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Articles from the April 11, 2012 edition

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New school complex funded in state capital budget

Sometimes dreams do come true. The Grand Coulee Dam School District’s plans for a new school appear to be a go. After long budgeting hassles in Olympia, the governor, the House and Senate finally ag... Full story


Eggcellent event

A determined egg hunter races down field at the Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, where some 2,200 plastic eggs were snatched up in less than 10 minutes. For winners’ results see page 4. More... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    April 11, 2012

Grand Coulee pressed to enforce cleanup in city

Getting the city cleaned up was again a topic at Grand Coulee’s city council meeting April 3. Becky Billups, who lives on Burdin Boulevard, appeared for the second time to ask city officials what they were going to do about the mess in her... Full story



Chief reviewing bids Grand Coulee Fire Chief Rick Paris told the city council last week that he had received three bids from firms on the city’s small works roster to pour the floor for the new steel building that houses the city’s ambulance. He... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    April 11, 2012

Garbage hauler rebuts recycling argument

Recycling was again the main topic at the Regional Board of Mayors meeting on Monday. The mayors all paid lip service to the idea but by the end of the day nothing had changed. The recycling idea had come up at the mayors’ March meeting when... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    April 11, 2012

Aerial mosquito spray discussed

A proposal to spray mosquitoes from the air brought an exchange between Chairman Randy Gumm and new Commissioner Holly Allen at last Wednesday night’s Mosquito District 2 meeting in Electric City. Commissioners, in one of their last actions in...


Champion attitude

World champion bull rider Shane Proctor, left, poses with Austin Gordon, 12, of Ellensburg, to whom Proctor awarded the the Stony Covington belt buckle, the top honor at Proctor’s annual bull riding clinic, which finished up its third year April... Full story


Construction of ferry has begun

The keel was laid for the replacement Keller Ferry in special ceremonies March 28, in Rainier, Ore. Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond took part in fixing the first weld to the keel. The vessel is scheduled for... Full story


Plant construction starts

Work has started on Electric City’s arsenic water treatment plant. Here operators use heavy equipment to prepare the site for a large steel building that will house treatment equipment. The $1.3... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    April 11, 2012

Police software request on hold

A request for nearly $17,000 for police software was put on hold by Grand Coulee’s city council last Tuesday night. The police department is seeking the funds to pay licensing fees for new software for patrol car laptop computers. The request was... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    April 11, 2012

Oasis gets park maintenance bid

Oasis Lawn Care was awarded the contract to keep up North Dam Park and the softball fields, Coulee Area Parks and Recreation District Chairman Phil Hansen said last Thursday. Two bidders submitted proposals, Oasis and Mr. E’s. Hansen said the... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 11, 2012

No need for litigation?

As the city of Grand Coulee gets pressured to enforce its cleanup laws, it might consider changing them, if necessary. If city officials are worried about the cost of litigation in forcing residents to clean up their own property, they should at... Full story


Big thanks for support

The Ridge Riders would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their generous support of our first annual “Kick Off the Rodeo Season in the Coulee” banquet. Thank you for your generosity in the silent and live auction donations....


Some improvements made, much more needed

There’s been some improvements on Burdin Blvd., very few, if any, on A Street, but more needs to be done to not only these areas but so many more in Grand Coulee. Of course, with those improvements comes the silent treatment, the snickers and the...

 By Reg Morgan    Opinion    April 11, 2012

Re: “Electric City Council to meet in Moses Lake”

What would former Mayor Ray Halsey have done? Reg Morgan...


Health Care Reform saved my small auto shop

According to national news reports, Mary Brown, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the health reform law and owner of a small auto shop in Florida, has had to close her business and file for bankruptcy due to thousands of dollars in... Full story


Reflections - Opportunity knocks for teachers — overseas

The opportunities for young graduates from college are immense. I recently had one of my grandchildren sign up to be a teacher in South Korea. He graduated from college but could find no teaching jobs at the time except helping at the local schools... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Many Grand Coulee Dam area kids spent spring vacation trying to learn how to swing golf clubs bigger than they are. The kids were swinging clubs last week as part of the second annual Banks Lake Youth Clinic at the Banks Lake Golf and... Full story


Lyle Lee Allstot Jr.

Lyle Lee Allstot Jr., born December 8, 1981, slipped his earthly bonds on Monday, April 2, 2012, to go home to be with our Lord and Savior. Now at rest he has the peace, joy and love that he always... Full story


Herbert W. “Herb” Horton

Longtime resident of Electric City, Herbert W. “Herb” Horton passed away Friday, Apr. 6, 2012, at his home, with family members present. Herb was born October 13, 1924, in Adrian, Wash. He was... Full story


Marion Braun

Memorial services for Marion Braun will be held at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Grand Coulee on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow. Braun passed away January 9,... Full story


Marcella McCraigie

Marcella McCraigie, 84, passed away Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2012, in Grand Coulee, with her children by her side, following a courageous 11-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born March 8, 1928, in the... Full story


Lions Club holds annual Easter egg event

The Lions Club treated children to their annual Easter egg hunt Saturday at Grand Coulee Dam Middle School, where the club had placed about 2,200 plastic eggs on Ludolph field. Those who found eggs with special prizes inside were rewarded with... Full story


It’s a girl for the Clevelands

Joseph and Nicole Cleveland of Fort Carson, Colo., are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Addisyn Ashley Cleveland on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. She weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz., and was 20.5... Full story


Bond going on mission

Charles Bond, of Coulee Dam, will leave for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mission Training Center in Provo, Utah, April 18 to prepare for a two-year mission to Lisbon, Portugal. He is the son of Robert and Helen... Full story


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