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 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 25, 2015 

School district tightens discipline rules

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board took steps Monday night to improve conduct on school buses and in the classrooms. After a debate about priorities, the board voted to add four temporary positions to provide better discipline in selected...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 25, 2015 

Nordine willing to take mayor's seat

John Nordine, mayor pro-tem in Electric City, said last week that he would be willing to fill out the unexpired term of Mayor Jerry Sands, who is resigning. Sands will serve until the last day of February. Sands became mayor in 2009, and resigned,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 25, 2015 

Crosswalk flagged for safety

Electric City has a new crosswalk program that promotes safety, and, if successful, will be expanded to another crosswalk in the city. This week those using the crosswalk to the city's post office...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 25, 2015 

Center School building headed toward a sale

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board declared Center School and its 8.5 acre property surplus Monday night. The board authorized Superintendent Dennis Carlson to move forward and schedule a public hearing so the public could have input on the p...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 25, 2015 

Summit will explore possible facility uses

A summit on what to do with the old middle school buidling in Grand Coulee will be held at the site on March 12, from 11- 2 pm. The event is organized by a committee of the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, which is inviting various...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 18, 2015

Electric City Mayor Sands resigns

Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands has submitted his resignation, effective at the end of February. In a letter to the editor that appears in this week’s Star newspaper, Sands notes that he and his wife Connie would like to spend more time with...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 18, 2015

Electric City Council: no restrictions on outbuilding size

Electric City’s council voted to remove any restrictions on the size of accessory buildings at its meeting last Tuesday night. The city’s planning commission had sent up a litany of proposed changes to the building code, the accessory building...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 18, 2015

Artist to visit school and area

Lucinda Parker, a Portland artist who has been selected to create art for the new school, will be here next Sunday, Monday and part of Tuesday. Parker, an abstract painter, was selected from among several artists who were recommended by the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 18, 2015

Electric City agrees to half fund consolidation study

Electric City stepped up to the plate last Tuesday night and pledged up to $15,000 to move the idea of consolidating local cities along, and now the ball is in Grand Coulee’s court. The city council action was a boost for the chamber of commerce, w...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 18, 2015

Final count shows heavy support for school levy

After Thursday’s ballot tabulations, the favorable vote for Grand Coulee Dam School District’s special levy remained at more than 65 percent. The final count in the mail-in-ballot election that ended Tuesday, Feb. 10, shows 734 yes votes and 381...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 18, 2015

Poised to tighten, council instead loosens tourism purse strings

Electric City has voted to put all of its hotel/motel tax money in one account and asked its attorney to draw up an ordinance indicating this. The city council, in response to the chamber of commerce’s objections to the city holding a large reserve...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 18, 2015

New sidewalks for Elmer City

Council members in Elmer City got a glance of what the sidewalk project that will be funded by a Transportation Improvement Board grant will look like at its meeting last Thursday night. Th town was awarded the $225,375 grant by the Washington State...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 11, 2015

School levy passes by large margin

Grand Coulee Dam School District passed its four-year school levy with a whopping 65-percent approval from the four-county area, Tuesday’s results showed. It caused Karen Depew, who chairs the Citizens for Quality Education committee, to say,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Alice Day    News    February 11, 2015

Class size law could require four new classrooms, but school is full

To school officials here, and throughout the state, Initiative 1351, passed by voters in November, is just another financial unfunded nightmare. The initiative calls for smaller class sizes, an idea...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 11, 2015

Grand Coulee won't return permit fee

By a narrow 3-2 vote, the Grand Coulee City Council refused to pay back a building permit fee to Mike Horne, who wanted to move his automotive business to a new location earlier this winter. The permit fee of $650.06 was only a small portion of what...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 11, 2015

Electric City pathway proposed

Electric City is starting a process that could lead to the building of a pedestrian pathway along SR-155, using hotel/motel tax money. Council members have long hinted that the city would like to do a major tourism project using some $280,000 held...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 11, 2015

Coulee Dam police force to grow in size

Coulee Dam is getting closer to selecting its third police officer. Police Chief Pat Collins and Sgt. Larry Hall have handled law enforcement duties for over a year while waiting for the civil service commissioners to be named and to organize. The...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 11, 2015

City to order new ambulance

Grand Coulee’s volunteer fire chief, Richard Paris, has asked the council to give him authority to sign an interlocal purchasing agreement with Snohomish County Fire District 3, so Grand Coulee could “piggy-back” with that agency in the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 4, 2015

Tufts named chief of police

John Tufts is the new chief of police in Grand Coulee. Mayor Chris Christopherson named Tuft, to the applause of council members, at the city council meeting Tuesday night. Tufts, a 30-year veteran of the department, had been acting as interim chief...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 4, 2015

School levy sought to continue programs

Local school district patrons have only six days remaining to mail in their replacement levy ballots. The ballots must be postmarked by Feb. 10, to be counted. The Grand Coulee Dam School District is asking voters to approve a four-year, $1.13...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 4, 2015

High school to offer real-world experience at dam

Five Lake Roosevelt High School students will begin a pilot project at the Bureau of Reclamation in February. The project will allow upper class students at the high school to spend one day a week getting a work experience at designated locations at...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 4, 2015

Man arrested with stolen pickup

A Keller man was arrested last Wednesday at a Burdin Boulevard residence for being in possession of a stolen vehicle. Henry Alexander Palmer, 43, was arrested and taken to Grant County Jail on an outstanding warrant for driving while his license was...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 4, 2015

Bird flu concerns prompt info meetings

Recent outbreaks of Avian Flu in Washington state have prompted officials to schedule two local meetings, on Monday, Feb. 9, to provide the public and poultry growers information about the bird disease. A meeting is set for 9-10 a.m. at the Nespelem...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 4, 2015

Golf course rates rise

Members of the Banks Lake Golf Course received letters late last week of a new rate structure for annual membership. Port District 7 officials were busy Thursday preparing letters noting that single memberships and family memberships wlll each go up...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 4, 2015

Airport's new snow plow arrives, without snow

Port District 7 got its new dump truck and blade last Wednesday; but where's the snow? The truck, with an International chassis, was delivered from Wisconsin, amid a lot of fanfare, with port...

 

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