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Coulee Recollections

A look at the past


Ten Years Ago

The goal of flying lots of American flags in all four of the towns in the Grand Coulee Dam area might not occur after all. Members of the Elmer City Town Council voiced their concerns about the project last Thursday.

OMAK - the largest business in north central Washington took a huge step Friday, as CTEC, the Colville Tribes’ business arm, reopened an Omak mill shuttered for the last 20 months.

During the month of March first and second semester art students are displaying their work at the Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union, the show is open during regular Credit Union business hours.

Fourth and eight grade students from Nespelem School attended the Northwest Council for Computer Education Conference to present their research and finished product on local historical markers last Friday in Seattle.

Twenty Years Ago

Commissioners from the Brewster and Coulee Community Hospital District failed Monday night to forge an agreement on how to iron out a dispute over proposed annexations to each district involving common land.

Applications for water rights on the Columbia and Snake Rivers went on hold as of March 14, when the state Department of Ecology issued an emergency ruling.

Thirty Years Ago

The Grand Coulee United Methodist Church recently presented a musical program. Those included in the performance were Holly Nutt, Heather Nutt, Nikki Holmes, Roni Jo Gross, Brenda Parratt, Jennifer Price, Patrick Canady and Christina Holmes.

John Rook is the new owner of KNCW Radio. He is formerly of California.

The annual Federal Employees Association bowling tournament was held recently with the 4-man team taking first in the men’s division. They included Jim Crabtree, Lowell Bowman, Norm Easterly. Winners in the woman’s division were the Pinwheels which included Betty Davis, Merle Cox, Marie Hakola and Evelyn Huff.

LeaAnn Snyder was recently chosen as the 1982 Ridge Rider Junior Rodeo Queen. Princesses were Jodi Rosenberg and Angela Davidson.

Forty Years Ago

Addding to the skyline along River Drive in Coulee Dam is a new 12-unit $160,000 apartment house overlooking the Columbia River. The apartments are approximately 800 square feet in size and are both furnished and unfurnished with the most modern appliances available and wall to wall carpeting. The units will rent from $180 to $205 per month with electricity included.

Fifty Years Ago

The Okanogan Volunteer Fire Department #2, will hold its annual waffle and ham supper Saturday, March 17 at the Elmer City town hall. Prices are $1.25, $.75 for children.

Donna Hart of Electric City was pleasantly surprised at a birthday party in her honor Friday evening. Those present were Pat Galope, Jannet Kusel, Dick Behrens, George Sanford, Jennie Gobin, Bonnie Barnaby, Pat Perry, Fred Manzer, Rick McClain, Mike Allen and Rodney Bise.

Sixty Years Ago

Men and equipment are busy getting the Dennison Carlson lumber mill in condition for production. The mill, formerly operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, was awarded to the firm on their high bid last week. It is located on Lake Roosevelt a half mile behind the dam.

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