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Mansker awarded scholarship

Alissa Mansker, Grand Coulee, has been awarded a $5,000 New Horizons scholarship by Royal Neighbors of America, the organization announced last week. A one-time payment will be... — Updated 9/18/2013


Marchand/Swimptkin have a girl

Brandi Marchand and Vaughn Swimptkin of Elmer City are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Taree Shyne Swimptkin on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz., and was 20... — Updated 9/18/2013


Where the strong winds blow

Liz Marcolin, of 23582 Granger Avenue NE, stands by a large tree that fell on the family van during Sunday night’s wind storm. The Marconlins had just returned from a trip to... — Updated 9/18/2013


Senior Meals

Senior Meals Wed., Sept. 18 - Dinner Seasoned Baked Chicken, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Bread Sticks, Fruit Parfait. Thurs., Sept. 19 - Dinner Chay’s Special Tuna Wrap, Pea & Cauliflower Salad, Seasonal Fruit Platter, Apple Upside... — Updated 9/18/2013


Vera L. Hardung

Vera L. Hardung, a long-time resident of Mesquite, Nev., passed away at home on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. She was born on April 21, 1920, in Leigh, Neb., to William and Marie Ehlers. She was married for 56 years to Lavene H. Hardung... — Updated 9/18/2013


Mamoru Rock Ar-sikh Hewitt

Services for Mamoru Rock Ar-sikh Hewitt will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Nespelem Community Center and Friday at 10 a.m. at the same location. Hewitt passed away Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Manson. A complete... — Updated 9/18/2013


Seventy-Four Years Ago

Welding in progression the installation of an 18-foot diameter steel penstock liner section. The scaffold is used by the welders to make the circumferential seam joining this... — Updated 9/18/2013


What is going on with the Colville Confederated Tribes?

Just my opinion ... but I still adamantly say strict oversight by the peoples is necessarily ‘there’ against a still dysfunctional council ... and, further that we the concerned membership fighting for council reform truly and... — Updated 9/18/2013

 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles

Fishing, canoes and tomahawks

Manly men doing manly things! I went to the men’s retreat this past weekend with other men from Faith Community Church. We went to the Peniel Ranch on the lower river road between... — Updated 9/18/2013

 By Kathy Neal    Opinion

We need a weekend vet available

I am writing to ask the community to help in finding a way to have a veterinarian on call on the weekends. As most of us know, if our beloved pets get sick, they are probably going to do it on the weekend. I owned two Yorkies and... — Updated 9/18/2013

 By Greg Wilder    Opinion

Open community dialogue wanted

As the general election nears, I’m more than ever intent on a community dialogue. I know of many changes that need to be made based upon over 40 years’ of experience in municipal government … those things that make us more... — Updated 9/18/2013


Potluck cancelled

Coulee Dam and Elmer City are only a couple of miles apart, but one woman is trying to get them closer together. Apparently her efforts have shown fruit, because a potluck get together planned for Saturday has been cancelled. Glo... — Updated 9/18/2013

 By Carol Netzel    Opinion

To my fellow residents of Coulee Dam:

I have lived here since before we had a city government, under the rule of USBR. When we formed our first government we were very lucky to have a group of people whose sole goal was the good of the town. Through the years we have... — Updated 9/18/2013


Free food event scheduled

Thrivent Financial and Zion Lutheran Church are teaming up for a fall free food 2nd Harvest event, Sept. 27. The two-hour event will be from 10-12 noon at Zion Lutheran Church parking area, 348 Mead Avenue. The mobile food bank... — Updated 9/18/2013

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Brown water made grey T-shirt

An Electric City man brought proof of brown water and the damage it caused to the city council meeting last Tuesday night. Dan Nagle, who lives on Grand Avenue West, pulled two plastic bottles from a cooler and showed city... — Updated 9/18/2013

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Grudgingly, Elmer City OKs project

Two issues that came out of the Regional Board of Mayors has cleared all four community councils, but not without some tough comment from Elmer City. Elmer City, meeting last Thursday night, finally cleared a seven-quarter... — Updated 9/18/2013

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Big buildings in a residential area not allowed, yet

Two Electric City residents found out it isn’t going to be easy to change the city’s comprehensive plan so they can build larger accessory sheds than the code allows. Mark Payne and Mike Dennis along with others, appeared... — Updated 9/18/2013

 By Scott Hunter    News

Tourism funds sought in Coulee Dam

Hoping to make a bigger impact for local business and jobs, the chamber of commerce told Coulee Dam leaders last week of its more ambitious plans for marketing the area in 2014. Peggy Nevsimal, the manager of the Grand Coulee Dam... — Updated 9/18/2013

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Local firm grabs USBR contract

The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $4.2 million contract for janitorial and maintenance services at Grand Coulee Dam to Taylor Enterprises LLC, a Grand Coulee firm. The contract is for a five-year period. The work involves... — Updated 9/18/2013

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Council member: plant delay is a good thing

Larry Holford sees the delay of Coulee Dam’s proposed wastewater treatment plant rebuild as a good thing. “It will give everybody time to refocus their efforts and put together a better project than the one proposed,... — Updated 9/18/2013

 By Roger S Lucas    News

Triathletes hit the coulee this weekend

It appears that the weatherman might cooperate for Saturday’s 10th annual Grand Columbian Triathlon, organized by Tri-Freaks, an endurance sports organization. The forecast is... — Updated 9/18/2013



Want to work for the government? The Bureau of Reclamation will put on two workshops to teach people how to apply for federal jobs. The first session will be held at the Nespelem Community Center from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 30.... — Updated 9/18/2013


Winning and wagging

Winners of the pet costume contest, part of the chamber of commerce’s Harvest Festival last weekend, pose for photos at the North Dam skatepark, just as first-place winner... — Updated 9/18/2013

 By Roger S Lucas    News

USBR contracts with Grand Coulee police

The city of Grand Coulee approved its latest law enforcement contract with the Bureau of Reclamation at a special meeting of the council last week, while another local police department didn’t get a similar extension of the progr... — Updated 9/18/2013


Our take on the news

• Congratulations to local firm Taylor Enterprises, LLC for landing a $4.2 million contract to provide the Grand Coulee Dam with janitorial services. • Electric City’s planning commission should think carefully if asked to... — Updated 9/18/2013


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