Articles from the September 12, 2018 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News

Teachers and school district agree on 15.2 percent salary increase

Teachers in the Grand Coulee Dam School District will get a 15.2-percent across-the-board increase in salary this year, following an agreement reached between the local teachers union and the district that some have called “life... — Updated 9/15/2018

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Lampson beating odds for family-owned businesses

When one approaches the Tri-Cities, it is impossible to ignore Lampson International’s monstrous cranes in its Pasco assembly yard. Those gantries stand out like the Space Needle in Seattle and reach over 560 feet into the sky. L... — Updated 9/14/2018

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

God can still "WOW" us

Over the weekend, our God showed me he is still present and listening, but more than that, he is moving among his children in awesome and powerful ways. I know some of you read the title and turned to Coulee Cops, but those of you... — Updated 9/14/2018


Vivian Davis Moore

In the evening of Friday, August 17, 2018, Vivian Davis Moore passed away peacefully in her sleep from natural causes at Fairwood Retirement Village in Spokane, Washington. Vivian... — Updated 9/13/2018 Full story

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

The trouble with historical fire comparisons

Can you feel it? That seasonal change is coming — tree leaves are starting to turn color, temperatures are dropping a little. The official day for Autumn Equinox is Sept. 22 this... — Updated 9/13/2018


Survey - Shopping in the Coulee

Where do people in the Coulee shop? Take our easy two question survey! No sign up required. — Updated 9/13/2018



Meet the candidates planned American Legion Post 97, in Brewster, will host a Fall Candidate Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. Okanogan County candidates vying for auditor, commissioner for District 3, sheriff and prosecutor... — Updated 9/12/2018


Hansen takes lead

Jeremy Hansen, of Grand Coulee, and Allison Pheasant, Ephrata, sing a duet from the upcoming musical "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" at the Soap Lake Masquers Theater's annual... — Updated 9/12/2018


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 9/3 - A chainsaw, valued at $1,500, was stolen out of a man’s truck on Good St. in Electric City. 9/5 - A Grand Coulee man said another man had threatened to punch him in the face a few days earlier. - A... — Updated 9/12/2018


Legals for September 12, 2018



Upcoming in sports

Wed., Sept. 12 5 p.m ., Jr. High Volleyball at Omak Thurs., Sept. 13 4:30 p.m., Soccer at Brewster 5:30 p.m., Raider Volleyball here with Waterville-Mansfield 6 p.m., Jr. High Football at Tonasket Fri., Sept. 14 7 p.m., Raider... — Updated 9/12/2018

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports

Lady Raiders split games to start the season

The Lady Raiders lost against Manson but won against Wilbur/Creston in their first week of the volleyball season. At home on Sept. 6, the Lady Raiders lost 3-1 against the Manson... — Updated 9/12/2018

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports

Lady Raiders drop first soccer game to Fillies

The Lady Raiders lost their soccer season opener Sept. 6 to the Bridgeport Fillies, on the Fillies’ home field, 5-1. Head Coach Casey Moore said it was a “tough loss.” “Overall, the entire team played very well,” Moore... — Updated 9/12/2018


BBCC offers adult high school completion options

Adults twenty-one years old and older who need to complete the Washington state requirements for a high school diploma are offered an opportunity in the Grand Coulee Dam area this fall through Big Bend Community College. Credits... — Updated 9/12/2018

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports

Raiders ransack Tonasket

Lightning struck, and the Raider football team demolished the Tonasket Tigers in a game that took two days to complete. The Raiders were winning 12-0 in Tonasket on Friday, Sept.... — Updated 9/12/2018


Michael E. Clark

A wake will be held for Michael E. Clark, 60, of Nespelem, Washington, at 7 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018, in the Nespelem Community Center. His Memorial Service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2018, also in the... — Updated 9/12/2018 Full story


Benjamin "Ben" G. Trefry

Benjamin “Ben” G. Trefry, 70, passed away after a short bout with cancer at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington, on Sunday, August 26, 2018. He was born in Mason City, Washington, on August 17, 1948. Predeceased... — Updated 9/12/2018 Full story


Dorothy Marilyn Sheely Drain

Dorothy Marilyn Sheely Drain, 83, of Port Angeles, Washington, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018. She was a Peninsula College professor emeritus and former Port Angeles High... — Updated 9/12/2018 Full story


David Thomas "Scotty" Scallan

David Thomas "Scotty" Scallan died on Sunday, September 2, 2018, at the age of 87. He was a resident at the Colville Tribal Convalescent Center, Nespelem, Washington, and was born... — Updated 9/12/2018 Full story


Sandra June (Debar) King

Sandra June (Debar) King, 77, passed away Monday, September 3, 2018. She was born June 1, 1941, to Erma (Holm) and James Debar in Wenatchee, Washington. She grew up in Manson,... — Updated 9/12/2018 Full story

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

Bipartisan action to improve student loan literacy

As the nation’s students head back to classes after the summer break, choosing whether and where to attend college is a major focus for many high schoolers. In 2017, 44 million Americans had student-loan debt, and with rising tui... — Updated 9/12/2018


On a fast horse

CJ Saxon wins a heat in the junior relay race Sept. 8 at the Okanogan County Fair. In the fifth of the day’s races, Saxon was riding for the Marchand Relay team. — Scott Hunter photo... — Updated 9/12/2018

 By Jacob Wagner    News

LR students react to assembly, staff react to students' surveys

An assembly held at Lake Roosevelt in May included stories of how drugs and alcohol can affect someone, as well as rap music, and the students reacted strongly to it all. A survey... — Updated 9/12/2018

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Man passes through coulee on 1,250-mile kayak journey

Imagine kayaking 1,250 miles down the Columbia River from Columbia Lake, in British Columbia, down to Astoria, Oregon. That's exactly what John Kuntz, of Fort Gamble, Washington,... — Updated 9/12/2018


Harvest Festival offering has grown - a lot

The number of vendors planning to offer wares at the Harvest Festival this weekend in North Dam Park has grown substantially from the event several years ago when a community yard sale was its most significant offering. In fact,... — Updated 9/12/2018


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