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Coulee Recollections

A look at the past


Ten Years Ago

A local couple donated 40 beanie babies to the local police department and EMS. Don and Karen Daniels donated the stuffed toys after buying them from Coulee Gifts to supply to kids when they are needed.

David Bjorson and Jamie Combs announced their upcoming marriage. The two plan to get married February 29. 


Twenty Years Ago

Grand Coulee School District proposed this week that construction of a new school to house all grades would cost an estimated $9,580,547.00. It would also include a new gym, performing arts facility and a new library. They also stated that a levy would be in the future to make this a reality. 

Thirty Years Ago

Ted Jenn, Panther Booster Club president, announced the winners of the 12th Annual Panther Chase Awards last week. Grand Prize winner was Shawn Miller collecting $124.00 and winning a satin jacket and $25.00. Also winning jackets for raising $100.00 or more: Ray Harrington, Chris Perkins and Chan Richards. 


Forty Years Ago  

Oscar Skarr handed over the keys in a ceremony yesterday to Elmer and Ross Vordahl. The Vordahls have been in the variety store store business for many years and will call the new store Skarr-Vordahl.

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders took over first place in the Caribou Trail League standings in basketball with a 62-47 win over Liberty Bell saturday. Norris Palmanteer topped the Raider scorers with 14 points.

Raiders wrestlers met a tough Okanogan team Thursday night at home. Scott Haugen 115, Ron Henke 148, T.R. Hilton 141, John Edmondson 178, Doug Chin 190, all won their respective matches. Okanogan won the overall scoring 29-24.

Mrs. Faye Casebeer, President of the Woman’s Democratic Club in Grand Coulee, was found guilty of electioneering. She had been charged with parking her car within the polling area from which the campaign posters of Mrs. Sharon Zumwalt and Mrs. Raedine Price were displayed. She will be placed on one year probation, that was the decision in District Court. 


Fifty Years Ago

The First Lady Lions meeting of the New Year was held at the Wildlife Cafe with Evelyn Smith as hostess. President Kathy Klass conducted the meeting with all 15 members present. Winners at their bingo were: Thelma Ruckart, Onie Gould, Betty Whitelaw, Marge Carlson, Betty Brashears, Marge McClain and Kathleen Klaus.

Tiger Basketball lost to the highly rated Reardan friday night 47-32. Jim Crawford was the high scorer for the Tigers with 17.

Beaver Basketball lost to Tonasket 50-36. Bob Dunham had the high score for Coulee Dam with 15 points.

Sixty Years Ago

Approximately $4000.00 in damage was done by a fire at Shilling Company’s work yards, Wednesday night, near the feeder canals. The fire was caused when two teens set off a blaze in gasoline drums while allegedly stealing gasoline. One boy was seriously burned when he struck a match, that ignited the fuel. He is receiving treatment at Coulee Dam Hospital for third degree burns and his status is critical. A third man was arrested by Coulee Dam police in connection to the burglary. An investigation is still in progress.

Rod Pryor broke all scoring records for the Grand Coulee Tigers Saturday night but the Tigers still lost the game 64-75 to Almira. Pryor, the Tiger center scored 34 points. Roy Rice also had a good night with 19 points but it was not enough as the Tigers tired in the fourth quarter and Almira rallied to win.

The Beaver losing streak continued losing to Oroville 40-24. “ We just could not find the hoop” said Holmes after the game.

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