Articles from the January 25, 2012 edition

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 By Roger Lucas    News    January 25, 2012

BPA, town to meet tonight on powerline project

Town officials will have another opportunity tonight (Wednesday) to offer input on the Bonneville Power Administration’s Third Powerhouse powerline project. BPA’s senior project manager, Mark A.... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 25, 2012

Feds meet with school officials

School district and federal officials met last week to talk about federal impacts on local schools. Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson met with Bureau of Reclamation Project Manager Mark Jenson and others last Thursday so... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 25, 2012

Mayoral-job conflict is averted

The Bureau of Reclamation has raised the possibility of conflict of interest with its Grand Coulee Project budget director, Chris Christopherson, also being mayor of Grand Coulee. The city council moved quickly last Tuesday night to correct the... Full story


City awards arsenic plant contract

Clearwater Construction of Spokane has won the bid to build Electric City’s arsenic treatment plant. That company’s bid of $1,310,985, was about $15,000 under the second-place bid placed by Halme Construction of Davenport. The city’s... Full story



Eagle fest slated for February The Balde Eagle Festival will be held here Feb. 23, according to Janice Elvidge of the National Park Service. The need is for volunteers and housing, Elvidge said Tuesday. West Valley Outdoor Learning Center officials w... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    January 25, 2012

No leads on missing woman

A missing woman’s mother still hasn’t turned up anything helpful in finding Jamie Marie Breckenridge, 42, who has been unaccounted for since Jan. 8. Carol Ann Estrada, of Elmer City, said she is working on getting a court order to get her... Full story


Water contract amended

Grand Coulee has amended its contract to supply potable water to the Bureau of Reclamation. The council voted Tuesday night last week to alter the contract to reflect the cost of a new water meter and work the city crew did to install and calibrate... Full story


Piercing development

Lake Roosevelt High School Principal Brad Wilson gets his ear pierced Friday after students met a fund-raising challenge. The ASB raised $1222.19 through donations during Winterfest Week last week to... Full story


The sticker shock of Washington’s consumer health-care costs in 2020

The coming year will determine whether — or in what form — health reform survives. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on reform’s constitutionality before it adjourns in June. If it surv... Full story


Re: “Engineers present multimillion dollar sewer project to Coulee Dam”

It is too bad, that public funded projects are so expensive! Unfortunately, most projects like this are designed by large engineering firms whose pay is based on the cost of the project. Why would they have any incentive at all to save the customer... Full story


Tanners say farewell

After a blissful and tranquil four years in the Grand Coulee area, I have retired from Coulee Medical Center, will be released as bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, plan to move closer to our family near Vancouver, Wash., and... Full story


Give the new place a chance

I have seen businesses in this area come and go. For the few years that I have been here it seems like there isn't a lot of local support for the newcomer, especially if you are not from this area. I know times are tough but we occasionally eat out... Full story


Former NBC legal exec warns of looming threat to free speech in the U.S.

The man who served as NBC-TV’s legal counsel for 25 years warns the FCC is poised to resurrect broad censorship rules that were revoked in 1987 because of their chilling effect on both free speech and the television press. Corydon B. Dunham says...


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Last night a project to connect the water in Electric City’s aquifer to Grand Coulee’s water supply might have taken one step closer to reality. The Electric City town council voted unanimously last night to allow Mayor Ray Halsey... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The GCD Chamber of Commerce will hold its regular meeting this Thursday, Jan. 26 at noon at Pepper Jack’s Bar and Grille in Grand Coulee. Order of Eastern Star to Meet The regular meeting of the Order of Eastern Star will be held... Full story


Sanfords celebrate 70th anniversary

Frank and Elaine Sanford will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary with their family next month. The couple were united in marriage January 22, 1942. They both were born and raised in the... Full story


Victor R. Pickett

Victor R. Pickett, 91, born August 27, 1920 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Howard Le Roy and Emma Pickett, passed away at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee on January 21, 2012. Victor graduated from... Full story