Articles from the May 2, 2018 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News

Congressional candidate holding town hall Wednesday night

A candidate for Congress announced a tour of the state’s 4th Congressional District that includes a town-hall meeting tonight (Wednesday) in Coulee Dam and a coffee shop visit the next morning. The Christine Brown for Congress... — Updated 5/7/2018 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

CNA class to be first step in skill center vision for school

The Grand Coulee Dam School District is visualizing possibilities for what they call a “skill center,” a place where students can learn skills that lead directly to jobs, particularly jobs in the local area. The district is... — Updated 5/7/2018

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Popular fishing hole reopens

You can now fish along the east side of the Columbia River near the Third Powerhouse of Grand Coulee Dam from sunrise until sunset. Closed after the September 11 terrorist attack... — Updated 5/2/2018


National Honor Society swears in 23 at LR

President Rylie Pitner leads a ceremony of the Lake Roosevelt High School Chapter of the National Honors Society as new and existing members are sworn in April 25. From left,... — Updated 5/2/2018


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet  The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at La Presa Mexican Restaurant at noon this Thursday, May 3. General business is on the agenda. The public is welcome. Coulee Creators Meet Coulee Creators m... — Updated 5/2/2018


Regional firefighters get training

Del Ostenberg provides training information to regional firefighters at a special wildfire session held at Electric City last week. Firefighters were receiving their annual hours... — Updated 5/2/2018


Steven Kent Berg

Steven Kent Berg passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Spokane, Washington. He was born December 6, 1955, to Earl Kent Berg and Barbara Box in Bremerton's Harrison Hospital. He... — Updated 5/2/2018 Full story


Randolph B. "Randy" Tonasket

Randolph B. "Randy" Tonasket, 62, left us unexpectedly Monday afternoon, April 23, 2018, from Grand Coulee, Washington. Born Sunday, October 30, 1955, in Coulee Dam, Washington, to... — Updated 5/2/2018 Full story


Cyril Antoine

Cyril Antoine passed away Sunday, April 29, 2018. A wake will be held at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 3, at the Keller Community Center. Funeral services will be held the center on Friday, May 4, at 11 a.m.... — Updated 5/2/2018 Full story


Angie Blanco Rymer

A celebration of life for Angie Blanco Rymer will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 320 Sunny Drive, Electric City, beginning at 2 p.m. Angie, who passed away December 17, 2017,... — Updated 5/2/2018 Full story


Robert "Bob" Clarence Mattson

Robert "Bob" Clarence Mattson, of Electric City, Washington, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at the age of 69. Bob was born to parents Buddy and Evelyn Mattson on April 11, 1... — Updated 5/2/2018 Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

Build up the artist

I was honored this weekend to spend some time with some truly gifted men and women. I attended a training session put on by First Peoples Fund, in partnership with Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF). The training was about... — Updated 5/2/2018

 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Color me red, white, and blue

Some politicians, pundits, and lobbyists launched vile attacks on the student survivors of the mass murder at a school in Parkland, Florida. That seems counterintuitive, since we usually exhibit sympathy toward innocent victims.... — Updated 5/2/2018


Progress in Congress on protecting Northwest hydropower

For months, my Pacific Northwest congressional colleagues and I have been raising our voices and working on legislation to prevent increasing forced spill at the lower Snake and Columbia River dams from raising electricity rates... — Updated 5/2/2018


Are we biased?

Are we biased? The short answer is yes – everyone is, like it or not. Our brains categorize people based on what we’ve learned from our family, community, television, social media, and other sources. Our brains, in part,... — Updated 5/2/2018


Change is budding out all over

Change and rebirth are evident in more than the green buds on the trees in the coulee area. With a bright new coffee shop to hang out in, Colorama around the corner, new educational programs in planning at local schools, and... — Updated 5/2/2018


Clarification on PUD article

In last week’s article titled “PUD installing new meters,” we reported that one advantage of the new meters will be that Grant PUD users won’t need to report outages. Although this is true, this benefit won’t take effect... — Updated 5/2/2018


Dinner time

Young diners get served up spaghetti dinner at the Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club's fundraiser Saturday at the Raider Hub at Lake Roosevelt Schools. The club raised about $1,400... — Updated 5/2/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Rodeo to include big-screen replays

The 62nd annual Colorama Pro-West Rodeo is ready to go, Ridge Rider president George Kohout said this week. The rodeo will play out over two days, May 11 and 12, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday night and then at 4 p.m. on Saturday at... — Updated 5/2/2018


Coffee house opens

Solveig Chaffee cuts a big ribbon with a chamber-supplied big scissors at Saturday's grand opening of her new Voltage Coffeehouse. Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce... — Updated 5/2/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Free food offered this Thursday

The Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union, in conjunction with 2nd Harvest, is sponsoring a “free food distribution” Thursday at the Zion Lutheran Church parking lot. It will be the third year that the credit union has sponsored the... — Updated 5/2/2018



Deadline approaches for flags It’s just about time for the Isle of Flags dedication. The deadline for ordering flags for the dedication is May 18. If you want to have a flag dedicated and in place to honor your deceased veteran... — Updated 5/2/2018

 By Jacob Wagner    News

State Supreme Court to visit Colville Tribes

The Washington State Supreme Court will hold its court at the Lucy Covington Government Center at the Colville Agency near Nespelem on May 7 and 8 as part of its public outreach program. An April 30 press release from the court... — Updated 5/2/2018

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Buttons, parade, helicopter coming

The Colorama Festival Button for this year’s celebration is now on sale. Buy a button for $3, help support Colorama, and you’re in the mix to win one of the many prizes attached to the buttons. All the buttons are numbered and... — Updated 5/2/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Fish-raising program needs volunteers to continue

The fish-raising program that keeps Banks Lake supplied with trout is in danger of ending. Carl Russell, who ran POWER (Promoters of Wildlife and Environmental Resources) for a number of years and is still active in the... — Updated 5/2/2018


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