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 By Scott Hunter    News 

11 die of COVID-19 in Tonasket

Eleven people in a Tonasket facility have died of COVID-19, Okanogan County Public Health, stated in a press release Monday night. All of the them were residents at North Valley Extended Care, a 42-bed facility where 32 residents... — Updated 11/30/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News 

Hundred-plus Covid infections at county long-term care facilities

Nine people have died of COVID-19 at one Grant County nursing home, and two other long-term care facilities tallied 108 infections among residents and staff, Grant County Health... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News 

Doctor outlines holiday fears and future hopes

The current wave of coronavirus spread is more ominous than the first in Washington for reasons that give doctors cause to fear the near future, including those at Coulee Medical Center, where “we’ve been pretty lucky thus... — Updated 11/24/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News 

Empty wall turns into big, positive art

Robert Fields has been wanting a big piece of art on the side of his garage facing the highway to Bridgeport for more than a decade, and he got it this summer in collaboration with... — Updated 11/24/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Ritzville wedding spreads disease in Grant County

Public health authorities are asking anyone from multiple communities who attended a large wedding near Ritzville Nov. 7 to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine through Nov. 21. Grant County Health District said it knows of... — Updated 11/18/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Garbage fees to climb from a chain reaction

Coulee Dam residents will likely soon pay about another $1 a week to have their trash picked up at the curb. The city council in a Monday budget workshop found that a hike of about $4 a month is likely inevitable, following a... — Updated 11/18/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

New statewide COVID-19 restrictions announced

After Washington families were asked last week not to gather with people outside their households over the coming holidays, the governor added more details and broader restrictions... — Updated 11/18/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

New statewide COViD-19 restrictions announced

After Washington families were asked last week not to gather with people outside their households over the coming holidays, the governor added more details and broader restrictions... — Updated 11/16/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Local anthropologist to speak next week

When Robert Moïse was sent home from work last March as the federal government responded to the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic, he had a long way to go to his east Coulee Dam home.... — Updated 11/10/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

A whole lot of opportunity

The little lot on the corner of Main and Spokane Way and at the heart of a controversy over city standards offers, in the narrower view, a conundrum for the city if it reconsiders whether a city code is being violated, one that... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Coulee Dam grant applications due Oct. 30

Coulee Dam is offering grants to local businesses funded with money from the CARES Act, and applications must be turned in by Oct. 30. The application, first distributed Monday, says businesses are eligible if they: • are a... — Updated 10/7/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Coulee Dam to offer business grants

Coulee Dam will offer grants to city businesses to help with expenses due to the COVID-19 emergency. The town might have as much as $14,000 in its own expenses to cover with money allocated the city through the “CARES Act... — Updated 9/30/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Coulee Medical Center takes in $4.4 million in CARES Act relief

Coulee Medical Center financial documents show a loss of just over $332,000 in August, but a huge pot of cash came through under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Congress passed earlier this year. CMC banked... — Updated 9/30/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Huge fires getting under control

The Labor Day fires that consumed hundreds of thousands of acres around Washington over the last nine days were coming under control Tuesday, but not before killing one infant,... — Updated 9/16/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Baby dies, parents badly burn in fire

A young family caught in the Cold Springs Fire apparently left their wrecked pickup in an attempt to get to safety Tuesday afternoon, but their 1-year-old son lost his life. The... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Update: Current smoke outlook

Update 9/16 11:55 a.m. The state Dept. of Ecology has extended the Air Quality Alert until noon Friday, although locally the air seems a lot less chewy (not a technical term) than... — Updated 9/16/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

So big you could see it from space

Over the last decade, the area has suffered through several fire seasons that brought not only fire, but lots of smoke, often from elsewhere. This month, we got both, in huge amounts. The fires that burned all around us consumed... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Arrest made four minutes after robbery reported

A 17-year-old barista in Okanogan tried to hide in the bathroom after a young man came into the Free Bird Coffee Stand on North Second Avenue, asked for water, then demanded everything they had. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Fires all around us still burning

Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. update: The Cold Springs Fire is now at 187,689 acres and is 25% contained, according to a Sept. 10 update from the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident... — Updated 9/14/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Arrest made four minutes after robbery reported

A 17-year-old barista in Okanogan tried to hide in the bathroom after a young man came into the Free Bird Coffee Stand on North Second Avenue, asked for water, then demanded everything they had. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley... — Updated 9/9/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Many fires burning in region; evacuations issued

Among the many fires burning in Eastern Washington tonight are five on the Colville Reservation, including three on its eastern edge that have consumed about 8,000 acres, where... — Updated 9/7/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Fire raging through Okanogan, Douglas counties

Update 4:11 p.m. Bridgeport and Bridgeport Bar area is under a Level 3 evacuation, and US 97 is closed from Pateros north.... — Updated 9/7/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Fire destroys empty house and more

Fire razed several buildings in Electric City early Tuesday morning, including an unoccupied house. When the call went out about 12:30 a.m., the fire was already well underway,... — Updated 9/7/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

County commissioners appeal to public on Covid prevention

Grant County commissioners issued a "desperate appeal" Aug. 25 for the public's help in getting the COVID-19 epidemic in the county under control. With the county's rate of new... — Updated 9/2/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Clock now ticking on new major hydro project

Another step toward starting a major new hydropower project that would tunnel beneath the city of Grand Coulee happened Monday when the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation published its intent to take proposals for a lease for generating el... — Updated 9/2/2020

 

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