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Articles from the May 16, 2012 edition

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 By Roger Lucas    Community    May 16, 2012

Open registration for SHARP Kids Thursday

An open registration for the SHARP Kids Summer Programs will be held Thursday, May 17, from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the GCD School District Office. These programs are open to any students enrolled in the GCD School District or homeschooling within the... Full story


Geocache fun offered at dams

Visitors to three Columbia River dams, including Grand Coulee, can join in on a high-tech educational treasure hunt that could earn them a special patch simply by taking part in the “D3 Geocache...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 16, 2012

Keller ferry won't run Friday

The Keller Ferry will be closed Friday, the state Dept of Transportation announce Thursday afternoon. The ferry that shuttles travelers, workers and school buses across Lake Roosevelt every half hour will not do so from 6 a.m. until as late as 9...

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 16, 2012

Hundreds compete in revived rodeo

The Colorama Pro-West Rodeo last weekend attracted 202 contestants that competed in 270 events, officials said this week. That participation stood as a marked difference from a year ago, when the... Full story



Moratorium on pot growing extended Electric City’s council voted to extend its moratorium on medical marijuana collective gardens for another six months at its Tuesday meeting last week. The old moratorium ended April 30. Solar eclipse viewing set... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 16, 2012

Fast track OK’d for new school project

Tick, tick, tick … the clock is ticking on the Grand Coulee Dam School District’s plan to “fast track” its K-12 facility project. Superintendent Dennis Carlson said last week that the district has received word from the state... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 16, 2012

Cutbacks proposed for area post offices

Six area post offices could lose some hours but remain open under the latest U.S. Postal Service plan to reduce overall costs. The Postal Service had earlier released a plan to close 3,700 rural post offices across the nation in an effort to stop... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 16, 2012

Council defends sewer plant decision

Coulee Dam officials Wednesday night defended their decision to remodel the town’s wastewater treatment plant. “We’re not going to just patch it up and leave the problem for our kids to solve later,” Councilmember Bob Poch stated in response... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 16, 2012

Elmer City reviews sewer plant plans

Elmer City’s town council got another look at Coulee Dam’s wastewater treatment plant project at its meeting Thursday night. Gray & Osborne, Coulee Dam’s engineering firm, put on a 30-minute PowerPoint program and answered questions from the... Full story


Colorama tradition

Parade watchers wave to the photographer (who was in the parade and took shots of most of the crowd) along the Colorama Parade route Saturday. If you were watching, there’s a good chance your photo... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 16, 2012

Two ousted in tribal primary

Two sitting Colville Business Council members were voted out in the tribal primary election held May 5, not receiving enough votes to make it to the general election. The election was certified Thursday. Losing their seats were Sylvia Tatshama... Full story


Arming the coulee

Arm wrestling champion Douglas Goodman, Rathdrum, poses with his awards and children Bret and Natalie after winning both the left and right-arm competitions at a contest at Pepper Jack’s Saturday.... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 16, 2012

Christmas lights discussed

It appears that the community Christmas lights may go up this year. Coulee Dam Councilmember Ben Alling said Wednesday night that he had attended Electric City’s Hotel/Motel tax committee meeting, where it was suggested that the community Yule... Full story


Youth pleads guilty

A 16-year-old Coulee Dam youth, Dakota William Weed-Butz, was sentenced to 52 to 65 weeks incarceration after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide in the death of Rickey Burris, 15, also of Coulee Dam. Weed-Butz will spend his sentence in the state... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 5/3 - Police assisted a family in Electric City who had found a male member of the family deceased. - A man on Roosevelt Drive told police that someone had used a glass cutter around the lock on his sliding glass door trying to get in. -... Full story


Our take on the news

We have to wonder what they were thinking when they signed an agreement with another town for 50 years with no way out. Elmer City’s town council in the 1970s agreed to a deal with Coulee Dam to pay that town to take their wastewater for 50 years.... Full story

 By April Smith    Opinion    May 16, 2012

Wondering why gas is so high

I am just wondering why the gas prices are SO high in our area? Every morning I wake up and watch the news a little before getting ready for work. The national news said today (5-11-12) that gas prices are 22 cents less per gallon now than they were... Full story

 By Elmer Rinard    Opinion    May 16, 2012

A great job

A young man named Jake, I believe, has put in two days cleaning up along the fence next to the city park playground. I've seen at least three pickup loads of brush and trash hauled away. We appreciate this work and say a big thank you to Jake and... Full story

 By Kevin Danby    Opinion    May 16, 2012

Be careful what you wish for?

After nearly 80 years of state control, the voters of Washington have decided to privatize liquor sales. As the implementation of I-1183 begins, questions start to arise. Will liquor be cheaper? Doubtful, as the current 10 different taxes remain and... Full story

 By Don Brunell    Opinion    May 16, 2012

Roll on Columbia

In 1942, the completion of Grand Coulee Dam was hailed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Seventy years later, most of us aren’t aware of what that dam or the others on the Columbia River... Full story


An oldie but goody

As the days have lengthened, the sun has once again become our constant companion. And although I am still shocked every day at just how early that sun makes its appearance, I am warmed, literally... Full story


Marjorie Lou Johnson

Marjorie Lou Walden Johnson came into this world on May 5, 1923, and went home to glory on May 8, 2012, after 89 years. She was born to Daniel Blinn Walden and Esther Louise Harp at Clinton, Ill. Her... Full story

 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    May 16, 2012

May fair weather

April brought us a wide spread of temperatures here at the home weather station. I recorded a low of 27.3°F (April 1) and a high of 84.6°F (April 23) for a spread of 57.3°F. Precipitation for... Full story


Michael L. Larsen

Michael L. Larsen died on Monday, Apr. 2, 2012, in Spokane, due to complications from a stroke. He was 64 years old. Mike grew up mostly in the Seattle area. He spent a few years in Vancouver, Wash.,... Full story


Youth night at the Nazarene Church

A youth event will be held at the Grand Coulee Nazarene Church Sunday, May 20, at 6 p.m. A youth group from Tonasket host an evening of worship on Sunday, May 20, at 6 p.m. at the Grand Coulee Nazarene Church. This event with a worship band, message... Full story


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