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Articles from the August 23, 2023 edition


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  • Fires erupt on dry, windy Friday

    Scott Hunter|Aug 23, 2023

    Firefighters from at least 10 different agencies fought a "stubborn" fire on a windy Friday weather forecasters had predicted could be a bad one. It was. The fire dubbed the Plum Point Fire erupted the same afternoon fires near Coulee City, Quincy, Medical Lake, and Elk started amid a Red Flag warning by the National Weather Service that fires that starting in the windy, dry conditions could spread rapidly. Initially estimated at 60-80 acres about 1:15, the Plum Point Fire was finally kept down...

  • Notice of Joint Board Meeting with Nespelem School District

    Aug 23, 2023

    There will be a Joint Board Meeting with Nespelem School District on Wednesday, August 30, 6:00 p.m. at Siam Palace, Grand Coulee...

  • Rodeo leader George Kohout dies

    Scott Hunter|Aug 23, 2023

    A longtime community leader who revived the ailing Colorama Rodeo over a decade ago and focused on strengthening its sponsoring Ridge Riders Saddle Club, has died. George Kohout "was the epitome of Ridge Riders and Colorama Pro Rodeo, a community leader, the truest of cowboys from his hat to the bottom of his boots, and one of the greatest men the rodeo world will know from Grand Coulee" an announcement reads on the Ridge Riders' Colorama Pro Rodeo Facebook. "Our community and the area rodeo...

  • STCU gives $50K for wildfire relief, encourages donations from community

    Aug 23, 2023

    The Here for Good Foundation, STCU’s charitable foundation, is encouraging donations at innovia.org/stcu-here-for-good-foundation to support communities impacted by recent wildfires in the Inland Northwest. All funds donated are tax deductible and will be administered through local non-profit organizations to support rebuild and recovery efforts in local communities. The credit union seeded this effort with a $50,000 contribution. “The various fires impacting our region are devasting to watch unfold,” said Marty Dickinson, STCU’s Chief Marketi...

  • Sliding into the school year

    Aug 23, 2023

    Rod Broadnax, the new superintendent at Grand Coulee Dam School District, points to another slider with "hustle" after coming down the inflatable slide on the football field. The inflatables were a contribution by the Colville Tribes to Broadnax's vision of an initial kickoff to the school year after he solicited their help and invited Nespelem School, specifically. The TeePee donated 250 burger and buns, and Harvest Foods supplied soft drinks. "This is who I am," Broadnax said after looking...

  • Focus on power lines to avoid wildfires, losses

    Don Brunell|Aug 23, 2023

    Many fingers are again pointed at electric utilities because downed power lines are suspected of starting another horrific wildfire — the one that raced through Lahaina killing hundreds of unsuspecting people. Who would have imagined that one day, the historic Hawaiian capitol on Maui would be a thriving tourist destination and 24 hours later it would be piles of smoldering rubble and ashes that included remains of people? Cellphone video reveals that high winds downed live electric lines, which...

  • Four towns and/or cities, but the largest community in the area needs some help!

    Birdie Hensley|Aug 23, 2023

    The Community of Spring Canyon Cemetery was dedicated on March 30 ,1959, has 2,200-plus residents, 4.5 acres of grass, a park manager, council. The cemetery is privately owned by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Lions, but gets no state of federal money to operate. Like many other communities, Spring Canyon Cemetery board members are few and are aging and unable to do several of the tasks that are needed to keep up the cemetery in tip top shape. Yes, we have a grounds keeper like the other cities in the area, but the residents need help keeping their...

  • A gift fit for a king

    Aug 23, 2023

    While I took a small container of Montana sapphires to Thailand to see if there was a market for them, I also took a special sapphire with me. A sapphire fit for a king. It started with a knock on my door in Bothell. It was Will Chausee, a friend and the owner of the sapphire mine in Montana. He was excited and wanted to show me a special sapphire he found at his mine. He had shaped it and polished it. It had an image of a pagoda in the center of it. It’s fit for a king, Chausee noted. Chausee had been in touch with the Thai ambassador to t...

  • Coulee Recollections

    Aug 23, 2023

    1 years ago Front page photo shows a crane lowering the cap into place on the elementary school portion of the new K through 12 school building project on Monday. Brazen thieves made off with Banks Lake Pub’s 500-gallon propane tank sometime during the night on August 19. Staff arrived in the morning and when they tried to get the kitchen ready for business, no propane. Electric City has received its $985,715 landfill closure check from Grand Coulee. The fund check covers the 30-year cost for the closure of the Delano Landfill. Electric C...

  • Looking back in the coulee

    Aug 23, 2023

    1 years ago Front page photo shows a crane lowering the cap into place on the elementary school portion of the new K through 12 school building project on Monday. Brazen thieves made off with Banks Lake Pub’s 500-gallon propane tank sometime during the night on August 19. Staff arrived in the morning and when they tried to get the kitchen ready for business, no propane. Electric City has received its $985,715 landfill closure check from Grand Coulee. The fund check covers the 30-year cost for the closure of the Delano Landfill. Electric C...

  • Tana Louise (Walker) Bonzon

    Aug 23, 2023

    Sadly, Tana Bonzon passed away on August 15, 2023 in Gray Summit, MO. Tana was born on January 10, 1944 in Coulee Dam, WA to Willis and Dorothy Walker. On her arrival home from the hospital, she joined her older sister Terri. After Bill and Dorothy divorced, Bill married Olga Bingham who brought her two daughters, Jeraldine and Deanna, to the family. The four sisters had a special bond. Tana spent her childhood and school years in Coulee Dam and graduated in 1962. Tana married Dennis Bonzon on... Full story

  • Charles L Gordon

    Aug 23, 2023

    Charlie L Gordon left this world August 7th, 2023. Born in July 1951 to Clarence and Ima Jean Gordon and raised in Grand Coulee, Washington. With an adventurous and mischievous child, Charlie's mother was kept busy and the Grand Coulee community was well entertained. He and his childhood friend Cliff Service were known to run wild through the interior of the Grand Coulee Dam. Charlie's high school years were dedicated to football, fast cars, questionable decisions, and never getting caught.... Full story

  • Masquers membership gala Saturday, Aug. 26

    Aug 23, 2023

    SOAP LAKE, Wash. — The Masquers Theater, a distinguished cultural institution renowned for over four decades of captivating performances, today announced its highly anticipated Annual Membership Gala, scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 26th, 2023, at 6:30 PM. The gala will be hosted at Masquers Theater, inviting the entire community to partake in an exquisite celebration of the local arts. The gala promises an immersive experience for attendees, encouraging them to participate dressed as their favorite “CLUE” characters, with the o...

  • Waters/Rosenbaum have a boy

    Aug 23, 2023

    Cassandra Waters and Austin Rosenbaum of Coulee Dam, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son Relic Lee Rosenbaum on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee Washington. He weighed 6 lbs., 4 oz., and was 20 inches in length at birth. Sibling is brother Konner Mathias. Maternal grandparents are Dexter Nicholson and Beverly Nicholson. Paternal grandparents are Julie Wilton and Cary Rosenbaum. Great-grandparents include Dixie Tillman and Eileen Rosenbaum.... Full story

  • It's a boy for Zielinskis

    Aug 23, 2023

    Christa and Wyatt Zielinski of Coulee City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son Jace Bradley Zielinski on Sunday, August 6, 2023, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz., and was 21 inches in length at birth. Maternal grandparents are Jennifer Schwartz of Coulee City and Brad Clouter of Belize. Paternal grandparents are Amber Zielinski of Ephrata, Washington. Great-grandparents include Rod and Jan Webster of Odessa, Washington and Steve and Ronie Prinzing of Terrebonne,... Full story

  • Meetings and Notices

    Aug 23, 2023

    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 n Nespelem, the group Bound and Determined holds its meetings Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the Catholic Church. Contact Myrna at 634-4921 for more information. Food Bank Open Care & Share Food Bank regular hours are Fridays 1-3 p.m. Questions call Pastor Shawn at... Full story

  • Navy bikers in the coulee August 26

    Aug 23, 2023

    Navy ‘83 Ride Across America will be in Grand Coulee staying at the Grand Coulee Center Lodge on the 26th of August, and departing on the 27th of August. The group is riding cross country to raise funds and awareness of Veteran issues - at the same time having fun. We will be doing 22 pushups that morning in front of the lodge as we depart to recognize the 22 Vets lost to suicide every day. Would love to have people join us. Hope to see you there!... Full story

  • Coulee Cop

    Aug 23, 2023

    Grand Coulee Police 8/13 - A Gehrke Place homeowner told police that a shed given to a man and had been on a trailer parked outside her home since May. She said he had still not removed it despite being asked to do so. The trailer didn’t have proper tabs. No tow companies were available to remove it, so police tagged it with an unauthorized vehicle notice. - Contacted by Grand Coulee Dam’s Security Control Center, police went to SR-155 near the viewpoint just below the dam, where a semi-truck had parked along the road, blocking the sou...

  • NCB annual school supply drive continues

    Aug 23, 2023

    The Grand Coulee branch of North Cascades Bank is once again holding its annual school supply drive for local children in need. All items will be distributed to the Grand Coulee Dam School District K-12. Donations are still being accepted through the month of September. Please help our local youth prepare and stay prepared throughout the upcoming new school year! Supply lists are available in the bank’s lobby. North Cascades Bank is a division of Glacier Bank of Kalispell Montana. Glacier Bank is a subsidiary of Glacier Bancorp Inc (GBC I, a r...

  • Forms for local school registration are online

    Aug 23, 2023

    On behalf of Lake Roosevelt Elementary and Jr/Sr High School staff we are pleased to introduce another tool to promote efficiency and accuracy to our “Back-to-School” registration. The forms needed to fully register students each year are now in Skyward Family Access. These forms are required for the safety and security of students; ie. student health information, emergency release, updated contact numbers, and expectations. Online forms can now be accessed at your convenience, using your login and password. Chrome books will be available in...

  • Legal Notices

    Aug 23, 2023

    Notice of the Grand Coulee Dam School District Budget Approval The Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors will approve the 2023/2024 budget; Resolution No. 22/23-15 at the August 28, 2023 school board meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. August 16 and 23, 2023 STATE ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT Notice of SEPA and Determination of Non-Significance August 9, 2023 Lead agency: Town of Coulee Dam Agency Contact: Stefani Bowden, Clerk/Treasurer Town of Coulee Dam 300 Lincoln Ave Coulee Dam, WA 99116 509-633-0320 / 509-633-3252 (Fax)...

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