Coulee Recollections

A look at the past


Ten Years Ago

A fire once again hit the Colville Indian Reservation last week as flames charred more than 2,000 acres and threatened several homes.

Due to the overload on the town’s water pump, caused by the hot weather, the town of Nespelem is asking residents to restrict their outside water use to the cooler parts of the day - from 6-9 a.m. and 6-9 p.m.

Basketball filled the minds of many young players last week as they learned the fundamentals of the game at the Raider Nation Basketball Camp. Lake Roosevelt High School Basketball Coach Brad Wilson said approximately 60 kids attended the skills camp held in LRHS’s gymnasium from July 14 to July 17.

Twenty Years Ago

“Survival time” is the way Superintendent Dennis Przychodzin characterized the financial picture for the GCD schools during a work session Monday night.

State funds will increase and federal funds will decrease for the Nespelem School District for the 1993-94 budget year.

More than 200 junior cowboys and cowgirls participated in the annual Ridge Riders Junior Rodeo last weekend. Among the local winners were Jesse Palmer, Kelly McClure and Jackie Jackson, all of Nespelem.

Thirty Years Ago

All four council positions in Electric City will be up for election this fall. They are: position 1, Orie Francis; position 2, Eldon Brewer; position 3, Dennis Clinkenbeard and position 4, John Erwin.

Thousands upon thousands of visitors found plenty of activities in the Grand Coulee Dam area over the weekend with the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration here.

Brett Dickey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dickey of Coulee Dam, poses with his new mini-vette. Brett was the lucky winner of the Rotary Club sponsored lottery for the mini-vette.

The oldest engineer to revisit the project during the 50th celebration was Bert Hall. He is 90 years old and worked at Grand Coulee Dam from 1934 to 1957.

Forty Years Ago

A large group of young people worked out at Spring Canyon last week in order to qualify as aides to the coming swim program. Those that will be instructors will be Carla Scallen, Linda Snyder and Dorothy Boyd.

Major Matthew H. Pachosa, United States Army, has been transferred to an assignment at Fort Baker, Calif., near San Francisco. He will assume the duties of Adjutant General, 6th Regional.

Irving L. Seekins received a Career Service Certificate in recognition of his 31 plus years of federal service.

Belinda Morger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Morger, Elmer City left July 20 for a Japanese exchange trip which will end August 23.

Fifty Years Ago

Herbert A. Bird, fireman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold C. Bird of Electric City, is serving aboard the heavy cruiser USS Los Angeles which recently returned from a seven-month cruise with the Seventh Fleet in the Far East.

Keith Fish was one of 37 candidates who graduated from the NCO Academy of the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

The contractor is proceeding with work on the parking lot and ramp at Steamboat Rock Park, according to representatives of the local chamber of commerce.

About 245 children and adults have been enrolled in the swimming lessons being held the last couple of weeks at North Marina.

Sixty Years Ago

Ross Nelson, superintendent at Millersylvania State Park of Olympia, has been appointed to the newly created position of district supervisor of state parks in the Columbia Basin Area.

Over 300 persons attended the special meeting called by the Coulee Dam advisory council last Wednesday at the community building. The meeting was called to discuss the recent town survey of Coulee Dam relative to the sale of the townsite to the citizens.

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