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Articles from the September 27, 2023 edition

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  • Last call

    Sep 27, 2023

    Rider Daisy Whitelaw leads Boss with an empty saddle but a hat on the saddle horn and a boot in the stirrup during the "Gathering of Life" for George Kohout Saturday at the Ridge Riders' arena as Marines fold an American flag up front. The memorial included a live "last call" from the dispatch center in Moses Lake for the former Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department chief, military honors, and remembrances of his dedication to the Ridge Riders and the Colorama Rodeo, and to the Rocky Mountain...

  • U.S. and tribes agree to bring back salmon above dams

    Sep 27, 2023

    The Biden-Harris administration last week announced a historic agreement to support tribally led efforts to restore salmon populations in the Upper Columbia River Basin. The agreement between the United States, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, and the Spokane Tribe of Indians will fund efforts to test the feasibility of, and ultimately to reintroduce salmon in blocked habitats in the Upper Basin. The pact includes $200 million over 20 years from the Bonneville Power Administration, the federal p...

  • Lake operations could change as treaty runs down

    Sep 27, 2023

    Federal river managers warned last week that Lake Roosevelt’s future operations could change as a treaty between the United States and Canada goes out of date a year from now. Meetings are planned, starting today, to explain it all to the public online. Absent modernization, the treaty would no longer require Canada and the United States to coordinate for flood risk management as they have for the first 60 years of the treaty. The United States’ ability to “call upon” Canadian storage when needed does not expire and continues so long as Cana...

  • Enrollment shifting in local schools

    Scott Hunter|Sep 27, 2023

    A month into the new school year, the school district in Grand Coulee Dam is teaching 23 fewer students than a year ago, the superintendent reported Monday night, but the Nespelem district has gained more than expected in its new, limited high school program. Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Rod Broadnax told the school board 10 specific students had not yet shown up but may yet. He did not say which grades those students would be in. Broadnax reminded the board that enrollment numbers affect the budget. In Nespelem Tuesday night...

  • Spotlight on sunshine

    Sep 27, 2023

    Susie Marchand receives Superintendent Rod Broadnax's "spotlight award" Monday night to recognize the Grand Coulee Dam School District business manager's work on behalf of all students. Human Resources Director Amy Sayler said Marchand brings a sunshine attitude to work even though her job watching the district's finances can mean she has to deliver unwelcome news. She received a $100 gift card from Broadnax, personally, plus a $30 certificate donated from The Teepee. - Scott Hunter...

  • Uncle George's character was real

    J.A. Thomas|Sep 27, 2023

    I don’t think Uncle George did things because of a will to succeed; he did that many times over. I think he was so driven because he saw how never giving up, always stepping up, and always saddling up helped so many others to succeed. I don’t think he ever told me no when asked to borrow his truck and trailer, boat, camper, tractor, or whatever I may have needed. Uncle George traveled many different trails in his life, but the constant was service, family, and friends. He was a big John Wayne fan. I smiled when I read a magazine not long ago...

  • Idaho's best football players

    Roger Lucas|Sep 27, 2023

    As a kid I remember rooting for Idaho when they played the Cougars. It was great in both 1999 and 2000 when the Vandals won. In 1999, Idaho won 28-17, and in 2000, 38-34. They had a great tradition: the losing cheer squad had to walk from Pullman to Moscow, about nine miles. Needless to say that the Vandal cheer squad over the years got very familiar with the scenes between the two towns. Later it was great football when Jerry Kramer and Wayne Walker played for the Vandals. The two had great careers at Idaho and were drafted in the fourth...

  • Drone warriors

    Jack Stevenson|Sep 27, 2023

    Elon Musk used his privately owned (satellite) communication relay system called “Star Link” to prevent a Ukrainian marine drone attack on Russian ships. Musk’s stated reasoning was that destruction of Russian ships in the Black Sea could generate a much broader war. Preventing expansion of the war is commendable. But the affair raises some serious questions that need to be answered. If any ordinary citizen had done what Musk did, that person would probably be in a federal prison. We are allowing individuals and corporations to accum...

  • Retirees' Assoc. to meet

    Sep 27, 2023

    Okanogan County School Retirees’ Association will hold a $5 Soup and Sandwich lunch and general meeting on Friday, September 29 at Community Presbyterian Church of Omak, 9 Birch St. S, Omak at 11 AM. Carol Payne, Omak, will demonstrate an Art Docent lesson. Information: Carol: 509-322-5788....

  • Steve F. Marchand

    Sep 27, 2023

    Steve F. Marchand, 67 of Nespelem, Washington, lost his battle with cirrhosis on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at CMC in Grand Coulee, WA. He was born on June 24, 1956 to Earl Marchand & Sherry (Orr) Marchand in Coulee Dam, WA. He returned to Nespelem from Port Angeles, WA the summer of 1975 and found an old school mate and his forever love, Dalene (Nissen) Marchand. They returned to Port Angeles so he could finish his college stint. He then decided to come home to his Rez and start working. They married... Full story

  • Charles Frank Long

    Sep 27, 2023

    Charles Frank Long, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on Saturday, September 16, 2023. He was born on March 8, 1931, to Frank and Inez Long in Amherst Neb. He graduated from Amherst HS in 1948. He served his country during the Korean conflict with the Construction Engineers from February 1952 to January 1954. Except for the 2 years in the Army and 3 years working for a private contractor, Charles worked for the USBR his entire career. He worked on many dams and... Full story

  • Smith honored as Moose of the Year

    Sep 27, 2023

    Sylvia Smith, center, was recently selected as the Moose Lodge #504 Moose of the Year. Smith was honored for all her contributions to the lodge over the years. Presenting her with the award was member Herb Sherburne and lodge president Lonna Bussert. - Gwen Hilson photo...

  • One month until new park website is launched

    Sep 27, 2023

    Next month, Washington State Parks will launch a new, refreshed website with a modern, inclusive and accessible design. This refresh comes after many years of feedback from our visitors that they’ve struggled to find information on our website, especially when using a mobile device. Nearly 400 current and potential Washington Parks visitors provided feedback on the design of the new website. Visit the blog to read about the changes that are coming to our website this Fall....

  • LR closet challenge to launch clothing drive with spirit

    Scott Hunter|Sep 27, 2023

    How does that shirt hanging in your closet — that one (or five) you haven’t worn for a long time — fit in with high school spirit? Believe it or not, a week of school-spirit activities in October will include a clothing drive at Lake Roosevelt Jr/Sr High School that the community can participate in — either with donations or usage of what gets collected. The “LR Closet” is an intra-class competition to see which class can gather the most donations during Spirit Week, which will culminate in the annual homecoming football game Friday, Oct...

  • Raiders run all over the league

    Scott Hunter|Sep 27, 2023

    Lake Roosevelt's cross country athletes have been running all over - from Manson to Okanogan to Kettle Falls - and they're scheduled in Tonasket, Omak and Winthrop coming up. Their times at the Trojan Invite were reported last week. Below are Raider results from Okanogan with 11 other schools, and from Kettle Falls, with 17 other schools. The Raiders are scheduled to run in Tonasket Wednesday, Omak Oct. 4, and at Liberty Bell Oct. 7. Okanogan Invite LR varsity boys Place Grade Athlete Time Note...

  • Raider week roundup

    Sep 27, 2023

    Football In their third win in a row, the Raiders beat Liberty at Spangle Sept. 22, 28-9. Lake Roosevelt plays Brewster in Coulee Dam Friday night at 7. Volleyball The Lady Raiders lost Sept. 21 to Manson, there, 3-0, but beat Brewster at home Tuesday night 3-2. They’ll host Oroville Thursday night at 6:30. Soccer The Lady Raiders beat Oroville, there, 5-4 on Sept. 19, but lost two home games — Saturday 9-1 to Quincy in a non-league contest, and Tuesday to Manson, 2-0. They’ll go to Tonasket Thursday, then Liberty Bell Saturday, and host Orovi...

  • Coulee Cops

    Sep 27, 2023

    Grand Coulee Police 9/18 - A woman had yelled because the radio was tuned to another station before she left a Divi-sion Street residence. Someone had reported the yelling. Police spoke to a man who explained the situation and that no violence had occurred. 9/20 - A man in a wheelchair was reported as having assaulted two hospital employees. He was charged with the assaults and with interfering with a health care facility. The intoxicated man was taken to Grant County Jail. Because of his being in a wheelchair, he was taken in an ambulance. He...

  • Legals

    Sep 27, 2023

    Town of Coulee Dam Combined Notice of Public Hearing and SEPA Determination NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN; The Town of Coulee Dam has published this Combined Notice of Application, Public Hearing of the Town Council and SEPA Determination to provide the opportunity to comment on the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment. The issued date of this notice begins a public comment period of not less than 14 calendar days. During this period written comments may be submitted to the staff contact. The file may be examined at Coulee Dam Town Hall, 300 Lincoln... Full story