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 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 20, 2018 

High staff turnover this year in GCD school district

High staff turnover this year in the Grand Coulee Dam School District has led some to wonder why. In many cases, it is simply the right personal decision for the individuals involved, some said. Such is the case with Brian Daniels, who is resigning...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 20, 2018 

What's going on with consolidation?

Consolidation, or the combining of local towns, is a topic that’s been in discussion for decades. A survey conducted by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce in 2016 revealed that out of 514 respondents, the majority were in favor of consol...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 20, 2018 

Tillman to serve as mayor in Elmer City

Elmer City council last week elected Jesse Tillman as the new mayor following the resignation of Gail Morin last month. Tillman was the only councilmember to throw his hat into the ring for the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 20, 2018 

Watch for loose bull

A young bull got loose at the Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Riding and Wild Horse Racing last weekend and is still out there somewhere. “He’s running the hillside somewhere,” said Sorrell Katich, of Red Knection K Bulls, based out of Keller. A...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 20, 2018 

Humiston approved for town council

The Elmer City council approved Michael Humiston as a new council member at their June 14 meeting. “I enjoy living here, and feel that by serving on the council I can do my part to help support the community,” Humiston said later. Humiston, who...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 20, 2018 

Elmer City, Coulee Dam may discuss wastewater facility issue

Newly appointed Elmer City Mayor Jesse Tillman said at the town’s June 14 council meeting that he had spoken with Coulee Dam Mayor Larry Price about the ongoing wastewater treatment plant issue between the two towns. Coulee Dam is building a new...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 20, 2018 

Electric City resident feels shorted on short plat

Electric City resident Wayne Snyder argues that details of a deal he made with the city to annex a neighborhood he developed aren’t being honored. Snyder owns the land on “Snyder Hill,” located in the northern part of the city limits, which...

 
 By Birdie Hensley    Opinion    June 20, 2018 

Local Lions active in community

Grand Coulee Dam Area Lions participated this weekend in the annual Koulee Kids Fest and Coulee Cruizers Auto Show. The Lions have sponsored a station for the Kids Fest for several years. The Grand Coulee Dam Area Lions was chartered in 1936 and has...

 
 By Frank Clemente    Opinion    June 20, 2018 

Trump, GOP get failing grades on new tax law

This is the time of year for final report cards, so it’s a good time to grade President Trump and congressional Republicans on their massive tax cuts mostly benefiting the wealthy and corporations. Six months after enactment, their new tax law is s...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    June 20, 2018 

Canada is not the enemy

Justin Trudeau may be the annoying, youthful avatar of chic progressivism — but he’s not our adversary. After leaving the G-7 summit, President Donald Trump blasted the Canadian prime minister on Twitter as weak and dishonest, in the kind of...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 20, 2018 

Coulee Dam considering change to tree ordinance

Coulee Dam’s law that protects its trees may be overhauled at the next council meeting June 27. Resident Bruce Bartoo has asked permission to remove two town-owned ornamental cherry trees from the planting strip in front of his house at 310 Stevens...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 13, 2018

Bulls and wild horses to be challenged Friday night

Yippy ki yay! The 7th Annual Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Riding & Wild Horse Race is coming up this weekend, named after a rodeo legend who called the Coulee home. Friday, June 15, will see the events start at 6 p.m. at the Ridge Riders Rodeo Grounds...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 13, 2018

For Father's Day eve: explosions in the sky

“Ooh! … Ah!” Those words are the universal language for “look at the fireworks!” This Saturday night at 9 p.m. the Northwest Pyrotechnics Association, of which local man Alan Cain is a member, will put on a fireworks show near North Dam on...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 13, 2018

Standing ovations given at graduation ceremony

It was not the usual graduation Saturday at Lake Roosevelt High School, where announcements of honors and awards earned by graduates, important as they are, were outshone by speeches that honored...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 13, 2018

Koulee Kids Fest this weekend

A wide variety of free kid-friendly activities will be offered throughout the community for Koulee Kids Fest this Saturday, June 16, including a live show from entertainer Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein. Children will get a “passport” showing the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 13, 2018

Festive traveling show to visit Eastern Washington towns

The New Old Time Chautauqua troupe will be visiting local communities this month to provide free shows, parades, and activities. A “chatauqua” is a traveling show that includes entertainment as well as education in the tradition of the Chautauqua...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    June 13, 2018

Fireworks off Grand Coulee Dam set for July 4

Yes, the fireworks off Grand Coulee Dam will be on July 4 this year. Doing the show will be Rocketman Pyro, out of Spokane. It is the third straight year for the Spokane firm to light up the top of Grand Coulee Dam. Speaking for Rocketman Pyro, Dan V...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 13, 2018

Center School sale still in process

The sale of the Center School from the Grand Coulee Dam School District to Centerline Development is still in development, but a survey is now required as a part of the process. “The parties want to get it done, and it will happen,” school board...

 
 By Cora Fox    Opinion    June 13, 2018

Abuse of farm safety net harms rural America

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) makes billions of dollars in payments to farmers across the country. Farmers rely on this money as part of a safety net, which helps them mitigate risks involved with working in agriculture....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    School    June 13, 2018

Absent students issues at Lake Roosevelt

A large number of absences from school is a larger factor than are poor test scores in not finishing high school. That’s one of the key points made in a presentation by Lake Roosevelt teachers Brian Daniels and Jeremiah Seekins at Monday’s Grand...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 6, 2018

Koulee Kids Fest to offer activities

Children of the coulee will get some stamps in their event “passport” on Saturday, June 16, when Koulee Kids Fest will be held all around the community. Stations will be set up at area businesses where children can enjoy a variety of free...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 6, 2018

Locals help cross-country canoer get around dam

Neal Moore, who is canoeing 7,324 miles on 22 American rivers over the course of two years, received some help getting around the Grand Coulee Dam on the last weekend in May. Elmer City man Jayme...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 6, 2018

Reclamation to conduct drone flights at Grand Coulee Dam

If you see some unidentified flying objects near the Grand Coulee Dam, don't be alarmed! It most likely isn't aliens studying hydroelectric power, but rather "drones" capturing aerial footage of the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    June 6, 2018

Golf tournaments coming up

Golf season is in full swing, with tournaments and opens happening throughout the spring and summer at Banks Lake Golf Course. About 26 people competed in the successful ECT Tournament on May 27. Winners of the four-man scramble were Dennis...

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion    June 6, 2018

Dexter calls more than balls and strikes

Strike, ball, foul ball, you're out, you are safe - all calls you would expect from an umpire. Right? Meet one umpire that has added a whole lot more. Kenny Dexter. Ken was the public works director f...

 

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