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 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 19, 2014 

Planners sidestep business move issue

Grand Coulee’s planning commission kicked the can down the road to the city council on the Mike Horne proposal to move his MPH mechanic shop down the street to a new location. One planner after another moved away from trying to find a way that...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 19, 2014 

Animal rescue operation making a difference

Nella is getting a second chance. She's an 18-year-old broodmare that now has a new home through the Grand Coulee Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. Nella is now enjoying a green pasture existence at a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 19, 2014 

Electric City to spend more on tourism

More of money collected to boost tourism and related jobs will be allowed to to do so following a move by councils in Electric City and Coulee Dam last week. Electric City annually has put half its hotel/motel tax revenue into a reserve fund. The cou...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 19, 2014 

No wool over their eyes

A new effort to become certified in grading animal fiber by Maryjo Monteith, of Spring Canyon Alpacas, could take up to two years, she indicated recently. The grading system includes fiber from...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 19, 2014 

City will shop for police protection

Electric City is looking for law enforcment support other than from Grand Coulee, the city with which it has contracted for decades to police its streets. The city council committee on law enforcement was instructed by council last Tuesday night to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 12, 2014

Grand Coulee forbids civil service separate lawyer

The independence of Grand Coulee’s Civil Service Commission is being challenged, chair Alan Cain said this week. “Our attorney, Scott W. Detro, of Omak, has informed me that City Attorney Julie Norton has advised him not to do work for the Civil...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 12, 2014

Pretty birds are a lot of company

When a cockatiel says "pretty bird" it isn't because it has a super large ego, it's just a fact. Cockatiels, while a bit messy, are beautiful and a lot smarter than you would think. Peggy Sandgren,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 12, 2014

Recycling to be researched

Recycling in the Coulee got a breath of fresh air Monday at the Regional Board of Mayors meeting. Every time the recycling idea seems dead, someone brings it back to life. Dick Howe, of Sunrise Disposal, responded to criticism that his firm hadn’t...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 12, 2014

Students return after unscheduled two-day break

Students were back in school Thursday after a smoking electrical panel gave them a near two-day break last week. It all happened on Tuesday at about 9:20 a.m. when a malfunction of the main circuit electrical panel in the school kitchen prompted...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 5, 2014

Police levy voted down

Electric City voters Tuesday turned down a property tax levy that would have raised money to support police protection. The vote was 90 yes votes (34 percent) and 170 no votes (65 percent). Proposition 1 would have raised about $55,000 to $60,000,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 5, 2014

Smoke clears out new school

Smoke from an electrical panel in the new school kitchen set off an alarm and caused evacuation of some 700 students at about 9:20 a.m. Tuesday. The incident put the Lake Roosevelt schools' emergency...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 5, 2014

Veteran served in Iraq, Kuwait

An offer of seven camels for your hand in marriage might sound a little strange. But Kuwait is a strange place, as witnessed by American Legion Post 157 Commander Cindy Jane. Jane was elected...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 5, 2014

Grand Coulee Police chief search back on track

Grand Coulee’s Civil Service Commission started advertising for a police chief in today’s Star newspaper and in statewide law enforcement journals. Application packets need to be in to the CSC by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, when the commissioners w...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 29, 2014

District will keep Center School and land

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board authorized the purchase of Center School and land adjacent to it at its meeting Monday night. The title to the site used by local school districts for decades stipulated that ownership would revert to a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 29, 2014

Homes are haunted by the Halloween spirit

Halloween for a couple of houses in the area is a real production. Children have a couple of favorite places to visit on Halloween, one in Electric City and the other in Coulee Dam. Dale and Vel...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 29, 2014

Chief's job keeps civil service protection

Grand Coulee Mayor Chris Christopherson has lost his bid to remove the police chief job from Civil Service Commission protection. He has stated it was his goal to remove the police chief from under the Civil Service Commission. He made that official...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 29, 2014

School furnishings will be sold soon

Following the move from the old elementary and middle school buildings in Grand Coulee to the new school complex in Coulee Dam, hundreds of items left in the two buildings will be tagged for sale. The new school has all new furnishings, so the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 29, 2014

Totals for fixing up old school OK'd

The Grand Coulee Dam School Districts board at its Monday night meeting approved seven construction change orders for $613,199 for work relating to the building of the new school complex, upgrading the old high school and associated work: •...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 29, 2014

Contract extended for superintendent

Dr. Dennis Carlson’s contract as superintendent of schools was extended for an additional year by the Grand Coulee Dam School District board Monday night. The extension will take Carlson’s contract through June 30, 2016. This is the second...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    School    October 29, 2014

Board accepts personnel changes

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board approved a number of hires, allowed a leave of absence, and approved the retirement of a veteran counselor at its meeting Monday night. The board met in the new school after providing a tour of the building...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 29, 2014

Updated: Lake Roosevelt Schools evacuated after smoke in kitchen

Smoke from an electrical panel in the new school kitchen set off an alarm and caused evacuation of some 700 students at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The incident put the school's emergency plan into...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 22, 2014

Commission seeks quickest way to grant business move despite zoning

The Grand Coulee Planning Commission turned back visitor input last Wednesday night so that members could discuss among themselves the merits of accommodating a request for a zoning change so that an auto repair business could move to a new...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 22, 2014

Agency hopes transit hub will link whole county

Grant County Transit officials have their fingers crossed that their plans for a transportation hub in the middle of downtown Moses Lake will become a reality and link far flung corners of the county to other transportation. The GTA’s longest...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 22, 2014

Veterans group plans free coat giveaway

You can get a coat, free, Nov. 1, at the American Legion’s “free coat” giveaway. The coats were gathered during the Legion’s summer garage sale each Saturday at the Vet’s Center in Electric City, where people donated items for the sale....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 22, 2014

Mayors reject recycling issue

The issue of a lack of a local recycling program was raised again at the Regional Board of Mayors meeting Monday afternoon. Raising the issue was Gayle Swagerty, mayor pro-tem of Coulee Dam, who was filling in for Mayor Greg Wilder who is recovering...

 

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