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 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...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 18, 2017 

Pathway plan almost ready for review

Electric City’s Pathway and Revitalization plan is about three-fourths of the way complete, and should be ready for review within a few weeks, the city council learned last week. The plan is being developed by a Washington State University group...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 18, 2017 

Two resigning from GCD school district

The Grand Coulee Dam School District directors accepted the resignations of two veteran employees at its meeting Jan. 10. Resigning were teacher and Current Technical Education Director Kathy Proctor, and Human Resource Director Mandi Stack. Proctor...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 18, 2017 

City may build wall in developing park

Electric City may still get started on its new park behind the fire station early this year. A discussion at last week’s council meeting provided some hope to Councilmember Lonna Bussert that work on a needed retaining wall could be done after the...

 
 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...

 

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