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 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...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 22, 2014 

New logo coming for Electric City

Electric City is inching closer to a new logo. The council looked at four samples developed by graphic artist Richard Button and council members had a good time selecting the one they liked. The problem was that several preferences were noted. At...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 15, 2014

Electric City leaning towards bigger is better

Proponents of larger accessory buildings in Electric City made some headway at a city planning commission meeting a week ago. It is expected that the planning commission will recommend to the city council that zoning be changed to allow 1,728 square...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 15, 2014

Grand Coulee lifts lot coverage restrictions

The city of Grand Coulee, by ordinance, has lifted restrictions on lot coverage. As a result of the ordinance, passed Oct. 7, there will be no lot coverage restrictions on all but one zone (C-H) in the city. That zone will allow 75 percent coverage...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 15, 2014

27 years and millions of fish

If you believe Banks Lake is a good place to fish, then you can thank a couple of local men who helped make it happen. Reg Morgan, long since retired from U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Bill Brashears,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 15, 2014

Town to follow cross-connection water program

Elmer City council passed a cross-connection water system program at its meeting last week. The object of the cross connection program is to reduce the risk of contamination of the public water system. Officials also stated that the new program will...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 8, 2014

Rec district moving forward with center planning

The Coulee Area Park & Recreation District is moving forward on the planning of an “Aquatic Wellness and Fitness Center.” District President Bob Valen said Monday that the district will soon advertise for qualified firms to indicate an interest...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 8, 2014

Business owner gets hope for zoning problem

A local businessman who wants to relocate his business despite resistance from Grand Coulee left a city council meeting Tuesday night with some hope. Mike Horne, owner of MPH on Midway, wants to relocate his car and boat repair business a few...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 8, 2014

Moses Lake firm to clean up property

A burned out house at 611 Holly Street in Coulee Dam is going to get cleaned up. The town accepted bids from Eastside Wood Recycling of Moses Lake to rid the property of the buildings and vegetation....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 8, 2014

Water line project underway

The waterline project to service Sunbanks Lake Resort is underway. The $300,000-plus project, first scheduled to begin in April, was started late last month and will provide Electric City water to the popular resort. While the overall project is bein...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 8, 2014

Water line project underway

The waterline project to service Sunbanks Lake Resort is underway. The $300,000-plus project, first scheduled to begin in April, was started late last month and will provide Electric City water to the popular resort. While the overall project is bein...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 8, 2014

SHARP Kids to focus on STEM activities

This year’s SHARP Kids program will kick off Oct. 28, as part of a new and enlarged five-year $1.3 million grant. Kids in the program will get a heavy STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related curriculum experience with hands-on...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 1, 2014

Golf course heading toward black

The port district is inching its way into the black at Banks Lake Golf Course. Grant County Port District 7 is about to end its third year as caretaker of the 18-hole golf course. In its first management year, the district invested about $100,000 to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 24, 2014

Electric City will negotiate on land for park

One Electric City council member’s dream of a city park could soon be a reality. Lonna Bussert, who has shown interest in park matters ever since she has been on the city council, has finally started the ball rolling on getting one. Mayor Jerry...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 24, 2014

Grand Coulee Police Chief Mel Hunt is retiring

Police Chief Mel Hunt retires next Tuesday after 39 years of service in Grand Coulee. It all started for him in 1975, when Hunt signed on as a reserve officer. Then things happened fast, and he was...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 24, 2014

School census counts 719

Grand Coulee Dam School District had 719 students for its official start-of-the-year count last Thursday. That’s about a full classroom more than the district had at its first day count last September. The official count was 719 students. This...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 24, 2014

New school libraries get new books

The two new libraries at Coulee Dam schools have a lot of new books. And more are on the way. A good share of the new books in the elementary and secondary libraries have been placed there by North Central Library District, and Director Dan Howard...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 24, 2014

New sewage equipment replaces old before a breakdown

Coulee Dam town officials had their fingers crossed that a new clarifier would arrive before the old 35-year unit quit on them. It came Tuesday, and true to operator Tim Lynch's report to the town...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 17, 2014

Grand Coulee was $250k behind in billing Electric City

Since 2011, Grand Coulee hasn’t billed Electric City for its share of the cost of operating and maintaining the wastewater treatment plant the two cities jointly own. Grand Coulee City Clerk Carol Boyce acknowledged Tuesday that the billings...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    September 17, 2014

New LR school opens with plenty of fanfare and lots of students

The new school complex in Coulee Dam opened Monday without a serious glitch. But there were kids, kids, and more kids. Following years of declines, student numbers on Monday were 22 percent more than...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 17, 2014

Water rate meeting gets contentious

Coulee Dam residents got a taste of the difficulties in coming up with a fair water rate for the town at a public meeting last Wednesday night. The audience got to hear and see how an increasing block rate would work in determining future water...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 17, 2014

Street, restroom problems discussed

A business owner and local citizen proved that you can take on city hall, you just don’t always win. Ray Duclos had a lot to say about a pavement issue near Harvest Foods, the family business, and the cleaning of a restroom at Mason City Park at...

 

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