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Articles from the January 17, 2024 edition

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  • House fire displaces four in Coulee Dam

    Scott Hunter|Jan 17, 2024

    A police officer couldn't wait for the fire department to evacuate a woman inside a home that was burning in Coulee Dam last week. Officer Josh Watkins went back to the home he'd visited a few minutes before for an unrelated matter after the dispatch center in Moses Lake told him a bedroom in the house at 1107 River Drive was now on fire. It was 5:23 p.m. Watkins arrived and saw large flames coming out of the bedroom at the northeast corner of the house. Young people he'd just spoken with were...

  • Legislature to decide on high-speed pursuits

    Mary Murphy|Jan 17, 2024

    A citizen initiative aimed at giving police wider discretion on when they engage in high-speed pursuits was forwarded to the Legislature on Jan. 11. Secretary of State Steve Hobbs notified the Legislature petitions for Initiative 2113 meet all legal requirements. Initiative 2113 backers want to amend a law on police pursuit that passed in 2021, which requires officers to have “probable cause” instead of “reasonable suspicion” to engage in pursuits. Critics say that measure hinders law enforcement officers who want to pursue possible lawbrea...

  • Proposed: Upgrade PUD fiber to more cost effective, scalable network

    Jan 17, 2024

    Grant PUD staff have recommended transitioning the utility’s current “Active-E” ethernet technology for to-the-home fiber-optic service with industry standard “passive optical network” or PON technology for a more cost effective and scalable service with greater longevity. IT Manager David Parkhurst told commissioners last week the PON technology would use a lot of the same infrastructure as the existing network, the PUD said in a release, but it would mean lower maintenance and operation costs, faster upload and download speeds, better cy...

  • Brunell hysteria misses facts

    Dan Langdon|Jan 17, 2024

    Don C. Brunell really outdid himself with his January 10th column, “Biden needs to expose his secret Snake River dam plan to reality.” Despite his somewhat hysterical and overwrought tone, no “secret plan” was hatched in “the White House Basement.” The leaked policy statement he refers to is very much a matter of public record and has been for at least a month. It does not endorse removing the dams; it only looks at replacing lost generation from the power grid if they are to be removed — an obvious and sensible move. Also, any plan to breac...

  • Agreeing with Cheney, not McMorris Rodgers

    Norm Luther|Jan 17, 2024

    I can’t remember when I agreed with her policies. And I definitely disagreed with her father and opposed his controversial actions. But Liz Cheney, with her new book, Oath and Honor, is certainly again My No. 1 Hero. She shows once more she is the rare prominent Republican who really cares about saving our democracy. And I totally agree with her that if Donald Trump wins the presidency in 2024, that may be our last election, or at least the end of democracy as we have known it. Cathy McMorris Rodgers refused to comment on the House GOP’s non-re...

  • Just a taste of winter

    Roger Lucas|Jan 17, 2024

    We are finally getting an idea of what winter is all about. It was decided that the playoff game at Buffalo was important enough to play Monday, despite the weather. However, the last week was hardly a blip as far as winters go. Years ago, while working at the Potlatch Forest Inc. mill at Potlatch, Idaho, I went to work one day when it was - 41 degrees. We worked under a metal roof with open sides. Our boss sat in a heated office where he could see all the planer operations. His response when people complained about the cold was to tell them...

  • Those pesky initiatives are back

    Don Brunell|Jan 17, 2024

    After a brief hiatus, those pesky citizen initiatives are back, much to the chagrin of three-term Gov. Jay Inslee and Democrats who have an ironclad grip on our state Legislature. Lawmakers, currently meeting in Olympia, are dealing with six initiatives aimed at altering or overturning laws jammed through the Legislature in recent years. Those laws add billions in taxes and costs, restrictions on parental rights, police pursuit limits, and a troublesome government long-term care policy required...

  • Legals

    Jan 17, 2024

    CANCELLATION OF SPECIAL JOINT BOARD MEETING Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors Notice is hereby given that the Grand Coulee Dam School Board of Directors Joint School Board Meeting with Nespelem School District Board of Directors, Wednesday, January 17th 2024 at 6:00 p.m. at PK’s has been CANCELED due to the predicted weather. SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR GRANT COUNTY Estate of LAWRENCE ALLEN ACHORD, Deceased. NO. 23-4-00212-13 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) PLEASE TAKE NOTICE The above Court has appointed m... Full story

  • Raymond Eugene Burge

    Jan 17, 2024

    Raymond (Ray), a man who cherished the outdoors and embodied the spirit of a true craftsman, passed away on January 8, 2024 peacefully at his home in Grand Coulee at the age of 85. Born in Denver, Colorado on June 21, 1938 to Dorothy and Raymond (Sr) Burge, Ray grew up embracing the natural beauty and rugged landscapes of Colorado and Washington. He lived in Wray, Colorado where he helped run the family dry cleaning business. Ray graduated and then married Sylvia Kramer in 1957 as well as... Full story

  • Keeping tropical plants healthy 

    Melinda Myers|Jan 17, 2024

    Tropical plants are filling our homes and workspaces, adding beauty, relieving stress, and boosting creativity, productivity, and focus. Keep these plants healthy and looking their best by providing for their basic needs. Select plants that will thrive in the growing conditions found in your home or office and with your level of care. Busy gardeners should look for low-maintenance plants like ZZ plants, Chinese evergreens, pothos and philodendrons while others may choose ferns, peace lilies, baby tears and gardenias that require a bit more...

  • All-class reunion coming in June

    Jan 17, 2024

    The Coulee Dam All Class Reunion will be held the weekend of June 21 (Friday), June 22 (Saturday), and June 23 (Sunday), 2024 with catered dinners at the Lake Roosevelt High School Gym on Friday and Saturday nights, and a picnic at Spring Canyon on Sunday. The reunion is open to all attendees of Coulee Dam, Mason City, or Nespelem public schools between the years of 1935 to 1971 along with students that attended Lake Roosevelt High School between 1972 and 1976. Additionally, anyone with ties to members from these classes are welcomed and...

  • NCW Libraries checkouts top 1.4 million in 2023

    Jan 17, 2024

    North Central Washington residents checked out, downloaded and streamed more than 1.4 million books, movies, and other materials from NCW Libraries in 2023. That number nearly doubles the 710,395 total checkouts from 2022, when the library district was still emerging from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. “It’s exciting to see that library use has rebounded so strongly in 2023,” said Summer Hayes, Associate Director of Programs and Resources for NCW Libraries. “It’s clear that, despite the disruptions to daily routines that resulted from th...

  • Raiders make an official adjustment to win

    Scott Hunter|Jan 17, 2024

    Sometimes games are what happen when you had other plans. Like when Raider Head Coach Ed Wolfe wanted to tie up the Liberty Lancers Saturday with an aggressive man-to-man defense but then realized the refs were calling the game fair but "tight," he said. Too many early fouls changed the strategy against the disciplined and well-coached Lancers, Wolfe said. No matter. The boys from Spangle still fell to Lake Roosevelt by 18 points, 67-49. The undefeated Raiders now boast a 6-0 league win-loss...

  • Lady Raiders play mixed week

    Scott Hunter|Jan 17, 2024

    Oroville fell hard to the Lady Raiders last Friday on the Hornets' home court, 67-19, but played hard enough to benefit Spangle in Coulee Dam Saturday. That's when the Lady Lancers bested Lake Roosevelt's girls 59-37. LR Coach Morgan Smith said considering they had two players out with injuries, leaving only one on the bench, LR (7-7 overall win-loss record) stood up to Liberty's 10-3 Lady Lancers fairly well. At Brewster last night, the Lady Raiders lost to the Lady Bears 70-45. LR is set to...

  • Coulee Cops

    Jan 17, 2024

    Coulee Dam Police 1/8 - Someone complained about a dog on Spokane Street in Coulee Dam. Police are aware that a dog there is inside in a kennel and is not being neglected. 1/9 - A driver was asleep at a gas pump at the gas station in Coulee Dam. He just needed gas and once he got gas had left before police arrived. - A driver told police he didn’t think he had been going so fast when stopped for going 51 miles per hour in the 30-mph zone near the Grand Coulee Dam. 1/10 - Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on Electric B...