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Articles from the October 17, 2018 edition

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 By Jacob Wagner    News    October 17, 2018

Candidate visits Elmer City

Salley Bull, who is running for Okanogan County commissioner for District 3, spoke to the Elmer City Town Council at their meeting on Oct. 11. District 3 spans from about Wauconda to Conconully, Bull noted, but everyone in Okanogan County gets to vot...

 

Encouraging union support

Public Service Employees local union members and others hold signs and encourage drivers to honk in support Monday afternoon in the second of such demonstrations in the last two weeks during the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    October 17, 2018

Towns may have avoided suing each other

A brewing lawsuit between two towns has likely been averted after leaders took legal arguments seriously last week and a desire to work with neighbors prevailed. Coulee Dam has decided to explore...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    October 17, 2018

Town approves fiber agreement with tribes

The Coulee Dam council Wednesday approved an agreement with the Colville Confederated Tribes, allowing them to install and maintain 144 strands of fiber optic cables through parts of the town. The tribes still need to approve the agreement before it...

 

Newsbriefs

Library adds Saturday to schedule, moves storytime The Grand Coulee Library will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays, in addition to their usual Monday through Friday hours. Additionally, their weekly storytime has been moved to Fridays...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    October 17, 2018

Regional library has more opportunities than you might think

The North Central Regional Library system, of which the Grand Coulee library is a part, has more opportunities than the public may be aware of, and is working on adding more. Library patrons have the...

 

New program at school will seek out, train "natural helpers"

Who does a student with personal problems turn to in a time of need? Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School is bringing back a program that helps students with problems connect with peers they can talk to about them. A new “Natural Helpers...

 

Signs of hope

As we watch the larger political world seem to strain to pull itself apart, it’s heartening to see signs of local unity shining a beam of light through the clouds. Last week, Coulee Dam’s city council agreed to consider paying for the extra...

 

Thanks for great fire response

We would like to thank the personnel from all of the area fire departments that responded to the fire in Elmer City on October 15, 2018. The high winds and encroaching darkness made containing the fire difficult and dangerous; however, these brave...

 
 By Lynn Garza    Opinion    October 17, 2018

Brewer understands the big picture

I have known Terry for 15-plus years, quite some time before he became a PUD commissioner. Terry has integrity, incredible character and is highly qualified for the PUD commissioner position. There is no question in my mind that he is the best...

 

This is about jobs

Did you know that irrigated agriculture accounts for 24 percent of the employment in Grant County? Grant County agriculture directly employs over 7,000 Grant County residents, and indirectly creates employment for another 10,000. Agricultural...

 
 By Jon Lane    Opinion    October 17, 2018

Brewer has helped the success of Grant County

I support Terry Brewer for Grant County PUD Commissioner. I have known Terry for over 20 years. It has been my pleasure to work with him as Director of the Grant County EDC and in his role as a PUD Commissioner. Don’t mistake Terry’s quiet...

 
 By Ruth Hall    Opinion    October 17, 2018

Bull would be better

It was the Three Devils Road closure that brought to light the glaring conflicts of interest within our county government. Through public records, we learned that previous road closures/vacations were being approved in spite of public testimony to...

 

A researcher among us writes books

Gail Morin, of Elmer City, is on her 62nd book. Are they western adventure, romance, war stories, children books? No, nothing like that. Gail writes geneology-type books, getting all her information from public records. Her books, many of them...

 

Randy Lee McGuire

Randy Lee McGuire, 60, of Sumner, Washington, passed away due to a car accident Friday morning, October 12, 2018, in Everett, Washington. Randy was born on March 8, 1958, to Lowell and Corabell McGuire in Vancouver, Washington. He was one of 10... Full story

 

Sharene (Sherry) Lee Dotson

Sharene (Sherry) Lee Dotson, 75, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at her home in Electric City, Washington. Sherry was born on July 15, 1943, in Portland, Oregon to James (Marvin) and Edna Marie...

 

Backpacks loaded with everything you need to explore nature are coming to a library near you!

After piloting the backpack program at the Wenatchee and Winthrop public libraries during the summer, North Central Regional Library is now expanding it to include all of Chelan, Douglas, Grant,...

 

Meetings

Chamber This Week Ann Diamond will be the guest speaker at the chamber lunch this week. Diamond is running as an independent candidate for the 12th District House of Representative seat in the upcoming November election. The meeting will be held at...

 

"Musical Pursuit" concert to be offered in Omak

Okanogan Valley Orchestra & Chorus will present their season-premier concert at the Omak Performing Arts Center Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. The concert is planned as an audience-participation event, a musical quiz that will keep you engaged as you go on this...

 

New rep needed

The Grant County Health District’s Board of Health needs a new representative from the north end of the county. The representative should be from Grand Coulee, Electric City, Coulee City, or Hartline, can be an elected official or simply a...

 

It's a girl

Cecelia Abrahamson of Nespelem, Washington, is proud to announce the birth of her baby girl, Cedar Dream, born Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz., and was 19 inches in length... Full story

 

Ann Diamond is best choice for Washington's 12th Legislative Dist.

Dr. Ann Diamond is running as an independent for the diverse and large Washington Legislative District 12, Position 1. As an independent, she will not be affiliated with a party platform and is more able to represent the varied interests of our...

 

Okanogan County needs a new District 3 commissioner

Jim DeTro has been an Okanogan County commissioner for eight years and is running for another four years. This is why you should not vote for him. In 2016, after two of his compatriot county commissioners were defeated, he said that he would not run...

 

Reminder NCB is collecting coats for kids

The Grand Coulee branch of North Cascades Bank (NCB) is collecting new or gently used coats for local children in need. Gloves, scarves, hats and other warm outerwear for children are also welcome. Cash donations will be used to purchase new...

 

Raiders go 6-0 with victory over Trojans

On Friday night in Manson, the Raiders continued their football win streak with a 33-7 victory over the Trojans. The Raiders scored first, with a seven-yard touchdown run by Steven Flowers. The Trojans were able to score the first points on the...

 

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