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Articles from the June 26, 2019 edition

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 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 26, 2019

No fireworks allowed at North Dam this July 4

Citing a dry landscape, federal officials this week put a halt to what has become something of a tradition in recent years at North Dam, where local families have set off fireworks on Independence Day. The Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of...

 

Fireworks law in local areas

• The city of Coulee Dam forbids fireworks year round. • No fireworks will be allowed in Grand Coulee this July 4 because of a federal ban on them in the only normally designated spot: North Dam. • Elmer City, being on the Colville...

 

"Elmer City Fire" burns nearly 2,000 acres north of town

A fire about 4.7 miles North of Elmer City burned approximately 1,979 acres Sunday, calling out 100 firefighters and nine aircraft and prompting the evacuation of 250 residents. The fire around the...

 

Bureau employees are shown appreciation

The Bureau of Reclamation held an employee appreciation event June 19 that included a picnic, some games, and guest speaker Bill Sims, an author who spoke about safety and wrote a book called "Green...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 26, 2019

Shooting buffer zone established near city

A buffer zone between the residential neighborhoods of Electric City and Osborne Bay, where the discharge of firearms will not be allowed, was made official at the June 11 Electric City city council meeting. The 500-foot-wide, 7,281-foot-long buffer...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 26, 2019

Ice Age Park could be done as soon as summer of 2020

The Ice Age Park in Electric City may be done as soon as the late summer of 2020. The city council June 11 approved to have SPVV Landscape Architects, who designed the master plan for the park in 2018, move forward with specific designs for the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    School    June 26, 2019

Lake Roosevelt trying for positive discipline rather than fear-based

Do fear tactics work as a discipline technique in schools? Not according to a slideshow that the Grand Coulee Dam School District board presented at their meeting in the Raider Hub at Lake Roosevelt High School. Between 30 and 40 people attended the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Opinion    June 26, 2019

Only you can prevent forest fires

Did you listen to Smokey the Bear? He wasn’t just talking to children; he was talking to you there, mister, flicking your cigarette ashes out of the car, lighting fireworks to enjoy their exploding lights and sounds, mowing the lawn because it need...

 

Geezer beach controversy can teach lessons

The stated reasons for banning vehicles from geezer beach seem devoid of logic and common sense. The implication is that geezers and geezeretts are hopeless, bumbling, incompetents who need to be protected from themselves. Geezers typically didn’t...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    June 26, 2019

Rare Earth metal dilemma

Hopefully, when American and Chinese leaders meet to resolve trade differences, talks won’t break down and result in a new round of tariffs or product restrictions. It is in both nations...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    June 26, 2019

This little light of mine

This is a different kind of summer for Karrie and me. We have a summer job. It consists of a little 4-month-old that I call granddaughter. But there is more, much more. We start our mornings with cudd...

 

Legals for June 26 , 2019

NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR FOOD MANAGEMENT SERVICES The Grand Coulee Dam School District is accepting written food service proposals from qualified food service management companies (FSMCs) to provide food services according to Local Educati...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 6/20 - A man was reportedly walking his pitbull on a leash near Coulee Boulevard when a “weiner dog” came running out of a garage toward him and his dog. The dogs fought, and the man was bitten on his hands by both dogs, he...

 

Dee Munter

Heaven gained another saint, our beloved mother, sister, (great) grandmother, (great) aunt, and friend passed peacefully away at age 73 on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Her journey on earth was cut short...

 

Roxanne Rae (Williams) Allen

Roxanne Rae (Williams) Allen passed peacefully on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Sierra Vista, Arizona, surrounded by loving family and friends. Roxanne was born on October 5, 1959, in Coulee Dam,...

 

Frank A. Whittington

Frank A Whittington, 68, of Grand Coulee, Washington, passed away Friday, June 14, 2019. He was born to Henry and Florence Whittington on August 16, 1950, in Toppenish, Washington. Pressed into...

 

Full court press

Jesse Prewitt, of Vancouver, Washington-based Cougar Mountain Gym Floors, uses a drum sander on the floor of Lake Roosevelt's Gailord Nelson Gymnasium June 20. Prewitt said that after doing a rough...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 26, 2019

City will apply for Ferry sidewalk grant

Coulee Dam will move ahead with applying for a grant to fix the sidewalks on Ferry Avenue, several portions of which have been heaving several inches as tree roots underneath push up the concrete. Councilmember Fred Netzel and the city’s...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 26, 2019

Short term rentals ban made official in Electric City

The Electric City council voted unanimously to not allow short-term rentals anywhere in the city. Short-term rentals are instances in which a home owner who doesn’t live in a residence rents that residence out to someone for less than 30 days....

 

Meetings & Notices

Chamber this Week The next chamber meeting will be held at La Presa Restaurant on Thursday, June 27, at noon. General business is on the agenda. Save the Date - TOPS Meetings Mary Falconer, TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Area Captain will present a...

 

Colville Business Council poll results are in, absentee votes to be counted Thursday

Poll results are in for the general election for the Colville Business Council, with the absentee ballot count to be held on Thursday. At the polls, incumbent Joel Boyd leads Larry Allen 89 votes to 47 for the Inchelium District’s Position 1....