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 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 24, 2014 

Electric City will negotiate on land for park

One Electric City council member’s dream of a city park could soon be a reality. Lonna Bussert, who has shown interest in park matters ever since she has been on the city council, has finally started the ball rolling on getting one. Mayor Jerry...

 
 By press release    News    September 24, 2014 

Parlette disappointed by FEMA denial of additional wildfire-victim assistance

  State Sen. Linda Evans Parlette says she is disappointed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is sticking by its earlier decision to deny financial assistance to individual victims of this...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    September 24, 2014 

Hopeful tone set at Nespelem school

Despite a rocky start to the new school year, Nespelem School directors were optimistic at their Monday meeting, pointing to new leaders and attitudes in school administration. The last school year had ended with a flurry of late resignations,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 24, 2014 

Grand Coulee Police Chief Mel Hunt is retiring

Police Chief Mel Hunt retires next Tuesday after 39 years of service in Grand Coulee. It all started for him in 1975, when Hunt signed on as a reserve officer. Then things happened fast, and he was...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 24, 2014 

School census counts 719

Grand Coulee Dam School District had 719 students for its official start-of-the-year count last Thursday. That’s about a full classroom more than the district had at its first day count last September. The official count was 719 students. This...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 24, 2014 

New school libraries get new books

The two new libraries at Coulee Dam schools have a lot of new books. And more are on the way. A good share of the new books in the elementary and secondary libraries have been placed there by North Central Library District, and Director Dan Howard...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 24, 2014 

New sewage equipment replaces old before a breakdown

Coulee Dam town officials had their fingers crossed that a new clarifier would arrive before the old 35-year unit quit on them. It came Tuesday, and true to operator Tim Lynch's report to the town...

 
 By Mike and Carol Conley    Opinion    September 24, 2014 

They support Garth Dano for prosecuting attorney

We would like to go on record supporting Garth Dano for the prosecutor job in Grant County. Garth is a long time Grant County attorney and has served his clients well. It is time that we bring new blood to this office. We know that he will be...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    September 24, 2014 

Freshwater shortage looming as next world crisis

Remember the rhyme of the Ancient Mariner: “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink?” Even though water covers 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, less than two percent is fresh water. T...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Community    September 24, 2014 

As summer wanes, where will we bargain shop?

Now that we’re into the great fall cool down here in Coulee County, it’s been great to have a few days of crisp, clear mornings, warm, sunny afternoons and cool evenings once the sun sets. So, spend some quality time outdoors and then kick back...

 
 By press release    News    September 24, 2014 

State Patrol detectives seek witnesses

At the request of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) assumed primary investigative responsibility for the fatal traffic collision involving an on-duty Grant County Sheriff’s...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 17, 2014

Grand Coulee was $250k behind in billing Electric City

Since 2011, Grand Coulee hasn’t billed Electric City for its share of the cost of operating and maintaining the wastewater treatment plant the two cities jointly own. Grand Coulee City Clerk Carol Boyce acknowledged Tuesday that the billings...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    September 17, 2014

New LR school opens with plenty of fanfare and lots of students

The new school complex in Coulee Dam opened Monday without a serious glitch. But there were kids, kids, and more kids. Following years of declines, student numbers on Monday were 22 percent more than...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 17, 2014

Water rate meeting gets contentious

Coulee Dam residents got a taste of the difficulties in coming up with a fair water rate for the town at a public meeting last Wednesday night. The audience got to hear and see how an increasing block rate would work in determining future water...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 17, 2014

Street, restroom problems discussed

A business owner and local citizen proved that you can take on city hall, you just don’t always win. Ray Duclos had a lot to say about a pavement issue near Harvest Foods, the family business, and the cleaning of a restroom at Mason City Park at...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 17, 2014

Electric City considering building new park

Electric City may be getting a park. The mayor was instructed by the city council last week to contact the Baptist Church School officials in Electric City and develop an offer for the northern...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    September 17, 2014

Factors in success

This week, local students went from attending some of the worst school facilities in the state to attending the newest, largest and most high-tech K-12 school building in Washington. K-12 is now...

 
 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    September 17, 2014

A week that defined community

This has been a week with three defining events… the first; a Coulee Dam Town Council meeting that clearly defined my resolve to stay a course for an accessible/open government, the fair and equitable sharing of the costs for services, and the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Community    September 17, 2014

New local event determined multi-state BBQ champs

A team from Duvall, Wash. secured their third straight yearly championship of the Pacific Northwest by winning last weekend's Harvest Festival Barbecue in Grand Coulee. The Grand Coulee Dam Area...

 
 By press release    News    September 17, 2014

Sheriff seeks public's help identifying burglary suspect

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is investigating burglary/theft cases in the southwest corner of Lincoln County and has a photo he'd like help identifying. On Sept. 12, a suspect burglarized a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 10, 2014

Top barbecue experts to compete in Harvest Festival

A dozen barbecue teams will compete in the Harvest Festival this weekend at North Dam Park. It is estimated that the two-member teams will spend about $500 to compete in an effort to walk away with the grand prize of $1,000. Only two teams are local;...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 10, 2014

New school ribbon cutting, tours set for Friday

The public is invited to two events at the new K-12 school complex on Friday, Sept. 12. The first is the official ribbon cutting, opening the new school. That’s at 10 a.m., with dignitaries here to cut the ribbon. Immediately after the ribbon...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 10, 2014

Commission won't rush on chief choice

Grand Coulee’s Civil Service Commission will act deliberately and carefully as it progresses in finding a new police chief for Grand Coulee, according to Chairman Alan Cain. Speed is not the answer, Cain stated. “We are satisfied that we have a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 10, 2014

Mayors consider high cost trailer

There may soon be more room for that load of stuff you wanted to haul to the dump. The Regional Board of Mayors is considering the purchase of another transfer trailer. The mayors have sought a used trailer to provide extra dumping room for several...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    September 10, 2014

Jubilation all around

To celebrate the opening of the new Lake Roosevelt School, we’ve dedicated a lot of space throughout the paper this week to that coverage. You’ll find photographs on most pages of the progress ins...

 

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