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Old school to be purchased by local builder

Terms have been reached for the sale of Center School. An agreement to sell the old school building and property in Grand Coulee was reached at a special school board meeting Tuesday. The sale price was $155,000 — $5,000 more than the amount asked...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    February 21, 2018 

Mayor pleased with vote to help streets

Grand Coulee’s city streets will benefit from last week’s voter approval for a “Transportation Benefit District,” and the mayor is pleased. The issue on the ballot gained “yes” votes from 122 Grand Coulee residents. Only 45 indicated...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    February 21, 2018 

Spring yard cleanup dates set

With an early warm spell, some local residents may already be up for a little spring yard cleaning, but the traditional community cleanup dates were set this week for April, when local schools take the first week off and older students can help with...

 

Short-term rental issue dominates council

The question of allowing “short-term rentals” in Electric City dominated the council meeting Tuesday night. The city had prepared a draft ordinance, which was for information only, but clearly spelled out that if Electric City eventually allowed...

 

Street fixes coming in E.C.

Electric City residents will notice a lot of street repair happening this year in several spots around town. Electric City Council authorized Mayor John Nordeen II to proceed with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) grant street repairs at...

 

School and emergency personnel to take training

A number of school employees, and personnel from other agencies, plan on spending a week-long training session at the FEMA Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland, beginning the first week in March, Superintendent Paul Turner advised t...

 

Wanted man slips away in sagebrush

Police are looking for a Grand Coulee man who eluded them after they tried to arrest him Sunday on a warrant out of Grant County. Local police are asking the county prosecutor’s office to add a charge of “escape in the 3rd degree” to the...

 

Elmer City awards trail bid

Sometime this spring, Elmer City residents, along with town visitors, can take a hike from their doorsteps along a new interior trail system that leads to the Downriver Trail along the Columbia River. The bid that will allow this to happen was...

 

Fireworks plans set for July 4

Fireworks over Grand Coulee Dam will be on Wednesday, July 4, this year, Peggy Nevsimal of the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday. The chamber board and Nevsimal returned from a retreat at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, over the weekend...

 

District holds old school price at $150K

Center School will go on the block again. This will be the third time that Grand Coulee Dam School District has advertised the old elementary school for sale. The school board has held firm on $150,000 as the lowest price it will accept for the...

 

Mayor appoints interim city clerk in Grand Coulee

Grand Coulee Mayor Paul Townsend dismissed Carol Boyce as city clerk late last week. "Carol has made a longstanding contribution to the community and city, and I regret that this became necessary,"...

 

Elmer City gets bids on trail project

Elmer City received six bids, and town officials will likely award its “Complete Streets” project to one of the low bidders at its meeting Feb. 8. The $250,000 project is the result of a grant from the state Department of Transportation’s Trans...

 

Golf course fees to remain the same

The mild winter weather has people thinking about the upcoming golf season. Not the least of those looking ahead are commissioners of Grant County Port District 7, who are responsible for management of the 18-hole course in Electric City. The course...

 

Progress coming on dangerous building

Progress, albeit slow, on the “dangerous” building issue in Grand Coulee, is moving forward. A meeting between the city Building Inspector Gary Lampella, and attorney Tom Geiger, who represents the Vlachos family, didn’t occur last Wednesday...

 

State plan imposing local education cuts

The state’s new plan for funding education is going to make it difficult to put together the budget for the 2018-19 school year, officials here have indicated, and they’re planning for a second round of big cuts. Superintendent Paul Turner, who...

 

Grand Coulee voters consider sales tax bump for streets

Voters in Grand Coulee this week received their mail-in ballots asking whether they approve of creating a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) and bumping up the sales tax rate to pay for it. The city council voted back in October to create a TBD...

 

Friendly guy Ivan Snavely enjoys the best job he's ever had

If you were to rate the reception you get at the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the greatest, you might rate Ivan Snavely's welcome an 11. Snavely runs the tour...

 

Woman asks for school zone on River Drive

A resident of River Drive has proposed that it be turned into a “school zone” and earned the support of the school district. Amanda Burton appeared before the Grand Coulee Dam School District board of directors Monday night to make her proposal,...

 

New coffee house to be born of old Carpenter's Union Hall

How do you make a building constructed in 1938 look new? You can, but it takes hundreds of hours of painstaking work to make it happen. Solveig Chaffee has done it. She plans to open the Voltage...

 

Jess Ford makes scholarship donation

Garrett Jess, left, presents Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Paul Turner with a check for $667, funding the Steve Breeze Memorial Scholarship at Lake Roosevelt High School. Breeze was...

 

Program with a message on opioids approved

A proposal for a student body assembly and concert focusing on opioid addiction, plus a dance, got approval from the school board to proceed Monday night. Making the presentation were James Pakootas and Miah Bearcub, both telling their personal...

 

New bus drivers added, more needed

The Grand Coulee Dam School District has two new bus drivers. And they need more. Joining the drivers recently were Joan Gross and Chris Wonch. They had completed a comprehensive training schedule...

 

Senior trip planned for Oregon

Lake Roosevelt High School seniors are planning on a little salt water fun when they take their annual trip, June 1-3. Advisors Tammy Norris and Aaron Derr, and seniors Aidan Derr, Bradley Wilder and Rylee Pitner, presented their plan to the school...

 

Objections voiced to short-term home rentals

A Lakeview Avenue couple in Electric City attended the council meeting last Tuesday to protest the proposed establishment of a short-term vacation rental area. David and Nancy Brown, who live at 19 Lakeview Avenue, responded to a neighbor who has...

 

Local school head addresses state lawmakers

Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Paul Turner had an opportunity to give state Senate lawmakers a touch of reality Jan. 9, after being invited to talk about discipline in schools. He was one of three superintendents that the Senate...

 

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