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Articles from the March 14, 2018 edition

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  • After FEMA training, local agencies to develop new practices

    Roger S Lucas|Mar 14, 2018

    A week-long school security training session at the FEMA Emergency Management Institute “will make a huge difference in how we do things here,” Superintendent Paul Turner said Tuesday. People from the Grand Coulee Dam School District and other agencies nearby traveled to Emmitsburg, Maryland, last week on a grant, with meetings designed to get people in responding agencies who might be involved in some kind of security issues talking and planning together. School security was only part of the training, Turner explained. “We went into detai...

  • The play's the thing

    Mar 14, 2018

    Some 56 local children perform Saturday afternoon at the first of two performances of "The Snow Queen," directed and produced by the Missoula Children's Theatre. The group was hired by the PTA to come to town on Monday, audition the kids, then produce a play by Saturday at the Lake Roosevelt High School gym. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Couples voice objections to short-term rentals

    Roger S. Lucas and Jacob Wagner|Mar 14, 2018

    How do you effectively stop a “short-term rental” operation from getting roots in your neighborhood? Two couples on Lakeview Avenue in Electric City are trying to come up with answers. David and Nancy Brown and Mark and Debbie Jenson have been actively trying to convince the city council that partying, noise and drinking have no place in their quiet setting along with their unobstructed views of Banks Lake. Last summer, groups started appearing at a house in their neighborhood through a “short-term rental” operation. The Browns had noticed...

  • Newsbriefs

    Mar 14, 2018

    High school junior boys could learn about government The Grand Coulee Dam American Legion is seeking applicants for Evergreen Boys State, June 17-23 in Stanwood, Washington. Initially designed to counter an American fascist movement in the 1930s, Boys State still teaches participants how government works, offering them a chance to construct local, county and state governments. Activities include running for office, court proceedings, creating and enforcing laws, pizza parties, a talent show, celebrations, and recreational programs. Applicants...

  • Sidewalk fix coming with bigger project in C.D.

    Scott Hunter|Mar 14, 2018

    Coulee Dam will get some sidewalks fixed when a big project moves forward this year, the result of a vote to move ahead despite higher-than-expected bids on the street project to revamp an area on the east side of town, including Cedar Street. The council accepted a bid from Moreno and Nelson Construction for $820,000 for the work, about 5 percent of which the city must pay with its own funds, about $4,900. The rest comes from the state Transportatin Investment Board. The highest bid came in at more than $1 million. Engineers had estimated...

  • Nora the explorer puts local wildlife on YouTube

    Jacob Wagner|Mar 14, 2018

    Steve Erwin, the Crocodile Hunter; Gordon Eastman; Jacques Cousteau; Nora Jenn: these are the names of great wildlife videographers. Jenn, who lives in Coulee Dam and used to work for the National Park Service as well as the Bureau of Reclamation, films some interesting videos of animal life in our area and posts them on YouTube for all to enjoy. One video shows a coyote howling on the ice of Banks Lake, while another shows a close-up of a young bald eagle eating a fish. Eagles trying to catch...

  • Corrections

    Mar 14, 2018

    Wrong name Randy August was the Colville Tribes employee in a photo of local leaders receiving emergency management training in Maryland last week. An incorrect last name provided appeared in a caption last week. No name Due to a layout error, Carl Russell’s name was inadvertently left off his Feb. 28 letter to the editor on “Defending the NRA....

  • Housing project breaks ground near Nespelem

    Jacob Wagner|Mar 14, 2018

    The Colville Confederated Tribes held a groundbreaking ceremony in Nespelem on Monday for their nine new triplex housing units that are anticipated to be fully constructed in December. Between seven and eight million dollars is going toward building the triplexes, an outdoor basketball court at the location, and toward the renovations of 31 HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) houses located in Keller and Inchelium. Douglas Marconi Sr., executive director of the Colville Indian...

  • Fiber survey lacking

    F. Gregory Wilder|Mar 14, 2018

    I just received the “Benefits of Fiber to the Home” (FTTH) survey included with our Coulee Dam utility bill. The “survey” reads like a poorly written grade-school student project! If Coulee Dam is truly interested in developing a broadband/fiber enterprise, the City should take the quality time and invest the funds by working with experienced consultant(s), including business, legal, and applicable engineers. How you craft the first considerations, you must understand the options, the limitations, and the strategies. One of the first and mos...

  • Re: "Gun Culture is the problem" in Letters from Our Readers, March 7

    John Overby|Mar 14, 2018

    1) It is incongruous that a semester of study in 8th grade on the Constitution would give anyone the knowledge and ability to make a learned opinion on the 1st and 2nd Amendments. 2) It is indeed chilling to hear a 9th grader claiming that when they are of voting age and in charge that they are going to “right the wrongs that past generations have made.” I recall such sentiments when I was young in the mid-sixties and that has not happened. We have only gotten worse. 3) The Bible is the only book that lays out God’s “plumb line” on the “cult...

  • Taking issue with "gun culture" blame

    Chip Cathcart|Mar 14, 2018

    A letter in last week’s Opinion section blamed gun culture and the NRA for the horrid acts committed by individuals. The guns that are used in these acts are simply the tools that these evil, psychotic, deranged, and/or mentally ill people use to carry out their acts. The reasons for their actions will differ with each individual, but those blaming the NRA are just taking the popular, easy, and wrong route. The letter mentioned that guns are the leading cause of homicide in the United States. If you could magically take away all guns, then the...

  • Senior Profile: Lucas Bird

    Jesse Utz|Mar 14, 2018

    Sometimes it is just fun to chat with a young man who is ready to conquer the world, and sometimes you can learn a lot about life from that same young man. A few years ago I wrote about Lucas “Lead Foot” Bird as a Gem in the Coulee. He is a senior now and his dreams have morphed a bit as he matured. Here is a little bit of our conversation. If you know Lucas at all, you know that he sometimes can appear shy, but really he is just a quiet kid who lets his actions speak for themselves. So whe...

  • Newhouse has a dam blind spot

    Stephen Ralph|Mar 14, 2018

    Congressman Dan Newhouse is one of the sponsors of H.R. 3144, which would maintain the operational status quo at the four lower Snake River dams in the Columbia River Basin. These dams are bad-actors for their negative effects on 13 runs of threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead. Newhouse says opposing the legislation is putting politics over science when it comes to improving fish recovery efforts. He seems concerned, legitimately, about possible impacts to ratepayers, but it shows he does not understand the historical record of...

  • Madelyn A. Bussert

    Mar 14, 2018

    Madelyn A. Bussert, 91, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018, at her Grand Coulee home after a long illness. She was born April 27, 1926. She is survived by her husband, Rolland (Buzz) Bussert, at the home. She will be missed by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Per her request, no services will be held.... Full story

  • Steven Lyle Christman

    Mar 14, 2018

    Steven Lyle Christman passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 12:45 a.m., inSeattle’s Swedish Hospital at the age of 53. He was born in Great Falls, Montana, on February 1, 1965, to Frank D. Christman and Margie (Davis) Christman (both deceased). He lived in Enumclaw, Washington, as a young boy and later moved to Coulee Dam and attended Lake Roosevelt High School. He moved to Spokane, Washington, for a few years then to Rockford, Washington, and worked in Spokane. He is survived by his brother, Frank G. Christman of Elmer City, W... Full story

  • Willard J. Filion, DDS

    Mar 14, 2018

    Dr. Willard J. Filion passed away at Swedish Hospital-Cherry Hill, in Seattle, Washington, on February 1, 2018, of various maladies associated with the aging process. His immediate family was with him during these past few days. Willard was born in Gregory, SD, on December 21, 1930, to Lester L. Filion and Laura E. Filion. When he was two years old, the family moved to Eastern Washington, and in 1936 the family settled in the Grand Coulee Dam area, where his father found employment. Willard... Full story

  • Crabs, laughter and butter

    Mar 14, 2018

    Patrons of the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce's second annual crab feed go through the line Saturday night, when chamber volunteers served 108. Executive Director Peggy Nevsimal said they ran out of the 400 paper plates bought for the event, but raised nearly $2,200. On the left, from front to back, are server volunteers Lynda Anderson, Lonna Bussert and Sheri Edwards, serving Sally McDowell, Darlene Morava and Loryn Alexander. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Births in the coulee

    Mar 14, 2018

    Boyum/Phillips-Kiehn have a boy Anngalina Boyum and Matthew Phillips-Kiehn, of Grand Coulee, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Dante Phillips-Kiehn, born Friday, February 23, 2018, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz., and was 19- 1/2 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Joseph, 4, and Rose, 2. Maternal grandparents are Samantha Roberts and David Roberts of LaGrande, Oregon. Paternal grandparents are Alta Wolkamp and Eva Phillips of Auburn, Washington, and Jerry Kiehn of...

  • Seder Service coming to Coulee Dam Community Church

    Mar 14, 2018

    Jews for Jesus is coming to Almira Coulee Dam Community Church on Wednesday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. Join us at the Coulee Dam Campus for Christ in the Passover, a Seder celebration. Enjoy a great family experience combined with a Creative Potluck Meal… just 3 LOOSE rules: No pork, no shellfish, and no yeast. Did you know The Last Supper was a Passover meal? The elements have significance. Alan Bond is traveling from San Francisco to join us. Come learn and celebrate with us this Easter season....

  • Meetings and Notices

    Mar 14, 2018

    Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at the Melody Restaurant at noon this Thursday, March 15. Darla Orr will be giving an overview of the Northwest Native Development Funds operations. Lions Club Meets First and Third Tuesdays The GCD Lions Club will be meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at the Melody Restaurant in Coulee Dam. Okanogan County School Retirees to Meet Okanogan County School Retirees Association meets Friday, March 30, for a general meeting and no-host lunch at Koala Street Grill, 914...

  • Visit state parks for free on March 19

    Mar 14, 2018

    OLYMPIA – March 7, 2017 – Washington State Parks turns 105 years old on Monday, March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by enjoying a state park for free that day. With the 2018 spring and summer seasons just around the corner, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission reminds the public that recreation opportunities abound in more than 100 parks and recreation sites and on park trails statewide. March 19 is the third of 12 State Parks “free days” in 2018, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass for d...

  • Receive 10 free trees

    Mar 14, 2018

    The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March 2018 and receive 10 free white pine trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. With planting instructions included, the trees will be shipped at the right time for planting, between March 1 and May 31. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Arbor Day Foundation m...

  • This week in sports

    Mar 14, 2018

    Thurs., March 15 4 p.m., Raider Tennis here with Entiat Fri., March 16 3 p.m., Raider Tennis with Wilbur/Creston at Creston Sat., March 17 11 a.m./1 p.m., Raider Baseball/Softball at Manson (DH). 11 a.m., Raider Track at Oroville Invittional Mon., March 19 2:30 p.m., Raider Golf here with Omak/Okanogan Tues., March 20 4 p.m., Raider Tennis at Oroville 4:30 p.m., Raider Baseball/Softball here with Oroville Thurs., March 22 2:30 p.m., Raider Golf here with Wilbur 4 p.m., Raider Tennis here with Liberty Bell Fri., March 23 3:30/5:30, Raider...

  • Teacher/coach to retire after 42 years

    Roger S. Lucas|Mar 14, 2018

    They say "still waters run deep." That would be a good description of Gary Darnold, who informed the Grand Coulee Dam School District last week that he is retiring after teaching here for 42 years. Darnold is soft spoken, but his eyes penetrate you like he is taking your measure. It is highly unusual for a teacher, any teacher, to spend an entire career in one district. Darnold did, and will hang it up after this year's teaching assignment. With a bachelor's degree from Washington State...

  • Bowling Scores

    Mar 14, 2018

    DAM KEGLERS TEAM W L The Melody 118.5 101.5 Native Spirit 114.5 105.5 Team 6 108 112 Colville Lites 95.5 124.5 Team 5 79 141 High Game: Kevin Rosenbaum 267; Candy Weed-Butz 18 High Series: CJ Bjorson 680; Mae Stensgar 507 Splits: Percy Kuehne 3-7; Robin Atlin-Covington 3-9-10 SENIOR WEDNESDAY Karen M. 153+160+190=503 Mike L. 132+206+170=508 Scott E. 163+139+169=471 Ray D. 134+149+190=473 Bob S. 189+139+144=472 Call the alley if you would like to bowl 633-9933 THURSDAY MIXUPS TEAM W L San Poil Valley 63.5 40.5 Flying J 55 49 X Men 54 50 The...

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