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Articles from the March 29, 2017 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News    March 29, 2017

CMC turnaround plan will cut $2.1 million from payroll

Leaders at Coulee Medical Center will submit to its federal funding agency by the end of the week a plan to turn the facility around financially. That plan will show a reduction in wage and benefit costs of $2.1 million a year following decisions mad... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 29, 2017

Committee to recommend heavy investment in city parks

A meeting of Electric City’s parks and recreation committee last Thursday focused on two new city parks, and they will recommend the city council to move forward on developing them, spending nearly a half million dollars over the next four years. T... Full story

 
 By press release    News    March 29, 2017

Authorities search for elderly woman

INCHELIUM, Wash. – Colville Tribal Police & Natural Resource Officers, Ferry County Sheriff's Office, Spokane County Air Support Search Team are currently searching the Inchelium area for a...

 

The allure of discovery

Lacey Kent demonstrates to visitors at the science fair at Lake Roosevelt Schools Thursday night how her hand-made volcano erupts when a little baking soda and vinegar is applied. The first-grader... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 29, 2017

Local firefighters take wildland training

Fifteen local firefighters completed a 12-hour advanced wildland firefighter course after taking instruction Thursday evening and all day Saturday. The class was taught by three Washington State Department of Natural Resource firefighters, and... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 29, 2017

Judging the nitty gritty of wastewater flow

Sometimes those closest to a problem are best suited to find the solution. This may be the case in an Electric City/Grand Coulee wastewater bill conflict. An apparent plug in the line last October... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 29, 2017

EMT training to be offered

So you have always wanted to be an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). Now is your chance. An EMT recruitment call was put out by the Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department. Those interested should call 633-2200, or contact a current firefighter or... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

City could tax tabs for roads Grand Coulee’s council is taking a casual look again at forming a Transportation Benefit District and charging $10 every time residents license their cars and pickups. The money from a TBD goes into the city’s street... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 29, 2017

Grand Coulee to start accepting credit cards online

The city of Grand Coulee is about to take a big step forward into the technology age. Grand Coulee is moving forward on a plan to accept credit cards for the payment of utility bills. There’s a catch … the city will only accept credit card... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 29, 2017

Group of vets fishes Banks

Some 34 injured veterans and 20 host boat captains made a day of fishing on Banks Lake Sunday, the first of what organizers said they hope is an annual event. The Fallen Outdoors organization takes... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 29, 2017

Outline of new school strategic plan approved

A framework for a new school strategic plan was adopted by the Grand Coulee Dam School District Monday night. The framework was decided by a group made up of school people and community members at a special meeting a couple of weeks ago.... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 29, 2017

Thanks for a great science fair

You hear all the best teachers talk about it, and last Thursday night anyone who attended the PTA’s science fair at Lake Roosevelt Schools got a little taste of it, as well. “It” would be the “Aha!” factor, the real reward that teachers... Full story

 
 By darla orr    Opinion    March 29, 2017

Update regarding Ristine family house fire

Thank you to everyone who has contributed items to help the Ristine family start over after a fire destroyed their home on January 29th. Friends opened an account on the website GoFundMe, which to date has received almost $2,000. However, due to my... Full story

 
 By Carl Russell    Opinion    March 29, 2017

Shooters have left an awful mess

Shooters that use the gravel pit at Osborn Bay behind Electric City: I have not been back there for over a year. I went out there Wednesday the 23rd of March. When my grandkids come they like to shoot, so we go back there. They burn up lots of powder... Full story

 

What to do after you're elected to tribal council

This is a letter to all those vying for a position on the Tribal Council. You should do three things after becoming an elected representative. First: Change the name of the reservation. REASON: Time has long since passed that we continue to call... Full story

 

State carbon tax would be harmful

A major hurdle for lawmakers in Olympia working to finish the next two-year state budget and adjourn is the so-called “carbon tax.” However, Gov. Jay Inslee wants a first-ever levy on CO2 emissions. While it targets coal and natural gas power pla... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 29, 2017

The hard row to hoe

The phrase “Life is just not fair” has been said by many of us many times over our lives or we have heard others say it. Even in my own life I have felt slighted or treated unfairly or even wronged by others or circumstances and just thought the... Full story

 

Seventy-Five years ago

A slide on the east bank of the San Poil River, SW 1/4 Sec. 9, Twp. 29 N. Range 33 E. W.M. on Indian allotment #1193 belonging to Mary Hughes. This view shows the main body of the slide, taken from... Full story

 

Robert Lawrence Bjorklund

Robert Lawrence Bjorklund, 59, of Olympia, Washington, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017. He was born in Renton, Washington, on Dec. 8, 1957, to Lawrence and JoAnn Bjorklund of Electric City, Washington. Robert graduated from Lake Roosevelt High... Full story

 

Brandon William Buche

Brandon William Buche, 23, left us all much too soon Wednesday morning, March 15, 2017. Brandon entered our world in Spokane, Washington, Sunday, April 25, 1993, and was raised in Electric City,... Full story

 

Stuart Duane "Stu" Frye

Stuart Duane "Stu" Frye, 51, of Benton City, Washington, passed away Monday morning, March 20, 2017, in Nespelem, Washington. Born Saturday, July 31, 1965, in Dayton, Washington, to Duane G. and Jean... Full story

 

John M "Mike" Townsend

John M "Mike" Townsend, 67, passed away Thursday evening, March 9, 2017, in Grand Coulee, Washington. Born Thursday, November 3, 1949, in Phoenix, Arizona, to John Elbert and Rosetta Jean... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon, this Thursday, March 30, at La Presa Mexican Restaurant, Grand Coulee. Lizbeth Gutierrez from the Housing Authority of Grant County will be the guest speaker. Coulee... Full story

 

It's a girl for Marconi

Deborah Marconi of Elmer City, Washington, is proud to announce the birth of her daughter, Alena Marie Marconi, born Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 5 lbs., 10 oz., and was 19.5 inches in... Full story

 

Friedlander/Anthony have a girl

Corina Friedlander and Larry Anthony II of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, LaiLaree A. Friedlander Anthony, on Friday, March 17, 2017, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 6 lbs.,... Full story

 

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