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School crowding could lead to the "P" word

The school board is being pushed to make decisions on overcrowding at the new school. Could a portable classroom be in the district’s future? It’s a possibility, says Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Paul Turner. The most critical...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    September 7, 2016

House fire fought in Coulee Dam

A woman's home in east Coulee Dam caught fire Friday evening, drawing a quick response from every local fire department. Susan Lynch's house at 611 Birch Street drew 11 fire engines, first responder...

 

Car thefts, prowls increasing locally

Car thefts and prowls have been on the increase in the area for the past few months, according to law enforcement officials. Grand Coulee police Chief John Tufts said last week that there are a number of factors in the rise of crime involving...

 

Pig for the Park picnic is Saturday

It’s “Pig for the Park” time again in Electric City. The community picnic to benefit a park will happen Saturday, Sept. 10, the second year running. City Councilmember Lonna Bussert is spearheading the picnic again this year. It begins at noon...

 

Big month, big payday for Raiders

Jess Ford set a goal and surpassed it in August, which meant the Lake Roosevelt Raider football team collected on a big pledge last week. The Ford dealership had promised to give the team $50 for...

 

Newsbriefs

Fire mostly out In its final day of reporting on the Cayuse Mountain fire, the Spokane Indian Tribe stated the fire was 95 percent contained and had burned 14 houses and nine other structures. The fire consumed grass and trees on 18,116 acres. The...

 

Harvest Festival to offer a host of activities

There’s truly something to do for everyone at this year’s Harvest Festival, Sept. 17-18 at North Dam Park. Some things you need to get registered for and are unique, to say the least. Get a team of six together and register for the Human...

 

Run will benefit local breast cancer cause

The Coulee Medical Center Guild will kick off its plans for a Breast Cancer Run at the upcoming Harvest Festival, Sept. 17-18. Guild President Clea Pryor said her group will have a booth at the...

 

School starts with a crowd

Lake Roosevelt schools were swamped last Wednesday night as students and parents were introduced to teachers and staff in anticipation of Tuesday's school opening. Students on the elementary side...

 

Calling all singers and musicians!

The rehearsals begin early in September for both the Orchestra and the Chorus sponsored by Okanogan Valley Orchestra & Chorus. This volunteer group gathers once a week for practice and performs in four concerts throughout the year. No auditions are n...

 

Re: "Something is definitely amiss" 8-31-16

Scott, we read your editorial with interest. We moved here 10 years ago. We chose this area for many reasons, safety of the community being one. That feeling of safety has slowly eroded. The statistics the Mayor quoted are fine but they do not...

 

American Legion appreciates the help

Once again we come to the community to thank everyone for a fantastic summer season at the Vets Center. Whether you know us as the Vet Center, VFW or the American Legion (which is who we are), we appreciate everybody who came by and shopped with us d...

 

Thrasher is our best bet

We support Ashley Thasher for (Okanogan) county commissioner, District 2. Ashley has demonstrated her willingness to work hard to understand the needs of constituents and county government. She has already invested significant personal time in...

 

County's libertarian independence at stake

I have known Sheilah Kennedy since 1994 when I worked under her at the Okanogan County Noxious Weed department. I had great respect for her back then and still do to this day. I supported her first campaign and continue to stand by her. Why? Sheilah...

 

Addressing misinformation in Okanogan County

Two letters attacking our Superior Court judges and commissioner candidate Chris Branch appeared in the Omak Chronicle recently. Citizens county-wide, including Districts 2 and 3, will be choosing between Branch and Sheilah Kennedy in the November...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 7, 2016

9/11 Do Not Forget

I was getting up to go to work, headed to the shower and decided to click on the TV. What I saw happening in New York City would change not only me but an entire nation. I watched as terrorists took down planes on American soil. This event kept the...

 

Seventy years ago

A new school ballfield begins to take shape in the new Mason Addition. Here sawdust is being spread on the field to be mixed with soil. - Sept. 9, 1946 photo...

 

Marlene Virginia Geraud OCTOBER 25, 1936 – AUGUST 27, 2016

 Marlene Virginia Geraud, 79, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, August 27, 2016, in Nevis, Minnesota, after battling lung cancer. She had been staying with her good friends, Don and Jan...

 

Donald Ray Kanzleiter

Donald Ray Kanzleiter, longtime resident of the Yakima Valley passed peacefully in Nespelem Washington, on Friday, September 2, 2016, surrounded by loving sisters, nieces, nephews and family. His...

 

Free disposal of household hazardous waste

 Grand Coulee Dam Area residents may dispose of household hazardous waste for free on Friday, September 9, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Delano Regional Transfer Station.  Only hazardous waste generated by households will be accepted.  Hazardous...

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will be meeting at noon this Thursday, Sept. 8, at La Presa Restaurant, SR-174 in Grand Coulee. Linette Gahringer, Community Outreach Coordinator for Life Flight, will be updating the...

 

Football starts with a win

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders opened their season with a victory against Waterville, defeating the Shockers on their home field 41-7. “Overall it was a successful night,” Raider Head Coach Loren Endsley said. “We had a lot of players step up and...

 

A pro and a champ offer Raiders football wisdom

Lake Roosevelt Raider Football players continued to be students of the game as NFL punter T.J. Conley and EWU Big Sky champion offensive lineman Cassidy Curtis came to their practice last Wednesday....

 

This week in sports

Friday, Sept. 2 7 p.m., HS Football at Waterville Thursday, Sept. 8 4:30 p.m., HS Soccer at Bridgeport (L) 5 p.m., HS Volleyball at Manson (NL) Friday, Sept. 9 7 p.m., HS Football here with Manson (L) Sat., Sept. 10 11 a.m., HS Soccer at Oroville...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 8/29 - A resident in Grand Coulee reported that a suspicious man had been in their yard and also looked into the window of a neighbor. The complainant asked police that he be permanently banned from the property. Police checked...

 

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