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Articles from the January 27, 2016 edition

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Lady Raiders get their groove back with four-game win streak

The Lady Raiders won all of three of their games last week, increasing their present win streak to four in a row. "We have played some decent ball with some of the changes we are... — Updated 1/28/2016 Full story


The last snow gets hauled away

Grand Coulee city worker Ruth Olmstead operates a front-end loader to dig into a pile of snow stored on a portion of Main Street closed during the last big snow. She was hauling to... — Updated 1/28/2016 Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Lawyer leads city council in retreat

Electric City’s leaders met for a “retreat” in Ephrata Saturday to consider matters that don’t fit well into monthly city council meetings. “I think every city council should have a retreat,” Electric City’s city... — Updated 1/28/2016 Full story


Wrestlers gear up for postseason

In two matches last week, Raider wrestlers used wins to warm up for a a mixer they'll host this weekend in Coulee Dam to settle scores, break ties and meet new opponents. At... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story


All Indian basketball tourney set

The Nespelem, All Indian Basketball Tournament will be held February 13 and 14. Games will be held all over the area, including the junior high gym in Grand Coulee, Lake Roosevelt gym in Coulee Dam and the Nespelem Community... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story


This week in sports

Wed., Jan. 27 6 p.m., JHS Wrestling at Okanogan Mix and Match Thurs., Jan. 28 5 p.m., JHS Girls’ Basketball at Bridgeport Fri., Jan. 29 4:30 p.m., HS Basketball at Tonasket Sat., Jan. 30 9 a.m., HS Wrestling - League Mix and... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story


Raiders retain 10-5 overall

LR Boys Basketball improved their overall win-loss record to 10-5 after winning two of the three games last week. The Raiders lost in double overtime to Oroville at home Jan. 19... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon this Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Moose Lodge in Grand Coulee. Birdie Hensley, president of the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center, will be talking about the... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story


It's a boy for Martin/Kheel

Jordan Martin and Anthony Kheel ,of Elmer City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Myles Raytheal Kheel, born Monday, January 18, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 9... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story


Keith W. Masterson

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Keith W. Masterson, local area farmer and rancher, moved to a new location where the weather is always beautiful and the fields are totally free of... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story


Eugenia "Jeannie" G Condon

Eugenia "Jeannie" G Condon, 97, of Coulee Dam, Washington, was born July 3, 1918, to Robert and Roxie Grosjean in Kamiah, Idaho. She passed away at the Regency Care Center in Omak,... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story


Seventy-seven years ago

The power barge, "Paul Bunyan," was built by Work Progress Administration forces and launched into the Columbia River Reservoir on January 4, 1939.... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story

 By Bruce Bartoo    Opinion

Stop wasting time on wrong trees

In a recent letter to the editor, the mayor of Coulee Dam states that it is the duty of the town council to “protect the infrastructure” of the town. The basic essence of protection is to replace the bad with the good or the... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

Gems in the Coulee: Operation Red Apple

Most of you know nothing about a secret operation that is going on at Lake Roosevelt. But I am about to let you in on an undercover operation that has been lifting the spirits of staff and blessing everyone from bus drivers to... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story

 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion

Your county tax dollars are hard at work! But accomplishing what?

On 1/11/16, the Spokesman Review announced that Okanogan County is one of five Washington counties that each donated $1,000 to the American Land Council (ALC), an organization supporting the militant (Bundy) takeover of the... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story


State's own engineers should address "dangerous" roadway along proposed trail

“[Brad] Parrish stated that phase one of the trail system, from Coulee Playland to North Dam Park, would eliminate ‘a very dangerous’ stretch of narrow roadway that walkers and bicyclists have to face today.” Knowing there... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story


Expressing concerns on the proposed trail

Regarding the Electric City trail, with the (Jan. 20) meeting being at 1:00 in the afternoon and I work for a living, I cannot make it. I wish for this letter to be my thoughts and my opinion on this matter. Now, I’m no letter wr... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Turner offered school district lead position

Paul Turner, the assistant principal at Lake Roosevelt Junior and Senior High School, has been offered the position as superintendent of schools for the Grand Coulee Dam School... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Old school lovers want a statue that remembers

Soon the Beavers, Tigers and Savages may make their marks on the new school. There’s a drive afoot for some type of monument statue depicting the old Coulee Dam Beavers, Grand Coulee Tigers and Nespelem Savages. Lonna Bussert,... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story


Man tasered three times

A Douglas County female sheriff’s deputy had more than a trying day when she stopped a driver in Bridgeport Sunday for an equipment violation. When she approached the car, she noticed the driver acting suspiciously and suspected... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story


Former clerk pleads not guilty

A former Grant County Mosquito District 2 clerk appeared in Grant County Superior Court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to two charges, one of theft and the other misappropriation of funds by a public official. Charged by the... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story



How to save money at the ER A woman visiting Coulee Medical Center’s emergency room recently will actually save money after hospital staffers caught the fact that she had some redundant medical insurance coverage, CMC’s Debbie... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Bigelow to retire as hospital leader

The woman who took the helm of the troubled hospital she’s spent most of her career at will not renew her contract, opting instead for some time with grandchildren, she reiterated to commissioners Monday. Debbie Bigelow had sent... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

CEO: Auditors didn't like what they found

Bonuses given out in 2014 to hospital executives prior to a turnover in leadership will likely result in a “finding” from the State Auditor’s Office, Coulee Medical Center’s top executive told her board Monday night.... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News

State and federal agencies meet with city on pathway plan

Governmental agencies and some local people crowded into a meeting room at Coulee Medical Center Wednesday as agencies made presentations at the Electric City Pathway and Trail... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story


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