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 By Jacob Wagner    News    April 1, 2020 

This looks like a job for the Mask Avengers!

In response to the coronavirus epidemic, locals have been making washable, reusable fabric respiratory masks for the local hospital, as well as for individuals and other organizations. A Facebook... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    April 1, 2020 

Charlie Long commemorated for 60 years with American Legion

Charlie Long has been a member of the American Legion for 60 years! Greg Behrens, vice commander at Post 157 in Electric City, presented the Coulee Dam man with a 60-year certificate March 25....

 By Jacob Wagner    News    April 1, 2020 

Dump rates discussion spans months

In a convoluted process, a raise in dumping rates at the Delano Transfer Station, approved in October by the Regional Board of Mayors, was approved again in March, but still must be approved by the four area towns before it might be implemented,...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 25, 2020

Hospital rep discusses COVID-19 with Grand Coulee council

With Coulee Medical Center officially in emergency mode, a representative updated the Grand Coulee City Council last week on what that currently means. Tyler Donn spoke on behalf of CMC March 17 in regard to the COVID-19, coronavirus epidemic. Donn... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 25, 2020

Electric City declares state of emergency

Electric City Mayor Diane Kohout declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic, and utility late fees and shutoffs have been suspended for the duration of the situation. A special council meeting was held on March 19 in the Electric... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 25, 2020

Controversial street construction in Electric City tough to reverse

The cost of making changes to controversial street work being done in Electric City could be high. The city council and mayor in a special meeting last week spoke to representatives from the Gray & Osborne engineering firm over the phone. Those...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 25, 2020

LR plans to continue paying staff through coronavirus epidemic

Lake Roosevelt Schools intends to continue to pay their staff throughout the duration of the coronavirus epidemic, which has shut down the school at least through April 24. A March 23 Grand Coulee Dam School District board meeting was held remotely... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 25, 2020

Spring sports fate "up in the air" this year

With schools shut down due to the coronavirus epidemic, the spring sports season is in serious question, but a month of play is possible. Spring sports include: baseball, softball, golf, tennis, and track and field. The topic of athletics was... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 25, 2020

Owner: Annexing property would make consolidating cities possible

A Delano couple wants to formally annex their property into the city of Grand Coulee to make its consolidation with Electric City possible. Jim Keene spoke to the Grand Coulee council at their March 17 meeting. Keene pointed to a map showing that...


Organizations scramble, adjust to check virus spread

Local institutions are rapidly adjusting on the fly after a series of cascading emergency announcements from state and national authorities mandating increasingly harsh measures to stop the spread of the new virus that has infected nearly 190,000 wor... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 18, 2020

School updates community in response to COVID-19 epidemic

Lake Roosevelt Schools will continue to feed and teach students, just not in the school. Following Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcment March 13 that schools statewide would close, the Grand Coulee Dam School District released a parent and community... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 18, 2020

You can attend school board meeting tonight using your computer, phone, or tablet

You can attend tonight's school board meeting from the comfort of your own home. The Grand Coulee Dam School District's board meeting, scheduled for tonight at 5:30 p.m., will be accessible via Zoom,... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 18, 2020

Electric City requests extension on park timeline

Electric City will seek an extension for their Ice Age Park grant through the state’s Recreation & Conservation Office. At the March 10 city council meeting, Mayor Diane Kohout told the council that the city received a letter from the RCO saying th...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 18, 2020

Ongoing street construction discussed in Electric City

Construction may resume soon on controversial street projects in Electric City, and city council members spoke on the topic at their March 10 meeting. A parking lot in front of city hall was built over what had been a stretch of Western Avenue,...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 11, 2020

Grant County man dies of COVID-19

A Grant County resident has died after becoming infected with the coronavirus, but an Okanogan County resident’s test results came back negative as have some at Coulee Medical Center. And community organizations are taking precautions against COVID... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 11, 2020

New Steamboat Rock book tells pictorial history of local landmark

A collection of early and rare photos highlighting the history of Steamboat Rock is being published and will be available for purchase in April. The book tells a linear story of Steamboat Rock, from N...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    March 11, 2020

Raiders take fourth at state tourney

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders took fourth in the WIAA Hardwood Classic state basketball tournament at Spokane Arena Saturday, accomplishing a preseason goal of placing better than last year's sixth place...

 By Jacob Wagner    School    March 11, 2020

Pace, Owen to be honored for excellence

Karen Pace, who has been the music teacher at Lake Roosevelt schools for the past five years, and Terry Owen, who has been driving bus for LR for the past 32 years, will be honored with excellence awards next month. Superintendent Paul Turner announc...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 4, 2020

Local agencies prep for virus threat

COVID-19, or the coronavirus, has received widespread news coverage, and as cases and deaths in Washington have been confirmed, how does it affect the local community? "Please be reassured that we... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 4, 2020

Senate bill package could help ease new hydropower project approval

A potential new, big hydro-electric project for the Coulee area, could be more likely to happen sooner than later if legislation being considered by the Senate in Washington D.C. passes. The $1.4...

 By Jacob Wagner    School    March 4, 2020

Sensors could detect vaping at Lake Roosevelt High

Special detectors may be installed at Lake Roosevelt Schools to address “rampant” vaping at the school. Vaping, which delivers nicotine to the user without tobacco present, is said to be dangerous to the health of anyone by the Centers for...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 4, 2020

Bad month for restaurants versus vehicles

February proved to be a bad month for restaurant buildings. On Feb. 21, at about 4:12 p.m., a Coulee City woman drove over the curb on Main Street in Grand Coulee, hitting the outside of Siam Palace, before going into reverse and backing into an...

 By Jacob Wagner    Opinion    March 4, 2020

Thoughts on observing on your behalf

The role of a journalist is to be the eyes and ears for the readers. So while at a school board meeting, city council meeting, events, and so on, things that people may not have the time to go to, or don’t have a large enough interest in going to,...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    March 4, 2020

Raider boys suffer loss at WIAA regional tournament

The Raider basketball team is done with the regional round of the Hardwood Classic state tournament following a loss against the Toutle Lake Ducks. Lake Roosevelt lost to the Ducks 59-43 Saturday in...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    March 4, 2020

Lady Raiders conquered by Lady Vikings at regionals

The Lady Raiders' season ended Saturday with a loss to Mossy Rock in the regional round of the state tournament in Longview. The Lake Roosevelt girls racked up a win-loss record of 11-5 in the...


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