Coulee Recollections

A look at the past


Ten Years Ago

Sleeping in the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Arrival Center parking lot paid off for an Oregon couple last Friday when they were reunited with their pet beagle. Tammy Coyne of Canby, Ore., said her and her husband, Phil’s eight-month-old beagle Daisy escaped from their recreational vehicle during the show. She said Daisy was scared by the fireworks and ran from the RV when their 8-year-old granddaughter Sybrina Coyne opened the door at about 10:35 p.m. to watch the fireworks on a blanket.

An art show in the name of a former Lake Roosevelt High School student suffering from cancer recently opened in Seattle. Mae Monsanto was diagnosed with ovarian leiomyosarcoma more than two years ago and the art show was organized to honor her and other cancer survivors.

Twenty Years Ago

A storm that cut across eastern Washington Saturday caused minor road damage, played mischief on utilities and gave residents a glimpse of the intensity of which other nature is capable of.

Top riders are expected at the Ridge Rider junior rodeo this week end. Local standouts will be Jesse Palmer and Luther Leith in the senior boys, Kaycee Proctor, Kelly McClure and Jessica Sanderson in the junior girls, and Shane Proctor in the peewee division.

Coulee Medical Center ER and Walk-In Care

Thirty Years Ago

In a whirlwind project last week, the North Dam Park Area changed its appearance in a matter of hours. In a concerted effort, a number of individuals with the help from the area chamber of commerce, cooperated in buying, transporting and placing about 22,000 square feet of sod in the barbecue area.

The podium to be used by the visiting guest speakers for the 50th anniversary celebration for Grand Coulee Dam has a rather famous history. It was made by the USBR for the visit to the dam of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941.

During the 50th celebration, the Federal Employees Association will present a plaque in memory of those 77 workers who lost their lives during the construction of Grand Coulee Dam and the Third Powerplant.

Forty Years Ago

Initial development on North Dam Park is making good basic progress as the sponsoring City of Grand Coulee installs water mains in the area.

There will be no colored lights shown on Grand Coulee Dam these summer nights. A bureau spokesman said air conditioning and unnecessary lights in bureau offices have been turned off also.

Fifty Years Ago

Preparation began yesterday at Grand Coulee Dam for the installation of the two-foot-high flashboards that are installed on top of the dam’s spillway gates to increase the amount of water that can be stored behind the dam in Lake Roosevelt.

At Grand Coulee Dam there have been over 45,000 visitors so far this year.

The fascinating sight of a solar eclipse can be expected in the area on July 20. It will start at 12:28 p.m. and will last for about 75 minutes.

At the recent girls’ rodeo in Republic this past Fourth of July, Pat Carzoli took top honors receiving the all-around award. Other winners were Kathy Condon bareback riding; Dorothy Snyder steer un-decorating and Charmaine Beck barrel racing.

Sixty Years Ago

W.A. Galbraith, chairman of the state pollution control commission, stated that if Grand Coulee officials would provide estimates and necessary information relative to the sewage disposal problem in Grand Coulee, he would contact the Bureau of Reclamation to see if they would aid in the construction of a primary sewage treatment plant.

The Ridge Riders received the high point trophy for participating in a two-day horse show at Tonasket last weekend. Those participating included Lydia Bagley, Phillip Cook, Patsy Snyder, Roy Rinker, Joen Champneys, Sam Rinker, Gertrude Barret, Donna Snyder, Nancy Wilson, Clea Lacy, Tony McGinnis and Betty Boerner.


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