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 By Jacob Wagner    News    September 19, 2018 

School district planning how to upgrade older buildings

Figuring out how to combine needed upgrades on two old school buildings is expected to save money, so the firm McKinstry is currently performing an “audit” of the former middle school, and on the former high school, referred to now as the Career... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    September 19, 2018 

Bureau consultant says there is "a lot of will to make something happen"

A study of the Bureau of Reclamation’s problems in attracting qualified employees to the area is leading to broader avenues of local communication and could even result in the privatization of some federal land. “In all the places I’ve worked... Full story

 

Newbriefs

Chickenpox in county Grant County Health District is warning it has identified cases of chickenpox in county schools. “Chickenpox is a contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that can have serious complications (including death), especially for...

 

A festive place

Runners and walkers finish up their Run the Dam routes on Saturday at the south end of Banks Lake Park. With a cool day that only hinted at rain, the run and the chamber of commerce's Harvest...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    September 19, 2018 

Consolidating towns to be topic of informal discussion

The topic of consolidating local area towns will be discussed in a social setting at the Wine Bar in Grand Coulee Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. Attending will be three representatives from SCJ Alliance, a company that...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    September 19, 2018 

Electric City discusses putting restriction on RVs on empty lots

Are recreational vehicles taking up city lots that could be used for houses? That’s a concern officials at Electric City have. At the Sept. 11 city council meeting, City Clerk Russ Powers brought an emerging issue to the council’s attention to... Full story

 

Happy as a ...

Jason Bauer, whose Warpig BBQ won the grand champion prize at the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce's Harvest Festival competition, displays his trophy and winnings envelope Sunday after...

 

Federal appeals court rules for tribes over Teck

In a legal victory for the Colville Tribes against international mining giant Teck Metals Ltd., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Friday affirmed lower court rulings holding Teck responsible for cleaning up its releases of hazardous substances in... Full story

 

A welcome site

Shoshanna Palmanteer, Coulee Medical Center's rural health clinic director, hands a child prize money for winning a dance competition at the medical center's third annual Gathering of Wellness Powwow...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 9/10 - An officer advised the men in a car on Bowen St. not to drive after smoking marijuana. The officer was responding to a noise complaint on the vehicle. - An officer was unable to find a reported fight on Diamond St. 9/11 - A man...

 

Teachers and school district agree on 15.2 percent salary increase

Teachers in the Grand Coulee Dam School District will get a 15.2-percent across-the-board increase in salary this year, following an agreement reached between the local teachers union and the district that some have called “life changing.” Superi...

 

Newsbriefs

Meet the candidates planned American Legion Post 97, in Brewster, will host a Fall Candidate Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. Okanogan County candidates vying for auditor, commissioner for District 3, sheriff and prosecutor positions have all...

 

LR students react to assembly, staff react to students' surveys

An assembly held at Lake Roosevelt in May included stories of how drugs and alcohol can affect someone, as well as rap music, and the students reacted strongly to it all. A survey of the students...

 

Harvest Festival offering has grown - a lot

The number of vendors planning to offer wares at the Harvest Festival this weekend in North Dam Park has grown substantially from the event several years ago when a community yard sale was its most significant offering. In fact, the list of vendors...

 

Man passes through coulee on 1,250-mile kayak journey

Imagine kayaking 1,250 miles down the Columbia River from Columbia Lake, in British Columbia, down to Astoria, Oregon. That's exactly what John Kuntz, of Fort Gamble, Washington, is doing. "It's...

 

On a fast horse

CJ Saxon wins a heat in the junior relay race Sept. 8 at the Okanogan County Fair. In the fifth of the day’s races, Saxon was riding for the Marchand Relay team. — Scott Hunter photo...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 9/3 - A chainsaw, valued at $1,500, was stolen out of a man’s truck on Good St. in Electric City. 9/5 - A Grand Coulee man said another man had threatened to punch him in the face a few days earlier. - A driver pulled over on...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    September 5, 2018

PUD ups costs for Bitcoin miners

An electric utility has created a new rate class that could dramatically affect the local development of an “evolving industry” with an Electric City participant. Grant County Public Utility District commissioners voted last week to increase...

 

Fire impact meeting called

Any land owners, ranchers or farmers impacted by last month’s wildfires in Douglas County, including the Grass Valley Fire that threatened Grand Coulee and Coulee Dam, can attend a meeting next week to discuss “post-fire needs and priorities,... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    September 5, 2018

Hospital educates congressman

Congressman Dan Newhouse, who represents Washington's 4th District, visited Coulee Medical Center Aug. 29 to discuss issues with rural hospitals, particularly in relation to obstetrical services....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    September 5, 2018

New cable company seeks to do business in Coulee Dam

Coulee Dam is in talks with Charter Communications, a nationwide cable television company that wants to serve the town. The town council reviewed a proposed contract last month that would grant a franchise agreement and allow the company to operate...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    September 5, 2018

Missing man's body found in Soap Lake

The body of a Colville tribal member who went missing late last month was recovered from the waters of Soap Lake on Friday evening, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday morning. Kayakers found the body of Michael Edwin Clark, 60, and...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    September 5, 2018

New principal in familiar territory

When Marcy Horne took over as principal at Nespelem Elementary School last March, she felt she had at least part of her orientation already accomplished. Horne had been the principal at Paschal...

 

Newsbriefs

Free fire safety stuff available at market In addition to fruit, crafts, and kids’ activities at the Wednesday Market this week, Molina Healthcare of Washington is hosting a wildfire preparedness event, tonight, Sept. 5, at North Dam Park from 4-7...

 

Streets getting a fix

Workers on Main Street and Spokane Way, curving up the hill in the background, in Grand Coulee patch up portions of the streets that will see more work yet. Construction could be done by the end of...

 

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