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 By Scott Hunter    News    October 1, 2014 

Council's strategic inaction stymies business plan Mechanic shop owner may file suit

Doing nothing can change everything if you couch the resulting message just right. Official city inaction Monday night dashed Mike Horne’s hopes of moving his auto repair business down the street...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 1, 2014 

Chamber of commerce committees pushing economic development

by Scott Hunter It's not as evident as the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Colorama parade through the main business district, but chamber committees have been working behind the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    October 1, 2014 

New programs raise sticky questions for schools

Advances in a program designed to help high school students get a leg up on college are raising questions for the local school district. Some juniors and seniors at Lake Roosevelt High School are enrolled in Wenatchee Valley College’s new online ve...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    October 1, 2014 

Golf course heading toward black

The port district is inching its way into the black at Banks Lake Golf Course. Grant County Port District 7 is about to end its third year as caretaker of the 18-hole golf course. In its first management year, the district invested about $100,000 to...

 
 News    October 1, 2014 

Newsbriefs

Mayor suffers stroke Coulee Dam Mayor Greg Wilder reportedly suffered a mild stroke Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning, several sources said. He was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center and is in good condition, relatives said, but he may require...

 
 News    October 1, 2014 

Resolution passed

The Coulee Dam town council passed a resolution last Wednesday evening honoring school Superintendent Dennis Carlson and State Sen. Linda Evans Parlette. The two were singled out by council members for the work they each did on getting the new K-12...

 
 News    October 1, 2014 

State Patrol detectives seek witnesses

At the request of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) assumed primary investigative responsibility for the fatal traffic collision involving an on-duty Grant County Sheriff’s...

 
 News    October 1, 2014 

Songs in plenty

Billy Drywater sings and plays at a concert Friday night at the Nespelem Community Center put on to show off and test out the facitlity's new recording equipment on Native American Day. The lineup...

 
 By press release    News    September 24, 2014

Parlette disappointed by FEMA denial of additional wildfire-victim assistance

  State Sen. Linda Evans Parlette says she is disappointed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is sticking by its earlier decision to deny financial assistance to individual victims of this...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 24, 2014

Electric City will negotiate on land for park

One Electric City council member’s dream of a city park could soon be a reality. Lonna Bussert, who has shown interest in park matters ever since she has been on the city council, has finally started the ball rolling on getting one. Mayor Jerry...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    September 24, 2014

Hopeful tone set at Nespelem school

Despite a rocky start to the new school year, Nespelem School directors were optimistic at their Monday meeting, pointing to new leaders and attitudes in school administration. The last school year had ended with a flurry of late resignations,...

 
 News    September 24, 2014

Painting the town

Vern Crim and several other Bureau of Reclamation workers apply a fresh coat of paint to the concrete in the median on SR 155 near the Visitor Center last Wednesday. The concrete is shaped to look...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 24, 2014

Grand Coulee Police Chief Mel Hunt is retiring

Police Chief Mel Hunt retires next Tuesday after 39 years of service in Grand Coulee. It all started for him in 1975, when Hunt signed on as a reserve officer. Then things happened fast, and he was...

 
 News    September 24, 2014

Seniors now have their bus garage

The Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center's new bus garage will house two buses they use to transport members to various outings including such things as shopping, doctor appointments and entertainment...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 24, 2014

School census counts 719

Grand Coulee Dam School District had 719 students for its official start-of-the-year count last Thursday. That’s about a full classroom more than the district had at its first day count last September. The official count was 719 students. This...

 
 News    September 24, 2014

Newsbriefs

New time for council Grand Coulee’s city council voted last Tuesday night to start its meetings at 6 p.m. Prior to the new time, the council had been meeting at 6:30 p.m. The council regularly meets on the first and third Tuesday each month....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 24, 2014

New school libraries get new books

The two new libraries at Coulee Dam schools have a lot of new books. And more are on the way. A good share of the new books in the elementary and secondary libraries have been placed there by North Central Library District, and Director Dan Howard...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 24, 2014

New sewage equipment replaces old before a breakdown

Coulee Dam town officials had their fingers crossed that a new clarifier would arrive before the old 35-year unit quit on them. It came Tuesday, and true to operator Tim Lynch's report to the town...

 
 By press release    News    September 24, 2014

State Patrol detectives seek witnesses

At the request of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) assumed primary investigative responsibility for the fatal traffic collision involving an on-duty Grant County Sheriff’s...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 17, 2014

Grand Coulee was $250k behind in billing Electric City

Since 2011, Grand Coulee hasn’t billed Electric City for its share of the cost of operating and maintaining the wastewater treatment plant the two cities jointly own. Grand Coulee City Clerk Carol Boyce acknowledged Tuesday that the billings...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    September 17, 2014

New LR school opens with plenty of fanfare and lots of students

The new school complex in Coulee Dam opened Monday without a serious glitch. But there were kids, kids, and more kids. Following years of declines, student numbers on Monday were 22 percent more than...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 17, 2014

Water rate meeting gets contentious

Coulee Dam residents got a taste of the difficulties in coming up with a fair water rate for the town at a public meeting last Wednesday night. The audience got to hear and see how an increasing block rate would work in determining future water...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 17, 2014

Street, restroom problems discussed

A business owner and local citizen proved that you can take on city hall, you just don’t always win. Ray Duclos had a lot to say about a pavement issue near Harvest Foods, the family business, and the cleaning of a restroom at Mason City Park at...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 17, 2014

Electric City considering building new park

Electric City may be getting a park. The mayor was instructed by the city council last week to contact the Baptist Church School officials in Electric City and develop an offer for the northern...

 
 News    September 17, 2014

School supplies collected

Renée and Bill McCarty, managers of the Moose Lodge, get ready Sept. 3 to deliver school supplies collected by lodge members to help out students. - Scott Hunter photo...

 

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