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 By Scott Hunter    Sports 

Lady Raiders defeat Okanogan for District 6 championship

The Lady Raiders defeated their Okanogan rivals tonight at the District 6 championship game on the state top-ranked Lady Bulldogs' home diamond. The Lake Roosevelt girls have a good chance to win the state championship tournament... — Updated 5/19/2022 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion 

Still kids, but not quite so much

After a few decades of interviewing high school students two or three times a year, certain traits start to seem universal, including eager optimism mixed with a little nervousness about the unknown coming up. Last week, I had the... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Adams signs intent with Division III school

Alonzo Adams signed a celebratory letter of intent May 5 to attend Pacific University in Oregon, where he'll play basketball and study hard. In a small ceremony in the Lake... — Updated 5/11/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Bureau: Fire station construction will resume

The hulking shell of a construction project will be revived at some as-yet-unknown date, but a tangle of legal problems has been resolved to allow the Bureau of Reclamation's fire... — Updated 5/5/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Why is it called Colorama, anyway?

It's Mother's Day weekend in May, which means it's also Colorama time. If you're new to the area, it's pronounced with the word "color" in it. Some people unfamiliar with our... — Updated 5/4/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

What a relief

Anytime you go out anywhere, it is so apparent that people are feeling exhilarated to be outside, and the community is not holding back. After the end of most covid-warranted restrictions in most places, we’re breathing sighs of... — Updated 5/4/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

City absorbing federal funds

Electric City is able to keep $278,979 in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds it wasn’t sure how to spend. The city had planned a special city council meeting to decide last week, just before and application deadline, until a... — Updated 5/4/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Car lands in Banks Lake

A local driver ended up in the water last week when her vehicle veered into Banks Lake about 5:44 p.m. Thursday. Stacey Joe White, 46, of Coulee Dam got out of the car and swam to... — Updated 4/20/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

For Earth Day, look past the hyped-up rhetoric

As our politics degrade, so does our ability to deal with the most urgent issue we all face. Climate change is so very hard to wrap your head around, especially for people like us who live in an area where a river runs through it a... — Updated 4/20/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Bank donates to rodeo effort

North Cascades Bank donated $2,500 Friday to help the Ridge Riders put on the Colorama Rodeo. The bank, said Branch Operations Manager Jerri Smith, sees the rodeo as "an important... — Updated 4/20/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Anglers give it their all for Triple Fish

The annual Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce Triple Fish Challenge drew 50 anglers in 23 boats who caught a lot of fish over two days in highly variable spring weather.... — Updated 4/13/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Enforcement of city laws discussed

What do you do in someone just says no? That they are not going to follow the law? That’s a policy issue the Electric City Council discussed Tuesday night after approving new forms the city’s code enforcer will use to inform... — Updated 4/13/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Two arrested for burglary

by Scott Hunter Two people were arrested at the Lakeview Terrace trailer park April 5 and charged with burglary after a property manager reported he’d caught them straipping wiring from an unoccupied unit. The Star reported the... — Updated 4/13/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Ridge Rider Rodeo grounds gets audio system upgrade

Getting ready for next month's Colorama Rodeo, the Ridge Riders Rodeo Grounds Tuesday saw workers from Spokane mounting new speakers to the light poles for a better sound... — Updated 4/8/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Two drivers meet head-on in Grand Coulee

Two drivers suffered a head-on collision in Grand Coulee about 1 a.m. Sunday when one crossed the centerline on SR-155 near Federal Avenue, the Washington State Patrol reported. Amy Glover, 39, of Wilbur was driving north in a... — Updated 3/30/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Home prices go higher in tight local, national markets

As in most of the country, housing in the Grand Coulee Dam area is in short supply, pushing prices high. “It’s happening everywhere,” said longtime local broker Merle Kennedy of Foisy and Kennedy. Nationally, prices on... — Updated 3/30/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Saying grace

It’s hard to calculate the costs of misinformation, even of something as simple as child’s false boast of knowing about a threat to a school. Reportedly, something like that caused school to close to students for two days last... — Updated 3/23/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Council debating hiring for parks, police

The town of Coulee Dam is short one person on the city crew, and the city council is debating whether to keep it that way to shift money to maintenance projects. Two council members, Keith St. Jeor and Dale Rey have argued in two m... — Updated 3/16/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Patience is an adaptive skill

As the pandemic eases, it looks like no end is in sight for the continuing need for us all to remain flexible in our ideas, schedules, plans and expectations, and that’s a good thing. The human skill at adapting has never been... — Updated 3/16/2022


Lady Raiders end drought with a trip to state

The Lady Raiders competed in the state 2B basketball tournament last week, taking on teams from around the state and capping the year with the best game they've played all year,... — Updated 3/9/2022

 By Scott Hunter    News

Credit union contributes to rodeo

STCU will sponsor a major aspect of the Colorama Rodeo that provides national television coverage of its events, the Ridge Riders said last week. The Spokane-based credit union... — Updated 3/2/2022

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Legislators need to tread less assuredly

Good ideas have a way of changing into something else in a committee, and that’s precisely how we tend to govern in America, especially in Washington state in the last two years. Last year the Legislature passed a law widely... — Updated 2/28/2022 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Bad bills may still cripple local health care

Bills in the Legislature are proposing mandating nursing ratios and restricting how health care facilities can contract for on-call professionals, both of which provide the kind of flexibility without which rural, critical care... — Updated 2/28/2022 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Local hospital leader: Bill would force service cuts

A bill in the state Legislature that seeks to force hospitals to abide by set staffing levels — to address burnout and an already serious nursing shortage made worse by the pandemic — would likely force cuts in local service,... — Updated 2/17/2022 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Voters say no to school levies

Voters turned down two local school levy proposals by a hefty margin yesterday. Grand Coulee Dam School District’s Proposition 1 appeared to fail by about 58 to 42 percent, with 570 voters selecting No on their ballots, 418... — Updated 2/9/2022


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