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 By Roger S. Lucas    News    April 9, 2014 

Skills gained with new remodel program

It could easily have been advertised as a "show" home. Some 19 new and recently "skilled" workers, along with tribal officials, showed up last Thursday to show off a tribal-owned home in east Coulee...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 9, 2014 

Changes could allow daycare, bus garage in city

Changes that could affect the possibility of a daycare center in the central business district and a stand-alone garage to house two senior buses will be conisdered. The city of Grand Coulee will hold a public hearing on a zoning change at 6:30...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 9, 2014 

911 service down statewide for hours, now mostly restored

The statewide 911 outage has reportedly been mostly corrected. The problem reportedly occurred in Sheridan, Ore. but affected 911 centers across Washington. Officials will be looking into the reason no backup systems kicked in. --- The State E911...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 9, 2014 

UW students learn rural medicine in Grand Coulee

Grand Coulee is gaining a reputation among University of Washington students interested in rural medicine. Coulee Medical Center is among the smallest of a handful of facilities used by the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 9, 2014 

Mother pulls students after pellet gun incident

A Nespelem woman has taken her four children out of the school there and enrolled them in the Grand Coulee Dam District because of a pellet gun incident. Charity Carson said Tuesday that her 9-year-old was threatened by a 13-year-old student armed...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 9, 2014 

Network needs changes

The city of Grand Coulee faces major changes to its police department communications network that could cost up to $75,000 within the next 18 months. The new network modification, required by the state, will provide security in the transfer of...

 
 News    April 9, 2014 

Past and future considered

A chamber of commerce committee exploring options for two schools to be vacated later this year toured Center Elementary March 28, along with Patrick Downey, center, a Spokane attorney and president...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 9, 2014 

Key role at port is empty

Port District 7 is looking for a third commissioner. The district controls both the airport and 18-hole Banks Lake Golf Course and is governed by three commissioners. The district now has two commissioners, chair James Keene and Dennis Lohrman, and...

 
 News    April 9, 2014 

Newsbriefs

How big can buildings be? The Electric City planning commission will hold a workshop on steel “accessory” buildings at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, at city hall. The public is invited to come to the meeting and share its ideas and concerns about...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Tribes now providing police coverage at dam

The Colville Tribes, under a contract awarded March 10, began providing law enforcement coverage Tuesday on the east side of the Columbia River for Bureau of Reclamation lands and facilities. The law enforcement coverage on this portion of the Grand...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 2, 2014

Wilson thinks you're fed up

"Are you fed up?" asked Dave Wilson of chamber of commerce members last Thursday. "I'm still waiting to meet the first person that's not fed up" with "the disfunction in Congress." Wilson hopes to...

 
 News    April 2, 2014

Looking at a monument

Officials from the town of Coulee Dam traveled to Colville last Thursday to look at a monument that was originally located here in 1938 to honor those who died during construction of Grand Coulee...

 
 News    April 2, 2014

Newsbriefs

Box tops raise money Center School has raised over $1,200 this school year through its box tops for education program. Box top money is used to purchase playground equipment. Kindergarten registration for the next school year has begun. Students...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Library district will help with new school library

North Central Regional Library is going to assist the school district here when it sets up its two libraries in the new school complex. Dan Howard, executive director of the 29-community library district, was in Coulee Dam last week to meet with...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Bus garage, daycare get further in process

The city of Grand Coulee will hold a public hearing on requests for a bus facility for seniors and for a daycare center in the central business district at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, at the council chambers in city hall. Representatives of the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Making plans for North Dam Park

About a dozen people were on hand last Tuesday night to help develop a road map for the Coulee Area Park & Recreation District's master plan for North Dam Park. Guiding the group was graduate stud...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Bull rider clinic

Local young rodeo hopefuls will be able to chat with the professionals next Monday and Tuesday, April 8, 9, at the fifth annual Shane Proctor bull/steer riding school at the Nespelem rodeo grounds. Grand Coulee’s own Shane Proctor and a number of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Policy on outside students tightened

The Grand Coulee Dam School District amended its policy on accepting non-resident students at its meeting March 24. The district, anticipating a surge of new students anxious to attend the new school, now will allow administrators to refuse to admit...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Trail to expand toward dam

The Bureau of Reclamation will open its pedestrian access trail from the bridge at SR-155 to near the Third Powerhouse on April 15, Public Affairs Officer Lynne Brougher said Monday. The quarter-mile section has been closed for the past 12 years beca...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

State grants $8K for records safety

The town of Coulee Dam is receiving an $8,000 grant from the Washington State Archives to preserve public records and maintain government transparency. Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman sent a letter to Mayor Greg Wilder. The grant money...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 2, 2014

Policy on outside students tightened

The Grand Coulee Dam School District amended its policy on accepting non-resident students at its meeting March 24. The district, anticipating a surge of new students anxious to attend the new school, now will allow administrators to refuse to admit...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 2, 2014

Teachers and staffers support Adkins

A room full of teachers and staffers addressed the Nespelem School Board last week, declaring that Principal Superintendent John Adkins is doing a very good job. Board Member Pat Morin said it was the biggest crowd he’s seen in five years. Teacher...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 2, 2014

Sheriff releases details and a plea for support of grieving family

A young father and son drowned March 30 in an accident in the canal above Summer Falls, and the father's body still hasn't been found. This morning, Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones issued a media advisory on the matter. In 25 years of journalism, no...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 26, 2014

Hospital controversy may settle down

A corner was likely turned this week in the months-long hospital controversy that saw Coulee Medical Center’s healthcare providers and other employees pitted against administration. Public Hospital District 6 commissioners Friday afternoon...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 26, 2014

Sleepy driver not injured

A driver who told police he was homeless and driving his father's car fell asleep and crashed through the guardrail at the south end of the causeway in Electric City last Thursday morning. Ira Wolash...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 26, 2014

Mid-September school start proposed

Summers seem too short? You could be in for a longer summer this year if the school board adopts the proposed district school calendar. Granted, the calendar for the 2014-15 school year presented at Monday night’s Grand Coulee Dam School District...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 26, 2014

Upcoming question: How big can you build?

A dispute on the size of accessory buildings in Electric City will soon be on the front burner for city planners. When the city’s comprehensive plan was passed, it limited the size of accessory buildings to 850 square feet. At least two Electric...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 26, 2014

Coulee Dam seeks citizens to serve

Coulee Dam is seeking town residents to serve on three boards and fill one council seat. Mayor Gregory Wilder is asking members of the public to step up and fill three Civil Service Commission seats, five Planning Commission places, and six...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 26, 2014

Doctor gets statewide award

The chief of staff at Coulee Medical Center was given a statewide award at the annual Washington Rural Health Association’s Northwest Regional Health Conference in Spokane Wednesday. Dr. Andrew Castrodale was awarded the Dr. John Anderson Memorial...

 
 News    March 26, 2014

Newsbriefs

Long time on duty Grand Coulee police Chief Mel Hunt completed his 38th year with the department at 4 p.m. Monday this week. Blues coming to resort The Sunbanks Lake Resort spring Blues Festival will be held May 15-18, at the resort site in Electric...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 26, 2014

School will add period to day

The school district, by action of the school board, will return to a seven-period day this fall. The district has had a six-period day for the past several years and a change to the seven-period day will allow students to receive a wider range of cla...

 
 News    March 26, 2014

Cool winner

Jozlyn St. John, 11, of Grand Coulee competes Saturday in the keg toss competition on the final day of operations at Loup Loup Ski Bowl, west of Okanogan. St. John won the girls' division by tossing...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 26, 2014

Plan for running new school presented

The school board got its first look at a plan for administrators for the new school complex. Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson told the board that the new school will need two principals, a vice principal/dean of...

 
 News    March 26, 2014

Good times

Supporters of The Ridge Riders gather for the group's annual banquet and auction at the American Legion Post in Electric City Saturday night. - Scott Hunter photo...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 26, 2014

Water projects awarded

The Grand Coulee council voted to fund three water projects at its meeting March 18. The three projects were awarded to Pipkin Construction of Wenatchee on a low bid of $422,539.64, and will be funded from the city’s water reserve fund. The...

 
 By Press release    News    March 26, 2014

Reclamation awards security and law enforcement contract to the Colville Tribes

GRAND COULEE, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $697,000 contract March 10 to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation to provide security and law enforcement services on Reclamation lands and at Reclamation facilities located...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 19, 2014

Plane glides to landing after engine failure

A 10-passenger airplane lost power Thursday morning and had to make an emergency landing at the airport near Electric City. The turbine-powered Quest Kodiak left Paine Field near Seattle on a flight...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 19, 2014

Teacher resigns in settlement with school district

Guillermo Guzman, who served as a Spanish teacher at Lake Roosevelt High School until April, 2013, was given a final separation payment by school board action last week. Guzman was arrested in 2013 by the Border Patrol and Coulee Dam police on a...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 19, 2014

Hospital board to accept commissioner resignation

Public Hospital District 6 commissioners will gather in a special meeting Friday at 3 p.m. to consider the tendered resignation of Commissioner Greg Behrens. Commission President Jerry Kennedy confirmed that Behrens had given his letter of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 19, 2014

Grand Coulee police to wear video cameras

Sometime soon, Grand Coulee police officers will be wearing cameras that record video and audio to record your conversation when you are stopped for a violation. The new equipment is in the trial...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 19, 2014

Chamber to offer Run The Dam race

The local chamber of commerce will offer three runs and a walk on Colorama Saturday, all featuring a route over the Grand Coulee Dam. The Run The Dam will take place the Saturday of Colorama weekend, May 10. It will feature 5-kilometer, 10K and half...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 19, 2014

The reason decorations still up in Grand Coulee

The Christmas decorations are still up in Grand Coulee. Public works director Dennis Francis advised the city council Tuesday night that relying on volunteers to help take them down hasn’t been a viable option. Francis explained that the city...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 19, 2014

Father and son now represent tribes' Omak District

Voters in the Colville Tribes’ Omak District Sunday voted in a longtime member to fill a vacancy on the Colville Business Council, seating him next to his son, whom they had voted in for another vacancy March 1. Mel Tonasket, a one-time chair of...

 
 News    March 19, 2014

Newsbriefs

Four town vehicles to be sold The town council of Coulee Dam voted Wednesday night to declare surplus four vehicles. Those include a 2003 Crown Victoria, a 2006 Chevrolet Impala, a 1992 Cadillac Eldorado (all from the police department) and a 1991...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 19, 2014

Poch resigns from council

The town of Coulee Dam is advertising for a new councilperson. Veteran Councilmember Bob Poch announced that he is quitting the council after a 28-year stint and it was time to hang it up. He was recently elected to another four-year term last...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 19, 2014

Spokane firm to prune town trees

A Spokane firm, Senske Lawn & Tree Care, submitted the winning bid to trim trees for the town of Coulee Dam. The firm’s bid of $75,618, was accepted by the town council at its meeting Wednesday night. The town had set aside $75,000 in this...

 
 News    March 19, 2014

Envisioning a new passage

Third Powerplant Overhaul Supervisor Brad Dudley points to components of G-24, a generator being overhauled in in Grand Coulee Dam's massive Third Powerplant. Dudley helped with a tour Monday...

 
 By Rebecca Gourley WNPA Olympia News Service    News    March 19, 2014

Some drivers could see new tab fee

OLYMPIA — Some Washington drivers could see a new fee added to their vehicle-tab transactions starting next year. Both the Senate and House agreed on a bill that would add a $5 fee for vehicle-registration renewals and purchases and a $12 fee for...

 
 News    March 19, 2014

Senior Meals

Wed., March 19 - Dinner Shepherd’s Pie, Mixed Vegetables, Pineapple and Beet Salad, Cheesy Garlic Biscuits, Cookies. Thurs., March 20 - Dinner Sweet and Sour Meatballs Over a Bed of Rice, Squash, Pea Salad, Fruited Jello & Whipped Cream. First Day...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 12, 2014

Commissioners to look for cause to fire hospital CEO

Revelations and rancor dominated a two-and-a-half-hour hospital commission meeting that culminated with steps taken toward the possible ouster of Coulee Medical Center's CEO and for an independent...

 

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