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 By Scott Hunter    News    April 16, 2014 

Hospital CEO resigns, threatens suit

Coulee Medical Center's chief executive tendered his resignation with a required 90-day notice last Thursday, offering to stay on until the end of that time but stating his intention to seek "liabilit...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 16, 2014 

Daycare, bus garage zoning in

Grand Coulee decided Tuesday night to move forward on zoning changes that will permit seniors to build a garage for their two buses, and allow the development of a daycare center, all in the central business district. The council held a public...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 16, 2014 

Towns splitting on wastewater plant question

Two towns, Coulee Dam and Elmer City, linked together by wastewater treatment issues, plan to go it alone in seeking an alternative analysis to determine how to proceed with a treatment plant plan. Elmer City, moments before the town council met...

 
 News    April 16, 2014 

Dusty business

Drivers on Midway Ave., also called State Route 155, follow a pilot car Monday past workers on a $15.5 million project that is spread over 238 miles on 10 state highways in five counties. The project...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 16, 2014 

Old pavement in use again

The out-with the old and in with the new pavement project in the Grand Coulee area ended up helping Electric City pave one of its newest streets. Electric City received over 50 truckloads of ground...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 16, 2014 

Bowling alley sale in process

Riverview Lanes is in the process of being sold. Pat and Sara Zlateff said this week that Sherry Moore, an Electric City resident, will become owner of the eight-lane alley on May 1. Moore still has to work her way through a lease arrangement with...

 
 News    April 16, 2014 

Newsbriefs

Book fair in progress The PTA is sponsoring a book fair in progress at Grand Coulee Dam Middle School from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the library. They could use help with the event. If you’d like to help, call Kim at 633-3542 or Karen at 633-0520. The...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 16, 2014 

Researcher Dechant to speak on monument history

Coulee Dam's town council will hear about those who gave their lives during construction of Grand Coulee Dam next Wednesday night, and how there is a need for a suitable memorial to them. Susan...

 
 News    April 16, 2014 

Eight-second technique

World-famous bull rider and Grand Coulee hometown boy Shane Proctor demonstrates technique to young would-be PBR stars at his annual clinic in Nespelem April 8. — Joaquin Bustamante photo...

 
 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...

 

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