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Articles from the August 29, 2018 edition

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 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 29, 2018

District considers lowering standard for substitute teachers

The Grand Coulee Dam School District may change the qualifications for a substitute teacher so that more people would qualify. According to the Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction, Washington state requires a substitute teacher to have a...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 29, 2018

Teachers present case for higher pay

More than a dozen teachers attended Monday's Grand Coulee Dam School District board meeting, where Pamela Johnson and Carrie Derr spoke on behalf of their union to make a case for higher pay to keep...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 29, 2018

Impasse between Coulee Dam, Elmer City prompt notice to EPA

In a special meeting Wednesday, Coulee Dam decided it would would notify the EPA of the potential of sewage in the streets of Elmer City because of a dispute between the towns. Adivsed by the city attorney that it cannot make a gift of its...

 

Art in the park

Ric Gendron dips his brush for more color on a painting he's working on at Saturday's Plateau Native American Art Show in North Dam Park. Gendron won first place in the show sponsored by the at...

 

Newsbriefs

B Street closure could last another year Grand Coulee City Council decided to wait another month before approving a time extension for the closure of the east end of B Street during the construction of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s fire...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 29, 2018

CMC finances turning around

Coulee Medical Center has been making remarkable strides toward digging its way out of debt, is heading toward profitability, and is even expanding its services, unlike many rural hospitals,...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 29, 2018

City may just let state issue business licenses

Due to complications from a new state law, the city of Grand Coulee is considering no longer issuing business licenses. The new law requires a lot of extra work for the city to coordinate with the state and the businesses, work that City Clerk Lorna...

 

Re: "Fake news" in Letters from our Readers, Aug. 22

I’d like to start this letter off with telling you that I work for the media. I’m also a liberal, so you can stop now if you’d like. As an employee of a media outlet, I’ve done nothing more than get a job to support my family, pay my taxes, a...

 
 By Jim Brakebill    News    August 29, 2018

Community support of vets appreciated

Once again, we come to the community to thank everyone for a fantastic summer season at the VET Center. Our American Legion Post appreciates everybody who came by and shopped with us during our sale season. Although it seemed like a really long...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 29, 2018

Pathways

We have all taken a different path to get to right where we are today. For some, it has been a long and windy road of ups and downs, mountains and valleys. For others it has been a quick hop, skip...

 

Forest management reforms needed to stop our forests from going up in smoke

The sight and smell of choking haze and dangerous levels of smoke from burning forests have become all too common during our Pacific Northwest summers. Major fires have struck Central Washington time and again, year after year, and nothing will...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    August 29, 2018

Trade wars hit state's cherry growers hard

Last April, Washington wheat, apple and cherry growers hoped U.S. and China trade negotiators would resolve differences and prevent imposition of damaging tariffs on our state’s leading crops....

 

Dean Stucker

Dean Stucker passed away unexpectedly at home Friday, June 29, 2018 at the age of 90. He was born in Oroville, Washington, on February 25, 1928. He was a veteran, serving in the Army and Air Force.... Full story

 

Harold Russell St. Peter

Nov. 17, 1930 – August 24, 2018 Harold Russell St. Peter, 87, passed away Friday, August 24, 2018. He was born to Ed and Gladys (Fields) St. Peter in Everett, Washington. He lived most of his life... Full story

 

Ready to start

Cindy Parra, right, helps Brian Clark get his daughters signed up for school Thursday. Brinn is going into kindergarten, and Jaci is in fourth grade at Lake Roosevelt Elementary. - Scott Hunter...

 

Meetings and Notices

No Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not meet this week but will resume meetings beginning Sept. 6, at the La Presa Restaurant in Grand Coulee. Lions Club Meets First and Third Tuesdays The GCD Lions Club will be...

 

Upcoming in sports

Wed., Aug. 29 First day of school First day of Jr. High Volleyball and Jr. High Cross Country practice after school Sat., Sept. 1 1 p.m., Raider Football here with Okanogan JV Thurs., Sept, 6 4:30 p.m., Raider Soccer at Bridgeport 5 p.m., Raider...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    People    August 29, 2018

From Grand Coulee Dam area, he's now making movies in Los Angeles

After being kicked out of the Grand Coulee Dam School District in 2006 for not taking school seriously, Devin White moved to the Vancouver-Portland area, where he earned his graduation equivalency...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 29, 2018

Landlord's water bill keeps business from operating

Red tape, protocol, and a failure to communicate is keeping the Grand Gallery of Arts from reopening. Faran Sohappy owns a business called Music and Beyond. First located off of Midway Avenue across from Safeway, Sohappy was selling CDs, music...

 

Legals for August 29, 2018

SUPERIOR COURT, SPOKANE COUNTY, STATE OF WASHINGTON IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Case No.: 18401278-5 W. DEAN STUCKER, PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS Deceased. RCW 11.40.030 The Administrator named below has been appointed as Administrator of this est... Full story

 

City sets fund amounts in August

At last week’s Grand Coulee City Council meeting, the beginning fund balances for 2018 were set, numbers that would typically have been approved in January. “I have spoken with the state auditor’s office and they agreed to allow us to draw a...

 

Top BBQ chefs to compete at festival here

Better put another notch in your belt, the barbecue competition will be back at Harvest Festival. The Pacific Northwest BBQ Association will be bringing their competition to Banks Lake Park on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16. The event runs...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 8/20 - A King Street man noticed that an unoccupied home he owns has had people inside. A door had been pried open, boxes packed, and someone had been sleeping in the guest bed there. He said a computer, pans, silverware, a...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 29, 2018

Missing man's body found in Soap Lake

The body of a Colville tribal member who went missing late last month was recovered from the waters of Soap Lake on Friday evening, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday morning. Kayakers found the body of Michael Edwin Clark, 60, and... Full story

 
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