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Seventy-Four Years Ago - Welding is in progress on the installation of an 18-foot diameter steel penstock liner section. The scaffold is used by the welders to make the circumferential seam joining this section with the one previously installed. — Dec. 1939

Ten Years Ago

The roar of boat motors will fill the air of Banks Lake this summer as competitive boat racing returns to the Gand Coulee Dam area. The Northwest Water Competition is organizing the second annual “Racer Reunion Regatta” on June 14 and 15 at Sunbanks Resort said member Roy Mackey.

Coulee Dam’s Douglas Park will soon be renovated to the way it looked when Grand Coulee Dam was built. The town council Wednesday approved a $121,427 bid from Ellensburg, Wash.-based MRM Construction to renovate the park. That puts the project about $48,000 less than what the town set aside in the 2003 budget.

Local schools have been focusing on getting kids to read - and grownups to read with them - over the last month. Community members frequented the halls and classrooms of both A. E. Wright and Nespelem elementary schools, and Nespelem kids even traveled to the adults - at work.

Twenty Years Ago

A day discussion presented by independent experts was held to try and put together a plan for consolidating the area’s towns into one government.

A letter of permission granted about a year ago to temporarily operate a business returned to haunt the Grand Coulee City Council. Until the city’s comprehensive plan is rewritten, the permanent location of Willie and Co. rentals hangs in uncertainty.

Ice on Lake Roosevelt, a rare winter occurrence, formed behind Grand Coulee Dam during the area’s most recent cold snap.

Thirty Years Ago

This weekend two VICA students traveled with their advisor Joyce Moore to Yakima for the regional VICA leadership competition. Laura Garcia took first in the VICA Creed competition and a silver medal in the nursing assistant skills competition. Rachelle Orr took a silver medal in the job interview competition she also competed in the talent contest and took second.

The annual drawdown of Lake Roosevelt behind Grand Coulee Dam is underway. The present level of the lake is down about 11 feet from the full pool. Current plans call for a lake level of 1260 (down 30 feet) by mid-March and 1240 (down 50 feet) by April.

Six girls will be vying for the title of Grand Coulee Dam Jr. Miss/Miss Grand Coulee Dam. They include Deena Hamilton, Deanna Brown, Terry Waterer, Julie Castrodale, Kim Vordahl and Jackie Palmer.

Congratulation are in order to Sharon Rinker who made her very first 600 series (174/203/234) for a 611.

Forty Years Ago

Carl Russell Tire Center is the new name of one of Grand Coulee’s newest businesses.

Just as the prophecy said “Tacoma or Bust”, the Lake Roosevelt Raiders are on their way to the state tournament.

Trevor Tucker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Tucker, brought the first buttercup into the Star office. He found the perennial in the Northrup Canyon area.

The engagement of Nancy Lynne Crampton to Steven Carlson, has been announced by her parents Mr. and Mrs. William H. Crampton. Steve is the son of Bus and Marge Carlson of Grand Coulee. A June wedding is planned.

Fifty Years Ago

Coulee Dam’s hustling Beavers showed their poise Saturday night, as they tipped Omak out of contention while winning a place at the State A Basketball tourney at Tacoma.

Bob Dennis recently joined the staff at Coulee Dam City Hall as a utility man. He replaces Donald Thoren who resigned to start farming.

The Bureau of Reclamation reports that trouble exernal to the yard in a location has yet undetermined resulted in the failure of a circuit breaker in the local service switchyard Saturday afternoon.

Sixty Years Ago

The Electric City Chamber of Commerce met Tuesday evening and accepted an invitation from the Coulee City chamber to attend a dinner meeting Saturday. The group is sponsoring a fish derby on the equalizing reservoir to run from May 1 to Sept. 30.

Ground was broken Monday in north Grand Coulee for a new housing project. By fall, 11 new family units, six buildings costing between 10 and 12 thousand dollars each will be ready for occupancy.

Nespelem, Coulee City, Coulee Dam and Almira won their first round games Tuesday in the ninth annual grade tournament at the Coulee Dam High School.

Avenue.

In a historic decision last week the Colville Confederated Tribes Business Council has decided to hold a primary election this year. The action was brought on by the number of candidates appearing on the former General Election ballot.

A surprise birthday presentation was given to Randy Spotts during a break between last week’s volleyball games. Randy turned the big 30. (What does that make him now?)

The Raider girls’ basketball team kept its State hopes alive as it beat Omak 60 to 47 in District playoffs.

Quadruplet lambs were born last Wednesday on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Jackson in the Rex-Delrio area. Three lambs weighed in at eight pounds each with one weighing just under five pounds.

Forty Years Ago

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders were in high spirits Saturday night as they handily defeated Tonasket which placed them in the finals this weekend.

The Grand Coulee Dam Pagent will be held March 24 with eight girls vying for the titlem. They include Judy Steffens, Linda Thiel, Ellen Hullett, Connie Palmer, Mary Baxter, Teri Gerard, Jodi Sharr and Cherri Biggers.

A large rock slide covered a 60 foot long section of highway 155 about 10 miles south of Electric City along Banks Lake 1 p.m. Monday. Police estimated the slide to be about 20 to 30 feet deep near the coulee wall side of the road.

Pre-bid information for three generators costing about $49 million for Grand Coulee Dam was asked Thursday by Amtorg, the Soviet Union trading corporation.

Fifty Years Ago

Those receiving all A’s at Grand Coulee High School for the second semester were: Marvin Palanuk, Rick McClain and Ron Kosloski.

Jeff Palin, administrator for the Grand Coulee Dam Hospital has expressed pleasure that more than 1,800 people came to the hospital’s open house on Feb. 17.

Larry French an 8th grader at the Center School emerged as the winner of the 1963 Grand Coulee Junior High Chess tournament. Taking second was Rocky Flowers.

Sixty Years Ago

The main item of business at the meeting of the Coulee Dam advisory council held Monday evening at the community building was the matter of rent increase and the report of the special rent rate committee of real estate experts.

The long-awaited telecasting from KXLY-TV, Spokane, hit the airwaves Sunday and reception at Grand Coulee, Delano and Electric City is reported to be excellent.

Browne’s Department Store is having a closeout on men’s sport shoes beginning at $4.95.

Thirty Years Ago

Parents are joining hands with their children, Wright School and the rest of the nation in an effort to save the Statue of Liberty.

The Nespelem Grade School will be having a dedication March 6. Everyone is cordially invited to the open house for new solar-heated Nespelem Grade School. There will be at the new facility, a potluck dinner, a chance to meet the school’s staff and a Indian War Dance will be held.

The longest session in history for the Raider boys’ basketball team came to a close when the final week of league competition was completed. The Raider varsity netters failed to alter their perfect winless record. The team was defeated by Omak.

The Lady Raiders traveled to Omak last week and seized a win from the Pioneers by t he score of 62 to 35. Shaunee Haugen was high scorer with 287 points.

Airman Bobb J. Burnside, son of Wade R. and M. Burnside of Grand Coulee, has completed Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Tex. The airman is a 1982 graduate of Lake Roosevelt High School.

The Grand Coulee Dam area is proudly represented by a group of fourth, fifth and sixth graders going by the name of POPEYE, which stands for Preserve Our Physical Education for Youth Everywhere.

Forty Years Ago

Sharon Olson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Olson of Coulee Dam, was a judge in the 1973 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow. She was selected by a score in a written knowledge and aptitude examination taken by both senior boys and girls on Dec. 5. Sharon will receive a specially designed award from General Mills.

Boy Scout Troop #107 of Grand Coulee, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spent Friday night and Saturday at Summit Lake. Scouts present were Kevin Bateman, Wayne Jesse, Mark Schmidt, Mike English, Jim Rice, Rick Treim, David and Fred Stuker, Dale and David Thornton, Charles Baxter, Eric Durfee and Jeff Ervin.

Fifty Years Ago

The Grand Coulee PTA met with a full and interesting program. Denise Perkins spoke on “Lets Go Shopping.” Bill Trefry chose the subject “Ten Little Autos” and Jim Hickery spoke on “How to be Miserable.”

Sixty Years Ago

Norman Larson Q/M, UNS, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Larson of Grand Coulee, has been assigned to Bainbridge, Maryland, to attend school of electronics engineering for four months. Norman traveled from Pearl Harbor to Bainbridge by airplane.

On Feb. 1, Mr. and Mrs. Evan Jensen of Grand Coulee entertained with a dinner in honor of the 35th wedding anniversary of her parents Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Whyatt of Nespelem.

Ten Years Ago

The roar of boat motors will fill the air of Banks Lake this summer as competitive boat racing returns to the Gand Coulee Dam area. The Northwest Water Competition is organizing the second annual “Racer Reunion Regatta” on June 14 and 15 at Sunbanks Resort said member Roy Mackey.

Coulee Dam’s Douglas Park will soon be renovated to the way it looked when Grand Coulee Dam was built. The town council Wednesday approved a $121,427 bid from Ellensburg, Wash.-based MRM Construction to renovate the park. That puts the project about $48,000 less than what the town set aside in the 2003 budget.

Local schools have been focusing on getting kids to read - and grownups to read with them - over the last month. Community members frequented the halls and classrooms of both A. E. Wright and Nespelem elementary schools, and Nespelem kids even traveled to the adults - at work.

Twenty Years Ago

A day discussion presented by independent experts was held to try and put together a plan for consolidating the area’s towns into one government.

A letter of permission granted about a year ago to temporarily operate a business returned to haunt the Grand Coulee City Council. Until the city’s comprehensive plan is rewritten, the permanent location of Willie and Co. rentals hangs in uncertainty.

Ice on Lake Roosevelt, a rare winter occurrence, formed behind Grand Coulee Dam during the area’s most recent cold snap.

Thirty Years Ago

This weekend two VICA students traveled with their advisor Joyce Moore to Yakima for the regional VICA leadership competition. Laura Garcia took first in the VICA Creed competition and a silver medal in the nursing assistant skills competition. Rachelle Orr took a silver medal in the job interview competition she also competed in the talent contest and took second.

The annual drawdown of Lake Roosevelt behind Grand Coulee Dam is underway. The present level of the lake is down about 11 feet from the full pool. Current plans call for a lake level of 1260 (down 30 feet) by mid-March and 1240 (down 50 feet) by April.

Six girls will be vying for the title of Grand Coulee Dam Jr. Miss/Miss Grand Coulee Dam. They include Deena Hamilton, Deanna Brown, Terry Waterer, Julie Castrodale, Kim Vordahl and Jackie Palmer.

Congratulation are in order to Sharon Rinker who made her very first 600 series (174/203/234) for a 611.

Forty Years Ago

Carl Russell Tire Center is the new name of one of Grand Coulee’s newest businesses.

Just as the prophecy said “Tacoma or Bust”, the Lake Roosevelt Raiders are on their way to the state tournament.

Trevor Tucker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Tucker, brought the first buttercup into the Star office. He found the perennial in the Northrup Canyon area.

The engagement of Nancy Lynne Crampton to Steven Carlson, has been announced by her parents Mr. and Mrs. William H. Crampton. Steve is the son of Bus and Marge Carlson of Grand Coulee. A June wedding is planned.

Fifty Years Ago

Coulee Dam’s hustling Beavers showed their poise Saturday night, as they tipped Omak out of contention while winning a place at the State A Basketball tourney at Tacoma.

Bob Dennis recently joined the staff at Coulee Dam City Hall as a utility man. He replaces Donald Thoren who resigned to start farming.

The Bureau of Reclamation reports that trouble exernal to the yard in a location has yet undetermined resulted in the failure of a circuit breaker in the local service switchyard Saturday afternoon.

Sixty Years Ago

The Electric City Chamber of Commerce met Tuesday evening and accepted an invitation from the Coulee City chamber to attend a dinner meeting Saturday. The group is sponsoring a fish derby on the equalizing reservoir to run from May 1 to Sept. 30.

Ground was broken Monday in north Grand Coulee for a new housing project. By fall, 11 new family units, six buildings costing between 10 and 12 thousand dollars each will be ready for occupancy.

Nespelem, Coulee City, Coulee Dam and Almira won their first round games Tuesday in the ninth annual grade tournament at the Coulee Dam High School.

Avenue.

In a historic decision last week the Colville Confederated Tribes Business Council has decided to hold a primary election this year. The action was brought on by the number of candidates appearing on the former General Election ballot.

A surprise birthday presentation was given to Randy Spotts during a break between last week’s volleyball games. Randy turned the big 30. (What does that make him now?)

The Raider girls’ basketball team kept its State hopes alive as it beat Omak 60 to 47 in District playoffs.

Quadruplet lambs were born last Wednesday on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Jackson in the Rex-Delrio area. Three lambs weighed in at eight pounds each with one weighing just under five pounds.

Forty Years Ago

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders were in high spirits Saturday night as they handily defeated Tonasket which placed them in the finals this weekend.

The Grand Coulee Dam Pagent will be held March 24 with eight girls vying for the titlem. They include Judy Steffens, Linda Thiel, Ellen Hullett, Connie Palmer, Mary Baxter, Teri Gerard, Jodi Sharr and Cherri Biggers.

A large rock slide covered a 60 foot long section of highway 155 about 10 miles south of Electric City along Banks Lake 1 p.m. Monday. Police estimated the slide to be about 20 to 30 feet deep near the coulee wall side of the road.

Pre-bid information for three generators costing about $49 million for Grand Coulee Dam was asked Thursday by Amtorg, the Soviet Union trading corporation.

Fifty Years Ago

Those receiving all A’s at Grand Coulee High School for the second semester were: Marvin Palanuk, Rick McClain and Ron Kosloski.

Jeff Palin, administrator for the Grand Coulee Dam Hospital has expressed pleasure that more than 1,800 people came to the hospital’s open house on Feb. 17.

Larry French an 8th grader at the Center School emerged as the winner of the 1963 Grand Coulee Junior High Chess tournament. Taking second was Rocky Flowers.

Sixty Years Ago

The main item of business at the meeting of the Coulee Dam advisory council held Monday evening at the community building was the matter of rent increase and the report of the special rent rate committee of real estate experts.

The long-awaited telecasting from KXLY-TV, Spokane, hit the airwaves Sunday and reception at Grand Coulee, Delano and Electric City is reported to be excellent.

Browne’s Department Store is having a closeout on men’s sport shoes beginning at $4.95.

Thirty Years Ago

Parents are joining hands with their children, Wright School and the rest of the nation in an effort to save the Statue of Liberty.

The Nespelem Grade School will be having a dedication March 6. Everyone is cordially invited to the open house for new solar-heated Nespelem Grade School. There will be at the new facility, a potluck dinner, a chance to meet the school’s staff and a Indian War Dance will be held.

The longest session in history for the Raider boys’ basketball team came to a close when the final week of league competition was completed. The Raider varsity netters failed to alter their perfect winless record. The team was defeated by Omak.

The Lady Raiders traveled to Omak last week and seized a win from the Pioneers by t he score of 62 to 35. Shaunee Haugen was high scorer with 287 points.

Airman Bobb J. Burnside, son of Wade R. and M. Burnside of Grand Coulee, has completed Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Tex. The airman is a 1982 graduate of Lake Roosevelt High School.

The Grand Coulee Dam area is proudly represented by a group of fourth, fifth and sixth graders going by the name of POPEYE, which stands for Preserve Our Physical Education for Youth Everywhere.

Forty Years Ago

Sharon Olson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Olson of Coulee Dam, was a judge in the 1973 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow. She was selected by a score in a written knowledge and aptitude examination taken by both senior boys and girls on Dec. 5. Sharon will receive a specially designed award from General Mills.

Boy Scout Troop #107 of Grand Coulee, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spent Friday night and Saturday at Summit Lake. Scouts present were Kevin Bateman, Wayne Jesse, Mark Schmidt, Mike English, Jim Rice, Rick Treim, David and Fred Stuker, Dale and David Thornton, Charles Baxter, Eric Durfee and Jeff Ervin.

Fifty Years Ago

The Grand Coulee PTA met with a full and interesting program. Denise Perkins spoke on “Lets Go Shopping.” Bill Trefry chose the subject “Ten Little Autos” and Jim Hickery spoke on “How to be Miserable.”

Sixty Years Ago

Norman Larson Q/M, UNS, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Larson of Grand Coulee, has been assigned to Bainbridge, Maryland, to attend school of electronics engineering for four months. Norman traveled from Pearl Harbor to Bainbridge by airplane.

On Feb. 1, Mr. and Mrs. Evan Jensen of Grand Coulee entertained with a dinner in honor of the 35th wedding anniversary of her parents Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Whyatt of Nespelem.

 

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