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Articles from the May 29, 2019 edition

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 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 29, 2019

Grand Coulee's 'Heroin Hill' problem considered

Grand Coulee discussed the scourge of drugs in town at their latest council meeting. “I think we have a bit of a problem in terms of drug dealing,” Grand Coulee resident and business owner Kimberly Christensen said last week to laughter from a...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 29, 2019

Could the "B" in "B Street" stand for "Bureau"?

Grand Coulee could turn over a stretch of the infamous B Street to the Bureau of Reclamation. The city council discussed the topic at their May 21 meeting. Public Works Director Dennis Francis brought the topic up, noting that the bureau didn’t...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 29, 2019

City looking at new sidewalks on Ferry

Coulee Dam’s sidewalks on Ferry Avenue are heaving, with some uplifted by tree roots by several inches. Councilmember Fred Netzel said he recently walked the street with an engineer, who said the whole 1,200-feet of sidewalks on the street should...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 29, 2019

Mayor: some stepping up to restart fire department

The town of Coulee Dam doesn’t have a functional fire department currently, relying heavily on mutual aid agreements with other local departments. Mayor Bob Poch said Wednesday that several people are interested in stepping up to fill that void,...



Coulee Dam looking for planning members Coulee Dam is looking for three people to form the town’s planning commission. The city is putting together a state-required updated comprehensive plan, and Clerk Stefani Bowden said the city must either...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 29, 2019

Tribes sue big-pharma over opioid harm

The Colville Tribes have filed a lawsuit against major manufacturers of opioids, alleging devastating health effects on tribal communities resulting from the drugs. A May 10 press release from the tribes detailed the lawsuit, saying that “the...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 29, 2019

City building needs whole new roof

Coulee Dam’s “Community Building,” the one that houses The Melody Restaurant, Riverview Bowl and the currently unused theater space, has a bigger problem than the city’s budget can currently fix: it needs a new roof. Not a patch job on the...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 29, 2019

Wilbur cyberstalker gets 11 years

A Wilbur man was sentenced May 23 to over 11 years in federal prison for cyberstalking an ex-girlfriend and illegally possessing firearms. Thomas Martin Roberts, 52, had pleaded guilty June 12, 2018, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 29, 2019

Business sign enforcement discussed

What good does a sign do if it’s for a business that no longer exists? And what kind of signal does an ugly sign give to a passerby? Grand Coulee Councilmember Tom Poplawski brought the topic of signs up at the May 21 council meeting. “There are...

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 29, 2019

Bureau might be good for B Street

Considering the fact that the lowering of the speed limit from 40 to 30 mph on a short strip of three-lane from Grand Coulee to the Grand Coulee Project offices had nothing to do with construction safety concerns, the Bureau of Reclamation’s...


People for the ethical treatment of Geezers needed

The stated reasons for regulating access to Geezer Beach seem contrived and sophomoric. If you accept the premise that vehicle traffic on the beach poses a threat to public safety, you could argue that boat ramps and public parks have greater potenti...

 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion    May 29, 2019

My Norwegian roots

My maternal ancestors go back to a farm near Lillehammer, Norway, where the 1994 Winter Olympics were held. Most of my mother’s family immigrated to the United States and to, you guessed it, Minnesota. My grandmother left Norway right after...

 By Jess Utz    Opinion    May 29, 2019

What's next?

As the senior class of 2019 inches closer to that day they have prepared for the last 18 or so years, they can now visualize the ceremony, walking down the aisle, family gathered and grasping the...

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    May 29, 2019

The key to representative democracy? Persuasion

I am lucky enough these days to be in regular touch with young people who are interested in public service. I find hope in their quality, energy, and motivation, and they press me to think more deeply about what it takes to pursue a life in the publi...


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 4/28 - A large fight on Dill Street involved several people with conflicting accounts of exactly what happened. A man said he was confronting a neighbor either about an RV he was selling him, or a wood chipper he heard they were...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 29, 2019

Lady Raiders finish seventh in state softball

The Lady Raiders finished their softball season ranked seventh in the state, the best a Lake Roosevelt softball team has ever finished. The Lady Raiders' successful softball season came to a close in Yakima following a couple of state tournament...


Meetings & Notices

Chamber this Week The next chamber meeting will be held at Voltage Coffee House on Thursday, May 30, at noon. Jerry Jones, general manager at Sunbanks Resort, will be the guest speaker. Lions Club Meets First and Third Tuesdays The GCD Lions Club...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 29, 2019

Whiteman ties for 12th in state 1B/2B golf tournament

Lake Roosevelt’s Darin Whiteman tied for 12th place at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association State Golf Tournament at Tumwater Valley Golf Club, held May 21-22. “Darin performed extremely well under intense pressure conditions,...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 29, 2019

Flowers takes first at state

Steven Flowers bested his own shot-put record by nearly two feet to earn the state championship Friday in Cheney, where Raider athletes competed in the Washington Interscholastic Activities...


Legals for May 29, 2019

Notice of Change of Regular Meeting Date and Meeting Cancellation Public Hospital District No. 6, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln, & Okanogan Counties, Washington Public Hospital District No. 6, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln and Okanogan Counties, Washington;... Full story


Draped in valor

Josephine Ayres smiles at a woman from the Quilts of Valor Foundation, which presented her and Fred Long, right, with quilts during the Isle of Flags annual Memorial Day ceremony at Spring Canyon...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 29, 2019

Local man missing

An 81-year-old man from the Grand Coulee Dam area was the subject of a search and rescue operation on Lake Rufus Woods, and the Douglas County Sheriff is now asking for information from anyone who... Full story


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