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 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 24, 2016 

EDC working with city on business district

An idea to better define Grand Coulee’s business district was well received by the city’s planning commission, and could turn out to be a partnership effort with the city and the Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Council (EDC). City...

 
 By Stuart Gillespie    News    August 24, 2016 

Family vacation ends in inferno

At the end of a week of vacation on the lake, Wade Taylor and his family were getting ready to head back home to Grand Coulee when they saw smoke in the sky from an origin too nearby. "That's pretty d...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 24, 2016 

Mayors reflect on consolidation survey

The public interest in consolidating local cities impressed at least one city official last week. Grand Coulee Mayor Paul Townsend said that the number of people interested in the consolidation of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 24, 2016 

Cleanup of city a frustrating process

Grand Coulee is having trouble making its public nuisance ordinance work. City council members last week heard two local residents complain about problems in their neighborhoods, saying that the city...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 24, 2016 

Truck, trailer, tools reported stolen

A number of thefts were reported at the Sky Deck Motel and Gerard Builders last Thursday and Saturday. Police reports show that Kenneth Haag, from Silverdale, Washington, reported that his 2006 Ford F-250 was taken while parked at the Sky Deck...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 24, 2016 

Bar burglarized on Main Street

The High Dam bar on Grand Coulee’s Main Street was burglarized last Tuesday night. The burglar got in by ripping the locks off a back door. Owner Frank Christman told police that losses include 48-inch and 60-inch flat-screen TVs, and damage to a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 24, 2016 

Harvest festival planning for fun

It’s harvest time and almost time for a festival. The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest Festival is scheduled for Sept. 17-18, and features a number of special events. New to the festival this year, the Run the Dam event offers...

 
 By Pat Piekarski    Opinion    August 24, 2016 

Challenge to council: let people vote on pathway

I was under the impression that we elected people to office to represent us. Silly me! That certainly isn’t the case in Electric City, where the people have no say in what the city council decides to do. They have proven that time and time again....

 
 By Sharon Sumpter    Opinion    August 24, 2016 

County commissioner considerations

In the primary, Okanogan County voters demonstrated that they want change from the county commissioners. One incumbent did not get enough votes to run in the general election. The other was in an almost three-way tie with two new candidates. The...

 
 By Bert Smith    Opinion    August 24, 2016 

Thanks for magical weekend

The Coulee Dam All Class Reunion Committee and I would like to thank the Grand Coulee Dam area businesses and residents for hosting our reunion Aug. 5-7. Something very special and almost magical happened that weekend as 500 former classmates and...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    August 24, 2016 

Former NFL player helps at Raider football practice

Former NFL tight end Nate Overbay spent some time with the Lake Roosevelt Raiders football team on Monday to talk to them about his knowledge of the sport as well as to participate in their practice....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 17, 2016

Reluctantly, Electric City hears consolidation survey results

The chamber of commerce’s Economic Development Council finally got a hearing about its community consolidation survey in front of Electric City’s council, but it wasn’t easy. The EDC group attended the Aug. 9 council meeting and requested to...

 
 By Press release    News    August 17, 2016

Toxic bloom makes Scootney Reservoir possibly deadly

EPHRATA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation is alerting users of Scooteney Park recreation area, located 36 miles south of Moses Lake on Highway 17, that the Benton Franklin Health District has identified a toxic algae bloom on Scooteney...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 17, 2016

Survey comments reveal mix of attitudes on consolidation

Some comments from those responding to a survey about the possibility of combining two or more local municipalities show a mix of attitudes on the subject. The surveys were mailed to 2,235 households and also made available online and at local...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 17, 2016

Care Net opens facility to help pregnant women

An organization dedicated to "serving people facing unplanned pregnancy and related sexual issues" has opened an office in Grand Coulee. Funded by local churches, Care Net opened its fourth office...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 17, 2016

Public gives input on proposed trail system

The Electric City council got an earful of complaints about the city’s proposed trail system at its meeting last Tuesday night. The complaints were a continuation of what the city has been hearing since the Pathway and Revitalization study began a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 17, 2016

Tourism fund committee selected

The Electric City Council last week selected Richard McGuire and Brad Parrish as representatives to the city’s hotel/motel tax fund committee. The two have been on the committee, and the appointment is for the rest of their terms — two years....

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 17, 2016

A caring network can support far more than young mothers

My oldest daughter was a new baby when she attended my high school graduation, so I can attest to the importance of a network of support for young parents barely old enough to grasp the coming meaning of adulthood. Her mother and I had plenty of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 17, 2016

Towns will cooperate on streets grant

All four local municipalities are cooperatively putting in for a Department of Transportation TIB grant this week. If the grant applications are successful, it will enable the four cities and towns to get a better bid on the work, Elmer City Public...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 17, 2016

Roads to USBR temporarily closed

Roads leading to the Bureau of Reclamation's east gate near Pole Park are closed today (Thursday) from 10 a.m. until about 3 p.m., the USBR said. Industrial Road from highway 155 and B Street are...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    August 10, 2016

Blazes keep firefighters busy

A series of wildland fires around the region the last two weeks have kept fire fighting agencies busy and yesterday prompted a burning ban in Grant County. A nearly 2,000-acre fire about 15 miles south of Inchelium has been 65 percent contained, the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 10, 2016

Survey shows widespread support to combine cities

The chamber of commerce's Economic Development Council (EDC) received an unusually strong response to a consolidation survey mailed to 2,235 residents and placed online in June. Some 546 residents...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 10, 2016

Electric City Hall in midst of upgrades

Phase two of the facelift of Electric City's municipal building was completed last Wednesday with the hanging of a new sign, and there's more to come. City officials have stated that the 2017 budget...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 10, 2016

Endsley, Moore hired as head coaches

The Grand Coulee Dam School District approved the contracts of two new coaches at Lake Roosevelt High School and a fourth grade teacher for the elementary school. Approved Monday, during a special meeting, were Casey Moore, for girls’ soccer, and L...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 10, 2016

Prosecutor talks about reality of courts

The volume of cases and restrictions on sentencing imposed by the state Legislature are two handicaps on his office, Grant County Prosecuting Attorney Garth Dano told chamber of commerce members at a...

 

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