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 By Renata Rollins    News 

Rebuild of hospital access roads starts next Monday

Two short roads responsible for carrying 100% of Coulee Medical Center traffic in Grand Coulee will undergo reconstruction beginning next week and lasting into the summer. Fortuyn Road and James Saunders Street will be closed... — Updated 5/15/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News 

Grand Coulee mayor resigns 

Grand Coulee is looking for more patrol officers, a police chief, a wastewater treatment plant operator, and a public works director. Starting Friday, the city will need a new mayor as well. Mayor Mike Eylar announced his... — Updated 5/15/2024 Full story

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Search for police chief starting over

Don Redfield will not be the Grand Coulee police chief after all, Mayor Mike Eylar confirmed yesterday. Details were closely guarded at press time, but the city will “re-cast the net,” Eylar said, based on the city att... — Updated 5/8/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Whole-community town hall postponed indefinitely

The town hall on regionally-significant topics spanning town and county boundaries in the Grand Coulee Dam area has been postponed indefinitely, the Regional Board of Mayors decided at their May meeting last week. It would have... — Updated 5/8/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Colorama will include a little circus, music, food, and more

Colorama gets its name from the colorful lights the Bureau of Reclamation used to project onto the milelong concrete dam to mark the start of the summer tourism season here in the... — Updated 5/1/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

CMC sees rise in denied insurance claims, a nationwide trend

If you’ve received an unexpected hospital bill recently due to your insurance company denying payment, you’re not alone: Coulee Medical Center staff reported an uptick in denials by insurers when the hospital attempts to collect on... — Updated 5/1/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Better than panties on a milk cow

"They're going to put panties on a milk cow," explains Cheryl Pryor of the six teams from local businesses participating in the "Merchants' Panty Pull" at the Cleatis Lacy Memorial... — Updated 4/26/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

MPH Building on Midway bought "for the dirt"

The prominent former “MPH” auto shop on Midway Avenue has been sold to the investment firm that owns two contiguous vacant properties to the east. But the multi-million dollar hotel once planned for the block has no immediate fut... — Updated 4/24/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Emergency Air Ambulance: Two providers, healthy competition? 

Sometimes a Coulee Medical Center patient needs to be transferred to specialists or trauma care at a larger hospital, in a city such as Spokane or Seattle. In critical situations,... — Updated 4/17/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Emphasis patrols to watch for speeding in Electric City

Emphasis patrols to discourage speeding will be popping up in Electric City, according to Coulee Dam Police Chief Paul Bowden, whose force provides police services there. The speed limit is 35 mph throughout the main corridor of... — Updated 4/17/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Colorama coming up

Over the next few weeks, you'll be hearing a lot about the 67th Colorama Festival – the kickoff to the Coulee area high tourist season happening May 9-11 this year. Part vendor f... — Updated 4/17/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Unsecured loads at Delano are about to cost you

If you’ve gotten in the habit of driving uncovered loads to Delano, you will now see a fine for that on your bill, according to the board that oversees the transfer station. The Regional Board of Mayors discussed the issue at t... — Updated 4/10/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Community Town Hall re-rescheduled: May 18

The Regional Board of Mayors again rescheduled the Whole-Community Town Hall, and much of the discussion will center on the possible creation of a regional EMS district for ambulance services. The joint public meeting will take... — Updated 4/10/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Grand Coulee may get another shot at DOJ grant, with fewer strings attached

A large law enforcement grant Grand Coulee turned down last year due to lack of matching funds may have a new lease on life. A U.S. Department of Justice representative contacted the city last month indicating the department would... — Updated 4/10/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Triple Fish Challenge returns, with even more Friday family fun

The annual Banks Lake Triple Fish Challenge is just around the bend, coming up on April 12-14 at Coulee Playland. In addition to the fishing tournament on Saturday and Sunday, the w... — Updated 4/3/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Million-dollar sewer line repair project trickles forward

Electric City’s main sewer line repair job has received an offer of just under a million dollars in a combined grant and loan package from the state Public Works Board, marking a crucial milestone in the quest to prevent failure o... — Updated 4/3/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Whole-community town hall rescheduled

A whole-community town hall has been pushed back a week to Saturday, May 4. The meeting will still take place at the Coulee Dam Town Hall Ballroom at 10:30 a.m. and feature all four local mayors and most council members from each... — Updated 3/27/2024 Full story

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Grand Coulee council confirms Don Redfield as next chief

Don Redfield has been selected as the next chief of the Grand Coulee Police Department, a turnabout from the mayor's initial decision this month not to hire any of the candidates... — Updated 3/27/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Spring clean-up dates are set

The annual Spring Clean-up dates have been set for the weeks of April 8th and 15th. Self-hauled yard waste (bagged or unbagged) will be accepted both weeks at Delano Transfer Station during the dump’s regular hours: Tuesday t... — Updated 3/27/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Special Grand Coulee meeting called to confirm new chief

The Grand Coulee City Council will convene for a special meeting Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m., the city clerk announced Monday. The council is expected to confirm a police chief candidate, a key move in a hiring process that has gar... — Updated 3/26/2024 Full story

 

Library closed into early April

The Grand Coulee Library closed this week for a lighting upgrade and is expected to re-open in early April, according to the branch’s website. It has been a long-time need, according to library staff, and several boosters of the l... — Updated 3/20/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Annual writing competition offers local teens chance for creative expression, cash Submissions due April 15

Local 9th through 12th graders with a knack for creative writing have the chance to win one of three cash prizes this spring in the 13th annual Teen Short Fiction Competition,... — Updated 3/20/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Tensions surface at Grand Coulee city hall 

It started out with an abrupt retirement announcement from the Public Works director — and didn’t get much easier from there at last night’s Grand Coulee council meeting. By the end of the evening one council member and two polic... — Updated 3/20/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

All-Community Town Hall set for April 27

Residents of the local towns will have the opportunity next month to hear from–and address–all four mayors and most council members at one joint public meeting dedicated to area-wide issues, the Regional Board of Mayors dec... — Updated 3/13/2024

 
 By Renata Rollins    News

Grand Coulee to re-open police chief search

In the decision between three finalists for Grand Coulee police chief, Mayor Mike Eylar has chosen option D: None of the Above. “I’m not offering the position to any of the three that I interviewed,” Eylar said in a phone call... — Updated 3/13/2024

 

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