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 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 1, 2016

Memorial bull ride slated for June 17

The Ridge Riders are putting the final touches on the Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Ride, coming to the rodeo grounds Friday, June 17, at 7 p.m. Lacy, a well-known rodeo cowboy from Grand Coulee, died May 14, 2011, at 89. He was still involved in... Full story

 

Honoring the fallen

A color guard from the American Legion Post 57 stands at attention during Taps, played by Christian Ruiz, at the annual Isle of Flags ceremony Monday. The total number of flags flying to honor local... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 1, 2016

Rock church in Coulee Dam may get new owner

The Almira Community Church may become the new owner of the formerly Presbyterian Coulee Dam Community Church in Coulee Dam. Jerry Kennedy, who sits on the Presbyterian advisory committee, said last... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 1, 2016

"IRS" calls are a phishing scam

Officials have encountered numerous reports in the region recently of con artists calling people to demand immediate payment and even threaten jail time with a supposed warrant for the arrest of the person getting the call. The callers are often... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 1, 2016

Dam laborer returns on his 100th birthday

Where would you like to spend your 100th birthday? Edwin Kerns, from Odessa, turned 100 last Wednesday, and he returned to Grand Coulee Dam, where he has spent his birthday for the last several... Full story

 

Volunteers are needed at Banks Lake Golf Course

The call went out from the three Port District 7 commissioners who have been managing the course, with each commissioner putting in from 30-50 hours a week this season. “We can’t keep up this pace the entire season,” Commissioner Jerry Sands... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

Burning banned Lincoln County Fire District 9 stated this week that there is a burn ban as of June 1. Questions can be answered by calling 647-5400. Big haul for food bank U.S. Postal Service workers in Grand Coulee, Coulee Dam and Elmer City... Full story

 

Colville Tribes' chief judge resigns amid controversy

Colville Tribal Court Chief Judge Scot Stuart resigned his position May 10, following an order by the Colville Tribal Court of Appeals related to a complaint filed by court staff and a Tribal Court practitioner in November 2015, the Tribe stated in... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 1, 2016

Gems in the Coulee: Dr. Dennis Carlson

Sometimes the hard work of one man can go unnoticed. But in the case of Dr. Dennis Carlson, we have a new Pre-K-through-12 school that cannot go unnoticed. Since his arrival here in Coulee Country, he has made an impact. He would be the first to... Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    June 1, 2016

Stay-at-home millennials

Today, more millennials are moving back home, even though the economy is improving and wages are inching upward. Recently, Pew Research Center revealed that a third of young adults today are more likely to live with their parents than they were... Full story

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    June 1, 2016

The Trump-Sanders two-step

The upshot of the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump phenomena is that both parties are moving to the left. Sanders’ and Trump’s styles and affects are very different –the rumpled, oddball lecturer in Socialism 101 vs. the boastful,... Full story

 

Sixty-eight years ago

At the request of the American Red Cross, volunteers turned out in great numbers to give assistance to flood-stricken families in or near present-day Elmer City. This was a common scene, where... Full story

 

Crooning a legacy

Annie Ford sings a Woody Guthrie song at the Woody Guthrie Day event Saturday at the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center park, where a dozen singers and a half dozen speakers paid tribute to one of the... Full story

 

LaFountaine/Williams have a girl

Marissa LaFountaine and Lee Williams, of Kennewick, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Marlee Raye Williams, born Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Trios Hospital in Kennewick.... Full story

 

It's a girl for the Connors

Betty and Uriah Connors, of Coulee Dam, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Donna Rae Connors, born Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 9 lbs., 10 oz., and was 21-1/2 inches in... Full story

 

It' a girl for the Totuses

Rena and Randall Totus of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Romey Rayne Totus, born Friday, May 20, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. Siblings include Ida Sue Dick, Tanaya Totus, Sophie Totus and... Full story

 

Cofflands have a boy

Daniel and Jessica Coffland, of Wilbur, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Dillon William Coffland, born Friday May 20, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz., and was 19 inches in length.... Full story

 

Chuweah/Turner have a boy

Reanna Chuweah and Corby Turner, of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Gunnar Ricky Dale Turner, Monday, May 23, 2016. He weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz., and was 20-1/4 inches in length at birth. Siblings include Thomas, age... Full story

 

Markwells have a girl

Mesha and Justin Markwell, of Coulee City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Haniya Sofia Markwell, born Monday, May 23, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz., and was 20 inches in... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will be meeting this Thursday, June 2, at Siam Palace in Grand Coulee. Debbie Bigelow, CEO of Coulee Medical Center, will be speaking about legislative issues that could affect your... Full story

 

Mildred V (Beck) Williamson

Mildred V (Beck) Williamson, 86, of Grand Coulee, Washington, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born into a loving family in... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    School    June 1, 2016

School district passes audit

The Grand Coulee Dam School District received a clean audit for its financial statements and for federal grant compliance for 2015, according to a preliminary report that was shared with the school board last Tuesday night. The audit from the... Full story

 

Coffland and Payne receive FEA scholarships

The Grand Coulee Dam Federal Employees Association is proud to present two $500 scholarships to Rebecca Coffland, of Grand Coulee, and Cassandra Payne, of Electric City. Their achievements and success set an example for others to follow. The GCDFEA... Full story

 

Peter Rise has earned master's degree

Peter J. Rise, of Elmer City, will graduate June 11 from Oregon State University with a Master of Science in Statistics, the school announced last week. Rise graduated from Lake Roosevelt High School in 2010.... Full story

 

Jake Adkins receives Doctor of Medicine

Jake Marshall Adkins, 2006 Lake Roosevelt High School graduate, has received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He completed undergraduate work at Washington State University in 2010 (B.S. Chemical Engineering) and... Full story

 

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