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Articles from the March 5, 2014 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News    March 5, 2014

Non-investigation comes full circle

An investigation, or lack thereof, of missing public records and a town computer has been to Olympia and back via Waterville, where it may soon end up anyway. Coulee Dam Mayor F. Gregory Wilder, finding nothing but a brand new, unused computer in... Full story

 By press release    News    March 5, 2014

Marchand expelled from business council

[Note: This story contains corrected copy after the CCT administration issued a corrected press release correcting an error in the vote count and adding additional facts about the referenced ethics... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 5, 2014

Report: Lake Roosevelt visitors spent $71 million in 2012 visits

A recent study by the National Park Service shows how a strong visitor base pumps money into local economies. A report on the 2012 season showed that the Lake Roosevelt National Recreational Area had... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 5, 2014

Comments again heat up commission meeting

Well laid plans sometime just don’t work out. That was the scene at Monday’s Grand Coulee Civil Service meeting at city hall. Commissioners discussed what went wrong at their last meeting when police officer/private citizen Sean Cook, got into it... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 5, 2014

Project coming for port district

Port District 7 officials, their engineering firm, USKH of Spokane, and contractor Blackrock Construction, of Moses Lake, plan a pre-construction meeting on a building to house a new dump truck with snow blade sometime next week. The building and... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 5, 2014

Permit to rebuild long house passes

The Nez Perce Long House destroyed by fire the day after Christmas, 2012, will soon be rebuilt. An application for a land use and development permit was passed after a public hearing on the matter Feb. 27. Albert Andrews Redstar, representing the... Full story



Time to spring ahead Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 9. Move your clocks ahead one hour. Forget the snow, get ready to golf The Banks Lake Golf Course is officially open. The spring opening date is always March 1. Memberships are being... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 5, 2014

Omak casino construction to start this spring

The Colville Tribes new Omak Casino could open as early as May or June in 2015, according to Colville Tribal Federal Corporation’s chief executive, Joe Pakootas. Pakootas said final planning could occur this week and it was hoped that the project... Full story


Omak District chooses Tonasket

Meeting last Saturday, members of the Colville Tribes’ Omak District selected a replacement Colville Business Council (CBC) member for a position vacated when Ernest “Sneena” Brooks resigned last month. Richard Tonasket, of Omak, was chosen by... Full story


On hospital quality

Melanie Neddo, Coulee Medical Center's director of quality improvement, addresses chamber of commerce members Thursday on dozens of issues tracked by hospital staff to document and gauge the quality... Full story


Can anyone stop the power of Premera?

Amid the public policy mess created by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a tiny pebble of a good idea looked set for passage at a recent committee hearing of the Washington Legislature — that is until the heavy boot of Premera Blue Cross came... Full story

 By Kathy Wickman    Opinion    March 5, 2014

Graham should walk away

I just read the very sad news that Dawn Lovelace has resigned her position at CMC. I am a former employee of CMC and worked around the most amazing people and also met the most wonderful people in our community. I still miss being greeted by them eve... Full story


Public outcry needed to save hospital

Public outcry needed to save hospital We need our doctors, the ones we know and trust. If they leave, I believe that CMC may as well close their doors. If Mr. Graham leaves real soon it might have a chance. Who is he, anyway; I have never seen him.... Full story

 By Carl Russell    Opinion    March 5, 2014

Gas prices still upsetting

I assume the local public is satisfied with Jack's Service response to my letter about gas prices in Grand Coulee Dam area compared to 25 miles in every direction is 10 to 30 cents cheaper. As I didn't see any other response to his letter. I don't... Full story


Government obliged to protect liberties

Some 2,000 years ago the religious leaders judged a man to be an evildoer, a blasphemer who mingled with the dregs of their society. These leaders condemned the man to death, fearing that he would turn the people against them, and strip away their... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 5, 2014

My Uncle, a veteran

This morning I got the news, the kind of news that no one wants to get, whether it’s expected or not; my uncle had died. Ninety-nine percent of you don’t know him; he did not live here, never... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Nine lovely ladies will be competing for the title of Miss Grand Coulee Dam this week. They are: Jennifer Sedillo, Heidi Rise, Keanna Cawston, Candice Payne, Lacey Ward, Tiffany Barry, Natasha Cawston, Kristin James and Angelina Moore.... Full story


Richard Allen Thoren

Richard Allen Thoren, son of Donald and Jean Thoren of Coulee Dam, Washington, passed away on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Spokane, Wash. He was 64. He is survived by his brother Terry Thoren, children:... Full story


Lorena Mae Williams

Lorena Mae Williams went to be with her Lord and Savior in Page, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at the age of 78. Born on August 31, 1935, in Drumright, Okla., she was one of nine children born to... Full story


Charles S. (Stan) Yirak

Charles S. (Stan) Yirak was born on June 9, 1924, to Charles J. and Marie R. (Risch) Yirak in Ouray, Colo., and passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Liberty Lake, Wash. Stan was married to Betty... Full story


It's a girl for Trevino, Marques

Juanita Arrieta-Trevino and Brandon Marques are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Isabella Maria Margues-Trevino on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 7 lbs., and was 20 inches in length at... Full story


Daniels have a boy

Jennifer and Brian Daniels of Coulee Dam are proud to announce the birth of their son Nathan Joseph Daniels on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 9 lbs., 3 oz., and was 21 inches in length at birth.... Full story


It's a girl for Ennis/Lauseng

Julie Ennis and Joseph Lauseng of Grand Coulee are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Izabella Lynn Lauseng born Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. Siblings include Austin Lauseng, 7, Joseph Lauseng 3 and... Full story


Croasmuns have a boy

Katya and Zachery Croasmun of Almira are proud to announce the birth of their son Roman Zachery Croasmun on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz., and was 21 inches in length at birth. Sibling... Full story


Browns going on a mission

Sheila and Derlyn Brown are leaving on March 17, to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They will be serving in Cove Fort , Utah, one of the last remaining historical... Full story


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