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Articles from the March 13, 2013 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 13, 2013

Many local elections coming this year

So you always wanted to hold public office. Here’s your opportunity, as a host of city council, school board, hospital and port district offices will be up for grabs this year. Four mayor positions are up for election this year. Those mayorships... Full story



Jet crashes near Harrington Coulee residents are used to frequent low flights of military jets through the area, but not to the tragedy that occurred Monday morning when one of them crashed, killing... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    March 13, 2013

Explosion at dam shuts down right powerhouse

An explosion at Grand Coulee Dam Saturday morning damaged the right powerhouse when a line and equipment connecting a generator and transformer exploded. No one was injured. A “buss,” essentially... Full story


Veterans to be honored in special service

Special military funeral honors will be held at North Dam Park March 20 at 1 p.m. for Grant County veterans not previously given proper military rites, reports Sgt. Ryan D. Homer, Pasco team leader of the Central Washington Honor Guard. “The... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 13, 2013

Bids over $22 million on school construction

Two general contractors, both from Spokane, were the only firms to submit bids on the K-12 new school facility here. Bids were opened at 4 p.m. Tuesday by Cameron Golightly, architect with Design West of Pullman. Walker Construction’s base bid was... Full story


Standing behind their work

Senior center volunteers display some of 420 Easter Baskets they assembled last Friday, Saturday and Sunday that are now for sale at the Senior Center, if there are any left. Priced from $3 to $12,... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 13, 2013

Chicken slaughter now legal in Electric City

You will soon be able to slaughter chickens in Electric City, legally, as a result of action taken by the city council Tuesday night. It takes five days for the ordinance amendment to take effect. The action amends the city’s “chicken”... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 13, 2013

Mayors back up on schedule change

The Regional Board of Mayors quickly reversed themselves Monday and went back to monthly meetings when it was pointed out that they had acted illegally the month before. In February, the mayors had voted to change their meetings from once a month to... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 13, 2013

New laser show start delayed

A “stakeholder” group met Tuesday to try to put the finishing touches on the script for the all- new laser light show. The schedule for the inaugural show now has slipped to mid-summer, Bureau of Reclamation Public Affairs Officer Lynne Brougher... Full story



Greg Wilder was not among those who left before the adjournment of a Feb. 27 Coulee Dam Town Council meeting at which the town’s engineers were discussing the wastewater treatment plant upgrade project.... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 13, 2013

Payroll withdrawal investigated

A payroll clerk at Coulee Medical Center ran into a problem when the bank associated with the hospital’s payroll account would not let her into the account. The bank, according to a written Grand Coulee Police report, told the payroll clerk that... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 13, 2013

Ferry section to arrive soon

The 56-foot center section of the new Keller ferry will arrive in Grand Coulee sometime Wednesday or early Thursday morning this week, workers at the Crescent Bay assembly site said Tuesday. The... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 13, 2013

Finance plan seems shady

A suggestion to finance a rebuild of Coulee Dam’s wastewater treatment plant over a period longer than it will last should raise concerns. It’s certainly something that could be done for the sake of lowering rates, but would you finance a new... Full story

 By Dave Johnson    Opinion    March 13, 2013

Cutting down eagle tree was wrong

Lived in the shade of that tree for almost five years. Measured the circumference with a friend at 23 feet, 8 inches a couple years ago. The same year I counted 13 bald eagles in it at the same time. That tree was very cool. Cutting it down was... Full story

 By Gail Morin    Opinion    March 13, 2013

Elmer City's true costs are higher

In the Wednesday, March 6, article about Coulee Dam's charges for Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) expenses it read, “The remainder of what Elmer City charges its customers is administrative fees.” The words “administrative fees” should be... Full story

 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    March 13, 2013

Tightly controlled meeting typical "public" process in town

The mayor of Coulee Dam has again defined his allegiance — that being with and for the engineer (Gray & Osborne). The townsfolk petitioned the mayor and council to roll back the ever increasing sewer rates and review other project alternatives and... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago An Electric City man involved in the town’s adoption of a nuisance ordinance last year believes the town, rather than neighbors, should instigate its enforcement. “I hate that neighbor has to turn in neighbor,” Jerry Sands said.... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet at La Presa The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its regular meeting Thursday, March 14, at noon at La Presa in Grand Coulee. The program will be presented by physical therapist Kai Scott. Lincoln County Fire Dist.... Full story


Ladies work on hospice quilts

Three quilters gather to work on hospice quilts for Comfort Care Hospices in Omak and Spokane. The miniature quilts are being made for children and adults who have terminal illnesses. From the left... Full story


Easter Week

Easter week Sunday, March 24 • 3 p.m., Easter Concert at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Grand Coulee. • 6 p.m., Palm Sunday, Grand Coulee Nazarene Church Thursday, March 28 • 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday at Coulee Dam Community Church-... Full story


Free tax help is still available

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 12 - April 9 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. This... Full story


Senior Meals

Senior Meals Wed., March 13 - Dinner Al Newkirk’s Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes & Carrots, Biscuits, Fruit Salad, Birthday Cake. Thurs., March 14 - Dinner French Onion Soup, Chicken Salad Sandwich, on White or Whole Wheat Bread, Joan’s Pea Salad... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 3/4 - A woman on West Cardinal Road told police that someone is entering her house and taking items and exchanging others in their place. She said it has happened with her washing machine, vacuum cleaner and a host of items. She... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    March 13, 2013

The tradition of volunteering

Someone recently asked me, “Why should I volunteer?” After I answered the question and had more time to let the question really soak in, I wondered why some people give their time openly and easil... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 13, 2013

Lower sewer rates possibilities shown

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 the last city council meeting. Coulee Dam residents currently pay $59 a... Full story


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