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 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 17, 2016 

Reluctantly, Electric City hears consolidation survey results

The chamber of commerce’s Economic Development Council finally got a hearing about its community consolidation survey in front of Electric City’s council, but it wasn’t easy. The EDC group attended the Aug. 9 council meeting and requested to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 17, 2016 

Survey comments reveal mix of attitudes on consolidation

Some comments from those responding to a survey about the possibility of combining two or more local municipalities show a mix of attitudes on the subject. The surveys were mailed to 2,235 households and also made available online and at local...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 17, 2016 

Public gives input on proposed trail system

The Electric City council got an earful of complaints about the city’s proposed trail system at its meeting last Tuesday night. The complaints were a continuation of what the city has been hearing since the Pathway and Revitalization study began a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 17, 2016 

Tourism fund committee selected

The Electric City Council last week selected Richard McGuire and Brad Parrish as representatives to the city’s hotel/motel tax fund committee. The two have been on the committee, and the appointment is for the rest of their terms — two years....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 17, 2016 

Towns will cooperate on streets grant

All four local municipalities are cooperatively putting in for a Department of Transportation TIB grant this week. If the grant applications are successful, it will enable the four cities and towns to get a better bid on the work, Elmer City Public...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    August 10, 2016

Blazes keep firefighters busy

A series of wildland fires around the region the last two weeks have kept fire fighting agencies busy and yesterday prompted a burning ban in Grant County. A nearly 2,000-acre fire about 15 miles south of Inchelium has been 65 percent contained, the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 10, 2016

Survey shows widespread support to combine cities

The chamber of commerce's Economic Development Council (EDC) received an unusually strong response to a consolidation survey mailed to 2,235 residents and placed online in June. Some 546 residents...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 10, 2016

Electric City Hall in midst of upgrades

Phase two of the facelift of Electric City's municipal building was completed last Wednesday with the hanging of a new sign, and there's more to come. City officials have stated that the 2017 budget...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 10, 2016

Endsley, Moore hired as head coaches

The Grand Coulee Dam School District approved the contracts of two new coaches at Lake Roosevelt High School and a fourth grade teacher for the elementary school. Approved Monday, during a special meeting, were Casey Moore, for girls’ soccer, and L...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 10, 2016

Prosecutor talks about reality of courts

The volume of cases and restrictions on sentencing imposed by the state Legislature are two handicaps on his office, Grant County Prosecuting Attorney Garth Dano told chamber of commerce members at a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 3, 2016

Old Center school vandalized again

The former Center Elementary School in Grand Coulee was broken into for the third time last week, with hundreds of dollars of damage done and questions about the building's future looming unanswered....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 3, 2016

Volunteer effort working for course

Running Banks Lake Golf Course with volunteers is working, Port District 7 commissioners declared last Thursday. In a financial report to commissioners, treasurer Joanne Davidson noted that the golf...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 3, 2016

More than fish at stake

Electric City’s fish pen operation is great for fishing in Banks Lake, but it also benefits the area in a different way. A good fishery in Banks Lake adds greatly to the area economy. Currently, the volunteer group that raises some 300,000 rainbow...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 3, 2016

Mosquito treatment scheduled for Banks Lake

Grant County Mosquito District 2 planned another aerial granular larvicide drop along Banks Lake today (Wednesday), weather permitting. The new treatment, the second aerial drop this year, is necessitated by new evidence of mosquitos from Sunbanks...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 3, 2016

West Nile virus found in mosquitos near Kettle Falls

Some mosquitos near Kettle Falls day use and group site campground have tested positive for West Nile Virus, the National Park Service said last week. Conditions this summer at Lake Roosevelt have been optimal for mosquitos, the NPS noted. Visitors,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 3, 2016

Airport study approved

Grant County Port District 7 commissioners OK’d a contract with J-U-B Engineers to do an Airport Geographic Information System study during the current year. The project, approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, will begin soon and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 27, 2016

Parks and pathways plan could come in August

A full report on Electric City’s proposed Pathway and Revitalization project could come by late August, city Deputy Clerk Russell Powers said last week. The Washington State University Rural Communities Design Initiative team will be finishing up...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 27, 2016

Mosquitos reported as less severe after new treatment

If you are finding it more enjoyable sitting outside on the patio this summer, there’s a reason. Mosquitos! Or really, the lack of them. Grant County Mosquito District 2 officials used a new granular product this year in an aerial treatment around...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 27, 2016

Air gun incident gets teen arrested

A 17-year-old was arrested and taken to Grant County Jail last Friday charged with attempted first-degree robbery after allegedly pulling a clear, plastic, air gun on a store clerk. The Auburn, Washington juvenile, only five days short of his 18th bi...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 27, 2016

School district passes $11 million budget

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board adopted a $11,017,937 general fund budget for the 2016-17 school year at its Monday night meeting. The budget is about $500,000 higher than the previous budget and was described by Superintendent Paul...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 27, 2016

Man jailed after gun incident

Police arrested a man for allegedly pointing a rifle at and threatening a woman and her child Sunday. An occupant of the Hill Avenue Apartments, Levi A. Redd, 29, was arrested Sunday, and taken to Grant County Jail, charged with first-degree assault...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Sports    July 27, 2016

Football coach's resignation accepted

The school board accepted the resignation of Geary Oliver as head football coach at Lake Roosevelt High School at its meeting Monday night. The district has stated that it was exercising its long-established practice of awarding head coaching...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    School    July 27, 2016

New dean and AD hired for LR

The Grand Coulee Dam School District hired a dean of students and a new athletic director at Monday night’s board meeting. Dean of students at Lake Roosevelt High School for the next school term will be Charles Pierce, from Soap Lake. Pierce will...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 20, 2016

Feedback given loudly on EC plan

Electric City's revitalization and pathways project got just a little tougher last Saturday in the second of two public gatherings designed to pull together ideas on what residents would like to see...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 20, 2016

Ecology: newest sewer plant plan not in town's best interest Mayor intends to move forward

The state Department of Ecology disapproves of a replacement sewer plant plan that resulted from the contested 2013 election of the mayor of Coulee Dam. In a July 1 letter to the town this month, Ecology had critical remarks about Coulee Dam’s curr...

 

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