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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...

 
 News    March 13, 2013

Newsbriefs

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...

 
 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...

 
 News    March 13, 2013

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...

 
 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...

 
 News    March 13, 2013

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,...

 
 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”...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 News    March 13, 2013

Correction

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....

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 Opinion    March 13, 2013

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....

 
 Community    March 13, 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 14, at noon at La Presa in Grand Coulee. The program will be presented by physical therapist Kai Scott. Lincoln County Fire Dist....

 
 Community    March 13, 2013

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...

 
 Community    March 13, 2013

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-...

 
 Community    March 13, 2013

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...

 
 Community    March 13, 2013

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...

 
 Community    March 13, 2013

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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 News    March 13, 2013

No clerk for police

A request by Grand Coulee’s police department for a part-time clerk was turned down by the city council at its last meeting. The council decided that if the police department needed clerical help, it could get it from staff from the city clerk’s...

 
 Sports    March 13, 2013

Nespelem 2013 All Indian Basketball Tournament results

The Nespelem All Indian Basketball Tournament was held February 16-17, 2013. This year we had 33 Teams competing in (4) brackets: Young Men, Women, 35 and over, and 50 and over bracket. This year was...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    March 13, 2013

Chance Garvin named to First Team All League

In his freshman year, Chance Garvin carried a big load for the Raider basketball team last season, playing guard, rotating underneath as a post, and playing stout zone defense all as a brand-new player on varsity basketball. All this was made even...

 
 School    March 13, 2013

Kindergarten registration coming soon for 2013-2014 school year

Registration for the 2013-14 school year is now open for all children entering kindergarten next year. Parents may stop by the school office for a registration packet. Aa copy of your child’s OFFICIAL birth certificate and immunization record is...

 
 Sports    March 13, 2013

Coulee Crushers tear 'em up at first tournament in Wilbur

The Coulee Crushers wrestling team started their 20th season with 48 wrestlers competing. The tournament took place in Wilbur March 9 with the following Crushers bringing home medals. 5-6 age...

 
 Sports    March 13, 2013

Nespelem Jr Rodeo auction/taco feed set

The Nespelem Junior Rodeo will be holding its annual Auction and Indian Taco Feed on Thursday, March 28, at the Nespelem Elementary School. The feed begins at 4:30 p.m. It is $6 per plate and includes taco, beverage and dessert. The auctionwill...

 
 Sports    March 13, 2013

PBR bull riders are back

Shane Proctor, 2011 National Finals Rodeo World Champion Bull Rider and PBR Riders Ben Jones and others will be hosting the Shane Proctor Bull & Steer Riding School on Tuesday, Apr. 2, and Wednesday, Apr. 3, at 9 a.m. both days. The event will be...

 
 Sports    March 13, 2013

Bowling Scores

COLUMBIA LEAGUE TEAM W L Galaxy Smokes 20.5 11.5 Riverview Lanes 19 13 The Olds 16 16 Don’t No’s 16 16 Rolling Thunder 10 22 High Game: The Olds 663; Jim Jagemann 205; JoAnn Medina 156 High Series: Riverview Lanes 1843; Abe BAtten 523; JoAnn...

 
 Legals    March 13, 2013

Legal Notices for March 13, 2013

SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR GRANT COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Laurel Geraldine Beck, Deceased Case No. 13-4-00024-9 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.030 The Personal Representative named below has been appointed as...

 
 Births    March 13, 2013

It's a girl for Smith/Vincent

Koleby Cristine Smith and Michael Dewane Albert Vincent of Nespelem, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Ar’Reya Rielynn Sue’Ann Vincent on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 3 oz.,...

 
 Births    March 13, 2013

It's a boy for the Williams

Charissa and Walter Williams of Nespelem, are proud to announce the birth of their son Royal Michael Marchand-Williams on Friday, March 1, 2013, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 9 lbs., 15 oz., and was 22.5 inches in length at...

 
 Births    March 13, 2013

New grandbaby for the Lindhs

Bill and Linda Lindh of Elmer City are proud to announce the birth of their 16th grandbaby. Menolly Grace Lindh was born at the Pullman Regional Hospital in Pullman on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at...