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 By Jacob Wagner    News    September 19, 2018 

School district planning how to upgrade older buildings

Figuring out how to combine needed upgrades on two old school buildings is expected to save money, so the firm McKinstry is currently performing an “audit” of the former middle school, and on the former high school, referred to now as the Career...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    September 19, 2018 

Consolidating towns to be topic of informal discussion

The topic of consolidating local area towns will be discussed in a social setting at the Wine Bar in Grand Coulee Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. Attending will be three representatives from SCJ Alliance, a company that...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    September 19, 2018 

Electric City discusses putting restriction on RVs on empty lots

Are recreational vehicles taking up city lots that could be used for houses? That’s a concern officials at Electric City have. At the Sept. 11 city council meeting, City Clerk Russ Powers brought an emerging issue to the council’s attention to...

 

Need for clear thinking still an issue in Okanogan County

In 2016, Okanogan County’s voters made a clear statement on values by ousting the two county commissioners who were up for election at that time. Issues included: lack of transparency regarding plans for housing juvenile offenders; failure to...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    September 19, 2018 

Raider football continues to shut out opponents

The Raiders won their third shutout in a row, winning 46-0 against the Liberty Bell Mountain Lions at home in Coulee Dam on Friday. The Raiders had won 44-0 in week one of the regular season against...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    September 19, 2018 

Thompson named WIAA player of the week

Lady Raider volleyball player Mikaylah Thompson was named the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association's player of the week, WIAA announced last Wednesday. "I'm thrilled that they chose her!...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    September 19, 2018 

Lady Raiders out-volley Shockers

The Lake Roosevelt Lady Raiders volleyball squad swept Waterville 3-0 at home Sept. 13. "Excellent serving game from Megan Abel," remarked Head Coach Teri Sue Reed. "She led the team with nine aces."...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    September 19, 2018 

Soccer players find their niches

The Lady Raiders soccer team maintained a 3-2 lead against the Manson Lady Trojans in Grand Coulee, nabbing a victory in their first home match Sept. 11. "Bryn Chaffee was the first to score,...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    September 19, 2018 

CC runs at Bridgeport

The Lake Roosevelt Raider cross country team ran at the Lake Woods Golf Course in Bridgeport on Sept. 11, where the highlight came from the junior high race. “Our standout athlete from this meet was definitely Chase Marchand,” said Coach Travis...

 

LR students react to assembly, staff react to students' surveys

An assembly held at Lake Roosevelt in May included stories of how drugs and alcohol can affect someone, as well as rap music, and the students reacted strongly to it all. A survey of the students...

 

Man passes through coulee on 1,250-mile kayak journey

Imagine kayaking 1,250 miles down the Columbia River from Columbia Lake, in British Columbia, down to Astoria, Oregon. That's exactly what John Kuntz, of Fort Gamble, Washington, is doing. "It's...

 

The trouble with historical fire comparisons

Can you feel it? That seasonal change is coming — tree leaves are starting to turn color, temperatures are dropping a little. The official day for Autumn Equinox is Sept. 22 this year. Cool, crisp...

 

Raiders ransack Tonasket

Lightning struck, and the Raider football team demolished the Tonasket Tigers in a game that took two days to complete. The Raiders were winning 12-0 in Tonasket on Friday, Sept. 7, when the game was...

 

Lady Raiders drop first soccer game to Fillies

The Lady Raiders lost their soccer season opener Sept. 6 to the Bridgeport Fillies, on the Fillies’ home field, 5-1. Head Coach Casey Moore said it was a “tough loss.” “Overall, the entire team played very well,” Moore said. “Key...

 

Lady Raiders split games to start the season

The Lady Raiders lost against Manson but won against Wilbur/Creston in their first week of the volleyball season. At home on Sept. 6, the Lady Raiders lost 3-1 against the Manson Lady Trojans. "We...

 

Lampson beating odds for family-owned businesses

When one approaches the Tri-Cities, it is impossible to ignore Lampson International’s monstrous cranes in its Pasco assembly yard. Those gantries stand out like the Space Needle in Seattle and reach over 560 feet into the sky. Like the Space Needl...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    September 5, 2018

PUD ups costs for Bitcoin miners

An electric utility has created a new rate class that could dramatically affect the local development of an “evolving industry” with an Electric City participant. Grant County Public Utility District commissioners voted last week to increase... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    September 5, 2018

Hospital educates congressman

Congressman Dan Newhouse, who represents Washington's 4th District, visited Coulee Medical Center Aug. 29 to discuss issues with rural hospitals, particularly in relation to obstetrical services....

 

Brews, views and more on tap for Harvest Festival

There’s nothing like some good views, brews and tunes to ring in the autumn season. At the Harvest Festival this year, helicopter rides will be available from Inland Helicopters from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, and from 10 a.m. to 3...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    September 5, 2018

News is like food – nutritious or junky

Morgan Spurlock, a documentary filmmaker, went on a 30-day McDonald’s fast-food diet and he ended up with health problems. He documented his feast in his film “Super-Size Me.” When we satisfy ou...

 

A much-needed dose of Yogi Berra's wit and wisdom

With today’s tension and rancor, we need a dose of Yogi Berra’s wit and wisdom to put things into perspective. Let’s start with “You can observe a lot by just watching,” because seeing what...

 

Raiders rub Bulldogs' noses in it

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders football team defeated the Okanogan JV team in the first game of the 2018-19 season with a final score of 44-0. With Bridgeport and Waterville not having football teams...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 29, 2018

District considers lowering standard for substitute teachers

The Grand Coulee Dam School District may change the qualifications for a substitute teacher so that more people would qualify. According to the Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction, Washington state requires a substitute teacher to have a...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 29, 2018

Teachers present case for higher pay

More than a dozen teachers attended Monday's Grand Coulee Dam School District board meeting, where Pamela Johnson and Carrie Derr spoke on behalf of their union to make a case for higher pay to keep...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 29, 2018

City may just let state issue business licenses

Due to complications from a new state law, the city of Grand Coulee is considering no longer issuing business licenses. The new law requires a lot of extra work for the city to coordinate with the state and the businesses, work that City Clerk Lorna...

 

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