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 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 22, 2015 

City considering allowing marijuana retailing

Electric City’s planning group is looking at its current zoning to see where a marijuana retail store might be located. The city council instructed staff and the city’s planner last week to take a look at the city’s current zoning to determine...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 22, 2015 

Golf carts legal to drive in Electric City

By this time next week you can drive your golf cart down to get the mail and for other things in Electric City. The city council passed an ordinance July 22, allowing a golf cart zone in the city. All you have to do to get started is buy a golf...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 22, 2015 

Regional fires flare in hot season

A stubborn brush fire closed Interstate-90 near George for the second straight day, but it reopened Tuesday about 10 a.m. The fire was driven by wind gusts of 25 mph and had burned about 900 acres by...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 22, 2015 

Water agreement extended five decades

Electric City and Grand Coulee have amended and extended their water supply agreement for 50 years. Both city councils have agreed to the extension, and the agreement has been signed by both mayors. Electric City provides Grand Coulee with potable...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 22, 2015 

City considering allowing marijuana retailing

Electric City’s planning group is looking at its current zoning to see where a marijuana retail store might be located. The city council instructed staff and the city’s planner last week to take a look at the city’s current zoning to determine...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 15, 2015

State investigates for fraud at mosquito district

The former clerk of Grant County Mosquito District 2 is being investigated for misappropriation of funds totaling more than $129,000, a state investigative audit of the district states. The clerk is denying the allegations and has hired an attorney....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 15, 2015

No spill for lasers this year

Those attending the Laser Light Show and wondering when water will be released for a backdrop for the show will have to wait. Bureau of Reclamation Public Affairs Officer Lynne Brougher said it won't...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 15, 2015

Major fires settle down

Evacuation notices from two major fires in Douglas County have been pulled, according to the county sheriff’s office. One fire, 17 miles northeast of Waterville, and a second fire 10 miles southeast of Waterville, had together burned some 22,212...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 15, 2015

Grand Coulee interested in recycling

Grand Coulee’s city council has asked Mayor Chris Christopherson to pursue recycling with the Regional Board of Mayors. Councilman Erin Nielsen took up the recycling banner at the council meeting a week ago and said that it would cost money,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 15, 2015

Town will vacate lease on closed bowling alley

The town of Coulee Dam has started proceedings to vacate the lease of Riverview Lanes Bowling Alley. The town council voted last Wednesday night to have its attorney start legal proceedings to abate the lease. The council learned last week that the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 15, 2015

Future of well-run festival questionable

A Coulee Dam resident told the town council last week how well all the elements of the July 4 Festival of America celebration worked. Carol Netzel, who lives at the north end of Columbia Avenue, said that the town should write the Grand Coulee Dam...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 15, 2015

Foul vs. fowl issue not settled in Coulee Dam

The chicken issue was a wash, but the need for a code enforcement officer gained momentum at the council session in Coulee Dam last Wednesday. The proposed “four hen” ordinance to allow keeping chickens in town made it through the first reading...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 8, 2015

Local fires small over Fourth

Four small fires were reported in the area this week, said Grand Coulee Fire Chief Richard Paris. Two, one at North Dam and the other at Barker Canyon, were caused by fireworks and were quickly put out. Another fire was near the canal on U.S. Bureau...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 8, 2015

Fire burning forest north of Keller

Firefighters have the 21-mile Grade Fire, about 25 miles north of Keller, 40 percent contained, but they will be keeping a watchful eye on reports of thunderstorms predicted this week. Kathy Moses,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 8, 2015

Drowning victim found down river

The body of a 28-year-old man who had jumped from the Coulee Dam bridge June 26, was found Sunday by workers at the fish pens several miles downstream. Jamie Williams had jumped from the bridge about...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 8, 2015

Decent burial given bird

Dispatch advised officers that a man was seen burying an unknown object at the overlook area just above Grand Coulee Dam. Officers arrived and learned that a Georgia driver and two friends had hit a bird with their vehicle and buried the bird and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 8, 2015

Junior rodeo slated for next week

Entire families can be entertained for two days for free next week at the Ridge Rider rodeo grounds at the group’s annual Junior Rodeo, July 18 and 19. Events begin at 10 a.m. Admission is free, and there will be a concession booth providing food...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 8, 2015

Guild is collecting shoes for needy

The Coulee Medical Center Guild/Auxiliary has started a shoe drive in the area, which will eventually benefit people in third world countries. It’s all a part of several programs being undertaken by members of the CMC guild/auxiliary, according to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 1, 2015

Big Fourth festival this week

Music, food and fireworks. Sounds like Festival of America time in the coulee, when patriots can celebrate America Friday and Saturday at the park below the Visitor Center, with a guide to the action below. The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commer...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 1, 2015

Electric City family likes their chickens

by Roger S. Lucas Coulee Dam Town Council members may get an earful about chickens at a public hearing next Wednesday, July 8, at 6 p.m. The entire town should take a page from an Electric City couple...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 1, 2015

School uniforms under consideration

Discussions are going on to develop a school uniform program for Grand Coulee Dam district schools. The issue has come up at the past two school board meetings, and indications are that the idea is alive and moving forward. The teaching and support...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 1, 2015

Liberty named principal

Lake Roosevelt High School will get its first woman principal, ever, for the 2015-16 school year. Superintendent Dennis Carlson named Ronanda Liberty as principal of Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School at a school board meeting Monday night....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

Keeping chickens proposed in Coulee Dam

Chickens got their feathers ruffled at Coulee Dam at the last town council meeting. The evening started innocently enough as town officials unveiled a proposed ordinance that would allow local residents up to four chickens — only hens, of course;...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

Most incumbents re-elected in Colville Business Council election

The two incumbents in the Inchelium District lost out in the Colville Business Council general election but all the others came through as tribal election officials finished counting absentee ballots last Thursday. In Inchelium, Elizabeth...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

City awards more funds for tourism

The Electric City Council voted to give the chamber of commerce another $10,000 from its hotel/motel tax fund last week. The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce had asked to be on the agenda for June 9, was for a short period, and then found th...

 

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