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Articles from the October 19, 2016 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 19, 2016

Pair arrested after street light shot

Two men with guns were arrested and taken to Grant County jail after shooting a street light out from their car near the top of the Grand Coulee Dam. The incident was reported to police by Plant Protection dispatcher Monroe Merriman, who heard the...

 

Glimpse of glory

Orange clouds provide a spectacular sunset Monday, seen here over Steamboat Rock at about 6 p.m. Expect more partly-cloudy to rainy skies over the next week, as forecast in the Grand Coulee Area...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 19, 2016

County computers throw wrench in cities' work

Grant County computer systems being down last week will delay or make it more difficult for Electric City and Grand Coulee to develop budgets for 2017. Electric City has a budget workshop scheduled for 6 p.m., Oct. 25. “We will just have to work...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 19, 2016

City adds extra money for WSU planning help

Electric City has agreed to provide Washington State University an additional $1,000 to finish up work on its Pathway and Revitalization project. The city had contracted with WSU’s Rural Communities Design Initiative team last spring to do initial...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 19, 2016

Man rescued on lake thought he was "a goner"

A 69-year-old man spent over 10 hours shivering in Banks Lake after his boat capsized Saturday afternoon, Oct. 1. Donald L. Childers, of Brewster, had been fishing on Banks Lake for about an hour when wind-swept waves capsized his 13-foot fishing...

 

Newsbriefs

City supports health district Electric City Council voted $2,000 last week, to renew its relationship with the Grant County Health District. The health district asks $2 for each resident, and makes a number of special services available to cities and...

 

A ton of help

ASB officers, cheerleaders and leadership class students at Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School show the results of a food drive just completed Monday, before delivering it to the Care and Share...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 19, 2016

Electric City rejects land offer

The Electric City Council rejected an offer from Grant County Mosquito District 2 to sell the city a 10-foot by 90-foot strip of land on property it owns on Coulee Boulevard, where it plans to build a pole building for its headquarters. The mosquito...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 19, 2016

Despite rebuke, Christmas event still on the books

An event that drew a rebuke by the Electric City Council against one of its members is still on the books. Councilmember Birdie Hensley was officially warned last month for presuming to speak for the city when she and fellow Councilmember Lonna...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 19, 2016

Candidates speak at forum

A forum for Okanogan County commissioner candidates was markedly civil Thursday night in Coulee Dam, despite a campaign season possibly among the most contentious in recent county history. That may ha...

 

A federal review of the entire river will be worth watching

The three federal agencies whose dams control the Columbia River system are rethinking the whole complex process, and that should make everyone pay close attention. Next Tuesday, the Bureau of Reclamation, Army Corps of Engineers and the Bonneville...

 

Recent victim feels as much sadness as anger

I have been following with great interest/alarm the news about recent thefts in the coulee area. Unfortunately I have found myself a recent theft victim. The item taken did not have a great monetary value (it was a Halloween decoration) but more...

 

Why he supports Branch for commissioner

I’m writing in support of Chris Branch for Okanogan County Board of Commissioners. Having dealt with the BOCC for over 10 years since returning to Okanogan County from working with King and Kitsap County governments, I’ve found that Okanogan...

 

Thrasher would bring independent perspective

Vote for Ashley Thrasher as County Commissioner. Why? Ashley’s truly special. Meet her in person and you’ll immediately feel this. A smoke jumper recently turned carpenter, she is sharp as a tack, hard-working, does her homework. She’s not...

 

Former courtroom worker found Estudillo an inspiration

Until just recently, I worked in the Grant County Clerk’s Office. For over 15 years, I served as a Deputy Clerk for the Superior Court, and one of my responsibilities was to work with our judges in the courtroom. Over a year ago, Judge Estudillo...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 19, 2016

Father, son and sagebrush

I had a great weekend. Opening day of hunting season and a long overdue time spent with my stepson. Great conversation, teachable moments and the realization that a little boy had become a man sometime over the last few hunting trips were the bulk...

 

Seventy-seven years ago

Upon completion of excavation and foundation grouting, a gantry crane runway was laid on the pumping plant foundation rock at elevation 1163. - Oct. 12, 1939....

 

William J. (Bill) Schieber

Bill Schieber, 93, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at the place he was most comfortable – his home in Ephrata, Washington, with his family by his side. Bill was born in New...

 

Tena Marie Foster

Tena Marie Foster, of Coulee Dam, Washington, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2016, in Spokane, Washington. She was born June 15, 1956, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Louis and Ellen Myrdean (Roseborough) Smith. After high school Tena went on to college...

 

To keep fuel thieves out

Workers install a chain link fence around the perimeter of the school district's bus area to keep fuel thieves away from the buses. There has been a rash of incidents where fuel thieves have cut...

 

It's girl for Murphy/Rowe

Candace Murphy and Dallas Rowe of Electric City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Paisley Patricia Rowe, born Friday, October 7, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 13.5 oz., and was 19.5...

 

It's a girl for Flores/Thomas

Nasha Flores and Robert Thomas Jr., of Coulee Dam, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Mela Love Flores-Thomas, born Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 6 lbs., 8.6 oz., and was...

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber To Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon, this Thursday, October 20, at the Moose Lodge in Grand Coulee. Steve Philips will speak about a student mentoring pro-gram. School Retirees’ to Meet Oct. 28 The...

 

Legals for October 19, 2016

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Planning Department Pete Palmer, Land Use/Shoreline Administrator P.O. Box 150, Nespelem, WA 99155 509-634-2570 PUBLIC NOTICE The Colville Tribes Land Use Review Board will be holding a public...

 

This week in sports

Wed., Oct. 19 5 p.m., JHS Volleyball here with Bridgeport Thurs., Oct. 20 5:30 p.m., HS Volleyball here with Tonasket (L) 5:30 p.m., JHS Football here with Brewster Fri., Oct. 21 7 p.m., HS Football at Bridgeport (L) Sat., Oct. 22 TBA, HS Cross...

 

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