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Articles from the August 29, 2012 edition

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 Opinion    August 29, 2012

Gratitude for firefighters

I would like to extend my sincere Appreciation and Thanks to all the following agencies who assisted in fighting the Elmer City-Coulee Dam Fire of August 14 & 15, 2012. Bureau of Indian Affairs Mt. Tolman Fire Center City of Electric City Fire...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    August 29, 2012

Ceremony marks end of Wright Elementary

The south wing of A. E. Wright Elementary School started tumbling down Monday. That’s when Elder Demolition pulled heavy equipment in to start tearing the structure apart, but not before the 1949...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    August 29, 2012

Local schools awarded million dollar grant

Lake Roosevelt High School is one of 10 schools in the nation that got word last week that it has been awarded a million dollar federal grant to help students succeed. The Grand Coulee Dam School District was advised late last week by U.S. Sen....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 29, 2012

Group gears up for community self defense

About a dozen citizens met at Electric City’s fire hall Monday night to organize a “community watch” group, a network of citizens who want a way to head off what they see as a rise in the city’s crime rate. Some in the room volunteered to be...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    August 29, 2012

Principal duties to be shared at Center School

Center School’s principal duties will be shared by the district superintendent and the middle school principal, at least for the first three weeks of school, the school board learned Monday night....

 
 News    August 29, 2012

Newsbriefs

City sets criteria for cheaper rides The city of Grand Coulee, by resolution, passed an ambulance fee assistance policy at its meeting Aug. 21. If a person uses ambulance service and meets certain criteria, they can get a reduced rate, or the rate...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    August 29, 2012

Ice cream truck turned out a Delight

Ever hanker for a good ice cream cone? That’s the story behind the Delight ice cream truck you see parked near Sunflower Graphics on Grand Coulee’s Midway Avenue. Nate and Raehanne Piturachsatit...

 
 News    August 29, 2012

Good time bands play this weekend

The free concert series in the park culminates this weekend, starting at 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights. A favorite band of the Seattle-to-Portland area will fill North Dam Park and Event Center with the Pacific Northwest’s seminal party...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    August 29, 2012

Credit union launches drive for food bank

It’s time to replenish the “Care and Share” Food Bank. Director Fern Blaylock said last week that the food bank is open only two times a month now instead of every week because of limited food supplies. The food bank currently regularly serves...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    August 29, 2012

East Heights pipe dream coming true

Some East Heights residents will see improvement in water service this week after city crews installed an 8-inch plastic water line along Boulder Avenue. Others in the neighborhood will see a similar...

 
 News    August 29, 2012

Nevsimal selected as new chamber manager

Peggy Nevsimal will be the new manager for the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce. Nevsimal will take the place of Susan Miller who will retire from the position in September. The new manager c...

 
 Opinion    August 29, 2012

Support, compassion, knowledge made the difference

I want to write this letter to remind everyone that we have a wonderful community and support people in our area and at times it seems we only hear the negative, but in the middle of a sad tome, we experienced many positives. Last Saturday (Aug.18)...

 
 Opinion    August 29, 2012

On Electric City’s new vehicle fee

I am in Guam visiting my husband and I hear that the council of Electric City has passed a tab law of $20.00 per yr per vehicle. Are you kidding me? What if a resident can’t afford their fee? What then, they can’t drive in E.C.? Wow, the council...

 
 Opinion    August 29, 2012

A question for the congressman

I wish to respond to "Doc" Hastings letter to the editor about federal control over water. Why "Doc," did you champion a federal regulation that California must give its water rights to transnational corporations over the interests of families and...

 
 Opinion    August 29, 2012

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago The recent awarding of a grant to the town of Coulee Dam could ensure the restoration of Douglas Park to its original condition. Rod Hartman announced at the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon last Thursday that the...

 
 Obituaries    August 29, 2012

Dale Steven “The Mailman” Hilson

Dale Steven Hilson, 52, passed away suddenly on Monday, August 20, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He was born August 26, 1959, in the Coulee Dam Hospital to Jack and Dolores...

 
 Obituaries    August 29, 2012

Randolph W. “Randy Socula

Randolph W. “Randy” Socula, 47, surrounded by his family, moved on to be with his ancestors Wednesday morning, August 22, 2012, from Spokane, Washington.  Born into the Grand Coulee, Washington...

 
 Obituaries    August 29, 2012

Carolyn Lee(Wilbanks) Pachosa

Carolyn Lee (Wilbanks) Pachosa, 83, peacefully passed away on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Brewster, Wash. Rosary will be held at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Grand Coulee on Friday Aug. 31, at 7...

 
 Obituaries    August 29, 2012

Grief support group meets

Anyone in the community experiencing the loss of a loved one is invited to come and share support! There are two groups meeting during the summer: one the last Wednesday evening of each month from 7-8 p.m. and the other on the first Thursday...

 
 Births    August 29, 2012

It’s girls for the Gonzalezes

Jessica A. Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez of Nespelem, are delighted to announce the birth of their daughters Rosario Lee Gonzalez and Guadalupe Maria Gonzalez, born Monday August 20, 2012, Rosario weighing 5 lbs, 15 oz., and Guadalupe weighing 5...

 
 Births    August 29, 2012

It's a boy for Stead/Timentwa

Steph Stead and Ira Timentwa of Nespelem are delighted to announce the birth of their son Jerek Michael William Timentwa. He was born Monday, August 13, 2012, weighing 9 lbs, 9 oz., and was 21 inches in length. His siblings, William A. Timentwa age...

 
 Births    August 29, 2012

It's a girl for Ward/Chaney

It’s a girl for Ward/Chaney Lacey Ward and Colby Chaney of Coulee Dam are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Paisley Jean Chaney on Sunday, August 26, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 8 lbs., 12.7 oz., and was...

 
 Births    August 29, 2012

It's a boy for the Graves

Kyle and Cassandra Graves of Elmer City, are delighted to announce the birth of their son Kolby Leigh Graves. He was born Friday, August 10, 2012, weighing 8 lbs, 9 oz., and was 22 inches in length. His sibling, Kudin, is happy he’s joined their...

 
 Births    August 29, 2012

It’s a boy for Kile/Jelle

Troy Kile and Elizebeth Anne Jelle of Wilbur are delighted to announce the birth of their son Zachary Kile Jelle. He was born Thursday, August 9, 2012, weighing 9 lbs, 5 oz., and was 21 inches in length. His siblings, Chris, Charles, Ryan, Lily and...

 
 Community    August 29, 2012

Agent retiring

After 32 years, Dan Fagerlie is retiring Aug. 31 as WSU Ferry County and Colville Reservation Extension director-educator and 4-H agent, his office announced last week. Fegrelie started in the area in 1980. He worked with 4-H leaders to build Ferry...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    August 29, 2012

Neighborhood discussion continues

Becky Billups showed up at Grand Coulee’s council meeting last Tuesday to complain about the looks of her neighborhood. She has appeared regularly at council meetings and told mayor Chris Christopherson that she planned to continue doing so. “We...

 
 School    August 29, 2012

District approves new hires

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board approved a number of hires and resignations at its Monday night meeting. Hires include Marcy Doughty as a Grand Coulee Dam Middle School special programs paraprofessional; Aaron Derr, Center Elementary...

 
 Community    August 29, 2012

Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet at Pepper Jack’s Grand Coulee Chamber will meet Thursday, August 30,at noon at Pepper Jack’s Bar and Grille in Grand Coulee. Grant County Port Dist. 7 to Meet Grant County Port Dist. 7 will hold its regular monthly meeting...

 
 School    August 29, 2012

Proctor makes dean’s list

Cody Marie Proctor, Grand Coulee, qualified for the Dean’s List at the University of Montana for spring semester. To qualify a student must be an undergraduate, earn a semester grade average of 3.5 or higher and receive grades of A or B in at...

 
 School    August 29, 2012

Mansker chosen for scholarship

Alissa Mansker of Grand Coulee, attending Washington State University, is among 28 students in the state to receive a $2,000 scholarship from the Washington State Employees Credit Union, the group announced last week. Recipients were chosen based on...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    August 29, 2012

Ready to share the coulee — again

Two years ago, we hosted an exchange student from China. His name was Charles and we loved him dearly as did many of you that got to know him. How we got him into our home was a very quick and life...

 
 Community    August 29, 2012

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 8/16 - Police found a large white fluffy dog loose on Burdin Boulevard. The dog was taken to the veterinary clinic and later picked up by its owner. 8/17 - A Grand Coulee man was cited for reckless driving and hit and run when the vehicl...