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Ten Years Ago

A new X-ray machine sits in storage, while a decades-old vintage model remains in use at Coulee Community Hospital because it’s tough to fit new codes into an old building. The machine could be considered symbolic of CCH’s uncertain future and the choices facing taxpayers and hospital leaders who must contend with governmental regulation, deteriorating conditions and the need to either build new or fix old.

A Coulee Dam woman recently converted her backyard shed into a place in the Grand Coulee Dam area for people to receive free clothes and more. Jeanie McCall said she installed shelves and inserted plastic around the walls in the shed behind her rented house. As a result she named the clothing bank, “The Old Shed Out Back.”

People buying houses in the Grand Coulee Dam area have been on the rise lately, which could result in more money being put into the area’s economy. Foisy and Kennedy Inc. realty broker Merle Kennedy said there has been a gradual improvement in the local market. A signs of health includes fewer homes on the market at one time.

Twenty Years Ago

The State Gambling Commission will come to Grand Coulee to hear public comment regarding its proposed gambling pact with the Colville Tribes. The meeting is scheduled for Aug. 28.

About 50 honeybees took stinging exception to Stan Ball’s chain saw attack on their home last Thursday morning. Ball nearly died of shock in the few minutes it took to get him from the tree on Center Avenue and Partello in Grand Coulee to the hospital.

Coulee Community Hospital district commissioners voted Monday to draft a formal response to the Lincoln Hospital District’s proposed annexation of lands within five miles of CCH.

Gary and Candi Rosco of Grand Coulee are proud to announce the birth of their son Scott Douglas. He was born July 23, 1992, in Spokane and weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces.

Thirty Years Ago

The Banks Lake Drive-In was broken into via a window in the back of the building Aug. 2. A ladder, belonging to the drive-in was used to enter the building. Five machines, one pinball and one jukebox were broken into with a hammer and between $500 to $700 was taken.

With the approval of the Department of Social and Health Services, Dental Health Division in Olympia, officials of the City of Coulee Dam will discontinue fluoridation of the city’s east side water system for the rest of the summer.

Classes 1971-74 of the Almira High School are holding a reunion Sat. Aug. 7 with a no-host reunion at the Almira Legion Hall.

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