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Articles from the January 31, 2024 edition

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  • AG orders small hospitals to provide surgical abortions

    Scott Hunter|Jan 31, 2024

    Coulee Medical Center, along with a couple dozen other public hospitals in Washington state, has been ordered by the state attorney general to provide surgical abortions. The hospital has offered abortion by medicine, but not surgery. That violates the Reproductive Privacy Act, according to Attorney General Bob Ferguson who wrote to CMC in November, stating it was in violation of the law because it fails to offer “substantially equivalent” care to those seeking an abortion, a standard it must meet under the law. Any hospital that can offer to... Full story

  • Work on SR 17 will close highway four times this year

    Jan 31, 2024

    Scheduled to start in mid-February, a 10-mile, slope stabilization project near Soap Lake will seek to reduce rockfall onto the highway, the Washington Department of Transportation says. It's unclear if it's part of their New Year's resolution, but the slopes along State Route 17 from mileposts 76 to 85 in Grant County will start to look trimmer this year. To make travel from Soap Lake to Coulee City safer for locals and visitors, a contractor for the Washington State Department of...

  • STCU offers help completing critical FAFSA

    Jan 31, 2024

    In an effort to help high school students prepare for a future full of options, STCU is making an unprecedented effort to help families with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The credit union is offering FAFSA assistance, after hours at STCU branch locations throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho. An additional 21 opportunities are being offered, with assistance from trained volunteers who are STCU employees. Completing the FAFSA is a critical step for those who may decide to obtain specialized career...

  • Ragged but still majestic

    Jan 31, 2024

    An immature bald eagle takes off from a treetop at Crescent Bay on Lake Roosevelt looking a little worse for wear with ragged feathers Jan 24. Two of the big birds were in the small tree together near a parking area. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • EV battery recycling requires Herculean effort

    Don Brunell|Jan 31, 2024

    Each year, Americans throw away more than three billion batteries constituting 180,000 tons of hazardous material. The situation is likely to get worse as the world shifts to lithium batteries to power a massive influx of electric vehicles (EV). It needs immediate attention. reported more than 86,000 tons of single-use alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C and D) are thrown away yearly. They power electronic toys and games, portable audio equipment and flashlights and make up 20...

  • This is a friendly place

    Roger Lucas|Jan 31, 2024

    I attended last Friday’s senior night at Lake Roosevelt High School. The place was packed and the Raiders won all three basketball games. I went to support my great grandson, Damon Landeros, who is a senior, and who has played four years for the Raiders. It was quite a night, I watched three games and enjoyed probably an hour of recognition of seniors. It will be a night that these seniors will long remember. What struck me was the display of friendship. It was a night that brought friendships back. After the third game, a lot of people s...

  • State of the union: a perspective

    Jack Stevenson|Jan 31, 2024

    Commercial companies, non-profits, government agencies, and military organizations evaluate their performance periodically. The U.S. Constitution requires that the President of the United States “… shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the State of the Union….” George Washington delivered the first address in 1790. These addresses often deal with major issues of the moment. Very probably, the forthcoming Feb. 7 address will include something about Israel and Palestine. Other measurements of the state of our union are cit...

  • Protecting our nation's farmland from foreign adversaries

    Dan Newhouse Congressman 4th District|Jan 31, 2024

    As a third-generation farmer, I understand how important agriculture is for families, jobs, and trade in Central Washington. Our district’s farmers and producers grow the highest quality hay, wheat and more than 300 specialty crops, making agriculture a vital part of our economy. But foreign adversaries are purchasing U.S. farmland at an alarming rate, posing a threat to Central Washington’s most crucial industry, and the federal government is struggling to keep up. Last week the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a rep...

  • Babler has big birthday

    Jan 31, 2024

    Connie Babler, center, celebrates her 90th birthday Saturday at the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center and pauses for a photo with her grown children. From left: Holly McCormick, Boise; Toni Babler, Post Falls; Mark Babler, Spokane; Sherri Bennett, Wenatchee; Bob Babler, Grand Coulee; Zana Johnston, Spokane. - Diane Babler photo...

  • Heuvel to retire from funeral career

    Jan 31, 2024

    James Heuvel, the funeral director with Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee, will retire Feb. 16 after serving the greater Grand Coulee area for the last 14 years, the company announced. An open house reception will be held at the Strate Funeral Home, 329 Grand Coulee Ave., Grand Coulee, on Friday, Feb. 16, from 12 – 3 p.m. for those that would like to thank him for his service and wish him the best in his retirement. Heuvel has been in funeral service for 32 years, beginning as an insurance age...

  • Coulee Cops

    Jan 31, 2024

    Grand Coulee Police 1/23 - A Grand Coulee Avenue dog owner is being cited for her dog running at large. The dog has been running loose multiple times, and an officer saw it take an aggressive posture and bark at him, then seem to calm down when he called it by name. The dog went back into its yard then escaped again and headed down a nearby street. The officer called the dog back into the yard. - A woman was driving her cat to the vet when her car broke down near Snyder Hill Road in Electric City. Although Electric City is in the Coulee Dam...

  • Raider boys remain undefeated

    Scott Hunter|Jan 31, 2024

    The Raider boys' basketball team remained undefeated Tuesday night after taking down Tonasket 89-54 on the Tiger home court, the final in-league game for the Raiders in the regular season. It followed a rousing, deafening game in Coulee Dam against the Liberty Bell Mountain Lions Friday night, where LB gave LR a game and fans on both sides shook the rafters. The Raiders won by only six points, 72-66, their closest contest of the season. LR might play LB again Feb. 6 in the District 6 2B Boys Bas...

  • Raider wrestlers win home dual with ACH

    Scott Hunter|Jan 31, 2024

    In their last scheduled dual meet on their home mat Wednesday, Lake Roosevelt Raider boys outscored the Almira-Coulee-Hartline team 29-19 as several Raiders wrestled up in a weight class higher than their own. "They dug deep tonight to win that match," said head Coach Casey Brewster. "I had guys wrestling up out of weight classes that came through ... Pretty much all our guys ... wrestled up." Those included Zach Elwell, Kaden Christman, Jacoby Jackson, and Ike Circle, who looked very tired...

  • Girls see win and loss in last regular week

    Jan 31, 2024

    The Lady Raiders beat Liberty Bell in basketball 57-33 in Coulee Dam Friday night, then lost last night (Tuesday) in Tonasket 58-40, leaving them with an 11-9 record overall, leaving them fifth in the Central Washington 2B League and 15th in the state at the end of the regular season. They begin the postseason in Omak Saturday, facing Liberty Bell again at 6 p.m. The winner faces Okanogan Feb. 7 at Omak High School, then plays there again Feb. 10 for a chance to head to the District 6/7...

  • Legals

    Jan 31, 2024

    Town of Nespelem Notice to Engineering Consultants Request for Statement of Qualifications (RSQ) Nespelem is requesting Statements of Qualifications and performance information from qualified firms interested in providing professional engineering consulting services for the 2024-2026 calendar years in conjunction with city sponsored projects with the potential for funding in part through the State of Washington Community Development Block Grant Program with Federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, USDA-Rur...