Articles from the March 14, 2018 edition

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 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

Senior Profile: Lucas Bird

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... — Updated 3/14/2018

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Nora the explorer puts local wildlife on YouTube

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... — Updated 3/14/2018


Bowling Scores

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:... — Updated 3/14/2018

 By Roger S. Lucas    School

Teacher/coach to retire after 42 years

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... — Updated 3/14/2018


This week in sports

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... — Updated 3/14/2018


Receive 10 free trees

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.... — Updated 3/14/2018


Visit state parks for free on March 19

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 aroun... — Updated 3/14/2018


Meetings and Notices

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 Cl... — Updated 3/14/2018


Seder Service coming to Coulee Dam Community Church

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... — Updated 3/14/2018


Births in the coulee

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... — Updated 3/14/2018


Crabs, laughter and butter

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... — Updated 3/14/2018


Willard J. Filion, DDS

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... — Updated 3/14/2018 Full story


Steven Lyle Christman

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)... — Updated 3/14/2018 Full story


Madelyn A. Bussert

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... — Updated 3/14/2018 Full story

 By Stephen Ralph    Opinion

Newhouse has a dam blind spot

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... — Updated 3/14/2018

 By Chip Cathcart    Opinion

Taking issue with "gun culture" blame

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... — Updated 3/14/2018

 By John Overby    Opinion

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

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... — Updated 3/14/2018


Fiber survey lacking

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... — Updated 3/14/2018

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Housing project breaks ground near Nespelem

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... — Updated 3/14/2018



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... — Updated 3/14/2018

 By Scott Hunter    News

Sidewalk fix coming with bigger project in C.D.

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... — Updated 3/14/2018



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... — Updated 3/14/2018


Couples voice objections to short-term rentals

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... — Updated 3/14/2018


The play's the thing

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... — Updated 3/14/2018

 By Roger S Lucas    News

After FEMA training, local agencies to develop new practices

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... — Updated 3/14/2018


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