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 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 16, 2017 

Mayors stalled by process for needed repairs

A list of problems detected at the Delano Regional Transfer Station by its insurance company will have to wait a little longer for repair, and maybe until next budget year. The Transfer Station had advertised for bids recently and the Regional Board...

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 16, 2017 

Dog rescue will turn into something else

A continuing “dog rescue” issue got a full hearing before Grand Coulee’s planning commission last Tuesday night, with some resolution. Dorothy Harris and her sister-in-law Dee Harris argued the finer points of the city’s zoning code during...


"Run the Dam" will be offered during festival

As fall approaches, minds turn to “back to school” time and the area’s big Harvest Festival, Sept. 15-17. One of the more popular features of the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest Festival may be the “Run the Dam”...

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 9, 2017

New football coach predicting good year

There will be a new wave of enthusiasm when the Raiders of Lake Roosevelt’s football team take to Green Field this fall. There will be the old and the new, according to head football coach Bubba Egbert. He will be part of the new, as he takes over...

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 9, 2017

Study lists needs of school district

The Grand Coulee Dam School District’s new “Study and Survey” is on its way to the state superintendent’s office. The document was prepared by Design West, the district’s architectural firm, and is an overview of the district and its...

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 9, 2017

Open for control

Grant County Mosquito District 2 will meet in its new building Thursday night at 7 p.m. for the first time. The 40-foot by 80-foot, 3,200-square-foot building houses the district's chemical storage,...

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 9, 2017

Sky Rangers plan a busy week

The Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area’s Sky Rangers plan three events this week. Wednesday, at Spring Canyon, from 3-5 p.m., you can learn about the upcoming Aug. 21 solar eclipse. On Friday, Aug. 11, at Crescent Bay, rangers will be on hand...

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 2, 2017

State auditor finds Grand Coulee problems not fixed

An audit report made public last week is highly critical of the city of Grand Coulee’s books and states that prior “findings” still had not been corrected. State auditors issued a number of findings, the harshest assessment that auditors note,... Full story


Former superintendent responds to retired custodian

Issues raised by retired custodian Ray Wells before the Grand Coulee Dam School District board were largely part of his job description and were misdirected, former school superintendent Dennis Carlson stated. Wells had appeared before the school... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 2, 2017

Dog rescue issue to be heard next week

A woman advocating allowing her to help stray dogs at her home is going to try again to gain favor with Grand Coulee planners for a dog rescue operation. Dorothy Harris will appear before the city’s planning commission at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 8, at... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 2, 2017

Two suspected of burglary at town shop

Coulee Dam police arrested two men in their 20s for burglary and vehicle prowling after nearby resident reported seeing one of them taking items from the town shop last week. One of the men, Paul Willford, 25, was noticed wandering inside the town... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 2, 2017

Runway repairs coming soon

Grant County Port District 7 is seeking bids to make improvements to its runway, taxi area and apron at Grand Coulee Dam Airport. There was no estimate on what the project would cost and Port District President James Keene said that if the port... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    July 26, 2017

Three arrested in Electric City

A Pleasant Valley couple and a Nespelem man were arrested and landed in Grant County jail after an arrest on a warrant Friday. Police learned that Cassandra Graves, 27, wanted on a Department of Corrections felony arrest warrant, was in a vehicle at... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    July 26, 2017

Dog declared dangerous after bite

A dog was declared “potentially dangerous” by the Grand Coulee City Council last week. The midsize beagle/Labrador mix belongs to Preston Guin, who resides on Young Street. The dog bit a woman June 21 while she was walking down Main Street. Guin... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    July 26, 2017

School budget outlines cuts in jobs, programs

The Grand Coulee Dam School District passed its budget for the 2017-18 school year at its meeting Monday night. There wasn’t a lot of fanfare, as members of the board struggled with the host of cuts facing the district this next year. Even then,... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    July 26, 2017

Grand Coulee man ruled competent for trial

A Grand Coulee man, Melvin Toulou Jr., 43, was found competent for trial after a Grant County Superior Court hearing last week. In the July 18 proceeding, Toulou’s attorney told the court that Toulou was not mentally competent to assist in his own... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    July 26, 2017

Grand Coulee city hall to accept PUD payments

Beginning this fall you will be able to pay your Grand County PUD bill at Grand Coulee city hall. The special arrangement was approved last Tuesday night by Grand Coulee council, and was scheduled to begin when PUD clerk Claudia Tillman takes... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    School    July 26, 2017

Geology class added to LR choices

Geology will be taught at Lake Roosevelt High School beginning this fall. “It’s a natural fit,” Superintendent Paul Turner stated, “given the area we live in and the rich geology surroundings of the Grand Coulee area.” The new science... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    July 19, 2017

Speed limit uniformity sought through area

Visitors coming into the area from the south on SR-155 could easily get confused as to what the legal speed limit is, says a man who wants to change that and open intercity road travel to off-road vehicles. In the course of about five miles the... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    July 19, 2017

Postal carrier walks 14 miles a day

So you wish it were the weekend so you could take that hike you've been planning. Well, Shelley Baker is looking forward to the weekend so she won't have to take any more hikes for a couple of days.... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    July 19, 2017

Street transferred to town

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board Wednesday night gave a “no name” street to the town of Coulee Dam. The street, which lies near Civic and Pine next to the tennis courts, connects Civic to the highway and is part of the town’s... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    July 12, 2017

After safe holiday, fire danger is now high

It truly was a safe and sane 4th of July as far as local fires go, but current conditions call for high caution, firefighters warn. Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department Chief Richard Paris reported this week that there was only one fire in the... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    July 12, 2017

Electric City Council votes funds toward new parks

The Electric City council Tuesday night agreed to move forward with its plan to develop two new parks. But the council is going to step back and approve parts of the park development in phases. The co... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    July 12, 2017

Woman wants to help in rescue shelter effort

A Delano woman who recently moved back to the area from Idaho is offering support for Dorothy Harris’ efforts to establish an animal rescue operation in Grand Coulee. Doreen Holter has been following Harris’ efforts with the city on an animal... Full story

 By Roger S. Lucas    News    July 12, 2017

Mumps over in Grant County

The mumps outbreak in Grant County is over. So says Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brzezny, who stated last Wednesday that the county has gone through two incubation periods (50 days) without a single new case of mumps reported. The county’s last... Full story


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