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Articles from the October 16, 2019 edition

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  • Whose bill can hold more ...

    Oct 16, 2019

    Three American white pelicans hang out with gulls on an island on the west side of Steamboat Rock near Barker Canyon last weekend. With a 9-foot wingspan, they are one of the largest birds in North America, according to the National Audubon Society. - Emily Rehn photo...

  • Grant PUD investigating exciter fires at Priest Rapids Dam

    Press release, Grant PUD|Oct 16, 2019

    EPHRATA – Priest Rapids Dam operators extinguished a small fire in equipment called an exciter, which provides energy to start up one of the generating units, shortly after 1 a.m. today. The fire affected Unit No. 7 at Priest Rapids Dam. On Oct. 3, there was a similar fire in the exciter for Unit No. 1. In both situations, dam operators – using methods learned during training – were able to extinguish the fires promptly, keeping them isolated to the cabinets that house the exciter equip...

  • History of the Keller Ferry

    Oct 16, 2019

    John Christopher (J.C.) Keller was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 16, 1858, and came west in 1882. He conducted the post office and a general store at Hesseltine, northwest of Wilbur and when the railroad was built to Davenport, Keller moved to Almira and opened a mercantile store. In 1897, anticipation of the opening of the Colville Reservation south half to mineral entry, prompted him to buy the cable ferry across the Columbia to the San Poil, which then became known as the Keller Ferry....

  • Deputy: Prop 1 could change criminal dynamic in county

    Jacob Wagner|Oct 16, 2019

    A proposition on the November ballot could bring millions of dollars into Grant County coffers to fund a new jail and add to local police budgets, and two officers explained the measure at a luncheon last week. Chief Deputies Dustin Canfield and Darrik Gregg from the Grant County Sheriff's Office spoke about Proposition 1 at the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon Oct. 10. They encouraged those present to vote yes to increase sales tax in Grant County by 0.3%. The estimated $5.5...

  • Birdie Hensley is running for council position 2 in Electric City

    Jacob Wagner|Oct 16, 2019

    "I'm always interested in the places I live and what's going on and I'd like to be a part of it," Birdie Hensley said about running for reelection on the city council. "If you're not on the council you don't know what the heck's going on." Hensley has served six non-consecutive years on the council, and is currently finishing a four-year term. Hensley spoke to some of the limits and frustrations of being on the council. "What the people don't understand is there's a lot of things we'd like to do...

  • Governments will practice emergency response on lake against invasive mussels

    Oct 16, 2019

    State, federal, and tribal governments will come together next week on Lake Roosevelt for the first on-the-ground exercise in the Columbia River basin to prepare for an infestation of non-native mussels that cause millions in damage in Eastern waters and are now expected to make their way here. Invasive quagga and zebra mussels are small, non-native, freshwater mollusks that have caused significant environmental and economic harm in the United States. First arriving in the Great Lakes in the...

  • Rupe running for council pos. #2 in Electric City

    Jacob Wagner|Oct 16, 2019

    Bob Rupe is running again for Electric City council. Rupe previously served on the council for 12 years, the last time being about eight years ago, he said. Rupe said he'd like to work on the city's infrastructure "to make sure our water, sewer lines are in good repair, along with the roads." One issue, Rupe said, has been the order in which those things are repaired. "Pearl, here, was the most beautiful street in the whole town," he said. "Then the sewer or water system went out, and they had...

  • Things to consider when giving to the food bank

    Carol Nordine|Oct 16, 2019

    With food drives coming up for the holidays, I thought it might be a good time to let all of our generous citizens know what we are in need of. We use a lot of canned green beans, canned fruit, and mac and cheese. Anything you would like for your dinner, your neighbors would probably also like; please use your good judgment. Please send us regular-sized foods, not oversized; it serves more people. Please watch the best-by date on things you take out of your cupboard; we threw away some things last year that were five years old and older, and we...

  • Raise sales tax to support law enforcement

    Dave Canfield|Oct 16, 2019

    Thank you, Sheriff Tom Jones, Prosecutor Garth Dano, Grant County commissioners and the various city councils for proposing and supporting Proposition 1. The 3/10 of 1% is the fairest method to fund badly needed additional law enforcement and justice throughout Grant County. Everyone who utilizes law and justice services has the opportunity and responsibility to contribute to its funding. Not only do all residents of the county contribute, but more importantly so will all tourists, concert goers and visitors who utilize and tax our already...

  • Traffic problems

    Oct 16, 2019

    On Sunday, September 22, 2019, a friend was at a birthday party at a bar about 8 to 9 p.m. Two cars were playing bumper tag. One car pulled off; the other slammed its brakes on, and my friend had to go around him. He therefore followed her home and called the police. She got in trouble, but the person who had caused two of these incidents never got a ticket or slap on the hand. Beware! The person waits until late night and targets a person. Our mayor [should] look in on the way his officers do stuff. Margie Townsend Electric...

  • The credibility of the trusted

    Jesse Utz|Oct 16, 2019

    As I was growing up in the 1980s and 90s, if you read a newspaper you could take it as fact. The same could be said about the local and national news on television. No matter what paper you read or what channel you preferred your news, it was literally the same news, just different reporters reporting it. Fast forward to today’s sources. It is different on every channel and in every paper. Everyone has a different view of what happened, or it does not appear at all. What happened? We used to s...

  • Rediscover your roots

    Roger S Lucas|Oct 16, 2019

    Every once in awhile a person should visit his or her roots. I did so a couple of weeks ago, returning to Palouse, Idaho, where I was born and raised. It was the annual Palouse Days celebration, which occurs on the second weekend of September. It provides an opportunity to see old friends, and to visit familiar surroundings. What is it with Palouse you ask? Well, I still consider it home. It doesn’t provide me the opportunity to see old classmates. Most of them are gone now. We graduated a class of 24 back in 1948. I only know of three, i...

  • The wildfire season that wasn't

    Don Brunell|Oct 16, 2019

    The Oregonian characterized the 2019 wildfire season as the “season that wasn’t!” That’s good news for West Coast states; however, it doesn’t mean we are permanently “out of the woods!” Worldwide, wildfires are down, as well. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, there were 6,000 fewer wildfires this year compared with 2018, and about 4.4 million acres were burned compared with roughly 10 million acres in 2017. The previous two years featured bad fire seasons in Washington, O...

  • Donald Daniel Dembiczak

    Oct 16, 2019

    Donald Daniel Dembiczak was born on January 26, 1931, in Greenbush, Minnesota, to Paul and Mary. After several years, Paul decided to move the family west to Grand Coulee to work on the historic Dam. Some of Don's happiest memories are from his childhood there. He enjoyed swimming, fishing, basketball and many adventures with his siblings. Don, the oldest of seven: Gene, Wally, Dennis, Jan, Glen and Judy - enjoyed his role as big brother. As a young man, Don worked on the Dam alongside his fathe... Full story

  • Loretta May Phillips-Johnson

    Oct 16, 2019

    Loretta May Phillips-Johnson, 68, of Nespelem, Washington, passed away Monday, October 7, 2019. She was born Thursday, May 31, 1951, in Union Gap, Washington, to Matthew and Maggie Johnson-Phillips. Cheerleader and member of the high school band, Loretta graduated from Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma, and went on to study health care at Kansas University. Most recently, a CNA with the Colville Convalescent Center in Nespelem, Washington, Loretta was previously employed at various places durin... Full story

  • Cool to be cool

    Oct 16, 2019

    Gary Martin crosses North Dam on a workout Monday evening, taking in a fall sunset at the same time. Although fall is considered by many to be a favorite season locally, knowing the weather can help. Find our forecast on page 8. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Meetings & Notices

    Oct 16, 2019

    October Chamber Meetings at La Presa Chamber will be meeting this Thursday, Oct. 17, at La Presa. Guest speaker will be Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones. Meeting will begin at noon. Free Retirement Planning Seminar All public school employees of Washington State retirement plans 1, 2, and 3 are invited to attend a free Retirement Planning Seminar, 4:30 pm, Wednesday, October 23 at Okanogan High School library, 244 5th S, Okanogan, WA. No reservations necessary. The Seminar is sponsored by Okanogan County School Retirees’ Association. I...

  • A win and two losses for soccer

    Jacob Wagner|Oct 16, 2019

    The Lady Raiders soccer team came out with a win over Manson sandwiched between two losses to Bridgeport last week. The Lady Raiders lost 4-1 in Bridgeport against the Fillies Oct. 8, when Maddisyn Toulou scored the LR goal with an assist from Bryn Chaffee. At home on Oct. 10, the Lady Raiders scored two goals in the second half to win against the Manson Lady Trojans. "Manson was a match that was completely in LR's control," Head Coach Micah Esmond said. "The coaching staff was very happy with...

  • LR football's first loss comes in Chewelah

    Jacob Wagner|Oct 16, 2019

    The Raider football team suffered their first loss of the season, losing by three points in Chewelah in a non-league game last week. The Raiders lost 21-18 to Jenkins High School in Chewelah at the Cougars’ home field Oct. 11. “It was a great game, a battle back and forth,” Head Coach Tim Rasmussen said. Chewelah was up 21-12 at the end of the half, but LR shut them out in the second. The Raiders had the ball with two-and-a-half minutes left in the game and were working their way down field, but the ball was tipped away on a fourth-down attem...

  • Bowling Scores

    Oct 16, 2019

    THURSDAY MIXUPS TEAM W L #1 11 9 @3 11 9 #2 10 10 #4 8 12 High Game: Chance Epperson 279; KarenLacker 199 High Series: Chance Epperson 767; Mae Stensgar 466 Splits: Karen Lacker 2-4-7-10 Previous - High Game: John Stensgar 245; Mae Stensgar 188 High Series: Chance Epperson 680; Mae Stensgar 499 Previous High Game: Chance Epperson 228; Mae Stensgar 163 High Series: Chance Epperson 605; Mae Stensgar 481 Splits: Mike Lackner 4-7-10; Chance Epperson 2-7; Samantha Turner 3-7 Previous - High Game: John Stensgar and Chance Epperson 214; Mae Stensgar...

  • Ladies kill it in vb road games

    Jacob Wagner|Oct 16, 2019

    The Lady Raiders volleyball squad won two games last week against both Oroville and Wilbur/Creston. Lake Roosevelt defeated the Hornets in Oroville Oct. 10 in three quick sets, scored 25-9, 25-15, and 25-10. “Easy win for us on the road, which is nice,” said Head Coach Teri Sue Reed. “We had to really work on keeping our intensity up. … Our senior leaders are setting the bar high.” Mikaylah Thompson led the Lady Raiders in kills with 11; Megan Abel led in assists with 13; Ellie Hansen led in aces with nine, as well as getting two blocks; a...

  • Cross Country runs at Omak/ Moses Lake

    Jacob Wagner|Oct 16, 2019

    Lake Roosevelt cross country ran last week in Omak and Moses Lake, where eighth-grader Chase Marchand placed first in the middle school races. The runners went to East Side Park in Omak on Oct. 9. Colton Jackson was the top placing Raider in the 5,000-meter varsity race, placing seventh out of 51 runners with a time of 18 minutes, 21.35 seconds. Marchand placed first out of 54 runners in the 1.5-mile middle school race with a time of 7:55.25. That time also made him the fastest eighth-grader running that distance in the state last weekend, and...

  • September students of the month at Nespelem School

    Oct 16, 2019

    Here are Nespelem's Students of the Month for September!...

  • This week in sports

    Oct 16, 2019

    Wed., Oct. 16 5 p.m., JHVB here with Oroville Thurs., Oct. 17 4:30 p.m. LR Soccer here with Tonasket 5:30 p.m., JHFB at Omak Fri., Oct. 18 4 p.m., LR Cross Country at Oroville 7 p.m., Football here with Northwest Christian Sat, Oct. 19 11 a.m., LR Volleyball here with Waterville...

  • Legals for Oct. 16, 2019

    Oct 16, 2019

    Grant County Port District No. 7 CHANGE OF MEETING Grant County Port District 7 is changing the October meeting date from Thursday, October 24, at 4 p.m., to Tuesday October 22, at 4 p.m. Location is still at the Airport Office. Change is due to a lack of quorum. Debbie D. Bigelow, Secretary/Treasurer Grant County Port District No. 7 (Publish October 9 and 16, 2019) Grant County Conservation District Board of Supervisors NOTICE OF MEETING The Grant County Conservation District Board of Supervisors will hold a meeting at 1:00 PM on November 12,... Full story

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