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Articles from the August 19, 2015 edition

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Nearly 40,000 fires have burned 7.1 million acres

Wildfire activity has escalated recently after thunderstorms, many with little or no moisture, moved across parts of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana, sparking hundreds of new fires. The situation results in firefighting resources... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 19, 2015

[UPDATED12:23 p.m. 8/19/15] North Star Fire threatens Nespelem

UPDATE 12:23 p.m. 8/19/15: New evacuation orders were just issued for Nespelem from the Mount Tolman Fire Center. Their information release follows: A LEVEL 1 EVACUATION: The LEVEL 1 Evacuation area... Full story

 

Smoky skies from above

In this annotated image from NASA's Earth Observatory site, several sources of the smoke choking the area become clear. The satellite image was taken Sunday. As of Tuesday morning, there were 105... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 19, 2015

Delano fire started intentionally

Investigators have talked with "people of interest" in regard to two fires set by humans Thursday on Alcan Road between the Delano Transfer Station and SR-155. Grand Coulee, Electric City, and USBR... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 19, 2015

Chamber reports on festival

Fireworks for next year’s Festival of America have already been assured, Coulee Dam’s town council learned last Wednesday night. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Peggy Nevsimal told council members that a corporate sponsor has already... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 19, 2015

Coulee Dam to hire code enforcer

The town of Coulee Dam is going to hire a code enforcer. The council gave its approval last Tuesday night, at least to try out the idea for the rest of this calendar year. The council approved a plan by the mayor to hire a code enforcer for 25 hours... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 19, 2015

City plans BBQ to raise park funds

Electric City will hold a “Pig for the Park” barbecue on Sept. 12. The barbecue will get Electric City residents familiar with the city’s new neighborhood park on land purchased from the Banks Lake Bible Church. Councilmember Lonna Bussert, who... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 19, 2015

A day for remembering

As I write this today, my mind is wandering. You see, I just finished burying a neighbor’s pet, and my heart is broken for the Hearne family at the same time. Also, all day long we were going through boxes that have been in storage, some since our... Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    August 19, 2015

Bob Morton represented his people unconditionally

Imagine rolling into Olympia in your travel trailer each year for the start of the legislative session knowing your district has the highest unemployment in the state and the lowest average annual wage. Folks in your sprawling rural 7th District... Full story

 

Pseudo-science, misguided civil rights laws, and agencies block mental health care reform

The bipartisan Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, HR2646, introduced in June by Rep. Tim Murphy and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, has come under attack. The purpose of the legislation is to resolve a number of problems within our mental... Full story

 

Coulee Recollections

Twenty Years Ago Colville Pump and Supply Company will attempt to revive an old, unused water well on Palmer Avenue in Electric City. Heater problems at the Coulee Dam pool may force an early... Full story

 

Kenneth Reed "Kenny" Hearne

Kenneth Reed "Kenny" Hearne passed away Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, Washington, after complications from surgery. He was born August 19, 1976, in... Full story

 

Senior Menu

Wed., Aug. 19 - Dinner Ham, Cheesy Potatoes, Mixed Salad, Fruit Cup, Rice Krispies Treats with a Twist Thurs., Aug 20 - Dinner Chicken and Dumplings, Green Vegetables, Sunrise Salad, Fruit Parfait Dessert Fri., Aug. 21 - Breakfast German Sausage and... Full story

 

LRHS Class of '85 reunion this weekend

The LRHS class of 1985 will be celebrating their 30th year class reunion the weekend of August 21 and 22. Friday night, please meet at the Electric City Tavern for mingling and drinks. Saturday, a picnic for family and friends at Spring Canyon... Full story

 

Final gala at the library this Friday

The final event for the summer reading program will be the SRP Gala at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, August 21, at the Grand Coulee Public Library. Check it out at www.ncrl.org/summerreading.... Full story

 

Cucumber salad, anyone?

Jerry Beierman shows off his 33.5-inch long Armenian cucumber, grown at his home on Roosevelt Avenue. Beierman had a second cucumber that was only one inch shorter. He regularly grows unusually large... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber Meets at Siam Palace for August The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will be meeting this Thursday, August 20, at noon, at Siam Palace, Main St., Grand Coulee. Bob Valen will be speaking about El Niño. Local AA Meetings Confused in... Full story

 

Cates have a girl

Jarae and Josh Cate, of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Brylee Kamay Cate, born Monday, August 10, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz., and was 21 inches in length at... Full story

 

It's a boy for Baker/Guthrie

Darlene Baker and Daniel Guthrie of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Riley Joel Guthrie, born Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz., and was 20... Full story

 

Saturday jammin'

The Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center enjoyed a good turnout for a fund raiser Saturday, where a crowd of 50 or so bought ice cream sundaes or nachos and listened to a group of musicians jam. From left,... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 19, 2015

Man jailed on charge of false 911 calls

A veteran living in a Housing Authority of Grant County apartment in Continental Heights was arrested last Tuesday and taken to county jail for abusing the 911 line. Tommy Hawkins had dialed 911, a police report states, to complain that he had to... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 19, 2015

Report: big marijuana grow busted near Keller

A combination of law enforcement agencies reportedly seized a marijuana grow near Keller with an $8.5 million street value August 12. A story in the Tribal Tribune stated that tribal police, the Northwest Drug Task Force, U.S. Border Patrol, Tribal... Full story

 

School sports about to start

With football and cheerleading practices starting today, and the rest of fall sports starting Monday, a parent/coaches meeting is scheduled for next Monday, Aug. 24, in the Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School lunchroom at 6 p.m. Parents can meet... Full story

 

Tennis, Anyone?

Calling all LRHS alumni, current LRHS players, and community members come help celebrate our beautiful new high school tennis courts! Mark your calendars with these three dates: Saturday,  September 12 at 9 a.m. show up with your racket and a can... Full story

 

Legal Notices for August 19, 2015

SUMMARY OF ORDINANCE PASSED OF THE CITY OF ELECTRIC CITY, WA On the 11th day of August, 2015, the City Council of Electric City passed the following ordinance. A summary of the content of said ordinance, consisting of the title, provides as follows:...

 

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