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Students shine at LR Elementary

Pictured are the September Students of the Month and the Raider BEST winners, an acronym which stands for: B - Be safe: E - Excel in learning; S - Show respect; T - Take... — Updated 10/12/2016


Seventy-seven years ago

A concrete train and operator on the deck of the elevation 1180 construction trestle – Oct. 6, 1939... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

This one's for YOU

As most of us are trying to decide our political view on things, there are others out there who are struggling with much more serious issues. No, not clowns, and, no, not Cougars or Huskies, but a struggle that hits a little... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Kent Woodruff    Opinion

Ballot a chance to turn page

We are finally moving forward in Okanogan County government, and many people are sensing the positive change that is coming. I am supporting Ashley Thrasher for county commissioner because she is smart, has the work ethic of a Hot... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Kathy Power    Opinion

Another fire storm in Okanogan County

There is another fire storm happening in Okanogan County. No…thank goodness it is not another catastrophic forest and rangeland fire. It is a storm however just as dangerous to our way of life. The Firestorms of 2014 and 2015... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Leah McCormack    Opinion

Treasurer will vote for Kennedy

I have worked in the Okanogan Co. Treasurer’s office for 34 years, 17 years as the Chief Deputy Treasurer and the last 10 years as your Okanogan Co. Treasurer. As Treasurer, I am the chairperson of the Finance Committee along... — Updated 10/12/2016


Sheilah's accountability problem

Incumbent County Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy’s campaign slogan is “accountability.” But, has she really been accountable and listened to the citizens’ concerns these past three-plus years?  She and the other... — Updated 10/12/2016


ROC Spins Reality

True to form, members of the group claiming to Represent Okanogan County (ROC) are taking a little bit of fact and putting their own spin on it in an attempt to suppress open dialogue among the citizens of Okanogan County when... — Updated 10/12/2016


Current commissioners ignore Constitution

Tenets of the U.S. Constitution basic to our democracy lie forgotten on the dusty back shelf of our Okanogan County Commissioners’ office! Democracy is a government wherein decisions are made not only by elected... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Joan M Green    Opinion

Keep judge election local

There certainly is a distinct advantage to living in Grant County for well over 46 years. The advantage is knowing a lot of people you can talk to honestly about just everything. Now this election is a great topic of conversation.... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Joyce Mulliken    Opinion

Mulliken supports Estudillo

One of the most challenging decisions we, as voters, make is choosing judges we believe will do the best job of upholding our U.S. & State Constitutions, Bill of Rights, and laws. This year, we have contested elections for three St... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Ken Chadwick    Opinion

Political leanings of judges important

Judicial elections are non-partisan, but judicial candidates’ political leanings are important. Judges makes judgment calls. Judgment calls reflect jurists’ worldviews, which correlate to their political leanings. And... — Updated 10/12/2016


Victim advocates support Estudillo

We are called parents of murdered children and labeled co-victims by the judicial system. Victims and co-victims have been given “Victims Rights” and are now included in the justice that is sought.  It is imperative that we... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Council votes for $78,000 lodging tax package

The Electric City Council passed tourism promotion funding package for local interests at its meeting Tuesday night. There was money from the city’s lodging tax for new activities, but less money than the city had given the... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Clea Pryor    Opinion

Thanks for all the help on walk/run

The first annual Breast Cancer fun walk/run was a success. Over 100 people registered for the event but due to other commitments and the cooler weather not all were able to participate. We would like to thank all our sponsors:... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Scott Hunter    News

Bureau of Reclamation seeks comments on modernization plan at Grand Coulee Dam

The Bureau of Reclamation is inviting the public to comment on a proposed multiyear powerplant overhaul project at two Grand Coulee Dam powerhouses. During the 30-day comment period that ends Nov. 7, the public is encouraged to... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Scott Hunter    News

Candidate forum is Thursday night

A forum for voters to hear the positions of candidates for two contested Okanogan County commissioner seats will take place Thursday at Lake Roosevelt Schools. The two hotly contested races come after months of push-back on the... — Updated 10/12/2016



Revenues reported, budget proposed The Delano Regional Transfer Station reported revenues of $38,407.18, for the month of September to the Regional Board of Mayors Monday afternoon. It was $1,275.77 less than was reported for the... — Updated 10/12/2016


Real work to make them think

Second graders at Nespelem Elementary work Friday with Nespelem Valley Electric technicians, who had set up low poles and cross beams for students to experience lineman work and... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Gayle Swagerty    News

Geology of the Candy Point Trail explained on hike

A group of hikers from Spokane, Cheney, Anacortes, Tri-Cities and Coulee Dam assembled at the trailhead of Candy Point Trail Sunday to walk it with scientists who would explain the... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Art open house planned at school

School officials plan an open house Oct. 27, so visitors can see a number of abstract paintings, which were installed last June at Lake Roosevelt Schools, and meet artist Lucinda Palmer. Palmer painted six large paintings as part... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Roger S Lucas    News

School bus bests beast

Heard about the successful moose hunt — by a school bus? With a load of young volleyball players aboard, driver Keith Powell had a young cow moose charge in front of his school bus last Wednesday night, Oct. 5, about 8:30, as... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Woman gets stolen motorcycle back

A Coulee Dam woman chased a thief off with a shovel in the middle of the night last week when she realized someone was stealing her motorcycle. The dirt bike stolen from Jaci Gross at her Coulee Dam residence on Stevens Avenue... — Updated 10/12/2016


Color for a cause

A walker gets a dose of color from Melanie Slatina in Saturday's "Color Me Pink and Purple Fun Run" for breast cancer awareness. Participants had the option getting doused with the... — Updated 10/12/2016

 By Roger S Lucas    News

District to boost grad rate

The administration and board of Grand Coulee Dam School District have set their sights on improving the graduation rate of Lake Roosevelt seniors. Under the district’s policy “Accountability Goals” the graduate rate... — Updated 10/12/2016


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