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Seventy-Nine Years Ago 1935 - first train on Grand Coulee railroad. ­ - photo courtesy of Don McCure

10 Years Ago

Detective Don Redfield of the Colville Tribal Police stated that no charges will be filed against the 9-year-old child, who apparently started the 1900 acre fire that threatened homes on the hillside of highway 155 near Elmer City on July 29th. The child was playing with a lighter and setting small dolls on fire when the fire erupted.

Grand Coulee School District new Athletic Director Brad Wilson says you can expect very little changes this year in the way he handles the athletes at LRHS. Wilson takes over the reigns from Bruce Shields who held the position the last two years.  

20 Years Ago

The contract to develop what will be a $4.5 million marina and facilities at Crescent Bay has been awarded to the Colville Confederated Tribes, the National Park Service announced Monday. 

Pen pals that have written to each other for 11 years met for the first time last weekend. Josie Kelly of Grand Coulee and Patricia LaPlanca of New Jersey have been writing since Josie was in the 5th grade, an assignment given by her then teacher Nancy Carlson.

30 Years Ago

During the National Junior Olympics Track Meet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Nancy Kuiper, from Coulee Dam, heaved a shot put 41-feet 3-inches and took first place in the shot put beating her previous best by three feet. A parade was held in Coulee Dam in her honor.

40 Years Ago

Mrs. Yvonne Schloss, 23 and her 3 year old daughter Kimmie were seriously injured Thursday morning when her car went off the roadway and down a deep gully. Schloss was east bound on 174, near the East Heights entrance, when she failed to negotiate a turn, over corrected, crossed both lanes and plunged over the steep embankment. An investigation is ongoing.

50 Years Ago

This Sunday all local phones will go dial. Northwest Bell will have completed the change over from party lines to every phone having their own unique number. Our area prefix is 633.

60 Years Ago

Deena Marie Starzman 2, drowned early Saturday afternoon in an unusual accident in the family's front yard. The child had been playing in the sprinkler in the front yard and apparently slipped, falling face down in a puddle. Medical professionals from Grand Coulee rushed to the scene, two hours later she was declared dead from an accidental drowning.

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