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Articles from the February 22, 2017 edition

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Electric City and Elmer City slowly collecting vehicle tax for streets

Cities and towns that have formed Transportation Benefit Districts have been slowly racking up some extra money for streets, even a little they shouldn’t have. Elmer City and Electric City have both formed the special districts; Grand Coulee and... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 22, 2017

Outage affected dam, hospital and about 700 others

A telephone service outage for CenturyLink customers in the Grand Coulee Dam area lasted for several days following a power outage centered in in Ephrata. A spokesperson for CenturyLink said that... Full story


Wrapped in raptor lessons

Patrick Hutchins, of the Spokane West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, shows a great horned owl wing to students from Mansfield Elementary during the Balde Eagle Festival last Thursday at the Vets... Full story



Clean clothes, dirty money A Nespelem couple washing clothes at a laundromat on E Grand Avenue Feb. 5, ended up with clean clothes and a counterfeit $20 bill. The couple told police that they were approached by a tall slender, white male with brown... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 22, 2017

Basketball tourney brings people together, business to area

The Nespelem All-Indian Basketball Tournament was held this past weekend, bringing people together to bond over basketball and bringing people to the area during the tourists' off-season. Thirty-two... Full story


Boy dead after stabbing in Coulee City

A 17-year-old boy is dead and his twin brother was in custody after an early-morning stabbing in Coulee City Sunday. Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison Monday morning released the identity of the deceased as Shane C. Wachter. Grant County... Full story


Several trails proposed in city plan

Parts of Electric City’s proposed trail system received the most “push back” of any of the features of the city’s Pathway and Revitalization plan. In workshops and before the council, local residents expressed their opposition to a planned... Full story


Council seat already drawing interest

Electric City will fill its vacated council position April 11, City Clerk Jackie Perman said last week. Perman stated that the city will advertise the vacancy March 22 and 29, and turn the names over to the council for its selection. Brad Parrish... Full story


The threats to our representative democracy

With so much turmoil in Washington and around the country these days, it’s easy to get caught up in the crises of the moment. These are, indeed, worth our attention — but so are longer-running developments that threaten the health of our... Full story


Congressman, communicate with us

This week, February 18-26, is an in-district work week for the House of Representatives, during which members of Congress are supposed to be meeting and communicating with constituents. Yet it appears that Representative Dan Newhouse will not be atte... Full story

 By Lou Stone    Opinion    February 22, 2017

Crybaby bullies, cowards to boot

Justice has never flourished on the Colville Indian Reservation (CIR) for tribal members, although federal Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) funds are intended for the very purpose of providing law and order for the... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 22, 2017

Winter woes will yield to spring

“It was a dark and stormy night.” This is considered one the worst beginnings of a suspenseful novel. But we have been living it. Cold weather, lots of snow and now the melt-off. Add very little sunshine and the winter blues hit you where it... Full story


Seventy-five years ago

The motor barge Paul Bunyan moves barges into Marcus bridge. The bridge spans were moved, one at a time, to Coulee Dam to salvage the wood and steel in them. - Feb. 18, 1942 photo... Full story


David Stanley Comrie

David Stanley Comrie, age 77, passed away at home on Thursday, February 2, 2017. David was born November 14, 1939, to Alfred Stanley and Emily Ellen Comrie in Nottingham, England. He graduated from... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon, this Thursday, February 23, at La Presa Mexican Restaurant, Grand Coulee. Denis Felton from Washington State Parks will be the guest speaking. Community Blood Drive... Full story


Senior Menu

Wed., Feb 22 – Dinner Pork Loin, Potatoes and Gravy, Winter Blend Veggies, Applesauce, Birthday Cake Thurs., Feb. 23 – Dinner Beef Stroganoff with Buttered Noodles, Mixed Veggies, Fruit Salad, Peaches and Cream Fri., Feb. 24 – Breakfast... Full story


Archives workshop to be offered

The Okanogan County Historical Society and Wentachee Valley College North have partnered to sponsor an archival workshop March 4 on accessing the National Archives. Ever wonder where Ken Burns’ writers get a great deal of their primary source... Full story


GCDA Chamber honors two

The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Installation Banquet last Thursday night at the Melody Restaurant in Coulee Dam. The chamber annually makes an award to its "Achiever of t... Full story


New state champ leads Raider placers at Tacoma

Three Raider wrestlers participated at the state's Mat Classic XXIX in Tacoma this past weekend where all three placed, including Kaleb Horn, who is the first Lake Roosevelt sophomore to win a state... Full story


January's Students of the Month for Nespelem Elementary

From left, back row: Jarvis Manuel, Destiny Adolph, Hope Harris, Arianna Louie; front row: Anoki Somday, Bronsyn St.Pierre, Makrick Ankney, Nyla Yellowwolf, Drake Sanchez. Not Pictured: Sally Lucei,... Full story


This week in sports

Wed., Feb. 22 5 p.m., JH Basketball with Okanogan, at middle school gym 6 p.m., JH Wrestling here at LR gym Thurs., Feb. 23 4 p.m., JH Wrestling at Othello Fri., Feb. 24 5 p.m., JH Wrestling at Oroville... Full story


Legals for February 22, 2017

NOTICE OF STATE’S INTENT TO NEGOTIATE LEASES Department of Natural Resources will begin negotiation of expiring leases with existing lessees on the following parcels. All leases are subject to third party bids by interested parties. Lease terms... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 2/10 - Dispatch reported to police that there was an intoxicated man passed out with a bottle of Fireball on the steps of a residence on Van Tyne Avenue. When police arrived, the man was up and staggering and had a laceration on h... Full story


January brings a negative, but it's been far colder

Our conversations seem to be revolving around the weather. It’s understandable, it’s been cold and wet; lots of snow on the ground, and some of our friends have been south or to Mexico and are bragging. We also have a general tendency to not like... Full story


Coulee City man arrested on stolen property charges

COULEE CITY — Lincoln and Grant county law enforcement officers teamed up this morning to arrest a Coulee City man suspected of having two stolen vehicles. Bernard A. Brill, 55, is lodged in the Grant County Jail on suspicion of two counts of...