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How to attend public meetings in the Grand Coulee Dam area

With multiple towns, boards, and districts, there are lots of meetings happening in the Grand Coulee Dam area that each offer opportunity to engage in the processes that affect... — Updated 2/6/2023 Full story

 By Renee Diaz    News 

Effort to make roads safer wins bipartisan support

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and Gov. Jay Inslee say they are backing a package of new laws aimed at protecting workers, pedestrians and commuters. New bills would include reducing the blood alcohol concentration limit fo... — Updated 2/2/2023


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1. Go to with your browser. 2. To get instant access, click the small ad in the upper right corner, circled in red here. It's linked to a page with a form for... — Updated 2/1/2023 Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News 

School districts resolve federal funds sharing for now

The Grand Coulee Dam and Nespelem school districts came to agreement Friday on terms of a "tuition" agreement they've been negotiating for the current school year. A solution for... — Updated 2/1/2023


Health district: Flu has plateaued, could spike again

  The Grant County Health District (GCHD) has investigated three confirmed, and one probable, flu-associated deaths during the 2022-2023 flu season thus far. The confirmed deaths occurred in a woman in her 80s, a woman in her... — Updated 2/1/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News 

Coulee Dam approves near million dollar bid, if …

Coulee Dam will accept a $906,000 bid by a contractor for work on a sewage lift station if funding and that award is approved by a federal agency. The city council voted last week to accept a bid from Strider Construction for... — Updated 2/1/2023


Agency issues update on fire station status

The Bureau of Reclamation said Monday that parts of its fire station construction project should be complete by the end of February, but the entire project will take over another ye... — Updated 2/1/2023


Sunny walk time

Walkers across North Dam take advantage of sunshine Sunday next to frozen Banks Lake, where ice fishermen have been falling through spots where the ice is too thin. That happened... — Updated 1/31/2023 Full story


Noah Hunt serves as page in state Senate

Noah Hunt, a sophomore from Coulee Dam, was a page for the Washington State Senate in Olympia during the opening week of the 2023 legislative session. Hunt was sponsored by Sen.... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News

District contributes to lawsuit against state

The Grand Coulee Dam School District will help fund a lawsuit against the state intended to have a far-reaching effect on funding school facilities and programs. School board... — Updated 1/25/2023


Time to roost

A young eagle flies toward the sunset over Banks Lake near Steamboat Rock Thursday. Another one was standing on the ice near an open spot of water, just offshore from the... — Updated 1/25/2023


Bill proposes relaxing restrictions on low-dose cannabis drinks

Consumers will be able to purchase more low-THC liquid-infused products in a single purchase if a bill in the Legislature wins approval.  “HB 1249 is necessary to ensure that the evolution of consumer preference, and access to... — Updated 1/25/2023


Respected Colville Business Council member passes

Virgil “Smoker” Marchand passed away Jan. 13. Smoker was currently serving in the Colville Business Council as an elected representative from the Omak District. The Chairman of the Colville Tribes, Jarred-Michael Erickson,... — Updated 1/25/2023


Club hoping to form "Friends of the Cemetery"

The Lions Club, which owns Spring Canyon Cemetery, is hoping to form a group to keep the operation going. “Like many other organizations, the Spring Canyon Cemetery board are few and aging, and are unable to do several of tasks... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News

Shortage of officials could hamper high school sports

Sporting officials and umpires are in short supply locally, and the association that schedules those workers is looking for interested people to fill the roles that keep sports... — Updated 1/21/2023 Full story


Updated: SR -155 now open after closure

Update: SR-155 is now open, as of 7:30 pm, Jan. 18th. State Route 155 is blocked at Mile Post 59, just west of Disautel Summit due to a semi across both lanes, according to Okanogan County Emergency Management. To detour, use... — Updated 1/18/2023 Full story


Dogs bring comfort to victims, witnesses

Four dogs sat in a House hearing room and two more watched the room over Zoom as a legislative committee discussed rules dog handlers must follow in courthouses for dogs to assist... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News

Elmer City utility rates rising

Elmer City utility customers will pay about $13 a month more for water and sewer service beginning in March, but garbage rates will remain the same. The town council passed a new utility rate ordinance last Thursday to set the... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News

Coulee Dam offered loan, no grant on plant work

Coulee Dam officials had hoped they’d get some of the funding in the form of free grants for work to replace an aging sewage lift station on the west side of the Columbia River, but learned last week the funding agency intended... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News

Thinner than they thought

Twice last weekend people wanting to fish through the ice of Banks Lake found out it was thinner than they'd figured. On Saturday afternoon and amphibious motor vehicle designed for... — Updated 1/18/2023


Legislature back to in-person sessions

After two years of an online and hybrid Legislature that severely restricted legislators' direct contact during the pandemic, the House and Senate chambers were full of people... — Updated 1/13/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News

Slide closes Peter Dan Road again

A slide of rocks and mud covered Peter Dan Road about a half mile from SR-155 Tuesday morning, forcing a detour until mid-afternoon and recalling a massive effort to keep the hillsi... — Updated 1/12/2023

 By Dr. LuAnn Chen    News

Top 3 Tips for navigating the "Tripledemic"

Washington’s ‘tripledemic’ is far from over. As COVID-19, flu and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) continue to surge, hospitals and health care providers are reaching capacity. In Washington State, flu deaths are at higher... — Updated 1/11/2023


Cool and popular

About three dozen people fish through the ice near the feeder canal that fills Banks Lake Friday afternoon about 4 p.m. Although the cold weather that formed the ice had been gone... — Updated 1/11/2023

 By Scott Hunter    News

Student survey to command board attention

Looking at something from a different angle can reveal much that hadn’t been noticed before. That principle may have been evident at a school board meeting Monday night. School leaders made plans Monday to systematically... — Updated 1/11/2023


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