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            West Nile virus detected in Grant County

      MOSES LAKE, WA – The Washington State Department of Health has notified the Grant County Health District that three Grant County mosquito samples were positive for West Nile virus. The samples were collected by Grant County Mosquito Control...

Big Fourth festival this week

Music, food and fireworks. Sounds like Festival of America time in the coulee, when patriots can celebrate America Friday and Saturday at the park below the Visitor Center, with a guide to the action inside this issue. The Grand Coulee Dam Area...

Man jumps off bridge

A Nespelem man jumped off the Columbia River Bridge in Coulee Dam Friday morning, reportedly because he thought he could make it. The 28-year-old jumped from the bridge around 7 a.m. Another person...

Firefighters descend on B Street fire

Response to a fire in the heat of Monday afternoon in Grand Coulee underscored the nervousness of local fire fighters in the current, extreme heat conditions, with fireworks legal. As a summer...

Fire departments concerned for upcoming July 4th weekend

Grand Coulee Dam area fire fighters are concerned because of the extreme, hot weather we have been experiencing, which is predicted to continue for the next 10 days. Any fire activity will put extra stress on the firefighters because of the high...

Newsbriefs

Port hears report on course Grant County Port District 7 commissioners heard at their meeting last week a report that there are 84 members of the golf course, on a par with last year’s membership total. They also heard that the golf course is in...

Fireworks are scary in this heat

If there was ever a good argument for expressing your patriotism and love of explosives in a big group, the weather is providing a better one. Frankly, the current heat wave is scary, especially remembering the wildland fires the local area has...

Time to revive the Black Rock Reservoir plan

Yakima Valley farmers have the same problem as their California counterparts: there just isn’t enough water for crops, migrating fish and people. In California this year, an estimated 564,000 acres of prime cropland will be left unplanted because...

We need both insiders and outsiders in Congress

Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy. There’s one important category, though, that I never hear...

Heat, heat and more heat

It’s hotter than a woolly mammoth in a sweater factory. There are lots of classic sayings out there to describe the current heat wave. Has anyone tried frying an egg on the sidewalk yet? Or barbecuing without turning on the gas? Just curious...

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce said this year’s giant fireworks show, sponsored by the Coulee Dam Casino will be about twice as large as last year’s with some special effects at the end. This year’s musical groups,...

Gamboa/Stevenson to wed in September

Bruce and Ida Gamboa of Electric City, Wash., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Jewel Noelle, to Cameron James Stevenson of Ritzville, Wash. Jewel is a former graduate of...

Meetings and Notices

No Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not meet this week due to getting set for the festivities this weekend. Come enjoy the holiday below the visitor center at Grand Coulee Dam. American Legion Post 157 Meets The...

Reading program in full swing

The summer reading program is full swing at the Grand Coulee Public Library. It is for children of all ages, 0-18. Sign up is free. There are activities, great programs, prizes from books to ice cream and incentives - plus it is free AND fun. ...

It's a girl for Picard/Labro

Alanna Picard and Alfredo Labro of Nespelem, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Junie-Lynn Sioux Labro born Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz., and was 21 inches in length at...

50th Reunion for the GC class of 1965

Friday night July 17th there will be a social hour at the home of Wayne & Lila Snyder from 7 pm until 10 pm. We will provide snacks, cookies and fruit. Please BYOB. Saturday July 18th there will be a catered picnic at the North Dam Park from noon...

Join the Arbor Day Foundation, trees will be planted

Forests across America are a prized natural resource, and anyone can help plant trees in these vital areas by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month. Through the Replanting Our National Forests campaign, the Arbor Day Foundation will honor...

Students named to BBCC honor roll

Local students were named to the spring, 2015 honor lists at Big Bend Community College, the school announced last week. On the President’s List are: Melissa Boord, Electric City; Kyle Peterson, Almira; Dylan Crow, Wilbur; Carl Duvall, Coulee...

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 6/21 - USBR Plant Protection advised police that a group was preparing to go fishing at North Dam Park as the sun was just setting. Police advised the group that it was a daylight-only area and members of the group packed up and...

Building new sidewalks

Halme Builders workers hammer in concrete forms to prepare for new sidewalks on Federal Avenue in Grand Coulee Tuesday. The job will replace sidewalks on Federal and on Main Street for just under...

LR Jr./Sr. High honor roll

The following is the honor roll for Lake Roosevelt Jr./Sr. High seond semester. High Honors 3.500 – 4.000 SENIORS Shaine Thomas, Anthony Desautel, Brandon Jordan, Bailey Stanger, Theron Nault, Steven Joseph, Riley Stout JUNIORS Devan Black, Scott...

Celebration rodeo coming up

The Nespelem Celebration Rodeo will be held July 10 through 12 at the rodeo grounds in Nespelem. Stock contractors are Red Knection of Keller and Palmer Ranch Nespelem. Friday events are non-sanctioned and open to everyone - bulls broncs, steer...

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