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Articles from the February 7, 2024 edition

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  • Glowing and grieving together

    Feb 7, 2024

    The soft light of candles illuminates the Lake Roosevelt gym Monday night as students, staff and community members gather to reflect on the loss of student Ambrose Moore, who died unexpectedly on Friday. The editorial on page two recalls the experience. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Nespelem school levy up for vote

    Feb 7, 2024

    Voters in the Nespelem School District 14 are being asked to approve a new tax levy to replace one that will expire this year, for taxes to be collected from 2025 to 2028. The ballot question says the amount sought by the district is $40,000 for each of those years. The tax rate is estimated at $2.15 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation on real property, or $215 for a $100,000 property. Proposition 1 was approved last year by the Nespelem School Board of Directors. The levy would pay for educational programs and operational expenses not...

  • Elmer City meets on park planning

    Scott Hunter|Feb 7, 2024

    Elmer City residents met recently to hear about planning efforts for the town's parks and about early results of an ongoing survey on park preferences in the town. City planner Kurt Danison of Highland Associates said the room full of people Jan. 24 was a better turnout than he usually sees for planning meetings in much larger towns, and that interest is what's needed. He said the town so far had 52 people who had responded to a survey on their park preferences, 29 in one day. Nearly 71 percent...

  • Crowd demands hearing on citizen initiatives

    Mary Murphy|Feb 7, 2024

    A sea of red, white and blue covered the Capitol steps as hundreds of Washingtonians proudly waved American flags and demanded hearings on six initiatives that would roll back taxes, give parents more rights and police more authority. The initiatives funded by the political action group Let’s Go Washington all received the requisite number of signatures to be approved for consideration but have yet to receive a hearing from the Legislature. In all, 2.6 million citizens signed the petitions. Republicans say the Constitution demands that i...

  • Vigil held for Ambrose

    Scott Hunter|Feb 7, 2024

    Sometimes a game is not just a game. That was especially true Monday night, when even as the Lake Roosevelt Lady Raiders were wrapping up a win in basketball, on the stage people were preparing hundreds of candles for afterward. Is everything made softer by candlelight, even grief? Perhaps. A community of many who cared about young Ambrose Moore experienced that when more than half the gym was ringed by those holding those candles for him after a weekend mourning the 17-year-old who ended his life Friday. The community shared its grief, and,...

  • Taylor Swift and the Republican love affair with conspiracy theories

    Elwood Watson|Feb 7, 2024

    Several years ago, Taylor Swift was far from the femme fatale some members of the MAGA far right now consider her to be. Many conservatives used to revere Swift. In 2015, Republican lawmakers invited the pop icon for personal tours of the U.S. Capitol and offered to provide donors tickets to her concerts. Even Donald Trump stated she was “terrific” and “fantastic.” How times have changed. Swift is now political poison to the right, largely despised for her progressive viewpoints, her unabashed support of feminism and, perhaps worst of all, fo...

  • Did you really think that TV would ditch ads?

    Peter Funt|Feb 7, 2024

    So, you thought by cutting the cable-TV cord you’d avoid exorbitant monthly fees and those dreaded commercial interruptions. Now, you’ve subscribed to so many streaming services that your monthly tab is higher than before, and it turns out that’s the least of your problems. Lately you’ve noticed ads pouring into streaming. Recently, subscribers to Amazon Prime were confronted with the news: “Movies and TV shows included with Prime now have limited ads. You can upgrade to be ad free for $2.99 a month.” All of this relates to a fundamental truth...

  • Those early postal days

    Roger Lucas|Feb 7, 2024

    Box 92 was our portal to the outside world. I was fascinated with what I could do through the mail. They were the days of the Penny Postcard and the thrill of receiving mail, addressed to me. My aunt Voe was the postmaster at Palouse. She always greeted me when I came in. Actually, I think she greeted everyone. There were not many secrets back then. It was like the phones and the party lines. Everyone knew other peoples’ business, but who really cared. It was the days when people could collect, over time, dishes until they had a set. A real D...

  • It's a boy for the Bobs

    Feb 7, 2024

    Jose and William Bob of Grand Coulee, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son Styles Cheffrey Bob, born Thursday, January 18, 2024, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz., and was 19.5 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Ayamae 16, Koen 15, Bristol 10, Elora 7, and Evangline 6. Maternal grandparents are Carey Reyes of Electric City, Washington and George Batten of Nespelem, Washington. Paternal grandparents are Thomas and Wilma Bob of Nespelem.... Full story

  • Coulee Cops

    Feb 7, 2024

    Grand Coulee Police 1/29 - Police saw a Nissan Maxima in the ditch near the rodeo grounds on Alcan Road. The car was unoccupied but police were able to contact the registered owner who lives nearby on Cardinal Road. The owner explained that he had arranged for a friend to help tow the car out of the ditch, but who, because of the fog, wouldn’t be able to help until the next morning. Police were fine with this arrangement because the car didn’t present a traffic hazard to other vehicles. 1/30 - Police attempted to arrange for a box of pup...

  • Ladies defeat Liberty Bell in post season

    Feb 7, 2024

    The Lady Raiders will face Okanogan in Omak tonight (Wednesday) in their second post-season game after beating Liberty Bell at home Monday night 67-50. Lake Roosevelt (12-9) was outscored by third-ranked Okanogan (17-3) twice in the regular season. But they dominated Liberty Bell Monday, after the teams had treated each other to 20-plus point defeats in regular season....

  • Raiders heap 91 points on Bulldogs

    Feb 7, 2024

    The Raider boys amassed 91 points against Okanogan Tuesday night in Omak during the District 6 postseason tournament, allowing 69 by the Bulldogs. The Raiders, undefeated in the Central Washington 2B league, got winged in Burbank by Columbia Friday, 66-44, for a 19-1 record and a state ranking of third at WIAA, just behind Columbia. They’re set to play Tonasket Friday night in Omak at 7:30 for the District 6 championship. Win or lose, they head to the loser-out Crossover games with District 7 at Wenatchee High School Feb. 17 for a chance to g...

  • LR wrestlers to head to regional meets

    Feb 7, 2024

    The Lake Roosevelt boys’ wrestling qualified eight wrestlers to the Regional Wrestling Tournament at Tonasket High School on Feb. 10. At 106, Jack Steffler; 113, Zach Elwell; 120, Kaden Christman; 120, Jacoby Jackson; 144, Colin Chaney; 150, Francis Louie; 215, John Desautel; 285, Terek Bush; and also qualifying as an alternate, at 138, Isaac Circle. The LR girls’ team also qualified eight wrestlers for the WIAA Girls 1B/2B/1A/2A Region 4 Tournament at Quincy High School Feb. 10. At 100, Aviona Gomez; 135, Arianna Waters; 140, Sienna Atc...

  • FBLA members place in competition

    Feb 7, 2024

    The Future Business Leaders of America held the annual regional competition at Eastmont High School in East Wenatchee Feb. 2, where eight Lake Roosevelt students placed, including Kailah Leadingham, who took third in Public Speaking and will go on to the state competition. Karlyn Logue took sixth place and Amy Conners fifth in the online test for Exploring Technology. Gage Kazinsky took fifth place in Financial Literacy (online test). Zayden Jackson and Charlie Pfaltzgraph placed sixth in...

  • Meetings

    Feb 7, 2024

    Grant County Fire Dist. #14 to Meet Grant County Fire District #14 will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, February 12, at 6:00 at the Electric City Fire Station. Grant County Mosquito Dist. Meets Grant County Mosquito District #2 will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 4:00pm at 210 W. Coulee Blvd. in Electric City. Working on Quilts Every Wednesday 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....

  • Legals

    Feb 7, 2024

    Coulee Area Park and Recreation District (CAPRD) Public Notice - Seeking Vendor Coulee Area Park and Recreation District (CAPRD) is seeking a vendor for grounds maintenance at North Dam Park, Grand Coulee, WA The time frame for 2024 contract runs from April through the end of October. The selected vendor will provide maintenance of the park in the areas listed below. The budget for this seasonal project will not exceed 22,000 dollars. We reserve the right to extend this contract for up to two years. • Mowing of all cultivated lawn areas -- p... Full story