Articles from the January 15, 2014 edition

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Hospital commission forces switch in attorneys

A majority of hospital district commissioners voted Thursday to immediately hire new legal counsel, then went into closed session with the new attorney. Commissioner Jerry Kennedy said the board’s reasons for changing attorneys had been compounded... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 15, 2014

Birdwell selected 2013 Volunteer of the Year

Jerry Birdwell is the area's "Volunteer of the Year" for 2013. He was so honored by a vote of the people over three other candidates. Birdwell, 58, of Grand Coulee, could also claim the honors as... Full story



When the mayor’s away… Bob Poch was elected mayor pro-tem at Coulee Dam’s council meeting last Wednesday night. Poch will conduct meetings when Mayor Greg Wilder is unable to attend a meeting. Poch will serve for six months, at which time the... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    January 15, 2014

Doctor: Building a tool for CMC didn't breach privacy

One of the doctors who felt his reputation was unneccessarily harmed by a notice sent to his patients and placed in the newspaper, last week explained the work he had been up to. In an interview, Dr. Andrew Castrodale said the “HIPAA” notice, mad... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 15, 2014

First meeting sees revamped town hall jobs, lowered sewer rates

Mayor Greg Wilder marked his turf so there would be no misunderstanding with members of the council, at the town council meeting last Wednesday. Wilder proposed, and the council unanimously confirmed, a number of resolutions during the course of the... Full story

 By Elliot Suhr    News    January 15, 2014

Bill seeks resolution for convictions during '60s Fish Wars

Nearly half a century after hundreds of American Indians were arrested during the "Fish Wars"  in the Northwest, a proposed state bill would give those who were convicted a chance to clear their reco...

 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 15, 2014

New clerk hired for town

Stefani Bowden has been hired as Coulee Dam’s new town clerk/treasurer. Mayor Greg Wilder said that Bowden will begin her new duties, Friday, Jan. 17. Bowden has been assistant city clerk in Wilbur for the past nine years, is a high school... Full story


New committees

Coulee Dam’s new mayor, Greg Wilder, reduced council committees from seven to four at last Wednesday night’s meeting. The new committees, and council members on them are: - Budget & finance - mayor, town clerk, Ken Miles (chairman), Gayle... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    January 15, 2014

Park district looks at iffy budget

by Scott Hunter A draft budget for the Coulee Area Park and Recreation District could be slashed in half, or not, depending on what other agencies do. The $57,005 bottom line for the agency with no direct revenue of its own would have to be altered... Full story


Letter written out of spite

On Monday January 6th, 2014, I received a letter in the mail addressed to me on a personal note, DEAR BECKY L, signed J. Scott Graham, Chief Executive Officer of Coulee Medical Center. I was kind of taken back by the unprofessional greeting, and got... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 15, 2014

State proposes land purchase for habitat

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will seek to purchase some 2,100 acres in northeast Douglas County as part of a plan for long-term protection of sharp-tailed grouse, deer hunting and... Full story


CMC doctors are great!

My husband and I are patients at CMC and we find the smear campaign disgusting and UNETHICAL. The doctors are very knowledgeable and patient-friendly, not like the big places that herd you through like a piece of cattle. They are the only asset CMC... Full story


Dirty tactics long used to discredit

As a child growing up in the Silver Valley (North Idaho) I witnessed union strikes against mining companies. In fact, the first strike in the Valley was over the right to a decent burial. Mostly the union men struck for decent working conditions,... Full story


Adults by age, actions as children

Having recently moved from the Grand Coulee Dam Area, I thought that it was a community to have been proud of for many reasons. However, the recent actions of the new mayor of Coulee Dam and the head administrator for Coulee Community Hospital make... Full story


Thanks for the support

I wish to sincerely thank my family and friends for the overwhelming support I have received. A famous poet wrote: and if paraphrased – Which gave us the maxim that it is the rare person who supports a struggling, wounded man in his time of direct... Full story


Gas stations missing business

One person owns all three service stations in Grand Coulee Area; I wonder if he knows how much business he is losing from local people. Everyone I talk to only purchases enough fuel to get the 20 miles to another service station that fuel is... Full story


Advice from hunting divas Haley Neddo and Olivia Ludwig As you

Advice from hunting divas Haley Neddo and Olivia Ludwig As you may know, my success rate for harvesting anything this last hunting season was poor. Honestly, it was less than poor because I did have... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago The Grand Columbian Triathlon is being organized by Jonathan Hopkins. He recently met with the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce to go over the event details and description. Organizers foresee over 500 athletes participating.... Full story


Rebekah D. "Becky" Langstaff December 14, 1957 - December 30, 2013

Rebekah Darlene "Becky" Langstaff, 56, of Grand Coulee, Washington, passed away at Spokane, Washington's Sacred Heart Medical Center during the early morning of Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, following a... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 15, 2014

Golf course improvement meeting set

Golfers and interested parties will have another opportunity to have input for a golf grant application the port district is working on for the Banks Lake Golf Course. The meeting is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the golf course’s meeting room.... Full story


Marcolins celebrate their 50th in Germany

Felix and Elizabeth "Liz" Marcolin celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with a 10-day trip to Germany in December with their daughters Kathy and Kerin, Kerin's husband Steffen, and their three... Full story


All-Indian basketball tourney coming up

The annual Nespelem All Indian Basketball Tournament is set for February 14-16. This is for Men 18-34, Women 18 and up and Men 35 and Over and 50 and Over. Games will be held on Feb. 14 at the Nespelem Community Center and Nespelem Grade School with... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet at Pepper Jack’s The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will be meeting this Thursday, Jan. 16, at noon at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille in Grand Coulee. George Kohout will be speaking about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.... Full story


Classes Offered for 2014 GED exams

Adult Basic Skills/GED classes to help adult learners increase college and career readiness skills as well as prepare to take the newly-launched computer-based 2014 GED exams are offered locally through Big Bend Community College. Winter quarter... Full story


Nespelem School honor roll

The following students have made the honor roll for first quarter at Nespelem School. A Honor Roll 3.5 – 4.0 1st Grade Siriana, Simonsen, Jhaylon Tonasket,Lola Yazie 2nd Grade Janie Epperson, mMixat Vargas-Thomas 4th Grade Michelle Luevano 3.6 5th... Full story


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