snow fell, a little

Early November teased us a little bit with measurable snowfall that apparently has stalled. Not to worry, ski fans and snow junkies, it will snow again. I spent some time looking at what winter may...

 

Susan McGee Haydock

Susan McGee Haydock passed away on Friday, December 8, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Jack Haydock; daughter, Kristen Fadich; son-in-law, Matt Fadich; son, Will Jackson; daughter, Courtney Jackson; and four grandchildren.... Full story

 

Donald F. Sheely

Donald Floyd Sheely of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017. He was born August 1, 1931, in Wenatchee, Washington, to H. Floyd and Jennie Thulon Sheely. Don grew up in Grand... Full story

 

Geology of the Cheney and Palouse Falls fracture zones

Fracture zones in Columbia River Basalts were recognized by Native Americans and were depicted on the earliest geologic maps of the area. Yet we don’t know what causes them or how they relate to earthquake hazards or groundwater aquifers. EWU...

 

Students of the month

November students of the month at Nespelem School include, from left, top row: Ema Bearcub, Harlen Dick; middle row: Jennilia Whitetemple, Rylin Michel, Virgil Bearcub; bottom row: Russell Simpson,...

 

Senior Meals

Wed., Dec. 13 - Dinner Glazed Ham, Cheesy Potatoes, Winter Blend Vegetables, Fruit Salad & Roll, Potluck Dessert, X-MAS Dinner Thurs., Dec. 14 - Dinner Pulled Pork Sandwich, Salad & Fruit Bar, Granola Bar Fri., Dec. 15 - Breakfast Bacon, Eggs, Hash...

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber at Siam Palace   The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon, this Thursday, December 14, at the Siam Palace in Grand Coulee. Lynda Stead will be the guest speaker, and will talk about her new Dream Builder program....

 

Wrestlers show skills, placing in Connell Tournament

Raider wrestlers hosted the LR Mix & Match Dec. 6, then participated in the Connell Invite and the Warden Women's Invite on Dec. 9. At Connell, the Raiders earned several medals, including two...

 

Ladies win one of three after regaining basics

In the past week the Lady Raiders lost an away game to Brewster, and a home game to Liberty Bell, before winning big in Soap Lake. In Brewster against the Lady Bears on Dec. 5, LR lost 68-52. "It was...

 

Raider boys win two of three

The Raider basketball team played three games in the past week, losing to Brewster on the road, defeating Liberty Bell at home, then beating the Eagles in Soap Lake. In Brewster on Dec. 5, the...

 

Buses pass state inspection

School buses passed a surprise state inspection recently, school mechanic Levi Seylor advised the school board Monday night. Normally, Seylor told the board, inspections are made in the summer months. This time the district buses got a surprise...

 

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