Council hears pitch for uniting cities

Bob, Washington? That could be the new name of a consolidated Grand Coulee and Electric City, chamber representative Bob Valen laughingly told Grand Coulee’s council last Tuesday night. He and Kevin Portch appeared before the council to make a...

Kathy Rice is named "Volunteer of the Year" for 2014

She was selected, by a vote of local citizens to be awarded the "volunteer" for 2014. Rice was among a list of nine that had been nominated for the honor, and received almost a third of the total 182 ...

Changes to be recommended on building sizes, more

The Electric City Planning Commission will submit a number of changes to the city council as a result of its public hearing held at the fire hall last Thursday night. Major among the changes is the doubling of the size allowable for accessory...

Ballots on levy must be returned by Feb. 10

School district patrons received their official mail-in levy ballots this week and will need to return them by Feb. 10, in order for them to be counted. At issue is a four-year replacement levy that...

District moves to acquire school, land

The Grand Coulee Dam School District is loaning itself the money to truly own Center Elementary School and the surrounding property. The board voted last Wednesday to move $155,000 from the district’s general fund to its capital fund to purchase...

Newsbriefs

Town seeking EMT trainees The town of Coulee Dam is redeveloping and growing its ambulance and emergency medical technician program and looking for professional and responsible volunteer staff. “We need about three to five (or more) EMTs ready...

It's up to us to maintain the gift

Local school district patrons this year have been given a huge, remarkable gift the benefits of which we are still discovering. And we will still have the privilege of maintaining it for a long time to come. Renewing the tax levy that helps do that...

Local school levy a partnership

School districts in the state of Washington continue to rely on a partnership for funding between state and local resources. Local communities through a levy provide essential resources to augment the basic state school support. Our community has...

Continue school support for this generation of kids

The reason I accepted the position of chair for the Levy Committee is because I feel that supporting strong schools means … Our kids benefit directly because: • The money stays in the community. • This levy is replacing the existing one, and...

City officials have to tackle all the problems, not just yours

In the past weeks, we have had a few city council meetings and committee meetings at the local cities. As usual, sometimes things are said that have been taken wrong. Remember, most of these people on the local city councils, city committee are...

Update needed on high-speed chase story

Please provide your readers a follow up on charges brought against the alleged car thief. Please include in the update, what, if any, disciplinary action has been brought against the police officers that participated in the high-speed chase. The...

Phyllis Aldean (Metz) Billups

   Phyllis Aldean (Metz) Billups, 90, of Omak, Wash., passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Phyllis was born on September 12, 1924, to Orvil and Muriel Metz in Hardesty, Alberta, Canada and was the ...

Sherrie Rene Reyes–Palmanteer

Sherrie Rene Reyes–Palmanteer, 56, left us during the evening hours of Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, from her hospital bed at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, surrounded by her loving...

Cheryl Ann Garvin

Cheryl Ann Garvin, 60, passed quietly away at her home on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.  Cheryl was the mother of two sons: Eric and Shawn; grandmother to six children: Eric, Tyler, Brandon, Scotty,...

Ethel Y. "Vonnie" George

Ethel Y. “Vonnie” George, 71, died Sun., Jan. 25, 2015, at her Elmer City, Wash. home. A visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 30, at Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee, Wash., from 4-7 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday,...

Freida Leona Slattery

Freida Leona Slattery passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Gig Harbor, Wash. She was born July 16, 1923, in Thermopolis, Wyo., to Hazel and Clarence Cowan. Freida’s father passed away when she was very young. She lived her first 18 years in...

Tax volunteers getting ready to help

Income tax time is nearly here and free tax preparation will be offered again at the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center. Volunteers trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service and AARP will...

Meetings and Notices

Chamber at Pepper Jack’s The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon this Thursday, Jan. 29, at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille in Grand Coulee. On the agenda Launi Ritter of Heaven Scent Computer Services will be giving a...

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 1/14 - Police gave the Grand Coulee owner of an abandoned vehicle on Morrison a few extra days to remove it. 1/19 - Police were called to a location on Palmer in Electric City when a man went to check on his mother and found her...

Spending Frenzy designed to give students money management skills

Financial Literacy is an important skill, but is not usually "fun" to learn about. Not so for 193 Lake Roosevelt High School students who took part in a "Spending Frenzy" last week, learning about...

Brass plaque placed at new school

This brass plaque was recently placed in a concrete stand in front of the Lake Roosevelt High School entrance. The plaque provides an historical record of the school's opening date, September, 2014;...

School Briefs

COULEE DAM—The Grand Coulee Dam School District board will now begin its meetings at 5:30 p.m., its members voted Monday night. The board now meets in the Lake Roosevelt High School library. • The Grand Coulee Methodist Church women donated...

Lady Raiders on win streak

After a bad set of games, the Lady Raiders are on a win streak, sweeping all opponents last week. Lake Roosevelt is sitting in the number-two spot in the Central Washington North, behind Okanogan. The Lady Raiders’ win-loss record stands at 9-6...

Raider boys win two of three

The Raiders won two of three basketball games last week to put them in fourth place in the Central Washington North standings, with a 6-3 league win-loss record and a 9-6 record overall. The wins came at Oroville and Bridgeport. Liberty Bell...

Wrestlers make good showing at Kittitas

The Raiders came up against many schools that will have state competitors Saturday in Kittitas and competed in challenging matches and took home three medals from the Coyote Classic. “We got a chance to see teams like Ilwaco and Napavine, who...

This week in sports

Thurs., Jan. 29 4:30 p.m., HS Basketball here with Oroville. (4:30 BVJ @ Middle School Gym/GVJ at HS gym; 6 p.m. GV at HS gym; 7:30 p.m., BV at HS gym.) 5 p.m., JHS Girls’ Basketball at Tonasket. Fri., Jan. 30 4:30 p.m., HS Basketball here with...

Legals for January 28, 2015

Legal Notice Town of Coulee Dam Parks and Natural Resources Board Meeting To the Citizens of the Town of Coulee Dam, notice is hereby given that the Parks and Natural Resources Board of the Town of Coulee Dam will hold a regular meeting at Town...