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Articles from the June 26, 2024 edition

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  • Final two plaques bring schools together

    Bert Smith|Jun 26, 2024

    A pillar of rock in front of Lake Roosevelt Schools memorializes the evolution of the community, now displaying plaques to recognize two more schools that went before. A dedication ceremony in front of Lake Roosevelt Schools June 22 unveiled plaques to memorialize the contributions and achievements of Mason City and Nespelem High Schools, which would later be consolidated into Coulee Dam High School. The first plaque on the basalt column, added in 2017, remembers the Grand Coulee Tigers, whose...

  • Grand Coulee appoints Dalton mayor

    Renata Rollins|Jun 26, 2024

    Grand Coulee officially has a new mayor. The council quickly voted Tuesday to install Ruth Dalton who, as the city's mayor pro tempore, had already assumed the duties of the office since Mike Eylar resigned in May. She was also the only candidate to apply. "I have lived and loved this community for the last 38 years and now I bring a special community interest to the table," Dalton wrote in the letter of interest she submitted earlier this month. She referenced a "varied career with experience...

  • President Biden selects Amelia Marchand for advisory council

    Jun 26, 2024

    Amelia Marchand was appointed last week as the new Tribal member on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. President Joe Biden appointed Marchand to a term ending June 2028. "On behalf of our members and staff, I am pleased to welcome Amelia Marchand to the ACHP," Chair Sara C. Bronin said. "Her years of experience in the cultural and natural resources fields, and her expertise in Indigenous Knowledge and climate change, will make her a strong advisor as we move forward in implementing...

  • Two honored for fire service

    Jun 26, 2024

    Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department members met at North Dam Park Sunday to honor two men retired from their ranks - John Tufts and Jerry Sands. Tufts joined in April of 1988, retired from the department in December 2021 and this year retired as police chief in Grand Coulee. Sands joined in April of 2002 and retired in December 2023. Combined, they rendered over 54 years of service to the community, a poster on the departments Facebook noted. "We had a good gathering at Windy North Dam Park...

  • Grant County resident dies of hantavirus

    Jun 26, 2024

    A young person likely exposed to rodents in Grant County died from a virus often acquired while cleaning in conditions where rodent waste is present. Grant County Health District said a person in their 20s had a known exposure to rodents, likely inside a vehicle, before falling ill. The last confirmed case of Hantavirus in Grant County occurred in 2019. This is the sixth case of Hantavirus in Grant County in the past 20 years and the first reported case in Washington in 2024. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of our community m...

  • Library group puts on garden tour

    Jun 26, 2024

    Nancy Brown, right, talks with garden owner Anita Eylar and Dennis Carlson during a tour of Eylar's garden, part of a six-garden tour Saturday organized by Friends of the Grand Coulee Area Library as a fundraiser and social event. It ended at North Dam Park with a lunch from Auntie Dannee's. - Nancy Zimmerman -Boord photo....

  • Waiting for mom

    Jun 26, 2024

    A new fawn found in the middle of Grant Avenue in Coulee Dam when city crew members arrived at work June 13 waits without motion for its mother's return. Because of where it lay, crew members moved it to a safer spot. Wildlife experts urge people finding new fawns to leave them alone. Mothers can return a day or more later, but may abandon a fawn with a human scent. This one's mother came back for it the same afternoon. - Scott Hunter photo...

  • Maggie and Scoop got things done

    Roger S. Lucas|Jun 26, 2024

    It used to be that if you wanted to get the government’s help all you had to do was call U.S. Senators Warren Magnuson or Scoop Jackson. I did on numerous occasions, and they came through. A lawyer friend in Bothell had sponsored a Chinese couple and the man’s wife developed problems with her immigration status. She was born in Mainland China and fell under a different quota status. When my lawyer friend learned that I was going to be in Hong Kong, he asked me to check at the U.S. Consulate there and see what I could learn about her cur...

  • An assassination 180 years ago

    James A. Marples|Jun 26, 2024

    It was June 27, 1844, when a young man (aged 38) was running for president of the United States. His name was Joseph Smith, Jr. Many historians falsely attribute his slaying to his stance on plural marriage (polygamy). While that was a part of it, it was by no means the real causation. This was some 16 years before Abraham Lincoln’s platform. Smith had his own plan for buying the freedom of slaves. He advocated religious freedom, sound money in gold or silver, and the proper education of schoolchildren. Brigham Young and other apostles of t...

  • Rural Healthcare takes many forms in Central Washington

    Dan Newhouse Congressman 4th District|Jun 26, 2024

    Between late nights attending Appropriations Committee markups, working to prevent the Chinese Communist Party from purchasing American land, and voting to fully fund our veterans’ programs, the past few months in Washington, D.C. have been quite busy. That is why, when the legislative calendar permitted me to get back to Central Washington last week, I was especially looking forward to coming home. While home, I visited with residents, local groups, and businesses and discussed some of the great things going on as well as some of the unique c...

  • America loves an enemy

    Jack Stevenson|Jun 26, 2024

    Our country is at its best when we are united. After a decade of hardship during the Great Depression of the 1930s, when Americans were hoping for some relief, the Axis powers launched World War Two. America quickly ceased production of consumer goods and started producing war materiel. According to the U.S. Defense Department, there were about three million automobiles produced in the U.S. in 1940. During the remainder of the war, until August 1945, only an additional 139 automobiles were produced for civilian use. Automobile tires were ration...

  • Cheryl Conklin

    Jun 26, 2024

    Cheryl Conklin passed away, unexpectedly ,June 8,2024. She is preceded in death by her husband, Stanley, and leaves behind lots of friends and family.... Full story

  • Big reunion draws about 200

    Jun 26, 2024

    The Coulee Dam All Class Reunion was held in the Lake Roosevelt High School gym on June 21-22. Approximately 200 former classmates, some with their spouses and children, attended the event. The reunion included members and graduates from Mason City High School (1935-1947), Nespelem High School (1935-1956), Coulee Dam High School (1947-1971), and Lake Roosevelt High School graduates from the 1970s. The earliest graduates attending included James Bickford from the Mason City High School class of...

  • Theater camp for kids planned at Masquers Theater in Soap Lake

    Jun 26, 2024

    Masquers Theater is excited to announce the return of its week-long theater camp for children. This July, up to 35 children, ages 8-15,will spend their afternoons at the Masquers Theater in Soap Lake. The Masquers Summer Youth Theatre will run Monday, July 22 through Saturday, July 26, from 1pm-5pmwith a 6pm performance on Friday, July 26. During this program, the children will rehearse for 5 days before putting on a full-length show: Captain Bree and Her Lady Pirates by Martin A. Follose and music by Bill Francoeur. Clifford Bresee, of Coulee...

  • Barrel race set at the Ridge Riders

    Jun 26, 2024

    The Inland Empire Barrel Racing Association has set a race for June 29 and 30 at the Ridge Riders rodeo grounds in Delano. This is for all ages from peewees to seniors. Groups are based on the participant’s horse’s lifetime earnings from under $100 up to $2000 and the open. Race starts at 11am both days. Practice time runs from 10am to 10:30am. Poles will run after the barrels are over in an open 2d format. For more infirmation go to under schedule, or enter the day of the race at 9:30am....

  • Meetings and Notices

    Jun 26, 2024

    Area AA Meetings In Electric City, the New Hope group holds its meetings Monday through Friday evenings at 6pm at the Vets Center. There is also a noon meeting every Wednesday. These meetings are open and non-smoking. For more information, contact Paul 631-4551 or Phyllis 631-1187.I In Nespelem, the group Bound and Determined holds its meetings Monday evening at 7 p.m. Food Bank Open Care & Share Food Bank regular hours are Fridays 1-3 p.m. Questions call Pastor Shawn at 633-2566. Attention Vets A Veterans Service Officer will be at the...

  • New granddaughter for the Rises

    Jun 26, 2024

    Heidi and Gerald Macheso are the proud parents of a daughter, Reese Mwayi Macheso. Reese was born in Seattle on June 21st and weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. Reese's sister Teagan is 8 years old and brother Marcus is 5. Grandparents are Donata Macheso of Malawi and Ralph and Linda Rise of Elmer City.... Full story

  • Legal Notices

    Jun 26, 2024

    Northwest Native Development Fund REQUEST FOR BID Northwest Native Development Fund-NNDF, 504 Fir St., Coulee Dam, WA. 88116, (509) 633 9940 is requesting bids for the following work at a residence located at 45625 FDR Estates Road., Grand Coulee, WA. Item 1. – Remove approximately 3,400SF-(34 squares) of existing composite roofing-shingles, underlayment-roof paper, and existing trusses from the area as per design/engineered drawings provided by owner-NNDF. Contractor shall provide the equipment including dumpster-debris retainer for the r... Full story

  • USBR: Fireworks prohibited at North Dam and Marina Way gate to temporarily close

    press release, US Bureau of Reclamation|Jun 26, 2024

    GRAND COULEE, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation is prohibiting fireworks on North Dam for the Independence Day holiday. Reclamation is taking precautionary measures to decrease the potential for wildland fire and is reminding the public that use of fireworks is prohibited on Reclamation lands and waterbodies. Reclamation will allow the permitted fireworks display at Grand Coulee Dam to occur for the festivities. There is a low risk of fireworks reaching the surrounding lands from the top of the dam, so the show can proceed. The fireworks s... Full story