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 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 31, 2019

Arson suspected in two fires at Osborne Bay

Two fires were started early Tuesday by suspected arson in the Osborne Bay area near the gravel pit on the east side of SR-155 on July 30. Electric City Fire Chief Mark Payne said there were two fires started about a quarter mile apart in the area....

 

Nice on the water

A wave boarder gets up to speed on Banks Lake Monday afternoon in not-too-hot conditions. Check the mostly sunny weather forecast on page 8. - Scott Hunter photo...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 31, 2019

Grand Coulee Dam School budget balanced, but not for long

The school district will draw on reserves to run Lake Roosevelt Schools for the next couple years, a budget approved last week shows, but financial losses are projected in later years, an issue the superintendent hopes to solve. Grand Coulee Dam...

 

Bill would rename Third Power Plant at Grand Coulee Dam after power pioneers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced a bill in Congress last week that would rename the Third Power Plant at Grand Coulee Dam as the “Nathaniel ‘Nat’ Washington Power Plant.” “The designation recognizes the work of...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 31, 2019

Local airport leaders look to the future

Planning the future of the Grand Coulee Dam Airport was the topic of discussion at a July 29 Grant County Port District 7 meeting, where commissioners were joined by citizens, the airport manager and members of J-U-B Engineers, the consultants...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 31, 2019

Paragliders come down gently (includes video)

A paraglider comes down from the sky into a field on Strahl Canyon Road just north of SR-174 in Douglas County, after taking off from Chelan Butte July 13, the final day of the US Open of...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 31, 2019

Final pieces of Coulee Dam's sewer service funded

Coulee Dam's wastewater customers will shoulder an additional $2 a month on their sewer bills after the city council solved two big problems with one vote last Wednesday. The council voted 3-1 to acce...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Welcoming a new local history column

In this issue we welcome back the latest iteration of Them Dam Writers, a group that has sought to provide local history to local people for decades. The column in the lower right corner of this page will, several times a month, present you with a...

 

Water problems

We have two kinds of water problems: too much and not enough. The oceans cover 70 percent of our planet, and they contain 97 percent of the water on Earth. Samuel Coleridge in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner: “Water, water every where, Nor any...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Alternative to flaring natural gas

In oil rich West Texas, shale producers and pipeline owner Williams Co. are fighting over whether new “burning off of natural gas” permits should be approved. It is a battle between companies...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Taking advantage of opportunity

Every once in a while, an opportunity walks down the street, looks you in the face and extends a hand. A pivotal moment looks upon you and smiles. This is when making the wrong choice can be...

 

USBR construction RR was key to building dam

The first train to Grand Coulee was a momentous occasion, as it marked the beginning of serious construction on the dam. The 30 mile line was to be built by the mighty Northern Pacific Railway, which...

 

Celebration of Life for Cindy Snow

A celebration of life for Cindy Snow will be held at noon, Saturday, August 3, at the Grand Coulee Senior Center, 203 Main Street....

 

Jerry Lee Heilman

Jerry Lee Heilman, 55, of Grand Coulee, Washington, passed away at his home Tuesday evening, July 23, 2019, surrounded by the family he loves, following a courageous five-year battle with cancer....

 

Joan "Grams" Barnes

Joan “Grams” Barnes, 96, passed away Saturday morning, July 20, 2019, in the long-term care unit of Coulee Medical Center, Grand Coulee, Washington. She was born along with her twin brother, Roy, on October 24, 1922, in Widnes, England, to...

 

Burke Museum: Living Traditions coming to library

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture will make a second visit of the summer North Central Regional Library branches, this time bringing its Living Traditions program. It will be at the...

 

Meetings & Notices

Chamber Taking a Break Chamber will not be holding meetings through the month of August. They will resume in September. AA Meetings for GCD and Nespelem Area Confused in the Coulee AA meetings are held on Mondays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Vets...

 

Vacation Bible School begins Aug. 12

Coulee Dam Community Church and Faith Community Church are partnering to bring “Believe in God’s Love: Vacation Bible School” to the community in August. Vacation Bible School runs Monday, Aug. 12 through Thursday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m-noon at...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 31, 2019

CMC will host legislators' tour

Every two years, the Washington State Legislature’s House Healthcare and Wellness Committee takes a tour of facilities in rural areas, but they’ve never been to Grand Coulee. That will change Sept. 23, when the committee led by Rep. Eileen Cody e...

 

Class of 1974 holds reunion

Alumni of the Lake Roosevelt High School class of 1974 pose for a photo last Saturday during their 45-year reunion at The Eagles in Grand Coulee. From left, in the front row: Guy Wilson, Kevin Long,...

 

Raider wrestlers compete in tournaments, attend a champ camp

There’s no rest for the wicked wrestlers who stay busy year round, with Raiders attending camps and competing in tournaments near and far. Six Raider wrestlers went to the Camas Camp of Champions at the Kalispel Tribe’s powwow grounds north of Sp...

 

Legals for July 31, 2019

CALL FOR BIDS City OF GRAND COULEE 2019 FEMA STREET REPAIR Sealed Proposals will be received by the undersigned at the City of Grand Coulee, 306 Main Street, Grand Coulee, Washington 99133, up to 11:00 A.M.; local time on Thursday, August 1, 2019,...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 7/22 - A man on Federal Avenue requested police assistance debugging his truck, which he said his parents bugged. Police told the man they don’t do such tasks and suggested he find a private business to do so. - Police were...

 

Museum to host events in Coulee Dam

The Colville Tribal Museum in Coulee Dam is hosting a series of events coming up this summer. Lawney Reyes will be at the museum at 1 p.m. Aug. 3. “Lawney Reyes is a celebrated Native American sculptor, designer, curator and memoirist based in...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 31, 2019
Wildfire on Colville Reservation

Dozens fighting reservation wildfire

A wildfire in the Hellgate Game Preserve on the Colville Reservation has burned about 2,500 acres, pitting firefighters against steep, rocky terrain, and rattlesnakes. About 45 firefighters are...