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Articles from the October 11, 2023 edition


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  • Principal coach reports on progress

    Scott Hunter|Oct 11, 2023

    The good news is “we have good people in the right place” at Lake Roosevelt Schools, a consultant hired to coach principals in the school district told the board of directors Tuesday night, but “we have our work cut out.” Mike Horn had been working in the district for a 10-day period of coaching principals, also talking with staff to get input. In the course of discovering the district’s needs, he said, he’d learned that 78 percent of students at the school miss 10 percent of classes. “That’s daunting,” he told the board. Hiring Horn was one of...

  • Discussion on vaping could lead to bigger changes at school

    Scott Hunter|Oct 11, 2023

    A discussion on a persistent problem with vaping at school turned into an opening conversation on how to solve that and other discipline problems for some students at Lake Roosevelt Schools. Layla Flett, a student representative on the board of directors for the Grand Coulee Dam Area School District, cautioned the board and superintendent Tuesday night that some measures may not work as intended. The subject came up when Superintendent Rod Broadnax asked Flett how she thought the school year was going so far. Flett said the only real issue she...

  • Brilliance in color

    Oct 11, 2023

    A poplar tree glows on the edge of Banks Lake with its brilliant fall color under the bright blue sky of Oct. 4. See our weather forecast on page 3 for what to expect this week. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Grand Coulee looks to other towns for ambulance help

    Scott Hunter|Oct 11, 2023

    Gone are the days when the area was served by two volunteer ambulance services, one in Coulee Dam, one in Grand Coulee, which now is the only one left. That’s getting to be a big job for the few volunteers left on the crew. And the city of Grand Coulee knows it’s picking up the whole tab. Grand Coulee Councilmember Tom Poplawski told local mayors at their Regional Board of Mayors meeting last week that the city would like them to start thinking about helping out with a specific portion of the cost. Every time an ambulance rolls out of the sta...

  • Dumping getting complicated

    Scott Hunter|Oct 11, 2023

    An agreement that lets the local community send trash to the local transfer station is in question because some of that trash comes from outside Grant County, where it ends up. The problem has to do with how state money is allocated down to counties for solid waste disposal. The Regional Board of Mayors first learned of the problem last month. Chairing the Oct. 4 meeting, Electric City Diane Kohout gave an update. As Grant County Solid Waste department was preparing a plan, they noticed that Coulee Dam was in their written plan, but Elmer City...

  • Dads versus Chads

    Oct 11, 2023

    From left, Riley Ayling, Lola Yazzie, Carly Neddo, Raeley Portch, and Madelynn Carman pose in the school in their Barbie movie-themed clothes for "Dads versus Chads" day during spirit week, which wrapped up Friday at homecoming. More photos of homecoming are on page 6. - Natalie Kontos photo...

  • Geoffrey N. "Geoff" Foot

    Oct 11, 2023

    Geoffrey N. "Geoff" Foot, 72, longtime resident of Grand Coulee, Washington, passed on Wednesday morning, October 4, 2023 to meet Jesus his Savior face to face. Born Monday, August 27, 1951 in Seattle, Washington, the eldest son of Earnest John and Dorothy Jean Foot, Geoff grew up in Alderwood Manor, Washington. As a youth, Geoff reveled in spending time out of doors, often raising extra money cutting Alder trees for his neighbors. Following graduation from Meadowdale High School in Snohomish... Full story

  • Lawrence Allen Achord

    Oct 11, 2023

    Lawrence Allen Achord, 46, of Electric City, Washington, left us on Friday, September 29. He was born December 24, 1976 to Blanche Achord. Lawrence grew up in Nespelem, was active in the Boy Scouts and ran cross country. He was also proficient in school. He found his true passions early. There were few things Lawrence coveted in life: racing horses, hunting, cribbage, cutting wood, all rounded out his life perfectly. No one ever questioned his card count, chainsaw skills or the wrap he put on a... Full story

  • Soroptimist International of Okanogan Valley to offer cash grant to women seeking financial assistance

    Oct 11, 2023

    Applications are now open for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women! Empowerment, education and dreams can all become a reality for women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to continue their education. Soroptimist International of Okanogan Valley will award $1500 to two women. The top recipient will then advance to other levels of the organization where they may receive up to $16,000 in additional cash grants. Eligibility requirements and applications are ava...

  • Meetings and Notices

    Oct 11, 2023

    GCHS Alumni Assoc. to Meet The Grand Coulee High School Alumni Association will be meeting at 1 p.m.., Wednesday, October 18, at the Senior Center 405 Main Street in Grand Coulee. Everyone is welcome. New projects are in the works. Come check it out. Grant County Mosquito Dist. 2 to Meet Grant County Mosquito District #2 will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 4:00pm at 210 W. Coulee BLVD in Electric City. Parks Committee to Meet The Electric City Parks Committee will meet on first Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm at city...

  • We must stand with Israel

    Dan Newhouse, Congressman|Oct 11, 2023

    In the aftermath of the heinous attacks on Israel orchestrated by the Iran-backed terrorist organization, Hamas, it is crucial to acknowledge Israel’s right to defend itself against a repressive regime. Over the past weekend, Israel witnessed unimaginable horrors and faced multiple attempted infiltrations. Soldiers were brutally attacked, entire families were tragically slaughtered in their homes, and parents lost their lives while shielding their infants from these unspeakable atrocities. The scenes were nothing short of abject horror, and a...

  • My favorite time of the year

    Roger Lucas|Oct 11, 2023

    My pick is the fall. It offers some relief from the heat, and everything seems to return to normal. The tourists have thinned out, school is back in session, and the football season is upon us. I also like the fall colors. We don’t have a lot here in the coulee, but what we have is great. I’ve been to the New England states, but never at the right time of year. I moved to southern Idaho when I was in my 20s and always anxious to see new things. I discovered the South Hills, a splotch of hills and forests just south of Twin Falls. There were lar...

  • Coach: Split week belies "great things" in volleyball

    Scott Hunter|Oct 11, 2023

    The Lady Raiders split the week with a win and loss, but their coach doesn't really see it that way. The Lake Roosevelt team beat Bridgeport in three sets in Coulee Dam Tuesday night, 25-12, 25-7, 25-17. With a 6-4 win-loss record in league (6-4 overall), the Raiders are two-thirds through their season, currently third in the league between Okanogan (7-1, 9-1), and Brewster (4-3, 4-4). After LR's win over Bridgeport in Coulee Dam Tuesday, Coach Kasey Garvin reflected on the win and on their...

  • Raider wrap up

    Oct 11, 2023

    Football The Raider lost to Manson (6-0) in Lake Roosevelt’s homecoming game Oct. 6, 42-0 to put Lake Roosevelt at fifth in the league with a 1-2 win loss record, 3-3 overall. Manson (2-0, 6-0) sits on top. The Raiders play the Bulldogs in Okanogan at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Soccer The Lady Raiders fell to the Bridgeport 3-1 Tuesday night at Bridgeport. They’ll play at home against Liberty Bell Tuesday, Oct. 12 in a league game at 4 p.m. Cross Country Caden Portch took eighth place in 18:58.0 at the Omak Cross Country Meet Oct. 4, then set a p...

  • Spirit week and Homecoming

    Oct 11, 2023

    Lake Roosevelt students showed their school spirit all week around the Barbie movie theme.From left, Champ Louie, Cadence Clark, Roscoe Sam Leach, Terrell Bush, Caden Portch, and Ezekiel Broadnax are dressed like tacky tourists. - Principal Natalie Kontos photo....

  • Homecoming Royalty

    Oct 11, 2023

    Royalty for the 2023 Lake Roosevelt High School Homecoming this past Friday. - Kaitlyn Baker photos...

  • Coulee Cops

    Oct 11, 2023

    Grand Coulee Police 9/29 - A truck pulling a trailer that was loaded in a too-heavy manner tipped over when leaving the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation industrial area on SR-155, resulting in the truck and trailer being in the roadway. Police diverted traffic until the USBR brought in equipment to remove the truck and trailer. 10/2 - Police told someone at the Eagles how to get a restraining order against a man who asks customers for money and help outside the establishment on the public sidewalk. - Responding to a 911 hangup call, police spoke to...

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