Articles from the February 29, 2012 edition

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High tension

Astride high-tension power lines due to come down, a lineman working for Wilson Construction reaches for a grappling hook lowered from a helicopter Tuesday atop towers in the park below Grand Coulee... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    February 29, 2012

Majority owners won’t open golf course this year

Members were informed by email last week that Banks Lake Golf and Country Club will not open this year. The announcement was made by Russ and Ida Horn, managing partners of the course. The email stated that the course would revert back to Port... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    February 29, 2012

Colvilles settle government claims for $193 million

The Colville Business Council has approved an agreement to settle the Colville Tribes’ claims against the United States for an accounting of trust funds and mismanagement of tribal trust assets, CBC Chairman Michael O. Finley announced Friday. The... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    February 29, 2012

Town to hire a records manager

A recent increase in requests for public documents will lead to an extra employee at town hall. Coulee Dam’s town council approved the hiring of a “records management” person at its meeting last Wednesday night. Town Clerk Carol Visker asked... Full story


One game at a time

Coach Brad Wilson and the Raiders get ready to break from a time-out strategy session at the regional game against Waitsburg/Prescott Friday night at Walla Walla High School. The Raiders won the... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    February 29, 2012

BPA bumping up Coulee Dam compensation

Payments by Bonneville Power Administration to the town of Coulee Dam related to its power line project are inching upward. The town council learned last Wednesday that BPA has agreed to pay the town $5 a cubic yard for dirt it intends to deposit on... Full story



School help winding through Congress Language encouraged by 4th Dist. Congressman Doc Hastings is included in two bills that passed out of committee Tuesday and could help local schools. HR 3990 would support the inclusion of Grand Coulee Dam School... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    February 29, 2012

Employees complain about school air

Staff members of Center Elementary School took their complaints about air quality in their school directly to the school board Monday night. An aide at the school, Aaron Derr, addressed the board to highlight a list of illnesses claimed by teachers... Full story


Prediction: event could grow large

Ridge Riders President George Kohout thinks a new event the club is planning could become as big or bigger than the annual Colorama Rodeo in May. The new “ranch rodeos” planned for June 30 and Sept. 22 will bring a lot of people into town,... Full story


Our take on the headlines

The Colville Tribes’ settlement with the federal government over mismanagment of tribal assets held in trust is a good thing for the tribes and for this area. With a little over 9,000 members, the Colville membership and their leaders can do some... Full story


Thanks for support of Balde Eagle Education Festival

I would like to personally, and professionally, on behalf of Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area and the National Park Service, thank the Grand Coulee Community for your support of the 2012 Balde Eagle Education Festival! The tremendous... Full story


March is Red Cross Month

March is Red Cross Month in recognition of the work done by the American Red Cross in communities across the country and around the globe – and of how we depend on public support to help people in need. Thanks to support from individuals,... Full story


Community Newspapers: “the heartbeat of American journalism”

Localism is trending today in the realms of food and finance. The institution of the local community newspaper is also popular, but it wasn’t blogged into being - it was born long before videos started going viral. Major metropolitan newspapers may... Full story


Coulee Recollections - State B Champs 53 Years Ago

Ten Years Ago Proposed cuts in the governor’s 2002 budget could lead to large changes in long-term health care in the Grand Coulee Dam area. “Bottom line is, whatever happens it will impact long-t... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 2/21 - Police got a call from a Coulee Dam reserve officer that he was following a car near Jones Bay whose driver appeared to be under the influence. An officer arrived at the scene where the vehicle was stopped, but the driver d... Full story


Nora L. Cantrell

Nora Cantrell, 63, was born January 8, 1949, in Austin, Texas, to Robert Jr. and Bertha Mae Miller and passed away on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, with her... Full story


George L. Farmer

George L. Farmer, a man that considered the Grand Coulee Dam area his lifetime home, lost a long, hard argument with Alzheimer’s and left peacefully for bass fishing in Heaven on December 14, 2011.... Full story


John Steven Larson

John Steven Larson, 63, peacefully passed away on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, with family by his side. John was born on March 5, 1948, in Walnut Ridge, Ark. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1966... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon on Thursday, March 1, at Pepper Jack’s Bar and Grille. PTA to Meet PTA will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Center School library. Everyone is welcome.... Full story


On to State

The Raiders head to the Spokane Arena on Thursday after defeating Waitsburg/Prescott in the regional matchup at Walla Walla High School last Friday, 70-53. Ty Egbert continues to show why he is being... Full story


Boys named to all-league teams

The Raider boys’ basketball program was well represented last week when the All Central Washington North team selections were announced. Ty Egbert was chosen as the league’s most valuable player for his tremendous season and dominance on the... Full story


Shifting populations will change regional sports

Changing school populations will realign sports league dynamics, affecting locals athletes and fans. For Lake Roosevelt sports, the changes — from the number of 2B schools in the state to the... Full story


School board addresses resignations

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board Monday night approved a number of sports appointments and resignations and dealt with a request for a leave of absence Sports appointments included Jenny Wilson, to Grand Coulee Dam Middle School head... Full story


Bowling Scores

TUESDAY HI LO’S TEAM W L Riverview Lanes 21 15 Sunflower Graphics 21 15 Pepsi 21 15 Melody 20 16 KEYG 14590 17 19 Fullers 8 28 High Game: Riverview Lanes 469; Karen 179 High Series: Riverview Lanes 1292; Karen 490 Splits: Jean 3-10; Winnie 5-6;... Full story


Republican Caucuses Saturday

Local Republican caucuses for Washington State will be held this Saturday, March 3, for Electric City, Banks Lake and Northshore Estates at Center School. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. with the caucuses beginning at 10 a.m.... Full story


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