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Articles from the October 31, 2012 edition

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Veterans will get a salute

With Veterans Day approaching on Nov. 11, this newspaper is asking local veterans — those who have served and those currently serving — to send us, or bring in, a photo of themselves to be placed in a special tribute section... — Updated 11/2/2012 Full story


National author visits local school

Children’s book author Avi and librarian Caroline Leadingham stand in front of a display of his books being featured in the bookcase outside the Grand Coulee Dam Middle School library Wednesday on a visit to talk to students... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News

Restaurant to reopen in Coulee Dam

The Melody Restaurant in Coulee Dam will reopen sometime later this year. Coulee Dam Councilmember Karl Hjorten reported that negotiations for a lease on the restaurant property have been completed and he expected the new business... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News

Canadian quake felt in Nespelem

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake off the coast of British Columbia Saturday evening was felt as far away as Nespelem. Colleen Leskinen called Tuesday to report that she and members of her family were sitting at the kitchen table after... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story


Somday named head tribal administrator

Francis Somday has been named the new executive director for the Colville Tribes, Colville Business Council Chairman John Sirois announced Friday. “We are very excited to have Francis home, working for the Tribe, and leading the... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story


Site prep begins for ferry work

The new Keller Ferry “Sanpoil” will be christened July 19, 2013, an official from Foss Maritime Company said Monday. However, there’s a whole lot of work that has to be completed before then. Some of that work is occurring... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story


Phyllis Louis (Brooks) Sears

Mom passed away and joined her mother, father, brother Bud, and sister Betty on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 just two weeks and two days short of her 92nd birthday. Phyllis was the first... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story


Meetings and Notices

Chamber at Siam Palace The Chamber of Commerce meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, at noon at the Siam Palace. Debbie Bigelow, Director of Community Outreach for Coulee Medical Center will speak on grant writing essentials.... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story


Senior Meals

Senior meals Wed., Oct. 31 - Dinner Chili Hallo-weenies, with Cheese and Onions, Potato Salad, Fruit Face Surprise, Mud Cups. Thurs,. Nov. 1 - Dinner Creamed Tuna & Peas on Biscuits, Veggie Salad, Spinach, Peaches, grocery shopping... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story


Hendricksons celebrate 40 years

Bob and Sandy Hendrickson of Coulee Dam celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last Saturday. The couple were married in Spokane, Wash., on Oct. 27, 1972. They have enjoyed... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story


Myths and millionaires

As every good businessman knows — including Gov. Romney with whom I had been associated as a limited partner at Bain Capital Ventures — the soundness of a company and its ability to create jobs does not rest on lower taxes or... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story


Coulee Recollections

Ten Years Ago It’s not like the lake is overwhelmed with jet skiers this time of year anyway, but they’re banned from Lake Roosevelt starting Nov. 6. Jail time for some Colvile tribal members will soon take place closer to... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story

 By Becky Billups    Opinion

Christmas mailing for our troops encouraged

I have given up waiting to receive a name of a particular soldier to mail packages from home to. So I went on line and there is a website: “” and it lists names of soldiers (from every branch) who is wanting to... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story

 By Anita Condon    Opinion

Handicap parking wanted

Due to long term and ongoing issues with fatigue and balance due to Multiple Sclerosis, I now use a walker for my mobility and need handicapped-accessible parking, which is available locally in most public parking areas as... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story

 By Lois Chilton    Opinion

Thanks to the Rotary club

Kudos to the Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club on the completion of the Handicap Accessible Fishing Pier at Steamboat Rock State Park. This most worthwhile project is a wonderful tribute to the work of many who throughout the years... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News

Fowl wind blows into city

Chickens may eventually come home to roost in Electric City. Council members Oct. 23 unanimously agreed, it’s time for chickens to take their rightful place in the city. New Councilmember Brad Parrish made the motion, referring... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News

Groups seek tourism funds

The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce and the Coulee Area Park & Recreation District each approached Electric City for money from its hotel/motel tax fund last Tuesday night. New chamber Manager Peggy Nevsimal made the... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story


Tablet-based borrowing

Raven Clark figures out how to borrow digital books for her Kindle from the North Central Regional Library system at the Grand Coulee Library Thursday night, with the help of NCRL... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News

Wanted: people to establish a museum

Those interested in participating in a local museum can do so by attending a meeting of the “Coulee Pioneer Museum” on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m., at the art room by the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center. An effort is being... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News

Animals found in tree stump

The wind-damaged trees at Mason City Memorial Park have taken on a new life — with a wildlife look — through the skills of chainsaw artist Jacob Lucas. The west-sider completed... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News

Towns and their attorneys to discuss contract

The town councils of Coulee Dam and Elmer City will meet jointly, along with their attorneys, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Coulee Dam chambers. The agenda will cover a 50-year joint agreement between the two municipalities... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story



Lighter moments in government Ken Dexter, Electric City’s public works director, lightened things up a bit at the city council meeting last Tuesday night as he ran through a long string of needs for his department for next year.... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News

Tab fees coming soon

Electric City will soon be the recipient of $20 license tab fees on vehicles, probably before the first of the year. Meaning when you go to a vehicle license bureau, and live within the city limits of Electric City, you will pay... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story


Heat and light

Lake Roosevelt High School students gather around a bonfire in the parking lot Thursday night in a school spirit-boosting tradition. Along with the big fire, several smaller... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News

Port planning RV park for golf course

The port district took its first step last Thursday toward the development of a 48-space RV park at the Banks Lake Golf Course. Commissioners gave the go-ahead to the USKH engineering firm of Spokane to do a $7,500 feasibility... — Updated 10/31/2012 Full story


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