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 By Roger S. Lucas    News    April 26, 2017 

Cutbacks coming for school district

Several positions and some programs will be cut back as officials of the Grand Coulee Dam School District try to erase a potential $745,000 budget deficit they are facing for the 2017-18 school year. Superintendent Paul Turner shared his concerns...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    April 26, 2017 

Intercity ATV route would require highway slowdown

Things are getting serious about allowing ATV travel in city streets in Grand Coulee. And a new twist was added at Grand Coulee’s council meeting a week ago. An idea surfaced to allow all-terrain vehicles to travel between Grand Coulee and...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    April 26, 2017 

New district for street repair still considered

The idea of creating a “Transportation Benefit District” in Grand Coulee is still alive, but not certain. Cities form TBDs usually add a license plate tab charge to those within their jurisdiction to develop special monies for roads. Electric...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    School    April 26, 2017 

Tall Timbers trip set

Some 60 sixth-graders, 50 from Lake Roosevelt and 10 from Nespelem, will get the “Tall Timbers” experience May 17-19 when they head for the outdoor education location near Leavenworth. Each year, for the past several, Lake Roosevelt and Nespelem...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    April 19, 2017

Honest man turns in found cash

What would you have done? James A. Fox, from Grand Coulee, turned in to put some gas into his car last Tuesday at Coulee Gas and found a wad of cash totaling $1,000. Fox promptly went to the Grand Coulee Police Department across the street and gave...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    April 5, 2017

Four-town spring cleanup scheduled

It’s time to clean up your lawn and flower beds and take advantage of the area spring cleanup, and free dump at the Delano Area Transfer Station. The free dump privilege will be April 8–15. Coulee Dam will pick up limbs only, which will need to...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    April 5, 2017

Seniors prepare hundreds of Easter baskets

Monday was a busy day at the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center. That was the day that Easter baskets went on sale. The place was filled with 371 Easter baskets, and accordingly, people. Workers started...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    March 15, 2017

Winter toll on roads and budgets steep

City officials in the four towns will be more than happy to see winter end, but they all fear what is going to happen to city streets in the region. Ken Dexter, public works director for Electric...

 

Local marijuana store now possible

A marijuana retail store in Grand Coulee is now possible. The city council removed any roadblocks by a 3-2 vote last week. The Oct. 6 vote took the words “federal law” out of the city ordinance and declared that if a business license application...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    June 17, 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    May 20, 2015

pot license decision handed to city clerk

It’s in the hands of the city clerk. That’s the best Grand Coulee’s city council could come up with last night (Tuesday) in regard to a controversial application for a marijuana retail business license. About 30 people showed up to offer their...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    May 28, 2014

New laser debut glitchy

The new laser light show came off with a 45-minute glitch Saturday night. A mechanical problem kept lookers aghast at the celebrated debut of the show. After the initial show Saturday night, the laser debut got an ovation, according to Bureau of...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    April 9, 2014

Skills gained with new remodel program

It could easily have been advertised as a "show" home. Some 19 new and recently "skilled" workers, along with tribal officials, showed up last Thursday to show off a tribal-owned home in east Coulee...

 

Medical center joins stroke network

Stroke victims will have a much better chance of recovery because of new Telestroke Network technology introduced at Coulee Medical Center Tuesday. Emergency Room nurses and a handful of other...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    June 12, 2013

Space tomatoes still floating around

Those tomato seeds that went into space back in the 1990s are still working their wonders here in the coulee. Nancy Carlson, teacher, now retired, obtained seeds from NASA and used them as a science...