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Articles from the August 26, 2015 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 26, 2015

City settles with officer for $375,000

Grand Coulee’s city council last week approved a $375,000 settlement with long-time police officer Sean Cook, who filed suit last fall, claiming the city had not provided public records he had requested, violating the state’s Public Records Act....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 26, 2015

Fire at 150,000 acres

At 150,000 acres, the North Star Fire is still threatening Nespelem and, now, Republic. More resources to fight the fire are being added each day to fight the fire, occurring in what Incident Commander Rich Nieto called “epic conditions,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 26, 2015

Local effort draws cross-state support for firefighters

A Coulee Dam-based effort to help out firefighters on the North Star Fire is catching on like wildfire. It started with a GoFundMe effort to raise money for a continuing effort to supply baked goods...

 

American Legion accepting donations for evacuees

Good people of the coulee area have already sought a way to donate clothing and other items for any evacuees from the fires, but the Red Cross shelter at the school is not the place to take them, officials there said Thursday. Stepping up to fill...

 

Donation center established

A Colville Confederated Tribes North Star Fire Donation Center has been established at the old Okanogan Bingo Casino located at 41 Apple Way Road, Okanagan, a tribal press release said. Volunteers are needed for the following positions: • Inventory...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 26, 2015

Woman, like others, refusing to evacuate her home

Mona Berland is in a red zone, ordered to leave, just like everyone else at Owhi Lake. She’s not going to, but she’s convincing her neighbors they must in advance of a day firefighters are saying could go badly. On Thursday, wind in the Nespelem...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 26, 2015

Resort suffers break-in

Grand Coulee police are investigating a Monday-night burglary at Sunbanks Lake Resort. A clerk, Debbie Rimel, noticed the burglary early Tuesday morning when she arrived at work and started to make coffee. She told police that she noticed a...

 

Daycare kids doing their part

Children at the Coulee Kids Day Care in Coulee Dam are working on providing treats for the firefighters on the North Star Fire. "A lot of the little guys here have dads and uncles out there," said...

 

There is plenty of need to answer that desire to help

In the midst of smoke and flame, a rising beam of hope shows a promising path, one that will need our focus in the months to come: the desire good people have to help. That desire is striking in the experience of Rob and Glo Carroll, whose own...

 
 By Mari Margil    Opinion    August 26, 2015

Alzheimer's funding lags dramatically

There has been growing recognition of the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease but the funding to find a cure lags dramatically behind what’s necessary. In 2010 Congress unanimously passed legislation that set a goal of finding a treatment for...

 
 By Harold Maio    Opinion    August 26, 2015

Re: "Pseudo-sScience, misguided civil rights laws, and agencies block mental health care reform"

 Reducing stigma. Someone wants to promote a “stigma”? and keep part of it? and you offer them space? Curious.   Harold A. Maio, retired mental health editor Ft Myers, Florida...

 

Standing up for rural postal delivery

  Post offices are crucial anywhere, but especially crucial in rural areas that depend on the postal service to stay connected through news delivery, services crucial to businesses, and, in some communities, a link to prescription drugs and other...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 26, 2015

Fire affects us all

As I write this, and probably as you read it, there are firefighters on the front line of a fire, battling the smoke, heat and flames. There is also a homeowner deciding if they should evacuate or...

 

Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Dave Marrs resiend his position as marshal of Elmer City on Monday. Marrs has had an on-again off-again relationship at Elmer City. After his hours were cut from 120 a month to 80 under...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 26, 2015

Bowlers can retrieve items from closed alley

The town of Coulee Dam has scheduled three nights this week when bowlers can go to Riverview Lanes and retrieve articles left there. Town Clerk Stefani Bowman said the bowling alley, which has been closed, will be open from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday,...

 

Bookstore open at dam's Visitor Center

Want a book about Grand Coulee Dam or the Nez Perce? If so, the Visitor Center at Grand Coulee Dam is a great place to go. The new "Discover Your Northwest" bookstore is located just within the lobby...

 

Author at Wenatchee Public Library

North Central Regional Library has announced the Fall 2015 Columbia River Reads book, "The Mockingbird Next Door," by Marja Mills. In Mills's memoir, she recounts her time living next door to the...

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber Meets at Siam Palace for August The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will be meeting this Thursday, August 27, at noon at Siam Palace, Main St., Grand Coulee. General business including fire updates and Harvest Festival. Fire Dist. 1...

 

Senior Menu

Wed., Aug. 26 - Dinner Hot Chicken Sandwiches, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Mixed Salad, Cranberries, Ice Cream Thurs., Aug 27 - Dinner Lemon Pepper Cod, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Vegetables, Seasonal Fruit Cream Pie Fri., Aug. 28 - Breakfast Biscuit &...

 

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in September and Receive 10 Free Trees

Everyone from Washington who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program. Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees, which benefits the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 26, 2015

School buildings being readied for fire uses

Grand Coulee Dam school personnel have offered their buildings for use by firefighters and other fire needs. Superintendent Dennis Carlson said Tuesday that there is an 80 percent chance that the...

 

Welcome back night planned for school

Grand Coulee Dam School District students will have a “welcome back Raiders night” Thursday, Aug. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The evening will allow elementary students to find out who their teacher is and get acquainted with their rooms. On the...

 

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...

 

Legal Notices for August 26, 2015

Public Notice Town of Coulee Dam NOTICE OF CANCELLATION OF COUNCIL MEETING To the citizens of the Town of Coulee Dam, Washington, the Town Council of the Town of Coulee Dam, Washington will not conduct a Council Meeting on Wednesday, August 26,...

 

Park service will pull in quilt show for centennial

The National Park Service here has landed a traveling quilt show for July 1-4, 2016, as part of a celebration of its 100th anniversary. Administrative Officer Janet Valen at the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area said the traveling exhibit has...

 

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