Coulee Recollections

A look at the past


Sixty-three Years Ago Cableway hoist landing gravel for prepakt concrete on a work barge for transporting to the area around the base of the right training wall of Grand Coulee Dam. This work is being done by the Pacific Bridge Company, contractors, as a part of their contract. — March 1949

Ten Years Ago

An effort has been launched to encourage Electric City to adopt a cleanup law similar to Grand Coulee’s. Grand Coulee resident Gerald Sands attended the Electric City council meeting March 26 to tell the council that Electric City has junk all over town that needs to be cleaned up. He said a recent legal victory for Grand Coulee shows that a nuisance ordinance requiring property owners to clean up their property can be upheld.

Big patches of sagebrush and mounds of dirt are being removed in order to build a new place for Grand Coulee Dam area residents to have fun. Sunbanks Resort, which lies right outside of Electric City on Banks Lake, will soon have an 18-hole miniature-golf course with a unique name.

A fire at Coulee Dam’s regular burn site slipped out of control Monday afternoon, nearly sending wildfire beneath high voltage electrical lines from the Grand Coulee Dam.

The Raider tennis team swept Okanogan in CTL action, then stroked past a short-handed Wilson Creek team, but bowed to Brewster last week.

Twenty Years Ago

On Tuesday of this week, James D. Keene, PhS, superintendant of the Grand Coulee Dam School District resigned his post. In July, Keene will take over as superintendent of the Clarkston school district.

March went out like a lamb, leaving an early bloom on the fruit and flowering trees in the Grand Coulee Dam area.

The Coulee Community Hospital administration was publicly chastised last Wednesday for allegedly sandbagging a Hartline are resident who asked for hospital records.

With the help of over 35 volunteer adults and one new pitching machine, about 150 children will learn the basics of basketball this summer.

Friends of Elaine and Frank Sanford are invited to share in the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary on April 11.

Shannon Nason, a senior at Lake Roosevelt High School was selected as queen for the annual Yakima National All-Indian Basketball tournament.

Thirty Years Ago

The Lake Roosevelt girls’ basketball team will have an awards banquet at Center Elementary this Friday.

Increasing unregulated motorcycles and other ORV use of Rattlesnake Canyon area east of Crescent Lake is accelerating erosion and other resource damage.

The Coulee Dam Business Association is scheduling the opening of the Space Needle Information Center in April.

Winners in the Adult/Student Division of the Coulee Dam Federal Employee Association bowling tournament were Kelly and Quincy Snow and Kevin and Carl Sheehy.

Forty Years Ago

Debbie Slover, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grover M. Lott of Grand Coulee was selected to participate in the All State Chorus this past weekend in Vancouver, WA.

Eighteen-year-olds will vote in future elections of the Colville Confederated Tribes, according to a constitutional amendment approved by tribal members.

Fifty Years Ago

Pat and Rex Allen of the Rex area arrived home from Central Washington College at Ellensburg for a vacation during the quarter break.

The annual junior/senior play will be presented March 23 in the Grand Coulee High School gym under the direction of Richard Behrens.

Sixty Years Ago

Boyd Hanna, Republican committeeman from Elmer City and Mrs. Simon McSweeney, Democratic committeewoman from Electric City will speak at the League of Woman Voters annual meeting March 25.

The Eagles and Moose Lodges of Grand Coulee sponsored jointly Miss Sandra Haggard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Haggard of Electric City as princess from Grand Coulee for the Columbia Basin Water Festival.

Coulee Medical Center ER and Walk-In Care

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