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Articles from the February 19, 2020 edition

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  • Semi crashes through restaurant

    Scott Hunter|Feb 19, 2020

    A semi loaded with boxes of apples crashed through a corner of Hometown Pizza at lunchtime today, hurting no one inside but seriously injuring the driver, who may have chosen to avoid two cars in front of him at the intersection. The semi tractor was pulling a refrigerated van that was demolished in a ravine below the restaurant. And a car parked in front of the restaurant exploded as the back of the trailer sent it flying into the signpost advertising the restaurant. The car's blackened...

  • Climatologist to speak at the library Feb. 26

    Feb 19, 2020

    Washington State Climatologist Nick Bond will talk about the impacts that warming oceans and environmental degradation have on dwindling Northwest salmon populations at 3 p.m., at the Grand Coulee Public Library on Wednesday, February 26. In his talk "Are Salmon Doomed? Hatching a Plan to Save a Northwest Icon", Bond will explore the past, present and possible future conditions for salmon. He will share lessons on how local communities have accomplished important work to support salmon runs,...

  • Ice Age Park bid rejected

    Jacob Wagner|Feb 19, 2020

    People in Electric City spoke for and against building a new park last week, with most agreeing that a new park would be good, but with little agreement on how far over budget an offered bid was or on where the money should come from. The Ice Age Park project in Electric City is delayed further but is still possible, following a rejection of the bid at the Feb. 11 city council meeting in which community members discussed the merits of the park, and confusion over costs cropped up. Community members, council members, and park committee members...

  • Busted: Lincoln County mail theft suspects

    Scott Hunter|Feb 19, 2020

    Lincoln County sheriff deputies booked two people into jail last week after a very precise caller alerted them to what appeared to be ongoing theft from rural mailboxes. Three deputies responded to the area north of Davenport about 7 p.m. Feb. 11, taking different roads to prevent the suspect from getting away, Sheriff Wade Magers reported in a press release Wednesday. Deputies Kurt Cuzzetto, Gabe Gants, and Jerad McLagan responded to the area. Cuzzetto found the vehicle, accurately described by the caller, on State Route 25 and followed it...

  • Newsbriefs

    Feb 19, 2020

    Corridor group will meet here The Coulee Corridor National Scenic Byway organization will meet in Grand Coulee Feb. 21 at noon at Pepper Jack’s Bar and Grille. The corridor group, which meets each month somewhere along the corridor that spans from Othello to Omak, welcomes anyone interested to join for all or any part of the meeting that usually lasts about two hours. Getting out the vote The Colville Tribes will be the first stop on a statewide reservation-to-reservation voter registration tour. The tour was expected to stop at the Lucy F. C...

  • People are using the recycling bin

    Jacob Wagner|Feb 19, 2020

    People have been using the recycling receptacles placed at the Delano Regional Transfer Station, but not everyone has been using them correctly, resulting in contaminated loads which could lead to the recycling service going away. The Regional Board of Mayors meeting didn’t get around to addressing the agenda items at their Feb. 10 meeting due to a mayor or representative from Elmer City not being present to complete the quorum; however, the three mayors present — Diane Kohout, of Electric City; Paul Townsend, of Grand Coulee; and Bob Poc...

  • City council drops fireworks law it considered

    Jacob Wagner|Feb 19, 2020

    An ordinance banning fireworks from Electric City that was being considered has been dropped by the city council. At their Feb. 11 council meeting, the matter was discussed by council members, Fire Chief Mark Payne, and more, that since most fireworks that draw complaints from people are already illegal, such as rockets that may land on somebody’s roof, it didn’t make sense to make something illegal that was already illegal, like wearing a hat on a hat. Councilmember Brian Buche expressed a concern over how to enforce such an ordinance. The...

  • Everybody's right in Electric City

    Scott Hunter|Feb 19, 2020

    Citizens in Electric City discussing the devil-containing details of park financing in Electric City are right to push the subject, on both sides of the discussion. Councilmember Cate Slater is right when she says there is “not a lot of stuff” here to entice families to want to move here. Ian Turner is right when he notes the population is getting younger and that should factor into decisions about how to develop the city. Councilmember Brian Buche is right when he says that “has to be something that’s manageable.” Wayne Fowler is right whe...

  • Cheers for American Legion

    Don Brunell|Feb 19, 2020

    The 2020 race for the White House is heating. It’s shaping up to be a referendum on America’s market-based economic system. The central question: is government or the private sector going to provide our basic products and services? Last May, a Monmouth University Poll found most Americans say socialism is not compatible with American values, but only four in 10 hold a decidedly negative opinion of it. Americans are divided into two dominant camps – 29 percent have a positive view of capit...

  • 2019 U.S. extreme weather recap

    Bob Valen|Feb 19, 2020

    Since 1980, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) has tracked United States weather and climate events. This tracking process is specific and addresses the economic and societal impacts. So far, the United States has sustained well over 250 weather events where the overall damage costs reached or surpassed the mark of $1 billion. The year 2019 witnessed many costly weather or climate events. A total of 14 events s...

  • Healthy Forests are the key to wildfire prevention

    Dan Newhouse|Feb 19, 2020

    In Central Washington, we understand that healthy forests are the true key to wildfire prevention. Each summer, we come face-to-face with the threat wildfires pose to our land, our communities, and our health. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world, surrounded by national forests and public lands. Unfortunately, decades of mismanagement and misguided funding have prevented the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) or the many engaged forest collaboratives in our region from properly caring for our lands. I have committed to the...

  • The lasting legacy of Camp Columbia

    Bert Smith, Them Dam Writers online|Feb 19, 2020

    As a child growing up in west Coulee Dam, our outdoor playground was built by the toil of young unmarried men of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC was born out of the Great Depression in 1933 and was a voluntary public-works program of President Roosevelt's New Deal. Roosevelt's program put men of ages 18 to 25 to work on projects involving natural-resource development and conservation. The average wage was $30 per month, of which $25 was sent home to their families. With the...

  • Janice Bonamici Erickson

    Feb 19, 2020

    Janice Bonamici Erickson, 66, passed away Friday, February 7, 2020, peacefully with loved ones by her side in Spokane, Washington. Jan was born January 11, 1954, to Anthony and Geneva Bonamici in Spokane, Washington where she grew up and went to school. She attended Eastern Washington University for both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education. Beginning her teaching career in 1976, Jan taught for over 40 years, primarily in the Grand Coulee Dam School District. As a life-long learner and... Full story

  • Margaret E. Rice Kendall

    Feb 19, 2020

    Our loving mother, Margaret E. (Mickey) Rice Kendall, passed away peacefully in Spokane, Washington. Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Mickey was born the third child of Theo. R. and Bernice E. Rice on the family homestead northwest of Grand Coulee on August 11, 1932. Mickey's growing up years were spent on her family's farm. Her mom helped her dad in the fields so her grandfather who lived with them took care of the kids. She also had two bachelor uncles that lived nearby and were very much a part... Full story

  • Quite a valentine

    Feb 19, 2020

    Brad Oliver proposes to Patty Davis at the conclusion of her PK's Culinary Valentines Day dinner weekend Saturday night. The local businessman involved in the Wine Bar and Coulee Internet said Davis, a chef who grew up locally and came back to open her business, makes him want to be a better human. Then he bent his knee in front of 22 guests to present her a ring. She said yes. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Meetings & Notices

    Feb 19, 2020

    Chamber to Meet at La Presa Chamber will meet this Thursday, February 20, at the La Presa Mexican Restaurant, Grand Coulee. The meeting will start at noon with general business on the agenda. Grant County Fire Dist. 14 to Meet The Grant County Fire District 14 will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, February 24, at 7 p.m., at the Electric City Fire Station. AA Meetings for GCD and Nespelem Area Confused in the Coulee AA meetings are held on Mondays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Vets Center in Electric City. Call Paul at 633-3377 days or...

  • Raider grapplers heading to State tourney

    Jacob Wagner|Feb 19, 2020

    Raider wrestlers are state bound following a successful performance at regionals last weekend. Ten out of 12 Raider wrestlers who competed at the regional tournament in Oroville on Saturday will be heading to the state Mat Classic XXXII at the Tacoma Dome Friday and Saturday. "It went well," Head Coach Billy Monroe said about the 1B/2B Region 2 tournament. "We finished up second as a team behind the Tonasket Machine." LR's 153 team points placed them second out of 12 teams, with Tonasket...

  • Raiders beat Hornets, lose to Bears

    Jacob Wagner|Feb 19, 2020

    The Raiders competed in league basketball playoffs this past week, defeating the Hornets and losing to the Bears, and now move onto a district crossover game on Friday. Lake Roosevelt defeated the Oroville Hornets in a league playoff match Feb. 14, winning 69-52, but in a game that was a tie in the third quarter. "Playoffs are a different ball game," Head Coach Jeremy Crollard said after the game. "Oroville came to play tonight. We have to expect the same type of intensity from here on out....

  • Ladies two for three

    Jacob Wagner|Feb 19, 2020

    The basketball postseason is in full swing with the Lady Raiders defeating Tonasket, losing to Waterville, beating Liberty Bell, and now progressing onto the district crossover game this Saturday in Quincy. LR defeated the Tonasket Lady Tigers 53-27 Thursday in Coulee Dam. In the first quarter, a pair of back-to-back, three-point shots from Allison Nomee put LR up 15-0. Tonasket got on the board in the last minute of the quarter that finished 17-4 LR. LR led 26-15 at the end of the half, and in...

  • Legals for February 19, 2020

    Feb 19, 2020

    Keller School District Request for Qualifications / Proposal from qualified Energy Service Providers The Keller School District Board of Keller, Washington requests qualifications and proposals from energy services providers licensed in the State of Washington. A qualified provider will be selected for the purpose of implementing energy efficiency projects and will develop and prepare a Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract pursuant to the guidelines set forth in Washington Code RCW 39.35A.030. The Request for Proposal (RFQ/P) is due on March 6, 2... Full story

  • Coulee Cops

    Feb 19, 2020

    Coulee Dam Police 2/10 - A student was arrested for assault after she fought with another student in the hallway at Lake Roosevelt, reportedly over the other student talking about her family over social media. 2/11 - Five post office boxes were pried into at the Coulee Dam post office, three of which were rented out. It is unknown if any mail was taken. - A student was arrested for assault and taken to juvenile hall after police reviewed surveillance footage showing the student hitting another in the lunchroom. 2/12 - A truck pulling a trailer...