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Articles from the January 18, 2017 edition

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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... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 18, 2017

Schools will start late again Thursday

Both Lake Roosevelt and Nespelem schools will start two hours late again on Thursday, both schools said late Wednesday as warming temperatures put a slick watery surface atop built-up road ice. Nespelem School will also not hold preschool again...

 
 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... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 

Legislative leaders agree: Basic Education funding to dominate 2017 session

OLYMPIA - Finding the dollars to meet the Supreme Court's mandate to fully fund basic education as required by the state constitution is the dominant issue facing legislators in the 2017 session. A major amount of education funding is now raised... Full story

 

Winter access listed for Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

With reduced staffing and resources during the winter season, the facilities open in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area are limited, but the National Park Service unit last week listed several boat launches snowplowed on an “as needed” b... Full story

 

Many volunteers are worthy of honor

The guy who’s always helping out the neighbors, the member of your club or church who helps with just about everything, the member of the volunteer board or council who puts in countless hours on behalf citizens who often don’t know who makes loc... Full story

 

Peaceful transition a hallmark of American democracy

America is not the norm. As citizens of one of the world’s oldest constitutional republics, every American, myself included, sometimes needs reminding about the extent to which our freedoms and traditions are the exception rather than the rule in... Full story

 

Town staff doing a great job

Regardless of how some may feel about our current administration, we really sure give credit to the employees of Coulee Dam. Every time I go into the town hall for anything, the ladies are very friendly and helpful. The maintenance crew for the town... Full story

 

Abolishing Obamacare rewards wealthy, punishes working families

Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) threaten the health care of 30 million Americans and would erode some rare progress made recently to reverse America’s growing economic inequality. By taxing rich households and big... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 18, 2017

Thinking about those who gave

This past week I received a wake-up call. That came on the same day that I learned of Eldon Wilson’s passing and of Duane Frye’s illness. These two men have given more to our community and nation than we will probably ever know. Eldon sat beside... Full story

 

Sixty-seven years ago

Nine 108,000-kw generators are in steady operation in this powerhouse, in addition two small 10,000-kw units not shown. – January 6, 1950... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon, this Thursday, January 19, at the Senior Center on Main Street, Grand Coulee. Steve Phillips will be speaking about the after-school mentoring program at Lake... Full story

 

Rodeo queen chosen for 2017

The Ridge Rider Saddle Club chose their Colorama Rodeo queen last weekend, who will look familiar. Caitlin O'Neil, the 2016 queen, will again promote the local rodeo scene around the rodeo circuit.... Full story

 

Community blood drive planned

Inland Northwest Blood Center along with the Grand Coulee community blood Drive volunteers led by Melanie Slatina are planning a blood drive for Monday, January 23. Donation hours will be from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the community room in Coulee... Full story

 

It's a girl for Jack-Schmidt/Whalawitsa

Brenda M. Jack-Schmidt of Bridgeport, Washington, and Jason E. Whalawitsa of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Violet Rose Whalawitsa, born Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee,...

 

Freezing filaments

Duncan Oddie, who with his wife Marlene, owns KISSed Quilts, changes out light bulbs Sunday on the decorative strings that criss cross Main Street, a project of merchants on the street. He was one of... Full story

 

Free tax help at the senior center will begin February 14

Income tax time is here! Free tax preparation is being offered at the Grand Coulee Senior Center again this year. Volunteers trained in cooperation with IRS and AARP will be available every Tuesday, Feb 14 through April 11, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.... Full story

 

What's cookin' at the Seniors

Wed., Jan. 18 – Dinner Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes ad Gravy, Mixed Vegetables, Fruit Salad, Frosted Cake (Birthday Dinner) Thurs., Jan. 19 – Dinner Chili and Cornbread, Green Veggies, Fruited Jell-O, Brownies Fri., Jan. 20 – Breakfast German...

 

Ladies defeat the Hornets, lose to Bears

The Lady Raiders tasted both victory, on their home court last week, and a grizzly defeat on the road. Hosting the Oroville Lady Hornets in Lake Roosevelt's gym Jan. 10, everything went smoothly for... Full story

 

Raiders lose two games

The Oroville Hornets skimmed a victory last week at Lake Roosevelt from the Raiders, who also took lessons from unbeaten Brewster later in the week. The score was close all night against Oroville... Full story

 

Raiders wrestle at big Rainier tourney

Raider wrestling traveled on clear roads to Rainier, Washington, for the Sgt. Justin Norton Memorial Tournament on Saturday, where 17 schools competed. Lake Roosevelt’s seven wrestlers took 14th place with 51.5 team points against competition that... Full story

 

This week in sports

Thurs., Jan. 19 4:30 p.m., Raider Basketball at Soap Lake Sat., Jan. 21 10 a.m., Raider Wrestling at Kittitas Tournament 1 p.m., Raider Basketball here with Manson Tues., Jan. 24 4:30 p.m., Raider Basketball at Tonasket 6 p.m., Raider Wrestling at... Full story

 

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