Articles from the June 3, 2015 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News    June 3, 2015

New drawings show a facility that could be

A set of conceptual drawings that could significantly affect the quality of life in the area were delivered to the park board last week. The renderings, intended to form a basis for planning a new... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 3, 2015

Not much fuss over pot business denial

Jean Comstock didn’t have public comment this week after she learned that the City of Grand Coulee had denied her application for a business license to put in a marijuana retail store on Burdin Boulevard. While Grand Coulee was denying an applicati... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 3, 2015

New school utility costs show no trend yet

The Grand Coulee Dam School District spent $1,762 more in utility expenses for the new school in the first seven full months of this school year, the school board learned Monday night.The utility comparison is for power, water, sewer and garbage,... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 3, 2015

Two minds change on school election filings

A school board candidate who filed for Ted Piccolo’s at-large seat has decided to withdraw her name. Tamra Sacchi, who filed her intention to seek the at-large seat during the normal filing period, found out Monday that she couldn’t serve on the... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    June 3, 2015

Town pursuing new treatment plant

After years of study and political upheaval around the subject, Coulee Dam is on the path to building a new modular wastewater treatment plant, following a decision by the town council last month. The new facility will be built on the existing site... Full story



Playhouse is winnable You could win the kid’s playhouse parked in front of Loepps Furniture. All you have to do is purchase a ticket inside the store for a drawing to be held sometime during the Junior Rodeo scheduled for the Ridge Rider rodeo... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 3, 2015

Carlson's work honored by ESD

Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson received an “Award of Merit” from the North Central Washington Educational Service District for his administrative leadership. Each year the various educational service districts in... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    June 3, 2015

Program to feed kids more feasible

A local veterans’ organization is taking on a project that would make sure kids who might otherwise not be fed much on the weekends go home Friday with a supply of food. Three American Legion Post 157 members addressed a luncheon of the chamber of... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 3, 2015

Opportunity Room offers students fresh perspective

The school board learned how students referred to the “Opportunity Room” get a new lease on life, at their meeting Monday night. Tami Nichols, who short circuits students referred to the program because of their activities, had put a spark back i... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    June 3, 2015

Port district selects new engineering firm

Port District 7 commissioners selected their engineering firm from among five presenters at a special meeting Monday. Selected was T-O Engineers, from Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, rated number one through a series of criteria approved by the Federal... Full story

 By Cindy Jayne    Opinion    June 3, 2015

Legion post thanks community for support

As commander of American Legion Post 157, in Electric City, I want to publicly thank our communities and all of the veterans who made our annual Memorial Day breakfast such a success! From this one breakfast, we gathered enough donations to totally f... Full story

 By Clea Pryor    Opinion    June 3, 2015

Young adults show strong leadership

The Ridge Riders have completed another year of successful events for all us to enjoy. A big thank you to the entire membership for their hard work. I would especially like to thank the young adults who organized the Memorial Bull Riding for my dad.... Full story

 By Tom Hawkins    Opinion    June 3, 2015

City misrepresents federal policy on pot enforcement

I see that the Grand Coulee City Council has once again blocked legal cannabis (marijuana) businesses in our city, and has once again cited federal law as their basis for said decision (or lack thereof). The official position of the federal... Full story

 By Liz Palachuk    Opinion    June 3, 2015

Killing mother nature?

Why are there fewer butterflies, lady bugs, small to large bees, praying mantis, etc., etc. Are we the cause? Is it because the spray used to kill one insect is killing them all? Even the butterflies and humming birds are nearly gone. Why? Liz... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 3, 2015

Shopping cart roundups

Do you ever wonder how all those shopping carts outside a store find their way back inside for the next customer to use? Kind of an amazing process when you think about it. Some shopper leaves the cart to aimlessly fend for itself, and then, as if... Full story


The EPA's waterway power grab

If you were asked to describe a “navigable waterway” in the U.S., you would most likely not think of the stream in your backyard or the irrigation ditch in your field. You would probably mention the Columbia and Mississippi rivers or the Great... Full story


Coulee Recollections

10 years ago The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken nearly 400 sediment samples at the bottom of Lake Roosevelt from the U.S. border to Grand Coulee Dam. The sampling showed heavy concentrates of slag and toxic minerals, such as... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber at Pepper Jack’s The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, June 3, at noon at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille in Grand Coulee. Jim Keene, Mary Jane Bailey and Dave Schmidt will be speaking on the old Project Rev... Full story


Senior Menu for June

Wed., June 3– Dinner Roast Chicken w/Stuffing & Gravy, Green Beans & Onions, Fruit Slices, Cheesecake. Thurs., June 4 – Dinner Meat Loaf, Cheesy Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Fruited Jello, Brownies. Fri., June 5 – Breakfast Sausage Patties &... Full story


Tree-Care booklet offered by foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is offering a handy tree-care booklet designed to help people plant and care for trees. Anyone can receive Conservation Trees, a user-friendly booklet featuring illustrations, colorful photos, and easily understood... Full story


Up and coming

For last year's Koulee Kidsfest, Grand Coulee Volunteer Firefighter Charlie Pope helps an interested boy don the gear worn in a real fire. The event, which is planned for June 20 this year encourages... Full story


Garzas have a girl

Benjamin and Ashley Garza of Coulee City are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Isabella Danielle Garza born Friday, May 22, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz., and was 22 inches in length at birth.... Full story


It's a boy for the Fulfers

Jason and Kristen Fulfer of Elmer City are proud to announce the birth of their son Jason Thomas Fulfer, born Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz., and was 20 inches in length at birth.... Full story


It's a boy for Josh and Taylor Friesen

 Josh and Taylor are proud to announce the birth of their son Dawson Summit Friesen born on Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Pocatello, Idaho.  Dawson weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz.  and was 19 inches in length... Full story


Alejandre and Schilling place at state

Two senior Raiders ended their high school track and field careers last week by placing in their events at the state track meet in Cheney. At the WIAA State Track Meet in Cheney, LR was represented... Full story


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