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Articles from the June 27, 2012 edition

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Discovering independence

Next week marks one of my favorite holidays of the calendar year -- Independence Day. I love this holiday because it is typically a day filled with simple good cheer. I find it an easy holiday to celebrate. The weather is usually warm and pleasant.... Full story


Holes and towers

USBR Project Manager Chris Vick, right, watches Monday as contractor crews use a giant drill bit to dig holes for footings that will hold up new powerline towers, like the partially finished one in... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    June 27, 2012

Woman arrested in stabbing

An Electric City woman was arrested and taken to Grant County Jail Thursday evening, after allegedly stabbing her live-in partner twice in the back with a 12-inch kitchen knife. Kimberly Kay Piapot, 45, and Martin Thomas Stanley, 43, had been... Full story


Rodeo adds bull riding

Bull riding has been added to Saturday’s Ranch Rodeo, Ridge Rider President George Kohout said Monday. Already, 10 bull riders had signed up for the added event, Kohout stated. The Ranch Rodeo, one of two scheduled this season by the Ridge Riders,... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    June 27, 2012

Finley is lone incumbent to survive tribal election

Six new members will join the Colville Business Council in July, according to official poll and absentee ballot results released Thursday night. In Nespelem District 1, longtime Councilmember Harvey Moses Jr. lost to William “Billy” Nicholson II... Full story



Top of North Dam OK for fireworks Local residents can set their fireworks off July 4, at North Dam Park, a Bureau of Reclamation official said this week. Public Affairs Officer Lynne Brougher said that the BOR is encouraging those who set their... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    June 27, 2012

July 4 festival set for Grand Coulee Dam

The Festival of America, July 3 and 4, will celebrate our freedoms at the park below the Visitor Center in Coulee Dam. There will be craft booths, food, and music for hometown folks and visitors... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    June 27, 2012

Electric City deals with biting dogs

It was three dog night in Electric City. The city council Tuesday night declared two dogs “dangerous” and a third was given a temporary reprieve. The council didn’t take long in declaring Duke, a dog owned by Joseph Balthazar “dangerous,... Full story


Caution advised for shoreline campers visiting Lake Roosevelt

The Bureau of Reclamation is advising people camping along the Lake Roosevelt shoreline over the July 4 weekend to be aware of potential dangers that could exist due to rapidly rising lake levels.... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    June 27, 2012

Tank placement delayed for now

Workers were prepared to set 16 tanks for Electric City’s arsenic treatment plant in place Tuesday until word came that the crane enroute to do the job had slammed into an underpass someplace... Full story

 By r    News    June 27, 2012

District gets ready to hire contractors

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board has set a special meeting for July 11, to select a construction management firm for the K-12 school project, and to award a contract for the demolition of th... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    June 27, 2012

Name chosen for new ferry

The next Keller Ferry has a name — “Sanpoil.” The state Department of Transportation said “Sanpoil” was selected from among 200 suggestions that met the parameters set by officials. Some 500 suggestions were received. The ferry crosses... Full story


Apology issued for remarks at graduation

I wish to apologize to everyone who attended the Lake Roosevelt High School graduation ceremony on June 9th. While every student speech is reviewed and approved by the high school principal, occasionally a student will deviate from the approved... Full story

 By Mary Waller    Opinion    June 27, 2012

Re: “Jess, Shut Up - Wisdom in a grove”

Thank you for this article. John is a Facebook friend that I've never met but enjoy his wonderful words daily. Hope I can pass through (the area) someday and meet him. Mary Waller... Full story


Region has mined its ground water for decades

All of us who live in the four Columbia Basin counties (Adams, Franklin, Grant and Lincoln) primarily rely on ground water for our drinking and water supply. The problem is our deep ground water is mostly ancient water, and we’ve been mining it... Full story


We need an aquifer protection area

We have a serious challenge facing Grant County and our region – a declining aquifer system that threatens our future. Over the past 15 years, the Columbia Basin Ground Water Management Area, or ‘GWMA’, has secured state ($7.64 million) and... Full story

 By Doc Hastings    Opinion    June 27, 2012

Keeping the federal government out of our backyards

When the Clean Water Act was signed into law in 1972, the intent was clear - the federal government, working with the states, should ensure that our water quality is protected. Although this is a goal embraced by all Americans, the scope and... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago There may be no quick fix, but a group of people determined Monday night that they would explore all possibilities for getting the community what it has lacked for several summers - a swimming pool. Cartoon of the week: Dad is reading... Full story


James “Jim” George Birdwell

James “Jim” George Birdwell passed away and went to his eternal home on Friday, June 22, 2012. He was born July 18, 1946, in Harlem, Mont. He grew up in Coulee Dam and graduated in 1964 from Coulee Dam High School. Jim retired from the United... Full story


Clara Margaret Sears

What’s the secret to living long enough to be able to celebrate your 105th birthday? “Everything in moderation” she had said. Her father’s advice to his children. On June 16, 2012, after four... Full story


Local weight loss queen to get international honor

Gayle Rayoum, of Coulee Dam, was crowned Washington State Queen at the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) State Convention in Ocean Shores in May. Rayoum lost a total of 118 pounds to reach her goal and... Full story


Class of 2002 reunionJune 30

The Lake Roosevelt High School class of 2002 will hold its 10th year reunion on Saturday, June 30. Please bring you own everything to Spring Canyon anytime from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Look for the red and gold balloons! All family, friends and teachers... Full story


Meetings and Notices

GCD Chamber to Meet at Hometown Pizza Grant Chamber will meet at Hometown Pizza in Grand Coulee this Thursday at noon. The Festival of America will be held July 3 and 4 in the park below the Visitor Center at Grand Coulee Dam. The next meeting, July... Full story


Hoop Fiend Alert

The Ephrata Rotary Club will offer a 3-on-3 tournament July 20 and 21, with games starting that Friday at 6:30 p.m. The club took over the event formerly associated with the Basin Summer Sounds concert and renamed the tournament “Rim 2 Rim”.... Full story


It's a boy for Desautel

Racheal Marie Desautel of Nespelem is pleased to announce the birth of her son Mackiah Lee Tom on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz., and was 21-1/2 inches in length at birth. Siblings include... Full story


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