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 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 28, 2015 

Council hears pitch for uniting cities

Bob, Washington? That could be the new name of a consolidated Grand Coulee and Electric City, chamber representative Bob Valen laughingly told Grand Coulee’s council last Tuesday night. He and Kevin Portch appeared before the council to make a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 28, 2015 

Kathy Rice is named "Volunteer of the Year" for 2014

She was selected, by a vote of local citizens to be awarded the "volunteer" for 2014. Rice was among a list of nine that had been nominated for the honor, and received almost a third of the total 182...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 28, 2015 

Changes to be recommended on building sizes, more

The Electric City Planning Commission will submit a number of changes to the city council as a result of its public hearing held at the fire hall last Thursday night. Major among the changes is the doubling of the size allowable for accessory...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 28, 2015 

Ballots on levy must be returned by Feb. 10

School district patrons received their official mail-in levy ballots this week and will need to return them by Feb. 10, in order for them to be counted. At issue is a four-year replacement levy that...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 28, 2015 

District moves to acquire school, land

The Grand Coulee Dam School District is loaning itself the money to truly own Center Elementary School and the surrounding property. The board voted last Wednesday to move $155,000 from the district’s general fund to its capital fund to purchase th...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 28, 2015 

Old gym and school looking newer

It looks like a new gym, at least on the outside. A large part of the new siding has been completed on the old Lake Roosevelt High School gym and, according to school officials, the new metal roof...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 28, 2015 

Man arrested in car theft case

by Roger S. Lucas An Electric City man was arrested last Thursday on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and trafficking stolen property. Anthony Kelly, 31, was taken to Grant County Jail after he was apprehended during a routine traffic stop....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 21, 2015

Proposal at tonight's hearing would double allowable size of accessory building in Electric City

Electric City residents will have an opportunity to learn of and respond to a number of suggested changes in the city’s zoning code at a public hearing of the planning commission, tonight, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the fire hall. There they will learn...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 21, 2015

Electric City Council moves to sequester lodging tax money

Hotel/motel tax money dominated the meeting as Electric City’s council debated with the chamber of commerce about freeing up additional monies for advertising last week. The meeting Jan. 13 got a bit ugly, and dragged on for over an hour, with neit...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 21, 2015

Lake Roosevelt gym now usable

The Lake Roosevelt High School gym should be ready for basketball again this week, an official from Walker Construction assured the school board last Wednesday evening. Jim Crowley stated that the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 21, 2015

Proposed high tower in path to local airport

Plans for the construction of a 261-foot high tower that would rise within the flight path to the Grand Coulee Dam Airport are under study, by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is seeking...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 21, 2015

Levy would set lower rate

The school district maintenance and operations replacement levy, on which voters will cast ballots Feb. 10, could actually cost taxpayers less than they are now paying. The Grand Coulee Dam School District is seeking a replacement levy for four...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 21, 2015

Dead horse moved by dragging

At least one resident in Delano was upset when he saw a dead horse being dragged down Alcan Road onto Cardinal Road at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The horse, which had been cared for at the Grand Coulee Animal Rescue, died earlier in the day after at le...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 21, 2015

Playground equipment donated to city

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board voted to donate playground equipment at Center School to Electric City and will take a look at giving two portable buildings at the high school to a Carlton Complex Fire group at its next meeting. The...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 14, 2015

Grand Coulee volunteer ambulance numbers reported

Grand Coulee’s volunteer fire department responded to 216 ambulance calls within its jurisdiction in 2014 and the department made an additional 51 ambulance calls in Coulee Dam, Fire Chief Richard Paris told the city council recently. The...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 14, 2015

School levy vote coming in February

School district patrons will vote on a four-year $1.13 million replacement levy, Feb. 10; one that reduces the current rate of $4.55 per thousand to $3.95 per thousand of assessed valuation for taxpayers. Locally, a levy committee is meeting weekly t...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 14, 2015

Students gets some art history

Students from the second to sixth grades are getting an extra boost in art history and training by a volunteer who continues to provide help and information for students who are interested. Kathy LaPlace, who had a similar program at the middle...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 14, 2015

Firm contracted for groundwater tests

The Regional Board of Mayors contracted with URS, an engineering firm, to do its quarterly and annual groundwater testing and reporting for 2015. The firm has been doing this service, and the RBOM’s agreed to a new contract for the current year at...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 14, 2015

Woman dies from flu

Grant County Health District was notified this week that a Grant County woman has died as the result of influenza complications. “Since the beginning of December, there has been a significant increase in influenza cases in all age groups in Grant...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 7, 2015

On last day, city police protection ensured for a year

Electric City citizens still have police protection in the wake of a last-minute, inter-city agreement that came together before the year 2014 came to an end. The Electric City Council voted unanimously last Tuesday night to stay with Grand Coulee...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 7, 2015

Rifles missing from American Legion Post

Two ceremonial rifles are missing from American Legion Post 157 in Electric City. Both of the missing rifles had been reported stolen back in 1990. The Legion post gets its ceremonial rifles from the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 7, 2015

Help sought for school levy

A committee to help the Grand Coulee Dam School District pass its Feb. 10 special maintenance and operation levy will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the new school secondary library on the second floor, Chair Karen Depew said this week. “We...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 7, 2015

Backpack found with jewelry and crow bars

A Grand Coulee man told police that he had found a backpack on a picnic table at North Dam Park, Dec. 24, and when he started to go through it found that it contained some drug paraphernalia. The back...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 7, 2015

Attorney: Police chief list must go to mayor

Grand Coulee’s legal counsel has advised the city’s Civil Service Commission that their list of top candidates for police chief must be delivered to the mayor, not the city council. In an email, City Attorney Chuck Zimmerman advised the city...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 7, 2015

Senior center invites in others for activities, volunteering

If you are at least 18 years of age, the welcome mat is out for you at the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center. “It’s really a community center,” new President Birdie Hensley said last week. While the center is widely used by seniors, with 184...

 

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