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Articles from the February 4, 2015 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 4, 2015

Tufts named chief of police

John Tufts is the new chief of police in Grand Coulee. Mayor Chris Christopherson named Tuft, to the applause of council members, at the city council meeting Tuesday night. Tufts, a 30-year veteran of the department, had been acting as interim chief... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 4, 2015

Dam area shows Seahawk spirit

It seemed to be pumping through the veins of people all over the community last week, but there couldn't have been more concrete evidence of the Pacific Northwest's support of the Seattle Seahawks... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 4, 2015

Omak man injured in wreck

A 39-year-old Omak man was taken to Coulee Medical Center today after he swerved to miss a deer on SR 17 and hit a telephone pole. Jason Reise was headed north in a 2005 Dodge Caravan 13.4 miles north of Coulee City when he had to swerve to miss a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 4, 2015

School levy sought to continue programs

Local school district patrons have only six days remaining to mail in their replacement levy ballots. The ballots must be postmarked by Feb. 10, to be counted. The Grand Coulee Dam School District is asking voters to approve a four-year, $1.13... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 4, 2015

High school to offer real-world experience at dam

Five Lake Roosevelt High School students will begin a pilot project at the Bureau of Reclamation in February. The project will allow upper class students at the high school to spend one day a week getting a work experience at designated locations at... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 4, 2015

Man arrested with stolen pickup

A Keller man was arrested last Wednesday at a Burdin Boulevard residence for being in possession of a stolen vehicle. Henry Alexander Palmer, 43, was arrested and taken to Grant County Jail on an outstanding warrant for driving while his license was... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 4, 2015

Bird flu concerns prompt info meetings

Recent outbreaks of Avian Flu in Washington state have prompted officials to schedule two local meetings, on Monday, Feb. 9, to provide the public and poultry growers information about the bird disease. A meeting is set for 9-10 a.m. at the Nespelem... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

Fire district passes audit Okanogan County Fire District 2 passed state audit for the two-year period from Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2013, the Washington State Auditor’s Office said Monday. The SAO said records it examined indicate the... Full story

 

Corrections

In last week’s article “Spending Frenzy” an omission in submitted information resulted in not mentioning that State Farm Insurance was also a sponsor of the school event. The interim fire chief in Coulee Dam is Flint Bjorson. His first name... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 4, 2015

Golf course rates rise

Members of the Banks Lake Golf Course received letters late last week of a new rate structure for annual membership. Port District 7 officials were busy Thursday preparing letters noting that single memberships and family memberships wlll each go up... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 4, 2015

Airport's new snow plow arrives, without snow

Port District 7 got its new dump truck and blade last Wednesday; but where's the snow? The truck, with an International chassis, was delivered from Wisconsin, amid a lot of fanfare, with port... Full story

 

What goes around, comes around

“I don’t have kids in school,” she said, “why should I have to pay taxes for schools?” Someone paid when you were a kid in need of an education, I said. “But I didn’t live here then,” she said. Wherever you were in this country, I... Full story

 

Re: "Kathy Rice is named 'Volunteer of the Year' for 2014"

My mom, Naomi Manzer always said Kathy’s mom was the kindest, most compassionate, loving, gentle person in our area...Kathy is a chip off the ol’ block. Thanks Kathy, for being the special kind of person that looks beyond what’s in front of... Full story

 

Remembering Cheryl Garvin

I was very saddened to hear of Cheryl’s untimely death and because Cheryl and I worked so closely together for a number of years, I wanted to just share a few memories with her family and the community. Cheryl came to work for me at Comrie License... Full story

 

Spend money on kids

About Electric City: We had our water, sewer, garbage raised to where some of us on fixed incomes can’t afford it, to get our roads fixed. Haven’t seen it yet. It’s been years when they chipped sealed. If we have money, spend it on the kids... Full story

 
 By Lou Stone    Opinion    February 4, 2015

Tribal council imposing censorship at Tribal Tribune

There is a lot of TV and print and talk shows about terrorism here and terrorism there. It is a serious matter, terrorism is. What makes it worrisome is that it is not well defined and it seems some government officials want it that way. Some of you... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 4, 2015

Top 10 bands that influenced my life

OK, this is not a best bands list. This is a list of the most influential bands in my life. Bands that my parents infused onto me, bands that I chose for myself and bands that were just there at the right time. Second disclaimer: remember I am only... Full story

 

A free and open Internet for an innovative and competitive economy

If you’re reading this online, thank net neutrality. Net neutrality is the principle that all Internet content must be delivered equally. This article shouldn’t be transmitted more slowly than another one. Your cat video shouldn’t be given... Full story

 

Ethel Y. "Vonnie" George

Ethel Y. "Vonnie" George 71, peacefully made the journey from this life the morning of Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, from her home in Elmer City, Wash., following complications from her courageous battle... Full story

 

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in February and get free trees

Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone from Washington who joins the Foundation in February 2015 will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees to plant when the weather turns warm. “The... Full story

 

He'll vote yes

At a Lake Roosevelt High School basketball game last Thursday, Rodney Bise shows his support for the upcoming school levy for the Grand Coulee Dam School District. The levy ballots must be in by Feb.... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber at Pepper Jack’s The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon this Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Siam Palace. A presentaiton by Jim Brakebill and Cindy Jayne will be on Packing Friendship-Weekend Food Backpacks. American... Full story

 

Lady Raiders on six-game win streak

by John R. McNeil II The Lady Raiders have been on a basketball hot streak, winning six in a row to improve their overall win-loss record to 11-7. In Central Washington 2B North LR is 10-2 and sitting... Full story

 

Raiders on four-game win streak

by John R. McNeil II With one week left in the season, the Raiders are sitting at 12-6 overall win-loss record with a four-game win streak. The wins have put the Raiders in third place in the Central... Full story

 

Wrestlers on to sub-regionals

Raider Wrestling wrapped up the regular season and is now preparing for the first round of postseason this weekend in Oroville. Sub-regionals start on Friday at 4 p.m and continue on Saturday at 10 a.m. All schools in the Eastern Washington North B... Full story

 

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