Coulee Recollections

A look at the past


Ten Years Ago

It’s a late winter afternoon, the water is cold and Don Miller is stepping carefully on two boards inches above the frigid water of Banks Lake. Miller, a senior, signed up to help a local group feed thousands of fish they’re raising until spring. He’s fulfilling a requirement by Lake Roosevelt High School that all students complete a senior project. Monday was his last day.

The Coulee Dam TV association is nearly dissolved and would have been already were it not waiting on a claim against a construction company.

A new program has enabled Lake Roosevelt High School athletes the ability to help fourth graders at Wright Elementary to learn to appreciate reading. Fourth-grade teacher Angela Bona said the main focus is to give the kids a desire to read. “Reading is something that should be a lifelong goal because it helps in the pursuit of success,” she said.

The Raider wrestlers brought home three individual titles and the second place team trophy from the Warden Invitational last Saturday.

Twenty Years Ago

A crew of 25 hardy bird watchers combed a portion of the Grand Coulee on Dec. 21, and recorded 63 different bird species and a total of 7,086 winged creatures.

At Steamboat Rock State Park, the big mail rush begins just after the New Year when reservation applications for the coming summer campaign season start coming in.

Thirty Years Ago

Three new council members sworn in at the regular Coulee Dam Council meeting included Merv Schmidt, Carlos Hughes and Jack Barnard.

Winners in the Cub Scout cake decorating contest were Dennie Shambaugh and son Kent, first, Jim Black and Joey Thomas, second and Ron and Danny Cook third.

Forty Years Ago

The first baby for 1972 in the Grand Coulee Dam area arrived on Jan. 2, at the Coulee General Hospital. The little girl who weighed eight pounds is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald House, Coulee Grande. Her name is Theresa Lynn and she joins two sisters Dianna and Kim.

Coulee Medical Center ER and Walk-In Care

Fifty Years Ago

Linda Karnes, a 1961 graduate of Coulee Dam High School, was among 20 freshman women at Whitman College who recently tapped for Arrows.

Sixty Years Ago

W.O. Cormican is now serving on the police force for Grand Coulee and will be on as an extra for awhile.

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Scott are the parents of a son, Edward Sherman, born Friday, Dec. 28, at the Coulee Dam Hospital.


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