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 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 1, 2015 

Big Fourth festival this week

Music, food and fireworks. Sounds like Festival of America time in the coulee, when patriots can celebrate America Friday and Saturday at the park below the Visitor Center, with a guide to the action below. The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commer...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 1, 2015 

Man jumps off bridge

A Nespelem man jumped off the Columbia River Bridge in Coulee Dam Friday morning, reportedly because he thought he could make it. The 28-year-old jumped from the bridge around 7 a.m. Another person...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 1, 2015 

Firefighters descend on B Street fire

Response to a fire in the heat of Monday afternoon in Grand Coulee underscored the nervousness of local fire fighters in the current, extreme heat conditions, with fireworks legal. As a summer thunder...

 
 By Rick Park fire chief    News    July 1, 2015 

Fire departments concerned for upcoming July 4th weekend

Grand Coulee Dam area fire fighters are concerned because of the extreme, hot weather we have been experiencing, which is predicted to continue for the next 10 days. Any fire activity will put extra stress on the firefighters because of the high temp...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 1, 2015 

Electric City family likes their chickens

by Roger S. Lucas Coulee Dam Town Council members may get an earful about chickens at a public hearing next Wednesday, July 8, at 6 p.m. The entire town should take a page from an Electric City couple...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 1, 2015 

School uniforms under consideration

Discussions are going on to develop a school uniform program for Grand Coulee Dam district schools. The issue has come up at the past two school board meetings, and indications are that the idea is alive and moving forward. The teaching and support...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 1, 2015 

Liberty named principal

Lake Roosevelt High School will get its first woman principal, ever, for the 2015-16 school year. Superintendent Dennis Carlson named Ronanda Liberty as principal of Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School at a school board meeting Monday night....

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    July 1, 2015 

Time to revive the Black Rock Reservoir plan

Yakima Valley farmers have the same problem as their California counterparts: there just isn’t enough water for crops, migrating fish and people. In California this year, an estimated 564,000 acres of prime cropland will be left unplanted because o...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Lifestyles    July 1, 2015 
 
 By press release    News    July 1, 2015 

West Nile virus detected in Grant County

MOSES LAKE, WA – The Washington State Department of Health has notified the Grant County Health District that three Grant County mosquito samples were positive for West Nile virus. The samples were collected by Grant County Mosquito Control...

 
 By Press release    News    July 1, 2015 

Wildfire blazing north of Keller

Keller, Wash. – The Twenty-One Mile Grade Fire began on the afternoon of July 1 and is approximately 1,000 acres. It is located approximately 25 miles north of Keller, WA and east of Hwy 21. The...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

Keeping chickens proposed in Coulee Dam

Chickens got their feathers ruffled at Coulee Dam at the last town council meeting. The evening started innocently enough as town officials unveiled a proposed ordinance that would allow local residents up to four chickens — only hens, of course;...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 24, 2015

Little girl gets a big wish

Make a wish and it might come true. At least if you're a Grand Coulee 6-year-old with some serious health issues. The Make a Wish Foundation sent Keyshia Goodlance and her family on a trip across the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 24, 2015

Man jumps off bridge

A man jumped off the Columbia River Bridge in Coulee Dam this morning, reportedly just because he thought he could make it. The 28-year-old jumped from the bridge just before 7:30. Another person was...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

Most incumbents re-elected in Colville Business Council election

The two incumbents in the Inchelium District lost out in the Colville Business Council general election but all the others came through as tribal election officials finished counting absentee ballots last Thursday. In Inchelium, Elizabeth...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

City awards more funds for tourism

The Electric City Council voted to give the chamber of commerce another $10,000 from its hotel/motel tax fund last week. The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce had asked to be on the agenda for June 9, was for a short period, and then found th...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

Fireworks on 4th will be twice as spectacular

It’s almost “ooh and ah” time in the coulee, when thousands of people come to the area each year for the 4th of July Festival of America celebration, with the late evening fireworks show doubling in size this year over the top of Grand Coulee...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

School ready to be sold

Want an old school building sitting on about eight acres of property? Center Elementary School in Grand Coulee is on the sales block, and interested buyers have until August 5 to get their bids in. The building and property was recently appraised at...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

Bid too high for sidewalk

Elmer City’s sidewalk project is up in the air as the lone bid for the work was far too high, council members were informed Thursday night. The bid was for $306,000, far above the engineer’s estimate of $159,000. Public works director Jimmer Till...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

Halme gets sidewalk job after all

The Grand Coulee sidewalk project on Main Street and Federal Avenue is going to move forward after some change orders brought the bid in line with the Transportation Improvement Board grant that funds it. Gray & Osborne told members of the city...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 24, 2015

Lack of connection leads to complications

My wife was about to leave me this week, illustrating a startling fact of modern life. She wasn’t leaving because it was over between us. No, we have a strong marriage. But a different kind of problem was about to take her away for as long as it...

 
 By Jennifer Nielsen    Opinion    June 24, 2015

If you want to recycle, tell city council

To all Grand Coulee residents. The Grand Coulee City Council Meeting is July 7th (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. Recycling will be a big topic of discussion at this meeting. Whether or not recycling will be available in this area will most likely be decided at...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Opinion    June 24, 2015

Thoughts on recycling

I have a few thoughts on recycling in the area. One thought is that if it’s too expensive then we don’t need every individual household to have its own recycle can, which would necessitate a truck to drive up and down every street picking up the...

 
 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    June 24, 2015

Alternative wastewater plant study more responsible and thoughtful

As you may know, we recently included a “Wastewater Treatment Project Update” with our utility bills. To the best of my knowledge and information, it is balanced and honest. During our last Council meeting (6/10/15), former Mayor, Quincy Snow...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    School    June 24, 2015

Students recognized as reading all stars

Students at Lake Roosevelt Elementary School received awards in a special ceremony last Wednesday in the school's Accelerated Reading Program. Making the awards was Aaron Derr, elementary library...

 

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