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Articles from the January 8, 2020 edition

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Shocking in the new

A group of intrepid individuals celebrated New Year's Day in the cold waters of Lake Roosevelt at Spring Canyon at noon. A dozen braved the water in polar plunge that lasted just seconds but...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    January 8, 2020

Sign outlining "Coulee Corridor" up after years of effort

Tourist and locals alike might learn a little history by stopping at North Dam Park. Framed by basalt pillars, a kiosk detailing the Coulee Corridor National Scenic Byway was placed at North Dam Park...



Keller Ferry resumed service Monday Keller Ferry service, on SR 21, resumed service at 6 a.m. on Monday after a shutdown five weeks earlier for repairs. The M/V Sanpoil was removed from service starting Wednesday, Dec. 4 for repairs to strengthen...


Artist wins national award

Local artist and Colville Tribes member Virgil "Smoker" Marchand is one of four recipients of a 2020 Community Spirit Award from a national organization. "These artists embody their People's cultural...


Missing man's body found

After organizing a search the day before the new year started, Colville Tribes authorties announced later that day that the body of the man missing since Dec. 24 had been found. Chief Henry Hix of the Colville Tribal Natural Resource Enforcement...


PUD to reduce debt in good market

EPHRATA — Three of the world’s top bond-rating agencies have affirmed strong credit ratings for Grant PUD, as the utility readies to pay down debt for long-term savings that will help keep electric rates low, the utility said Tuesday. The...


Not par for New Year's Day

Tim and Jennifer Scheib (and Clover) finish up nine holes at Banks Lake Golf Course Jan. 1, 2020, when the day's high temperature reached 54 degrees. Scheib said he'd actually dressed a little too...


Hometown papers should keep eye on legislators after Public Records Act win

In 1869, the Daily Cleveland Herald quoted lawyer John Godfrey Saxe as saying, “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” That saying, or variants of it, have been repeated so often that it has...


Main Street was a big part of growing up

My earliest and most vivid memories take me back to when I was 6 years old. That was the year I started the first grade, and also when I started to get store-bought haircuts. My father, who could do most anything, cut my hair until he took constructi...

 By Jess Utz    Opinion    January 8, 2020

A look back at who we lost in 2019

Every year, as I look back at the lists of the famous people who passed away, there are always a few that shock me. I had not heard, or I just plain missed, that one, and I am flooded with memories...


Melvin Iverson McKerlie

Born in Mason City, Washington on July 17, 1937, Melvin Iverson McKerlie, 82, lived in Coulee Dam, Washington when he left this life on Tuesday December 17, 2019. Mel grew up in the Grand Coulee and... Full story


Leonard Ray Simpson Jr. "Chu-Lah-Lush"

Leonard Ray Simpson Jr. "Chu-Lah-Lush", 41, known to friends and family simply as "Junior" left us all much too soon this last week of December 2019. He was born Thursday May 4, 1978, in Grand... Full story


Lee Edward Sammons

Lee Edward Sammons, 66, lifelong resident of Grand Coulee, Washington, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019, in Wenatchee, Washington.  A brief graveside service will take place at 10 a.m., on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at Spring Canyon... Full story


Meetings & Notices

Chamber to Meet at Siam Chamber will meet this Thursday, January 9, at the Siam Palace Restaurant, Main Street, Grand Coulee. The meeting will start at noon with general business is on the agenda No Meetings for Post 157 in January The next meeting...


Legals for January 8, 2020

Notice of Special Election Okanogan County, State of Washington Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 A Special Election will be held in the below mentioned districts for the purpose of submitting to the voters for their approval or rejection the following: B... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 12/30 - Police were unable to locate a juvenile said to have thrown a snowball at the reporting party’s car near Center Elementary. 12/31 - A man at a Coulee Boulevard apartment agreed to turn his music down following a...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    January 8, 2020

Raiders beat Cougars far away

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders defeated White Swan by 15 points Friday, a solid victory but still the closest game the dominant Raiders have had all season. In White Swan, 183 miles away, the Raiders defeated the Cougars 67-52. “It was a hard-fought...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    January 8, 2020

Lady Raiders fall in White Swan

The Lady Raiders suffered their second loss of the season in White Swan against the Lady Cougars Friday. The Lady Raiders led 22-19 over the Lady Cougars at the end of the first half, but were outscored 30-18 in the second half for a final score of...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    January 8, 2020

Raider wrestlers reign at Powerhouse, Brawl

The Raiders hosted their annual Powerhouse Tournament in Coulee Dam on Friday, winning the tournament as a team and producing a handful of wrestling champions, champions who also dominated at the...


Students of the month

Here are the students of the month at LR for December...


Gary Sanderson

Gary Gene Sanderson, husband, father and long-time rancher in Grand Coulee, Washington, passed away at the age of 72 on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 Gary was born on February 19, 1947, in Coulee Dam,... Full story


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