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 By Scott Hunter    News

Engineer: City sewer revamp will cost millions

The wastewater treatment plant that takes care of all the sewage from Grand Coulee and Electric City has been in operation continually since 1985, treating 127 gallons a minute on average. The two cities have not grown out of it... — Updated 9/28/2022


Ended pandemic or not, Covid is here to stay

After a nice break for a couple weeks, the infection control nurse at Coulee Medical Center had to get back in the saddle the third week in September with three employees out with Covid-19. And as of Monday night, reported CEO... — Updated 9/28/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Ag labor reform is overdue, but …

Rep. Dan Newhouse’s call on this page for the U.S. Senate to pass his Farm Workforce Modernization Act repeats his longtime call for reform, and it’s by most accounts a reasonable and necessary legislation for all the reasons... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Kiosk officially dedicated

It was constructed nearly three years ago, but people behind putting up an informative kiosk at North Dam Park, delayed by circumstances, decided to hold a ceremony to officially... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Nespelem opens big, new ball field

People in Nespelem opened up a new ball field Friday, complete with dugouts, fencing all around, bleachers, a tall backstop, and synthetic turf. The baseball/softball field can... — Updated 9/21/2022


Smoke affecting activities locally

The wildfire smoke in the air, which may come from this or that fire depending on which way the wind is blowing, is unpleasant and unhealthy to breathe, and has an effect on local events. Grand Coulee Dam School District leaders... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Study carefully, and carry a big idea

The recent suggestion that the area consider forming an emergency medical services district is a good one and could lead to a better service for everyone in the area when help is needed. Local leaders should consider it carefully,... — Updated 9/7/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Three arrested after chase and crash

A Nespelem man and two women from Omak ran into trouble and fruit crates Monday evening before Okanogan County Sheriff's deputies arrested them on several charges, the sheriff... — Updated 9/7/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Good luck to labor

President Joe Biden likes to promote “union jobs” whenever he can, recognizing the tremendous contribution the union movement made in American history in the last century. This century, it’s less clear cut, as union numbers... — Updated 8/31/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Local health leader explains ailing system to Medicare head

When the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services flew from Washington, D.C. to Seattle a couple weeks ago on a fact-finding mission, the CEO of Coulee Medical Center... — Updated 8/31/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Citing the irrelevant is a sleepy trick

A neat trick in American politics is taking advantage of our collective unwillingness to really pay attention to what’s being said. So, when they talk about a real problem, attributing it or at least insinuating it’s due to som... — Updated 8/24/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Computer system shuts down city water

A computer system shut down the water system supplying Coulee Dam residents with drinking water sometime last weekend, but nobody knew it until pressures dropped low enough Monday m... — Updated 8/24/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Local man gets 22 years after night of terror

A Nespelem man — who kidnapped three minor children at gunpoint in June of 2020, robbed and sexually assaulted another, stole a truck, committed arson, and led police on a high-speed chase — was sentenced last week to 22 years... — Updated 8/17/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Spring Canyon illness was a mystery

Apparent illnesses at Spring Canyon brought to light by a Facebook post apparently stopped on their own, officials said last week, although details were scant. “There are no facts,” stated Kim Hines at Lincoln County Public... — Updated 8/10/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Two fires in a day in neighborhood

Firefighters responded to two small wildfires in the Lone Pine area Aug. 3 amid high temperatures and low humidity. John Purdue said he didn't know until his neighbor told him that... — Updated 8/10/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Don't get used to it, it's not normal

Having come here in 1985, and having lived in Spokane before that, my idea of a normal summer includes high heat reaching into the 90s. Now, we’re trying to accept the latest triple-digit trend as the “new normal.” That’s... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Region votes solidly Republican, almost

Election results last night for the state and the four local counties showed voters choosing candidates not from the extremes edges of the political spectrum but from something closer to the middle. The race to watch from now to... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

A giving community full of heroes

In the last couple weeks, this community has shone brightly with examples of strength and good will and a readiness to step up and do what is needed. First, people immediately stepped up to answer a communitywide need: to support... — Updated 7/27/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

New executive appointed over tribal government

The Colville Tribes has a new executive director in Cody Desautel. "The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation has appointed Cody Desautel to serve as the Tribes' new... — Updated 7/27/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Douglas County fire stopped north of Leahy Junction

Firefighters got a stubborn blaze stopped near Leahy Junction Tuesday after a day of fighting in the hot sun. The fire reportedly started about 6:30 a.m. under a Douglas County PUD... — Updated 7/27/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

New leader appointed at Colville Tribes

The Colville Tribes has a new executive director, the tribes announced Thursday night. "The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation has appointed Cody Desautel to serve as... — Updated 7/22/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

CMC re-opens after noxious smell had sickened workers, forcing evacuation

After lab workers mysteriously got sick last Tuesday, forcing an emergency closure, Coulee Medical Center started a phased re-opening Friday morning, starting first with its emergen... — Updated 7/7/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Community responding to request for North Dam Park help

Several community members met with park district commissioners last week in a workshop setting to help solve a funding problem that could potentially close North Dam Park, again.... — Updated 7/6/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

CMC re-opening after quick shutdown - emergency department first

After lab workers mysteriously got sick Tuesday, forcing an emergency closure, Coulee Medical Center will start a phased re-opening Friday morning, when it will "move forward cautio... — Updated 6/30/2022 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Coulee Medical Center in emergency shutdown from unknown problem

A mystery substance has shut down Coulee Medical Center after three employees in the lab area became ill for unknown reasons Tuesday afternoon. CMC was evacuated and employees sent... — Updated 6/30/2022 Full story


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