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 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 28, 2016 

School bus driver shortage looms

The Grand Coulee Dam School District is “seriously” short of bus drivers. Recruiting bus drivers hasn’t worked, and “advertising for them the past few years has failed to replace retiring drivers,” bus manager Bill Kemble said this week....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 28, 2016 

City presses ahead with controversial plan

Electric City has adopted its Revitalization and Pathways plan by a 5-0 council vote and is already moving ahead to accomplish one of its goals — sidewalks and curbing along SR-155 as it goes through the city’s business district. The city has...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 28, 2016 

Two seek appointment to council

Two residents have indicated interest in the vacant council seat in Grand Coulee. The city had advertised for someone to fill the vacancy that occurred when Erin Nielsen resigned after taking job in Boise, Idaho. Expressing an interest in serving...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 28, 2016 

Four towns cooperate on paving grant

Area vehicles could have a lot of sticky tar on their tires if a four-town request for grants to chip seal a number of area streets comes through in October. Four towns have applied for a state Transportation Improvement Board chip seal grant...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 28, 2016 

Gas thieves drill and drain tanks

Jess Ford of Grand Coulee has had 15 vehicles' fuel tanks drilled by thieves in the past four months. Several of the tanks were drilled while inside a fenced-in storage area off Van Tyne Avenue, just...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 21, 2016

School board sets four main goals

The school board has set four main goals as the Grand Coulee Dam School District heads into the new school year. Superintendent Paul Turner and members of the board met in a long evening retreat to discuss school affairs and to set some specific goal...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 21, 2016

Councilmember reprimanded

The Electric City Council reprimanded one of its own members for violating rules of procedure at its meeting last Tuesday night. The complaint against Councilmember Birdie Hensley originated from an online posting she’d made that stated that...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 21, 2016

Pathway discussion lists fears and research

A large number of “not in my neighborhood” trail opponents turned out last Tuesday night to express their fears about Electric City’s Pathway and Trails plan. Their appearance and comments dominated the first half of the city council meeting,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 21, 2016

Bus garage hit by thieves again

Thieves hit the school district's bus operation again last weekend. This time they siphoned gas from one bus and stole two batteries from the district's boom truck. Bus officials stated early Tuesday...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 21, 2016

Bowden joins C.D. police

Paul Bowden joined the Coulee Dam police force Monday. Bowden comes to the Coulee Dam Police Department from Wilbur where he served as an officer for 12 years. The new officer was appointed a sergeant. Coulee Dam has been advertising for a police...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 21, 2016

Best of Northwest grill it out

It was like grill heaven Sunday at North Dam Park. Seventeen grills were cooking and grill masters turned out from Idaho, Oregon and throughout Washington, going after prize money and having fun at the same time. Many of the top 10 competitors in...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 14, 2016

Harvest Festival offers fun this weekend

This would be a good weekend to stay in the Coulee and take advantage of the many facets of the fifth annual Harvest Festival. Gather the kids, the grandkids, and be at North Dam Park for a celebration designed for all ages. The Grand Coulee Dam Area...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 14, 2016

Run the Dam race set for this Saturday

So you’ve always wanted to run across Grand Coulee Dam. Now is your opportunity! Join the third annual Run the Dam crowd, at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, and take part in one of the scheduled distance runs - 5K, 10K, or half marathon. The event...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 14, 2016

Elmer City will fight Coulee Dam lawsuit

Elmer City hired its own lawyer in response to a threatened lawsuit from the town of Coulee Dam. The Elmer City Council was unanimous in its decision last Thursday night to oppose a lawsuit by Coulee Dam, which claims it is owed some $55,000 in...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 14, 2016

Group wants public meeting on consolidation

The Regional Board of Mayors heard Monday of plans for public meetings to further explore the idea of consolidating local towns. Presenting for the chamber of commerce’s Economic Development Council was Bob Valen, a member of the group. He said...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Community    September 14, 2016

Free food distribution set for next week

There will be free food at the Zion Lutheran Church Thursday, September 22. That’s right, free food. It’s made possible through Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest, and co-sponsored by Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union and Microsoft Data Center...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 14, 2016

District adding security to stop theft

The school district plans to build a security fence behind the bus garage to try to stop the flow of recent thefts. Superintendent Paul Turner told the school board Monday night that the security measures would cost the district about $16,000. He...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 7, 2016

School crowding could lead to the "P" word

The school board is being pushed to make decisions on overcrowding at the new school. Could a portable classroom be in the district’s future? It’s a possibility, says Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Paul Turner. The most critical...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 7, 2016

Car thefts, prowls increasing locally

Car thefts and prowls have been on the increase in the area for the past few months, according to law enforcement officials. Grand Coulee police Chief John Tufts said last week that there are a number of factors in the rise of crime involving...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 7, 2016

Pig for the Park picnic is Saturday

It’s “Pig for the Park” time again in Electric City. The community picnic to benefit a park will happen Saturday, Sept. 10, the second year running. City Councilmember Lonna Bussert is spearheading the picnic again this year. It begins at noon...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 7, 2016

Harvest Festival to offer a host of activities

There’s truly something to do for everyone at this year’s Harvest Festival, Sept. 17-18 at North Dam Park. Some things you need to get registered for and are unique, to say the least. Get a team of six together and register for the Human...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 7, 2016

Run will benefit local breast cancer cause

The Coulee Medical Center Guild will kick off its plans for a Breast Cancer Run at the upcoming Harvest Festival, Sept. 17-18. Guild President Clea Pryor said her group will have a booth at the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 7, 2016

School starts with a crowd

Lake Roosevelt schools were swamped last Wednesday night as students and parents were introduced to teachers and staff in anticipation of Tuesday's school opening. Students on the elementary side...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 31, 2016

Pair taking over managing fish- raising project

The fish pens in Electric City have a new manager, in fact a pair of them. Carl Russell, who has managed the fish pens for the past 25 years and is retiring, said last week that Greg Anderson and Bob...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 31, 2016

LR schools start with new leaders

Students of Lake Roosevelt Schools will return to classrooms Tuesday, Sept. 6, and will be welcomed by a number of new leaders. Superintendent Paul Turner will begin his first year as the education leader, replacing Dennis Carlson, who retired June...

 

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