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 News    March 6, 2013

Newsbriefs

Spring Ahead Set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10. City joins EDC The city council in Electric City voted last week to support Grant County’s Economic Development program with a dona...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 6, 2013

Updated -- Major accident occurred at Grand Coulee Dam

The explosion at Grand Coulee Dam this morning was not a transformer or a generator, but a line and equipment connecting the two. Conflicitng reports this morning suggested that one or the other had...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 6, 2013

Sequestration in the coulee means uncertainty

In this community, whose economy is based overwhelmingly on a federal payroll and outsourced contracts, not a lot is yet certain about how the latest fiscal political drama emanating from the other Washington will play out. “Sequestration”...

 
 News    March 6, 2013

Big tent for a big boat

Workers at Crescent Bay fasten the tarp-like covering over high steel frames of a covering under which to assemble the new Keller ferry. Soon workers from Foss Maritime will be assembling the new...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 6, 2013

Engineers lay out rationale, timing for plant project

A rehash of Coulee Dam’s wastewater treatment plant project dominated the town’s regular council meeting last Wednesday night. Gray & Osborne engineers Jeff Stevens and John Wilson took the council and about 15 people who attended the meeting dow...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 6, 2013

Engineer: double loan period would reduce rates

Gray & Osborne engineers outlined ways for Coulee Dam and Elmer City to get their monthly sewer rates down in a letter to Coulee Dam mayor Quincy Snow that was distributed after last Wednesday’s city council meeting. Coulee Dam residents currently...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 6, 2013

Airport to get snow plow, building

The local airport’s runways will be kept open in winter with a new snowplow. Port District 7 commissioners learned Thursday that they will get a new replacement truck with snow plow equipment, plus a building to house it. A $265,000 grant from the...

 
 News    March 6, 2013

Can’t beat free

Car owners wait in line for a free car wash Friday at the end of a two-day free car wash event at Jack’s Four Corners. The giveaway followed a rebuild of the car wash and was a complete success,...

 
 News    March 6, 2013

Benefits include night vision

A presenter from Northwest Medstar states her organization’s features to chamber of commerce members at their Thursday luncheon at Pepper Jack’s. She noted the airborne ambulance service’s...

 
 News    March 6, 2013

Coulee Dam’s charges to Elmer City detailed

Coulee Dam officials did the math last week after someone said they thought Elmer City residents paid too much for Coulee Dam to handle the smaller town’s wastewater. The average amount per residential unit that Coulee Dam charges Elmer City is...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 6, 2013

Port commissioner to resign

Jerry Birdwell will resign as a Port District 7 commissioner effective April 1, he advised Chairman Orville Scharbach on Thursday. Birdwell stated Friday that he had a number of things going on that will require that he leave the board. He was named...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 6, 2013

Councilmember objects to joining chamber

Sensing a sticky wicket, Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands took the issue of joining the chamber of commerce off the city council’s agenda last Tuesday night and it will appear on the agenda again,March 12. The $100 joining fee got an immediate...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 6, 2013

Councilman wants it clear, no dope on job’

Electric City’s Bob Rupe has asked that the city’s drug and alcohol policy be reviewed by attorneys so it includes the use of marijuana and other controlled substances. He wrote in a recommendation to the council that language be included in the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 6, 2013

Meetings changed to one a month

The Electric City Council has decided to cut its meetings from two a month to one. Mayor Jerry Sands said the city had caught up on updating its ordinances and got the arsenic treatment plant up and running, so the amount of business for the council...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 6, 2013

An opportunity to make a difference

With the announcement least week of an upcoming vacancy on Port District 7’s commission, someone wishing to make a difference for the community got another opportunity. Port districts across the...

 
 By Carl Russell    Opinion    March 6, 2013

Re: “Bureau cuts eagle roosting trees on lake”

The main reason the trees were cut down is because they were rotten, and every time the wind blew large limbs were coming down and getting dangerous to anyone or anything there. I was told by BOR they did a core sample and found all the trees had...

 
 By center staff    Opinion    March 6, 2013

Thanks for a job well read

Thank you to the following who read to our classes to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Read Across America. Your generosity of time and fun stories that you shared with our students made their day! Together we can all make a difference in our children's...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    March 6, 2013

People helping people

In November 1982, our state’s unemployment rate peaked at 12.2 percent, the highest since the Great Depression. Interest on a fixed rate home loan was 13.4 percent, and an 11.5-percent inflation rat...

 
 Opinion    March 6, 2013

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago The roar of boat motors will fill the air of Banks Lake this summer as competitive boat racing returns to the Gand Coulee Dam area. The Northwest Water Competition is organizing the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Community    March 6, 2013

All were special at Queen of Hearts pageant

A total of 18 girls each gained a title at the Feb. 16 Queen of Hearts pageant held at the Village Cinema. Organizer Heather Downs said it was standing room only at the theater, the use of which was d...

 
 Community    March 6, 2013

Long-time 4-H Volunteer Leaders Honored

February 26, 2013 – The Colville Confederated Tribes Business Council recognized and honored four long-time 4-H leaders for their volunteer service. During the (CDC) Community Development Committee...

 
 Community    March 6, 2013

Senior Meals

Senior Meals Wed., March 6 - Dinner Beef Stroganoff over Noodles, Mixed Vegetables, Fruit Yogurt, Bread Pudding. Thurs, March 7 - Dinner Charlie Long’s Curried Chicken over a Bed of Rice, Carrot Salad, Veggies, Apple Surprise. Grocery Shopping &...

 
 Community    March 6, 2013

Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet at La Presa The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its regular meeting Thursday, March 7, at noon at La Presa in Grand Coulee. The program will be presented by Bob Valen, weather hobbyist. Lincoln County Fire Dist. 9...

 
 Sports    March 6, 2013

Bowling Scores

COLUMBIA LEAGUE TEAM W L Riverview Lanes 18 10 Galaxy Smokes 17.5 10.5 The OLDS 5 13 Don’t No’s 13 15 Rolling Thunder 9 19 High Game: Riverview Lanes 715; Vaughn Weed 232; Sara Zlateff 168 High Series: Riverview Lanes 1997; Dana Ingalls 582;...

 
 School    March 6, 2013

Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program accepting nominations

The 2013 Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program will award $425,000 in scholarships and prizes to more than 2,300 young volunteers across the country.  The Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program aims to honor youth who have made a positive impact in...

 
 School    March 6, 2013

Reading with purpose

Frank Ayers reads to a class at Center Elementary Monday during Dr. Seuss's Read Across America event. The school involves community members in the annual event. — Scott Hunter p...

 
 Community    March 6, 2013

4-H Super Saturday March 16

Okanogan County 4-H has a great way for youth of ages 5 and older to spend their Saturday. Join the group for lots of classes in a variety of topics including photography, cookie decorating, sewing, water quality and many more. It will be held...

 
 School    March 6, 2013

4-H Super Saturday March 16

Okanogan County 4-H has a great way for youth of ages 5 and older to spend their Saturday. Join the group for lots of classes in a variety of topics including photography, cookie decorating, sewing, water quality and many more. It will be held...

 
 Community    March 6, 2013

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 2/26 - Police checked on a possible overdose of medicine on Continental Heights. Police suggested to the subject that she go to the hospital, but she stated that if she took her oxygen she would be fine. 2/27 - A school employee...

 
 By Danielle Vick    Lifestyles    March 6, 2013

An app for every occasion

This Christmas, with some trepidation, I received my first smartphone. I was very excited about the larger screen size (so I could more easily view pictures) and the ability to connect to the...

 
 Legals    March 6, 2013

Legal Notices for March 6, 2013

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL The Colville Tribal Federal Corporation is seeking proposals from Colville Tribal Members, for the fabrication and installation of a 3-D steel sculpture of a traditional Kettle Falls fisherman. The fisherman will be installed at...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 6, 2013

New hatchery scheduled for summer opening

The Chief Joseph Hatchery is scheduled for completion in May and should be rearing chinook salmon in July. The $49 million facility near Chief Joseph Dam will, by 2015, raise 2.9 million salmon a year...

 
 News    March 6, 2013

Gray and Osborne's letter and presentation to Coulee Dam and Greg Wilder's rebuttal to it

Here are two complete documents detailing the heart of the debate over Coulee Dam's proposed wastewater treatment plant upgrade. The first is the letter from the town's engineering firm, Gray and Osborne, to the mayor as a review and explanation of...