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Articles from the September 19, 2012 edition

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Extreme fire shows it takes a community to survive

As a type 2 incident management team was leaving the area Sunday and the local fires are contained and final mop up is being done -- 81,000 acres worth -- it is time to reflect on what happened locally and thank all the citizens, visitors, DOT... Full story


Thelma J. “Teila” St. Paul

Thelma J. “Teila” St. Paul (57) was born February 13, 1955, in Nespelem, Wash., to John and Christine (Dick) Lezard. Teila passed away in Spokane, Wash., surrounded by her beloved family on... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    September 19, 2012

Ranchers deal with fire’s aftermath

The Leahy fire is essentially out, but ranchers will be dealing with the effects of it for a long time. One ranch family, Jim and Michelle Hemmer, whose 20,000-acre pastureland was essentially blacken... Full story



Fire contained The Barker Canyon Complex fire was declared 100 percent contained at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Chief Rick Paris stated that the fire was turned back to local fire groups and they will be carrying out patrols... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    September 19, 2012

Board, administration dispute principal role at school

A dispute over how the administration is being handled at Center School erupted at Monday night’s school board meeting. Grand Coulee Dam School District Chair Joette Barry started things rolling when she told Superintendent Dennis Carlson that she... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    September 19, 2012

$20 tab issue to get hearing

Electric City citizens will be able to vent their feelings about the city’s plan to charge $20 per license tab for residents within the city limits. The occasion will be a public hearing on the license tab issue at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    September 19, 2012

Electric City seeks to fill council seat

Electric City is advertising for a person interested in serving on its city council. The person selected will fill out the Position 4 term of Birdie Hensley, who vacated her seat earlier this month. The council started advertising for the vacancy thi... Full story


Constructive high

Wilson Construction employees gather at the top of the middle of the lower three 300-foot-plus towers Friday to mark the basic completion of the six-tower project. Lines will be strung from the Third... Full story


A week of fires and smoke

A series of wildland fires started by lightning Sept. 8 burned nearly 127 square miles of land, threatened two towns and consumed some $1.65 million of state and federal money to fight it. The Barker... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    September 19, 2012

Wright debris goes to wrong dump

Mayors asked Monday what went wrong with the debris from Wright Elementary. The town permit obtained by Elder Demolition to dismantle the old school requires debris from the job go to the Delano Transfer Station. Transfer station Manager Randy Gumm... Full story

 By Ralph Rise    News    September 19, 2012

Super when wet

Paul Lietzen, Anacortes, Wash., emerges from Lake Roosevelt at Spring Canyon Saturday after the swim portion of his race. To search for times and results of the race, see... Full story


Without your help, we would have lost our home

We would like to thank the wonderful firemen, neighbors with shovels, the helicopter pilot and driver of the DNR tractor that joined forces to save our farm home from the wildfire on Sunday, the 9th. Without your help we would have surely lost some... Full story


To our local firefighters

We wanted to say thank you for working so hard to save our house on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. We appreciate it more than you could ever know and have no doubt that without your help, we would not have a home now. This includes Douglas County Fire... Full story


Thanks for keeping us safe

A huge thank you to the firemen who worked so hard to save everyone's farms and homes during the Barker Canyon and Leahy fires. It is truly amazing that every home where someone lives was saved. Fences can be rebuilt and pastures will grow back with... Full story


Everyday heroes saved home

The dictionary defines fortitude as “mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger or temptation courageously” and mettle as “courage and fortitude.” These two words are extremely apt descriptions of the Volunteer... Full story


Gas prices still highest in the area

Last night, while I was reading my “news feed” on Facebook, I saw that one of my friends had posted that they drove to Wilbur and bought their gas there. They said that it was 27 cents cheaper than here in the Coulee. I wrote a letter a while bac... Full story


Protecting and Promoting Rural Communities

A few days ago, an inspiring and passionate nurse from Spokane, Washington, came all the way to Washington, DC to talk with me about the future of health care in America. As part of a group with the American College of Cardiology, DeAnna Jones... Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago Voters approved, by about 69 percent, a proposal to re-divide the Grand Coulee Dam School District last night. As a result, the school board has the authority to change the boundaries of all five respective districts. Jennifer Sedillo,... Full story


Rodney “Rod” Wayne Green

All are invited to a Memorial Celebration of Rodney“Rod” Wayne Green’s life to be held in a place he loved - the main arena of the Grand Coulee, Washington Ridge Rider Rodeo Grounds at 1 p.m.,... Full story


Raymond G. Stroh

Raymond G. Stroh, 85, a retired electrical and consulting engineer died September 10, 2012, in Tracy, Calif. Mr. Stroh, a native of Tower City, North Dakota, grew up in a farm family of eleven children. He received his higher education at the North... Full story


Phyllis Jean Avey

Phyllis Jean Avey, born November 9, 1931, in Spring Canyon, Utah to Elias and Thelma (Henningson) Degn, passed on to her heavenly home in Moses Lake, Wash., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. A 1950 graduate... Full story


Petersons receive mission call

Long-time Coulee Dam residents, L. Kent and Linda Peterson, have received a mission call from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their service will be for a duration of 18 months at the... Full story


Open House at Faith

Faith Community Church will be hosting an Open House Thursday, September 27, 1 - 7:30 p.m. Come take a tour of the newly renovated building.... Full story


It’s a boy for Heilman/Redd

Rebecca Miles-Heilman and Levi Redd are proud to announce the birth of their son Jackson Alexander Redd on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz., and was 19 inches in length at birth. Maternal... Full story


Meetings and Notices

Grant County Fire District 14 to Meet The regular monthly meeting of the Grant County Fire District 14 will be held Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., at the Electric City Fire Station. PEP to Meet Planet Earth Players will be meeting Thursday, Sept. 20,... Full story


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