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Articles from the March 23, 2022 edition


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  • Reported school threat determined not be credible

    Jacob Wagner|Mar 23, 2022

    School was disrupted last week by a possible threat that was later determined not to be credible. There was no school at Lake Roosevelt Schools on March 16, then only a distance-learning day March 17 due to the alleged threat through a reported remark on social media. The incident was described in a March 17 Facebook post shared on the Lake Roosevelt Jr/Sr High School page from the Grand Coulee Dam School District’s administration. The post explains that at 6:25 a.m. on March 16 “we got a call from a parent stating that their student received a...

  • Center supports study of senior housing project

    Jacob Wagner|Mar 23, 2022

    A housing need for senior citizens may be addressed by local business owners and the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center, which is helping to fund studies that could lead to a large project. Centerline Development, owned by Nic Alexander and Ian Turner, purchased the former school located on 8.3 acres between Spokane Way and Martin Road in 2019 for $155,000. The pair has planned to help develop senior citizen living quarters at the former school, as well as single-family homes on the surrounding property. “We’ve heard nothing but positive fee...

  • GCD School Board Executive Meeting

    Mar 23, 2022

    Notice of an Executive Board Meeting Of the Grand Coulee Dam Board of Directors March 23, 2022 5:30 p.m. The Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors will be holding an Executive Board Meeting tomorrow March 23, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss personnel items....

  • Behind the curtain

    Mar 23, 2022

    Student actors at Lake Roosevelt Schools wait behind the curtain for their turn to go on as their colleagues perform in front of an audience last weekend. They were cast March 14 by the Missoula Children's Theatre for "The Emperor's New Clothes", then rehearsed after school during the week to put the play on in just a few days. MCT was contracted for the event by the Grand Coulee Dam PTA, supported by local businesses and donors. - Rebecca Hunt photo...

  • Reported school threat determined not be credible

    Jacob Wagner|Mar 23, 2022

    School was disrupted last week by a possible threat that was later determined not to be credible. There was no school at Lake Roosevelt Schools on March 16, then only a distance-learning day March 17 due to the alleged threat through a reported remark on social media. The incident was described in a March 17 Facebook post shared on the Lake Roosevelt Jr/Sr High School page from the Grand Coulee Dam School District’s administration. The post explains that at 6:25 a.m. on March 16 “we got a call from a parent stating that their student received a...

  • COVID-19 rates dropping in local counties

    Mar 23, 2022

    COVID-19 rates continue to decline overall as the incidence rate in Grant County has dropped below 100 cases per 100,000 residents and Coulee Medical Center found zero positive results out of 33 tests performed from March 15-19. Grant County Health District shows that the county's two-week incidence rate continues to decline - to 79 cases per 100,000 people on March 17. That rate was 123 last week and 1,458 about a month earlier on Feb. 11. That said, two more deaths have been added to the...

  • Spring cleanup may use a chipper this year

    Mar 23, 2022

    The annual spring cleanup this year is going to look a lot different. At the March 2 Regional Board of Mayors meeting, Electric City Mayor Diane Kohout told the other mayors that, although they weren’t approved for a Department of Ecology grant to perform the usual spring cleanup this year, they could get a grant towards renting or purchasing a wood chipper. The group discussed at some length how it might work, with the general idea being for a crew to park a chipper near one of the refuse trailers at the Delano Regional Transfer Station and f...

  • Traffic stop yields illegal narcotics, firearm

    Mar 23, 2022

    A deputy's traffic stop in Wilbur March 8 led to the seizure of narcotics, a gun and arrests. Deputy Kurt Cuzzetto made a traffic stop at Main and Bell Street in Wilbur after running a vehicle's registration and learning that the registered owner's license was suspended, Sheriff Wade W. Magers reported. The operator did not have a driver's license. When the driver got out of the 2002 Honda Accord, Deputy Cuzzetto observed what appeared to be drug paraphernalia, Magers said. Of the three...

  • Tribes could be getting into munitions business

    Jacob Wagner|Mar 23, 2022

    Guns, bullets, and other weaponry could someday be manufactured nearby. The Colville Confederated Tribes are receiving a $50,000 grant from Washington state’s Community Economic Revitalization Board, matched by $16,667 from the tribe, to conduct a feasibility study to look into placing a munitions manufacturing plant on or near the reservation. Tribal Business Council Chairman Andrew Joseph Jr said the tribes have not been in contact with any existing business in the pursuit of this project. “The Tribes noticed a void in the local market for...

  • Correction

    Mar 23, 2022

    Elmer City’s current fire station holds just four trucks, not five, as was reported in an article last week about a new fire station getting funded to be built next to the old one. Three trucks currently must be parked outside....

  • Saying grace

    Scott Hunter|Mar 23, 2022

    It’s hard to calculate the costs of misinformation, even of something as simple as child’s false boast of knowing about a threat to a school. Reportedly, something like that caused school to close to students for two days last week, adding to the list of items already causing tensions, long enough even in normal times, which these are not. Kudos to administrators and police for their professionally cool heads sorting it out. And to everyone else, including any parent and student, who these days chooses to back away from an urge to jump immediat...

  • Dear Coulee Medical Center Community,

    Ramona Hicks|Mar 23, 2022

    This is an open letter of thanks to everyone who advocated for, supported, gave a forum for discussion, or assisted us to get the message out, regarding a piece of legislation that would have had a detrimental impact on rural healthcare in Washington State and especially our communities. Because of your willingness to express your concerns about this bill, the Senate listened, and the bill was not enacted. This bill would have had short and long-term devastating effects, and if enacted, would have forced Coulee Medical Center to consider...

  • Levy nixers shortsighted

    Roger S Lucas|Mar 23, 2022

    Taxpayers, if you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Educators here are going to try again to get our levies passed. You wonder what it takes to convince people that educating young people costs money, and too long this district has operated by scraping the bottom of the barrel for its finances. We ask teachers to come to our communities and prepare our youth for their future endeavors. Then we give all kind of excuses why we don’t want to fund the process. The old excuse that “taxes are too high, or I don’t have any kids in school” d...

  • When is enough, enough?

    Rob Coffman|Mar 23, 2022

    In the United States, a law is presumed to be constitutional until proven otherwise in court. This process can take years, and a lot of money, to wade through the legal system and end up at the Supreme Court. As the challenge proceeds, we are still obligated to obey the law. We are a nation of laws. When a politician doesn’t like something, they seek to make a law prohibiting you from possessing or doing whatever it is that they don’t like. Even if it is blatantly unconstitutional. It’s easy to do when one party has complete control as well...

  • Farmers follow the sun, not the clock

    Congressman Dan Newhouse|Mar 23, 2022

    One of the biggest misconceptions about Daylight Saving Time is that farmers pushed for it, because “they needed daylight hours to work in their fields”. Nothing could be further from the truth. The adoption of daylight saving time in the United States through the Calder Act, also known as the Standard Time Act of 1918, was devised to conserve energy during wartime. Even then, the agriculture industry spoke out against it. Here’s why: Shifting the clocks back and forth is hugely disruptive for our farmers and ranchers, not to mention any lives...

  • Frank Smither Sandford

    Mar 23, 2022

    Frank Smither Sandford ,82, passed away Friday, March 4, 2022. He was born February 21, 1940, to George and Zelma Sandford in Kansas City. Frank is survived by his wife of 59 years Kaye and four children: Tonya (Rob) Smith, Grand Coulee, Jodi (Eric) Rawlins, Coeur d’alene , Brent Sandford and Shawna (Ed) Bluemer both of Post Falls;10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be Friday, April 8, 2022 at 3:00 at Heart of the City Church in Coeur d Alene I...

  • Al P Reeves

    Mar 23, 2022

    ended his valiant battle with Parkinson's disease on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at the age of 89. Al was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, to father Alva Reeves and mother Mary Lambert on July 24, 1932, a birthday Al shared with his father. Al grew up in Sandpoint, on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille, surrounded by mountains and forests. He became an avid hunter and fisherman, activities that helped feed his family and which became lifelong passions. Al was a Sea Scout as a youth. He played high school and...

  • Herringtons have a girl

    Mar 23, 2022

    Cheyenne and James Herrington of Wilbur, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Evangeline Johnean on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz., and was 19-3/4 inches in length. Sibling includes Ethan age 7. Maternal grandparents are Drew and Nichole Curtis. Paternal grandparents are Johnean and Scottie Herrington.... Full story

  • Coulee Cops

    Mar 23, 2022

    Grand Coulee Police 3/14 - A woman was reported as taking scrap metal from inside a fenced area at the Delano Transfer Station, then walking towards the PUD building. Police spoke to a man walking on trails near the PUD building and noted that he had a dryer cord wrapped around himself. The transfer station manager said he couldn’t describe an additional suspect. He also told police he wouldn’t want to press charges if police found the woman because it likely wouldn’t make a difference. 3/17 - Police spoke to two women who had pushed and shove...

  • The play must, and did, go on

    Mar 23, 2022

    Friends and family watch as Lake Roosevelt Schools' student actors perform in the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "The Emperor's New Clothes" last weekend on the gymnasium stage. The troupe was contracted by the local PTA to audition the kids on Monday, then put on a play by the end of the week. It all happened, despite school being closed to students for two days last week due to a threat later found to be not credible. - Rebecca Hunt photo...

  • New kindergarten teacher added at Lake Roosevelt

    Mar 23, 2022

    Kindergarten students are benefiting from having another teacher with the addition of Ashley Manderscheid. A fourth kindergarten class was added at Lake Roosevelt Elementary School and has “really made a positive difference,” according to Principal Lisa Lakin’s report to the board of directors presented for their Feb. 28 meeting. Mandersheid began at the beginning of the current semester in late January and joins Misty Krohn, Sally Rowan, and Shelly Miller in teaching kindergarten class...

  • Lady Raiders win both games of softball season opener doubleheader

    Jacob Wagner|Mar 23, 2022

    Saturday was a good day for the Lady Raiders, who defeated the Lady Bears in Brewster in both games of a double header. LR won the first game 10-0, and the next 14-4. “Great way to open up the season,” Head Coach Jaci Gross said. “We were tentative hitters, and that will change. We were pleased with our defensive effort. Specifically, the one-two punch of Aaliyah Marchand and Presley Steffens on the mound. We are very excited about our season this year.” Marchand struck out 11 batters in four innings in the first game, while Steffens struck...

  • What's a buttercup?

    Mar 23, 2022

    It's not official, but we're pretty sure Aila Turner is our youngest buttercup finder so far. Dad Ian Turner shared this photo of Aila with a buttercup she "found" in Douglas County seen here just left of her right knee on March 5....

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