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Articles from the January 28, 2015 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 28, 2015

Council hears pitch for uniting cities

Bob, Washington? That could be the new name of a consolidated Grand Coulee and Electric City, chamber representative Bob Valen laughingly told Grand Coulee’s council last Tuesday night. He and Kevin Portch appeared before the council to make a... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 28, 2015

Kathy Rice is named "Volunteer of the Year" for 2014

She was selected, by a vote of local citizens to be awarded the "volunteer" for 2014. Rice was among a list of nine that had been nominated for the honor, and received almost a third of the total 182... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    January 28, 2015

Lasers write giant Seahawk 12 on Grand Coulee Dam

There couldn't be more concrete evidence of the Pacific Northwest's support of the Seattle Seahawks for their bid to repeat last year's Superbowl victory tomorrow, than a big 12 emblazened on the... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 28, 2015

Changes to be recommended on building sizes, more

The Electric City Planning Commission will submit a number of changes to the city council as a result of its public hearing held at the fire hall last Thursday night. Major among the changes is the doubling of the size allowable for accessory... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 28, 2015

Ballots on levy must be returned by Feb. 10

School district patrons received their official mail-in levy ballots this week and will need to return them by Feb. 10, in order for them to be counted. At issue is a four-year replacement levy that... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 28, 2015

District moves to acquire school, land

The Grand Coulee Dam School District is loaning itself the money to truly own Center Elementary School and the surrounding property. The board voted last Wednesday to move $155,000 from the district’s general fund to its capital fund to purchase th... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

Town seeking EMT trainees The town of Coulee Dam is redeveloping and growing its ambulance and emergency medical technician program and looking for professional and responsible volunteer staff. “We need about three to five (or more) EMTs ready for... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 28, 2015

Old gym and school looking newer

It looks like a new gym, at least on the outside. A large part of the new siding has been completed on the old Lake Roosevelt High School gym and, according to school officials, the new metal roof... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 28, 2015

Man arrested in car theft case

by Roger S. Lucas An Electric City man was arrested last Thursday on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and trafficking stolen property. Anthony Kelly, 31, was taken to Grant County Jail after he was apprehended during a routine traffic stop.... Full story

 

It's up to us to maintain the gift

Local school district patrons this year have been given a huge, remarkable gift the benefits of which we are still discovering. And we will still have the privilege of maintaining it for a long time to come. Renewing the tax levy that helps do that... Full story

 
 By Jim Keene    Opinion    January 28, 2015

Local school levy a partnership

School districts in the state of Washington continue to rely on a partnership for funding between state and local resources. Local communities through a levy provide essential resources to augment the basic state school support. Our community has... Full story

 

Continue school support for this generation of kids

The reason I accepted the position of chair for the Levy Committee is because I feel that supporting strong schools means … Our kids benefit directly because: • The money stays in the community. • This levy is replacing the existing one, and... Full story

 

City officials have to tackle all the problems, not just yours

In the past weeks, we have had a few city council meetings and committee meetings at the local cities. As usual, sometimes things are said that have been taken wrong. Remember, most of these people on the local city councils, city committee are... Full story

 

Update needed on high-speed chase story

Please provide your readers a follow up on charges brought against the alleged car thief. Please include in the update, what, if any, disciplinary action has been brought against the police officers that participated in the high-speed chase. The... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 28, 2015

Gems in the Coulee: Volunteers

Anyone who knows anything at all about our history in the Coulee area knows that volunteerism is what made the heart start beating and thriving in this area. Sure, the great Grand Coulee Dam brought thousands into the area but if not for the local... Full story

 

Coulee Recollections

10 years ago Yvonne Kilsmoola-Quilachin St. Pierre is the first born baby at Coulee Community Hospital for 2005, the daughter of Yalonda and John St. Pierre of Elmer City. Marvin and Marilyn Farver of Nespelem celebrate their 50th wedding... Full story

 

Phyllis Aldean (Metz) Billups

   Phyllis Aldean (Metz) Billups, 90, of Omak, Wash., passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Phyllis was born on September 12, 1924, to Orvil and Muriel Metz in Hardesty, Alberta, Canada and was the... Full story

 

Sherrie Rene Reyes–Palmanteer

Sherrie Rene Reyes–Palmanteer, 56, left us during the evening hours of Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, from her hospital bed at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, surrounded by her loving... Full story

 

Cheryl Ann Garvin

Cheryl Ann Garvin, 60, passed quietly away at her home on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.  Cheryl was the mother of two sons: Eric and Shawn; grandmother to six children: Eric, Tyler, Brandon, Scotty,... Full story

 

Ethel Y. "Vonnie" George

Ethel Y. “Vonnie” George, 71, died Sun., Jan. 25, 2015, at her Elmer City, Wash. home. A visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 30, at Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee, Wash., from 4-7 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday,... Full story

 

Freida Leona Slattery

Freida Leona Slattery passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Gig Harbor, Wash. She was born July 16, 1923, in Thermopolis, Wyo., to Hazel and Clarence Cowan. Freida’s father passed away when she was very young. She lived her first 18 years in... Full story

 

Tax volunteers getting ready to help

Income tax time is nearly here and free tax preparation will be offered again at the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center. Volunteers trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service and AARP will... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber at Pepper Jack’s The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon this Thursday, Jan. 29, at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille in Grand Coulee. On the agenda Launi Ritter of Heaven Scent Computer Services will be giving a... Full story

 

Spending Frenzy designed to give students money management skills

Financial Literacy is an important skill, but is not usually "fun" to learn about. Not so for 193 Lake Roosevelt High School students who took part in a "Spending Frenzy" last week, learning about... Full story

 

Brass plaque placed at new school

This brass plaque was recently placed in a concrete stand in front of the Lake Roosevelt High School entrance. The plaque provides an historical record of the school's opening date, September, 2014;... Full story

 

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