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 By Scott Hunter    News    April 17, 2019 

Woman dies in car crash

An 80-year-old woman died Monday afternoon when the car she was riding in rolled off the highway just east of Leahy Junction on SR-174. Ramona J. Anderson, of Omak, died at the scene 19 miles west of Grand Coulee, the Washington State Patrol...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 27, 2019

NPS will halt reservations during paving project

There could be complications this summer if you’re planning to use a paved parking lot at Spring Canyon or any other Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area facility, including campgrounds with pavement and boat launches with paved parking lots....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 20, 2019

Quilters make comfort for those in need

Evelyn Russell doesn't know how many people are involved in an annual effort to put together dozens of quilts for the benefit of people in need, around the world and at a nearby crisis shelter....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 20, 2019

Two women awarded top honors

One has devoted her career to the success of a local institution, the other just started a new business last year to fill a local need and fulfill a longtime ambition. Solveig Chaffee's Voltage...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 20, 2019

Belated thanks to snowplowers

Before it’s too late, a word of thanks needs to be said for those who plow snow. This was a tough winter, but local roads remained remarkably open after initial attacks were completed, allowing drivers to travel intact. That’s no small thing,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 13, 2019

New store will open this spring

People who felt the loss of convenience when The Variety Store in Grand Coulee closed down will welcome the news that a new proprietor will open a new store by the same name in the same building. Launi Ritter, who had attempted to come to rental term...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 13, 2019

Locals donate 4 tons to food bank

After a delivery last week had added to the meager stores at the Care and Share Food Bank a couple weeks ago, volunteers came once again to unload another truck on Thursday, this time stuffing...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 6, 2019

New commissioner will supply younger outlook

Park district commissioners Monday voted to accept the resignation of one commissioner, then immediately filled her position with a young recruit. Commissioner Debbie Bigelow, who has served for...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 27, 2019

Colville Business Council member expelled

The Colville Business Council, meeting in special session Thursday with all tribal representatives present, expelled fellow council member Andrea George from their ranks on ethics charges, which she denied in a detailed statement. George, elected...

 

Raiders over Liberty at state

LR beats Liberty from The Star on Vimeo. Raider fans shouted cheers as the Raiders defeated Liberty High School (Spangle) Wednesday at the WIAA State 2B Basketball Tournament in Spokane, 41-37. They'l...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 20, 2019

Merv Schmidt sworn in to council

A retired businessman with plenty of experience took a seat on the Coulee Dam City Council last week. The decision to seat Merv Schmidt came immediately following an executive session called to make a...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 20, 2019

Sale of cable utility still in works

The sale of a cable television and internet provider to Coulee Dam residents will take a few more months, Coulee Dam town council members were told last week. Charter Communications, a nationwide cable, telephone and internet provider, is working on...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 20, 2019

Council member expelled from Colville Business Council

The Colville Business Council, meeting in special session Thursday with all tribal representatives present, expelled fellow councilmember Andrea George from their ranks on ethics charges that she denied in a detailed statement. George, elected last...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 13, 2019

Levy appears to be passing

A levy to support the Grand Coulee Dam School District appeared to be passing with vote counts listed for the four counties in favor by 58.14 percent. Passage of a school levy requires a simple majority of 50 percent plus one. The replacement levy,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 13, 2019

Council member forced out on leave

A tribal council member facing ethics charges amid controversy and backlash from tribal members was placed on administrative leave last week under an “Emergency Action Order.” Andrea George, elected to represent the Nespelem District of the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 13, 2019

NNDF to offer creative financing for local housing push

A Coulee Dam financial non-profit is proposing a way to increase available housing in the local area and will offer financing to make it possible. Northwest Native Development Fund Executive Director Ted Piccolo said last week that NNDF will...

 

Regional wrestling tourney canceled

The the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced Friday that all regional wrestling tournaments set for Saturday have been canceled due to bad weather conditions affecting travel....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 6, 2019

Group protests ethics charges on councilwoman

A group of protesters gathered outside the Colville Business Council's meeting chambers Friday as part of the council debated a move that would lead to expelling one of their own members. Ethics...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 6, 2019

Long road home awaits Raiders, win or lose

Good luck to the Lake Roosevelt basketball teams and their fans in Richland today; win or lose (just saw that the girls won 46-43) , they may all have to take a long way home. Washington State...

 

School levy won't hurt a bit, but it will help schools

If you have not already filled out your ballot, which you should have received in the mail by now, you should do so now. Grand Coulee Dam School District is proposing yet another levy, which won’t raise your taxes any higher than they already are....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 16, 2019

Grand Coulee Dam school leaders hope levy will pass next month

Local voters will soon get ballots in the mail asking them to decide on a second levy for the Grand Coulee Dam School District and may wonder why when a levy just passed last November. The November vote will only allow the district to collect a...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 16, 2019

Bob Poch named mayor in Coulee Dam

Coulee Dam has a new mayor. Bob Poch was elected by the city council last week to take the place of Larry Price, who resigned Dec. 6, 2018. The council did not discuss the motion made by...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 9, 2019

Steele gets leadership roles on House Education and Capital Budget committees

A legislator who represents the state's 12th Legislative District, including the Grand Coulee Dam area, has been appointed to head or serve on three important committees in the House of...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 2, 2019

Wage boosting discussion reveals GCD school board's fiscal nervousness

The athletic director for the Grand Coulee Dam School District got a $4,000 annual boost in pay, and a 6-percent raise for non-union classified staffers is also coming following a vote by the school...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 2, 2019

Expect freezing rain Thursday a.m.

Watch that first step outside Thursday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather warning, expecting up to a tenth of an inch of ice on local roads after freezing rain starts to fall around 4 a.m. and continues until about 10...

 

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