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 By Scott Hunter    News    October 10, 2018 

A rock in the road in the middle of the night

A boulder fell onto the highway along Banks Lake sometime in the early hours of the morning Tuesday, blocking the 60 mph northbound lane. Unfortunately, Shaian Gomez found it in her Ford Focus....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 10, 2018 

Authorities: bad fire could have been worse

A fire that destroyed four homes in Elmer City last week left the fire chief thankful for his neighbors, who he said likely prevented a larger catastrophe. Okanogan Fire District 2 Chief Dave Finch sa...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 10, 2018 

PUD candidates make their case in Grand Coulee

Two candidates for leadership of the public electric utility in Grant County laid out their cases for election last Thursday at the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Siam Palace. Nelson Cox and Judy Wilson both feel the Grant...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 3, 2018

In Elmer City, high winds whip up fire, burning homes

High winds threw an Elmer City fire across Highway 155 last night after a blaze started in the Grandview Mobile Home Park below the highway. Details were sketchy last night, but one person with an eme... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 3, 2018

Support shown for local cities to consolidate

More than 50 people gathered at the Wine Bar in Grand Coulee Thursday to discuss the idea of consolidating some or all local towns into one. SCJ Alliance, a consulting firm for municipal planning,... Full story

 

Fire burns in Elmer City in high winds

If you're thinking of driving to Elmer City to take a look at the fire, don't. The road is blocked. High winds threw the fire across the highway 155 tonight after a fire started in the trailer court... Full story

 

PUD leader reports to chamber

A literal power struggle is going on in Grant County, and an electric utility commissioner explained Grant PUD's policies to chamber of commerce members last week. Commissioner Terry Brewer said the...

 

Bureau consultant says there is "a lot of will to make something happen"

A study of the Bureau of Reclamation’s problems in attracting qualified employees to the area is leading to broader avenues of local communication and could even result in the privatization of some federal land. “In all the places I’ve worked...

 

Teachers and school district agree on 15.2 percent salary increase

Teachers in the Grand Coulee Dam School District will get a 15.2-percent across-the-board increase in salary this year, following an agreement reached between the local teachers union and the district that some have called “life changing.” Superi...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    September 5, 2018

New cable company seeks to do business in Coulee Dam

Coulee Dam is in talks with Charter Communications, a nationwide cable television company that wants to serve the town. The town council reviewed a proposed contract last month that would grant a franchise agreement and allow the company to operate...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    September 5, 2018

Missing man's body found in Soap Lake

The body of a Colville tribal member who went missing late last month was recovered from the waters of Soap Lake on Friday evening, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday morning. Kayakers found the body of Michael Edwin Clark, 60, and...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    September 5, 2018

New principal in familiar territory

When Marcy Horne took over as principal at Nespelem Elementary School last March, she felt she had at least part of her orientation already accomplished. Horne had been the principal at Paschal...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 29, 2018

Impasse between Coulee Dam, Elmer City prompt notice to EPA

In a special meeting Wednesday, Coulee Dam decided it would would notify the EPA of the potential of sewage in the streets of Elmer City because of a dispute between the towns. Adivsed by the city attorney that it cannot make a gift of its...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 29, 2018

CMC finances turning around

Coulee Medical Center has been making remarkable strides toward digging its way out of debt, is heading toward profitability, and is even expanding its services, unlike many rural hospitals,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 29, 2018

Missing man's body found in Soap Lake

The body of a Colville tribal member who went missing late last month was recovered from the waters of Soap Lake on Friday evening, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday morning. Kayakers found the body of Michael Edwin Clark, 60, and... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2018

Huge, rapid blaze consumes Douglas County landscape

Whipped by wind, a fire that started near the turn to Mansfield Saturday morning sped over grass, sage and stubble, burning one firefighter and threatening homes and property, on its 20-mile race to m...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2018

Updated: Firefighter injured in Grass Valley Fire "doing very well"

Okanogan County Fire District 8 firefighter Brett Read, 38, was injured while fighting the Grass Valley Fire in Douglas County Saturday. Read and another firefighter were attempting to leave their work area when the fire behavior unexpectedly intensi... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2018

Firefighters praise GCD community

With many cities, counties, fire districts and multiple jurisdictions of every kind coming together in the Grand Coulee Dam community, it can leave many newcomers scratching their heads, but firefighters on the Grass Valley Fire reported seeing a...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2018

Two towns still at odds on new plant costs

Despite an amicable meeting of leaders, two local towns could be about to square off in court over disputed costs of just $30,000, if conversations at their respective council meetings are an...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2018

Club sponsors air quality monitors

New air-quality monitors are working in the Grand Coulee Dam area with results accessible by anyone online, thanks to an initiative of the Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club. Using sensors purchased from...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2018

Immediate evacuation alert sent on fire headed toward Grand Coulee

GRAND COULEE 8-11-18 — A fire that started about noon near the Sims Corner Junction on highway 17 has closed highway 174 and all residents on both sides of 174 from Road P east to Grand Coulee are... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2018

Local air currently "very unhealthy"

It's 9:30 Saturday morning, and if you don't absolutely have to go outside in the Grand Coulee area right now, you should wait. Smoke is currently making the air "very unhealthy" to breath. Local air... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2018

Cancer free, Dawn Lovelace relates her experience

Dawn Lovelace had none of the risk factors for breast cancer. She got it anyway. “I’m a woman … that’s my risk factor,” she said in a recent interview. The nurse and midwife, who basically founded the obstetrics program at Coulee Medical...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2018

School levy passes for GCD district

A capital improvements levy to support the Grand Coulee Dam School District appears to have passed in Tuesday’s election with more than 55 percent of the vote. The levy will enable safety, technology and facilities improvements in the district and...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2018

No change in evacuation levels yet

Evacuation levels on the Grass Valley Fire have not changed since last night, officials say. Although milder conditions have allowed the fire behavior to settle down today, that could change, and hot...

 

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