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Articles from the January 6, 2016 edition


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  • Man arrested for puppy cruelty

    Roger S Lucas|Jan 6, 2016

    A Wilbur man, who was arrested by Grand Coulee police on Dec. 20, for animal cruelty in the first degree, was jailed in Grant County after appearing Dec. 31, in Superior Court. Police had been looking for James E. Goodlake, 22, since Dec. 13, when a caller to 911 and another witness reported seeing him abuse a puppy. The caller reported witnessing Goodlake kick the puppy and then slam it to the ground multiple times. Police responded, but at the time couldn’t find the suspect. About 2 a.m. Dec. 20, an officer saw Goodlake walking on Federal A... Full story

  • Roof collapses at rodeo grounds

    Scott Hunter|Jan 6, 2016

    The overhead covering that has shaded rodeo fans for decades collapsed sometime Sunday night or Monday morning, presumably a victim of a heavy snow load and its age. Much of it is lying in a heap on the seating area it used to cover, or hanging tenuously just above it, and will until the snow melts. "I figured it would be there forever, but I was wrong," said George Kohout, president of the Ridge Riders Saddle Club, which owns the rodeo grounds. It was built in the late 1950s or early '60s,... Full story

  • Guns taken in break-in

    Roger S Lucas|Jan 6, 2016

    Police have sent a number of items to the state crime lab in an effort to identify the person who broke into a residence on Miller Avenue in Electric City and made off with several guns. Weapons taken, according to a police report, included two Winchester model 100 .284 guns, one with a scope; a Winchester model 100 .308 with a scope; a Savage .250 3000 lever action with a scope; a 12-gauge Ruger over-under shotgun; two or more .22 caliber pump guns; a Colt revolver pistol; a .22 Derringer over-under pistol; two double-barrelled 12-gauge... Full story

  • Electric vehicle battery problems perplex bureau and maker

    Roger S Lucas|Jan 6, 2016

    Almost all of the Bureau of Reclamation’s “green” vehicles, 27 of them, are sidelined while it is determined why they only hold battery charges for about 20 miles. Only four of the battery-powered vehicles are currently in use, according to Public Affairs Officer Lynne Brougher. The current weather is one reason a number of the vehicles are stalled, but a greater issue is the fact that the vehicles had only been holding a charge for about 15 hours, considerably less than anticipated. Brougher said that the bureau is currently gathering data for... Full story

  • Feed available for game birds

    Roger S Lucas|Jan 6, 2016

    Feed is available for POWER game bird feeders, the president of the organization, Carl Russell, said last week. Russell said the feed is available at his barn. Those feeding game birds are advised to only take two sacks at a time and to feed only as long as there are several inches of snow on the ground. POWER (Promoters of Wildlife and Environmental Resources) also is in charge of feeding and releasing game fish into Banks Lake. Russell explained that the group does not have any fish in the... Full story

  • Ccold kkkayakingggg

    Jan 6, 2016

    Rod Hardin, left, and Bob Hendrickson paddle in kayaks near Coulee Playland's boat launch on Banks Lake on Jan. 1, with the temperature hovering about 15 degrees, just so they could say they'd done it. Sandy Hendrickson took her turn, too. They didn't stay out very long, but Dave Steiglemeyer had hot cocoa waiting on shore to celebrate. All avoided hypothermia, but not by much. - Scott Hunter photo... Full story

  • CMC adds tech to safeguard records

    Scott Hunter|Jan 6, 2016

    Patients checking in at Coulee Medical Center can now verify their identities with a state-of-the-art fingerprint scanner. The "SafeChx" system not only guards against identity theft, but also instantly links all of a patient's records when at check-in. The system guards against misidentifying patients who have the same name and will find multiple accounts opened for a single patient, making check-in faster and records administration more efficient. The first patient JoAnn Ehlers checked in... Full story

  • Preliminary appearance set

    Jan 6, 2016

    A former clerk in Grant County Mosquito District 2, charged with theft and misappropriation of funds, will make a preliminary appearance in Superior Court, Jan. 26, at 9 a.m., the prosecutor’s office stated Monday. Karyn M. Byam, 40, an Electric City resident, was charged after a state auditor’s report found irregularities and an investigation by Grant County and Grand Coulee police investigations affirmed the report. The theft charge stems from the purchase of four computers, with only one turned in when Byam resigned her position March 4,... Full story

  • Bureau fire station to be built next year

    Roger S Lucas|Jan 6, 2016

    The Bureau of Reclamation’s new fire station will be built early in 2017, an official said Monday. Public Affairs Officer Lynne Brougher said current plans call for construction to start early in 2017, and that it would take about a year to construct the 21,500-square-foot facility. The bureau announced in mid-December that the fire facility would be built on land it already owns, near the intersection of B Street and State Route 155. The bureau made the announcement after an environmental assessment was completed recently. The purpose of t... Full story

  • Slow wreck elicits ticket

    Roger S Lucas|Jan 6, 2016

    A Grand Coulee driver was given a ticket for driving too fast for road conditions after he rolled his vehicle over where B Street meets the Bureau of Reclamation Industrial area Dec. 27. The driver, Igor Victorovich Kudas, 30, told police he was only going about 20 mph when his Toyota Tundra truck started sliding and made a slow rollover. Kudas said both side-panel air bags deployed. He was not injured. Kudas was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the mishap. Jack’s Towing helped get the vehicle back on its wheels. Police reported that t... Full story

  • Town's trees are an asset and a liability

    Bruce Bartoo|Jan 6, 2016

    If you add the column marked “Appraisal” in the recent tree inventory for the town of Coulee Dam, you will get a total of $3,182,930 for the 680 trees inventoried. This number does not reflect the 300 – 400 trees that are not on the inventory. Regardless of the value of the trees, what does this number mean to the citizens of Coulee Dam? Can the town use the trees as collateral for a loan to help pay for the new sewer plant? Could the trees be sold? Should the town increase their insurance to cover the loss of a tree? How much is the stree... Full story

  • Did business get special treatment?

    Gay Northrup|Jan 6, 2016

    A program by King 5 News recently raised the question of whether the Gebbers family business (in Brewster) received “special treatment” (by the state Dept. of Natural Resources) in receiving $1.9 million for use of their untrained employees and equipment to fight fire during the Carlton Complex fires. Our state auditor found that normally-expected information wasn’t included in this contract with DNR. Even in the heat of the moment, why would apparently untrained Gebbers’ employees be paid good wages for firefighting when even experie... Full story

  • Relief, a wet December

    Bob Valen|Jan 6, 2016

    One would think with all the precipitation we had in December the drought we experienced in 2015 would be placed in the history books. Well, not just yet according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. Looks like we’ll have to see more wetness before we are officially out of drought conditions. El Niño is still in place. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is stating that it will likely be in place until at least late spring or early summer. It’s not fully clear if this particular El Niño is affecting our weather here... Full story

  • Things I thought about during winter break

    Jesse Utz|Jan 6, 2016

    Sometimes you just get some extra time to think about things. Things like, “did I really write that the Chiefs would win the Super Bowl?” and “did I really just see that person pick their nose while working the cash register?” You know, things like that. Why does every other school district around us get “snow days” or late starts and we just keep plugging along, business as usual. For years, we have called the strip from Coulee Dam to Belvedere the banana belt, but come on, man. Maybe we just have really good bus drivers and really dedicated s... Full story

  • New Opportunities in a New Year

    Dan Newhouse Congressman|Jan 6, 2016

    8 has been an eventful year for our nation and for the 4th District of Washington, which I have been honored to be given the responsibility by Central Washingtonians to represent you in Congress. My commitment has been to work hard on solutions, not just add to the partisan noise in D.C. I am committed to working for you, listening to you and responding to questions and comments you have. This year, my congressional office has provided resources at events held on behalf of farmers, students, and veterans. My staff made 24 mobile office... Full story

  • Peggie Louise Jordan

    Jan 6, 2016

    Peggie Louise Jordan, 59, of Grand Coulee, Washington, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center. A celebration of Peggie’s life will take place at 1 p.m., on Saturday, January 16, 2016, in Strate Funeral Home, 329 E. Grand Coulee Ave., Grand Coulee. Please sign Peggie’s online register book at www.stratefuneralhome.com. Strate Funeral Home is honored to be serving Peggie’s family.... Full story

  • What's cookin' at the Senior Center

    Jan 6, 2016

    Wed., Jan. 6 – Dinner Lasagna (traditional), Salad and Fruit Bar, Cake/Cupcakes Thurs., Jan. 7 – Dinner Lemon Pepper Cod, Smashed Potatoes, Green Veggies, Fruit Cup, Brownies Fri., Jan. 8 – Breakfast Biscuit and Sausage Gravy, Eggs, or Waffles (strawberries optional), Fruit Bowl and Orange Juice. Senior Center General meeting, 10 a.m. Mon., Jan. 11 – Breakfast Ham, Eggs, Pancakes, Fruit Bowl, Orange Juice Tues., Jan. 12 – Dinner Beef Dip with French Fries, Salad and Fruit Bar, Cook’s Choice Dessert Wed., Jan. 13 – Dinner Pork Roast, Mashed... Full story

  • Meetings and Notices

    Jan 6, 2016

    Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will have its first meeting of the year Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Eagles Lodge beginning at noon. United States Postal Service workers Brooke Meinzer and the new Grand Coulee postmaster Amy Glover, will be the guest speakers. Lincoln County Fire Dist. 9 to Meet Lincoln County Fire District 9 will hold its January meeting on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at the Nazarene Church, two miles east of Grand Coulee on Highway 174. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Care and Share Food Bank Open... Full story

  • It's a boy for the Eppersons

    Jan 6, 2016

    Jamie and Chance Epperson are proud to announce the birth of their son, Heath Adrian Epperson, born Monday, December 28, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz., and was 20 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Kaden and Bryson. Maternal grandmother is Brenda Francis of Grand Coulee. Paternal grandparents are Darcy and Yancy Epperson of Nespelem, and Serenna Taylor of Wilbur.... Full story

  • Coulee Cops

    Jan 6, 2016

    Grand Coulee 12/28 - The manager of the Grant County Housing Authority apartments at Continental Heights reported that Christmas ornaments had been taken from the common area, and he had identified the person who took them on his surveillance camera. - A man on Stevens Avenue in Electric City advised police that someone had taken a set of mounted snow tires from his property. The man estimated the loss at $1,000. - A man living on Hillcrest in Electric City was treated for a gunshot wound that he said occurred while he was cleaning his 9mm... Full story

  • Tire store gets new manager

    Jan 6, 2016

    Les Schwab Tires in Grand Coulee has a new manager. Bryan Hansen, a 20-year veteran with the company, arrived last Saturday to take over his new duties. Hansen comes from Manteca, California, where he was assistant manager. The snowy winter here is quite a change from Manteca, which is in the middle of the inner California valley, where temperatures get hot in the summer, and the weather is mild in the winter. Not here, as far as the winter goes, particularly this year. "Working for Les Schwab w... Full story

  • Wrestlers grapple at two tournaments

    John R McNeil II|Jan 6, 2016

    Raider wrestlers took part in two tournaments over the holiday break, with all Raiders placing in their nine-school home tourney, and several winning or placing against 14 teams in Warden. Lake Roosevelt hosted the 13th annual Powerhouse Tournament Dec. 29 at Gailord Nelson Gym, where nine of the eleven teams invited traveled to Coulee Dam to take part. Selkirk and Warden did not show. Okanogan took first overall in team points. LR finished fourth behind Omak and Rainier. All seven Raiders who w... Full story

  • Raiders win one, lose two

    John R McNeil II|Jan 6, 2016

    The Raider boys over the holidays won a league basketball game and competed strongly against larger schools in the Eagle Holiday Classic at West Valley High School. At home against Manson, the Raiders won the league game Dec. 18, defeating the Trojans 58-39. “We learned a lot in this game,” Raider Head Coach Mario Adams said, “and that was to make sure every possession was run perfectly with our new offense and playing scrappy defense.” He said the Manson Trojans played determined and were well coached, but a turning point came in the third qua... Full story

  • Ladies win two

    John R McNeil II|Jan 6, 2016

    The Lady Raiders won two of the three basketball games they played over the holiday break. The first, at home against the Manson Trojans Dec. 18, was a 52-32 victory. LR took the momentum of that win into the week of practice that preceded the Eagle Holiday Classic at West Valley of Spokane Dec. 28-29. In the first game of the tournament, the Lady Raiders took on the Riverside Rams of the Northeast A League. The Rams are experiencing a down year and only scored four points in the first quarter. LR also struggled to score as the halftime score... Full story

  • BBCC releases honor rolls

    Jan 6, 2016

    Four local students made the Vice Presidnet’s List at Big Bend Community College for last fall, completing 12 or more graded credits with GPA of 3.33 to 3.74. They include Daniel Loch, Coulee Dam; Madisyn Byam and Cameo Southerland, Electric City; and Austin Rosenbaum, Elmer City.... Full story

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