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Articles from the February 6, 2013 edition

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Digital projection requirement threatens local community theater

The technology of modern entertainment is arriving and the local theater will not likely survive it. Lynette Zierden and her family run the Village Cinema in Coulee Dam. They continue the business that Lynette's mother, Carole Fisher, had purchased... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 6, 2013

Police investigate homicide after Omak man found dead Sunday

An 88-year-old Omak man was found dead Feb. 9, and police are investigating his death as a homicide. On the Colville Indian Reservation just outside Omak, the vicitm was found by his daughter who...

 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 6, 2013

Two arrested at burglary scene in Electric City

Two young men face first-degree burglary charges following a midnight break-in at 16 W. Coulee Boulevard in Electric City last Wednesday. Police Chief Mel Hunt stated Monday that damages to the building and to items in the building amounted to about... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 6, 2013

Golf Course stolen money intended for fertilizer

Some $2,800 that was lingering in a 300-pound safe at the golf course, stolen last week, was from last season’s final golf tournament and had been earmarked for fertilizer. Orville Scharbach, chairman of Port District 7 commissioners, stated... Full story


New beginning

Funzee’s owner Cheryl Hoffman owner, right, and chamber of commerce President Jess Utz cut the ribbon for a grand re-opening of the store Monday at 401 Midway Ave. in Grand Coulee. Hoffman moved... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 6, 2013

Town considers process that saved schools money

The town of Coulee Dam has indicated that it would be in favor of going through a “value engineering” study of its plans for the proposed wastewater treatment plant. Town officials Monday issued a statement that they have invited an engineer from... Full story



City hall hire Russell Powers has been named deputy city clerk in Electric City. Powers replaces Debra Pifer, who recently resigned from the position. Powers has been working at the Delano Regional Transfer Station and took over his new position... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 6, 2013

Treatment plant starts lowering arsenic in water

Electric City’s new arsenic treatment plant goes into operation this week. The $1.3 million project received final adjustments by Gray & Osborne, the city’s engineering firm, and Clearwater... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 6, 2013

Council member: Bushes in bad place

Those moonglow junipers in Electric City continue to get bad reviews. Since planting 196 of the trees along SR-155 as it winds through the center of Electric City, some dozen have already been removed, and if Brad Parrish of the city council has his... Full story


Future home of …

A sign proclaiming the site of the future Coulee Regional Wellness Center went up last week across highway 174 from the Coulee Medical Center, near the grain elevators. The medical center purchased... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 6, 2013

New store manager hired

Brian Wells has been named manager of the Variety Store in Grand Coulee. Owner John Sweeden made the announcement this week. Wells, a Spokane native, replaces Daniel Klug, who died of cancer on Jan.... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 6, 2013

Ferry builders to get busy soon

Things are about to happen with the new “Sanpoil” ferry, the one that will replace the “Martha S. at Keller Ferry, sometime this year. Late last fall, a large concrete slab was poured near the Crescent Bay boat launch site where the pieces of t... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 6, 2013

Elmer City looks for engineer

Elmer City is advertising for consulting engineering firms to provide professional services for wastewater treatment planning. The request also covers an analysis of its existing system, hydro-geological investigations, evaluation of treatment... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 6, 2013

Local prosecutor proposes law change

Grant County prosecutor D. Angus Lee is proposing legislation that he says will make it harder for the mentally ill to access and misuse firearms. “In an effort to reduce criminal misuse of firearms, I am proposing a simple amendment to RCW 9.41.04... Full story


Public address

Steve Becker talks with Lowell Hensley following Becker’s chamber of commerce talk last Thursday at Pepper Jack’s. Coulee Medical Center’s director of marketing said the facility will always be... Full story


Halftime for the federal budget super bowl

Congress dropped the ball in the midst of football season when it failed to strike a deal that provided sufficient revenue to invest in the creation of jobs and the 21st century infrastructure our nation so sorely needs. The Federal Budget Super... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago The “Balde” Eagle festival returns to the Grand Coulee Dam area Feb. 14-16 for three days devoted to everything eagle. The chamber of commerce honored two members at a banquet... Full story


Daniel Jerome Klug

Daniel Jerome Klug passed away at home in his sleep after a terrific battle with cancer on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. He was born October 1, 1952, in Clintonville, Wisc. He grew up in the Weyauwega area... Full story


Arthur T. “Ted” Winiecki

December 21, 2012, wasn’t the end of the world as we know it, but it was the end of this world for Arthur T. “Ted” Winiecki, 87, of Virginia, Minn., dying that Friday, at Virginia Regional... Full story


Harold M. Portch

Harold M. Portch, 103, passed away peacefully at his home in Spokane February 1, 2013. Vigil services will be held Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m., at St. Augustine Church, 19th and Bernard in... Full story


Robert Orland “Bob” Estes

All are invited to a Memorial Celebration of Bob’s life to be held in the Community Presbyterian Church, 11 NE Cole, Wilbur, Washington at 1:00pm on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Graveside interment... Full story


Two Wednesday events coming

A meeting of the Coulee Pioneer Museum is scheduled for 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the art room above the Senior Center. Those interested in establishing a museum in the area are asked to attend. An official from the Department of Ecology will...


Smooth strokes

As part of Lake Roosevelt High School’s job shadowing program, junior Madisyn Byam sprays paint on a pickup hood at Bird’s Auto in Electric City last week. Under the guidance of Jason Kiser,... Full story


Lenten season begins at UMC

Come and join the United Methodist Church for the six-week series for the Lenten season entitled “Final Words” by Adam Hamilton. This DVD series will explore the meaning of Jesus’ last words. Materials will be provided. The event is free and... Full story


Meetings and Notices

No Noon Luncheon for Chamber The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not be holding their noon meeting this Thursday due to their Installation Banquet at 6 p.m. Members and non-members are invited to the no-host banquet RSVP 633-3074 or... Full story


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