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Sixty-Seven Years Ago Visitors' cars in Vista House parking area during the Labor Day weekend. Over 12,000 people visited Grand Coulee Dam during this period. - August 31, 1947

10 Years Ago

The mandatory hold back for low achieving students, being considered by Grand Coulee School District, has been placed on hold by the school board. Several community members opposed the idea because of a fear in extra costs and drops in attendance that would ultimately have an effect and possibly end elective classes like choir, band and auto shop.

Karen Depew said goodbye to her last class of preschoolers this week. After 17 years of providing Promise Pre-School, a Christian based school, the last class graduated at North Dam Park.

20 Years Ago

The ability of Indian Tribes to to engage in particular types of gambling will soon be addressed in Spokane Federal Court. This comes after an oral order granting a preliminary injunction to close the Two Rivers Casino until the court case is heard. Officials from the Colville Confederated Tribe stated that they are not worried nor does the court ruling affect them in anyway.

Lake Roosevelt Track announced that they have some serious contenders for the State Championship in a few events this year. "The first goal is to qualify" said Track Coach Gordon Proctor. Senior Sprinter Jeff Mintle, Scott Zlateff, Shad Moore, Brian Darnold, Christi Ristrom, Mae Monsanto, TeRay Warneke, Cathrine Barry, Misty Desautel, Lynette Portch, Sherri Ristrom, Shawn Helgerson, Charlie Shockley, Sarah Lockenvitz, and Marty Malone all have great chances to compete and place at State. 

30 Years Ago

The Coulee Dam City Council set a date for opening of the city's swimming pool. It will open June 5th and be open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and be open again at 6:30 and close at 9 p.m.

Competing against some of the worst talent available George Davis Jr. won the infamous calf tying event at the Colorama Rodeo. He was able to tie the animal in an announced time but before dark unlike his competitors.

40 Years Ago

Doug Curtis has been named new football coach at LRHS. Mr. Curtis played four years of football at Whitworth College. After graduation he started his teaching and coaching career, at Morton, WA where his offense set nine school offensive records.

50 Years Ago

Governor Albert D. Rosellini has accepted the invitation by local Chambers of Commerce to participate in the Grand Opening of Steamboat Rock State Park on June 20th. Around 500 to 600 people are expected for the opening with refreshments and guided tours available.

60 Years Ago

The redecorated and renovated Continental Hotel will host an open house Friday. The event will mark the opening of the Tilicum Room and several prominent out of town guests will attend. A radio broadcast of Hub Warner and his Breakfast Club will originate from the hotel that night. All are welcome.

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