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Articles from the October 17, 2012 edition

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More equipment for kids would be better than carvings

I am writing this letter in regards to the article of “Big Wood Carvings Proposed!” They are willing to pay $12,000 for these stumps (at Coulee Dam Park!) to be carved into animals? What I don’t understand is children who are the majority that... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    October 17, 2012

Park levy would allow upkeep and matching funds for grants

by Scott Hunter On Nov. 6 voters will be asked to support a tax levy for the Coulee Area Park and Recreation District, and comissioners spent time last week discussing that upcoming vote and ways to get the word out about the issue. The district,... Full story


A ride in the park

Terry Batterman and Janet O’Neil drive the hay wagon, giving free rides during the first Coulee Fall Fest sponsored by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce Saturday at North Dam Park. —... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 17, 2012

Heated fire district meeting focuses on problems

A meeting of Douglas County Fire District 3 last week started out heated, but by the end of the meeting everyone had agreed on two things -- a lack of communications and a lack of resources. The discussion centered around the recent Leahy Fire and... Full story



Meeting moved Action on issues before a Grand Coulee Dam School District meeting last Thursday were moved to Monday, Oct. 22, because of a lack of a quorum. The school board meets at 6 p.m. at the district office. City planner hired Electric City... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 17, 2012

Council votes for new district with fee

by Roger S. Lucas Electric City residents, you now live in a “transportation benefit district.” What does it mean? Nothing, at least for six months to a year, and then it will cost you $20 more for any license tabs you purchase for one of your... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 17, 2012

Council may talk on sewage plant issue

The town councils of Coulee Dam and Elmer City and their attorneys may finally getting together to work through questions about their 50-year sewer service contract. Coulee Dam sent an invitation for Elmer City officials to join its council in a... Full story


Pier project finished

The Dock Company of Chelan, on Friday, installed the handicapped-accessible fishing pier that the Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club has been working toward for a dozen years. At Steamboat Rock State Park... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 17, 2012

Progress reported on school’s air

Progress on improving the air quality at Center School is coming along about as well as can be expected, Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson said this week. He said the district has and is responding to the issues raised... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 17, 2012

New treatment plant to start up soon

Electric City’s arsenic treatment plant will soon be up and running. And the question is: Will Electric City water taste the same? There’s room for discussion here. Mayor Jerry Sands said there might be just a touch of chlorine taste. Public... Full story


A song in the heart

Don McClure strums and sings an impromptu duet with a passing partner at the community yard sale sponsor the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce Saturday as part of the first Coulee Fall... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 17, 2012

Taser purchase approved by council

Coulee Dam police got the OK from the town council Wednesday to purchase 10 tasers along with equipment associated with them for $17,253.50. Chief Pat Collins told the council that the town would have to pay for the tasers but would be reimbursed... Full story


Next carving should recognize cultural heritage

As the owner of an eagle carving down the street from Coulee Dam park, I was interested to see the carving of a salmon out of one of the downed trees at the park. I would like to suggest that the other tree be carved to recognize the rich cultural... Full story


Tribal oversight not needed on funds

Now that Colville tribal members have received a total of 50 percent of settlement monie$ I am stoked. I prefer to have this money in my account than in the tribal council’s pork barrel. I believe that many other senior tribal members feel as I do... Full story


Obama upholds only the laws he favors

I watched as President Obama was sworn in as President. He placed his hand on the Bible as he took the oath of office swearing he would uphold the Constitution and the laws of United States of America. Lately it appears his word is meaningless. He... Full story


Re – The Coulee Dam Credit Union landscape redo

I mourn the loss of the peonies, asters, rudbeckia, gladiolas, sedums, chrystanthemums, anemones, day lilies, dahlias, amaranth, cannas, datura, daphne, calendulas, cosmos, snap dragons, lupines, poppies, iris, dianthus, ferns, columbines,... Full story


Your kids copy your driving — good or bad?

With the holidays rapidly approaching, many teenagers will be behind the wheel visiting family and friends … and often copying the driving behavior of their parents. But, is that a good thing? Not n... Full story


Making Central Washington cabin fees fair and affordable

Almost a century ago, the U.S. Forest Service established a program for Americans to build cabins on small lots of forest land. The goal of the program was to encourage public recreation and enhance the stewardship of our National Forests. Many of... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago The town of Coulee Dam has all of the money it needs now to begin building a water filtration plant by the end of this year. While most people in their 70s might spend time with their children and grandchildren in the comfort of their... Full story


Keck/Branco united in marriage

Samantha Leigh Keck and Todd Robert Branco were married Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at the Bellingham Courthouse.  Superior Court Commissioner Leon Henley officiated.   Plans for a vow renewal will... Full story


Choir to sing spirituals

Coulee Community Choir presents for your listening pleasure a collection of familiar traditional American spirituals. Come along “When the Saints Go Marching In,” travel “The Jericho Road”, or “Climb Up The Mountain Children” … Wanna... Full story


Senior Meals

Senior Meals Wed., Oct. 17 - Dinner Overn Baked Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes, Corn, Fruit Cobbler Thurs., Oct. 18 - Dinner Mac & Cheese with Ham, Broccoli, Carrot Salad, Fruit & Pudding Parfait. Fri., Oct. 19 - Breakfast Sausage & Cheese Omelet,... Full story


Duane Clark Hollan

Duane Clark Hollan, 67, born February 1, 1945, in Ritzville, Wash., to Emil and Pauline Hollan, quietly passed away in his sleep during the morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at his Grand... Full story


Joyce Irene McCorkle

Joyce Irene McCorkle, 89, of Smelterville, Idaho, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at her home in Smelterville. She was born April 17, 1923, in Edmonton, England, the daughter of Charles and Ethel Ida (Carter)... Full story


Elsie Mae (Lemery) Picard

Loved by all who knew her, Elsie Mae (Lemery) Picard, 80, passed away with family by her side at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Wash., on Thursday, October 11, 2012. Elsie entered this world M... Full story


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