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 By Scott Hunter    News    January 15, 2020 

Dale Rey takes seat at Coulee Dam

Dale Rey, along with the mayor and two other council members, took the oath of office and accepted a seat at the council table in Coulee Dam, Jan. 8. Rey was appointed by the council Dec. 11 to the se...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 31, 2019

Crazy fun stuff planned for New Year's Day

If you'd like some active fun on New Year's Day, here are a couple local options: Pretend you're a polar bear Meet at Spring Canyon at noon for a polar bear plunge into Lake Roosevelt or join a few...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 31, 2019

UPDATE: Search over for missing man

Chief Henry Hix of the Colville Tribal Natural Resource Enforcement Department, identified the body of 41-year-old Leonard “Junior” Simpson Tuesday afternoon. Simpson was found by two volunteers... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 31, 2019

Coulee Dam rates will rise

Coulee Dam’s town council passed new rates and a budget this month that included utility rates increases following a series of budget workshops the council worked on in November and December. A flat increase for garbage pickup of $3 per container...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 25, 2019

Frozen turkey crisis under control

Quick thinking and some downright neighborly effort saved the day last week when hundreds of frozen turkeys could have spoiled instead of finding hungry families. Pacific Aquaculture, which operates...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 25, 2019

Second Lone Pine fire doused

The second fire in the neighborhood just above the Columbia River along the Lower River Road in about three weeks brought a quick response from firefighting agencies last Wednesday evening and was...


Working for community is a local business ethic

Don Brunell, who wrote a column on this page, doesn’t know the local Portch family, but he might as well have used them as an example in his column on local business owners who do good for their communities. Like his parents before him, Loepp...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 18, 2019

Administrator Powers resigning in Electric City

The city administrator in Electric City, who has shepherded through many of the projects that have turned out to be the most contentious in the last few years, will resign in January to work for the...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 11, 2019

No driver found at wreck

Police officers responding to a reported car crash in Coulee Dam Sunday morning found no sign of a driver, except for a blood trail. A Colville Tribal Police officer Coulee Dam Police Chief were...


STEM, hydrogen and a glimpse of a future

Looking back is much easier than looking forward, but it’s not like no one is trying. Two opinion pieces on this page point to turning points in two different areas of society that will converge at some point to change the future, hopefully for the...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 4, 2019

In pursuit of daycare: grain elevators

The local hospital has an acute need to provide daycare for its employees, a circumstance that has led to the purchase of nearby grain elevators. Coulee Medical Center asked employees in a survey...

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 4, 2019

Tribal education leader dies in crash

A woman who helped generations of members of the Colville Tribes pursue their educations died in a crash Friday night just north of Coulee Dam. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian...

 By Scott Hunter    News    November 27, 2019

Girlfriend beater sentenced to 40 months

An Idaho man will spend 40 months in prison for an assault that took place on the Colville Indian Reservation, a federal judge decided Monday. Roberto Lewis Doran, 40, an enrolled member of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe, was sentenced after...

 By Scott Hunter    News    November 27, 2019

Fatality closing highway

Authorities have closed SR-155 just north of Coulee Dam for a fatal collision tonight. Anyone traveling between Coulee Dam and points north should take the Lower River Road. The Washington State... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    November 27, 2019

Local woman dies in crash

A 70-year-old Nespelem woman died Friday night when the car she was driving rolled on the highway just north of Coulee Dam. Gloria Atkins, 70, was headed north on SR-155 when the wheels of the Chevy... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    November 20, 2019

Small earthquake felt in region

If you felt a little shaking Monday morning, that wasn't just a big truck passing by. The region felt an earthquake at about 10:49 a.m. Monday, centered about 15.5 miles southwest of Coulee Dam. The...

 By Scott Hunter    News    November 20, 2019

Popcorn purveyor opens her dream on Midway

A favorite childhood memory led to the opening of the newest venture on Midway Avenue, where the latest iteration of a local business has planted roots. The Popcorn Shoppe opened earlier this month...


The tightrope between your pocketbook and city needs

No matter who the experts are, the city administration and the city council who hire them must keep their eyes wide open. Problems in city infrastructure can take a long time to develop and be noticed, but two things are certain: they will develop,...


Raiders football prevail against Friday Harbor in first round of state

Lake Roosevelt's Raiders won the day in their first round of the state football playoffs Saturday in Coulee Dam, besting Friday Harbor 19-14, but losing a key player in the process. Of any of the...

 By Scott Hunter    News    November 13, 2019

Local rodeo going with "the big boys"

The little local rodeo that almost stopped happening nearly a decade ago is poised to join the ranks of the larger professional rodeo world. The Ridge Riders Saddle Club’s annual Colorama Rodeo each May will likely join the Professional Cowboys...


Raider football wins first state round

Lake Roosevelt's Raiders won the day in their first round of the state football playoffs Saturday in Coulee Dam, besting Friday Harbor 19-14, but losing a key player in the process. They'll play next... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    November 6, 2019

Landslide vote brings in new Electric City leaders

In a strong show of disapproval for current government, Electric City voters have chosen a new city council and mayor, casting about four or five times as many votes for the challengers as for incumbents. They selected Diane Kohout as the new mayor...


Honoring honor is important

If someone asked you if you would commit to a job that could send you to anywhere in the world, even some of its worst places, for years, and that you had to obey orders of your supervisors at all times or there could be serious repercussions, and...

 By Scott Hunter    News    November 6, 2019

Tale told of new-store adventure

It took a lot of thought and prayer last February before Doug and Mary Lou Lockard and daughter Launi Ritter took a leap into a retail business with no experience. Five months after opening their new...

 By Scott Hunter    News    October 30, 2019

Cain seeks GC city council seat

Alan Cain has served on the Grand Coulee City Council for about a year-and-a-half, ever since being appointed to the seat vacated by a previous council member. He's running to keep that seat. Cain mov...


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