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Articles from the May 30, 2018 edition

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 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 30, 2018

Younger folks needed to keep stocking lake with fish

Do you enjoy fishing in Banks Lake? Do you know people who do? Do you recognize fishing as a part of culture in the coulee? Then maybe you’d like to volunteer to help keep that viable. POWER, which stands for Promoters of Wildlife and...


Folding the flag

Boy Scouts of Troop 24 display the flag they are about to fold at the annual Isle of Flags ceremony at Spring Canyon on Memorial Day. Eleven new flags were dedicated Monday, adding to more than 500...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 30, 2018

Body of teenager recovered from lake

The body of a 17-year-old Lynnwood, Washington boy was recovered Saturday evening from the waters of Banks Lake after he went missing late Friday evening near Steamboat Rock State Park, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office reported Sunday morning....



Privatizing BPA nixed Washington state members of the U.S. House of Representatives applauded the Trump Administration’s decision last week to abandon a plan to sell the Bonneville Power Administration’s assets. The Department of Energy’s...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 30, 2018

New art gallery opens in area

They've been wanting to develop an art scene locally, and last Saturday officials of the Northwest Native Development Fund took a big step: opening an art gallery. Board member Molly Morris cut the...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 30, 2018

In surprise assembly, Utz given statewide award

Karrie Utz accepted an award as "Public School Employee of the Year" for the state of Washington in the Lake Roosevelt gymnasium May 29, chosen out of over 30,000 PSE members in the state. Utz...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 30, 2018

Man dies in motorcycle crash

An Idaho man died Saturday afternoon between Wilbur and the Keller Ferry when his motorcycle crossed the centerline on a sharp curve and struck a guardrail, the Washington State Patrol reported. Larry Everett Merriman, 75, was headed north on a 2002...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 30, 2018

Man's body found in Banks Lake

Grant County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday morning, May 23, recovered the body of a man from the waters of Banks Lake south of Electric City. Deputies were called around 7:30 a.m. after a boater discovered the body, later identified as...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 30, 2018

"Freedom Writers" message comes to Keller school

Erin Gruwell, the teacher who inspired the movie "Freedom Writers," visited Keller Elementary last week at the invitation of the students. The movie highlights Gruwell's efforts to teach...

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 30, 2018

Suppressed no more

After attending the opening of the wine bar on Main Street Friday night, the ribbon cutting at the new art gallery on Spokane Way on Saturday, and getting a bite and a cup afterward at the new coffee house a block away, a niggling, suppressed hope...

 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion    May 30, 2018

Communications crisis

There are biblical references to false statements and rumors. It is not a new issue, but currently the problem is amplified by an electronic twist. The printed word on paper has been a mainstay of the American experience since well before the...


Freedom Writers, Keller version

I had the privilege of going to Keller last week to see one of my heroes. Yes, one of my heroes was in Keller; her name is Erin Gruwell and she is the teacher the movie “Freedom Writers” is based upon. As I sat there in Keller school and...

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 30, 2018

Bad labels tough to shed

The battle in Seattle over the city council’s imposition of a head tax on large companies is generating disparaging labels which local elected leaders likely will come to regret. As a mayor, the last things you want are “anti-business” or “jo...


Martin Leroy Blum

Martin Leroy Blum passed away after a battle with cancer, May 19, 2018, in his home in Coulee Dam, Washington. Martin was born in Spokane, Washington, August 8, 1935. Marty spent some time as a young... Full story


Christine L. Fisher

Christine L. Fisher, formerly of Electric City, Washington, passed away Tuesday morning, May 22, 2018, in Everett, Washington. Christine was born June 18, 1953, in Dallas, Oregon. Christine married... Full story


Construction work getting started

A worker loads pieces of concrete from a sidewalk being torn up at Civic and Spruce in Coulee Dam Tuesday, across from the high school gym. Several sidewalks and some road work will take place this...


It's a girl for the Greens

Jeff and Rindi Green, of Grand Coulee, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Lexi Rose Green, on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington. She... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet this Thursday, May 31, at noon at La Presa Mexican Restaurant in Grand Coulee. The guest speaker is Paul Ashbrook, who will be talking about the ducks that he raises and shows...

 By Jacob Wagner    School    May 30, 2018

School honors athletics and academics at assembly

Raider athletes were honored for excellence in athletics as well as academics at a state and nationals send-off assembly on May 24. Going to the national Future Business Leaders of America...


Alumni scholarships award

This is the second year the Grand Coulee High School Alumni Association has considered scholarship applicants from other high schools as well as Lake Roosevelt. Scholarships in the amount of $500 each were awarded to two graduating seniors: Paige...

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 30, 2018

Raider track competes at state

Four Raiders competed at the state track and field meet on Friday in Cheney at Eastern Washington University. Steven Flowers placed second in state in the shot put event, throwing for 47 feet, eight inches. “Steven was certainly the highlight of...


Whiteman competes at state golf tournament

Darin Whiteman competed in the first round of the 1B/2B Boys State Tournament on Tuesday, May 22, at Hangman Creek Golf Course in Spokane, finishing with 87 strokes, only two shy of the 85-stroke...



The Raider softball player attempting to tag out a Tonasket runner in a May 16 photo was misidentified. She was Emma Warnecke....


Legals for May 30, 2018

Town of Elmer City Chip Seal Project INVITATION TO BID The Town of Elmer City is requesting bids for the construction of a chip seal project. Bids will be received at the Town of Elmer City, 505 Seaton Ave., Elmer City, WA 99124, until June 6, 2018... Full story


Pondering pavement instead of plantings

Is it better to allow folks to pave that narrow, city-owned stip of grass between the sidewalk and street, or to keep it green? That’s a question at the heart of a discussion in Coulee Dam’s town council, spurred by a request by a resident who...


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