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 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

Civil service chair asserts role in chief selection

The chairman of Grand Coulees Civil Service Commission said last week that his agency and Grand Coulee’s city council should play a role in selecting a new police chief. It’s a bad idea for one person to have that kind of power, said Alan Cain,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

Mayor asks to put chief replacement on agenda

The selection of Grand Coulee’s police chief will be on the Civil Service Commission agenda when it meets Aug. 4. The request that it be placed on the agenda was made by Mayor Chris Christopherson Monday. The Civil Service Commission meets at 5:30...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

People discuss police protection in meeting

Electric City residents had their opportunity to share their feelings about police protection in the city last night during a community meeting in the fire hall. The city and Grand Coulee came together recently and agreed to a one-year extension of...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

Local nurse helps at fire shelter

A local registered nurse worked with the Red Cross shelter at Omak over the weekend. Nurse Alan Cain, of Grand Coulee, who went to Omak Thursday, returned home Monday night when the shelter was closed, but expects to return where needed later. “The...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

Tour previews character of new school building

The hallways are polished and colorful. The elementary gym is ready for play, and all marked out for basketball and volleyball. Hoops are up. Racks are in the library and both libraries are ready for...

 
 News    July 23, 2014 

Newsbriefs

Outdoor burning is banned The Grant County Board of Commissioners issued a temporary ban on outdoor burning effective, Wednesday, July 16. The ban prohibits all outdoor burning until further notice and will be lifted when conditions improve. If...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 23, 2014 

Region responds to firestorm

When a storm system moved across the region July 14, lightning started multiple fires just as temperatures would reach into the 100s for days, feeding what would become the largest wildfire in state...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

Reservation fires quelled

Mt. Tolman Fire Center personnel are concerned about weather reports of a storm and possible lightning strikes that is going to pass through the area this Thursday. Kathy Moses said Tuesday that firefighters have welcomed the change in the weather...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

Some inter-town disputes resolved

Differences regarding wastewater treatment billings between Coulee Dam and Elmer City are slowly getting resolved. The two council committees met July 17, and agreed to two adjustments between the two towns. Representing Coulee Dam were council...

 
 News    July 23, 2014 

Plan to enhance employees lives in the works

Coulee Dam employees could be on the road to wellness. Town clerk Stefani Bowmen is working on a plan that will enhance the lives of town employees in several ways. The plan also, if enough participate, would enable the town to get a 2-percent...

 
 News    July 23, 2014 

Plan to enhance employees lives in the works

Coulee Dam employees could be on the road to wellness. Town clerk Stefani Bowmen is working on a plan that will enhance the lives of town employees in several ways. The plan also, if enough participate, would enable the town to get a 2-percent...

 
 News    July 23, 2014 

Clarification of story

A clarification on a brief report about Steve Salstrom commenting before the Electric City council at its last meeting follows: Salstrom says loud music at Electric City Tavern does not keep him awake at night (Salstrom lives a block away), and he...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 23, 2014 

Street priorities questioned

Grand Coulees six-year street plan was derailed last Tuesday night when Fire Chief Richard Paris took issue with it. The council sent the plan back to committee to digest what Paris had to say. Paris asked the council why the six-year plan focused...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 23, 2014 

How far are we from the fires?

It's difficult to grasp the size of the fires burning in Washington when some says they've burned 168,000 acres. But most of us are familiar with our area on maps. Here's a map of the area, with red...

 
 By press release    News    July 23, 2014 

Thunderstorms cause Internet outage in many eastern Washington communities

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. Due to severe thunderstorms in the Spokane area, a fiber cable located near Fish Lake in eastern Washington was severed by a fallen tree. As a result, customers in the following communities and surrounding areas may be...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Police issues topic of Grand Coulee Council

It was Grand Coulee’s turn last night to address where its police contract with Electric City is going. Two council members were instrumental in working out an arrangement that would extend Grand Coulee’s police contract with Electric City for on...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 16, 2014

Brush fire burning thousands of acres

A brush fire that started south of Leahy Junction Wednesday afternoon had consumed nearly 7 square miles of grass and brush by this morning after some short-range jumping and fast movement late...

 
 By press release    News    July 16, 2014

Emergency declared in 20 counties due to multiple wildfires, extreme fire conditions

OLYMPIA -- A state of emergency was declared late Tuesday, July 14, in 20 Eastern Washington counties in response to multiple wildfires threatening homes, businesses, public infrastructure, and...

 
 News    July 16, 2014

Quick storm hammers area

A brief storm, with high winds, lightning and rain hit north of Elmer City, and north of Nespelem and Keller Monday. Mt. Tolman Fire officials said there were over 100 lightning strikes on the Colville Reservation. A few small spot fires were being...

 
 News    July 16, 2014

Annual 4th of July celebration held

With hundreds attending, the Sunday afternoon pow-wow, held at the Nespelem Circle Grounds, marked the closing of the annual 10-day Fourth of July Celebration, where Native American dancers, from...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Junior rodeo offers young fun this weekend

You can capture the fun this weekend when the Ridge Riders feature their Junior Rodeo, beginning at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Bring your cameras and capture some of the most exciting type of rodeo activity you will ever see. Watch youngsters...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Spokane shooting has local connection

A 28-year-old man who was arrested by Spokane police after an incident at Deaconess Hospital is a person of interest in an ongoing investigation by Grand Coulee police. Cameron A. Trevino, listed from Nespelem, was involved in an incident in...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Making progress on fires

One Central Washington fire has been put out and firefighters are making progress on two others, officials reported Friday. Crews mopped up the Highland Fire, just east of Bridgeport early Friday. Two strike teams that were preparing to leave...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Death march Veteran visits the coulee

A veteran who "was surrendered" by Bataan military authorities to the Japanese in World War II, was a visitor to Grand Coulee Monday. Dan Crowley, who enlisted in Hartford, Connecticut, in early...

 
 News    July 16, 2014

Newsbriefs

Illness outbreak investigated Grant County Health District staff are investigating three laboratory confirmed cases and 210 people who have come in contact with ill individuals with whooping cough (pertussis) in Mattawa and Quincy, No one has been...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Banks Lake poachers convicted

Four Western Washington men were convicted last week in Grant County Superior Court for poaching on Banks Lake, using gill nets to catch dozens of fish Dec. 5, 2013. “There really is no excuse for this behavior,” Grant County Prosecutor Angus Lee...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Family members of deceased dam workers like memorial idea

Of the 81 workers who lost their lives while working on Grand Coulee Dam, 79 have been identified by researcher Susan Dechant. Dechant has been researching the accident incidents for the past several years and only recently reported that she was...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 16, 2014

Playhouse drawing set for Saturday

Some lucky child is going to end up with a playhouse this weekend. It's the annual one built by DWK Fowler Construction and given to the Ridge Riders for a special drawing, this year at the Junior...

 
 News    July 16, 2014

Reckless shooting at Jamison Lake

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man after responding to a reckless shooting incident near the Jameson Lake Resort last Friday. Deputies received a report that two men were shooting in a reckless manner and the reporting party was...

 
 News    July 16, 2014

Burning ban in Grant County

The Grant County Board of Commissioners have issued a temporary ban on outdoor burning effective, Wednesday, July 16. The ban prohibits all outdoor burning until further notice and will be lifted when conditions improve. If citizens are caught...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 9, 2014

Cities may extend police coverage a year to study issue

The police issue between Grand Coulee and Electric City took a number of twists and turns this past week. Electric City had threatened to walk away from extending its law enforcement contract with Grand Coulee and develop its own police department....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 9, 2014

Chamber: festival expenses are not federally funded

As the local chamber of commerce got ready to host thousands of people in the area to its annual Festival of America last Friday and Saturday, members became aware of misperceptions among the public...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 9, 2014

"Consolidation" uttered at council

Consolidation — the word that sends chills up local spines, was spoken last Tuesday night. City Councilmember Tom Poplawski brought it up at the Grand Coulee City Council meeting. And he even said it out loud. Poplawski noted that maybe it was...

 
 By Roger S Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    July 9, 2014

Firefighters busy over the holiday

A number of small fires marred the busy July 4 holiday weekend, Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Chief Richard Paris reported this week on behalf of several responding agencies, and one large fire near Keller was still being battled Tuesday morning. At...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 9, 2014

Mystery man cleans up North Dam

A civic minded man made a big contribution of labor Saturday, helping to clean up the top of North Dam after Fourth of July fireworks the night before. But no one knows who he is. The young man, say Bureau of Reclamation officials, was walking by...

 
 News    July 9, 2014

Newsbriefs

Gift made of vacation pay The Grand Coulee Dam School District board of directors accepted a $740.61 cash gift from Guillermo Guzman, a former Spanish teacher at Lake Roosevelt High School, at its recent meeting. The gift was from money the district...

 
 News    July 9, 2014

Nespelem names interim principal

Deborah Panke will take over July 14 as Nespelem Elementary School’s principal, following a decision by the school board in a special Monday night meeting. Panke, the school’s special education teacher, will take over in the wake of the recent...

 
 News    July 9, 2014

New manager hired at store

A South Carolina man was named manager at the Variety Store recently. Owner John Sweeden selected Dave Slyter as manager of the Grand Coulee store. The two had served together in the Sprouse Reitz...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 9, 2014

Crews removing asbestos before demolition

Crews from IB-1, an asbestos abatement firm, are currently removing asbestos from the classroom wing of Lake Roosevelt High School, and district officials stated last week that it will take about two weeks to complete the work. Then it will be time...

 
 News    July 9, 2014

Junior rodeo offers fun coming up

There will be laughs guaranteed for those attending the Ridge Riders Junior Rodeo, July 19-20. And it’s free for the entire family. The wrangling starts at 10 a.m. both days, promising family fun and plenty of action, including bareback riding,...

 
 News    July 9, 2014

Nespelem rodeo coming up

With 13 standard rodeo events and four special events, the Nespelem Celebration Rodeo will offer a wide variety for fans July 12-13 at the Nespelem Rodeo Grounds, in conjunction with the annual powwow and stick games. Everything from saddle broncs...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 2, 2014

Top of Electric City agenda: levy for new police department

A special levy on the Aug. 5 primary ballot could produce about $200,000 towards an Electric City police department, city officials said Monday. Mayor Jerry Sands and City Clerk Jackie Perman said the idea of an Electric City police department would...

 
 News    July 2, 2014

Win in a cinch

Austin Olma and Kent Clark of the winning Dennis Wines team, tie up a steer during the Ridge Riders' Ranch Rodeo Saturday night. - Scott Hunter photo Ranch rodeo results listed The Dennis Wines team...

 
 News    July 2, 2014

Reclamation selects new GCD power manager

The Bureau of Reclamation has appointed a new leader for Grand Coulee Dam. Regional Director Lorri Lee, for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Region, announced Thursday that Coleman Smith is returning to the Pacific Northwest Region to...

 
 News    July 2, 2014

July 4th celebration plans inside

It may not be a patriotic duty, but it certainly is a patriotic privilege to attend the Festival of America this Friday and Satur- day at the park below the Visitor Center. For the complete schedule,...

 
 News    July 2, 2014

Grand Coulee woman wrecks on dam hill

A woman hit the rocks on the west side of the highway just north of Grand Coulee Dam at Riley Point Tuesday morning, rolling her 2003 Jeep Liberty. Anastashia Ridgely, 23, of Grand Coulee, was taken...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 2, 2014

Town selects firm to analyze alternatives for sewer plant

Coulee Dam is moving ahead with an “alternatives analysis” of its plan for revisions to its wastewater treatment plant. The council voted funds, not to exceed $104,572, to move forward and to determine the scope of work, and best location for,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 2, 2014

Town waiting on critical replacement at treatment plant

Coulee Dam officials have their fingers crossed that a critical piece of equipment at its wastewater treatment plant now in operation will last until a new one is received. The town council voted...

 
 News    July 2, 2014

Tribes removing predator fish in Sanpoil River

A crew of six tribal fisheries staffers are working on the Sanpoil River from mid-May to July to catch as many walleye and smallmouth bass as they can in hoping to improve redband rainbow trout and...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 2, 2014

Haag named to port district

Gary Haag was selected as commissioner of Port District 7 at a meeting last Thursday night. He replaces Orville Scharbach, who resigned from the commission several months ago. With the addition of...

 

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