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Articles from the March 4, 2015 edition

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 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 4, 2015

After "last straw" E.C. leaders resign

All three Electric City planning commissioners present resigned at their monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon, their first meeting following a city council meeting at which their recommendations were rejected or ignored. Only Merle Kennedy, who... Full story

 

Good direction

Addison Hansen, left, and Alexia Ryan take direction from Missoula Children's Theatre director Leore Riven Monday night at the Grand Gallery Theatre in Grand Coulee, where they will play in "Aladdin"... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 4, 2015

Haag: more than volunteers needed at local golf course

There’s a shortage of volunteers at Banks Lake Golf Course. Port District 7 officials, who run the 18-hole course, are discussing the need to hire some more help at the golf course. Last golf season the port literally ran the course with... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 4, 2015

Auditor critical of city, again

The State Auditor’s Office has found that the city of Grand Coulee does not have adequate control of its financial operations, according to its latest audit report. A “finding” report stated that the city placed “public resources at risk of... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 4, 2015

Sewer plant likely to stay where it is

Engineers told about 25 local residents in Coulee Dam last Wednesday that the benefits of building a new plant versus upgrading the present wastewater treatment plant is about a push. A completed study of many of the details of the proposed plant... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 4, 2015

Coulee Dam Council demands more info for requested money

Some requests for ambulance and fire improvements were OK’d last week by Coulee Dam’s town council, but some weren’t. Normally, the second reading of an ordnance is a formality for council passage. Not on Wednesday night at Coulee Dam, when an... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

Spring ahead Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, March 8. Clocks must move ahead one hour. DST will end Sunday, November 1. Still looking Coulee Dam police Chief Pat Collins explained to the council that the person selected to... Full story

 

Nothing but fun

MaKenna and Carter, each 3 years old, enjoy the slide at North Dam Park Tueday afternoon. Commissioners for the Coulee Area Park and Recreation District, which manages the park, have it "on the... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 4, 2015

District taking comments on sale of Center School

The Grand Coulee Dam School District will provide an opportunity for public comment on the sale of Center School and its property, 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 23. The meeting will be held in the Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School library, on the... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    March 4, 2015

Artist tours new school and area

An abstract artist from the Portland area who has been commissioned to create art pieces for the new school complex had a tour of the building and area last week. Lucinda Parker, who was selected by a local art committee after being among those... Full story

 

Chief's salary settled

Grand Coulee police Chief John Tufts has accepted a salary offer made by the city council. The salary question was delayed earlier because Tufts was out of town on vacation, and also because Mayor Chris Christopherson hadn’t had an opportunity to... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 4, 2015

Newspapers, media, bubbles, and the fracturing of democracy

I gave the college kids a mixed bag of goods last week about the nature of newspapers and media in general, and tied it to some worries I have about the health of our democracy. Asked to be this year’s “publisher in residence” at Washington Sta... Full story

 
 By John Overby    Opinion    March 4, 2015

Senate transportation bill irresponsible

It seems ironic that on the same day that a huge increase in gas prices is seen in the area, the Washington State Senate passes a $15 billion transportation package that includes an 11.7 cent per gallon gas tax increase. It is fiscal... Full story

 
 By Bob Frankin    Opinion    March 4, 2015

Rudy's Love Hatefulness

I think we’ve missed one possible explanation for Rudy Giuliani’s behavior: Maybe he’s concealing the fact that he suffered a blow to the head severe enough to cause lasting damage to his prefrontal cortex. That’s the high-function part of th... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet at Pepper Jack’s The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet this Thursday, March 5, at noon at the Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille in Grand Coulee. General business will be discussed. CMC Guild (Auxiliary) Meetings Have... Full story

 

Celebrate 65 years

Betty and Eugene Fields of Electric City will be celebrating 65 years of marriage on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The couple, 75 year residents of the Grand Coulee Dam area were married in Coeur d'Alene,... Full story

 

Ward/Dahlenburg have a boy

Jamie Ward and Shawn Dahlenburg of Almira are proud to announce the birth of their son Camden James Dahlenburg on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz., and was 20-1/2 inches in length at birth.... Full story

 

It's a boy for the Heizers

Brian and Randi Heizer of Coulee Dam are proud to announce the birth of their son Kolby Eugene Powell Heizer on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz., and was 20-1/2 inches in length at birth. He... Full story

 

Senior Menu

Wed., March 4 – Dinner Broccoli Chicken Divan, Green Salad, Mixed Fruit, Rolls, Cookies Thurs., March 5 – Dinner Baked Salmon, Baked Potatoes w/Sour Cream, Sunshine Salad, Berry Banana Whip Fri., March 6 – Breakfast Country Style Skillet Potato... Full story

 

Spelling Bee participants

Lake Roosevelt Spelling Bee participants from fourth - to eighth-grade classes competed recently for first and second place to represent GCD School District at the NCW Regional Spelling Bee on March... Full story

 

Perfect attendance awards

Awards were recently given out for students having perfect attendance at Lake Roosevelt Elementary.... Full story

 

Nespelem honor roll

The following is the honor roll for second quarter at Nespelem School. HONOR ROLL 2nd Grade Lola Yazzie, Zyven Boyd, Skyler Covington, Summer Lowery 3rd Grade mMixit Vargas-Thomas, Virgil Bearcub, Arianna Louie, Cylia St.Pierre 4th Grade A - Anoki... Full story

 

LR Honor Roll

The following are those that have been named to the honor roll at Lake Roosevelt Jr./Sr. High for first semester. HIGH HONORS 3.5 – 4.0 SENIORS Clare Castrodale, Terrin Hazard, Hannah Manon, Shaine Thomas, Katelynn Schilling, Anthony Desautel,... Full story

 

Bowling Scores

THURSDAY MIXUPS TEAM W L Fry Bread Power 61.5 30.5 Fighting Chipmunks 56 36 Shut Up & Bowl 51 41 Gutter Fingers 47 45 Flyin W 42.5 49.5 The Shire 42 50 Team 7 38 54 3 blonds and 1 ndn 29 63 High Game: Team 7 657; Chance Epperson 231; Candy Weed Butz... Full story

 

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