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 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 17, 2014 

District approves levy request

The Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors Monday night approved a $1.1million four-year levy for maintenance and operations to go before district voters Feb. 10. In doing so, the board followed the recommendations of a special levy comm...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 17, 2014 

Fire chief resigns in Coulee Dam

When you make a 911 call to report a fire in Coulee Dam you expect a town fire engine and crew to respond. Don’t count on it. Last week, Coulee Dam fire chief Robert Jackson resigned after 12 years as chief. When reached he refused to comment on...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 17, 2014 

Town bids on Electric City police work

The town of Coulee Dam has made an offer to Electric City to provide police services. The offer was sent last week and outlined for Coulee Dam Town Council members last Wednesday night by Mayor Greg Wilder. The five-year offer would begin in 2015 at...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 17, 2014 

City to spend less to bolster tourism

Electric City will spend thousands less on boosting tourism efforts and related job growth after the city council reversed itself in a 3-2 vote last week. The council last Tuesday night backed off its previous decision in November to spend 75...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 17, 2014 

Oregon artist chosen for local school art

Lucinda Parker, an abstract artist from Oregon, has been commissioned to produce $75,000 worth of artwork for the new school complex. Parker was one of scores of artists recommended to a local committee by the Washington State Art Commission. The...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 17, 2014 

Elmer City passes budget and raises

Elmer City passed its 2015 budget last Thursday night — barely. The $674,662.80 budget passed with a 3-2 vote. A large portion of the budget, $244,971, is pass-through money that will come in 2015 from the state’s Transportation Improvement...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 10, 2014

Commission locks records in safe, away from mayor

Grand Coulee Mayor Chris Christopherson has filed a public records request for all activity and minutes of meetings of the city’s Civil Service Commission from July through October of this year. It seems all part of the see-saw tug of war that has...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 10, 2014

Grand Coulee city council re-reverses police chief protection

Grand Coulee’s city council voted Dec. 2 night to undo its prior move, made two weeks earlier, to take the city’s police chief job out of civil service protection. The 4-1 vote was to put the police chief back under the protection of the Grand Co...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 10, 2014

Pay raises likely for Town of Elmer City employees

Pay raises for two Elmer City employees are intact as the town’s budget process moves forward. Now it will be up to the council to pass the document, this Thursday night. In a budget workshop, the second in two weeks, the council was split 2-2 in...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 10, 2014

Recommendation: Seek school tax levy

Grand Coulee Dam School District taxpayers will be asked to vote on a new maintenance and operation levy, Feb. 10. The amount and duration will be decided Dec. 15, by the school board, after it receives a recommendation from an independent levy...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 10, 2014

Electric City's police protection ending with 2014

As it stands today, Electric City will be out of police coverage for its residents on Dec. 31. It’s a money issue. Electric City pays for police protection from Grand Coulee, which wants more. Council committees of the two cities met a couple...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 10, 2014

City sets meetings on bigger buildings, more

People in Electric City interested in putting up larger shops and garages, or in preventing others from doing so, can attend a couple meetings in January on that subject. Electric City has scheduled two meetings in January to discuss and make...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 3, 2014

College to set up "knowledge center" at old middle school

Big Bend Community College will soon be hanging its shingle out at the former Grand Coulee Dam Middle School annex building. It will be the beginning of a Community Knowledge Center, where students and local residents can take advantage of a range...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 3, 2014

Library offers free live homework help online

Students, are you having trouble with your homework and your parents can’t help? Then North Central Regional Library might be your answer. Kim Mehr, out of the Wenatchee Public Library, and representing NCRL, made a presentation last month to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 3, 2014

Report: school culture under development

Every school has its own culture or identification. The new Lake Roosevelt School is no exception. The character of a school is not easily transferable from one location to another, and because of this, officials are trying to help the new school com...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 3, 2014

Leaky gym roof cancels basketball game

When it rains, it pours. At least most of the time. It rained inside Lake Roosevelt High School's gym last week - that's right, inside. Circumstances and a winter rain caught school officials off...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    School    December 3, 2014

New counselor named for LR Elementary

Nate Piturachsatit has moved from physical education coordinator to counselor at Lake Roosevelt Elementary School. The change was approved by the Grand Coulee Dam School District board for the remainder of the year. Principal Lisa Lakin said this...

 
 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...

 

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