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Articles from the July 30, 2014 edition

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  • Mayor to police: Back off noise enforcement

    Roger S Lucas|Jul 30, 2014

    Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands has advised the Grand Coulee Police Department to back off enforcing the city’s noise ordinance as it relates to music at the Electric City Bar and Grille and other places in the city. Sands told three members at the department office, including police Chief Mel Hunt, last Friday that he was going to allow the bar’s music to continue with greater-than-normal noise until 11 p.m. The city’s ordinance reads: “No person, whether or not that person is in actual possession of the noise source, shall create, continu... Full story

  • Fire weather warning issued

    Jul 30, 2014


  • Move-in dates set for new school complex

    Roger S Lucas|Jul 30, 2014

    The ribbon cutting at the new K-12 school facility will be Sept. 12, the Grand Coulee Dam School District board was advised Monday night. The $30 million-plus project is right on schedule and a number of important dates were noted by Superintendent Dennis Carlson. The driveway into the new school is paved, and workers are focusing on a number of "finish-up" projects throughout the building. The K-6 wing will be turned over to the district by general contractor Walker Construction this Friday.... Full story

  • Two years on, house hulk a problem for neighbors

    Roger S Lucas|Jul 30, 2014

    A resident on Holly Street complained to the Coulee Dam council last week about a burned out house next to her property and the fact that no one is doing anything to clean it up. Heidi Bradeen, of 609 Holly, lives next door to a structure that burned in September, 2012. "On warm days the smell is so bad we have to stay inside our house," Bradeen said Thursday. Mayor Greg Wilder responded to Bradeen's problem and stated that the property could come up in a tax sale sometime soon, and that the... Full story

  • Man killed in motorcycle accident

    Roger S Lucas|Jul 30, 2014

    A Maryland man was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident Sunday three miles west of Grand Coulee on SR-174. Newton C. Pereira, 57, of Brookeville, Md., was dead at the scene, after striking a 2003 Chevrolet Venture van. Three of the occupants of the van had unknown injuries and were taken to Coulee Medical Center for observation and treatment. Injured were the driver of the van, James Rikeo, 38, from Spokane, and two passengers, Samuel Longmour, 57, of Enid, Oklahoma, and Nish H. Livai, 18, Spokane. Grand Coulee police officer Sean Cook was... Full story

  • Wet fun

    Jul 30, 2014

    Pyper takes aim at Ezeckiel during a water balloon fight on Stevens Avenue in Coulee Dam Sunday. From left are Kaylee, Pyper, Kylie, Ezeckiel, Chase, Shyanne and Cade. There were no winners or losers, just cooler kids. Stevens Avenue resident Rob Carroll organized the event, supplying 1,000 balloons that also kept kids busy filling them beforehand. - Scott Hunter photo... Full story

  • Newsbriefs

    Jul 30, 2014

    Storm shuts down internet A storm cut off Internet service to Centurylink customers in 31 eastern Washington towns Wednesday afternoon, including Wilbur, Nespelem, Creston, Almira. The outage stretched from Cheney to Winthrop and Royal City. The company said a tree fell on a fiber optic cable and severed it. Tourism tax will buy restroom security Coulee Dam’s town council voted $9,500 of its hotel/motel tax fund to purchase security cameras for Douglas Park’s restroom area. The owner of Columbia River Inn, Michael Bradley, appeared at the mee...

  • Electric City to seek smaller levy for police service

    Roger S Lucas|Jul 30, 2014

    Electric City’s council, in a special meeting Tuesday night, voted to place a levy on the November general election ballot for police services. The total levy amount that the city could ask for is $3.10 per thousand of assessed valuation; that’s an increase to residents of 90 cents. The city had hoped to double its levy amount, asking for $2.21 more, but was told by the county auditor’s office that $3.10 is all the city could ask for. The city’s current levy is $2.1957 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. The increase of 90 cents w... Full story

  • Town's Civil Service Commission slot filled

    Roger S Lucas|Jul 30, 2014

    Coulee Dam’s Civil Service Commission is up and running. Mayor Greg Wilder made the third appointment to the three-member commission last week, naming Joe Tynan. The commission will be involved in the hiring of police. The three members are Councilmember Shawn Derrick, Tynan and Herb Sherburne. Kandy Merriman was named secretary. The commission’s first order of business will be the selection of the town’s third police officer. The town started advertising for its third officer last week.... Full story

  • What to do in a lightning storm

    Jul 30, 2014

    Electrical strikes and surges from lightning can destroy your home, cause severe injury and even death. With recent storms in the area it is good to know some of the do’s and don’ts while in a lightning storm. If outdoors: Avoid water high ground and open spaces; stay away from metal objects including wires, fences and motors; find shelter in a sizable building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle, completely closing the windows and don’t lean on the doors; don’t get under a small canopy, small picnic shelter or near trees; and stay at least 1... Full story

  • Chief hiring question on agenda

    Roger S Lucas|Jul 30, 2014

    Grand Coulee’s Civil Service Commission chair said this week that there has been no explanation of why Mayor Chris Christopherson asked that the hiring of a police chief be placed on the agenda for the commission’s Aug. 6 meeting. Alan Cain, who chairs the three-member board, said that it is his position that the process of hiring a new police chief should go through the commission. The past two police chiefs have gone through the Civil Service Commission before being hired. The issue came up during Grand Coulee’s last council meeting and c... Full story

  • Letter from a casualty of the hospital's last administration

    Pat Kiedrowski|Jul 30, 2014

    This is a letter to the communities served by Coulee Medical Center in response to the letter by Greg Behrens (“Thoughts and concerns for the CMC board, and community” July 23, 2014). You talk about all the things that the previous administration accomplished — about the Press-Ganney, income, and retention. These accomplishments happened way before Tom Jensen and Scott Graham; they started with a crew of people willing to sacrifice to build a new hospital. You talked about talking to employees, but we never once saw you in Radiology talking to... Full story

  • The last American tradition

    Jesse Utz|Jul 30, 2014

    America’s traditions are becoming diluted and, frankly, dying off. But one tradition appears to be alive and well, and over the last seven days we took part in the great tradition of camping. Our annual campout was a success overall, although this year had a different feel to it. We left town as the fires raged around us and smoke filled the 100-degree air. Upon arrival we found the heat was still there but the air was clear. The heat would not last, as a storm would move in later in the week. The “plantation” was in full bloom and the crop... Full story

  • Coulee Recollections

    Jul 30, 2014

    1 Years Ago Two leaders of the Colville Tribes filed suit last week against a Canadian Company that polluted Lake Roosevelt over the past 100 years. In a first-of-a kind suit, Joe Pakootas and D.R. Michel are seeking action against Teck Cominco Metals Ltd. for releasing 20 million tons of slag into the Columbia River. Coulee Community Hospital introduced Dr. Jake Chaffee, a new medical provider recently hired, at a open house luncheon Tuesday. Chaffee, along with his wife, Solveig and daughter... Full story

  • Alice Ruth (Hanstein) Doppler

    Jul 30, 2014

    Alice Ruth (Hanstein) Doppler was born March 27, 1920, in Chicago, Ill., and joined our Savior July 22, 2014. She was the matriarch of the Hanstein and Doppler families; the last surviving sibling of six and eight children respectively. She spent her childhood in Chicago Ill., Green Lake Wisc., and Boulder and Denver, Colo. She attended Colorado University in Boulder. She met Edward Doppler while she worked at the DOD arsenal in Denver (our personal "Rosie the Riveter"). They married in 1946... Full story

  • Mark Frederick Godbey

    Jul 30, 2014

    Mark Frederick Godbey (56) born on October 15, 1957 in Pullman, Washington to Harvey J. and Bernice Godbey, passed away at his Coulee Dam, Washington home Wed., July 23, 2014. Following high school Mark joined the United States Air Force in 1976. During his tour of duty Personnel Specialist, Sargent Mark F. Godbey earned the Air Force Good Conduct Medal and the Air Force Longevity Service Award before his discharge in 1980. Mark married Danita Gallaher at the Hitch'n Post in Coeur d'Alene,... Full story

  • Margaret Ann (Bartlett, Bailes) Servias

    Jul 30, 2014

    Maggie passed away peacefully in Youngtown, Ariz., on July 13, 2014. She was born in Startup, Wash., in 1924 to Lloyd and Leona (Terrell) Bartlett. She grew up in the Snohomish area and in Osborn, Wash. She was graduated from Grand Coulee High School in 1942. In 1945 she married Sgt. Jack Bailes in Spokane, Wash. They lived a military life stationed in Spokane, China, Japan, Massachusetts and California before divorcing. Maggie returned to the Grand Coulee Dam area in 1960. In 1961 she married... Full story

  • Gary Lee Clark - Oct. 17, 1957 - July 22, 2014 (56 years)

    Jul 30, 2014

    It is with great sadness and sorrow we have had to say goodbye to our father, grandpa, husband, brother, uncle and friend, Gary Clark. Gary was born in Moscow, Idaho to Clarence and Roberta (Manual) Clark. He was raised on the Colville Indian Reservation attending school at St. Mary’s Mission in Omak, Wash., and Lake Roosevelt High School in Coulee Dam, Wash. Throughout his school days Gary enjoyed cross country and received numerous awards and ribbons. Gary very much enjoyed watching and listening to his brother, Kenny play his guitar. He real... Full story

  • Meetings and Notices

    Jul 30, 2014

    Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, July 31, at noon, at Pepper Jack’s Bar and Grille in Grand Coulee. Clara Carson from the Colville Convalescent Center in Nespelem will be on the program. TOPS 1554 Meeting Date and Time Change TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 1524 meets on Tuesdays at 9:15 a.m. at Grand Coulee Senior Center prior to the exercise group gathering at 10 a.m. Come and join for the health of it. Time change for Chapter TOPS #WA1554. Now the group will be meeting at 5:30 p... Full story

  • Class of '64 Tigers' reunion this week

    Jul 30, 2014

    The 1964 class of Grand Coulee Tigers will be holding its 50th class reunion the weekend of August 1. Friday night will be check in, Saturday at 1 p.m., backyard BBQ at Susan Fahr Miller’s home. Also on the agenda is seeing the new laser light show, touring schools and a tribute to those we have lost and breakfast on Sunday For more information, call Susan 633-2364. The class invites those that would like to stop by and say hi.... Full story

  • School briefs

    Jul 30, 2014

    COULEE DAM -- The Grand Coulee Dam School District board made a number of personnel decisions at its Monday night meeting. Nate Piturachsatit resigned as Middle School track coach; Raehanne Piturachsatit resigned as Lake Roosevelt High School assistant volleyball coach; and Amanda Fisher resigned as special education paraprofessional. Jeremiah Seekins, Lake Roosevelt High School math aid, resigned to take his student teaching assignment; and Joell Vivant-Slaven was approved for maternity leave. Stephanie Baldwin was hired as a first-grade... Full story

  • Happenings at the library

    Jul 30, 2014

    Summer events continue at the Grand Coulee library with this Fri., July 25, Chelan County PUD “Zap, Crackle, Zing! – How Energy Works” program will begin at 10 a.m. Witness and participate in the wonders of the five energies: Potential, Kinetic, Mechanical, Electrical and Light. Wed., July 30, 10:30 a.m., build a robot. Fri., Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m., “Survival with Spring Canyon Ranger.” Also survival bracelets will be made. Wed. Aug. 6, 10:30 a.m., Craft Day with Spinning Wheels and Thaumatrope. Fri., Aug 8, 10 a.m. Reptile Man will be at the li... Full story

  • Receive 10 free trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August

    Jul 30, 2014

    Nebraska City, Neb. – Spruce up your landscape by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in each member’s area, which falls between October 15 and December 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. “Colorado blue spruce trees provide homeowners with nume... Full story

  • Sacchi on honor roll at CWU

    Jul 30, 2014

    Joseph Sacchi of Coulee Dam was named to the Cental Washington University honor roll for spring quarter 2014.... Full story

  • Junior rodeo results

    Jul 30, 2014

    Scores of young junior rodeo contestants were recognized for their performances at the Ridge Rider Junior Rodeo a week ago. The winner of the playhouse raffle was Bob Wieldeyer, last year’s queen’s dad. Winners of the various events won buckles and those that placed second to fourth received cash awards. LITTLE PEOPLE: Dummy roping - 1st – Ben Richey, 2nd Rocksie Timentwa, 3rd Lucchese Ford, 4th Presley Steffens Cal stake race - 1st – Rocksie Timentwa, 2nd Lucchese Fors, 3rd Ben Richey, 4th Bodee Gudmunson Barrel racing - 1st – Rocksie T... Full story

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