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Articles from the August 23, 2017 edition

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 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 23, 2017

Man arrested for burglary

A 22-year-old man was arrested and taken to Grant County jail Thursday on a number of charges, including first-degree burglary and escaping from police. In jail is Brandon Pachosa, who allegedly stole a number of items from a house at 44 Hillcrest...

 

Hundreds gather for eclipse

People line up to view the eclipse of the sun Monday at Crescent Bay, where the National Park Service set up a special viewing, complete with an educational tent, special solar telescopes and viewing...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 23, 2017

Man dies in cycle wreck

A Coulee City man died Monday afternoon as he rode a three-wheeled motorcycle down Highway 17 toward Soap Lake. Benjamin L. Coates, 78, was southbound about 13 miles north of Soap Lake when, according to a Washington State Patrol investigation, he...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 23, 2017

Dangerous dog designation to be appealed

A Burdin Boulevard man who had his male pit bull declared a “potentially dangerous dog” by Grand Coulee’s city council last Tuesday night has decided to appeal the decision. The dog belongs to Andrew Kramer, 308 Burdin Boulevard, and it bit a...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 23, 2017

Another dog bite

Grand Coulee police are referring another dog bite incident to the city council for a possible “potentially dangerous dog” designation. The complaint stated that two small dogs jumped on a juvenile girl Saturday and bit her on the hand, each leg...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 23, 2017

County hoping for big grant to fix Peter Dan Road

Peter Dan Road, which connects the Elmer City area to the Keller area, has a temporary passage up and over a landslide that occurred in March, and the beginning of the removal process is anticipated...

 

Newsbriefs

New officer in Grand Coulee The city of Grand Coulee has a new police officer, Matthew Ponusky, bringing the police department back up to eight officers. Ponusky recently graduated from the police academy and is assigned to the graveyard shift. Food... Full story

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 23, 2017

FEMA grant will help Electric City streets

Electric City has received word that it is receiving two grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency totaling $183,000 for emergency street repairs. City Clerk Russell Powers said one grant was for $60,000 and the second for $123,000. The...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 23, 2017

Some of city's trees being removed

Electric City has taken more of its “butt ugly” trees out. City work crews have removed several trees that hinder the vision of motorists coming onto SR-155 from city side streets. The city council, back in March 2013, authorized the removal of...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 23, 2017

Town to hold hearing on its new district

The town of Elmer City has set Sept. 14, as the date for a public hearing on assuming the rights, powers and functions of its Transportation Benefit District. The hearing will be at 6:45 p.m., just prior to the town’s monthly council meeting at 7....

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    August 23, 2017

Festival will host BBQ competition

Barbecue lovers might want to mark Sept. 16 and 17 on their calendars. Those are the days you can go to Banks Lake Park and sample barbecue specialties from a host of grillers who are after the grand champion prize of $2,000, the trophy that goes...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 23, 2017

Coulee Dam sewer rates will rise

Coulee Dam utility customer charges for sewage treatment will likely rise $5-$6 a month to around $61-$62 per household equivalent when the town builds its new wastewater treatment plant, Mayor Greg Wilder told the town council at its Aug. 9...

 

Time to pick the volunteer of the year

Below are three letters nominating a few deserving people for the volunteer of the year. To help decide which of the three is picked to be honored on behalf of many local volunteers, readers should log onto our online poll, or mail in or deliver... Full story

 
 By Clea Pryor    Opinion    August 23, 2017

Hoffman nominated for volunteer of the year

I would like to nominate Cheryl Hoffman for volunteer of the year. I have only known Cheryl for a couple of years but have come to appreciate her very much. I have never been at an event that involved volunteer help that she has not been there —... Full story

 

Dennis nominated for volunteer of the year

I would like to nominate Archie Dennis as the volunteer of the year as he is very dedicated to helping people in our community and in the surrounding counties. Archie has been an emergency medical technician and fireman for many years, and he... Full story

 

White nominated for volunteer of the year

I would like to nominate Donna (Donnie) White for volunteer of the year. She runs the exercise club at the Senior Center. Along with these weekly sessions, they visit the nursing home periodically, visiting and helping patients celebrate birthdays... Full story

 

Agrees with Jess

I really appreciated Jess Utz’s article “What do we believe anymore.” I cannot watch the agenda news stations anymore with their spun and twisted stories just to try and push their agenda. Americans at the polls picked Donald Trump for the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 23, 2017

Ring the bell, vacation is over

New shoes, new hairstyles and the new school year is here. If you blinked, you missed it; summer break is winding down and the 2017-18 school year is here. Ready or not, here it comes. Once again students will take a deep breath and venture into the...

 

Seventy-eight Years Ago

Looking west over the outlet works and conduit liners at elevation 1036 during the course of installation. - Aug. 10, 1939...

 

Shared experience

People in lawn chairs sit back and look up at the partial eclipse of the sun Monday at Crescent Bay. More eclipse photos, including some from our readers of the actual eclipse, will be shared online...

 

Third Powerhouse reunion set during festival

There will be a reunion of sorts for workers on the Third Powerhouse Sept. 15-17, the same weekend as the Harvest Festival celebration. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Third Powerhouse at Grand Coulee Dam. Birdie...

 

Senior meals

Wed., August 23 - Dinner Meat Pizza, Green Salad, Mixed Fruit, Tori's Cake Thurs., August 24 - Dinner Fish & Chips, Green Salad, Melon, Peaches and Cream Fri., August 25 - Breakfast Ham Scramble, Eggs, Hashbrowns, Fruit Bowl, Orange Juice Mon.,... Full story

 

Receive 10 free trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August

Spruce up your landscape by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees through the...

 

Meetings and Notices

No Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not be meeting this Thursday. Meetings will resume Thursday, August 31, at La Presa Mexican Restaurant. Coulee Creators Meet Coulee Creators meet every Tuesday 1-4 p.m. Sew-ins... Full story

 

Could have been much worse

Grand Coulee ambulance volunteers prepare to transport a man whose car ended up on a lawn just north of the Visitor Center at Grand Coulee Dam Friday. A Coulee Dam police officer at the scene said...

 

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