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 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017 

Area burglaries spiked in 2016

Grand Coulee's police department showed a marked increase in the number of burglaries reported in its jurisdiction (which includes Electric City) in 2016 over what it reported for 2015, according to...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017 

School district seeks public input

Patrons of the Grand Coulee Dam School District will soon have an opportunity to officially comment about local schools. The district just recently prepared a survey, which will be online, covering a number of topics relating to different aspect of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017 

NPS to present plan for Ice Age Floods trail

Community members are encouraged to attend an Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail informational meeting Jan. 23 in Coulee Dam. The national project is to tell the story of the Ice Age Floods, which includes 16,000 square miles in four states and,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 11, 2017 

Weather forces delays at GCD and Nespelem schools

Old Man Winter interrupted Monday’s start of school, forcing a two-hour delay because of snow at both Grand Coulee Dam and Nespelem schools. In Coulee Dam, interim bus manager George Davis said roads in general were bad in all directions. He...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 4, 2017

Zoning issues complicate Center sale

The sale of Center School is made more complicated by the issue of zoning. The school district has made efforts to sell the vacated school and some additional acres, but so far no one has stepped up to the plate to make an offer. The issue of zoning...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 4, 2017

Port District reports financial turnaround for golf course

There were smiles all around last Thursday as Port District 7 officials got the year-end financial report on Banks Lake Golf Course, which they manage. At the end of 2015, port commissioners were looking at red ink to the tune of $32,000. But last...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    January 4, 2017

Skewed crime stats put Grand Coulee in first place

Grand Coulee got first place, but not necessarily the type of first place you’d want to receive. An FBI report for the state of Washington shows that Grand Coulee, for its size, was rated first in the state for burglaries for the year 2015....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 4, 2017

Elmer City passes budget after drama

Elmer City has a 2017 budget, but not without a bit of strife. It was all over a $2 an hour raise for city clerk Gary Benton. The raise and passage of the town’s $915,603 budget narrowly passed Dec. 8, with one council member, Jesse Tillman,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 28, 2016

City contracts out to clean up books

Grand Coulee is hiring an outside source to help the city reconcile its finances. The city council approved the hiring of an outside contractor to do the “reconciliation of city financial software system to city bank accounts to assure accuracy of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 28, 2016

Golf course trees down

Grant County Port District 7, which runs Banks Lake Golf Course, has cut down a number of cottonwood trees at the course. The decision was made earlier this year because roots from the trees were...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 28, 2016

Game bird program ending

The POWER program to feed game birds in the winter will soon end. Lack of “manpower” is finally catching up to the longtime program by POWER (Promoters of Wildlife and Environmental Resources). Carl Russell, longtime president of the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 28, 2016

Fire department pay change

The city of Grand Coulee is changing the way it pays for training for its volunteer fire department personnel. The council has agreed to pay the fire department a fixed monthly fee instead of payment on the number of members who show up for training...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 21, 2016

Ice Age Floods geologic trail presentations planned

The National Park Service, along with local groups, will hold a discussion of an Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail long-range interpretive plan here on Jan. 23. The meeting will take place at 1 p.m., at the Coulee Dam community room at town...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 21, 2016

Contractor wants claimed verbal agreement honored

An agreement a local contractor says he made with former mayor Ray Halsey got opposition from Electric City's mayor and council last Tuesday night. Wayne Snyder addressed the council and said that the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 21, 2016

District lands book grant

The Grand Coulee Dam School District received a grant from the Washington State Library Dec. 13, to enhance reading material for Native American students. The grant will provide more than 80 books, with emphasis on Native Americans and their...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 14, 2016

Restaurant to open next spring at casino

The Colville Tribes’ expanded Coulee Dam Casino will open in late February or March, Chief Operating Officer of Colville Gaming John MacClain said last week. The $3.2 million project was started about a year ago, and will include full dining...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 14, 2016

Local cowboy champ sets another record

Shane Proctor has done it again. This time Proctor picked up the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo "average championship" this past weekend after 10 days of competition in Las Vegas, a feat he...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 14, 2016

After fire, home electricity turned on again

Coulee Dam police and fire officials discovered last Thursday that a resident had possibly jumped an electrical meter that had been turned off after a Dec. 5 garage fire. Town officials had turned the meter off at 415 North Columbia and requested...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 14, 2016

City clerk Perman to retire

Jackie Perman will retire in April next year as city clerk in Electric City, she announced last week. "We will miss her; she has done a wonderful job for the city," Mayor John Nordine II, said...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 14, 2016

Locally-raised alpaca meat found to be mild

Maybe sometime soon you will find alpaca meat in the delicacy section of your local meat market. Alpaca meat? That's right, alpaca meat! Local alpaca ranchers Merv and MaryJo Monteith are teaming...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 7, 2016

People meet for a "community watch" start

In a spirit of concern and cooperation, Coulee Dam had its first “Community Watch” meeting last Tuesday night. About 45 people turned out at the old stone church in Coulee Dam, to discuss the rash of burglaries and car prowls that have occurred...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 7, 2016

Change planned for PUD office

Grant County PUD plans to switch its Grand Coulee office to a drive-up service sometime early next year. Speaking for the PUD, public affairs manager Thomas Stredwick said Tuesday that there will still be a public presence at the Grand Coulee...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    December 7, 2016

No bidders for Center School building

The proposed sale of Center School failed to receive any bids, school officials stated Monday. That makes twice that the school district has requested bidders to buy the Center School and property. Both times no one offered bids. Deadline for the cur...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Community    December 7, 2016

Bikes raffledfor city park

A raffle to benefit a new park in Electric City has raised $500, City Councilmember Lonna Bussert said Monday. Bussert has held two picnic celebrations and now the raffle of two bicycles to raise over $4,000 toward development of the new park behind...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    November 30, 2016

Kids line up for Santa at North Dam Park

About 80 children showed up to see Santa Claus and to take part in a "cake walk" program last Saturday at North Dam Park. A number of local citizens provided cakes, some 25 in all, to be passed out...

 

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