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 By Scott Hunter    Sports 

Lady Raiders increase wins by two

After beating Brewster by nine points at home and dominating Manson 78-12 last week, the Lady Raiders stood at second in the league Tuesday night before meeting Okanogan at the home of the Lady Bulldogs, the Central Washington 2B L... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By Scott Hunter    Sports 

Raider boys battling for position

The Raider boys beat Brewster in a bruiser of a basketball game Jan. 17 in Coulee Dam, 61-60, then went to Manson to trample the Trojans 63-41 on Friday. The Raiders, with a 7-0 league win-loss record, 15-2 overall, ranked first... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News 

District contributes to lawsuit against state

The Grand Coulee Dam School District will help fund a lawsuit against the state intended to have a far-reaching effect on funding school facilities and programs. School board... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News

Shortage of officials could hamper high school sports

Sporting officials and umpires are in short supply locally, and the association that schedules those workers is looking for interested people to fill the roles that keep sports... — Updated 1/21/2023

 By Scott Hunter    Sports

Lady Raiders take down Oroville

The Lady Raiders breezed past Oroville Friday in a decisive home-court victory, 66-20. Aaliyah Marchand did the most damage to the visitors, adding 21 points for Lake Roosevelt, 15... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Scott Hunter    Sports

Raiders topping league leaders

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders currently top their league, facing two top competitors and five other schools in the Central Washington 2B League. After their Friday night home-court... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News

Elmer City utility rates rising

Elmer City utility customers will pay about $13 a month more for water and sewer service beginning in March, but garbage rates will remain the same. The town council passed a new utility rate ordinance last Thursday to set the... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News

Coulee Dam offered loan, no grant on plant work

Coulee Dam officials had hoped they’d get some of the funding in the form of free grants for work to replace an aging sewage lift station on the west side of the Columbia River, but learned last week the funding agency intended... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News

Thinner than they thought

Twice last weekend people wanting to fish through the ice of Banks Lake found out it was thinner than they'd figured. On Saturday afternoon and amphibious motor vehicle designed for... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News

Slide closes Peter Dan Road again

A slide of rocks and mud covered Peter Dan Road about a half mile from SR-155 Tuesday morning, forcing a detour until mid-afternoon and recalling a massive effort to keep the hillsi... — Updated 1/12/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News

Student survey to command board attention

Looking at something from a different angle can reveal much that hadn’t been noticed before. That principle may have been evident at a school board meeting Monday night. School leaders made plans Monday to systematically... — Updated 1/11/2023

 By Scott Hunter    Sports

LR wrestlers do well versus bigger schools

Lake Roosevelt's wrestling team distinguished itself at a tournament full of much larger schools Dec. 30, earning placings in enough weights to take fourth in the Freeman Winter Cla... — Updated 1/4/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News

District approves proposal for park maintenance

Park district commissioners last month approved a proposal for vendors to address in bidding on the maintenance work for North Dam Park for the year. The Coulee Area Park and... — Updated 1/4/2023

 By Scott Hunter    Sports

Raider wrestlers host Powerhouse tourney

The Raiders hosted their annual Powerhouse Wrestling Tournament in Coulee Dam Dec. 22, bringing in competitors from as far away as Napavine, Washington and filling the Lake... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Why you'll see me wearing a maskWhy you'll see me wearing a mask

Over the last several weeks, I’ve felt slightly uneasy breaking the habit of strict social distancing and mask wearing to avoid infection. It was a justified queasiness. Following Christmas gatherings and indoor sporting events... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Hospital warns of increase in COVID-19 locally

Covid is apparently on the move locally. Coulee Medical Center cautioned community members Monday that although all services are still available, covid-related staffing problems may cause delays in service. “We are now in the... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Grant PUD crews work through cold to restore power

Utility crews for Grant County PUD worked through the extreme weather last week as power outages affected their customers from Royal City to Grand Coulee. With temperatures... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Turkeys blowing fuses make loud noise in Coulee Dam

Several people reported hearing a loud boom Monday night in west Coulee Dam, some speculating an electrical transformer may have blown in the town’s electric system. Not exactly. But City Superintendent Mike Steffens said... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Councilman: unbalanced budget not acceptable

Grand Coulee’s city council passed its budget reluctantly last week, with one council member warning that the city would need to find another $50,000 by year’s end or layoffs would be necessary. “I wanted to have a balanced... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Sports

Lady Raiders beat White Swan

The Lady Raiders met a challenge by White Swan Monday night, fresh off a defeat by the Omak Lady Pioneers Saturday, to win 64-46. Starting off slow in the first quarter, Lake... — Updated 12/21/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Sports

Raider wins include vs. Brewster Bears

The Raiders topped a mixed weekend with a very large lead Monday night over White Swan in Coulee Dam, beating the Cougars 85-44. The win came on the heels of a one-point loss to... — Updated 12/21/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Care and Share food bank stable for now

The Care and Share Food Bank last Friday gave out Christmas baskets of food to bout 150 clients, including families and a lot of elderly folks, said manager Carol Nordine. That number indicates need is up from past years. Last... — Updated 12/21/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Federal school aid agency wants money back

Sometimes, if it’s not one thing, it’s another when you’re dealing a federal agency that gives you money. Or takes it back. Nespelem’s school board learned Monday that some of their Impact Aid money was being clawed back.... — Updated 12/14/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Mayors drop cemetery study

Local mayors decided against further studying whether their Regional Board of Mayors could consider taking over the Spring Canyon Cemetery. Meeting as the RBOM Dec. 7, the mayors voted to drop their research into taking over owners... — Updated 12/14/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

School board eyeing graduation requirements

School board directors will study whether to allow weighted grade point averages to be considered for graduation. Considering whether to pass a recommended policy on high school graduation requirements Monday night, Chairman George... — Updated 12/14/2022


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