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Articles from the April 29, 2015 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 29, 2015

Old school appraisal comes in low

An appraisal of Center Elementary School and the surrounding property came in surprisingly low, the Grand Coulee Dam School District board learned Monday night. Superintendent Dennis Carlson said an independent appraiser valued the school building... Full story


Bull rider in training

A young Nespelem Junior Rodeo calf rider, Aiden Meckler, age 8, from Nespelem greets the dirt after falling off a calf Saturday, not sure the whole thing was a good idea. More photos and all the... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 29, 2015

City to fix sidewalks on Main, Federal

Grand Coulee’s sidewalk project for Main Street and Federal Avenue will go out for bid in May, city officials said last week. The project is largely funded by a $436,905 grant from the state’s Transportation Improvement Board. Members of the... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 29, 2015

Veterans group looks to start new food program for children

American Legion Post 157 officials presented a plan to provide food for children of need in Grand Coulee Dam District schools. Appearing for Post 157 were its commander, Cindy Jane, Jim Brakebill, and John Nordine, Sr. Brakebill made the... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 29, 2015

Tribal vote this Saturday

Colville tribal members will go to the polls Saturday, May 2, to shape the June 13 general election for seven seats on the business council The Colville Business Council is made up of 14 members, seven elected each year. The two seats on the... Full story



Look for supt. Nespelem School District is looking for a new superintendent and signed an agreement with a search firm Monday night. The district will pay $6,900 to Northwest Leadership Associates to look for a new part-time superintendent, but... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    April 29, 2015

Sheriff's office wants canine program

Dogs are "awesome tools" that can reduce the time it takes to search a building for a suspect or a lost child by 70 percent, chase down running suspects, Deputy Mike Earney told chamber of commerce... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 29, 2015

More special events planned for rodeo

It’s time to take those cowboy duds out of the closet and get ready for the 59th running of the Colorama Rodeo. There’s a little bit of everything for young and old at this year’s Pro-West Rodeo. There’s excitement, some laughs and memorable... Full story


For a job well done

Two people from Evergreen Rural Water of Washington were on hand last Wednesday night at Coulee Dam's town council meeting to give Tim Lynch an award for being selected as the Wastewater Operator of... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 29, 2015

Course work tackled by volunteers

Some 15 volunteers showed up recently to help golf course officials at Banks Lake punch and sand the greens. Golf officials praised the steady number of volunteers that have showed up this spring to help get the course in shape. Those helping with... Full story

 By Ken Noggles    Opinion    April 29, 2015

PUD's cost of service analysis is a lot of hooey

The Grant County PUD Commissioners are holding a “Cost of Service Analysis” workshop in the PUD office in Ephrata, May 4, at 9 a.m. Before you go, I would urge you to visit the “Public Disclosure Commission” website at It will... Full story

 By Tom Hawkins    Opinion    April 29, 2015

At the mercy of criminals and city councils

I have been asked a few times recently if I have received a Ten Day Warning/Eviction Notice from Housing Authority of Grant County due to having my freedom banner on my balcony railing. I have not, and I seriously doubt I will, at least not before... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 29, 2015

Incorporating the "No Fly Zone"

I can’t help but think back sometimes in our country’s past and our great grandparents’ time and wonder if that time was harder or easier. I mean, obviously there was the great depression and that was very hard. Also when the pilgrims first... Full story


Congress should repeal the estate tax and make the sales tax deduction permanent

  Americans prosper and create prosperity for others when they are able to keep and spend more of what they earn. April is Tax Month, and it can be a reminder that nothing in life is ‘as certain as death and taxes,’ to paraphrase Benjamin... Full story


Seventy-six years ago

A local women's softball team c. 1939-40. Identified is Norma Hooenman with the ball, and Coach Nelson. Anyone else look familiar?... Full story


Dortha Aldis Reid

Dortha A. Reid, 101, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee.  Dortha was born April 3, 1914, to August and Watie Henkel in Wenatchee, Wash.  She... Full story


Dale Lee Clark 12/04/1946 - 4/22/2015

Dale Lee Clark was born Dec. 4, 1946 in Nespelem, Wash., to Calvin Clark and Rose Adolph. He passed away Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2015. He lived most of his early years in Keller, Wash., on a ranch with... Full story


Robert (Bob) Melton

Bob Melton passed away on Sunday, Apr. 19, 2015, in Spokane. He was born October 28, 1939, to Otis and Dorothy Melton. He graduated from school in Page, Ariz., in 1958, and joined the Army after graduation. In 1960 Bob married Patricia Warren in... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber To Meet The GCD Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at the Melody Restaurant in Coulee Dam on Thursday, April 30, at noon. Guest speakers will be guitar builders from Wilbur, Terry Reister, Sr. and Terry Reister, Jr. American Legion to Meet... Full story


Town recognized for tree efforts

Ben Thompson, left, of the state Department of Natural Resources, presents the town of Coulee Dam with the Tree City USA award for 2014. Accepting the award for the town is Councilmember Gayle... Full story


It's a boy for the Peters/Lambrecht

Niole Peters and Adam Lambrecht of Grand Coulee are proud to announce the birth of their son Killian James Lambrecht on Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 4 lbs., 8 oz., and was 16 inches in length at... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    Sports    April 29, 2015

Growing tournament attracting fun

After the first day, Jessica Tufts could boast that she'd outfished her husband, dad and father-in-law in the third annual Triple Fish Challenge on Coulee Playland at Banks Lake. Jessica caught the... Full story


Golf showing late season improvement

The young Raider golf team is showing great improvement as the late season run begins, the coach said. The team competed at Moses Point April 20 and at Banks Lake Golf Course on Thursday. At Banks... Full story


Raiders win three

The Raiders played two doubleheaders last week, winning three of the four games. In a doubleheader at home against the Oroville Hornets April 21, the Raiders won both games by large margins. LR blanked the Hornets in the first game, 13-0, then... Full story


Ladies play Oroville close, fall to L.B.

Kourtney Harrington pitched the entire first game against Oroville last week, throwing 162 pitches, seven strikeouts, and 10 walks. Lake Roosevelt’s team would lose both games to Oroville April 21 in Grand Coulee, but only by one point each. At... Full story


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