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 By Roger S. Lucas    News    October 18, 2017 

Town to build its own sewer plant

Elmer City voted last Thursday to build its own wastewater treatment plant. The measure to build a modular plant, on property to be determined, got a unanimous vote from the town’s five council members. The decision wasn’t much of a surprise,...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    October 18, 2017 

City wants to boost sales tax for streets

Grand Coulee is completing an application to form its own Transportation Benefit District, which would bring in more revenue in the form of sales taxes. The TBD can use one of two forms for collection of special fees. Grand Coulee has decided to...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    October 18, 2017 

Electric City sets plans for tourism funds

Electric City plans to distribute $40,000 of its hotel/motel tax funds to a handful of organizations in 2018, the council voted last Tuesday night. Upon recommendation of the city’s lodging tax committee, the council voted to fund its lodging tax a...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    October 18, 2017 

New ambulance rates adopted

The Grand Coulee city council last week adopted new ambulance rates for 2018, adopting slight increases and providing different rates for non-residents. Beginning Jan. 1, ambulance attendants will be paid $15 an hour for their services. The new...

 

Good fun and food offered this weekend at North Dam, golf course

Two entertaining events are planned for Saturday this week. You can take part in the “Breast Cancer Awareness Color Me Pink and Purple” fun run and walk, sponsored by the Coulee Medical Center Guild and Radiology Department, Omni Staffing,...

 

Felon uses sunroof as escape hatch

A 23-year-old felon, who gave a Spokane address, was arrested Sept. 30 and taken to Grant County jail. Arrested was Chance Carson, who had a felony assault warrant out for him out of Spokane and was listed by local police as a “violent felon.”...

 

Electric City sees plans for two parks

Electric City officials got a look at what their two new proposed parks might look like at meetings Monday and Tuesday. The parks, one at McNett Avenue and the other at Grand Avenue, are high on the...

 

Mold issue surfaces again

Mold and other needy repairs was again the topic when mayors met for their monthly meeting Monday.in the Electric City council chambers. The Regional Board of Mayors have tried several times to get action to remove mold and make other repairs at the...

 

Local site will collect used antifreeze

The Delano Regional Transfer Station has become a dump site for used antifreeze, the Regional Board of Mayors decided Monday. The offer was made by the Grant County Department of Public Works early in September and agreed to when the mayors had...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    October 4, 2017

Elmer City plans lean toward own plant

The town of Elmer City currently has no plan to upgrade its sewage pump station, which it will need to by spring if it is to continue sending sewage to Coulee Dam. The issue came up at the town’s last council meeting when two members of Coulee...

 

Dog rescuer looking for a place outside city

A Grand Coulee woman who has tried to salvage a “dog rescue” operation, but was prevented from doing so by the city, hopes to relocate outside Grand Coulee so she can continue her work with animals. In a notice to the city Dorothy Harris...

 

Appeal denied on dangerous dog

A Grand Coulee man who appealed a “potentially dangerous dog” charge in municipal court Friday was denied. Andrew Kramer, whose dog “Howdy” had bit a Portland woman in front of Banks Lake Pub July 22, appeared before Judge Richard Fitterer...

 

Report: Man with record runs after second stop

A Hill Avenue man who was pulled over by police twice the same day for driving with a suspended license found himself in Grant County jail. James E. Goodlake, 24, is the same man Spokane police arrested there last July for possession of a car stolen...

 

Archie Dennis named volunteer of the year

"It's my world." That's how Archie Dennis, who has been named "Volunteer of the Year" for 2016, described his life in search and rescue. Dennis was top vote getter in The Star newspaper's volunteer...

 

City to bid on highway property

Electric City Council authorized city officials Sept. 12 to bid on two lots up for auction along SR-155 in the center of the city. The lots at one time housed a filling station. The Oct. 27 auction is being held by Grant County, which has a lien...

 

Cities agree on police contract

Electric City council approved its 2018-19 police contract with Grand Coulee at its meeting last Tuesday night. The contract amount is for $140,000, which is $15,000 more than the contract amount of the current year. The council approved the new...

 

Dog rescuer ordered to reduce canine count to three

Police served papers last Wednesday on a woman who has wanted to get permission to run a “dog rescue” operation in her home, telling her instead that she had 90 days to get her dog total down to three dogs. City officials stated that Dorothy Harr...

 

Community effort helps golf course

When the community steps up, things happen. There's a lot of new white sand out at Banks Lake Golf Course, thanks to two benefit events. The first was a golf tournament that raised about $2,500 to...

 

Grand Coulee man sentenced on additional charges

A Grand Coulee man received a sentence of 50.5 months in prison to go along with an earlier sentence of 29 months in a Grant County Superior Court case last week. Melvin Toulou, Jr., 43, pleaded guilty to four counts — trafficking in stolen...

 

School board sets goals, including a levy

The Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors met in retreat Monday night to set goals for the current school year. Money is the thing that greases the wheels of education, and will play a major part in shaping the goals set by the board....

 

Harvest Festival starts Friday

It’s time for the harvest. The community Harvest Festival, that is. You can set aside this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for some fun, relaxation, and excitement. It’s the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce’s 6th Annual Harvest Festival,...

 

Problems not addressed for lack of quorum

Workers at the Delano Transfer Station will have to live with a mold problem a little longer. The Regional Board of Mayors had the mold issue on their agenda Monday, but not enough mayors showed up for the meeting to deal with the problem. The mold...

 

Airport runway to be fixed this month

Work on the Grand Coulee Dam Airport’s runway will begin Sept. 18, Grant County Port District 7 commissioners learned at their meeting Aug. 30. Commissioners also got more good news when their engineering firm, TO Engineers, reported that the succe...

 

Report: In DUI stop, cop car rammed

A 29-year-old man found himself in Grant County jail last Wednesday after he allegedly rammed a patrol car after being stopped by police for driving under the influence. In jail is Wade G. Rainbolt, 29, who is known in the area, but who gave his...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 30, 2017

Four arrested in Coulee Dam

Coulee Dam police arrested four suspects and are charging them with burglary after an incident at 1019 Camas Street Aug. 21. Arrested were Martina Delacruz, 48; Rodney Ezell, 29; Daniel A. Lewis, 26 and Marissa S. Curry, 31. They were all taken to...

 

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