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Articles from the January 9, 2019 edition

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 By Jacob Wagner    News    January 9, 2019

Federal government shutdown affects Colville tribes and local economy

The ongoing shutdown of the federal government has many implications, including a direct loss of $1.5 million per week for the Colville Confederated Tribes, a letter from the tribes to members of Congress said last week. The Jan. 3 letter from Colvil...

 
 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...

 

Stage 1 burn ban begins Sunday in Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Kittitas, Okanogan, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties

YAKIMA – A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Okanogan, Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens... Full story

 

Randall Henry Bjorklund

It is with great sadness that the family of Randall Henry Bjorklund announces his passing after a 10-year struggle with Alzheimers and the recent discovery of a glioblastoma brain tumor. Randy passed... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    January 9, 2019

Fish pens fate soon to be decided

State wildlife authorities will try to help a local group find a way to keep operating the fish-raising pens that release 300,000 fish a year into Banks Lake, but that may come to an end if...

 

Newsbriefs

They found him on Facebook Matching surveillance photos to his social media account, Grant County Sheriff deputies last week arrested a Moses Lake man following burglaries and a robbery in a north Moses Lake neighborhood. Luis Hernandez Santa Cruz ca...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    January 9, 2019

Tribe sells hemp to Oregon company

The Colville Confederated Tribes sold a portion of the hemp they grew in the Swawilla Basin area to a Hood River, Oregon company in late 2018. "From what we received so far, we have cold pressed and...

 

Remain calm and reign on

The 2019 Colorama Rodeo Cassidy Meng spoke to the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday. Meng, from Moses Lake, was selected by a committee of the Ridge Riders Saddle Club in October...

 

Hello to the community

I don’t get to use the word “I” much in my writing here. It feels strange, almost unnatural. I have to be an objective journalist, after all — Clark Kent, sticking to quotes and facts, keeping my “I’s” out of it. Just a fly on the wall...

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion    January 9, 2019

Returning a fossil home

A fossilized leg bone of the Hagerman Horse will soon be on its way home. It has been in my possession for 60 years, and it will soon rest where it had been for thousands of years before I dug it up in 1958. The bone has been with me in Nampa, Boise,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 9, 2019

Remembering stars that went out in 2018

Every year I like to look back at the celebrities we lost the year before. As we focus on the blessings of the future, it is good to remember the ones we lost and the foundation on which we are buildi...

 

Kicking off the 116th Congress

Last Thursday, I took an oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution as the representative of the people of the Fourth Congressional District in the 116th Congress. It is an honor to be entrusted with this office to represent the people of...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 12/30 - Coulee Medical Center reported that a man, who sounded intoxicated, kept calling the hospital and threatening staff. The man reporting this wanted an officer to contact the other man and tell him to stop. An officer did...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    January 9, 2019

Raiders win big, twice

Last week the Raiders absolutely demolished their two opponents on the basketball court, defeating both Liberty Bell, and Waterville-Mansfield. In Liberty Bell Jan. 3, the Raiders took down the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    January 9, 2019

Ladies lose, but show flashes of potential

The Lady Raiders suffered a couple of losses this past week, one to Liberty Bell, and one to Waterville. In Liberty Bell on Jan. 3, the Lady Raiders lost 57-42 to the Mountain Lions. Hosting the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    January 9, 2019

Wrestlers step up to a gut check week

The Raiders wrestled in the Jeremiah Schmunk Invitational in Warden last week, as well as the Gut Check tournament in Kent, where three Raiders competed for the first time in LR history. In Warden on Saturday, the Raiders had 10 placers, with the onl...

 

Meetings & Notices

Chamber This Week Chamber will meet this Thursday, January 10, at Siam Palace beginning at noon. Paul Turner GCD Area School District Superintendent, will be speaking about the upcoming school levy. Lincoln County Fire Dist. 9 to Meet Lincoln County...

 

It's a boy for the Seekins

Jeremiah and Lee Seekins, of Electric City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, John Paul Seekins, born December 23, 2018, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. He joins siblings... Full story

 

Randall Henry Bjorklund

Randall Henry Bjorklund passed away at noon on Tuesday, January 7, 2019 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington from a Stage IV Glioblastoma. He was surrounded by his three children and wife of 40 years, Claudia Bjorklund. Services are... Full story

 

It's a boy for the Machesos

Heidi and Gerald Macheso are the proud parents of a son, Marcus Chimwemwe Macheso, born on Friday, December 21, 2018, in Seattle, Washington. Marcus was 16 inches long and weighed 3 lbs. 9 oz.... Full story

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    January 9, 2019

Tobacco sales to anyone under 21 could become illegal

A proposed law requested by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Department of Health would raise the minimum legal age of sales for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21. The bill, HB 1074, was co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 11 repr... Full story

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    January 9, 2019

Tobacco sales to anyone under 21 could become illegal

A proposed law requested by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Department of Health would raise the minimum legal age of sales for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21. The bill, HB 1074, was co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 11 repr...