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 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

Civil service chair asserts role in chief selection

The chairman of Grand Coulees Civil Service Commission said last week that his agency and Grand Coulee’s city council should play a role in selecting a new police chief. It’s a bad idea for one person to have that kind of power, said Alan Cain,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

Mayor asks to put chief replacement on agenda

The selection of Grand Coulee’s police chief will be on the Civil Service Commission agenda when it meets Aug. 4. The request that it be placed on the agenda was made by Mayor Chris Christopherson Monday. The Civil Service Commission meets at 5:30...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

People discuss police protection in meeting

Electric City residents had their opportunity to share their feelings about police protection in the city last night during a community meeting in the fire hall. The city and Grand Coulee came together recently and agreed to a one-year extension of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

Local nurse helps at fire shelter

A local registered nurse worked with the Red Cross shelter at Omak over the weekend. Nurse Alan Cain, of Grand Coulee, who went to Omak Thursday, returned home Monday night when the shelter was closed, but expects to return where needed later. “The...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

Tour previews character of new school building

The hallways are polished and colorful. The elementary gym is ready for play, and all marked out for basketball and volleyball. Hoops are up. Racks are in the library and both libraries are ready for...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

Reservation fires quelled

Mt. Tolman Fire Center personnel are concerned about weather reports of a storm and possible lightning strikes that is going to pass through the area this Thursday. Kathy Moses said Tuesday that firefighters have welcomed the change in the weather...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

Some inter-town disputes resolved

Differences regarding wastewater treatment billings between Coulee Dam and Elmer City are slowly getting resolved. The two council committees met July 17, and agreed to two adjustments between the two towns. Representing Coulee Dam were council...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

Street priorities questioned

Grand Coulees six-year street plan was derailed last Tuesday night when Fire Chief Richard Paris took issue with it. The council sent the plan back to committee to digest what Paris had to say. Paris asked the council why the six-year plan focused...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Police issues topic of Grand Coulee Council

It was Grand Coulee’s turn last night to address where its police contract with Electric City is going. Two council members were instrumental in working out an arrangement that would extend Grand Coulee’s police contract with Electric City for on...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Junior rodeo offers young fun this weekend

You can capture the fun this weekend when the Ridge Riders feature their Junior Rodeo, beginning at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Bring your cameras and capture some of the most exciting type of rodeo activity you will ever see. Watch youngsters...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Spokane shooting has local connection

A 28-year-old man who was arrested by Spokane police after an incident at Deaconess Hospital is a person of interest in an ongoing investigation by Grand Coulee police. Cameron A. Trevino, listed from Nespelem, was involved in an incident in...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Making progress on fires

One Central Washington fire has been put out and firefighters are making progress on two others, officials reported Friday. Crews mopped up the Highland Fire, just east of Bridgeport early Friday. Two strike teams that were preparing to leave...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Death march Veteran visits the coulee

A veteran who "was surrendered" by Bataan military authorities to the Japanese in World War II, was a visitor to Grand Coulee Monday. Dan Crowley, who enlisted in Hartford, Connecticut, in early...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Banks Lake poachers convicted

Four Western Washington men were convicted last week in Grant County Superior Court for poaching on Banks Lake, using gill nets to catch dozens of fish Dec. 5, 2013. “There really is no excuse for this behavior,” Grant County Prosecutor Angus Lee...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Family members of deceased dam workers like memorial idea

Of the 81 workers who lost their lives while working on Grand Coulee Dam, 79 have been identified by researcher Susan Dechant. Dechant has been researching the accident incidents for the past several years and only recently reported that she was...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Playhouse drawing set for Saturday

Some lucky child is going to end up with a playhouse this weekend. It's the annual one built by DWK Fowler Construction and given to the Ridge Riders for a special drawing, this year at the Junior...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 9, 2014

Cities may extend police coverage a year to study issue

The police issue between Grand Coulee and Electric City took a number of twists and turns this past week. Electric City had threatened to walk away from extending its law enforcement contract with Grand Coulee and develop its own police department....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 9, 2014

"Consolidation" uttered at council

Consolidation — the word that sends chills up local spines, was spoken last Tuesday night. City Councilmember Tom Poplawski brought it up at the Grand Coulee City Council meeting. And he even said it out loud. Poplawski noted that maybe it was...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    July 9, 2014

Firefighters busy over the holiday

A number of small fires marred the busy July 4 holiday weekend, Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Chief Richard Paris reported this week on behalf of several responding agencies, and one large fire near Keller was still being battled Tuesday morning. At...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 9, 2014

Crews removing asbestos before demolition

Crews from IB-1, an asbestos abatement firm, are currently removing asbestos from the classroom wing of Lake Roosevelt High School, and district officials stated last week that it will take about two weeks to complete the work. Then it will be time...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    School    July 9, 2014

GCD School District signs with meal manager

The Grand Coulee Dam School District approved a five-year contract Monday night with Chartwell Food Service of Wenatchee, but has its eye on doing the food program within the district sometime in the future. The five-year contract will allow the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 2, 2014

Top of Electric City agenda: levy for new police department

A special levy on the Aug. 5 primary ballot could produce about $200,000 towards an Electric City police department, city officials said Monday. Mayor Jerry Sands and City Clerk Jackie Perman said the idea of an Electric City police department would...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 2, 2014

Town selects firm to analyze alternatives for sewer plant

Coulee Dam is moving ahead with an “alternatives analysis” of its plan for revisions to its wastewater treatment plant. The council voted funds, not to exceed $104,572, to move forward and to determine the scope of work, and best location for,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 2, 2014

Town waiting on critical replacement at treatment plant

Coulee Dam officials have their fingers crossed that a critical piece of equipment at its wastewater treatment plant now in operation will last until a new one is received. The town council voted...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 2, 2014

Haag named to port district

Gary Haag was selected as commissioner of Port District 7 at a meeting last Thursday night. He replaces Orville Scharbach, who resigned from the commission several months ago. With the addition of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 2, 2014

New school construction on schedule

The district’s K-12 school complex is right on schedule, members of the school board were informed Monday night. Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson stated that the elementary wing will be turned over to the district...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 25, 2014

Pipes and paving conflict may be avoided

An Electric City 10-inch waterline project to Sunbanks Lake Resort, which had been scheduled to begin Monday, has been delayed until after July 4 weekend. City Clerk Jackie Perman said the contractor on the job said if his crew wasn’t set up to go...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 25, 2014

Alpacas and lavender make chamber agenda

In the rocky hills above Lake Roosevelt last Thursday, some 25 chamber of commerce members got to experience the dream farm of members Merv and Mary Jo Monteith. At their Spring Canyon Alpacas and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 25, 2014

Ranch rodeo to show the real stuff

Ever wonder what a real cowboy does? You can find out Saturday evening when the Ridge Riders hold their Ranch Rodeo in Delano. Action begins at 7 p.m. It's the second year that the Ridge Riders have...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 25, 2014

Three newcomers elected to tribal council

Three newcomers have won their way onto the 14-member Colville Business Council as a result of the Colville Tribes’ general election tally last Thursday. The newcomers are Marvin Joseph Kheel, and brothers Edwin and Michael E. Marchand. Kheel won...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 25, 2014

Town seeks commission member

The town of Coulee Dam is looking for a third Civil Service Commission member. Mayor Greg Wilder said two commissioners have been selected, but a third is still being sought. Wilder named Shawn Derrick to the two-year term and Herb Sherburne to the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 18, 2014

Old school facilities also to get upgrade

The old school will match the new one, and upgrades to existing facilities will become a reality, for $1.3 million. With the district's three schools ready to merge into its into its new K-12 complex...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 18, 2014

City moving forward with building size change proposal

Residents of Electric City will soon be able to comment on the size of accessory buildings. The city council decided last week to move forward on a possible change in the comprehensive plan that would allow larger accessory buildings in the city....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 18, 2014

Negotiators meet on inter-city police contract

Grand Coulee Councilmember David Tylor said that a meeting Thursday with two Electric City council members to discuss a new law enforcement contract went better than he expected. Grand Coulee Mayor Chris Christopherson had stated before negotiations...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 18, 2014

Classroom wing picked over in sale

Buyers, many of them with lumps in their throats, flocked to Lake Roosevelt High School's classroom wing Friday and Saturday to pick up items that were on sale in the soon-to-be-demolished structure....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 18, 2014

"Resource officer" in new school possible

The Grand Coulee Dam School District is working with the town of Coulee Dam in an effort to get a police officer at the new school complex. The “resource officer” would be part of the Coulee Dam police force and his or her assignment would be...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 18, 2014

City to hook water line to Sunbanks Resort

Work will begin June 23, on a water project that will enable Electric City to provide water service to Sunbanks Lake Resort. The project will provide a 10-inch line from State Street to the entrance of Sunbanks, and then a six-inch line to service...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 11, 2014

City wants to triple price of Electric City's police coverage

Grand Coulee is advancing a proposal for law enforcement coverage for Electric City that would triple the price, a proposal that its own police chief hadn’t seen. Chief Mel Hunt took one look at the proposal and stated, “This is the first time I...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 11, 2014

10th annual fun event for kids is set for this Saturday

by Roger S. Lucas The 10th Annual Koulee Kids Fest is Saturday, with everything for kids. Pick up your Koulee Kids passport at the Visitor Center, Saturday Market or Coulee Hardware and you can be on your way to fun and maybe prizes. The event is...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 11, 2014

Cities to consider pathway

Grand Coulee and Electric City officials will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, June 16, to discuss ways they can work together on a walking path that could extend across the causeway south of Electric City and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 11, 2014

High school stuff for sale this week Must be gone by Saturday night

Want something from Lake Roosevelt High School before they tear it down? Now’s your chance. The high school education wing is having a giant yard sale this Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14. Everything in the classrooms is up for grabs. Want a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 11, 2014

Woman reports missing gold coins

Police are still bewildered by a Grand Coulee woman's loss of some 200 South African gold Krugerrand coins. Dorothy Harris told police that an Electric City resident, Steve Kiona, who came to the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 11, 2014

Town to pay unbilled BPA charges

The federal corporation that sells the town of Coulee Dam its electricity underbilled the town in the past and now wants the municipal utlity to pay up. Coulee Dam’s town council approved a plan Wednesday to pay Bonneville Power Administration for...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 11, 2014

Bar owner claims police harassment

The owner of Wolf’s Den bar complained to the Grand Coulee City Council last Tuesday night that he is being harassed by police for loud music at his Main Street bar. Ted Wolf told the council that police officer Sean Cook had given his bartender a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 4, 2014

Large crowd shows up for ambulance issue

The Coulee Dam Town Hall was filled to capacity last Wednesday as EMTs, firefighters and townspeople pushed back at city officials for taking on the EMTs a week earlier. Those speaking cited numerous times that EMTs had assisted family members and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 4, 2014

Email details dispute between towns

A terse email from Elmer City Mayor Gail Morin to Coulee Dam Mayor Greg Wilder on wastewater treatment billings is raising a stink between the two towns. She wrote, “Thank you for demonstrating Coulee Dam’s imbedded lack of interest in a good...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 4, 2014

Firm selected to alternative plant analysis

Coulee Dam has selected a Spokane firm to do its alternative analysis for the proposed wastewater treatment plant project. Varela & Associates was selected out of nine firms that initially showed interest in the project. That number was narrowed...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 4, 2014

Chamber to launch annual mid-June events

The 10th Annual Koulee Kids Fest and the Saturday Market will each take off Saturday, June 14. Both are sponsored by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce. The Saturday Market, featuring fruits and vegetables, local produce and arts and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 4, 2014

Estimate to fix old gym: $883,000

If you are wondering if the school board will decide to re-roof and re-side the old Lake Roosevelt High School gym, you will have to wait a little longer. Superintendent Dennis Carlson revealed to the board last Wednesday night that it will take...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 4, 2014

Coulee Dam OKs extra spending for tourism

The town council at Coulee Dam approved a budget amendment ordinance last Wednesday night that will provide the chamber of commerce $6,000 for a media campaign to promote the new Laser Light Show on Grand Coulee Dam. The chamber had asked for the...

 

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