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 By Scott Hunter    News    June 12, 2019 

Koulee Kids Fest and Millpond Days this weekend

Kids and their parents in the region will have plenty to do this weekend, with the local chamber of commerce’s Koulee Kids Fest offering activities all over town and Nespelem’s Millpond Days offering activities there. The chamber event for kids...

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 12, 2019 

Government got the geezers

One of the least threatening places you can go is a beach in late afternoon where a couple of old anglers are quietly staring at the water, waiting for a line to move. If anybody understands the unwritten rule, the need for common courtesy, the...

 By Scott Hunter    School    June 12, 2019 

Graduating 44, Class of '19 honors far more

On a day for celebrating their accomplishments, the Lake Roosevelt High School class of 2019 seemed to take as much joy in giving awards as getting them Saturday, as they took part in the annual...

 By Scott Hunter    News    June 5, 2019

Child and dad finding time to bicycle across U.S.

At 40, he thought he'd left his cross-country bicycling days in his 20s. Then his 6-year-old shared a dream. James Colver and his son Shepherd, now 7, are bicycling across the country, from...

 By Scott Hunter    News    June 5, 2019

Rodeo gets a boost from Jess Ford

The Ridge Riders Saddle Club and their annual rodeos got a boost Monday as Jess Ford principal Garrett Jess handed a check to Ridge Rider President George Kohout to cover the cost of a new piece of...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 29, 2019

City looking at new sidewalks on Ferry

Coulee Dam’s sidewalks on Ferry Avenue are heaving, with some uplifted by tree roots by several inches. Councilmember Fred Netzel said he recently walked the street with an engineer, who said the whole 1,200-feet of sidewalks on the street should... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 29, 2019

Mayor: some stepping up to restart fire department

The town of Coulee Dam doesn’t have a functional fire department currently, relying heavily on mutual aid agreements with other local departments. Mayor Bob Poch said Wednesday that several people are interested in stepping up to fill that void,...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 29, 2019

City building needs whole new roof

Coulee Dam’s “Community Building,” the one that houses The Melody Restaurant, Riverview Bowl and the currently unused theater space, has a bigger problem than the city’s budget can currently fix: it needs a new roof. Not a patch job on the...

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 29, 2019

Bureau might be good for B Street

Considering the fact that the lowering of the speed limit from 40 to 30 mph on a short strip of three-lane from Grand Coulee to the Grand Coulee Project offices had nothing to do with construction safety concerns, the Bureau of Reclamation’s...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 29, 2019

Local man missing

An 81-year-old man from the Grand Coulee Dam area was the subject of a search and rescue operation on Lake Rufus Woods, and the Douglas County Sheriff is now asking for information from anyone who... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 22, 2019

City council wants public opinion on sign

Put off by bids all higher than expected, Electric City leaders May 14 tabled awarding a construction contract for a new entrance sign to the city until asking for the public’s opinion. The city is now taking a poll to gauge public opinion. Votes,...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 22, 2019

Memorial Day traditions scheduled

The Isle of Flags Memorial Day ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, at Spring Canyon Cemetery, when a dozen new flags will be dedicated to fallen veterans. Those will join more than 500 that have been dedicated over the years and make for a...

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 22, 2019

Signs of the times?

Coming into Electric City from the south, there is a big sign that says, “Welcome to Grand Coulee Dam Area.” It was put up decades ago by the local Rotary Club. Another one just like it welcomes travelers coming into the area on the highway to...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 15, 2019

School discipline explained, progress reported

Faced with critics who question discipline policies at Lake Roosevelt Schools, officials Monday presented data and studies behind a direction they said is not only working better locally, but also mandated statewide. Ready with a raft of statistics...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 15, 2019

Council changes rules on firing chief

Electric City quietly changed the rules Tuesday night that govern the process by which it could fire its fire chief. The vote happened moments after Electric City’s fire chief told people waiting outside city hall during a closed session of the...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 15, 2019

Local politics warming up

Four of the five Electric City Council seats are up for election this year, as is the mayor’s office, and interest is running higher than usual. It’s filing week in Washington, and people interested in running for elected office have until...

 By Scott Hunter    School    May 15, 2019

Nine Raiders head to track & field districts

The Raider track and field athletes competed at the District 5-6 2b subdistricts meet in Manson May 8, where nine Raiders qualified for the district tournament on Friday in Quincy. “Our throwers really shined,” Head Coach Lori Adkins said....

 By Scott Hunter    Sports    May 15, 2019

Whiteman qualifies for state

Darin Whiteman qualified for the state golf tournament Monday in Pasco at the District 5-6 tourney at Sun Willows Golf Course, taking sixth place in the tournament. Whiteman shot an 88 for the day,... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 15, 2019

Flood watch issued for this area this afternoon through evening

The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a flood watch for areas in North Central Washington and Eastern Washington, including around Grand Coulee Dam. NWS is warning of showers and... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 8, 2019

PUD officials come to listen

They came to listen and understand what has some Grand Coulee and Electric City customers upset enough to start a petition. Grant County PUD officials held a listening session and dialogue with people at last Thursday’s Grand Coulee Dam Area...

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 8, 2019

Solving climate change may not be fair, but it's urgent anyway

Those who assert that action on climate change should only happen if it’s fair, just don’t understand the problem. It may be true that other countries are egregious polluters, adding as much carbon and other warming agents to the atmosphere, or...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 1, 2019

Coulee Dam restaurant lease OK'd for new owners

The city of Coulee Dam has OK’d a lease for the Melody Restaurant space in its community building, the city council Wednesday voting unanimously to approve it and promising cooperation on certain maintenance issues for the new operators. Jon...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 1, 2019

Colorama comes next week

It’s Colorama time next week, when the carnival comes to town, runners lace up those shoes, cowboys ride into town and people line the streets of Grand Coulee for the parade. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect. We’ll get into more detail...

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 24, 2019

Good discussion comes from covering decisions

Those in political office have the job of interpreting the feedback they get from constituents, but that means that first, it’s their constituents’ job to give it to them. We’re glad to be a part of that loop. In small towns like ours, leaders...

 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...


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