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 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 22, 2017 

Electric City and Elmer City slowly collecting vehicle tax for streets

Cities and towns that have formed Transportation Benefit Districts have been slowly racking up some extra money for streets, even a little they shouldn’t have. Elmer City and Electric City have both formed the special districts; Grand Coulee and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 22, 2017 

Several trails proposed in city plan

Parts of Electric City’s proposed trail system received the most “push back” of any of the features of the city’s Pathway and Revitalization plan. In workshops and before the council, local residents expressed their opposition to a planned...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 22, 2017 

Council seat already drawing interest

Electric City will fill its vacated council position April 11, City Clerk Jackie Perman said last week. Perman stated that the city will advertise the vacancy March 22 and 29, and turn the names over to the council for its selection. Brad Parrish...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 22, 2017 

GCDA Chamber honors two

The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Installation Banquet last Thursday night at the Melody Restaurant in Coulee Dam. The chamber annually makes an award to its "Achiever of t...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 15, 2017

Grant will help Elmer City access trail

Residents of Elmer City could develop a healthier lifestyle as a result of a $250,000 grant the town received last week for a plan that calls for a trail along the Lower River Road that will link some town streets to the Down River Trail. Elmer City...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 15, 2017

Survey tabulated, Pathway and Revitalization plan ready for council

Electric City's Pathway and Revitalization project has been through a public input process and will soon go before the city council for adoption. The project had three community workshops, been...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 15, 2017

No new recycling or trailer for transfer station

The Regional Board of Mayors discussed adding a new trailer at the Delano Transfer Station, and recycling, but didn’t act on either issue Monday. Randy Gumm, manager of the transfer station, had asked that the mayors consider purchasing another...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 15, 2017

Local recycling options detailed

There are a number of places within the Grand Coulee area where people can recycle or dispose of items. The idea of recycling has often come up at the Regional Board of Mayors, but not acted on because some of the towns involved don’t want to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 8, 2017

Elmer City will get $250k "Complete Streets" grant

Elmer City received word this week that it has been awarded a “Complete Streets” grant from the state Department of Transportation’s “Transportation Improvement Board.” Elmer City had been nominated by an unidentified agency for the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 8, 2017

Ice Age features prominent in city plan

The Electric City 25-year Pathway and Revitalization plan would change the face of the city by adding a number of visual treats. While the plan suggests a number of changes, it will depend on successful grant applications to become a reality. Its...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 8, 2017

Elmer City holding back on treatment payments to Coulee Dam

Elmer City and Coulee Dam are in a stink over less than $1,000 in current sewage treatment bills. Elmer City has recalculated Coulee Dam’s third quarter wastewater treatment bill by $870.74, according to exchanges between the two towns. Elmer City...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 8, 2017

Frustration with crime voiced at community watch meeting

People are frustrated with crime and feel powerless to do anything about it. That was evident at Tuesday night's Community Watch meeting held at the Almira/Coulee Dam Community Church. It was the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 8, 2017

Bus damaged when it hits ditch

One of Grand Coulee Dam School District's buses received damage to its front end last Thursday about 7:15 a.m. when the driver swerved off the road near Nespelem to avoid hitting a vehicle in front...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 1, 2017

Classroom space tight at new school

Money makes the world go around, and it also builds school classrooms. Both classrooms and money are in short supply at the Grand Coulee Dam School District, just three years after opening the new Lake Roosevelt Schools complex in 2014. Currently,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 1, 2017

Two new parks in new Electric City plan

Electric City’s 25-year Pathway and Revitalization plan is complete. This week, the Star newspaper looks at two new city parks as they are outlined in the plan. Funding for parts of the Pathway and Revitalization is anticipated through grants as...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 1, 2017

Meeting to organize community against crime

An organizational community watch meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Almira/Coulee Dam Community Church. The meeting is a follow-up to an initial meeting held early in December, and is being organized by Ed Bartley. About 50 peopl...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Community    February 1, 2017

Mumps outbreak includes Grant County

There are over 250 probable and confirmed cases of mumps in Washington, including cases in Grant, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane and Yakima counties. The Grant County Health District encouraged residents to take every precaution to help stop the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 25, 2017

Arrest made in store burglary

Police have arrested one person and are looking for additional suspects in the burglary of Loepp Furniture early Sunday morning, Jan. 15. Officers Adam Florenzen and Chris McClanahan took part in the apprehension of a 34-year-old Omak woman, Darcy...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 25, 2017

Community watch meeting slated

A follow-up “community watch” meeting in Coulee Dam has been set for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Almira/Coulee Dam Community Church, according to Ed Bartley. A feeling that the crime rate in Coulee Dam was rising rapidly spurred the first...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 25, 2017

School district, city to meet on school

An upcoming visit between two local governments could help prevent a big local asset from degrading into a permanent eyesore. The Grand Coulee Dam School District has been invited to Grand Coulee’s next planning commission meeting on Feb. 8, to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 25, 2017

Councilman resigns as wife is hired

Brad Parrish has resigned his position on Electric City’s council. Parrish submitted his resignation after he learned that his wife had been selected as deputy clerk. The council meets next Feb. 14, and is expected to accept Parrish’s...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 25, 2017

Ice Age Trail gathers pieces of a puzzle

The National Park Service Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail is like a giant jigsaw puzzle; the whole is there to see, but the problem is how to put the pieces together. Denise Bausch, NPS chief o...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    School    January 25, 2017

Superintendent gets his actual title

Yes, the Grand Coulee Dam School District does have a superintendent! A glitch when Paul Turner took over the superintendent position last August was fixed by the school board Monday night. It was one of those things where someone forgot to cross a...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 18, 2017

Fire chief: Fireworks ordinance would be "over governing"

A city law proposed months ago to regulate fireworks in Electric City has gone “poof” last Tuesday night after the fire chief insisted it wasn’t needed. The ordinance was doomed after volunteer fire Chief Mark Payne appeared before the council...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 18, 2017

Local spot in four-state national trail subject of talk

The most dramatic feature of a proposed four-state trail is centered locally, and residents can learn all about it next Monday afternoon. People can learn how this region will play a small but signifi...

 

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