August 21, 2013 | LXXIII, No. 21

Newsbriefs

Car wash to benefit team

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders will hold a car wash Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the NCNB bank parking lot. Go Raider, clean cars.

Picnic date changed

A community-type picnic for Coulee Dam and Elmer City residents scheduled for Aug. 24, has been rescheduled for Sept. 21, organizer Gloria Carroll said Monday. The delay will allow more candidates in the local election to attend, she said.

Purpose of the gathering is to give residents of the two towns an opportunity to know each other better, and for candidates in the mayoral and city council races to have an opportunity to speak.

The potluck get together will be held at Douglas Park in Coulee Dam, beginning at noon. Residents of the two two are invited, as well as other interested parties.

Triathlon eyeing the future

Dana Barkdull, of Trifreaks, is getting ready to stage the area’s 10th annual triathlon next month. The event takes about 150 volunteers to be successful, and reaching that number has been a perpetual problem in recent years. Barkdull said she has brought on the Spokane chapter of the USO as a sponsor and hopes to gain more volunteers from that association.

How well the volunteer response goes this year will likely determine the future of the event, she said at a chamber of commerce luncheon in Grand Coulee Thursday. She would like to see the event worked into a “race-cation” that draws families to the area for a week or more and encourages them to come back.

Registrations are on track with last year’s levels, she noted, expecting about 325 athletes from as far away as Australia.

Radio free coulee

The town of Coulee Dam voted last Wednesday to allow Mt. Tolman Fire Center the use of its radio frequency so that it could have better communications between agencies and enhance mutual aid operations in the areas around and within a 15-mile radius of Coulee Dam.

Pot moratorium extended

Electric City council voted a 12-month extension of its moratorium on establishing marijuana gardens and dispensaries.

A public hearing on the extension will be held at 5:45 p.m., Sept. 10, just 15 minutes before the city’s regular council meeting.

Book signing planned for Saturday

Arnie Marchand will have a book signing at the Colville Tribal Museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24.

He will sign his first book, “The Way I Heard It”, which retells stories from Okanogan County as you travel through time. The book includes stories of places and events in Indian Country.

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