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It’s official: be kind You may think that Valentine’s Day is the big day for celebrating love this month, but Grant County commissioners last week added a twist, declaring Feb 16-23 to be “Random Acts of Kindness” week, with Feb. 17 the...

 

Semi crashes through restaurant

A semi loaded with boxes of apples crashed through a corner of Hometown Pizza at lunchtime today, hurting no one inside but seriously injuring the driver, who may have chosen to avoid two cars in...

 

$20 million substance abuse treatment center coming to Keller

It looks like the Colville Tribes will soon have their first substance abuse treatment center. The tribes announced Feb. 3 that a $20 million, 32-bed treatment center will be located in Keller,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    February 12, 2020 

Busted: Suspected thieves targeting Lincoln County rural mail

Lincoln County sheriff deputies booked two people into jail last night (Feb. 11) after a very precise caller alerted them to what appeared to be ongoing theft from rural mailboxes. Three deputies...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 12, 2020 

Electric City chooses new clerk, council member

The Electric City council voted in a new city clerk/administrator, as well as a new council member, at their meeting Tuesday night. Peggy Nevsimal was chosen out of four candidates as the new city...

 

Governor signs into law tax bill to help fund higher education

Fewer businesses will be asked to foot the bill for higher education programs after Gov. Jay Inslee signed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6492 on Monday. The bill will restructure the business and...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 12, 2020 

Former Raider wrestling champ looks back, and forward

Octavio Alejandre was a state wrestling champion for the Lake Roosevelt Raiders in 2015, and is now wrestling at Grays Harbor College, where he has been conference champion twice and became an...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 12, 2020 

Kennedy's enjoying life in the Coulee

Christian Kennedy grew up in the Coulee, went to the big city of Las Vegas, and returned last year with his wife Sara to settle down and help take over the family business. Having graduated in 2002,...

 

Wreck causes long waits

Vehicles line up behind a crash on SR-174 just northwest of Grand Coulee Wednesday where a driver of a westbound 2010 Ford Fusion failed to make the curve and collided with a semi headed the other...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 2/4 - A Dill Avenue resident reported a man on his porch, dancing, yelling, and pounding on the glass door. An officer told him to go home and that the resident didn’t want him there. The man did so without incident. - A...

 

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 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 5, 2020

School bus communication a topic of concern

The ability of the school or a parent to be able to communicate with a bus driver for one reason or another is an important one, and the Grand Coulee Dam School District directors discussed the topic at their Jan. 27 meeting. Former board director Br...

 

Still winter after all

After a week of weather that saw temperatures range from lows in the teens to highs in 50s, a snowplow scrapes Midway Avenue amid heavy snowfall about 1 p.m. Tuesday, when at least 2.5 inches fell at...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 5, 2020

Airport master plan forum anticipated for April

Those interested in the local airport for one reason or another, especially those representing organizations, can anticipate a meeting in April to discuss the Grand Coulee Dam Airport’s draft master plan. At their Jan. 30 meeting, Grant County...

 

Newsbriefs

Lincoln County jail stats noted Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers reported Friday that the county jail held 755 inmates in 2019, which, classified by crime, included: • Dept. of Corrections Detainer — 45% • Pre-Sentence Felon —13% ...

 

Armed 2nd Amendment supporters rally at Capitol

Roughly 100 gun-rights activists marched on the State Capitol on Friday and rallied in opposition to recently proposed gun regulation bills. Matt Marshall, leader of the Washington Three Percent gun...

 
 By Leona Vaughn    News    February 5, 2020

Lawmakers propose a plan to treat mentally ill people without their consent

 People unable to care for themselves due to mental illnesses could be subject to receiving treatment, even without their consent, if Washington state legislators pass a law to establish executorships for people who are incapacitated....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 5, 2020

Geologist to offer presentation in March

Attention geology nerds! There's some cool stuff happening regarding local geology including a podcast available now and a presentation coming in March. Geologist Bruce Bjornstad will be coming to the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    February 5, 2020

Tribal member now on state outdoor recreation board

The Colville Tribes now have a member on Washington state's Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, which awards about $250 million in grants every two years. Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Okanogan...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 1/28 - A woman told police she hung up on a telemarketer from CenturyLink before they could make a sales pitch. The woman thought it was possibly a fraud. 1/29 - A Goodfellow Avenue man said another man keeps taking pictures of...

 

High honors

New inductees into the National Honor Society hold candles in a ceremony with prescribed traditions to mark the special nature of the occasion at Lake Roosevelt Schools Jan. 22. With President Ellie...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    January 29, 2020

Grand Coulee wants to renegotiate USBR police contract

The city of Grand Coulee wants to renegotiate a contract under which city police provide law enforcement services to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for nearly $600,000 a year. The city is currently operating on a six-month extension on a contract...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    January 29, 2020

Film on tribal hunting rights victory in Canada to premiere

The recent story of a Colville tribal member winning hunting rights on traditional lands in Canada is being told in a 30-minute documentary that will premiere in Spokane next month. A Jan. 17 press...

 

State Senate passes bill to require comprehensive sex-ed in public schools

A proposed law to require school districts to implement a comprehensive sexual education curriculum emphasizing healthy relationships and consent was passed after a 28-21 vote by the state Senate last week.  If signed into law, Engrossed Substitute...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 29, 2020

Wild turkeys causing power problems

More than half the power outages in the city of Coulee Dam last year were caused by wild turkeys that roam the town freely. Last year the town, which operates its own electric utility, suffered nine p...

 

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