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Union reaches agreement with school district

The local chapter of the Public School Employees union voted 28-8 to ratify a 6-percent raise in the Grand Coulee Dam School District late last month and the school board approved the change last Thursday. After months of deliberations, the PSE Nov....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 12, 2018 

Locals voicing strong opinion on Geezer Beach issue

Hank Wiebe and his friends are raising hell against the United States Bureau of Reclamation’s recent announcement that they are considering no longer allowing people to drive onto “Geezer Beach” behind the Third Powerhouse at the Grand Coulee...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 12, 2018 

Grand Coulee eyes $4.4 million budget

It will take nearly $4.4 million to run the city of Grand Coulee next year, according to a budget prepared for the city council, which took a look at it last week. That’s just about a break-even...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    December 12, 2018 

Wrestlers work hard and win

Raider wrestlers competed at the LR Mix & Match before winning the Connell Invite last week. Lake Roosevelt competed against worthy opponents from Wilbur-Creston-Keller, Davenport, Inchelium, and...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    December 12, 2018 

Ladies win two

The Lady Raiders basketball team defeated Bridgeport and Soap Lake last week to go 3-0 for the season. In Bridgeport Dec. 4, the Lady Raiders dominated the Fillies, 56-13. "This was a good game that...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    December 12, 2018 

Raiders basketball lead league

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders had two strong basketball wins last week, defeating Bridgeport and Soap Lake on the road, both by double digits. The Raiders lead the Central Washington 2B league with a...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 5, 2018

People may no longer be able to drive on "Geezer Beach"

The Bureau of Reclamation may change rules related to fishing and recreation on "Geezer Beach," a popular spot along the shore behind the Third Powerhouse of the Grand Coulee Dam. People will often...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 5, 2018

School board approves "enrichment" levy details

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board approved the details of a new “enrichment” levy, at their Nov. 26 school board meeting. The levy will be on the Feb. 12, 2019 ballot for voters to approve or deny. The enrichment levy, also known as the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 5, 2018

UW students do health check-up on coulee

University of Washington students, working for the Grant County Health District, interacted with the community members last week, asking what they think about health in relation to the area. The students, about 15 in total, are in the...

 

Raider wrestlers get loosened up in jamboree, then win Davenport tournament

The Raiders wrestling crew won the Davenport Invitational on Saturday, defeating 14 other teams with a total of 177 points. Medical Lake Gold came in second in the tournament with 157 points. Five Raiders took first place at the tournament, including...

 

Lady Raiders win first game of season

The Lady Raiders took down the Manson Trojans on Saturday to kick off the 2018-19 basketball season. Lake Roosevelt scored 21 points in the first half, holding Manson to only six. LR scored another 21...

 

Raiders trounce Manson in opener

The Raiders decisively beat the Manson Trojans on Saturday in Coulee Dam in the first game of the basketball season. Manson led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter, when the Raiders switched from a...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 28, 2018

Grand Coulee supports Republic police chief's stance against new gun law

In a symbolic gesture at their council meeting on Nov. 20, the Grand Coulee City Council unanimously came out in support of the chief of police in Republic, Washington, who has announced he will not enforce a new gun law passed by voters in the... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 28, 2018

Covington selected for school board

Brenda Covington was chosen Monday night by the Grand Coulee Dam School District directors to join their the board. Covington and Lisa Lyngar were interviewed for about half an hour each to fill the Electric City area spot on the board left vacant...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 28, 2018

Nuisance dogs could be taken

An owner could have his dogs taken away if he doesn’t address the ongoing issue of the dogs barking. The dogs, located on Grand Coulee Avenue, are constantly barking and running at large, resulting in 20 calls made through Multi Agency...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 28, 2018

Electric City discusses possible drug ordinance

Electric City is looking into adopting a drug nuisance ordinance, similar to one Grand Coulee passed in October, that would allow the seizure of known drug houses for up to a year. State law on the abatement of drug houses, Revised Code of Washington...

 

1947 Lake Lenore sodium explosions available to view online

In January 1947, the United States Army had an excess of metallic sodium left over from World War II and determined that the alkaline waters of Lake Lenore would be a good spot to dump and neutralize the acidic element, which reacts with water with...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 21, 2018

Consolidation topic as charged as ever

The topic of consolidating local towns into one came up at the Electric City council meeting Nov. 13, where councilmembers, the mayor, the city clerk, a lawyer, and a citizen spoke on the issue for roughly half an hour. The Grand Coulee council had...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 21, 2018

State law changed to help local consolidation effort - in 1995

Many of the details on exactly how consolidation of municipalities can happen in Washington were changed to accomodate a Grand Coulee Dam area push in the mid-1990s to do just that. An article in The Star on May 3, 1995, details some of the issues...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 21, 2018

Decade-old entrance sign idea revived

The Electric City council discussed putting a large sign at their southern limits that would welcome people coming into town from the south on SR-155. The sign would read "Welcome to Electric City," a...

 

Sean Garvin comes back a champion

Sean Garvin, who played volleyball for the Lady Raiders until an injury sidelined her in 2017, won a national championship on Saturday in Kansas with the College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 14, 2018

Grand Coulee sewer charges to go up a lot

Citizens of Grand Coulee may want to sit down before reading this, and specifically may want to sit down on the toilet. The Grand Coulee City Council voted last week to raise residential sewage rates by about 63 percent. The $20-per-month hike will...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 14, 2018

Ron Bjorklund accomplishes goal of golfing in all 50 states

Ron Bjorklund had a mission: to golf in all 50 states. And he accomplished that mission on Oct. 9, 2018, at the Cape Cod Country Club in Massachusetts. The daring feat became a goal for Bjorklund in...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 14, 2018

Owner of new local transit company aiming at blue skies

Need a ride somewhere? Dude, just take an Uber. Hail a cab. Oh yeah! It's the Coulee, so you can't do any of that stuff. Or can you? Teresa Bower has started a company called Blue Dot Transit...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 14, 2018

Senior center looking for tax helpers

After helping people file their taxes for 24 years, Charlie Long is retiring from the tax preparation program offered at the local senior center, leaving a gap that needs to be filled by anyone interested. “It was fun and I enjoyed it,” Long...

 

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