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Articles from the December 13, 2023 edition

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  • GCV Fire Department recognizes service

    Dec 13, 2023

    Tyler Donn went out on 88 percent of the fire calls to which the Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department responded this year. Fred Netzel responded to 88 percent of the calls the ambulance service answered. Donn and Netzel each were recognized with a certificate for their dedicated service and responding to the most calls, at the department's annual Award and Holiday Dinner on Saturday at the fire hall. They were among several award recipients at the dinner. "Ayden Donn received a special...

  • Respiratory virus season is here

    Dec 13, 2023

    Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brzezny alert the Grant County media and healthcare community last week that the 2023/2024 respiratory virus season has arrived in Grant County. The rates of influenza (flu) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have been reliably increasing. COVID-19 virus presence in wastewater is also increasing globally and statewide. Also, the Grant County Health District (GCHD) was recently notified of the first confirmed influenza-associated death in the county this season, which occurred in an individual with...

  • NPS seeks input on replacing Keller Ferry dock

    Dec 13, 2023

    The National Park Service (NPS) at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area seeks public input on replacing and improving houseboat docks at the Keller Ferry Marina to provide a safer and more diverse visitor use experience. NPS moved houseboat operations to the already congested Seven Bays Marina in 2017 when the Keller Ferry houseboat dock was destroyed in a storm. NPS proposes to improve the Keller Ferry Marina by replacing parts of the aged docks with houseboat and potentially short-term and transient moorage, as well as grading the marina...

  • Creations on display

    Dec 13, 2023

    People look over the art on display at Frank Andrews' table at the NW Native Winter Art Show & Celebration at the Lucy Covington Government Center near Nespelem Friday. Andrews has been using skateboards as a canvas lately. He and Niki Wippel hosted the event, which drew more than 30 artists and was supported by local business with donations. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • We can show them how it's done

    Dec 13, 2023

    We have to remember how to act in a democracy if we expect it to last, and for a while there, it seemed we might not be able to do that. But it could be that those troublesome signs are waning, even if our troubles aren’t. Maybe it’s just that the day’s news is not quite so relentlessly pessimistic, or perhaps the rhetoric of our national politics has cooled off a degree or two. Or maybe it’s just that much of the nation is focusing more on local issues, the one’s more of us can actually do something about. That can be both a good thing, fo...

  • Local police staffing shortage is unsustainable

    Jennifer Knox|Dec 13, 2023

    The Grand Coulee Police Department is critically understaffed, yet the city council has declared a hiring freeze for an unspecified length of time. Currently, the department has six full-time officers. A fully staffed local police force would be eight officers. Interestingly, mandatory overtime has become the norm as the city refuses to search for qualified candidates. Presumably, the reason behind the hiring freeze is an unbalanced budget. However, typical monthly overtime for our officers averages 30-40 hours per month, and we all know... Full story

  • I'd take a small plane anytime

    Roger Lucas|Dec 13, 2023

    My love for flying in a small plane came gradually. The first small plane ride was when I lived here the first time, in 1954. I was a lumber grader at the small planer mill above the dam. There was a guy working on the crew who had been a bush pilot in Alaska who had his own plane. The guy invited me to go along with him on a Saturday flight. We flew to Spokane, Missoula, Orifino, to the Pullman-Moscow airport, and then home. We took all day. That was my first experience in a small plane. The next time was when I started writing for the Idaho...

  • Gifts to be delivered on Saturday

    Dec 13, 2023

    Saturday, December 16, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Trees of Sharing delivery of gifts. Please call to leave a message, including your phone number with Linda Black, 633-3611, to join the volunteer Trees of Sharing team. Opportunities exist to organize, shop, wrap, and deliver gifts....

  • New judge appointed in Ok. County

    Dec 13, 2023

    Kathryn I. Burke will take the bench of Okanogan County Superior Court after longtime Judge Henry A. Rawson retires Dec. 31. Burke’s appointment was announced by Gov. Jay Inslee Nov. 30. The Okanogan County native currently serves as the elected prosecuting attorney for Ferry County, a position she has held since 2015. Burke earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. She earned her law degree from Seattle University School of Law. A swearing-in ceremony is planned for Burke at the courthouse Dec. 28....

  • Library happenings

    Dec 13, 2023

    Story time with a police officer On Saturdays at the Grand Coulee Library enjoy Story Time with a police officer. For more information contact the library at 509.633.0972. Celebrate Community! Share your love of reading with others from across North Central Washington through our annual Winter Reading Program for all ages. Set a personalized reading goal, track your reading, get recommendations from library staff, and be entered to win fun prizes. Hallmark movies ‘Tis the season for movies! Borrow a BingePass through Hoopla and get 7 days of u...

  • Meetings and Notices

    Dec 13, 2023

    Mosquito Dist. 2 to Meet Grant County Mosquito District #2 will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 4:00pm at 210 W. Coulee BLVD in Electric City.Electric City Fire Station. Food Bank Open Care & Share Food Bank regular hours are Fridays 1-3 p.m. Questions call Pastor Shawn at 633-2566....

  • It's a girl for Epperson/Ford

    Dec 13, 2023

    Riley Epperson and Keith Ford of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Kqwaya Mykel Ford on November 5, 2023, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 7 lbs., 15.7 oz., and was 19-1/2 inches in length at birth. Maternal grandparents are Yancy and Darcy Epperson of Nespelem. Paternal grandparents are Lesley Pakootas, Seth Ford and Jeryl Andrew. Great-grandparents are Jeff Epperson, Dana Brudevold, Susie Allen and Marshall Pakootas.... Full story

  • Iukes/Wak Wak have a boy

    Dec 13, 2023

    Ernestine Iukes and Gregory Wak Wak Jr. of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son Cyrus Keith Wak Wak born November 16, 2023, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 6 lbs., 10 oz., and was 19 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Raina, Rhilene, Dexter, Sierra, Beau, Hunter, Melanie, Jaxon and Meeah. Maternal grandparents are Lauri Mc Craigie and Steven Iukes Jr. Paternal grandparents are Gregory Wak Wak Sr. and Josephine Headly. Great-grandparents are Steven and Georgia Iukes... Full story

  • It's a boy for Duclos/Boyd

    Dec 13, 2023

    Kylie Duclos and Payton Boyd of Coulee Dam, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their Son Kellex Troy Alan Boyd born November 17, 2023, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz., and was 21 inches in length at birth. Maternal grandparents are Ashley (Dagan) Collins and Ricky Richard. Paternal grandparents are Michelle Phillips and Lanny Boyd Jr. Great-grandparents are Krayton Duclos (Stephanie), Tonya Smith (Rob), Pat Collins (Shirlene), Rick Richardson (Anita), and Lanny Boyd Sr.... Full story

  • More than 40 state parks will offer First Day Hikes on Jan. 1 

    Dec 13, 2023

    OLYMPIA — December 7, 2023 — Ring in the new year with Washington State Parks during our annual First Day Hikes event on Jan. 1, 2024. More than 40 state parks will host staff-led and self-guided hikes, snowshoe excursions, dog walks, bike and trail rides, paddle adventures and more on New Year’s Day. First Day Hikes events will range in difficulty from paved, flat ADA-accessible trails to moderate hill climbs. A few parks will host more than one hike with options tailored to different interests and abilities. Additionally, some hikes will...

  • Coulee Cops

    Dec 13, 2023

    Grand Coulee Police 11/29 - Police explained to the driver of a vehicle pulled over at Spokane Way and Federal Way that a blank trip permit that wasn’t even displayed was not a substitute for expired tabs. He was cited for driving with expired registration. 11/30 - Someone reported a red vehicle blocking part of the roadway at Burdin Boulevard and Second Street. They couldn’t describe the vehicle beyond it being red. Police didn’t see any vehicles blocking the roadway. 12/1 - A Subaru Legacy pulled onto Midway Avenue near a coffee stand with...

  • Legal Notices

    Dec 13, 2023

    Colville Indian Housing Authority REQUEST FOR QUOTES SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING REHAB PROJECTS in OMAK, MALOTT, INCHELIUM, and COULEE DAM The Colville Indian Housing Authority (CIHA) is seeking quotations from interested parties for multiple Elder Rehab projects, including interior rehab, exterior rehab and/or accessibility improvements. These opportunities and other projects are listed on the CIHA website at Contractors can call for additional information 509.634.2160 or email keya.fasthorse.... Full story

  • Wrestlers showed 'em at invite

    Scott Hunter|Dec 13, 2023

    Not only did four Raiders place well at last Saturday's Brice Williams Invite in Spangle, but Lake Roosevelt's wrestling team also turned out to be the most underestimated at the 16-team tourney. The Raider wrestlers, taken all together, scored the most match points of any team there (151), and ended up with the largest difference between their seeding into the event and where they actually ended up among the team rankings. When it was all over LR came in eighth with 81 team points racked up by...

  • Girls' team takes fifth at Royal City

    Dec 13, 2023

    Lake Roosevelt’s girls wrestling team competed Saturday at the Royal Lady Knights Invitational in Royal City, taking fifth in a field of 14 teams with 98 points. “Our goal for the week was to be tough in the neutral position and to create pressure to create opportunities,” commented Coach Justus Caudell. “I felt we did that very well.” Phenyx Marchand took first in the 155-pound bracket, pinnng her Chiawana opponent in 23 seconds. AJ Cannon also took a first place for LR, winning in a 6-5 decision over her Rogers High School opponent from Spok...

  • Raider boys off on a 5-0 roll

    Scott Hunter|Dec 13, 2023

    The Raider boys scored their fifth straight win Tuesday night, defeating the Mountain Lions at Liberty Bell 61-52. "The game started out very slow and sluggish for us but once we got our tempo picked up things turned around for us," said Head Coach Ed Wolfe. Brandon Pino picked it up early and finished with 22 points to lead in Raider scoring. In the first quarter, Chase Marchand scored the 1,000th point in his high school basketball career, a rare feat and "huge milestone for him," Wolfe said....

  • Lady Raiders now 3-0

    Dec 13, 2023

    Lake Roosevelt’s girls’ basketball team has started the season off with a 3-0 winning streak with Liberty Bell their most recent victory. The beat the Lady Mountain Lions Tuesday night 59-36. The win follows their Dec. 5 victory of Almira-Coulee-Hartline, 53-42, and their Nov. 30 defeat of White Swan, 74-28....