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 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 28, 2016 

School bus driver shortage looms

The Grand Coulee Dam School District is “seriously” short of bus drivers. Recruiting bus drivers hasn’t worked, and “advertising for them the past few years has failed to replace retiring drivers,” bus manager Bill Kemble said this week....

 
 News    September 28, 2016 

Spectacular hike

Nick Heilman, of Grand Coulee, takes in the view Sunday afternoon from near the top of Steamboat Rock, overlooking two boaters on Banks Lake and the Steamboat Rock State Park campground. - Jacob...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 28, 2016 

City presses ahead with controversial plan

Electric City has adopted its Revitalization and Pathways plan by a 5-0 council vote and is already moving ahead to accomplish one of its goals — sidewalks and curbing along SR-155 as it goes through the city’s business district. The city has...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 28, 2016 

Two seek appointment to council

Two residents have indicated interest in the vacant council seat in Grand Coulee. The city had advertised for someone to fill the vacancy that occurred when Erin Nielsen resigned after taking job in Boise, Idaho. Expressing an interest in serving...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 28, 2016 

Four towns cooperate on paving grant

Area vehicles could have a lot of sticky tar on their tires if a four-town request for grants to chip seal a number of area streets comes through in October. Four towns have applied for a state Transportation Improvement Board chip seal grant...

 
 News    September 28, 2016 

Scores show up for free food

The parking lot and surrounding area at Zion Lutheran Church was full last Thursday as the Second Harvest mobile truck distributed free food to scores who showed up. The event was sponsored by the...

 
 News    September 28, 2016 

Newsbriefs

GC fire and ambulance busy The Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service reported five fire calls and 28 ambulance calls during August. Fire calls included four mutual aid responses and one vehicle fire. Eight ambulance calls were...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 28, 2016 

Gas thieves drill and drain tanks

Jess Ford of Grand Coulee has had 15 vehicles' fuel tanks drilled by thieves in the past four months. Several of the tanks were drilled while inside a fenced-in storage area off Van Tyne Avenue, just...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    September 28, 2016 

Candidates forum set for Oct. 13

Okanogan County Board of Commissioners candidates will address the public in an open forum Thursday, October 13, in Coulee Dam at Lake Roosevelt Schools. The forum, sponsored by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place in the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 21, 2016

School board sets four main goals

The school board has set four main goals as the Grand Coulee Dam School District heads into the new school year. Superintendent Paul Turner and members of the board met in a long evening retreat to discuss school affairs and to set some specific goal...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    September 21, 2016

Hospital begins bridge building - with a powwow

When Coulee Medical Center leaders wanted to find ways to cure the hospital's ailing relationship with members of the Colville Tribes, an idea for a good start popped into Shoshanna Jordan's mind:...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 21, 2016

Councilmember reprimanded

The Electric City Council reprimanded one of its own members for violating rules of procedure at its meeting last Tuesday night. The complaint against Councilmember Birdie Hensley originated from an online posting she’d made that stated that...

 
 News    September 21, 2016

Work days set for golf course

Volunteers, bring your rakes and shovels. Banks Lake Golf Course needs your help. Golf officials there are planning the plugging of the greens and sanding them, Sept. 26–28. Jim Keene, chairman of Port District 7, which manages of the course, put...

 
 News    September 21, 2016

Alumni support new sport

Coulee Dam All Class Reunion representatives donate a $2,700 check Friday to the Lake Roosevelt athletic program to help with startup expenses for the new soccer program. The money came from...

 
 News    September 21, 2016

Newsbriefs

A grand picnic The Electric City community picnic held Sept. 10, raised $1,000 towards the development of the city’s new park site, behind the fire station. A year ago a similar picnic raised $2,500, and an additional $30,000 has been budgeted by...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 21, 2016

Pathway discussion lists fears and research

A large number of “not in my neighborhood” trail opponents turned out last Tuesday night to express their fears about Electric City’s Pathway and Trails plan. Their appearance and comments dominated the first half of the city council meeting,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 21, 2016

Bus garage hit by thieves again

Thieves hit the school district's bus operation again last weekend. This time they siphoned gas from one bus and stole two batteries from the district's boom truck. Bus officials stated early Tuesday...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 21, 2016

Bowden joins C.D. police

Paul Bowden joined the Coulee Dam police force Monday. Bowden comes to the Coulee Dam Police Department from Wilbur where he served as an officer for 12 years. The new officer was appointed a sergeant. Coulee Dam has been advertising for a police...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 21, 2016

Best of Northwest grill it out

It was like grill heaven Sunday at North Dam Park. Seventeen grills were cooking and grill masters turned out from Idaho, Oregon and throughout Washington, going after prize money and having fun at the same time. Many of the top 10 competitors in...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 14, 2016

Harvest Festival offers fun this weekend

This would be a good weekend to stay in the Coulee and take advantage of the many facets of the fifth annual Harvest Festival. Gather the kids, the grandkids, and be at North Dam Park for a celebration designed for all ages. The Grand Coulee Dam Area...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 14, 2016

Run the Dam race set for this Saturday

So you’ve always wanted to run across Grand Coulee Dam. Now is your opportunity! Join the third annual Run the Dam crowd, at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, and take part in one of the scheduled distance runs - 5K, 10K, or half marathon. The event...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    September 14, 2016

Two wild fires threaten towns

Two wildfires burned separately Sunday afternoon and threatened Elmer City, Coulee Dam and Grand Coulee, while residents watched as flames lit up the hillsides on both sides of the Columbia River. Loc...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 14, 2016

Elmer City will fight Coulee Dam lawsuit

Elmer City hired its own lawyer in response to a threatened lawsuit from the town of Coulee Dam. The Elmer City Council was unanimous in its decision last Thursday night to oppose a lawsuit by Coulee Dam, which claims it is owed some $55,000 in...

 
 News    September 14, 2016

Pork plates for a park

City Councilmember Lonna Bussert serves up some fruit to top off a plate at a fundraiser for a new city park. A few dozen turned out Saturday in Electric City for the "Pig for a Park" community...

 
 News    September 14, 2016

Newsbriefs

Candidates forum set for Coulee Dam Okanogan County voters can hear their candidates for county commission seats address the issues at a special forum in October in Coulee Dam being arranged by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce. The...

 

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