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 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 7, 2016 

People meet for a "community watch" start

In a spirit of concern and cooperation, Coulee Dam had its first “Community Watch” meeting last Tuesday night. About 45 people turned out at the old stone church in Coulee Dam, to discuss the rash of burglaries and car prowls that have occurred...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    December 7, 2016 

Tribal veterans join thousands at pipeline protest and victory

Smiles and tears accompanied song and prayer last week as members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation gave an appreciative sendoff to 10 armed forces veterans who were heading to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 7, 2016 

Change planned for PUD office

Grant County PUD plans to switch its Grand Coulee office to a drive-up service sometime early next year. Speaking for the PUD, public affairs manager Thomas Stredwick said Tuesday that there will still be a public presence at the Grand Coulee...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 7, 2016 

No bidders for Center School building

The proposed sale of Center School failed to receive any bids, school officials stated Monday. That makes twice that the school district has requested bidders to buy the Center School and property. Both times no one offered bids. Deadline for the cur...

 
 By Jack Burchard    Opinion    December 7, 2016 

Dam would be costly boondoggle for Okanogan County

At this time of politics gone wild, let’s turn our attention to a significant local issue that we actually have the power to control: Enloe Dam. I’m amazed how the desire to “have our own dam” has become more important than the simple facts....

 
 By Danna Dal Porto    Opinion    December 7, 2016 

PUD paying millions for "luxury" improvements

The Grant PUD is paying $41,516,398 for luxury improvements at Crescent Bar. Grant PUD ratepayers need to understand that they are paying for a golf course and a 61-slip boat marina, and these items contribute to higher monthly electric bills. The...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Community    December 7, 2016 

Bikes raffledfor city park

A raffle to benefit a new park in Electric City has raised $500, City Councilmember Lonna Bussert said Monday. Bussert has held two picnic celebrations and now the raffle of two bicycles to raise over $4,000 toward development of the new park behind...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    December 7, 2016 

Few eligible, team still takes 3rd at tourney

Even out-manned four to one, Raider wrestlers placed third out of 13 schools Saturday at the 26th Annual Davenport Invitational with a team total of 76 points. Reardan took first with 204 points, and...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    December 7, 2016 

Raiders stung by Oroville Hornets

The Raiders boys basketball team suffered a grim defeat in Oroville over the weekend, losing 80-30 to the Hornets in Oroville. “It was really a tough game to start the season,” remarked Head Coach Levi Seekins. “We played hard throughout the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    December 7, 2016 

Ladies swat the Hornets in opener

The Lady Raiders basketball team defeated the Oroville Lady Hornets on the Hornets’ home court 64-46 Saturday in the 2016-17 season opener. “We got out to an outstanding start with our defense, which allowed us to get into some of the things we...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 30, 2016

New pharmacy projected for 2017

Grand Coulee Dam area residents may soon have a second option for where they pick up their prescription drugs. Coulee Medical Center expects to have a new retail pharmacy up and running by early 2017, according to Jonathan Owens, chief executive...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 30, 2016

Kids line up for Santa at North Dam Park

About 80 children showed up to see Santa Claus and to take part in a "cake walk" program last Saturday at North Dam Park. A number of local citizens provided cakes, some 25 in all, to be passed out...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 30, 2016

CMC planning new daycare center for employees

Coulee Medical Center has “every intention” of building a daycare center for their employees, according to Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Owens. Completion of the project is anticipated for May or June 2017, at the latest, Owens told his board...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 30, 2016

City hall renovations to continue

Electric City plans to continue its renovation of city hall next year. The 2017 improvements include new windows and doors. The project is being funded in the 2017 budget and is expected to cost less than $20,000. In the last year, city hall was...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 30, 2016

Nespelem Elementary students don their lab coats

Students at Nespelem Elementary received a hands-on science experience from chemical engineers from Washington State University last week. Doctor Seu Ha, an immigrant from Korea, received his...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 30, 2016

Proposed Electric City park will wait for grant

Electric City’s proposed park, behind the fire department building, may not get developed until sometime in 2018, city officials stated. The council, at its October budget workshop, decided to wait until a grant application to Washington State...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 30, 2016

Adding bus possible, but drivers still needed

The Grand Coulee Dam School District will have enough money in its transportation fund to order another new bus next year, according to the financial report school board members heard Monday night. Already the district has two new 35-passenger buses...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Representative 4th Dist    Opinion    November 30, 2016

Federal government must listen to local community on snake river dams

Hundreds of local residents showed up last week in Pasco for a debate that many thought had long been settled. We again find ourselves making the case that proposals to breach the Columbia and lower Snake River dams would hurt our local community,...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    November 30, 2016

Cheap gas fueling petrochemical expansion

In Washington, an abundance of low cost, reliable hydropower spurs economic growth. It is a key reason why energy intensive industries locate here. Today, our nation has a profusion of carbon-based energy. Unlike a decade ago when we relied upon...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Community    November 30, 2016

Pioneer calendar now for sale

The 2017 Coulee Pioneer Museum calendar will feature pictures of the Third Powerhouse at Grand Coulee Dam, Birdie Hensley said this week. The calendar is dedicated to the men and women who worked on the project, the 50th anniversary date of which is...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 30, 2016

Bids due on old school

Bids on the sale of Center School, and property surrounding it, are due this Thursday. Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Paul Turner said that his understanding was that three parties might be bidding on the old school. But he reminded...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 23, 2016

Town gets major grant for streets

Coulee Dam will get some major road and sidewalk work done as a result of a state grant that will pay for most of it in 2018. The state Department of Transportation announced last week it has awarded...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 23, 2016

Group meets on sidewalk problem in Coulee Dam

A group of some 22 Coulee Dam citizens met in Electric City Monday night, intent on allying in an effort to impress their town council to fix the sidewalks. The issue of fixing sidewalks has been gaining attention since Fred Netzel, who called the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 23, 2016

New playground opened for Nespelem Elementary School

Nespelem Elementary opened up a new playground on Tuesday when student Feather Fry cut the ceremonial ribbon and the children rushed to play with the colorful new equipment. The playground, which...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 23, 2016

Pickup crashes into home

A pickup crashed through a chain-link fence and caused several thousand dollars of damage to a business and residence in Electric City in the middle of the night last Thursday. A police report on the...

 

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