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Diamond sports sign-ups in March

Batter up! Lake Roosevelt Diamond Sports baseball and softball sign-ups for young athletes from ages 4-15 will begin March 12 at the Lake Roosevelt Elementary cafeteria from 5:30-7 p.m. Registration forms and payments can also be mailed to: LRDS Box... Full story

 

Fruits of generosity

Care and Share Food Bank volunteers restock shelves with food delivered Feb. 17 by Northwest Harvest with goods made possible through local donations to the Safeway program that lets people credit...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 26, 2020

School bus issues discussed further

A conversation on school bus communication and discipline goes ’round and ’round, and a new director of transportation says he is addressing the issues repeatedly raised over the last couple months. The topic of school bus communication, as well...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 26, 2020

Grand Coulee law enforcement contract with USBR in works

The city of Grand Coulee is on track to sign a new contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to provide law enforcement services for the federal agency. The city is currently operating on a six-month extension on a contract that expired in Novembe...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 26, 2020

Students learn about birds in Bird Fest

Craig Moran held up a 30-year-old hawk to a room full of young students at the Vets Hall in Electric City during a two-day event to educate them about birds of prey. Moran, of RaptorLife, a company...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 26, 2020

City appoints Fish as new fire chief

Ryan Fish was named the new chief of the Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department at the city's Feb. 18 council meeting. A crowd of about 20 people, including several from the department, applauded...

 

City hall hours could change

The hours of Grand Coulee City Hall could change so that it isn’t closed during the 12-1 p.m. lunch hour, but would close a half an hour earlier, at 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Lorna Pearce explained at the Feb. 18 city council meeting that with a newly...

 

Free tax help available at the Senior Center

Just a reminder that free tax preparation is being offiered at the senior center in Grand Coulee every Wednesday through April 14, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Volunteers trained in cooperation with the IRS will offer free help to taxpayers with low to...

 

Parents, teachers concerned over mandatory sex education

Parents, students and educational professionals voiced their concerns in a public hearing in the state Senate about a bill that would mandate comprehensive sexual education in public schools beginning as soon as kindergarten. Grand Coulee Dam School...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    February 26, 2020

Two heros will be missed

Sometimes the foundation of an institution can be shaken. The Lake Roosevelt Raiders have lost two very important educators and friends this year, but their impact in the community goes way deeper...

 

Good move for Electric City

Electric City will soon have a new city clerk. Peggy Nevsimal is leaving her post as executive director of the local chamber of commerce to accept another community challenge. It was a wise move by the council there. Peggy has been head of the...

 

Colorado River water problems worsening

Last week, we visited the Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. It is part of our National Parks “bucket list.” The trip was a real eye-opener. The Canyon is spectacular. It is hard to...

 

Our promise to seniors

Our nation values those who have come before us, and that includes our seniors and retirees. Past generations have paved the way for future growth, and I truly believe we owe them the respect — and the benefits — they have earned.  Despite my...

 

Million Dollar Mile, part 1

With the Second World War over, work started on the creation of a 27-mile-long reservoir from Electric City to Coulee City. The old highway ran down the Upper Coulee floor, and a new replacement route would have to be built. To avoid being flooded,...

 

Paul Elmer Allinson

Paul Elmer Allinson, 84, was born November 5, 1935, in Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, to the home of Ralph and Mildred Allinson, and passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020, in Bonney Lake, Washington. Af... Full story

 

Josef Elmer Gray

Josef Elmer Gray, 84, died Monday, February 17, 2020, in Bellevue, Washington, following a brief illness. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Stephany (Stenton) Gray. Surviving him are his... Full story

 

Chrystien Hakola

Chrystien Hakola died Monday, February 10, 2020, at her home in Deer Park, Washington.  Born in 1949 in Grand Coulee, Washington, Chrys graduated from Grand Coulee High School, and received a baccalaureate degree from Eastern Washington... Full story

 

Edris (Edie) Anne Engvall

Edris (Edie) Anne Engvall, 68, passed away from breast cancer on November 2, 2019. Born July 13, 1951, in Spokane, Washington, she was the daughter of Lenard and Thelma Engvall. The youngest of four... Full story

 

First-ish flower

Hunter Piccinini and Clair Diehl point out a buttercup they found Saturday near Electric City's water reservoir. Ross Vordahl, actually found one in more wintery conditions Feb. 2, when he saw just...

 

It's a boy for Cawston/Booze

Arielle A. Cawston and Braxton P. Booze of Coulee Dam, Washington are proud to announce the birth of their son Sebastian Scott Booze, born Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 9 lbs., 11 oz., and was 20...

 

Marchand has a girl

Kylee Marchand of Nespelem, Washington, is proud to announce the birth of her daughter Paisley Cole Boyd, born Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 6.6 lbs., and was 20 inches in length at...

 

Robinsons have a girl

Kendra and Anthony Robinson of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Yazmyne Kiara Brielle Robinson, born Monday, February 17, 2020, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 7 lbs., and was...

 

Meetings

Chamber at La Presa Chamber will meet at noon this Thursday, February 27, at the La Presa Mexican Restaurant. General business is on the agenda. AA Meetings for GCD and Nespelem Area Confused in the Coulee AA meetings are held on Mondays and Fridays...

 

Five Raiders place at state wrestling tournament

Raider wrestlers competed at the Mat Classic XXXII 1B/2B state tournament on Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome, where they placed fifth as a team with several medalists. Out of eight LR participants at...

 

Ladies beat back White Swan

The Lady Raiders secured their place in the regional tournament by defeating a team that had beaten them by nine points in January. The Lady Raiders, from District 6, played District 5's White Swan...

 

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