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Articles from the May 10, 2017 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 10, 2017

School district exploring options for cuts

School Superintendent Paul Turner is doing his budget for next year, quite possibly the most difficult he will ever prepare. The Grand Coulee Dam School District is facing what he described to the board as a potential $745,000 shortfall if...

 

Future fire station design shown

This architectural rendering depicts what the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's new fire station off Highway 155 will look like in the evening about a year from now as construction is completed. Crews...

 

Special Colorama section inside

The 61st Colorama Festival begins Thursday this week. Highlights of this year's Colorama Festival include the Ridge Rider Rodeo on Friday and Saturday and the new Rainier Amusements Carnival,...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    May 10, 2017

Some incumbents trail in tribal primary

Tribal members went to the polls Saturday in the primary election to determine who will run in the general election June 24. Six positions will be open this year, two that currently do not have incumbents. The vote totals are from the poll voting....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 10, 2017

Local educators honored

Several local educators in two districts were honored last month, chosen for accolades in front of their counterparts from district all over this part of the state. Their own union members voted to...

 

Newsbriefs

Lions to offer eye screening at CMC Grand Coulee Lions Club is joining forces with Coulee Medical Center for a free eye screening during Health Week May 15-19. The screenings will be made from 7-10 a.m. at the hospital. For more information you can...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 10, 2017

Dozens of elective offices set for elections this year

The period for filing candidates intentions to seek elective offices is set for May 15-19, with the primary election scheduled for August 1 and the general election set for Nov. 7. The area’s two school districts, Grand Coulee Dam and Nespelem,...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    May 10, 2017

Big instant replays coming to bull ride

The Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Ride, happening June 16, will move into the big time this year with a giant replay screen, rodeo officials said this week. George Kohout, president of the Ridge Riders, said last week that an agreement has been made...

 

City now accepting credit cards

The city of Grand Coulee now accepts payment for utility bills and traffic fines by credit or debit card, City Clerk Carol Boyce said last week. The city will accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover Cards through a special linkup with...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 10, 2017

Here's hoping you're too busy to read this right now

This coming weekend is typically one that is packed full for many local folks, in a good way. This year it promises much the same, weather holding. With Mother’s Day, the Colorama festivities, the big rodeo, and the old-home week atmosphere at...

 

Okanogan PUD leading us down the river to ruin

In spite of all the economic factors pointing in the opposite direction, our Okanogan PUD is pushing ahead with the electrification of Enloe Dam. This decision has no basis in reality and defies common sense. The estimated construction cost of $42.5...

 
 By Mike Lowry    Opinion    May 10, 2017

Remembering Mike Lowry

There was nothing pretentious about Mike Lowry. What you saw is what you got! Lowry was one of Washington’s most colorful governors. He served one term from 1993 to 1997. He died on May 1 at age 78. There was nothing subtle about Mike Lowry. He...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 10, 2017

The experience of Colorama

I have vivid memories of our local festival. The week-long wait as a child drove all the kids crazy. Watching day by day as carnival rides showed up and slowly erected themselves into something magical and astounding. Seeing trucks pulling horse...

 

Over sixty-two years ago

An old round up of horses in the coulee before these grounds were flooded to form Banks Lake - Cleatis Lacy photo...

 

John Whalawitsa

John Whalawitsa, 63, of Elmer City, Washington, passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017.  His wake will be begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017, in the Catholic Long House in Nespelem, Washington, with Funeral Services to be held at 10 a.m., Friday,...

 

Janet M. Whittington

Janet M. Whittington, 62, passed away the morning of Monday, May 1, 2017, in Grand Coulee, Washington. A native of Toppenish, Washington, Janet was born Friday, February 4, 1955, to Jack and Irene...

 

Free hearing tests during CMC health week

As part of Health Week at Coulee Medical Center May 15-19, Laura Strasser of Columbia Hearing Centers will provide FREE hearing screenings on Thursday, May 18, 7:00-10:00 a.m. For questions, call Laura at 866-369-1020....

 

Kris Hare retires from credit union

Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union wished a fond farewell to Kris Hare, who retired on April 30 after 22 years of service. Hare began her career with the Credit Union on May 1, 1995 as an administrative...

 

60-year reunion set for Tigers

The Grand Coulee High School class of 1957 will be holding a 60th year class reunion dinner at Pepper Jack’s on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner will be ordered from the menu beginning around 6:30 or so. For additional...

 

Alumni Association to meet

Grand Coulee High School Alumni Association will meet at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, May 17, at Grand Coulee Community Church, 405 Center Street, one block south of the old GCHS building. The purpose of the meeting is to select recipients for the 2017...

 

Arbor Day Foundation offers tree-care booklet with $3 donation

The Arbor Day Foundation is offering a handy tree-care booklet designed to help people plant and care for trees. Anyone can receive Conservation Trees, a user-friendly booklet featuring illustrations, colorful photos, and easily understood...

 

Meetings and Notices

No Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not meet this Thursday due to the upcoming Colorama festivities this weekend. Enjoy the weekend. Lincoln County Fire Dist. 9 to Meet Lincoln County Fire District #9 will hold...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 10, 2017

Updated: Lady Raiders softball humble Waterville, get ready for playoffs

The Lake Roosevelt Lady Raiders girls' softball team defeated the Waterville Lady Shockers last week to finish their regular season, then lost to the Liberty Bell Lady Mountain Lions 13-2 on May 9 in the first round of districts. The Lady Raiders ove...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 10, 2017

Raiders stop just short of playoffs in baseball, losing to Soap Lake

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders baseball team narrowly missed the playoffs after losing 5-3 to the Soap Lake Eagles May 4. Lake Roosevelt, Soap Lake, and Tonasket competed in a three-way tiebreaker on...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    May 10, 2017

Golf competes at Lake Woods

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders golf team competed at the Lake Woods Golf Course in Bridgeport on May 2, where they played the nine-hole course twice starting from different tee boxes the second time around. “Oroville has a strong, experienced team and...

 

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