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Articles from the June 17, 2015 edition

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  • Coulee Dam police to serve Electric City

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 17, 2015

    Electric City citizens will be served by a police department an extra city away next year. Coulee Dam got the contract for 2016 to provide police services to Electric City, whose city council, with little discussion, agreed June 9 to a five-year contract with Coulee Dam’s police department at $122,223.42 a year. For decades, Electric City has contracted with Grand Coulee for police services. But that will all end Dec. 31, of this year. Currently, Electric City pays Grand Coulee $115,000 a year for police services. Council committees from b... Full story

  • Man's body found in lake

    Jun 17, 2015

    A Mansfield man was found deceased in the water in Banks Lake near Barker Canyon Thursday. A Soap Lake woman, Sheryl Montgomery, found Michael R. Nachtigal, 63, and notified the sheriff's office in Grant County about 3:30 p.m. Grand Coulee officer Chris McClanahan assisted in the recovery of the body until county officers arrived on the scene. Sheriff Tom Jones stated that investigators found no evidence of foul play. Nachtigal worked as a general construction laborer and framer and on several... Full story

  • Class of 2015 headed for their dreams

    Jun 17, 2015

    Forty-two young adults crossed the stage at the Lake Roosevelt High School gym Saturday to accept their high school diplomas. The class of 2015 was recognized and gave recognition to those who helped them along the way. The class, whose motto was "Learn from yesterday, live for today, dream for tomorrow," a quote from Albert Einstein, gave more than 3,350 hours of community service while in the school. Yet, graduates studied hard enough to garner nearly $381,000 in scholarship offers. Here's... Full story

  • Grad photos online now, for free

    Scott Hunter|Jun 17, 2015

    Photos from Saturday's graduation at Lake Roosevelt High and from the Nespelem's eighth-grade recognition ceremony, are now online. You can click through to our photo site to download any of them you may want, no charge. The password for downloads is grads. And there's a slide show below.... Full story

  • Kids Fest happens this Saturday

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 17, 2015

    Kids, mark Saturday, June 20, on your calendars. That’s the day the 11th Annual Kids Fest occurs in the coulee area. Start by picking up your passport and map from a variety of places -- Saturday Market at North Dam Park, Coulee Hardware or the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center. It’s your ticket to a day of fun and adventure -- and potential prizes. Bring your passport with six or more stamps on it to the Grand Theatre on Grand Coulee’s Main Street for a performance by juggler-comedian-yoyo man Curtis Carlyle ( a 60-minute performance) with... Full story

  • Golf event depends on an LRHS grad

    Scott Hunter|Jun 17, 2015

    Security for the biggest event in golf in the United States is all up to a guy who graduated from Lake Roosevelt High School in 1983. Scott Mielcarek is coordinating efforts with dozens of law enforcement agencies and hundreds of personnel for the U.S. Open, happening this week near Tacoma, at the Chambers Bay golf course on Puget Sound. The USGA expects 235,000 spectators to attend the event. Mielcarek, a captain with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, is is charged with keeping them as sa... Full story

  • Bigger buildings allowed, if they fit

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 17, 2015

    You can now have accessory buildings up to 3,000 square feet if you have property to support the size. The Electric City Council accepted a number of changes to the building code at its meeting June 9, the most sought-after being the size of accessory buildings. It has been in the works for about two years, and the changes to the planning commission’s recommendations caused three of its four members to resign in protest. The council adopted the International Building Code which allows accessory buildings up to 3,000 square feet in size. But as... Full story

  • Fake money hits local area

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 17, 2015

    There has been a wave of counterfeit money hitting the Grand Coulee area. Police said Monday that they have picked up a number of 5's, 10's, 20's and a 50 so far from local businesses. Some of the counterfeit copies are poorly done and are either poorly aligned, miss the watermarks and lines through the paper, or are done on paper obviously not matching regular paper money stock. The police department in Grand Coulee asks that officers be informed when someone thinks they have a counterfeit... Full story

  • Carol Nordine fills council post

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 17, 2015

    Carol Nordine was selected to fill out Marie Chuinard's unexpired term on the Electric City council last Tuesday night, with a tie vote broken by the mayor, her son. At the conclusion of the meeting she was sworn in by Mayor John Nordine. She was one of two candidates who filed for Chuinard's vacated seat. The other was Birdie Hensley, who had served on the council earlier. Both will be on the November ballot for the full four-year term. But the vote was close, ending in a 2-2 tie, with the... Full story

  • Tribal elections close

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 17, 2015

    The fate of some Colville Business Council positions is fuzzy as a result of polling last Saturday. Absentee ballots will be counted this Thursday, providing the final vote tally. Both races in Nespelem are close. In Position 1, Brian J. Nissen led Ricky Gabriel, 105-97; and in Position 2, Sheilah Cleveland was ahead of longtime council member Andy Joseph Jr, 105-97. In the two Omak council positions, the races are equally close. In Omak Position 1, Karen Condon leads Richard Tonasket, 107-91, and Mel Tonasket leads Cherie Moomaw, 103-96 for... Full story

  • Why run for office?

    Lee H Hamilton|Jun 17, 2015

    I spend a fair amount of time talking to students and other young people about Congress and politics in general, and I’ve noticed something. It used to be that I’d regularly get asked how one runs for office. Nowadays, I rarely do. A lot of young people are repelled by politics; they’ve lost faith in the system just as many other Americans have. But look. If you don’t have people who are willing to run for office, you don’t have a representative democracy. As the leading edge of the Millennial generation reaches the age where running for offic... Full story

  • Impressive, humbling experience with school's "oral boards" inspires kudos

    Selena Moore|Jun 17, 2015

    I am writing to personally acknowledge and thank Cathy Krohn and everyone involved in the LRHS Senior Oral Boards process. I had the honor of being on a board and reviewing the files and presentations of five seniors for the first time this week. Being relatively new to the community and not have school-aged kids, my involvement with anything to do with LRHS prior to this was non-existent. Participating in this very worthwhile event resulted in me getting to know first hand some of the great things this school does for its students and the... Full story

  • Choose simple solution at Four Corners

    Connie Williamson|Jun 17, 2015

    I have been reading with disbelief all of the reasons to, and not to, change the Four Corners intersection. It is indeed a dangerous intersection…but…a low cost solution would be to remove all the banners, signs, and other obstructions to viewing the intersection for a safe pull out. I have been here over 15 years, and it has become increasingly difficult to see oncoming traffic without pulling too far into oncoming traffic. Simple and low cost. Should be the criteria for this area to respond. Connie Williamson... Full story

  • Inside peek of graduation week

    Jesse Utz|Jun 17, 2015

    Ask any senior, this past week was a stressful one. First there were the deadlines for assignments and papers. Then the Senior Dinner. Followed by Oral Boards. Then Baccalaureate. Then Practice for graduation. Then the event itself, followed by the numerous receptions around the area. The seniors had a busy week, but it was all worth it. They were not the only ones busy. So here are a few things I noticed along the way. There was a handful of kids, you know them as the procrastinators, which had to cram a quarter full of assignments into a few... Full story

  • Coulee Recollections

    Jun 17, 2015

    1 years ago Starting July 1, you'll have to pay five bucks to spend a day at the Crown Point overlook, a Washington State Parks fee area, or you can purchase a season pass for $50. Shane Proctor placed third in all-around scoring in the Collegiate National Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. He attends Northwest College in Powell, Wyo. HIs parents are Gordon and Kathy Proctor, both teachers at Lake Roosevelt High School. Proctor was the leading all-around college cowboy going into the nationals, nearly... Full story

  • Joseph T. Doney

    Jun 17, 2015

    Joseph T. Doney, 40, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 24, 2015. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, June 25 (his birthday), in Havre at Pepin Park from noon until 5. Big Sky Cremations in Helena has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit: to leave a message of condolence for the family. Joey was born June 25, 1974, in Havre to Louis J. St. Marks and Lois Dolly Doney. He lived in many cities over the years including... Full story

  • Meetings and Notices

    Jun 17, 2015

    Chamber at Pepper Jack’s The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, June 18, at noon at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille in Grand Coulee. Cheryl Hoffman will give a talk on rocks and geology of the Grand Coulee Dam Area. Care and Share Food Bank The food bank at the Church of the Nazarene normal operating hours are every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. It is located at the Church of Nazarene, hwy 174, Grand Coulee. The bank still can use clean plastic grocery bags. Local AA Meetings Confused in the Coulee AA meetings are held on Mon... Full story

  • ATVs to be allowed on streets

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 17, 2015

    You soon can run your wheeled ATVs on Electric City streets. The city council passed an ordinance last week to allow all-terrain vehicles on city streets, and one permitting golf carts will soon follow. The council, in passing the ATV ordinance, instructed city Clerk Jackie Perman to draw up a corresponding ordinance allowing golf carts the same privilege. The ATV ordinance restricts speed to 35 miles per hour and to streets that don’t have a higher speed limit. It also requires that the driver wear a helmet unless the ATV has a roll bar. O... Full story

  • 50th reunion planned for G.C. class of 1965

    Jun 17, 2015

    Friday night July 17th there will be a social hour at the home of Wayne & Lila Snyder from 7 pm until 10 pm. We will provide snacks, cookies and fruit. Please BYOB. Saturday July 18th there will be a catered picnic at the North Dam Park from noon until 4 pm. Please plan to attend as this will be our last reunion, so let’s make it our best!... Full story

  • Dam dangling

    Jun 17, 2015

    Two workers rappel down the spillway gates and on the face of Grand Coulee Dam on Tuesday afternoon. It wasn't clear what kind of work they were up to, and no one was available at the dam's public affairs office or Visitor Center who knew. - Scott Hunter photo... Full story

  • Moving up

    Jun 17, 2015

    Cato Stensgar accepts an eagle feather from tribal council member Andy Joseph Jr Thursday as one of a class of seven eighth-graders to be promoted from the school. Teacher Sheri Edwards, left, and school board Director Nancy Armstrong Montes look on. - Scott Hunter photo... Full story

  • Area's First HS21 Graduates

    Jun 17, 2015

    Four area students fulfilled the requirements to earn a high school (HS21) certificate through Big Bend Community College during the 2014-15 academic year. The HS21 program offers students ages 21 and older the opportunity to complete their high school requirements by producing a portfolio of evidence based on prior learning, community service, occupational experience, high school transcripts, 2002 Series GED test scores, current appraisals, special projects, and coursework. The first local... Full story

  • Merchants League 2015

    Jun 17, 2015

    Team Gross 1. Morning Star 188 2. Grand Coulee Lodge 185 3. CTFC 197 4. Oasis 198 5. Slicers 207 6. San Poil Valley 208 7. Lydig 210 8. Eagle Cove 212 9. Omak State Farm 214 10. Mama’s Boys 215 11.Coulee Dam Concrete 216... Full story

  • Changes planned for schools

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 17, 2015

    Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson Monday night outlined changes in the use of some spaces at the gym site on the Lake Roosevelt High School campus. Carlson told the board that the plan is to remove a wall in the old art room and then use the space s a weight room. That would turn the existing weight room into a space for Lee Largent and his special math classes. Work would include some interior door work for security reasons. Carlson said the low bid on the remodeling work was for $9,064. In other business, the... Full story

  • Principal resigns

    Roger S Lucas|Jun 17, 2015

    Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School principal Brandon Byers has resigned. The Grand Coulee Dam School District board of directors accepted Byers’ resignation at a special meeting Monday night. Byers said Tuesday that he has accepted a position as assistant principal at Frontier Middle School in Moses Lake. Byers graduated from Moses Lake High School in 2002 and has several family members there. Leaving is “bittersweet,” Byers stated, and referred to the many fine staff members he has been associated with here, adding, “But it is the rig... Full story

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