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Articles from the December 26, 2018 edition

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 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 26, 2018

Geezer Beach driving concern expressed by Colville Tribes

Federal and tribal officials said last week that the question of whether fishermen should continue to be able to drive on the sand along Geezer Beach behind the Grand Coulee Dam stemmed from tribal concerns. The Bureau of Reclamation has been...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    December 26, 2018

Project would take decade, inject millions into regional economy

The Bureau of Reclamation is looking to modernize three more generators in the Third Power Plant of the Grand Coulee Dam in a project that should get underway in about four years. The upgrade of...

 

Top 10 movies to watch in the Coulee (and one TV show)

Ah, small town life. Country living. Old pickup trucks, down-home diners. You gotta love it. Sometimes it's a bit dull, but only boring people are bored, so you have to create your own excitement. If...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 26, 2018

Lake remains accessible, but without services

The Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area will remain accessible to the public, but with no visitor services, during the current shutdown of the federal government. That’s according to a statement issued by the National Park Service unit on...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 26, 2018

Local man booked on vehicular homicide

A Nespelem man is being held on $500,000 bond in Spokane County jail after his involvement in a deadly car crash that killed a Spokane veteran three miles west of Airway Heights Dec. 19. Ryan E. Labreck, 36, of Spokane, died at the scene Wednesday mo...

 

A Husky Rose Bowl memory - from 1960

In a few days the University of Washington Huskies will be in the Rose Bowl. It will be their 15th appearance in Pasadena and the Huskies will have the opportunity to tilt the record in their favor, currently having a 7-7 record. Washington’s...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 26, 2018

My hope for Christmas is that you would find yours

A young child cannot sleep the night before Christmas. Visions of the toys that will be there, the stockings overflowing with goodies, and the mouthwatering feast all keep a young mind from drifting...

 

No apparent reason for proposed Geezer Beach changes

I wish to express my concern about the proposed changes to the access at “geezer” beach. I see no reason for the proposed changes, other than paranoia over the possibility of some incident which might occur. I do not recall an incident actually... Full story

 

Re: "Mayor subject of harassment complaint" in Dec. 19 Star

I respect the electorate. Some had vetted — and others did not. And for my good reasons, I voted the minority (Gayle Swagerty) for mayor, based on my own vetting process … and she lost. After all, “it’s just an election”… and in a small c...

 

Robotics team takes fifth at meet

Nespelem School District's robotics team competed in their first regional "First Lego League Robotics Competition" the first weekend in December. With a little over a month to prepare, the small team...

 

State Parks reservations system temporarily out of service Jan. 8 to 15

OLYMPIA – Dec. 18, 2018 – Washington State Parks’ online reservation system will be down from Wednesday, Jan. 8 through Tuesday, Jan. 15, as the agency puts the finishing touches on a new and improved system to be launched Jan. 16. During that...

 

Meetings & Notices

No Chamber This Week Chamber will not meet this Thursday. Happy holidays. Meetings will resume Thursday, January 3, at Siam Palace beginning at noon. American Legion to Meet The American Legion Post 157 next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan...

 

Second Coulee Polar Plunge set

Those wanting to start the new year off with a shock should meet the brave souls at noon, New Year’s Day, at Spring Canyon for the second Coulee PolarPlunge. The group will be meeting down in the park close to the boat launch area. Watch for... Full story

 

Kayak paddle

Kayakers will be meeting at noon on New Years Day at Coulee Playland for a new year paddle. For more info call Rod Hardin 797-3562....

 

It's a girl for Moses/Davis

Leslie Moses and Jewie Davis, of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Hattie Leontine Davis, born Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz., and... Full story

 

LR wrestlers win dual meet against Cascade Kodiaks

Raiders wrestled in a dual with Cascade last week, as well as sending a wrestler to the Columbia Burbank Girls Invitational. Raiders wrestled in a dual match in Coulee Dam against the Cascade Kodiaks...

 

Ladies second after three losses

The Lady Raiders had a bit of a rough week, but are still second in the Central Washington 2B league with a 5-1 league win-loss record, 5-3 overall. The Lady Raiders played in Okanogan in a...

 

Tough losses followed by solid win for LR Raiders

The Raiders suffered two losses, one league, one non-league, but closed out last week with a solid win. The Raiders are third in the Central Washington 2B league with a 4-2 league win-loss record,...

 

This week in sports

Thurs., Dec. 27 LRHS Basketball at Eagle Holiday Classic, West Valley HS, Spokane. Boys V vs. Medical Lake, gym #2 noon. Girls V vs. Liberty, gym #2 1:30 pm. Fri., Dec. 28 10 a.m., HS Wrestling Powerhouse Tournament here HS Basketball continues at... Full story

 

Legals for December 26, 2018

CITY OF ELECTRIC CITY ANNUAL DOG LICENSE RENEWALS The City of Electric City would like to remind residents that dog licenses are required in the city. The 2019 dog licenses are available as of December 17, 2019. Prices are just $4.00 for... Full story

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 12/18 - An officer helped a Sunny Dr. man lift his wife into a wheelchair for an appointment. - A man reported a Honda Civic tailgating him while driving near Pole Park, then passing multiple vehicles in a no-passing zone. 12/20 - It...

 

Santa was everywhere

Santa visits with Pazel, Amaris and Shai Miller at the Grand Coulee Library Dec. 13, after arriving on a fire truck during an annual event there with cookies and door prizes, in one of several visits...

 

Start off the new year with a First Day Hike at Washington state park

OLYMPIA – Dec. 12, 2018 – Washington State Parks invites the public to start the new year off with a First Day Hike on Tuesday, Jan. 1, at nearly 40 state parks across Washington. Some parks will offer more than one hike. “First Day Hikes are...

 
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