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 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 21, 2017 

Annual festival will come early this year

Check your calendar closely. This year’s Festival of America is coming Friday and Saturday, June 30 and July 1. This year’s July 4 Independence Day holiday falls on Tuesday. Chamber of Commerce officials don’t think their annual festival would...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 21, 2017 

Grand Coulee turns down home dog rescue operation

A Grand Coulee woman appealed to the city council Tuesday, June 20, to approve a "dog rescue" at her residence. Dorothy Harris, who resides on Young Street, offered to work with Grand Coulee in...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 21, 2017 

Smoke alarm gets family out in time

A working smoke detector is credited with avoiding a bigger fire, as it allowed for getting a blaze under control at a mobile home at 904 King Street in Grand Coulee last Thursday evening. Volunteer Fire Chief Richard Paris said it appeared the fire...

 

Union surveys point out problems in school district

Members of two Grand Coulee Dam School District unions responding to recent internal surveys outlined a number of complaints dealing with discipline, communication and training issues. The survey...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 14, 2017

Koulee Kids Fest to offer free fun Saturday

The annual Koulee Kids Fest kicks off this Saturday throughout the area. The June 17 event begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. Kids can get their passports at one of the following places: Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce office,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 14, 2017

Old school building of interest to potential buyer

There is interest again in the purchase of Center School. The sale of the old school is among the goals set by the school board for the coming year. Superintendent Paul Turner advised the board that a person from Moses Lake is pursuing the purchase...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 14, 2017

Transfer station work will go out to bid

The Regional Board of Mayors has asked that needed repairs at the Delano Transfer Station go out for regular bid. The group’s insurance firm, Clear Risk Solutions, had inspected the transfer station earlier this year and came up with an estimated...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 14, 2017

Only officials attend park plan meeting

A meeting last week to discuss Electric City’s park and recreation plan failed to attract local residents. However, it did attract a pair of city council members, the city’s planner and two members of the community park advisory committee....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 7, 2017

Firm proposed to design city parks

The city council at Electric City will have the opportunity next Tuesday, June 13, to select the design firm for its two proposed city parks. The community parks committee has recommended that a Lacey firm, Robert Droll, Landscape Architect, be selec...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 7, 2017

Big fireworks planned for July 1

The fireworks over Grand Coulee Dam will occur this year on Saturday, July 1, officials said last week. The traditional Festival of America, the July 4 celebration, will be June 30 – July 1 this yea...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 7, 2017

Koulee Kids Fest planned for next week

This is all about kids. And everything is free! It’s the annual Koulee Kids Fest, Saturday, June 17, a one-day event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids can get their passports, free, at the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce office, Coulee...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 7, 2017

School may seek parking from National Park Service

The Grand Coulee Dam School District is looking for additional parking for its staff. Superintendent Paul Turner told his board that discussions are underway with the National Park Service to use the lower end of the NPS complex for school parking....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 7, 2017

Wednesday market organized

This year’s vegetable, fruit, and craft market will be offered on Wednesday evenings, the sponsors said last week. The market is sponsored by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, and will be from 4-8 p.m. each Wednesday, starting June 21...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 31, 2017

Coulee Dam must hold primary election in August

Only one office in the coulee area will require a primary runoff to see who makes it to the general election Nov. 7. Three people have filed for Position 3 on the Coulee Dam Town Council, requiring the runoff election. In all other races, candidates...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    School    May 31, 2017

School to receive music grant

The Lake Roosevelt Schools music department just won a $6,250 grant. Karen Pace, music director ,said the grant was given through the umbrella of the Washington Music Education Association. Pace directs four bands in the district and the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 24, 2017

Mosquito spray schedule set

Grant County Mosquito District 2 released its treatment schedule for the coming season. On Mondays, the district will treat in Electric City and Sunbanks Lake Resort; Tuesday at Steamboat Rock State Park and Osborn Bay; Wednesday in Grand Coulee;...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 24, 2017

Two hired for city

Electric City council approved contracting for a hearing examiner and hiring a code enforcement officer at its meeting May 9. Hearing examiner Andrew L. Kottkamp, of Wenatchee, will be paid $150 an hour. The hearing examiner duties call for him to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 17, 2017

School district sends strong comments to USBR

The Grand Coulee Dam School District issued a strong response to invitations for comments on a Bureau of Reclamation proposed modernization program. The Bureau had advertised for draft environmental assessment comments on its 12-year plan to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 10, 2017

School district exploring options for cuts

School Superintendent Paul Turner is doing his budget for next year, quite possibly the most difficult he will ever prepare. The Grand Coulee Dam School District is facing what he described to the board as a potential $745,000 shortfall if...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 10, 2017

Dozens of elective offices set for elections this year

The period for filing candidates intentions to seek elective offices is set for May 15-19, with the primary election scheduled for August 1 and the general election set for Nov. 7. The area’s two school districts, Grand Coulee Dam and Nespelem,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 3, 2017

New color run coming to Colorama

A new 5K Colorama Color Run will be held at North Dam Park this year, adding literal “color” for Colorama to participants who want to revel in the spirit of the festival. The run begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at North Dam Park. For those...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    School    May 3, 2017

Seniors plan trip to Seattle

This year’s senior class is planning a trip to Seattle and places beyond for its “senior trip.” But the 25 seniors and four adult chaperones will have to be “early birds” if they expect to catch the bus before it pulls out at 5 a.m. for...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 3, 2017

CMC employees to get lighted crosswalk

There will soon be a lighted crosswalk on Highway 174, where employees at Coulee Medical Center cross the highway from where they park. A meeting was held recently with representatives from the Department of Transportation, Coulee Medical Center,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 3, 2017

City gets small street grant for repairs

Electric City has received an emergency grant from the Transportation Improvement Board to make needed repairs to nine small street problems. City Clerk Russell Powers said that the grant is for just over $30,000, and will take care of nine of the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 19, 2017

City to hire work on new parks

Electric City’s park plan got a boost April 11, when the city council looked favorably on recommendations from the Parks and Recreation Committee (PARC). The council agreed to move forward on hiring an engineering or landscape firm to draw final...

 

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