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Articles from the May 11, 2016 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 11, 2016

Promoters say new hydropower project could employ thousands

The Regional Board of Mayors learned Monday of a proposed Banks Lake Pumped Storage Project that could employ 2,500 people during construction and end up providing permanent employment for 150-200 workers. Columbia Basin Hydropower managers told the... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 11, 2016

Colorama gamble paid off for families, chamber

A risky first-time replacement to the traditional Colorama carnival came through as a big positive for most families with children and even helped the fund-raiser's bottom line, the chamber of... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 11, 2016

Local man dead after bike wreck

A man involved in many local causes who helped with the sound system heard at Saturday’s parade died driving his Harley later that night just east of Grand Coulee. Walter H. Nuehring, known locally as Steve Nuehring, was riding his white 2007... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 11, 2016

Young driver dies in accident

A young driver died as a result of a single-car accident 10 miles north of Nespelem Sunday afternoon. The Washington State Patrol said the car, driven by Thomas C. Jacobs, 17, Tonasket, was going too fast for road conditions in the area. The driver... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 11, 2016

Rodeo declared a great success

The Colorama Pro-West Rodeo was a great success, according to Ridge Riders President George Kohout. "I think it was one of the best rodeos we have had here for a long time," Kohout said early this... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 11, 2016

Pathway discussion set for Saturday

Electric City will hold the first of two planned community meetings to discuss its plan for a Pathway Trail through the city. The full topic will be parks, recreation and revitalization. The meeting will be from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, May 14, in the... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    May 11, 2016

'Honest man' to play blues festival

Award-winning blues musician Matt Andersen will take the stage with his band, the "Bona Fide," on May 21 at the biannual Sunbanks Resort Rhythm & Blues Festival. His new album, "Honest Man,"... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 11, 2016

Report: 701 tons of garbage produced

Grand Coulee won hands down the blue ribbon for producing the highest tonnage of garbage for 2015, a Sunrise Disposal report to the Regional Board of Mayors indicated. The disposal company reported that it picked up 700.77 tons of garbage in Grand... Full story

 

Light show to begin May 28

The Laser Light Show’s opening performance for the year will be Saturday, May 28, beginning at 10 p.m., Bureau of Reclamation officials stated last week. Work on the drum gates, which has occupied most of the spring, will be finished in mid-May,... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 11, 2016

Students head to Tall Timbers next week

About 60 sixth graders from Lake Roosevelt Elementary and Nespelem Schools will be trekking to the Tall Timber Ranch, near Leavenworth, next week. Sixth graders from the two schools have been going to the ranch for the past several years to learn... Full story

 

Meetings rescheduled

The school board meeting for the Grand Coulee Dam School District scheduled for Monday night, May 9, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, May 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The delay is due to a lack of a quorum. The town of Coulee Dam council meeting that... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 11, 2016

Far-fetched schemes should not be ruled out

Lest we get into the “it will never happen here” mood, let’s remind ourselves that the existence of this community was preceded by a very nutty idea that was laughed at by the whole nation. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was derided for... Full story

 
 By Barry Lamont    Opinion    May 11, 2016

Honor older Americans this month

As a member of the Washington State Council on Aging, I am asking you to join me and my fellow members, and Governor Jay Inslee, in honoring Older Americans during the month of May. A meeting in April 1963, between President John F. Kennedy and membe... Full story

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    May 11, 2016

April brings record snow melt

The big weather story, from my perspective, was the record-breaking snowmelt here in the Pacific Northwest. During April, western snowpack dropped at record speed, according to data from the fifth and... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 11, 2016

Seniors, are you ready for the next step? Part 2

Last week I started a peek into the Senior class which, before we know it, will be stepping out on stage and receiving that coveted paper that says, “Congratulations, you have met all the requirements …” and lets them know that the next step... Full story

 

Sixty-seven years ago

Mildred Brown, 3 years old, shows a string of silver trout dipped from the river below the falls at Grand Coulee Dam by her father. Every spring there is a "Silver" downstream migration at the dam.... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon this Thursday, May 12, at La Presa in Grand Coulee. Debbie Starkey of Investment Services Northwest will be speaking about a grant writing workshop she attended.... Full story

 

Leslie Pearl Green

Leslie Pearl Green, age 69, born in Lakeview, Oregon, February 22, 1947, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016. She graduated from Morao High School. She worked as an office manager and in the billing... Full story

 

Kay Lynelle McDowell 12/12/1941 – 05/06/2016

Kay Lynelle McDowell was born to the late Bill and Geneva Rogers on December 12, 1941, in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended schools in Arizona and completed her education in California. It was there she... Full story

 

Royal blood

The Colorama rodeo queen for 2016, Caitlin O'Neil, center, poses with visiting royalty and her grandmother, the very first Colorama queen, at the Ridge Riders Saddle Club royalty luncheon last week... Full story

 

It's a boy for Robles/Baker

Tamura Robles and Nicholas Gray are proud to announce the birth of their son, Leonardo E. Lee Baker, born Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz., and was 21 inches in length at... Full story

 

Picard/Labro have a girl

Alanna Picard and Alfredo Labro, of Nespelem, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kered Labro, born Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. Siblings include William, Blayne and Junie. Maternal... Full story

 

It's a girl for Thomas/Marchand

Marissa Thomas and Loren Marchand, of Omak, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Maddison Jae Marchand, born Monday, May 2, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 8 lbs., 11 oz., and was... Full story

 

Raider baseball needs another win

Raider Baseball is one win away from advancing to the regional tournament for the first time since 2011. To get to this point, the Raiders had a doubleheader in Tonasket May 3 to close the regular season as the Tigers surprised the Raiders in the fir... Full story

 

Tennis prepares for league championships

Raider Tennis played three matches last week, and one already this week, ahead of the Central Washington North 2B Tennis Tournament at the North Cascade Athletic Club in Omak this Friday and Saturday. The Raiders traveled to Entiat May 3, where, as... Full story

 

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