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 By Scott Hunter    News 

Rodeo sets records for attendance

With a hunger for getting out built up among rodeo fans, the first one in the state since pandemic lockdown set attendance records and put Grand Coulee on the national rodeo map. Ri... — Updated 5/13/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

He can't win, but we can

When Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that he and state public health leaders had decided to go easy considering a dreaded possible rollback to more restrictive public safety measures, no sighs of relief left his critics’ lips,... — Updated 5/5/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Caution to the wind, for some

Sunshine is so seductive, which you certainly know if you ever went to a school in springtime with windows in the classroom. It can ruin your focus, draw you out, trash the best of intentions after a long, dark winter just ended.... — Updated 4/28/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Five die of virus in Grant County

With five more dead in Grant County from COVID-19 and vaccine hesitancy apparently on the rise, health officials issued pleas this week for people get use the available “tools to take the fight to the virus.” The five deaths... — Updated 4/28/2021 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

School board right to pursue plans

The Grand Coulee Dam School District leadership is taking a good step forward by preparing for the day when funding becomes available to entities who already have plans in place for improvements. In fact, that’s exactly how the... — Updated 4/14/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Different means to same end show change is coming

Grant PUD’s decision to pursue a partnership in a next-generation nuclear power plant stems from the same circumstance that incented Columbia Basin Hydropower’s interest in its Banks Lake Hydropower project. The factors... — Updated 4/7/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Local health authorities: Too soon, we're "getting used" to COVID

As public health authorities track cases of COVID-19, they worry that just as vaccines are rolling out faster, spring, sunshine and the yearning to breathe free could undermine... — Updated 4/2/2021 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Half-day plan approved for four-day school week

Students at Lake Roosevelt Schools will attend in person more than they have in a year, following the passage by the school board of a new schedule aimed at accomplishing increased face time with teachers and peers, even with... — Updated 3/25/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Appointments open for Friday's vaccination event at CMC

Anyone can now either sign up for a vaccination event in Grand Coulee this Friday or get on a list to get vaccinated against COVID-19 through a state website Grant County Health... — Updated 3/17/2021 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

One good thing to keep

One silver lining of our time in the covid cloud points to a better way of doing some things, a way that should not be abandoned as we shake off what some may think feels like a kind of societal hibernation: better, more-open... — Updated 3/17/2021 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Town to take yard waste for cleanup

The town of Coulee Dam still plans on its traditional, spring cleanup help with yard waste despite the fact that the areawide spring cleanup was altered this year. Grant County officials told the Regional Board of Mayors recently... — Updated 3/17/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Wilbur man dies in crash

A young Wilbur man died last night in a one-car rollover, the Washington State Patrol reports. Steven A. Cooler, 28, had been eastbound on SR-174 at the junction with SR-21, just... — Updated 3/11/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Fire station contract canceled, again

The Bureau of Reclamation has canceled a contract to build its new fire station for the second time, it announced, but construction is expected to restart sometime this spring with... — Updated 3/10/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Coulee Clem is not an outlaw

The four-town community has long had a tradition of deciding to use common resources to help in a communal spring cleaning, sprucing the community up and lifting spirits after a long winter. Back in the day, the effort even had a... — Updated 3/10/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Pet law work continues in Coulee Dam

After a lengthy discussion with the city attorney, the city council decided Wednesday on a new course for changing Coulee Dam’s animal control ordinance. City Attorney Mick Howe met online with the council to discuss a proposed... — Updated 3/3/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

You know what they say about statistics

An apparent weakness in Washington’s coronavirus response efforts bit the governor in his political behind this week, a weakness that has seemed glaring to us for many months. Perhaps it’s this newspaper’s service area at... — Updated 2/17/2021 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Crash claims Omak girl's life

An Omak teenager has died, and a young man is charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence after a one-pickup rollover accident on SR-155 in the middle of the night. The name of the 15-year-old girl who died at... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Town considering new pet law

It all started over a year ago, when residents started complaining to police about a neighbor they said didn’t keep a dangerous dog contained in the yard. That led to scrutiny of the town’s current ordinance on pets, dangerous... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

First-round vaccine appointments canceled this week

The top administrator at the organization that has been providing vaccines at Coulee Medical Center said Feb. 10 that existing appointments for a first-round vaccine against Covid-19 are to be canceled due to lack of supply. “We... — Updated 2/17/2021 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Crash claims Omak girl's life

An Omak teenager has died, and a young man is charged with multiple related crimes after a one-pickup rollover on SR-155 in the middle of the night. The name of the 15-year-old girl who died at the scene of crash was not released.... — Updated 2/13/2021

 

Dozens of police chase stolen bus to Electric City

A man driving a stolen Grant Transit Authority bus out of Moses Lake was pursued by more than two dozen police on the morning of Feb. 3, with the chase ending in a minor crash. The... — Updated 2/11/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

First-round vaccine appointments to be canceled

The top administrator at the organization that has been providing vaccines at Coulee Medical Center said Wednesday that existing appointments for a first-round vaccine against... — Updated 2/10/2021 Full story

 

Local man arrested after bus chase

A man driving a Grant Transit Authority bus out of Moses Lake was pursued by police on Wednesday morning, with the chase ending in Electric City at the intersection of Hillcrest... — Updated 2/3/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Merger would meld local credit union with larger one, if approved

Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union is seeking approval of regulators to merge with Spokane-based STCU, a joining that would rebrand the local institution but retain jobs and offer more... — Updated 2/3/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Slide closes US 2

US 2 is closed in Pine Canyon, just above Orondo, due to a rock slide, Washington State Department of Transportation is warning. There is no detour available, and no time estimate for when the road will reopen. A rock slide in the... — Updated 2/2/2021 Full story

 

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