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Coulee Recollections

A look at the past


64 Years Ago Bureau diver D.S. “Spud” O’Donnell; right; and tender; Glen Eggleston; taking soundings in the prepakt concrete placing area around the base of the right powerhouse training wall of GCD. The grout will be pumped through the vertical pipes which are placed on 5-foot centers over the whole area to be grouted. This work is being done by the Pacific Bridge Company; contractors; as part of their contract. March 1949

Ten Years Ago

The “Balde” Eagle festival returns to the Grand Coulee Dam area Feb. 14-16 for three days devoted to everything eagle.

The chamber of commerce honored two members at a banquet Thursday night, and outlined plans for this year. Winning annual “Business of the Year” award was the Siam Palace, a tribute to the restaurant’s ability to attract customers from surrounding towns to the community and to their employee satisfaction. Naming this year’s achiever of the year, last year’s recipient, Roy Hamilton, said he could try to string the crowd along about Four Winds Guest House Bed and Breakfast co-owner Dick Taylor’s achievements without naming him, but everyone would know who he is.

Volunteers who toss feed into the fish pens near Electric City will now have the choice of doing the task themselves or allowing a solar-powered feeder do most of the job. Promoters of Wildlife and Environmental Resources (POWER) Pres. Carl Russell said two solar-powered feeders will be placed on the pens in March when 50,000 new kokanee and rainbow trout fingerlings are pumped into the net-pens.

The pre-match seedings held up as Lake Roosevelt finished third in the Caribou Trail League Team Duals Saturday at Tonasket. The Raiders hammered Brewster 61-12 to earn the right to challenge number-one seed Tonasket. The Tigers dropped Lake Roosevelt 49-27 and Liberty Bell 45-24 to convincingly take the CTL team title. The Raiders came back to pound Okanogan 48-29 to take third place.

Twenty Years Ago

A group of citizens is calling for anyone interested in keeping Coulee Dam’s swimming pool open this summer to show up at next week’s meeting of the Regional Board of Mayors.

Jessica Hall, the area’s Young Woman of the Year, received a $150 scholarship by the judges as recipient of one of the panel evaluation awards.

Penny Rosenberg, partner in Rosenberg Ranch from Grand Coulee has been selected to participate in a two-year agriculture and forestry leadership development program.

Pictured this week was Charlie Long and his friend Misty (yellow lab), ice fishing on Banks Lake.

Joy and David McClure of Nespelem are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Rachel Lorain on Jan. 2, in Omak. She weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz.

Thirty Years Ago

Holly Campbell and Leann Lambert were presented with trophies at the VFW dinner held last week in Electric City.

The Rev. Robert A. Jackson and family were honored Sunday at the coffee hour at the Coulee Dam Community Church. This was his first day of officially conducting the morning service.

On behalf of the Meyers family, Ray Gilman, principal of GCD Junior High, presented Chane Salois Panther Booster Club president a check for $125.

Army Sgt. Michael Allen, son of Darlene M. Allen of Grand Coulee, participated in Brim Frost 1983, a U.S. Readiness Command joint-service exercise held in Alaska.

The Lady Raiders lost a tough game to the Quincy Jackrabbits last week 51 to 46. High scorer for the Raiders was Shawnee Haugen with 27.

Forty Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Don Thoren of Coulee Dam were the guests of honor at a party celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Frost of Seaton’s Grove Friday night.

Airman Steven C. Lauseng, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arley D. Lauseng of Grand Coulee, has completed Air Force Basic Training.

The Gary Sanderson homesite on the Sanderson’s ranch in the Rex now has telephone service.

Fifty Years Ago

Grand Coulee city police have radar in their patrol cars now.

Listed on the fall honor roll for fall quarter at Central Washington State College in Ellensburg included Michael Palanuk of Grand Coulee.

Sixty Years Ago

At the meeting of the Grand Coulee Dam Athletic Association Monday evening, future programs for the area were discussed. The association is considering bringing bringing amateur boxing and professional wrestling to fans here.

Mayor Allen Spratline was in Olympia the first week of this month conferring with state officials on a sewage disposal plant for the city of Grand Coulee.

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