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Coulee Dam cuts back on tourism funding

The town of Coulee Dam will likely put less money into funding tourism promotion next year following a town council OK on a first reading of the proposed budget Monday.

City Clerk Stefani Bowden said less money has come into the fund than expected, and the city will fund its own parks work first, before using the money for advertising for tourism.

The city budget presented Monday shows the city spending $14,000 on “advertising,” which it has designated to go to the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, a state-designated tourism marketing organization.

Last year, the chamber received $22,000.

School district briefs

• The Grand Coulee Dam School District board Monday night accepted a donation from the Colville Tribes of $4,045.15, to help pay for expenses of the Native American Day Cultural Awareness gathering, which was held in September.

• The board also accepted three resignations and made one hire. Resignations from Madisyn Byam, of the SHARP Kids after-school program; Hope Hansen, seventh-grade volleyball coach; and Chet Baer, custodian; were accepted. The board approved hiring Kyle Desautel, as seventh-grade assistant basketball coach.

• The district reported 701.59 full-time equivalent students for the month of November. The two largest grades continue to be the ninth grade, with 73 students, and the fifth grade, with 72 students.

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