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 By Scott Hunter    News

Baby dies, parents badly burn in fire

A young family caught in the Cold Springs Fire apparently left their wrecked pickup in an attempt to get to safety Tuesday afternoon, but their 1-year-old son lost his life. The... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Update: Current smoke outlook

Update 9/16 11:55 a.m. The state Dept. of Ecology has extended the Air Quality Alert until noon Friday, although locally the air seems a lot less chewy (not a technical term) than... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
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Students to be able to access computer labs at LR

Students at Lake Roosevelt will soon be able to use the computer labs at the school. A Sept. 24 update from Superintendent Paul Turner says that beginning Oct. 1, because Okanogan county is at about 18 cases of COVID-19 per... — Updated 9/25/2020

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Local science teacher launches weather balloon 87,000 feet high

Local science teacher Derrick Johnson launched a helium weather balloon that went up in the sky over 87,000 feet to "near space," a place  "where you and I would not survive, no... — Updated 9/25/2020

 

School board meeting tonight to discuss reopening

The Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors will be holding a special meeting via Zoom today, Sept. 22, at 5:30 p.m. "to review up to date information and discuss potential school re-opening options," a notice from the... — Updated 9/25/2020

 
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Grand Coulee city council meeting on Zoom on Thursday

The Grand Coulee City Council meeting that was cancelled on Tuesday has been rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m., to be conducted via ZOOM at https://zoom.us/j/96190557159?pwd=MmtnWS91SUJuOU9pNVMwZFI4VzVtUT09 . Items on... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
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1. Go to www.grandcoulee.com 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 9/23/2020

 
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Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 9/12 - A Cardinal Road man was punched after he told another man walking down the street not to kick a dog, which angered that man, leading to a fight that was about even, according to the first man. 9/15 -... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Local COVID numbers continue decline

COVID-19 cases seem to be going down in the area, with Okanogan County meeting requirements that would allow it to open up more. Counties need an incidence rate of 25 cases or fewer per population of 100,000 in the past 14 days to... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
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Branch faces Beeman for Okanogan Dist. 1 commissioner

In Okanogan County, the Commissioner District #1 race is between incumbent Chris Branch of Omak, who lists no party preference, and Shauna Beeman, a Republican from Omak.  Voters... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Superintendent: "School is nuts right now"

Operating a public school during the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t easy, but optimism remains with the COVID incidence rate in Okanogan County being low right now. As if to underscore the challenges, regional internet service for many... — Updated 9/23/2020

 

Newsbriefs

Park levy info coming Electric City councilmembers Brian Buche and Cheryl Hoffman volunteered to work on getting information out to residents explaining a $10,000 levy for maintenance of the city’s proposed Ice Age Park. The... — Updated 9/21/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Huge fires getting under control

The Labor Day fires that consumed hundreds of thousands of acres around Washington over the last nine days were coming under control Tuesday, but not before killing one infant,... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News

Planning commission formed in Electric City

Electric City has a newly formed planning commission now. Mayor Diane Kohout announced at the Sept. 8 city council meeting that members were chosen for the commission: Chairman Don... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News

Lucky porcupine gets care after fire

A porcupine that survived the largest of the wildfires in the state, has been recuperating in the care of its human neighbor. Riley Wisdom was driving Sept. 10 on the road leading t... — Updated 9/16/2020

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 9/7 - A shed door had been blown open from the wind and damaged. Police secured the door the best they could. A neighbor said they would tell the owner. 9/8 - Police checked on an open door on the second floor... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Arrest made four minutes after robbery reported

A 17-year-old barista in Okanogan tried to hide in the bathroom after a young man came into the Free Bird Coffee Stand on North Second Avenue, asked for water, then demanded everything they had. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News

Local Covid data shows incidence rate going down

The incidence rates for COVID-19 have gone down significantly in Grant, Okanogan, and Douglas counties, while Lincoln County’s rate surged last week, and two additional cases have popped up in both Elmer City and Nespelem.... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News

Pedestrian/bike path project still in the works for Electric City

A pedestrian/bike path along SR-155 that would connect the Coulee Playland area to Banks Lake Park is still in the works.  With the path in the design phase currently, the path between the north end of Electric City and the south... — Updated 9/16/2020

 

Free food event postponed due to smoke

The 2nd Harvest Mobile Market that had been scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed because of the smoke. It has been rescheduled it for Oct 6. Since 2006, the Mobile Market has... — Updated 9/14/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Fires all around us still burning

Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. update: The Cold Springs Fire is now at 187,689 acres and is 25% contained, according to a Sept. 10 update from the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident... — Updated 9/14/2020

 

Even heavier smoke is heading our way

You should probably sleep with the windows closed as smoke from fires along the west coast of the United States has gathered in the Pacific Ocean and is about to blow our way. The... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Arrest made four minutes after robbery reported

A 17-year-old barista in Okanogan tried to hide in the bathroom after a young man came into the Free Bird Coffee Stand on North Second Avenue, asked for water, then demanded everything they had. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley... — Updated 9/9/2020

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News

Covid rates for local counties noted

Cases of COVID-19 continue to accumulate in local counties, but the rate at which they occur has decreased for some. Here are the latest data for COVID-19 in Grant, Okanogan, Lincoln, and Douglas (GOLD) counties. Counties need an... — Updated 9/9/2020

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News

Electric City CARES about small businesses

Small businesses that operate in Electric City will be receiving some financial relief from the economically distressed times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Electric City council voted at their Sept. 8 meeting to approve di... — Updated 9/9/2020

 

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