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Articles from the August 24, 2016 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 24, 2016

EDC working with city on business district

An idea to better define Grand Coulee’s business district was well received by the city’s planning commission, and could turn out to be a partnership effort with the city and the Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Council (EDC). City... Full story


Family vacation ends in inferno

At the end of a week of vacation on the lake, Wade Taylor and his family were getting ready to head back home to Grand Coulee when they saw smoke in the sky from an origin too nearby. "That's pretty d... Full story


Reclamation awards $19 million contract for pump-generating plant upgrades at dam

The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $19 million contract to replace and upgrade two pump-generating units at Grand Coulee Dam, the bureau announced Monday in a press release. The contract awarded Aug. 11 to American Hydro, of York, Pennsylvania,... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 24, 2016

Mayors reflect on consolidation survey

The public interest in consolidating local cities impressed at least one city official last week. Grand Coulee Mayor Paul Townsend said that the number of people interested in the consolidation of... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 24, 2016

Cleanup of city a frustrating process

Grand Coulee is having trouble making its public nuisance ordinance work. City council members last week heard two local residents complain about problems in their neighborhoods, saying that the city... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 24, 2016

Truck, trailer, tools reported stolen

A number of thefts were reported at the Sky Deck Motel and Gerard Builders last Thursday and Saturday. Police reports show that Kenneth Haag, from Silverdale, Washington, reported that his 2006 Ford F-250 was taken while parked at the Sky Deck... Full story



Volunteer department responses reported Volunteer fire Chief Richard Paris reported to the Grand Coulee City Council last Tuesday that his department made eight fire calls and responded to 34 ambulance calls during the month of July. The fire calls... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 24, 2016

Bar burglarized on Main Street

The High Dam bar on Grand Coulee’s Main Street was burglarized last Tuesday night. The burglar got in by ripping the locks off a back door. Owner Frank Christman told police that losses include 48-inch and 60-inch flat-screen TVs, and damage to a... Full story

 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 24, 2016

Harvest festival planning for fun

It’s harvest time and almost time for a festival. The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest Festival is scheduled for Sept. 17-18, and features a number of special events. New to the festival this year, the Run the Dam event offers... Full story



It was Electric City Councilmember Aaron Derr who made the motion to hear the Economic Development Council’s report on its consolidation survey rather than Councilmember Rich Mcguire. Derr went on to vote yes on the motion along with members... Full story


Challenge to council: let people vote on pathway

I was under the impression that we elected people to office to represent us. Silly me! That certainly isn’t the case in Electric City, where the people have no say in what the city council decides to do. They have proven that time and time again.... Full story


County commissioner considerations

In the primary, Okanogan County voters demonstrated that they want change from the county commissioners. One incumbent did not get enough votes to run in the general election. The other was in an almost three-way tie with two new candidates. The... Full story

 By Bert Smith    Opinion    August 24, 2016

Thanks for magical weekend

The Coulee Dam All Class Reunion Committee and I would like to thank the Grand Coulee Dam area businesses and residents for hosting our reunion Aug. 5-7. Something very special and almost magical happened that weekend as 500 former classmates and... Full story

 By Lou Stone    Opinion    August 24, 2016

Council censorship eliminates free speech and thought

There are a lot of TV and print and talk shows about terrorism here and terrorism there. It is a serious matter, terrorism is. What makes it worrisome is that it is not well defined, and it seems some government officials want it that way. Some of... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 24, 2016

Take a bite out of crime

Recently, a group of people went to Crown Point to pray. Not too unusual, but what they prayed against might be. They prayed against crime. In particular, they prayed against the recent uproar of criminals in our area. It has gotten bad. The place... Full story


Seventy- three years ago

A 1:60 working hydraulic model of Grand Coulee Dam provided engineers valuable information about the behavior and effect of water on the spillway bucket and on the riverbed downstream from it. ... Full story


Alma (Ayling) Schreiber

Alma Schreiber, 86, died peacefully at her Electric City, Washington, home on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. She was born June 14, 1930, in Great Falls, Montana, to James and Alma (Lehman) Ayling. The... Full story


Looking SHARP

SHARP Kids summer program workers read with students in the Lake Roosevelt Elementary Library this summer. The summer and after-school program aims to help students by sparking interest in school... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will be meeting at noon this Thursday, August 24, at the Eagles Lodge in Grand Coulee. Bob Valen will be presenting this week’s program, on the “History of the National Park... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    August 24, 2016

Former NFL player helps at Raider football practice

Former NFL tight end Nate Overbay spent some time with the Lake Roosevelt Raiders football team on Monday to talk to them about his knowledge of the sport as well as to participate in their practice.... Full story


Welcome back night for Raiders

Lake Roosevelt Raiders will be holding a welcome back night Kindergarten through 12th grade Wednesday, August 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. Elementary students will be able to find out who their teacher is; 7th – 12th students will be able to choose their... Full story


New hires for schools

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board hired personnel to cover six vacant positions at a special meeting Monday. The special meeting also was a training session for members of the board. Hired were Alissa Mansker, as a second grade teacher;... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 8/11 - An Electric City woman told police she witnessed a red truck backing into a power pole and that the light dropped and broke. Police looked for the truck but couldn’t find it, and notified Grant County PUD of the problem. - A... Full story


Legals for August 24, 2016

The City of Grand Coulee is seeking letters of interest to fill City Council Position #4. All interested persons, who have been a resident of Grand Coulee for at least one year and are registered to vote, are invited to submit a letter of interest... Full story