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 By Scott Hunter    News    August 13, 2014 

Monthly loss felt like good news to hospital

After losses totaling more than $1 million in the two months prior, June’s negative nick of just $48,000 felt like very good news for hospital leaders Monday night. “The corner is turned,” commented Commissioner Geary Oliver following a report...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014 

Hollowed halls coming down

Demolition of the classroom wing of Lake Roosevelt High School started Monday. Walker Construction, which has the overall contract, expects the demolition to be completed by the end of this week. A su...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014 

Accident fatal for Spokane woman

A Spokane Valley driver was critically injured last Friday when the vehicle she was driving crossed the center line and hit a tractor trailer head on. The accident occurred at about 8:20 a.m., about five miles west of Wilbur in Lincoln County on...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014 

Explosives found on local shores near Grand Coulee

Plastic explosives from a mining operation in Canada have been showing up in Lake Roosevelt with some degree of regularity, the most recent near Crescent Bay. A tube of the explosives, about a foot lo...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014 

Women arrested for burglary

Two Electric City women were arrested early Monday morning and are being charged with burglary and making false statements to a law enforcement officer. Taken to Grant County jail were Jennifer M. Miley, 33, of 340 Electric Boulevard; and Juliana Y....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014 

Ferry out of service

The Keller Ferry went back in service at 6 a.m. Aug. 13. after steering system issues were resolved. The Keller Ferry is down, with a steering problem. The relatively new ferry, the Sanpoil, went down Monday shortly after 2 p.m., and officials from...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014 

Land donation to town scheduled

A land donation to the town of Coulee Dam by an Anacortes woman will close at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at town hall. Diane Hartzell, whose father, Melvin Hartzell, worked on Grand Coulee Dam in the mid-1930s, had purchased the property being...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014 

Safe stolen from home

A Grand Coulee man who was in a Spokane hospital lost his safe containing from $5,000 to $8,000, plus coins and other money when an unknown person entered his home on Martin Road sometime from Aug. 1-6, a police report stated. Dean Stucker, former...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 13, 2014 

Water project cost more

The city will spend more on a recent water pipe maintenance project than it thought earlier. Grand Coulee’s city council approved two change orders totaling $53,147.66, on its recent water project on Midway Avenue. Gray & Osborne officials...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    August 13, 2014 

Bathtubs, smokestacks and a five-star resort:Lessons from Kohler, Wisconsin

Today, there is a tendency to look with distain at manufacturing facilities, especially those located on working waterfronts. Historically, those factories were sited there because the raw materials...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Community    August 13, 2014 

Library to host author's reading event Aug. 19

An author who has written extensively about Okanogan County history, will offer a reading at the Grand Coulee public library. Bruce Holbert will read from his recent book "The Hour of Lead" a epic...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Community    August 13, 2014 

A coulee legend of Sammy the salmon

Still in his dream state and far away from his storage site in the town of Coulee Dam, Sammy paused for a time in the deep, clear waters of the upper Columbia River to listen to his friend, a two-legged man named Billy Frank, Jr., talk about life on...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 6, 2014

Police will enforce law, despite mayor's wishes

Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands’ attempt to influence how Grand Coulee police pursue noise complaints has fallen on deaf ears, at least for the short term. He went to the Grand Coulee police department office recently and told officers there to...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 6, 2014

Fire fights choke area in smoke

Some of the smoke choking the area from The Devil's Elbow Complex fires north of Keller may come from firefighters' efforts to battle the blaze, as they burn out fuel to deny the fire a way to...

 
 By Roger Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    August 6, 2014

San Poil evacuations ordered due to fires

Update As of 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, the fires had consumed nearly 8,300 acres and was threatening some 50 homes and 50 other structures. One outbuilding has burned. San Poil Valley residents were...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 6, 2014

Commission to start chief of police selection process

Grand Coulee’s Civil Service Commission will begin work soon to hire a new police chief. That task was handed to them as the result of a memo from Mayor Chris Christopherson on advice from the city’s attorney. The commission took quick action...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 6, 2014

Weird little storm hit without warning

Thanks to the observations of our astute community members, we can classify that remarkably weird little storm that blew through Aug. 2 as a type that is more common to Africa, the arid Middle East,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 6, 2014

Mayor details new hands-off policy on police hiring

Coulee Dam’s Civil Service Commission is up and running. Mayor Greg Wilder named the third member of the commission a week ago and the first task of the three-member group is to hire a third police officer. “In order to remove nepotistic hiring...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 6, 2014

Town to get gift of property

A Western Washington woman has agreed to gift a piece of property on Coulee Dam’s north entrance to the town, Mayor Greg Wilder stated last week. Diane Hartzell, whose parents lived here during construction of Grand Coulee Dam, will be in Coulee...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 6, 2014

Nearly ready

The Grand Coulee Dam School District's new school complex in Coulee Dam stands close to completion Tuesday morning. The K-12 school is on schedule for its mid-September opening. Said one construction...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 6, 2014

Special estate sale will commemorate couple who died

When her sister died suddenly in June, Carla Kneeland had already happened to have had a conversation with her about what to do next: give the contents of the home she and her husband made in Grand Coulee to the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center....

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 6, 2014

A very good trend

Recent leadership exhibited by many on municipal councils indicates what we hope is flowering trend in local governance: intelligent cooperation toward common goals. Within the space of a few months,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 6, 2014

Keller Ferry out of service with steering system issues

The Keller Ferry vessel, Sanpoil, is out of service with mechanical issues until further notice, the state Department of Transportation said late Monday afternoon. With the ferry that carries vehicles on State Route 21 across Lake Roosevelt out of...

 
 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...

 

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