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Articles from the January 10, 2024 edition

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  • New year starts with new council in Electric City

    Scott Hunter|Jan 10, 2024

    Electric City swore in its two newest council members Tuesday and one who held onto his seat in the November election. Brian Buche took the oath of office again, having been re-elected over challenger Levi Johnson. The new members now joining Buche at council were Matt Gilbert and Blake Martin, who, like Johnson, are Grand Coulee police officers. The newcomers got a relatively light agenda to start, with 19 items on it ranging from approving prior meetings’ minutes to hearing the particulars of a sewer connection discussion and passing an o...

  • Dangerous wind chill watch issued

    Jan 10, 2024

    The National Weather Service in Spokane is warning of dangerously cold wind chills as low as -25 degrees being a possibility over the several days, from Thursday evening through Sunday morning in the Upper Columbia Basin. That area includes Grand Coulee, Coulee City, Wilbur, Creston, Odessa and Harrington. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. NWS says, "Confidence is increasing for very cold temperatures Friday into early next week... Full story

  • Keller Ferry down

    Jan 10, 2024

    SR 21 is closed in both directions as Keller Ferry on the Columbia River at MP 106.65 north of Wilbur is out of service. The state department of Transportation advised to use an alternate route and expect a long delay. The ferry went down at 1:40 pm on January 10, according to WSDOT’s app.... Full story

  • Sunrise on the snow

    Jan 10, 2024

    Early morning sunlight paints the back of the top of Grand Coulee Dam and the mountains to the north Tuesday after an overnight snowfall brought winter back to the region following a warm December. Temperatures are expected to get much colder later this week. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Eagles donate to student

    Scott Hunter|Jan 10, 2024

    To celebrate their anniversary, the Eagles Auxiliary and the Eagles Aerie made a donation Saturday to a young student raising money for a trip to Boston this summer. On the 77th anniversary of the Eagles and the 75th anniversary of the auxiliary, Pharaoh Hudson received their check for $300. He and his family are trying to raise enough money to get him to Boston and cover expenses for the trip. Hudson received in the mail a notice that he had been nominated for an "award of excellence for...

  • Public safety must be a priority, legislators say

    Aspen Anderson|Jan 10, 2024

    Public safety should be a top priority for this year's legislative session, Gov. Jay Inslee and bipartisan state legislators said on the eve of the 2024 legislative session. "We need additional officers on the street," Inslee told reporters. "And to help local police forces find their additional officers, I'm proposing a $10 million grant program." Washington state ranks 50th in the nation for the number of law enforcement officers per capita, Inslee and legislators acknowledged. At the annual...

  • Teachers recognized at school board meeting

    Scott Hunter|Jan 10, 2024

    Two Lake Roosevelt Elementary School teachers were recognized for their efforts before the school board at its meeting Monday night. Third-grade teacher Jessica Tufts and fourth-grade teacher Alissa Seaver were each highlighted in the "Superintendent's Spotlight" for those who go "above and beyond" for the district. Superintendent Rod Broadnax said he stops by their classrooms every day. "Students are engaged, students are learning," he said. The two were responsible for organizing the recent...

  • Coulee Cops

    Jan 10, 2024

    Grand Coulee Police 1/1 - Two vehicles were towed away after a collision on Midway Avenue that caused extensive front-end damage to both vehicles. One of the vehicles had failed to yield to the other as it was turning onto Spokane Way. 1/2 - Police responded to a residence where a woman said she had been sprayed by pepper spray. There was no discoloration or odor from the spray. The woman said she didn’t know how she was sprayed but that her eyes were swollen. The situation was handed over to a medical crew. - Police responded to Weil Place w...

  • New Medicare benefits will help millions

    Priya Helweg|Jan 10, 2024

    My name is Priya Helweg, and I am the US Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Regional Director for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and 272 federally recognized Tribes in Region 10. The new year is a time of hope and renewal, but it can also bring financial challenges to those facing up-front health costs. When President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in 2022, he made a commitment to lowering health costs for Americans and increasing savings each year. At HHS we see how this commitment improves the lives and health...

  • Biden needs to expose his secret Snake River dam plan to reality

    Don Brunell|Jan 10, 2024

    The $33 billion secret Snake River Dam plan that President Biden and friends cooked up in the White House basement needs to be exposed to the light of day and thoroughly aired by all. It is time to assess how it might work in the real world rather than wait and see what happens once it is implemented. While $33 billion may seem like “walking around” money to a President who tosses around trillion-dollar programs like horseshoes at the church picnic, the amount is equal to the yearly ope...

  • Idaho wagon train massacres

    Roger Lucas|Jan 10, 2024

    While traveling in Idaho, we ran into a group of wagons doing a reenactment of the Oregon Trail days. Those on the wagon train reported how much fun they were having. It was a far cry from two wagon trains that ended as massacres while in Idaho, the Ward train and the Van Ornum/Utter trains. The trains crossed the Snake River at a place that was shallow enough and where the rushing river was still about 60 miles east of Boise. You can still see ruts at the river crossing. The ward group in 1854 consisted of 20 people and five wagons. While in...

  • Could you pass a citizenship test? Really?

    Danny Tyree|Jan 10, 2024

    Okay, maybe I’m approaching this from a position of privilege. One of my earliest memories is of tagging along to my mother’s former grammar school when she voted. Social Studies was one of my favorite elementary school classes. Mr. Lowry’s junior high Civics class taught us about polling, current events and debate skills. I made straight A’s when I minored in Political Science in college. So I’m a wee bit prejudiced when I applaud the arrival of the book “Restoring the City on a Hill: U.S....

  • Margaret Rose Kennedy

    Jan 10, 2024

    Margaret Rose Kennedy, 87, was born on June 16, 1936, in Cashmere, Washington, to Wilson and Mabel Dynes. Maggie, the baby of a large family, grew up on the family farm just outside Cashmere. As the much younger baby sister, she enjoyed a special relationship with her older siblings as well as her mom and dad. She learned to play the piano from her mom, and she became a gifted and accomplished pianist spending her life sharing that special gift wherever she went. Maggie graduated from Cashmere... Full story

  • Susan Chaffee

    Jan 10, 2024

    Susan Chaffee, 75, of Grand Coulee, Washington, passed away unexpectedly on December 29, 2023. Susan was born in Seattle, Washington and raised her family in Arlington, Washington. Her many interests included education, art, reading, hiking, beekeeping, drinking Belgian beer and being the alpha for three dogs (Belle, Bugsy, Hugo). She is survived by her brother Peter Wilde and wife Katie Wilde of Boise, ID; brother David Wilde and wife Jan Wilde of Bellevue, WA, brother Tim Wilde and wife Anna... Full story

  • NCW libraries to offer virtual programs

    Jan 10, 2024

    NCW Libraries will be offering two virtual programs this winter: a six-week series on the principles and skills of mediation, and a talk with the Washington Trails Association about winter hikes. Both programs are free and will be offered on the Zoom platform. Explore Winter Hikes Winter Hikes Around Central Washington with the Washington Trails Association will be offered on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. In the hour-long talk, a WTA associate will share her favorite winter hikes for all skill levels in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan and Ferry. Register for thi...

  • Meetings

    Jan 10, 2024

    Grant County Mosquito dist. Meets Grant County Mosquito District #2 will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 4:00pm at 210 W. Coulee BLVD in Electric City. Republicans to Meet Saturday Republicans in Okanogan County will caucus at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, in the county commissioners’ hearing room in Okanogan. Call 509-449-1693 for questions....

  • Working on quilts every Wednesday

    Jan 10, 2024

    Every Wednesday we will be tying quilts at Zion Lutheran Church for the months of January and February. The group will start at 9am. Bring a sack lunch if you want to. One half of quilts will go to the Support Center and the other alf to World Relief. We do keep 2 to 4 quilts at the church which were given to the family’s that just lost their home. Questions call 509-633-0648...

  • Adkins tapped for national Impact Aid board

    Jan 10, 2024

    John M. Adkins, Coulee Dam, Superintendent of the Wellpinit School District, has been selected to join five other superintendents on the Board of Directors for the National Indian Impacted Schools Association. There are over 550 Indian land school districts across the United States. Adkins started working as an educator and coach with students and families on Indian lands over 40 years ago, including the Grand Coulee Dam and Nespelem School districts. He has been an athletic director, principal and for the last 24 years a superintendent. He...

  • Raider boys slip but win against Bridgeport

    Scott Hunter|Jan 10, 2024

    The Raiders were slipping in their game early against Bridgeport Friday night until an attitude adjustment took hold. That's when Coach Ed Wolfe refocused the team's efforts on the word "team." "I told them we didn't have any players who were the best in the state, but when we play as a team, it's fantastic," Wolfe said later. Lake Roosevelt was up by six points early in the second quarter, but had gained a 46-27 margin by the half. The Raiders stuffed the Mustangs 85-44 at the end. LR beat...

  • Raider girls split week

    Scott Hunter|Jan 10, 2024

    The Lady Raiders prevailed over Waterville-Mansfield in basketball last week, but lost to Tonasket last night by a similar score last night. Both games were on the Raider home court. Another game on Friday, against Bridgeport, was canceled. Against the Shockers last Wednesday at home, Lake Roosevelt's girls kept ahead of the Shockers throughout the game and won 57-47. Hosting Tonasket Tuesday night, the Raider girls fell 55-42. LR heads to Oroville Friday night but faces Spangle in Coulee Dam...

  • Legals

    Jan 10, 2024

    Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors NOTICE OF BOARD STRATEGIC PLANNING RETREAT Notice is hereby given that the Grand Coulee Dam School Board of Directors will be holding a Board Strategic Planning Retreat at the School District Office Friday, January 12, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. (Publish January 10, 2024) Okanogan County LOGIC AND ACCURACY TEST In accordance with RCW 29A.12.130 and WAC 434-335, a Logic and Accuracy test will be conducted on the Okanogan County vote counting equipment. The test will be held in the Okanogan County...