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 By Scott Hunter    News 

Spirit and goo

Shaeden Capshaw grabs a gob of roasted marshmallow off a stick of the goo held by Gaven White at the first spirit week bonfire held in several years at Lake Roosevelt Jr/Sr High... — Updated 10/20/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News 

Town considers vaccine mandate for employees

Following the death of a city employee, Coulee Dam is considering requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Councilmember Dale Rey raised the question during a council meeting last Wednesday. Rey remarked on the re... — Updated 10/20/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News

School board OKs levy directions

Voters in the Grand Coulee Dam School District will be asked next February to replace an expiring tax levy with a new one of the same rate in 2023. The board of directors voted Tuesday night to direct the superintendent to prepare... — Updated 10/13/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News

Board rethinks facilities plan after sticker shock

It sounded like a good idea at the time: See if there’s a way to gather the Grand Coulee Dam School District’s athletics facilities onto one campus. With that direction from the board of directors, the district hired an... — Updated 10/13/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News

Town pressing to close out ww plant project

Coulee Dam and its contractor on its new wastewater treatment facility are facing off through attorneys on who is at fault for numerous delays in the building of the multimillion-dollar plant. The city council met in special... — Updated 10/6/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News

CMC refinances $18 million debt

In a move that will both ease monthly cash needs and add needed upgrades, Coulee Medical Center recently refinanced millions in debt it took on to build the new hospital. The... — Updated 10/6/2021

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Local agendas are a little part of a bigger problem

The White House and local politicians have something in common: They are all in the thrall of a trend, evolving over a couple decades or more, to keep more secrets from the people they serve. Last week The Washington Post reported... — Updated 9/29/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News

Town pulls patience, plug on plant contractor

The city of Coulee Dam ran out of patience with its wastewater treatment plant builder last week, instructing the city attorney to send McClure and Sons, Inc., a letter with an October 1 deadline. The Mill Creek, Washington-based... — Updated 9/23/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News

"Ask VaxFacts" event coming

Anyone needing answers about Covid vaccines can take advantage of an online meeting being arranged with a local doctor whose been taking note of people’s questions and is still listening. Dr. Jennifer Knox, a family practice and... — Updated 9/22/2021 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

CD to consider letter to plant contractor

After years of shepherding Coulee Dam’s wastewater treatment plant project along, the town council tonight (Wednesday) will consider authorizing the mayor to sign a letter to the contractor. Exactly what’s in the letter is not... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

A plan to save lives meets human nature

Remember way back at the beginning of the pandemic, about a zillion years ago, when all we knew is that it could be bad for a while, but then schools actually closed? That’s when we knew this was going to be inconvenient as hell... — Updated 9/8/2021 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

CMC adapts to surging cases, testing demand

A 1,000%-plus surge in demand for covid testing, brought on by burgeoning cases nearby and across the country, is forcing the local hospital to adapt its operations. Before the more-contagious Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus... — Updated 9/1/2021 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Homes saved in quick fire response

Firefighters converged with speed and coordination on a hillside blaze just above Banks Avenue in Grand Coulee Sunday night, saving several residences just below the city water... — Updated 9/1/2021

 By Scott Hunter    School

Nespelem School moves to four-day week

Nespelem School students will go to work like many of their parents do — four days a week — after the school board voted Monday night to approve the new schedule that ends the week on Thursday instead of Friday. Principal/Super... — Updated 8/25/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News

Fire crews protect more structures after winds

Strong winds Sunday night and early Monday pushed the Summit Trail Fire west of Inchelium to the northeast, south and southeast, igniting large spot fires on Brush and Tungsten Mountains. The blaze has torched 40,608 acres and is... — Updated 8/18/2021 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Outdoor concert spreads virus

An outdoor music festival in Grant County spread Covid-19 across the state, perhaps underscoring the new realization that the most common variant of the virus that causes it spreads far more easily, even outdoors. The Watershed... — Updated 8/18/2021 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Update, 8-13 11:10 am: Fire growth held down amid winds and heat | Three fires burning on rez

Despite strong winds and high heat Thursday, firefighters on the Whitmore Fire south and west of Nespelem managed to limit fire growth to just 18 more acres without the help of... — Updated 8/13/2021 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Primary voters pick two for Grand Coulee race

Unofficial results of the Aug. 3 primary election for Grand Coulee City Council position 1 were posted late Monday at Ben Hughes garnered 101 votes for 65.16%.... — Updated 8/11/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News

New fires grow on reservation

Several new fires have started on the Colville Reservation following a lightning storm Tuesday night, and evacuations are in effect, with the largest of the fires already estimated... — Updated 8/5/2021 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

C.D. Council hears complaint about alarming army training

A loud US Army training exercise on a hillside above town drew a different kind of fire at Coulee Dam’s city council meeting July 28, a small-caliber complaint compared to the big guns that alarmed citizens late at night July... — Updated 8/4/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News

Rangers rattle town with big guns

Loud gunfire that woke and frightened Coulee Dam residents Thursday night was part of a “routine military training,” a US Army spokesman said. The repeating racket that started about 10:30 sounded to some former military men... — Updated 7/28/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News

Firefighters, aircraft hold Northrup fire down

A fire that started along the highway along Banks Lake Thursday evening quickly turned into a threat to a local landmark canyon and to farms above the coulee wall. The Northrup Fire... — Updated 7/28/2021 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

CMC to offer forum on vaccines

If you are one of many with questions you’d like answered before deciding whether to get vaccinated against the SARS Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, take note: you may get your questions answered at an upcoming forum on... — Updated 7/28/2021 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Northrup Fire 65% contained

The Northrup Fire that started Thursday along highway 155 is now 65% contained after burning an estimated 252 acres, an update from the fire management team in charge said Saturday... — Updated 7/24/2021 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Updated 7-23 at 1:05 pm | State Fire mobilization authorized for Northrup Canyon Fire

The fire that started along SR-155 Thursday afternoon has burned about 300 acres, prompted evacuation notices and still threatening structures and standing wheat. It was moving down... — Updated 7/23/2021 Full story


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