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 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 22, 2016 

Plans for big Grand Coulee hydro project detailed

Chamber of commerce members Thursday heard details on a proposed project that could put huge conduits for water under the community to produce more power and create jobs. The proposed Banks Lake hydroelectric pumped storage project could be operation...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 22, 2016 

Tribal chairman Boyd dies at 60

The Colville Tribes announced this morning (6-22-16) that Chairman Jim Boyd has died at the age of 60. What follows is the tribal press release: Chairman Boyd walks on NESPELEM, WA - The Colville...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 22, 2016 

They'll fire 2,000 rockets off the dam

It takes a lot of coordination and planning to put on the fireworks display over Grand Coulee Dam on July 4, according to Rocketman Pyros owner Dan Verheul. It all begins with the firm’s broker in China, and the selection of some 40 cases of carefu...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 22, 2016 

Almira congregation to take over Coulee Dam church

The Almira Community Church will soon occupy the former Presbyterian Community Church in Coulee Dam. The Almira congregation voted overwhelmingly June 12 to acquire the historic stone church and develop a second campus. Almira pastor Paul McArthur...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 22, 2016 

Hospital meets with WSU medical college

Hospital officials met last week with Washington State University officials working to make that institution's new medical school a reality. Kenneth Roberts, the vice dean for academic and community p...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 22, 2016 

Current chairman trails in poll vote

Most races were close, and all incumbents but two appeared to be headed for re-election in the Colville Business Council general poll election Saturday. Absentee ballots could change most races, but the unofficial tally Monday showed that incumbents...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 22, 2016 

National quilt show bringing art to coulee

A major art show, drawn in cloth and stitches, and honoring the National Park Service in its 100th year, will arrive in Coulee Dam just in time for the Fourth of July. The "Inspired by the National...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 22, 2016 

Bull ride winners announced

The three top winners in the Fifth Annual Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Riding event last Friday picked up nearly $3,200 in prize money. The Friday night event at the Ridge Rider Rodeo Grounds was a...

 
 By Carol Netzel    Opinion    June 22, 2016 

To those interested in the future of our children

On June 14, I was part of a group of interested people who met with the Okanogan County Commissioners and staff members of the Juvenile Justice Center to listen to a presentation of their work with our troubled kids. The presentation included...

 
 By Carl Russell    Opinion    June 22, 2016 

Many thanks due as POWER honored

It was an honor to accept the award for POWER as Organization of the Year, but the real honor goes to all the volunteers over the years who have made the projects possible. A special thank you to Pat Holbert, Dick Berry, Ray Burge and Doug Patrick...

 
 By Clea Pryor    Opinion    June 22, 2016 

Thanks to Ridge Riders for an excellent event

Once again, I would like to applaud the Ridge Riders for a very successful Memorial Bull Riding tribute event for my dad. A thank you also to the community for the support and attendance. It is very time-consuming to manage an event like this, and...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Representative 4th Dist    Opinion    June 22, 2016 

Defending our national motto: "In God We Trust"

Ask someone to recite our national motto, and you might just get a couple different responses. Such has been the confusion about our national motto that in a speech President Obama delivered in 2010, the President even said, “In the United States,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 15, 2016

Two resign from school athletics

Two major resignations within the athletic department at Lake Roosevelt High School were received last week. Resigning was Athletic Director Richard Black, who has held that position for the past five years. The second resignation was from Mario...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 15, 2016

Supertanker will fly in area for training

If you see a huge aircraft flying low over the Colville Indian Reservation from now through next Tuesday, you're seeing the world's largest supertanker aircraft and crews practicing in a firefighting...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 15, 2016

Updated:Kids Fest, bull ride, cars, this weekend

Update: Despite a rainy day, the Wenatchee Youth Circus is performing at Lake Roosevelt's football field with a few umbrella protected fans in the stands. The current local forecast predicts drizzle...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 15, 2016

Inflatable water slides added to plans for Festival of America

A new feature for the July 4 Festival of America celebration will be a number of inflatable water slides in a water park. The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, sponsors of the event, stated that Jump N2 Fun, from Post Falls, Idaho, will...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 15, 2016

Mayors approve backup plan for dump haul

The Regional Board of Mayors Monday approved a plan to have Sunrise Disposal provide backup hauling services for the Delano Transfer Station. The RBOM had advertised to find someone with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) who would be available...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 15, 2016

Beer garden OK'd for parking lot

The Coulee Dam Town Council approved a chamber of commerce request to move its “beer garden” to the Melody Restaurant front parking lot during the upcoming Festival of American celebration. The beer garden will be open both Sunday and Monday,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 15, 2016

Citizens should fill out chamber's brief survey

Pop quiz: How would you feel about merging local towns? That’s the essence of a new, very short survey that likely arrived in your mailbox early this week. It’s being asked by the local chamber of commerce in order to gauge the interest local cit...

 
 By Dan Newhouse Representative 4th Dist    Opinion    June 15, 2016

America's answer to radical terrorism must be strength

To face a threat, we must begin by calling it exactly what it is. Our nation has once again been attacked by radical Islamists. Early Sunday, Americans woke up to the horror that 49 innocent individuals had been killed and dozens wounded in an insidi...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 8, 2016

Youth Circus to highlight Kids Fest

A highlight of this year’s 12th Annual Koulee Kids Fest will be two performances by the Wenatchee Youth Circus. And the performances are free! The popular youth circus will perform at both 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., at the Lake Roosevelt football field,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 8, 2016

Grand Coulee to look at utility hike Rates not keeping up with expenses

Grand Coulee residents could be looking at significant water and sewer rate increases soon. The city council, in its meeting June 21, will determine whether there will be incremental increases or if the city will make a significant increase. At the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 8, 2016

Cities disagree over arsenic plant cost

Electric City and Grand Coulee have agreed to disagree over the startup costs of the arsenic treatment plant. Grand Coulee argues that it has paid all but one month from Sept.1, 2014, when the two cities signed a new formal agreement about how...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 8, 2016

Piver chosen as vice principal

Margo Piver, from the Walla Walla School District, will be the assistant principal at Lake Roosevelt Elementary School. The Grand Coulee Dam School District board decided May 23 to hire Piver, who...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 8, 2016

Bull ride and wild horse race coming

What happens when the area’s best bull riders face the area’s meanest bulls? You can find out, Friday, June 17, at the Ridge Rider Rodeo Grounds, when the Fifth Annual Memorial Cleatis Lacy Bull Riding event is held. Ridge Rider officials have po...

 

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