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Articles from the June 29, 2016 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News

Water park is less wet than planned

New interpretations of old regulations forced a last-minute change to plans for a water park, a new feature of the chamber of commerce's Festival of America. The Grand Coulee Dam... — Updated 7/3/2016


County won't ship juveniles away

County commissioners told those attending the sixth public meeting on the Okanogan County’s Juvenile Department last week that they would commit to continue housing juveniles in the county facility in Okanogan, rather than... — Updated 7/3/2016 Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    School

Admin changes made at schools

Five of six administration positions in the Grand Coulee Dam school system will change for the new school year. Superintendent Dr. Dennis Carlson concludes his six years here June 30, and is being replaced by Paul Turner. Turner... — Updated 6/30/2016 Full story


So much to do we made you a guide

There are a lot of fun, interesting things to do in the area this week. We detail them in a special section inside this issue, from the Festival of America, with its new water... — Updated 6/30/2016 Full story


Legals for June 29, 2016

IN THE TRIBAL COURT OF THE CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE COLVILLE RESERVATION Colville Tribal Credit Corporation, ) Case No.: CV-CD-2015-38236 a lending institution wholly-owned by ) the Confederated Tribes of the Colville ) Indian... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story


Six abstract paintings go up at LR

Lucinda Parker, an abstract artist from Portland, Oregon, was here June 21 as six of her paintings were hung at various places in the Lake Roosevelt school building. Two of the... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story



Bowling Scores SENIORS 6-22-16 Leo 139/122/147=408; Bob 141/190/ 163=494; “The Gov” 99/117/130=346; Karen117/148/136=401;Ray 151/157/ 154=462; Scott 187/188/166=541 Spring League Team W L Flaying W 19 9 San Poil 16 12 Aw Split... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story


Stars with brass

"Four Star Brass," a brass quartet from Navy Band Northwest, provided a 45-minute concert Sunday night at the Bureau of Reclamation's Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center. The four... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story


It's a girl for Smith/Clark

Rielee Smith and Louis Clark, of Omak, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Alayiah Kree Mary-Jean Clark, born Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 7... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story


Workshop on canning coming to Nespelem

The WSU Colville Reservation Extension is presenting a Basics of Water Bath Canning workshop on Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14. The Wednesday class will be from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Omak Senior Mealsite and the Thursday... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story


Luther Allen Leith

Luther Allen Leith, 37, was born November 16, 1978, in Grand Coulee, Washington, to Roy and Joanne Circle-Leith. He left us much too soon from Providence Sacred Heart Medical... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story


Puppet show at the library Tuesday

North Central Regional Library will be offering a wide range of programs over the summer, including its popular reading programs for children and adults. Coming July 5th will be a Puppet Show at the Grand Coulee library beginning... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story


Seventy-seven years ago

In 1938, this scenic site was leased to C.D. Newland, who subsequently erected and equipped The Green Hut restaurant, shown in the foreground, and landscaped the adjoining grounds.... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

Admiration for foster care givers

My wife and I have had it on our hearts for years to be foster parents. We even looked into adoption at one time and almost adopted a little girl from North Dakota. For many different reasons things just never panned out and we... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion

For those eligible, voting should be easy

The elections process is not usually grist for inflammatory rhetoric. But this year has been different. Republican Donald Trump labeled the GOP primary process “crooked.” Democrat Bernie Sanders suggested his party’s use of... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story

 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion

Principles of governance, freedom not understood by commissioners

How old were you when you first learned about Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, and the First Amendment? Fourth grade? High School? It is disturbing that our county commissioners publicly questioned whether a critical editor... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story

 By Sharon Sumpter    Opinion

Outsourcing middle income jobs is not good for our county

Over the past three years, the current county commissioners have outsourced jobs to contractors in other counties. I assume they want to reduce the size of government and lower expenditures. But this has very negative outcomes on a... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story


Locals win at Hoopfest 2016

The coulee loves basketball, and produces winners at Hoopfest 2016 in Spokane. Garrett Strocsher, a 2002 Lake Roosevelt High School graduate, finished first in the men's elite... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Tribes' loss is the world's too

I didn’t know Jim Boyd well, just enough to like him and admire his talent. So it came as a complete surprise when the sudden news of his death overwhelmed me last week. That reaction likely has something to do with being nearly... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Soccer a possibility for school district

Lake Roosevelt High School could field a girls’ soccer team this year. The Grand Coulee Dam School District board is dealing with the cost and plans to review the soccer request at its July 11 meeting. Six schools in the North... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story



American flags available The Grand Coulee Dam area American Legion Post has free 3-by-5-foot American flags and a few 4-by-6-foot flags. You can stop by during the Post’s Saturday garage sale in Electric City and get a flag.... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Election brings changes for Colville Tribes

There will be some changes on the Colville Business Council as a result of the general election tally over the past week. During the tally, it was announced that Chairman Jim Boyd had died. Boyd was running against Georgia Simpson... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Collecting passion, yielding energy

There are not enough superlatives to accurately describe Bob and Bev Bruno's rural log home. You could take the view. Or the careful detail of their home. Or even the house for thei... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Fireworks bans detailed

You just bought a bag of fireworks and are wondering where you can set them off. Here’s your answer: Fireworks are banned from the Colville Tribes’ reservation this year. Likewise in Elmer City and Coulee Dam. Fireworks are als... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News

Tribal Chairman Jim Boyd dies at 60

Jim Boyd, leader of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and renowned musician and recording artist, died unexpectedly last week at the age of 60. "This is a very,... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story


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