Articles from the June 24, 2015 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

Keeping chickens proposed in Coulee Dam

Chickens got their feathers ruffled at Coulee Dam at the last town council meeting. The evening started innocently enough as town officials unveiled a proposed ordinance that would allow local residents up to four chickens — only hens, of course;... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 24, 2015

Little girl gets a big wish

Make a wish and it might come true. At least if you're a Grand Coulee 6-year-old with some serious health issues. The Make a Wish Foundation sent Keyshia Goodlance and her family on a trip across the... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 24, 2015

Man jumps off bridge

A man jumped off the Columbia River Bridge in Coulee Dam this morning, reportedly just because he thought he could make it. The 28-year-old jumped from the bridge just before 7:30. Another person was... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

Most incumbents re-elected in Colville Business Council election

The two incumbents in the Inchelium District lost out in the Colville Business Council general election but all the others came through as tribal election officials finished counting absentee ballots last Thursday. In Inchelium, Elizabeth... Full story

 

Small majority votes for marijuana on rez

A referendum taken June 13 to guide the Colville Business Council on whether to allow marijuana on the reservation passed with 55 percent of tribal members voting yes. The total vote was 1,910, with 1,044 voting yes. The yes vote carried in all four... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

City awards more funds for tourism

The Electric City Council voted to give the chamber of commerce another $10,000 from its hotel/motel tax fund last week. The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce had asked to be on the agenda for June 9, was for a short period, and then found th... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

GC fire department busy Grand Coulee volunteer fire Chief Richard Paris reported to the city council last week that the fire department responded to eight calls in May, two of them structure fires. He said ambulance calls totaled 35, six in the Coule... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

Fireworks on 4th will be twice as spectacular

It’s almost “ooh and ah” time in the coulee, when thousands of people come to the area each year for the 4th of July Festival of America celebration, with the late evening fireworks show doubling in size this year over the top of Grand Coulee... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

School ready to be sold

Want an old school building sitting on about eight acres of property? Center Elementary School in Grand Coulee is on the sales block, and interested buyers have until August 5 to get their bids in. The building and property was recently appraised at... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

Bid too high for sidewalk

Elmer City’s sidewalk project is up in the air as the lone bid for the work was far too high, council members were informed Thursday night. The bid was for $306,000, far above the engineer’s estimate of $159,000. Public works director Jimmer Till... Full story

 

Truck drives through window at Safeway

No, Safeway is not now offering drive-through service. A Coulee Dam man, Robert G. Sandine, hit the gas instead of the brake and his Dodge truck jumped the curb, smashed through a handicap sign, over... Full story

 

Fun fest

The audience enjoys a tense, but funny, moment as juggler/comedian Curt Carlyle gets help mounting his unicycle from audience members forced to wear skirts for no apparent reason. The show capped off... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 24, 2015

Halme gets sidewalk job after all

The Grand Coulee sidewalk project on Main Street and Federal Avenue is going to move forward after some change orders brought the bid in line with the Transportation Improvement Board grant that funds it. Gray & Osborne told members of the city... Full story

 

Correction

Sheryl Montgomery, the woman who found a body in Banks Lake, lives in Soap Lake. Due to incorrect information received, the spelling of her first name and her home city were incorrect in a story last week.... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    June 24, 2015

Lack of connection leads to complications

My wife was about to leave me this week, illustrating a startling fact of modern life. She wasn’t leaving because it was over between us. No, we have a strong marriage. But a different kind of problem was about to take her away for as long as it... Full story

 

If you want to recycle, tell city council

To all Grand Coulee residents. The Grand Coulee City Council Meeting is July 7th (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. Recycling will be a big topic of discussion at this meeting. Whether or not recycling will be available in this area will most likely be decided at... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Opinion    June 24, 2015

Thoughts on recycling

I have a few thoughts on recycling in the area. One thought is that if it’s too expensive then we don’t need every individual household to have its own recycle can, which would necessitate a truck to drive up and down every street picking up the... Full story

 
 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    June 24, 2015

Alternative wastewater plant study more responsible and thoughtful

As you may know, we recently included a “Wastewater Treatment Project Update” with our utility bills. To the best of my knowledge and information, it is balanced and honest. During our last Council meeting (6/10/15), former Mayor, Quincy Snow... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 24, 2015

Peace makers in a troubled world

If you have watched the world news at all, you know that a lot of very troubling things are occurring across the world and in our very own country. A shooting in a church in the south, escaped convicts that could be anywhere by now, and the epidemic... Full story

 

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago Sixty-five Lake Roosevelt High School students graduated at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 11 in the LRHS gym. The Class of 2005 Motto was “Nothing we do changes the past. Everthing we do changes the future.” Senior Class officers were:... Full story

 

Loraine M. Fox

Loraine M. Fox, 69, Grand Coulee, passed away in the evening of Saturday, June 9, 2015. She was born May 9, 1946. Loraine graduated from high school in Wenatchee. She was a Navy veteran, a wonderful wife and friend. She enjoyed crocheting,... Full story

 

James Gerald Dodson

Born in Arlington, Texas, August 24, 1977 - Died Selah, Wash., June 14, 2015. James G. Dodson of Selah, Wash., formerly of Richland, Wash., passed away at his home on June 14, 2015. James is... Full story

 

Helen Elisabeth Fifield

Helen Elisabeth Fifield, 82, resident of Coulee Dam, Washington, left this world for her heavenly home on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Boise, Idaho (where she had been living with her daughter for the past few months). Helen was born on January 30,... Full story

 

Deppman/Van Geystel announce engagement

Gordy and Gay Deppman are excited to announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Deppman, to James Van Geystel, the son of Jim and Debbie Van Geystel. James and Megan are both former graduates of... Full story

 

It's a girl for Marchand/St. Pierre

Ryan Marchand and Rowena St. Pierre of Nespelem, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Jraiya Marchand, on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz., and was 20 inches in length at... Full story

 

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