Articles from the October 3, 2012 edition

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• The $20 car tab charge proposed in Electric City is just the latest swing of a very large pendulum. We love services, we hate taxes. Government tries to meet our needs, then gets shot down for spending too much. That’s how initiative king Tim... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    October 3, 2012

Fire nearly doubles in a day

The St. Mary’s Mission Road Fire had consumed 9,655 acres by 2 p.m. Friday, but was 15 percent contained, an update from fire authorities said Friday. Saturday at 10 a.m. those evacuated from homes near Paschal Sherman Indian School will be able...

 By Scott Hunter    News    October 3, 2012

Fire takes two homes

From 150 to 200 firefighters continue to battle a wildfire around Omak Lake that has closed a school and evacuated homes. Two homes and eight other structures have been lost in the St. Mary’s Mission Road Fire that started Tuesday night east of... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    October 3, 2012

Tuesday night wildfire forces evacuations of school, homes

A wildfire has forced evacuation of Paschal Sherman Indian School and nearby homes and had burned approximately 1,000 acres of grass and trees and several structures, as of late Tuesday night. A press release issued from Mt. Tolman Fire Center at... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 3, 2012

Port planning for golf course survival

Port district officials were cautiously optimistic last week about the 2013 golf season. Chairman Orville Scharbach said at the Port District 7 commission meeting Thursday that through a combination of increased membership dues and volunteer labor... Full story


Connecting reeds

Students and helpers handle reeds at a basket-making station during the Cultural Awareness Gathering Thursday, as students and teachers from several schools, Colville tribal members and helpers met... Full story



New ferry set to arrive in March A new ferry, the Sanpoil, which will replace the Martha S ferry at the Keller Ferry crossing, will be delivered to Grand Coulee in three pieces for assembly in March, 2013, Laura Johnson of the Washington State... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 3, 2012

Burned power poles costly to replace

The town of Coulee Dam is looking at about $75,000 in power pole replacement costs, public works director Barry Peacock told council members last Wednesday night, The Barker Canyon blaze of about three weeks ago severely burned 10 poles and damaged... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 3, 2012

Request: allow chickens in city

Will the chickens come home to roost in Electric City? A resident of 56 Sunset Drive, Jeremey Miller, asked the city council last Tuesday night to permit chickens in the city. The idea got a good review from at least two council members. Bob Rupe,... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    October 3, 2012

Rotary to finish pier project

North Central Washington is about to get what local Rotary Club members believe will be the first handicapped-accessible fishing pier in the region. The club’s board of directors voted last... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 3, 2012

Crowd asks questions on $20 tabs proposal

About a dozen people showed up for Electric City’s public hearing on its proposed “transportation benefit district.” Most got answers to their questions, but all they won was a delay in action by council members. The delay, in part, was... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 3, 2012

Musical history review to cap new fall festival

You can hear some of the old cowboy classics made famous by western matinée idol Gene Autry, and put on by the “Grand Dames”, Oct. 11-13. It’s all part of the chamber of commerce’s “Coulee Fall Festival” that includes a wide range of act... Full story


Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center operations move

The Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center temporarily moved operations to the John W. Keys III Pump Generating Plant Monday. The move was made for safety reasons while new high-power electrical lines are strung across the Columbia River, some passing over... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 3, 2012

Project cost increases OK’d

Electric City council approved $10,520 in change orders on the arsenic treatment plant project. Among the change orders, was a $5,536 item to place compacted crushed material four inches deep over an area that had earlier called for hydroseeding.... Full story


Steel bighorns

Look for Virgil “Smoker” Marchand’s latest wildlife sculpture overlooking Omak Lake off the river road. The two mountain sheep are located on a ledge overlooking the lake and right along the... Full story


Did you know?

… that the the ambassador to Libya, Mr. Chris Stevens, was an enrolled tribal member of the Chinook Indian Tribe. Chairman Ray Gardner said, “To all of the Chinook Members and all the friends of the Chinook Nation I am hopeful that you will... Full story


New legislation gives teens a voice in traffic safety programming

I am a teenager. I stay up too late; I wake up too late. I get emotional. I don’t want my parents circling me like hawks, and I definitely don’t want them to try to tell me what to do, especially behind the wheel. However, now that students are... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Larry Curtis is a lucky man. That is, if you can call it lucky that he managed to have a massive heart attack while in a recovery room after cancer surgery. Curtis does not remember that day, July 15, except that he recalls someone... Full story


Zion Lutheran Church to celebrate 75 years

Zion Lutheran Church is busy preparing to celebrate it’s 75th Anniversary.  Pastor Hugo Guerney came to town in 1935.  Zion was incorporated on October 4, 1937, and has been a part of the... Full story


Come on and hear Come on and hear

Coulee Community Choir will be holding a free concert Sunday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Grand Coulee. Come listen to old-time songs. Refreshments to follow.... Full story


Get food worker cards online

Grant County residents can get food worker cards online The Grant County Health District is pleased to announce the availability of food worker card classes on the internet for Grant County residents. Residents will need a credit card and printer.... Full story


Emergency preparedness

How stressful has it been with these fires? Have you looked around yet? It is amazing how close the fires came to friends and neighbors. Would you be ready to leave your house NOW? Do you really have what is important? An informational day is being... Full story


Meetings and Notices

GCD Chamber to Meet at La Presa The regular monthly meeting of the GCD Chamber of Commerce will be held at noon at La Presa in Grand Coulee. On the agenda is general business and fall festival updates. Douglas County Fire Protection Dist. 3 Commissio... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 9/17 - A woman on 2nd Street in Electric City told police that she was in the process of moving out of a house and that when she went there the next day the front door had been broken into. She asked for special patrols so it... Full story


Winning big

The Ephrata Raceway Park Motocross Series Schedule ran from March through Sept 2012. Dakota Seylor(nickname Kodman) raced 2 divisions: 1st class 7-11 year old, bike size 85cc to 150cc (Suzuki);... Full story


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