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Coulee Recollections

A look at the past...


Seventy-six Years Ago The construction trestle, with deck at El. 1180, approaches the spillway section of the dam. The Bethlehem Steel Co., under subcontract from Consolidated Builders, furnised the structural steel, and erected the trestle. August 2, 1938.

10 Years Ago

Two leaders of the Colville Tribes filed suit last week against a Canadian Company that polluted Lake Roosevelt over the past 100 years. In a first-of-a kind suit, Joe Pakootas and D.R. Michel are seeking action against Teck Cominco Metals Ltd. for releasing 20 million tons of slag into the Columbia River.

Coulee Community Hospital introduced Dr. Jake Chaffee, a new medical provider recently hired, at a open house luncheon Tuesday. Chaffee, along with his wife, Solveig and daughter Bryn, recently moved to the area and will assist with OB, pediatrics, emergency medicine and more.

20 Years Ago

For 18 students, the nerves and excitement are for the coveted Green Card, a Hunters Education card for passing the course. Mel Hunt and Dale Hilson taught the young hunters over the weekend that included a written test and two shooting tests. Two students scored perfect marks, Ryan Hawley and Kevin Clark, but all students passed the course.

With temperatures hitting an average of 103 degrees over a ten day period, Eugenia Condon took to the streets with a frying pan and an egg. The result was the crispiest egg in about 45 minutes. It would have cooked faster too, if she did not use the pan. " I just didn't want the mess" she said.

30 Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Loe, Coulee Dam, are proud to announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lisa Marie to Robert S. Carlson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Carlson of Grand Coulee. Both are graduates of Lake Roosevelt High School.

40 Years Ago

An accident at Banks Lake Saturday afternoon claimed the life of 9 year old boy, The boy and a friend were out on the lake in an outboard motor boat about 100 yards from the Skydeck Motel. Both children ended up in the water without life vests. Witnesses on shore saw Terry in trouble and swam to help but before they got there the boy had gone under. The friend made it to shore safely. Grant County Sheriff is investigating the accident and still have not found the body as of press time.  

50 Years Ago

The Coulee Dam Hardware Store has been sold by Mrs. William Ford of Elmer City, to Jack and Jim Holmdahl. The Holmdahls have recently returned from Alaska and are excited to continue selling hardwares and building supplies and will add a full time electronics specialist, Don Kerley, who will take over television repair.

60 Years Ago

Jess E. Hudnall has been appointed local supervisor of the Ground Observer Sky Watch Post, which will be set up in the area. The Sky Watch service is an important cog in the air defense of our nation. A location for the sky watch post is currently being investigated and will be heated and need to be manned 24 hours a day by volunteers.

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