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Articles from the September 2, 2020 edition

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  • Fire destroys empty house and more

    Scott Hunter|Sep 2, 2020

    Fire razed several buildings in Electric City early Tuesday morning, including an unoccupied house. When the call went out about 12:30 a.m., the fire was already well underway, said Mark Payne, fire chief in Electric City. The fire at the house at 118 Fifth Street near the edge of the city also started a small wildland fire that burned about an acre near the edge of the city on a windless night in dry brush. Payne, who could be heard asking dispatchers to call out more firefighters and brush...

  • Many fires burning in region; evacuations issued

    Scott Hunter|Sep 2, 2020

    Among the many fires burning in Eastern Washington tonight are five on the Colville Reservation, including three on its eastern edge that have consumed about 8,000 acres, where evacuations are underway. In Lincoln County, sheriff's deputies are notifying residents of Level 3 evacuation orders now (7:45 p.m.) along the entire Hawk Creek Ranch Road and telling residents in Hawk Creek Estates to get ready, a Level 2 evacuation notice. We believe this is now called the Whitney Fire. It had burned... Full story

  • Fire raging through Okanogan, Douglas counties

    Scott Hunter|Sep 2, 2020

    Update 4:11 p.m. Bridgeport and Bridgeport Bar area is under a Level 3 evacuation, and US 97 is closed from Pateros north. #ColdSpringsCanyonPearlHillFireUpdate: Level 3 evac notices have been issued to the City of B.port and B.port Bar. Residents are being directed to leave towards Brewster and contact the Red Cross (509) 670-5331 if they require shelter assistance. — Douglas County Sheriffs Office - WA (@DoCoSheriffWA) September 7, 2020 Earlier story: Douglas County authorities just... Full story

  • Fire closes US 2 east of Wilbur

    Sep 2, 2020

    The Washington State Patrol is advising that US 2 is now closed due to a fire in the area 18 miles east of Wilbur from MP 238 to Mp 243 as of 2 p.m. Expected time to reopen is unknown. Also, the Washington State Dept. of Transporation says several other roadways are closed due to bad visibility from smoke and or dust: ▪️ I-90 Grant County line to Ritzville ▪️ US 395 Ritzville to SR 26 ▪️ US 2 from SR 172 to SR 17 ▪️ SR 172 ▪️ SR 17 Other closures could come with little warning. Please be prepared. Windy and gusting conditions are expe... Full story

  • Clock now ticking on new major hydro project

    Scott Hunter|Sep 2, 2020

    Another step toward starting a major new hydropower project that would tunnel beneath the city of Grand Coulee happened Monday when the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation published its intent to take proposals for a lease for generating electricity using Lake Roosevelt. The Bureau published in the Federal Register that it will take applications from non-federal entities for a “lease of power privilege” (LOPP) for a “pumped storage hydroelectric” project that creates power by pumping water up to Banks Lake, then letting it back down through generators t...

  • Internet tower in Nespelem may help address education inequity

    Jacob Wagner|Sep 2, 2020

    The Colville Tribes is working to address the problem of students in the Nespelem area not having access to the internet while schools are switching to a distance-learning model of education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nespelem School District board of directors Aug. 26 approved allowing the Tribes to build an internet tower on school grounds, something that Superintendent/Principal Effie Dean said would bring internet access to the town of Nespelem. And beyond the town people could create “hotspots” using their phones, altogether bri... Full story

  • County commissioners appeal to public on Covid prevention

    Scott Hunter|Sep 2, 2020

    Grant County commissioners issued a "desperate appeal" Aug. 25 for the public's help in getting the COVID-19 epidemic in the county under control. With the county's rate of new infections currently the worst in the state, commissioners Tuesday passed a proclamation recognizing that community commitment "at a 'grass root' level will be the most effective in succeeding at eliminating the covid-19 virus." Since last Thursday, the Grant Health District had received reports of 63 new cases and... Full story

  • 25 years of safety delivers high honor

    Sep 2, 2020

    Brian Buche, center, is flanked by his fellow UPS workers and a supervisor from Omak, Anthony Popelier, left, Aug. 25, as Buche is inducted into the UPS Circle of Honor for 25 years of safe driving. Only 2% of drivers worldwide earn that honor. Company officials hung Buche's name on a plaque at the company's museum in Seattle as Buche and coworkers watched via Zoom from the Grand Coulee facility, a method used only because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He and his wife Kelly also got a virtual tour...

  • A first-hand account of the Taiwan's Covid defenses

    Scott Hunter|Sep 2, 2020

    A local doctor traveled this summer to Taiwan, a country noted as having had one of the best responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, one with a strategy that differs greatly from that of the United States or even the state of Washington. The island country 100 miles off the coast of the People's Republic of China that has had 488 cases of the disease among its population of 23.6 million, even though its population is approximately 115 times as dense in its cities as Grant County, which... Full story

  • We're all in this together

    Lee Hamilton|Sep 2, 2020

    We are a nation adrift. Even before the pandemic and George Floyd’s death, the U.S. was piling on problems with little sense that we had either the leadership or the political will to address them. The coronavirus and Black Lives Matter protests have amplified those challenges, throwing older ones into stark relief and adding new ones. I am as convinced as ever that this country has the strength and ingenuity to find its way out. I don’t know about you, but I see rising out of the multiple crises besetting us a bedrock recognition that the...

  • Balanced zoning, setbacks key to rural clean energy future

    Lu Nelsen|Sep 2, 2020

    The wind energy industry remains one of the fastest growing in the U.S. It has not only increased capacity, but provided consumers and utilities with clean energy while creating additional economic benefits, such as tax revenue, career opportunities and direct payments to landowners who host turbines. However, with that growth has come questions and concerns, leaving local officials trying to decide the best approach to regulating development. The most common solution is zoning, in particular setbacks, which plays an important role in setting...

  • Moore can work across the political divide

    Juliannne Martinez|Sep 2, 2020

    Elections for key WA State positions are imminent. It is a timely election with much at stake, including the leadership to guide us out of a pandemic, to protect our lands and natural resources against the ever increasing climate change, to fight against corporate corruption, to ensure our public safety and protect our civil liberties, to improve our public schools, to protect our agricultural areas, and to implement an affordable healthcare care system. Each level of government adds to this body to make sure that the needs of the various...

  • Acts of bravery all around

    Roger S. Lucas|Sep 2, 2020

    When we think of bravery, we have a tendency to think big. Actually, acts of bravery are all around us, some more apparent than others. While in Vietnam a number of years ago I met a medical doctor who was captured by the Viet Cong and held captive four years. It wasn’t unusual at the time for people to turn up missing. The doctor was held in a jungle field hospital where he worked on soldiers who were wounded or people who came down with jungle diseases. He was somewhat philosophical about it all. He reasoned that he was trained for this k...

  • The original conservationists

    Dan Newhouse|Sep 2, 2020

    Hunters, fishers, and farmers are the original conservationists. Growing up in Central Washington, I have been surrounded by agriculture my whole life. As our farmers and ranchers work to feed the world, we also recognize the importance of conserving our precious natural resources and native species. The same goes for sportsmen, many of whom hunt or fish in order to honor generational traditions or provide for their families. Without responsible land use, resource development, and local conservation efforts, hunting, farming, and fishing as we...

  • Kathleen "Kitty" Kay Kelly Powell

    Sep 2, 2020

    Kitty passed away Thursday, August 27, 2020, after a brief bout with cancer. She was born November 13, 1951, in Coulee Dam, Washington to proud parents Art and Dot Kelly. Raised in Electric City always surrounded by pets: dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and anything her and sister Debby could drag home. Kitty was a 12-year vet of Grand Coulee High School and has many long time friends from that time. Her humor was impeccable and had a love for Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, comic books, The Avengers... Full story

  • Janet Louise Nicholson

    Sep 2, 2020

    Janet Louise Nicholson age 66, proud member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, whose life was spent in service to the her nation, passed away in Elmer City, Washington Tuesday morning August 25, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Born Saturday, August 21, 1954 in Nespelem, Washington to Isaac & Marie Covington–Wak Wak, Janet was baptized into the Catholic Church, was a member of Seven Drums – “Washaat,” and American Legion Post 114 of Nespelem, Washington. First employed by the tribal government at age 14 years; Janet w... Full story

  • On balance ...

    Sep 2, 2020

    Roxanne Best, Okanogan, teaches Valerie and Stacy Jess paddleboard yoga on Banks Lake just offshore at Coulee Playland Aug. 21. Best has been holding classes there and intends to put on three more on Fridays at 10 a.m. She said she is looking for an indoor space to continue teaching yoga locally and trying to figure out how that would work during the COVID-19 emergency. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Anaya to serve as Business Development Officer at NCB

    Sep 2, 2020

    Chelan, WA August 24, 2020: North Cascades Bank announced that Erica Anaya has recently been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer. Previously, she served as a Senior Personal Banker. Anaya has been with the bank for 13 years and has spent her career developing relationships with new and existing customers. “Having Erica serve in this new role to procure new business and deepen existing customer relationships will enhance our growth objectives throughout our marketplace,” said Senior Vice President, Director of Ret...

  • Mail Order Library is returning

    Sep 2, 2020

    NCW Libraries is excited to announce the return of several services throughout the five-county library district. Starting September 14th, residents across Okanogan, Ferry, Grant, Chelan and Douglas counties will be able to checkout any item from our physical library collections and receive those items either through curbside pickup or by mail. In addition, the Chelan and Douglas County library branches will begin accepting returns at their book drops on Tuesday, Sept. 8th. Libraries in Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties — all in Phase 2 or 3 o...

  • It's a boy for the Rises

    Sep 2, 2020

    Sam and Allison Rise are the proud parents of a son, Alden Edward Rise, born on Saturday, August 29, 2020, in Federal Way, Washington. Alden weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz., and was 20 inches in length at birth. Grandparents are Ralph and Linda Rise of Elmer City, Gail Small of Des Moines, Washington, and Greg Small of Federal Way. Great-grandmothers are Betty Peterson and Rosemarie Small.... Full story

  • Thornton/McCurty have a boy

    Sep 2, 2020

    Grace Thornton and Michael McCurty of Grand Coulee, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son Amari Jameson McCurty, born Sunday, August 16, 2020, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 8 lbs., 16 oz., and was 19 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Tashara, Ezalena and Michael. Maternal grandparents are Corina Thornton and Larry Thornton. Paternal grandparents are Kathy McCurty and Owen McCurty.... Full story

  • Anthony/Carson have a boy

    Sep 2, 2020

    Laweesa Anthony and Raymond Carson of Nespelem, Washington are proud to announce the birth of their son Onyx Carson-Anthony born Monday, August 17, 2020, at Coulee Medical Center i Grand Coulee, Washinton He weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz., and was 19.5 inches in elngth at birth. Siblings include Keelye Carson-Anthony age 7 and Cassius Lakes Carson-Anthony, age 2. Maternal grandparents are Lori A. Anthony of espele, and the late Larry Anthony. Paternal grandparents are Donna Hubert of Ford, Washington and the latae Brian Seymour. Great-grandparents... Full story

  • Keith Goehner faces Adrianne Moore in Legislative District 12 race

    Jacob Wagner|Sep 2, 2020

    The political race for representative #1 for Washington's 12th Legislative District, which includes much of the Grand Coulee Dam area, is between Republican incumbent Keith Goehner and challenger Adrianne Moore, a Democrat. Goehner, a former teacher from Dryden, has served as Chelan County commissioner and is currently finishing his first two-year term in the Legislature. His priorities include "addressing unfunded mandates on local government, agriculture and tourism," his website says. "It is...

  • Coulee Cops

    Sep 2, 2020

    Grand Coulee Police 8/25 - A Batchelor Square woman and her niece got into a physical altercation after arguing about makeup. She decided to pay for her niece to stay in a motel for the night and an officer took her there. - A 91-year-old man was reportedly sticking his thumb out, hitchhiking on Coulee Boulevard. The man wasn’t there upon police arrival. - A black Dodge pickup was reportedly driving erratically, nearly hitting a guardrail, from Grand Coulee Avenue to Martin Road. Police were unable to locate the vehicle. 8/26 - The driver of a...

  • Three from Portland arrested after Lincoln County home burglarized

    Jacob Wagner|Sep 2, 2020

    A woman, a man, and a teenage boy from Portland, Oregon were arrested near Lamona in Lincoln County on felony residential burglary charges Wednesday. On Sept. 2, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call at about 11 a.m. reporting a residential burglary in progress in Lamona, according to a press release from Sheriff Wade Magers. Lamona is almost halfway from Odessa to Harrington along SR-28. Undersheriff Kelly Watkins, Deputy Chad Cunningham, and Deputy Luke Mallon responded to...