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 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 22, 2017 

Man convicted on stolen property charge

A Grand Coulee man awaits sentencing in Grant County Superior Court after being found guilty in a jury trial last week. Melvin Toulou Jr. 43, was convicted Thursday of one count of possession of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 22, 2017 

Two school boards to meet tonight

The Grand Coulee Dam and Nespelem school districts’ boards of directors will hold a joint meeting tonight (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at La Presa Restaurant in Grand Coulee to discuss items of mutual interest. The meeting is open to the public. Coulee Da...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 22, 2017 

Electric City steering group to meet March 23

A meeting is schedule for Thursday this week to move Electric City’s Pathway and Revitalization plan forward. The local committee steering the plan will meet from 3-5 p.m. March 23, at Electric City’s city hall, in the council chambers. The...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 22, 2017 

Golf course cleanup set for this weekend

There's a fever sweeping over the coulee area that comes about the same time each year, not the kind that the clinic can deal with. It's golf time at Banks Lake Golf Course! The official opening is Ap...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 15, 2017

Town has grant in hand for trail connections

You've heard it said that "the check is in the mail." Well, this one is in the hand! That check for $250,000 arrived last week for Elmer City's "Complete Streets" project. City Clerk Gary Benton and p...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 15, 2017

Awarded firefighting scholarship

An Electric City man has received one of two scholarships offered by the state to study structural firefighting. Joshua Reeding, who recently moved to the area from Victorville, California, won an 11-...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    School    March 15, 2017

Survey gives guidance to school leaders

Curriculum, students, and staff received the most comments from a recent Lake Roosevelt School survey that was made available to patrons in the area. The survey was taken to provide some guidance to a team of school district personnel and local...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 8, 2017

Plea deal includes no jail time for clerk

A former Mosquito District 2 clerk pled guilty to one count of first-degree theft in Grant County Superior Court Monday. A second count of first-degree theft, relating to an alleged misappropriation of funds of just over $129,000, was dismissed...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 8, 2017

New carnival will serve Colorama this year

Colorama will have a new carnival this year, Rainier Amusements, out of Portland, Oregon, the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week. The new carnival is one of the featured attractions for this year’s Colorama Festival, May...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 8, 2017

Winter hard on schools

The Grand Coulee Dam School District has had its problems with the harsh winter, and will have to repair sidewalk and playground concrete walkway problems when spring arrives. Sidewalks in front of the new school have had surface problems and the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 1, 2017

Schools contemplate greater grad requirements

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board had two issues on its agenda Monday night for passage; neither made it in a three-plus-hour-long, marathon meeting. The issues were new high school graduation requirements and a two-year school calendar....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 1, 2017

District learns options for clearing a path to sale of old school

The Grand Coulee Dam School District met with Grand Coulee’s planning commission Feb. 15 and received first hand some of the options it faces in selling the Center School property. Superintendent Paul Turner stated late last week that the meeting...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 1, 2017

System constipation leads to big charge in city's bill

Timing is everything, even when it involves a bill between two cities. A billing issue followed a lengthy discussion among Grand Coulee’s city council members last week as they tried to come to grips with a contract agreement between the city and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 1, 2017

City park could be renamed for pro bull rider

Grand Coulee could soon have a park dedicated to world-champion bull rider Shane Proctor. A proposal was made to the Grand Coulee City Council Feb. 21 by Bob Valen, who made the request on behalf of the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 1, 2017

City considers carts and ORVs on streets

The question of allowing golf carts and off-road vehicles to move freely on Grand Coulee streets came up again at the city council meeting Feb. 21. It was immediately given a cold shoulder by former mayor and present Councilmember Tammara Byers. She...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 1, 2017

Area resident wins lottery

What do you do when you win $5 million in the lottery? One Grand Coulee resident, Earl “Ray” McDonald, who won the $5 million lottery last Nov. 28, is probably still trying to figure that out. McDonald, who purchased the winning ticket from the...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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