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Articles from the February 25, 2015 edition

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School district tightens discipline rules

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board took steps Monday night to improve conduct on school buses and in the classrooms. After a debate about priorities, the board voted to add four temporary positions to provide better discipline in selected... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 25, 2015

Two teens die in Coulee City crash

Two teenagers were killed and a third injured in Coulee City Friday night when the car they were in left the road and hit a light pole at the city park. The driver, Auston Frye, 17, of Hartline; and... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 25, 2015

Wild horse roundup halted

A roundup of wild horses on the Colville Indian Reservation was stopped just before noon Sunday due to mounting pressure from tribal members. The roundup had been planned to take about three weeks, ga... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 25, 2015

Local hospital ekes a profit

Coulee Medical Center managed to show a slim profit in January, following months of losses, mostly due to downward adjustments in the amounts due from Medicaid in 2014. CMC’s financial statements for January showed a $1,351 gain on the bottom... Full story


Nordine willing to take mayor's seat

John Nordine, mayor pro-tem in Electric City, said last week that he would be willing to fill out the unexpired term of Mayor Jerry Sands, who is resigning. Sands will serve until the last day of February. Sands became mayor in 2009, and resigned,... Full story



Attendance up at schools Grand Coulee Dam schools reported an average of 709 students for the month of February, two students more than was reported in January and 49 students over the budgeted 660 students, and 43 more students than the same month l... Full story


Crosswalk flagged for safety

Electric City has a new crosswalk program that promotes safety, and, if successful, will be expanded to another crosswalk in the city. This week those using the crosswalk to the city's post office... Full story


Center School building headed toward a sale

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board declared Center School and its 8.5 acre property surplus Monday night. The board authorized Superintendent Dennis Carlson to move forward and schedule a public hearing so the public could have input on the p... Full story


Summit will explore possible facility uses

A summit on what to do with the old middle school buidling in Grand Coulee will be held at the site on March 12, from 11- 2 pm. The event is organized by a committee of the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, which is inviting various... Full story


Sands has been a good mayor

I am sad to see Mayor Jerry Sands resign. He has been a very good mayor. But I can understand his frustration and his wanting time for the family because the mayor job is a full-time commitment. Honestly, I don’t know how he withstood the office... Full story


Forthright, dedicated mayor will be missed

It is with mixed emotions I am writing this after reading the article regarding Jerry Sands resigning as mayor of Electric City. I am a personal friend of Jerry and Connie, so I am aware of how they want to be able to travel, spend time with their... Full story


Sands did job when no one else would

I know Jerry Sands (mayor of Electric City) had thoughts about retiring last election, but as there were no other persons running for mayor, he stepped up to the plate and once again took on the responsibility. I, for one, am sorry to see him go. I... Full story


Time to step up, 509ers

509ers, now is the time for you to step up and help with your city government. All of the Mikes, Lees, Clays, Marks, Bobs, Joes, Janes, Marys, etc, (local 509ers) who do not want 206ers, aka “coasties” to run your city. “They are just trying... Full story


Re: "Electric City Council: no restrictions on outbuilding size" Feb. 18

Accessory building do have size limits in Electric City. The accessory survey that the planning commission had the city mail out last September did show that the community did want some size limits on out buildings, 34% to 64%. That is why the... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 25, 2015

New champions, old champions and losses

A coach once told me that a bad loss is sometimes the best thing for a team. It lets you know that there are still things to work on and that it exposes our weaknesses. That statement can be applied to our everyday life as well. Sometimes we are goin... Full story


Rural America: It's complicated, really complicated

There are two closely held, widely believed, narratives about rural America. The national media narrative, with roots in the 1980’s farm crisis, is fatalistic. Rural places are dying. It lives on at the Brookings Institute and the New York Times,...


Penny Ann "Minnie" Wak Wak-Gregorio

Penny Ann "Minnie" Wak Wak-Gregorio (66) passed away Tuesday evening, February 17, 2015 in Spokane, Washington. Born April 5, 1948 into the Nespelem, Washington home of Isaac W. and Rose... Full story


Amy Jo (Weber) Tattersall

Amy Jo (Weber) Tattersall passed from this life into the presence of her Lord Friday, February 6, 2015 at Salem General Hospital following a short illness. She was born August 3, 1949 to Harold James and Betsy Ann Weber of Libby Creek Ranch, Carlton,... Full story


Nancy Esther Ranum McChesney

Nancy Esther Ranum McChesney, 80, of Coulee Dam, Wash., died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at Hospice House North in Spokane, WA, with family at her side. Born April 19, 1934, in Faribault, Minn., Nancy was... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet at Siam Palace The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet this Thursday, Feb. 26, at noon at the Siam Palace on Main St., Grand Coulee. Speaking will be Coulee Medical Center Dietitian, Jacie Johnson. Tax Forms Available... Full story


Sign overhaul in progress

Rotary members remove the letters from the entrance sign to Grand Coulee on the highway from Wilbur Friday afternoon. The club erected the sign and another like it entering Electric City years ago,... Full story


Octavio Alejandre is state champion

Raider Wrestling made a great showing at the state tournament with all three wrestlers placing. Octavio Alejandre took the state championship at 285 pounds. Oscar Pakootas took third at 132, and... Full story


Raiders third at districts, move on to regionals

The Raider boys won two games last week to earn third place in the District 5-6 tournament and a meeting with District 7-9's number-two team Friday night at regionals. This is the second year in a row... Full story


Bowling Scores

THURSDAY MIXUPS TEAM W L Fry Bread Power 57.5 26.5 Fighting Chipmunks 50 34 Shut Up & Bowl 47 37 Gutter Fingers 42 42 The Shire 40 44 Flyin W 38.5 45.5 Team 7 36 48 3 blonds and 1 ndn 24 60 High Game: Shut Up & Bowl 732; JR Jensen 234; Briana Bob... Full story


This week in sports

Wed. Feb. 25 6 p.m., JHS Wrestling, LR Mix and Match here. Fri., Feb. 27 6 p.m., HS Boys’ Basketball Regionals at Mount Spokane High School, versus Northwest Christian. Sat., Feb. 28 10 a.m., JHS Wrestling, Final Tournament at O... Full story


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