Articles from the April 25, 2012 edition

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Rickey Lynn Louie-Burris

Rickey Lynn Louie-Burris, who entered into this world on August 4, 1996, in Spokane, Washington, the daughter of Richard W. Burris and M. Lynn Louie, unexpectedly left us all on Wednesday, Apr. 18,... Full story


Earthy work

Dakota Parish stands by his grass growing project in Center Elementary’s library last week during the school’s Earth Day recognition time. Second graders in Shamra Steffler’s and Alisa Lind’s... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    April 25, 2012

Girl dies in car accident

A teenage girl was killed in a car accident last week near Nespelem. Rickey Lynn Louie-Burris, 15, a sophomore at Lake Roosevelt High School, died last Wednesday evening in a one-car accident on Gold... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 25, 2012

State auditor blasts city

The city of Grand Coulee received a scathing audit finding from the State Auditor’s Office for the calendar years 2009 and 2010. The SAO reported in audit findings released Monday that the city had overspent its budget by more than $400,000 in 2009... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    April 25, 2012

Man contends Coulee Dam overcharging Elmer City

A man who has had a running battle with the town of Coulee Dam over water charges, appeared at Elmer City’s last town council meeting, charging that the town there is being overcharged by Coulee Dam for its sewer service. Greg Wilder brought... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    April 25, 2012

Cleanup discussion gets heated and personal

Comments from residents of Burdin Boulevard turned personal as a number of people addressed the Grand Coulee City Council April 17. Mel Toulou Sr., took issue with Becky Billups, who had attended two previous council meetings to tell members that... Full story



Meeting on new school The Grand Coulee Dam School District will hold a meeting to update patrons on the new K-12 facility project on Thursday, April 26 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Coulee Dam Community Church. Phone lines cut Police found that a phone out... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    April 25, 2012

Shred your documents for free

Paul Gauron owns a document shredding business, United Data Security, out of Spokane. His firm will be set up Saturday, April 28, at Strate Funeral Home, from 9-1 p.m., to shred your documents, courtesy of the Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club and as part... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    April 25, 2012

Coroner: woman died of overdose

The cause of a 42-year-old Grand Coulee woman’s death in February was an overdose of methamphetamine, the Grant County coroner said this week. Jamie Breckenridge was found dead along SR-174 near Spokane Way on Feb.12. Grant County Coroner Craig... Full story


Anonymous donor pledges a match for seniors

An anonymous donor is pledging to match donations up to $250 to help raise money for the Grand Coulee and Coulee City Meals Programs. The match means your $1 contribution could become $2. Donations should be made payable to: Grand Coulee/Coulee City... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    April 25, 2012

Earth Day event promises fun for all

There’s going to be a little bit for everyone at Electric City’s second annual Earth Day this Saturday. While the program is geared for kids, there’s a little bit of kid in all of us, so you better show up and have a little fun. Probably one... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    April 25, 2012

Music maker retires

Bonnie Wendt, who has taught piano in the area for generations, presented her last class in recital Sunday at the Coulee Dam Community Church, more than 50 years after giving her first lesson at the... Full story


We need to take back our town

Is it right that we should be told how we use our land? Don’t we have a constitutional right to personal property? Is it really necessary for them to force these new ordinances on us? Why are they disrupting our friendly little town and causing tur... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 25, 2012


It’s tough to know when to give up. As a society, we’ve recognized that every young person who fails to make it through our school system is much more likely to cause more problems for us all later on. On the other hand, kids who become... Full story

 By Susan Shaer    Opinion    April 25, 2012

Scrutinize the Pentagon budget

As budget chair for the House of Representatives, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is “The Man.” President Obama presented his budget, and Ryan has announced his. Dueling budgets. Under the Ryan budget, even if you’re part of the infamous 1%, your...

 By Jes Utz    Opinion    April 25, 2012

A walk around town, 20 years ago

As I drove around the area recently, I started reminiscing of growing up in the area, and looking at some of the empty buildings kicked up some old memories. Why have there been businesses come and go and so many empty buildings decorate our... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago The sun begins to set and a chilly wind cuts the air. Suddenly a small gate springs open and out sprints a small brown and white calf. Shane Proctor thunders out after the calf on a large horse with a lasso raised above his head, determ... Full story


Francis/Jorgensen to exchange vows

Landon Avery is pleased to announce the forthcoming marriage of his parents Amber L. Francis and Branden D. Jorgensen. Amber is the daughter of Brenda Francis of Grand Coulee and is employed at the... Full story


Reyes/Picking united in marriage

Carey L. Reyes and Rodney J. Picking were united in marriage on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the Hitching Post in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The bride is the daughter of Gary and Andrean Reyes of Elk... Full story


Dedicating organ at Zion Lutheran

Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Coulee recently purchased and installed a new organ with some memorial gifts. It will be dedicated Sunday, April 29, at the regular worship. The members look forward to the improved sound as the church celebrates its... Full story


It's a boy for Kruse/Tupling

Cassie Krus and Ricard Tupling are proud to announce the birth of their son Westley Lucas Tupling on Friday, Apr. 6, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 8 lbs., 15 oz. and was 21 inches in length at birth.... Full story


Lanni/Stanger have a girl

Shyanna Lanni and Mark Stanger of Omak, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Tanaeya Alexus Stanger on Monday, Apr. 9, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. and was 20 inches in length at birth.... Full story


It's a boy for the Hardings

Seth and Jessie Harding of Wilbur, are proud to announce the birth of their son Ethan Hunter Harding on Friday, Apr. 13, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz., and was 20 inches in length at birth. Sibling includes... Full story


DAV van in area May 9

Disabled American Veterans mobile service van will be here from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, at North Cascades National Bank, 608 Midway Ave., Grand Coulee. This is a free service not just for those members of the DAV. Bring claim number,... Full story


Smisken/Stanger have a girl

Tanisha Smiskin and Alan Stanger Sr., of Nespelem, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Myalove Jean Stanger on Saturday, Apr. 14, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 6 oz., and was 21 inches in length at... Full story


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