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Ten Years Ago

A spaghetti dinner and auction was held at the Electric City Vets Center to raise money for Cindy Corpe to help pay her medical bills from a recent accident at work. $8,000 to $9,000 was raised for her medical bills and Cindy said she cried when she saw how many people showed up. It was standing room only and nearly 100 items were auctioned off.  

Raiders Cross Country took first at Connell Invitational last Saturday. The team consisted of Victor Camarena, Shane Marchand, Johnny Berg, Nick Barnaby, Chancy Cawston and Vernon Reyes.

Fairness of the schools new dress code became a debate over cultural  sensitivity at the last school board meeting. The district voted to allow “ Native Pride” lettering but banned skimpy clothing, things that discriminate race or nationality, headbands, bandanas, hanging web belts,  exposed underwear and other gang related items.

The Planet Earth Players are rehearsing for their  next production, “Early Days in the Coulee” recounts the history of the area. It will be performed Saturday at the Grand Gallery of Arts.                                                                                                                     


Twenty Years Ago

  Dawn Lippert and Todd Stoner where united in marriage at Coulee Dam Community Church. Dawn is the daughter of Bob and Marilyn Lippert of Coulee Dam and Todd is the son of Ed and Candi Stoner of Davenport.

A young man that was beaten near the Melody Restaurant in a gang-related  event is recovering at home after being flown to Deaconess Hospital last week. Gang violence has been a heated topic in the area with the rise of gang activity recently. 

John E. Fields, 23, died in a car crash Wednesday night. Fields lost control of his Hyundai while going east on hwy 174 crashing near the turn to Coulee Community Hospital. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Betty Lou Grandorff retired from the National Park Service after 14 years of service. She will be honored with a BBQ at Park Service headquarters on Friday.

Thirty Years Ago

  The Raiders gave fans a scare last Friday when they allowed the Cascade Kodiak football team to score twice in the first few minutes of play but then shut them out the rest of the way with a final score of 21-12. Offensive honors went to Chuck Salois who ran for over fifty yards in his varsity debut. 

Defensive honors went to Rob Bower who finished the game with 3 interceptions. 

Center Elementary participated in the AAHPERD Youth Fitness Test Program designed to asses fitness levels, encourage good eating habits, and provide good exercise and health habits. The Presidential award winners were Eli Krohn, Cheryl Kosewitz, and Jason Salois. The Merit Award winners were Mitzi Seymour, Missy Campobasso, Byron Zlateff, Eric Garvin, Bobby Morin and Scott Banick.

Joe Szendre of Electric City age 69, kept his moose hunting record again this year when he bagged his bull moose in Quisnell B.C. This is his fourth year in a row and the estimated weight of this years animal is 1200 pounds.

Forty Years Ago  

  Darrel Mortford was named new Chief of Police by Grand Coulee Mayor L.F. Carlson this week. Mortford replaces Gaylen Dice who is now a Deputy Sherriff in Lincoln County. 

Michael Ianetta was formally installed as Postmaster of Coulee Dam last week by Ray Patterson Sectional Center Manger/Post Master of Spokane. Ianetta replaces Vernel Sheppler who retired earlier this summer.

The first set of wheel-mounted gates was shown and completed on top of the third powerhouse forebay dam yeterday. This gate will seal the water from entering the 40-foot penstocks leading to the turbines. 

The Groovy Group 4-H Club and the Tigers 4-H club successfully brought home many ribbons from the fairs this last summer. Including some blue ribbons winners: Cecelia Griffin in baking and sewing, Kristen Jones in knitting and sewing, Christa Schultes in knitting and sewing Rita Konzal in baking, Janna Baxter in knitting and sewing. Steven Bott wastepaper basket. Fess Schultes baking and wastepaper basket. Tony Herron wastepaper basket. John Tom Konzal crafts.   

Fifty Years Ago

  Coulee Dam Chamber of Commerce went on record as favoring the opening of the top of the dam to two-way traffic according to Rod Hartman Chamber President. As it is now traffic can only enter from the east side of the dam.

The first trapshoot of the fall will be staged by the Grand Coulee Sportsman Club Sunday. It will take place at the club’s grounds one mile north of Belvedere. Winners will receive hams, bacon and thuringer sausage as prizes.

Browne’s Department Store is having is annual autumn sale event. Men’s Oxfords $5.00, Ladies Dress Shoes $3.95, Ladies Oxfords $2.95, Children’s Oxfords $2.95 and Hunter’s Boots $14.95. They will also have all other hunting needs including Red Jackets, Red Shirts and Red Hats.


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