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Articles from the February 5, 2014 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 5, 2014

Police officer says civil service committed "bad oversight"

A Grand Coulee Civil Service Commission meeting Monday night turned out to be anything but civil. Commission President Alan Cain and police Officer Sean Cook got into a shouting match over issues that Cook raised before commission members. The civil... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 5, 2014

Citizens grow impatient with hospital situation

With their constituents voicing impatience, hospital district commissioners took no actions after coming out of a closed session last week, but they voted in new leadership and streamlined committee... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 5, 2014

Nurses sign for union representation

A large majority of registered nurses at Coulee Medical Center have signed cards asking to be represented by a union, an organizer said Tuesday night. Austin DePaolo, of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union, Local 1439, said more than 70... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 5, 2014

City asks port about water for eventual expansion

Electric City is looking for a water source to service an eventual development of some 300-400 homes on the south side of the causeway. Mayor Jerry Sands appeared before Port District 7 officials Thursday evening to ask if the city could some day... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 5, 2014

State Auditor's Office reprimands fire district

The state auditor’s office has advised Lincoln County Fire Protection District 9 that materials required were not furnished to auditors for the period of Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2011. The letter stated that failure to submit required annual... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 5, 2014

Port commissioner decides to step down

Orville Scharbach has resigned his position on the Grant County Port District 7 commission. Scharbach, who was just elected to another six-year term last November and took his new oath of office a month ago, advised other commissioners that he was... Full story


12th man spirit on display

Rob Carroll, of Stevens Avenue in Coulee Dam, can take at least some credit for contributing to the "12th Man" spirit that permeated the state as the Seahawks headed to the Super Bowl on Sunday. In... Full story



School enrollment up again Enrollment number for Grand Coulee Dam District schools continues to exceed predictions. January’s enrollment in all three schools was recorded at 667. That’s 27 over what the district budgeted for and 46 students over... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 5, 2014

Elmer City considers separate wastewater plant

The task of keeping sewer rates low has begun in Elmer City. Mayor Gail Morin, who campaigned on the notion that her town could go its own way instead of paying Coulee Dam for wastewater treatment, says she hopes that the first steps in that... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 5, 2014

Group suing Colville leaders to meet

Colville Members for Justice will meet Saturday morning in Elmer City to discuss the status and updates on their effort to sue the Colville Business Council over decisions on how much of a $193 million settlement with the United States government to... Full story


Chamber to make annual awards next week

The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards night will be Thursday, Feb. 13, at Pepper Jack’s Bar and Grille, officials said this week. Chamber Executive Director Peggy Nevsimal said Tuesday that the “Achiever of the Year... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 5, 2014

Three interested in council position

Three residents of Grand Coulee responded to the city’s request to fill a vacant city council seat. The Position 2 seat became vacant after Tim Alling decided not to run again and has been vacant since the first of the year. Filing and expressing... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    February 5, 2014

Clarification and correction

A woman who called police because she felt threatened did not report that the other party had a knife, as stated in a report last week. Heather Downs did not know that Terry Jo Merbach had a knife until Merbach gave it to police when they arrived.... Full story


Readers should keep up the good work at hospital

People are understandably anxious about the lack of resolution of the issues embroiling Coulee Medical Center. While we feel obliged to report on the controversy, it’s not as easy, and much more technical, to report on the hospital’s progress. Al... Full story


Writer demands answers from tribal council

TO THE COLVILLE TRIBAL COUNCIL: I shall continue to harp on you, hound you, press you for answers on the current status of Ken “Butch” Stanger and Gene Nicholson Sr. as continuing members of the CTFC Board of Directors and that of Joe Pakootas... Full story


Gems in the Coulee: Jim Barry

This is a different kind of Gem in the Coulee. The man I speak about today is a father, first and above everything else. He prefers to work behind the scenes and let others be the face of success and... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Riding the ski slopes and keeping good grades have been combined in a program for students from Nespelem and Grand Coulee Dam School Districts. The club of 89 kids have academic requirements intended to keep their English skills,... Full story


Antoine Alan "Tony" Atkins

Antoine Alan "Tony" Atkins 69, passed away during the morning hours of Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, surrounded by his family in Spokane's Deaconess Hospital. Tony began this life's journey on December 6,... Full story


John B. Klobucher

John B. Klobucher was born May 24, 1920, in Spokane and passed away January 24, 2014, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Other than his service in the Army during WWII, he lived his whole... Full story


Senior Meals

Wed., Feb. 5 – Dinner Potato and Bacon Soup, Egg Salad Sandwich, Coleslaw, Fruit and Pudding Parfait. Thurs., Feb. 6 – Dinner Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Mixed Veggies, Fruit Salad, Cook’s Choice Dessert. Fri., Feb. 7 – Breakfast... Full story


Free tax help at center

Income tax time is here! Free tax preparation is being offered at the Grand Coulee Senior Center again this year. Volunteers trained in cooperation with IRS and AARP will be available every Tuesday, Feb 11 - April 8, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. New... Full story


Royal visit

Haley Wade of Ephrata, this year's Colorama Queen, visits with chamber of commerce members Thursday at Pepper Jack's Bar and Grille along with Cindy Edwards of the Ridge Riders Saddle Club. - Scott... Full story


Abrahamson/Bessette have a boy

Turtle Abrahamson and Isaac Bessette of Pablo, Mont., are proud to announce the birth of their son Kasen LeRoy Bessette Abrahamson on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 9 lbs., 1 oz., and was 21 inches in... Full story


It's a boy for the Seekins

Lee and Jeremiah Seekins of Electric City are proud to announce the birth of their son Emmanuel Aaron Seekins, born Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz., and was 19 inches in length at birth.... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet at Pepper Jack’s The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not be meeting this week due to the Social Media Class being held from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Sunbanks Lodge Resort. For more information contact Peggy at 633-3074.... Full story


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