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 By Gayle Swagerty    Opinion    January 13, 2016

Trees in Coulee Dam are assets

The town of Coulee Dam has declared by ordinance that it is in the best interest of the public that the trees be maintained and encouraged. The municipal budget supports the maintenance of the trees as directed by the ordinance. Knowing the...

 By Gayle Swagerty    Opinion    December 2, 2015

A government we can trust

Can we Americans trust the government? According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, 81 percent say sometimes or never. Yet we American citizens state we want the government to act in their behalf and provide services we want and need. In the same...

 By Gayle Swagerty    Community    May 20, 2015

Monumental effort

The town of Coulee Dam is spearheading an effort to create and establish a monument to honor 81 persons who died during the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam. Friday, Karen Struve, president of...

 By Gayle Swagerty    Lifestyles    April 23, 2014

Landscaping with perennial ground covers

Perennial ground covers are low growing plants usually only 1-3 inches high that spread along the ground and come back year after year. Perennial ground covers serve to help retain soil moisture, fill in empty spaces to help reduce weeds, and...

 By Gayle Swagerty    Community    April 16, 2014

It's WSU master gardener volunteer week

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, has proclaimed the week of April 13-19, 2014 as Washington State University Master Gardener Volunteer Week. The program, which is celebrating its 41st year of service, was begun in the state of Washington as a result of...

 By Gayle Swagerty    Community    April 9, 2014

Thinking about planting a tree?

April 9 is Arbor Day in Washington state and April 25 is National Arbor Day. So let’s talk about trees. Neighborhood and street trees provide shade for streets and parking areas, add to the value of your property, cool the air, absorb carbon...

 By Gayle Swagerty    Community    March 19, 2014

Pruning deciduous shrubs

This is the time of year to prune your shrubs that will bloom on this season’s growth. Generally these are shrubs which bloom after June. Some of these shrubs common in our landscapes are the Butterfly Bush, Spirea, Beauty Bush, and Snowberry. The...

 By Gayle Swagerty    Lifestyles    March 12, 2014

Using ladders in the yard

As winter ends, gardeners, get out that ladder and spruce up the shrubs and trees in your landscape. Ladders can be very useful to help you get into position to make appropriate cuts, which will improve your trees and shrubs. They can take the wear...

 By Gayle Swagerty    Opinion    November 13, 2013

Thanks for the support

Thank you to my friends and neighbors for your overwhelming support in my bid for Town Council. I plan to work to improve communication between town leadership and everyone in our town, so let me hear from you both with your ideas and concerns so we...

 By Gayle Swagerty    Opinion    July 3, 2013

After the garden is gone

What will people do after the garden is gone? What will people know after the garden is gone? Where will people, and rabbits, toads, butterflies, hummingbirds, ladybugs, song birds, moths, soil live stock, etc., go after the garden is gone? Someone...

 By Gayle Swagerty    Opinion    March 20, 2013

Residents of Coulee Dam and Elmer City

Important issues regarding a Waste Water Treatment Facility to serve both communities are being discussed at the town’s town council meetings and will affect every household in our communities. So PLEASE, young and old, come help. Your...

 By Gayle Swagerty    Opinion    October 17, 2012

Re – The Coulee Dam Credit Union landscape redo

I mourn the loss of the peonies, asters, rudbeckia, gladiolas, sedums, chrystanthemums, anemones, day lilies, dahlias, amaranth, cannas, datura, daphne, calendulas, cosmos, snap dragons, lupines, poppies, iris, dianthus, ferns, columbines,...