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Articles from the May 23, 2012 edition

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Laser show starts Saturday

The Grand Coulee Dam Laser Light Show kicks off for the season on Saturday, officials stated this week. Through July 31, the show will begin at 10 p.m. Starting time will change to 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 1, then changes to 8:30 on Sept. 1, and will run... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 23, 2012

Boat burns, sinks on Lake Roosevelt

Three guys boating near Spring Canyon rescued a woman whose boat caught fire in front of them tonight.  Kim Simons, of Bremerton, and her husband Jeff had jus t launched their 23-foot Warlock boat from the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area boa...

 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 23, 2012

Woman accused of assault with knife

Okanogan County and Brewster law enforcement officers assisted Grand Coulee police in locating an Electric City woman wanted for stabbing her boyfriend with a knife May 18. Arrested on assault in the first degree, domestic violence, and providing...

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 23, 2012

Lake Roosevelt team takes two awards at four-state science contest

Five Lake Roosevelt High School students and their mentors took two awards Saturday at the prestigious Washington State University annual high school problem-solving competition “Imagine... Full story



Man pleads guilty in beating A tribal member pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to brutally beating and kidnapping his wife in January, the Spokesman Review reported. Matthew R. Carden Sr., 40, pleaded guilty to felony assault, kidnapping and a... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 23, 2012

500 flags will fly at cemetery

Thirteen new flags will be dedicated in the “Isle of Flags” ceremony at Spring Canyon Cemetery, Monday, May 28, beginning at 11 a.m. American Legion Post 157 officials stated this week that more than 500 memorial flags will be waving over the... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    May 23, 2012

Femling honored for blood drive work

A local resident has been honored by the Inland Northwest Blood Center as their blood drive coordinator volunteer of the year. Bonnie Femling was recognized at the INBC’s annual banquet May 9 at... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 23, 2012

Power proposal would use hydro to help wind

A proposal to develop further hydroelectric power in the area would store water at a higher elevation, then drop it to generate power in a scheme that would compliment the growth of wind power. The Grand Coulee Project Hydroelectric Authority’s... Full story


Countdown camera views school slated for demolition

It was 831 days, 19 hours, 24 minutes and 27 seconds and counting before students occupy the new K-12 school facility in Coulee Dam. That was the time shown on the webcam site at the beginning of this notice. The Grand Coulee Dam School District has... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 23, 2012

Mayor calls for audit of books

Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands called for an audit of the books again, at the Regional Board of Mayors meeting May 14. He has done so several times several times in the past. The administration of the Delano Regional Transfer Station and the landfil... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 23, 2012

Fix-up effort at home continues

An Electric City resident trying to get her place fixed up so she can get custody of her two grandchildren said this week she would appreciate it if people would contact her before leaving things at... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 23, 2012

School surplus to be sold

Look for the community’s largest yard sale of the year on June 14 and 15. It’s not a couple of families going together, nor a street of residents putting on the event. It’s going to happen at A.E. Wright Elementary School in Coulee Dam and... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    May 23, 2012

Employee arrested for theft

Police arrested a Safeway deli employee last Friday on charges that she had taken from $3,200 to $3,500 from the cash register in her department over a period of 18 months. Sobhana L. France, 34, was taken to Grant County jail on a second-degree... Full story

 By Muriel Tingley    News    May 23, 2012

Vote won’t change what marriage is

A vote will not change what marriage is. People pretending will not change what marriage is. The only form of marriage that has worked best through the ages has been a marriage between one man and one woman. It was meant to preserve and propagate... Full story

 By Greg Wilder    Opinion    May 23, 2012

Another option - a reasonable solution

Coulee Dam paid $70,000 to have its engineer prepare a facilities plan for the town’s sewer treatment system. The plan presented TWO viable build options: One was to go ahead and spend over $6.2 million dollars now for a project with all of the... Full story

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    May 23, 2012

Is this really the best we can do?

As you undoubtedly know if you pay attention to national affairs, the United States faces a perfect fiscal storm at the end of this year. A confluence of deadlines and policy triggers unlike anything I can remember in a half-century of public life... Full story

 By Jess Utz    Lifestyles    May 23, 2012

Coyotes, Colorama, and Cletis

I learned a valuable lesson a couple weeks ago. It all started when one of our cats, Nala, was killed by coyotes in the middle of the night. It was hard for all of us who had ever petted her soft... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Firefighters saved a dog from flames and smoke Monday night after Electric City residents spotted their neighbor’s home on fire. Jason Olsen’s rented single-wide home at 217 Lincoln Street was burning about 6:45. The fire appeared... Full story


It’s a girl for Palmer/Wahpat

Leslie Palmer and Robert Wahpat III of Nespelem are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Harper Shirley Michell Wahpat on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 8 lbs., .2 oz., and was 21 inches in... Full story


It’s a boy for Tohee/Carlson

Kaila Tohee and Raymond Carlson are proud to announce the birth of their son Lukas Quintin Carlson on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz., and was 21-1/2 inches in length at birth. Sibling... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon on Thursday, May 24, at the Siam Palace in Grand Coulee. Saturday Market Meeting A meeting for this year’s Saturday Market will be held May 31, at 6 p.m., at Brandy’s Antiques, 325 Midway... Full story


Sieg/Jorgensen to wed aJune 9

Mr. William Sieg (Chief) of Everett, Wash., and Ms. Teresa Sieg of Coulee City, are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Keelysandra Marie Sieg to Beau Daniel Jorgensen, son of Keith... Full story


Richard “Rick” Alan Blackhall

Richard Alan Blackhall, 67, of Tonasket, Wash., died Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Spokane due to injuries he sustained March 30, 2012. Rick was born November 5, 1944, the eldest of four children born t... Full story


Jeff E. Scott

Jeff E. Scott, 62, born on July 4, 1949, Ottawa, Ill., passed away on April 21, 2012. Jeff graduated from Grand Coulee High School in 1967, then from EWU in 1972 with a teaching degree. Jeff drove bus for Spokane Transit Authority from 1973-2005. He... Full story


Hal Ray Whitaker

Hal Ray Whitaker, 85, a resident of Grand Coulee, Washington, died Sunday, May 20, 2012, in Spokane, after a short illness. Hal was born January 20, 1927, in Palestine, Texas, to Hal J. Whitaker and... Full story


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