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 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 26, 2014 

Police chief job no longer protected

Grand Coulee’s city council changed its mind last week about protecting its next police chief by passing an ordinance removing the chief from Civil Service. Two weeks earlier, the council had voted 4-1 to keep the chief of police position under...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 26, 2014 

No police protection set for Electric City

The Grand Coulee/Electric City police contract for 2015 is in limbo. Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands said this week, “we haven’t seen any contract, yet.” Ever since voters turned down a real estate levy request by Electric City by a two to one...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 26, 2014 

Elmer City debating pay raises

Elmer City wants to provide overdue pay raises for two town workers but leaders have to figure out how to pay for it, after a proposal to raise utility rates was blocked last week. Mayor Gail Morin said that the two workers, Town Clerk Renée...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 26, 2014 

School board eases eligibility for athletes

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board made two decisions on athletic policy Monday night, one over the objections of one of its members. School board Director Ted Piccolo had issues with changing district policy so that student athletes can be...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 26, 2014 

Street lighting additions planned for Electric City

Electric City plans to add at least 15 new street lights next year. The initial cost is about $2,000, and it will boost the city’s electric bill a bit higher. The decision to move forward on the street light program was made last Tuesday night and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 26, 2014 

City close to buying land for park

An effort to develop an Electric City park moved one step closer Nov. 11 when the council matched the property owner’s asking price. The council voted to offer the Banks Lake Bible Church $25,000 for a double lot near the old Baptist Church...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 26, 2014 

School grounds care approved

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board Monday night approved a five-year grounds contract with Oasis Lawn Care for an annual cost of $37,600. The contract includes mowing, trimming and edging, lawn aeration, pruning, fall leaf removal, weed...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    School    November 26, 2014 

New school stinks, literally

Officials at Lake Roosevelt Elementary are trying to figure out why one of the first-grade classrooms picks up a sewer smell off and on. It happens in Kim Campbell’s first-grade room, and on occasion drives her and her 18 students across the hall...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Sports    November 26, 2014 

Coaches resign at Lake Roosevelt

Lake Roosevelt’s football program took a hit this week with the head coach and two assistant coaches resigning. Resigning was Head Coach Steve Files, and Assistant Coaches Paul Braun and Joe Tynan. Files stated in his resignation letter to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Sports    November 26, 2014 

New sports league idea being explored

Could there be a new athletic league in Lake Roosevelt High School’s future? It’s possible that someday the Raiders will be part of a proposed “Columbia River League.” But there’s a long road awinding before that could become possible, Athl...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 19, 2014

Planners sidestep business move issue

Grand Coulee’s planning commission kicked the can down the road to the city council on the Mike Horne proposal to move his MPH mechanic shop down the street to a new location. One planner after another moved away from trying to find a way that...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 19, 2014

Animal rescue operation making a difference

Nella is getting a second chance. She's an 18-year-old broodmare that now has a new home through the Grand Coulee Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. Nella is now enjoying a green pasture existence at a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 19, 2014

Electric City to spend more on tourism

More of money collected to boost tourism and related jobs will be allowed to to do so following a move by councils in Electric City and Coulee Dam last week. Electric City annually has put half its hotel/motel tax revenue into a reserve fund. The cou...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 19, 2014

No wool over their eyes

A new effort to become certified in grading animal fiber by Maryjo Monteith, of Spring Canyon Alpacas, could take up to two years, she indicated recently. The grading system includes fiber from...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 19, 2014

City will shop for police protection

Electric City is looking for law enforcment support other than from Grand Coulee, the city with which it has contracted for decades to police its streets. The city council committee on law enforcement was instructed by council last Tuesday night to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 12, 2014

Grand Coulee forbids civil service separate lawyer

The independence of Grand Coulee’s Civil Service Commission is being challenged, chair Alan Cain said this week. “Our attorney, Scott W. Detro, of Omak, has informed me that City Attorney Julie Norton has advised him not to do work for the Civil...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 12, 2014

Pretty birds are a lot of company

When a cockatiel says "pretty bird" it isn't because it has a super large ego, it's just a fact. Cockatiels, while a bit messy, are beautiful and a lot smarter than you would think. Peggy Sandgren,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 12, 2014

Recycling to be researched

Recycling in the Coulee got a breath of fresh air Monday at the Regional Board of Mayors meeting. Every time the recycling idea seems dead, someone brings it back to life. Dick Howe, of Sunrise Disposal, responded to criticism that his firm hadn’t...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 12, 2014

Students return after unscheduled two-day break

Students were back in school Thursday after a smoking electrical panel gave them a near two-day break last week. It all happened on Tuesday at about 9:20 a.m. when a malfunction of the main circuit electrical panel in the school kitchen prompted...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 5, 2014

Police levy voted down

Electric City voters Tuesday turned down a property tax levy that would have raised money to support police protection. The vote was 90 yes votes (34 percent) and 170 no votes (65 percent). Proposition 1 would have raised about $55,000 to $60,000,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 5, 2014

Smoke clears out new school

Smoke from an electrical panel in the new school kitchen set off an alarm and caused evacuation of some 700 students at about 9:20 a.m. Tuesday. The incident put the Lake Roosevelt schools' emergency...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 5, 2014

Veteran served in Iraq, Kuwait

An offer of seven camels for your hand in marriage might sound a little strange. But Kuwait is a strange place, as witnessed by American Legion Post 157 Commander Cindy Jane. Jane was elected...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 5, 2014

Grand Coulee Police chief search back on track

Grand Coulee’s Civil Service Commission started advertising for a police chief in today’s Star newspaper and in statewide law enforcement journals. Application packets need to be in to the CSC by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, when the commissioners w...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 29, 2014

District will keep Center School and land

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board authorized the purchase of Center School and land adjacent to it at its meeting Monday night. The title to the site used by local school districts for decades stipulated that ownership would revert to a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 29, 2014

Homes are haunted by the Halloween spirit

Halloween for a couple of houses in the area is a real production. Children have a couple of favorite places to visit on Halloween, one in Electric City and the other in Coulee Dam. Dale and Vel...

 

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