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Articles from the October 24, 2012 edition

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Park district levy is the minimum we should do

For the pennies the Coulee Area Park and Recreation District is seeking in their levy on this election’s ballot, the area stands to gain back much more than the maintenance the money is for — a real beginning. A beginning to an era of unified, pi... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    October 24, 2012

Pad for ferry construction starts today at Crescent Bay

Construction is starting today on new concrete pad and underground electrical installation at the Crescent Bay boat launch on Lake Roosevelt. The 145-foot by 84-foot pad will serve as a site for the later assembly of a new ferry boat for the Keller...

 By Scott Hunter    News    October 24, 2012

Bureau to boost permanent jobs

The Bureau of Reclamation will be adding jobs at Grand Coulee Dam over the next several years, boosting employment at the project by about 40 permanent jobs, plus adding a similar number that will fluctuate as special maintenance projects start and... Full story


High tension

A crew of linemen and a helicopter with a very steady pilot assemble high voltage powerlines on new towers above Coulee Dam on the first of three sets of towers. Some drivers on the road below... Full story



Ballots delivered Ballots for the Nov. 6 general election were mailed last week. If you haven’t received one, you should call your county auditor’s office. One very local issue asks voters to decide on a tax levy for the Coulee Area Park and... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 24, 2012

Four agencies meet on solving plant funding

Coulee Dam resident Greg Wilder, who has opposed the extent of Coulee Dam’s proposed wastewater treatment plant upgrades, has become an ardent advocate for ratepayers who would have to pay for the project. The $4.92 million project is bloated,... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    October 24, 2012

Park district seeks chamber support for levy

The park and recreation district formed in 2003 has accomplished much, and with minimal tax support could provide much more to the community in the future, its chairman said last week. Coulee Area Park and Recreation District Chairman Phil Hansen... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 24, 2012

District moving ahead with graduate guarantee

A school district “guaranteed graduate program” is back on track after the school board approved a second reading of the proposal at its Monday night meeting. The program was sidetracked for a time by a number of questions members of the Grand... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 24, 2012

City sets adult entertainment rules

Grand Coulee’s city council adopted an ordinance at its last meeting outlining the conditions under which a person could get a license to operate an adult entertainment business in the city. The council had gone through two moratoriums, a zoning... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    October 24, 2012

Center School admin plan wrinkles smoothed over

Superintendent Dr. Dennis Carlson got a little help from teachers when he defended his administration plan for Center School before the school board Monday. There’s been a rub between the administration’s plan for covering the principal vacancy... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 24, 2012

Settlement reached with past principal

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board accepted Sue Hinton’s resignation Monday night. Hinton was discharged from her position as principal of Center School and placed on administrative leave just before school began in late August. The final... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Present or potential small business owners, who need some professional help in starting or running their business, will soon have a place to go. About 20 people went to see tribal officials dig shovels into the grass outside of Colville... Full story


Frances Louise Chigbrow

Frances Louise Chigbrow, 93, born October 7, 1919, in Kirwin, Kan., to Charles and Gertrude Townsend passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Wash. In... Full story


Jesse Allen Jasper

Think of the term “Solid as a Rock” and Jasper comes to mind, and of that Jesse Jasper being the strongest of all. Husband, father of six, grandpa of 16, great-grandpa of two, favorite uncle,... Full story


International Survivors of Suicide Day set for Nov. 17

The International Survivors of Suicide Day is set for Saturday, Nov. 17. This is a day of love and remembrance of those we have lost to suicide. This is a healing conference where survivors of suicide loss come together in the community for support... Full story


Royal Change Up

The 2012 Colorama Rodeo Queen Caelan Pitts hands over the chaps to 2013 Queen Erin Wieldraayer as Moses Lake Roundup Queen Jade Thompson lends support to the rodeo cause. Wieldraayer, a senior at... Full story


Equipment windfall

Teachers Lee Largent, left, and Steve Hood stand with some of the woodworking equipment that was recently gifted to the district by Judy Mayne of Meridian, Idaho. The two went to Idaho and returned... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Hensley to Speak on the Coulee Pioneer Museum At the chamber of commerce luncheon at noon Thursday at La Presa, Birdie Hensley will be speaking on the building of Coulee Pioneer Museum. All are invited to attend. Planet Earth Players to Meet Planet E... Full story


Runners place at league race

Raider cross country came home from the Central Washington B League race at Liberty Bell with a second-place finish for the girls’ squad and a third-place for the boys. The Raiders’ times were... Full story


Lady Raiders sweep Trojans with ease

With the victory over the Manson Trojans last Tuesday, LR moved into second place for the North Central B League. The Lady Raiders now have a four-win, two-loss record in league play and are 7-6 overall. The momentum from the night before carried... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    School    October 24, 2012

Special month designation will get discussion

The school board got tangled up in agreeing to name November as “Native American Heritage Month,” at its meeting Monday. The item was on the agenda Monday night, and considered a procedural issue since the observation had waltzed through the... Full story


Mt. Lions hold off Raiders

The Raiders lost to Liberty Bell 12-6 last Friday at Liberty Bell. The Mt. Lions’ homecoming victory keeps them in the hunt for a playoff spot, making their game against White Swan the decider for who takes the numbers two and three spots for... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    School    October 24, 2012

Firm chosen for contract

A Spokane Valley firm, Engineering Economics, Inc., has been hired by the school district to perform commissioning services for the K-12 school project, a requirement by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The district received... Full story


This week in sports

Thurs., Oct. 25 TBA, Cross Country District Championships. Fri., Oct. 26 1 p.m., Cross Country - District Championships, Ellensburg’s Rhineheart Park. 7 p.m., Football here with White Swan, (Senior Night) Tues, Oct. 30 5 p.m., Volleyball at... Full story


18, and life to go!

Well, yesterday our boy became a man. His 18th birthday and an adult by society standards. Although he has acted and been pretty responsible during the last few years, I can remember when I came into... Full story


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