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 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 30, 2014 

Mayor to police: Back off noise enforcement

Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands has advised the Grand Coulee Police Department to back off enforcing the city’s noise ordinance as it relates to music at the Electric City Bar and Grille and other places in the city. Sands told three members at...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 30, 2014 

Move-in dates set for new school complex

The ribbon cutting at the new K-12 school facility will be Sept. 12, the Grand Coulee Dam School District board was advised Monday night. The $30 million-plus project is right on schedule and a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 30, 2014 

Two years on, house hulk a problem for neighbors

A resident on Holly Street complained to the Coulee Dam council last week about a burned out house next to her property and the fact that no one is doing anything to clean it up. Heidi Bradeen, of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 30, 2014 

Man killed in motorcycle accident

A Maryland man was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident Sunday three miles west of Grand Coulee on SR-174. Newton C. Pereira, 57, of Brookeville, Md., was dead at the scene, after striking a 2003 Chevrolet Venture van. Three of the occupants of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 30, 2014 

Electric City to seek smaller levy for police service

Electric City’s council, in a special meeting Tuesday night, voted to place a levy on the November general election ballot for police services. The total levy amount that the city could ask for is $3.10 per thousand of assessed valuation; that’s...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 30, 2014 

Town's Civil Service Commission slot filled

Coulee Dam’s Civil Service Commission is up and running. Mayor Greg Wilder made the third appointment to the three-member commission last week, naming Joe Tynan. The commission will be involved in the hiring of police. The three members are...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 30, 2014 

Chief hiring question on agenda

Grand Coulee’s Civil Service Commission chair said this week that there has been no explanation of why Mayor Chris Christopherson asked that the hiring of a police chief be placed on the agenda for the commission’s Aug. 6 meeting. Alan Cain, who...

 
 By Pat Kiedrowski    Opinion    July 30, 2014 

Letter from a casualty of the hospital's last administration

This is a letter to the communities served by Coulee Medical Center in response to the letter by Greg Behrens (“Thoughts and concerns for the CMC board, and community” July 23, 2014). You talk about all the things that the previous administration...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Lifestyles    July 30, 2014 

Yard sale mania: You can find treasures here in the coulee

Yard sale mania: You can find treasures here in the coulee For many families, the dog days of summer have arrived. And as time flies by, as it always seems to when the month of August is here, now come a few weeks for getting ready, getting...

 
 By Franky Delano    Community    July 30, 2014 

Calling the Columbia River home

So the story goes on that Sammy made a long run up the full length of Lake Roosevelt into Canada for a quick stop near the mouth of the Columbia River where he almost ran aground, floundering where...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014

Civil service chair asserts role in chief selection

The chairman of Grand Coulees Civil Service Commission said last week that his agency and Grand Coulee’s city council should play a role in selecting a new police chief. It’s a bad idea for one person to have that kind of power, said Alan Cain,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 23, 2014

Latest count: 300 homes destroyed in Carlton Complex fire

The massive Carlton Complex fire has destroyed 300 homes, and regional and nationwide response has been in some ways "overwhelming," says Okanogan County Frank Rogers. Here's is his latest update, including what vicitims currently need: Members of th...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014

Mayor asks to put chief replacement on agenda

The selection of Grand Coulee’s police chief will be on the Civil Service Commission agenda when it meets Aug. 4. The request that it be placed on the agenda was made by Mayor Chris Christopherson Monday. The Civil Service Commission meets at 5:30...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014

People discuss police protection in meeting

Electric City residents had their opportunity to share their feelings about police protection in the city last night during a community meeting in the fire hall. The city and Grand Coulee came together recently and agreed to a one-year extension of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014

Local nurse helps at fire shelter

A local registered nurse worked with the Red Cross shelter at Omak over the weekend. Nurse Alan Cain, of Grand Coulee, who went to Omak Thursday, returned home Monday night when the shelter was closed, but expects to return where needed later. “The...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014

Tour previews character of new school building

The hallways are polished and colorful. The elementary gym is ready for play, and all marked out for basketball and volleyball. Hoops are up. Racks are in the library and both libraries are ready for...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 23, 2014

Region responds to firestorm

When a storm system moved across the region July 14, lightning started multiple fires just as temperatures would reach into the 100s for days, feeding what would become the largest wildfire in state...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014

Reservation fires quelled

Mt. Tolman Fire Center personnel are concerned about weather reports of a storm and possible lightning strikes that is going to pass through the area this Thursday. Kathy Moses said Tuesday that firefighters have welcomed the change in the weather...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014

Some inter-town disputes resolved

Differences regarding wastewater treatment billings between Coulee Dam and Elmer City are slowly getting resolved. The two council committees met July 17, and agreed to two adjustments between the two towns. Representing Coulee Dam were council...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 23, 2014

Separation of powers a matter of degree

The degree to which the people and their elected representatives get involved in the day-to-day details of governance depends on how keenly the results are felt and on the relative opportunity for corruption. Our Constitution sets up a purposely...

 
 By Greg Behrens    Opinion    July 23, 2014

Thoughts and concerns for the CMC board, and community

I had originally intended to present this at the board meeting but not knowing if I would be able to, and the thought of being misquoted, I thought it best to publish this as an opinion. I want to preface my concerns here with the understanding that...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Community    July 23, 2014

A coulee legend of Sammy the salmon: part one

Did Sammy leave his park site? Not so long ago in the summer of 2012, possibly 100 or more trees, many planted when the town was in its infancy, were toppled or uprooted in that weird storm, including...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Lifestyles    July 23, 2014

Souvenirs, things that remember when

In last weeks C’est La Vie column, I reported on the great bargain hunting opportunities at a couple of antique sales, both featuring unique items, retro household stuff and some honest-to-goodness antiques and collectibles, some more than 40 years...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014

Street priorities questioned

Grand Coulees six-year street plan was derailed last Tuesday night when Fire Chief Richard Paris took issue with it. The council sent the plan back to committee to digest what Paris had to say. Paris asked the council why the six-year plan focused...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 23, 2014

How far are we from the fires?

It's difficult to grasp the size of the fires burning in Washington when some says they've burned 168,000 acres. But most of us are familiar with our area on maps. Here's a map of the area, with red...

 
 By press release    News    July 23, 2014

Thunderstorms cause Internet outage in many eastern Washington communities

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. Due to severe thunderstorms in the Spokane area, a fiber cable located near Fish Lake in eastern Washington was severed by a fallen tree. As a result, customers in the following communities and surrounding areas may be...

 
 By Press release    News    July 23, 2014

Mansfield evacuates for fire

State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Road C Fire, in Douglas County. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Police issues topic of Grand Coulee Council

It was Grand Coulee’s turn last night to address where its police contract with Electric City is going. Two council members were instrumental in working out an arrangement that would extend Grand Coulee’s police contract with Electric City for on...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 16, 2014

Brush fire burning thousands of acres

A brush fire that started south of Leahy Junction Wednesday afternoon had consumed nearly 7 square miles of grass and brush by this morning after some short-range jumping and fast movement late...

 
 By press release    News    July 16, 2014

Emergency declared in 20 counties due to multiple wildfires, extreme fire conditions

OLYMPIA -- A state of emergency was declared late Tuesday, July 14, in 20 Eastern Washington counties in response to multiple wildfires threatening homes, businesses, public infrastructure, and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Junior rodeo offers young fun this weekend

You can capture the fun this weekend when the Ridge Riders feature their Junior Rodeo, beginning at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Bring your cameras and capture some of the most exciting type of rodeo activity you will ever see. Watch youngsters...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Spokane shooting has local connection

A 28-year-old man who was arrested by Spokane police after an incident at Deaconess Hospital is a person of interest in an ongoing investigation by Grand Coulee police. Cameron A. Trevino, listed from Nespelem, was involved in an incident in...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Making progress on fires

One Central Washington fire has been put out and firefighters are making progress on two others, officials reported Friday. Crews mopped up the Highland Fire, just east of Bridgeport early Friday. Two strike teams that were preparing to leave...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Death march Veteran visits the coulee

A veteran who "was surrendered" by Bataan military authorities to the Japanese in World War II, was a visitor to Grand Coulee Monday. Dan Crowley, who enlisted in Hartford, Connecticut, in early...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Banks Lake poachers convicted

Four Western Washington men were convicted last week in Grant County Superior Court for poaching on Banks Lake, using gill nets to catch dozens of fish Dec. 5, 2013. “There really is no excuse for this behavior,” Grant County Prosecutor Angus Lee...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Family members of deceased dam workers like memorial idea

Of the 81 workers who lost their lives while working on Grand Coulee Dam, 79 have been identified by researcher Susan Dechant. Dechant has been researching the accident incidents for the past several years and only recently reported that she was...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Playhouse drawing set for Saturday

Some lucky child is going to end up with a playhouse this weekend. It's the annual one built by DWK Fowler Construction and given to the Ridge Riders for a special drawing, this year at the Junior...

 
 By Aric Frank    Opinion    July 16, 2014

Please return stethoscope

Over the weekend my beaded stethoscope was taken out of my office in the hospital section of Coulee Medical Center. I have had it for years and used it to help people. It is a Littman Cardiology III with multi-colored native beadwork and my name...

 
 By Truman Covington    Opinion    July 16, 2014

Wakeup call to full tribal council

For the past 2-3 years, our tribal council have not heard “the peoples.” They literally, purposefully, have not listened to the peoples. We in fb land know you sneak in and out of here to see what is the latest in what all of you call innuendo,...

 
 By Sean Moulton and Ronald White    Opinion    July 16, 2014

Improving Chemical Safety: A Baby Step in the Right Direction

In the aftermath of the explosion of a fertilizer storage facility in West, Texas last year that killed 15 people and destroyed three schools and a nursing home, federal officials realized there are serious gaps in federal oversight authority of faci...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Community    July 16, 2014

If it's old, it's a good, good thing!

With the Beach Boys famous feel-good song from 1966, Good Vibrations, on the air waves this summer, I’ve been picking up on the excellent shopping-for-vintage-treasures vibes resounding in the...

 
 By Kim Jorgensen Grant County Journal    Community    July 16, 2014

Basin Summer Sounds music festival this weekend

EPHRATA — A country band with a sound as big as Little Texas will headline the 11th annual Basin Summer Sounds music festival. This year’s event is Friday and Saturday, July 18-19. With hits like “God Blessed Texas,” “Kick A Little,” “W...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 9, 2014

Cities may extend police coverage a year to study issue

The police issue between Grand Coulee and Electric City took a number of twists and turns this past week. Electric City had threatened to walk away from extending its law enforcement contract with Grand Coulee and develop its own police department....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 9, 2014

Chamber: festival expenses are not federally funded

As the local chamber of commerce got ready to host thousands of people in the area to its annual Festival of America last Friday and Saturday, members became aware of misperceptions among the public...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 9, 2014

"Consolidation" uttered at council

Consolidation — the word that sends chills up local spines, was spoken last Tuesday night. City Councilmember Tom Poplawski brought it up at the Grand Coulee City Council meeting. And he even said it out loud. Poplawski noted that maybe it was...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    July 9, 2014

Firefighters busy over the holiday

A number of small fires marred the busy July 4 holiday weekend, Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Chief Richard Paris reported this week on behalf of several responding agencies, and one large fire near Keller was still being battled Tuesday morning. At...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 9, 2014

Mystery man cleans up North Dam

A civic minded man made a big contribution of labor Saturday, helping to clean up the top of North Dam after Fourth of July fireworks the night before. But no one knows who he is. The young man, say Bureau of Reclamation officials, was walking by...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 9, 2014

Crews removing asbestos before demolition

Crews from IB-1, an asbestos abatement firm, are currently removing asbestos from the classroom wing of Lake Roosevelt High School, and district officials stated last week that it will take about two weeks to complete the work. Then it will be time...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 9, 2014

Parks problems a symptom of something bigger

The two letters below on separate problems at nearby state and national parks illustrate a larger problem with a policy stance the entire nation has adopted through its politics. For decades now, the...

 
 By J.P. Squire    Opinion    July 9, 2014

Not a happy camper at Steamboat Rock State Park

I am the outdoor recreation journalist with the Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group based in Kelowna, British Columbia, responsible for a Making Tracks column and outdoor recreation features in valley-wide publications, The Okanagan Saturday and The...

 

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