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Articles from the September 23, 2015 edition

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Loosening city pot law proposed

Grand Coulee came very close last week to changing local law to allow the licensing of a marijuana retail store in the city. An ordinance before the city council Sept. 15 originally would have restricted any such license if it was illegal under state... Full story


Foosball finagling - and Harvest Festival results

Shep Douglas blocks a kick from Elizabeth Piturachsatit in the championship game of human foosball at the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce's Harvest Festival last Saturday. The tabletop... Full story


Couple interested in school purchase

A Grand Coulee couple has indicated an interest in purchasing Center School and its property. Mervin and MaryJo Monteith, who represent the North American Wool Cooperative, told Grand Coulee city officials last week that they will seek a rezone of... Full story


Mayors open to budgeting for recycling

The members of the Regional Board of Mayors are trying to wrap their arms around recycling again. This time they are talking about budgeting for a recycling program of sorts for 2016. First, the mayors of the four towns making up the board will need... Full story


Bureau to close bays to motorized boats on Lake Roosevelt

The Bureau of Reclamation will install wooden log booms across Moonbeam Bay and the bay at Redford Canyon beginning in late October, the agency announced Tuesday. During construction, and upon... Full story



Ambulance busy Grand Coulee’s ambulance made 40 calls during August, Fire Chief Richard Paris reported at the last city council meeting. Six of the calls were in Coulee Dam, 25 in Grand Coulee and nine were transports between medical facilities.... Full story


Town hires code enforcer

Coulee Dam has a code enforcer. Mayor Greg Wilder told the council last Wednesday night that Gary Haven has been hired to enforce the town’s civil ordinances, all except for those concerning dogs. Haven also is the code enforcer for Electric City,... Full story


Ready to burst

Brooklyn Tillman delights in making a very big bubble at the Harvest Festival Saturday, where kids activities also included pumpkin decorating, sumo wrestling, looking at the sun with a special telescope, and a ride on a horse-drawn hay wagon. Her... Full story


Chief of police resigns

Coulee Dam police Chief Pat Collins has retired. “I would like to thank you all for the many years I have been with Coulee Dam,” Collins stated in a brief letter of resignation. “It is now time for me to move on. I have been offered another... Full story


Time to look at a new combination

It’s not often the stars align in such a way as to guide the steps of our local leaders, but right now might be a good time for them to look up. In an area that can benefit from every scrap of efficiency it can find, it might seem obvious that simi... Full story


Salmon given to firefighters in appreciation

While I was packaging up some recently smoked salmon, I thought, “Why not take it to the staging area in Nespelem and see if these folks might just like this little snack?” Wow, did they. I think before I was out of the parking area, most of 50... Full story


Medicaid mythbuster #1

During debates over expanding Medicaid to uninsured, low-income families, expansion opponents argued it doesn’t provide quality healthcare coverage, and low-income residents would be better off uninsured. Reports of organizations such as The... Full story


A prescription for value-based care

The U.S. healthcare system is afflicted with a debilitating chronic illness — rising costs. Health spending could top $10,000 a person this year. Fortunately, there’s a cure. It’s called value-based care, and it represents a fundamental change... Full story


Gems in the Coulee: Steve Archer

If I said the words, “Faith Community Church,” one of your first thoughts would be the Archers. They have been here since the beginning. In an era that pastors don’t usually stay in one place longer than 10 years, the Archers have been here... Full story


Sixty-five Years Ago

This photograph, taken from the intersection of First Street and Ickes Avenue, looks to the northeast, a part of the area to be developed as an extension to the Right 230-kv Switchyard. First Street... Full story



Pat Zlateff, present owner of Riverside Lanes, asked the Coulee Dam Town Council to grant him six months of free rent to get the bowling alley cleaned up for a possible sale. A story in the Sept. 16 issue stated the request had been made for two... Full story


NPS "ambassador" promoting Lake Roosevelt

Devon Beekler is in awe of coulee country. She hails from Lancaster County in Pennsylvania, a garden of sorts. Lancaster is right in the center of Amish country, where farmland is tailored, farm... Full story


Meetings and Notices

No Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not be meeting this Thursday. Regular meetings will resume Thursday, Oct. 1, at noon, at Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille in Grand Coulee. Grant County Fire Dist. 14 to Meet Grant... Full story


Senior Menu

Wed., Sept. 23 - Dinner St. Januarius Feast Day. Italian Night! Manicotti, Tortellini, Fettucine, Pamzamella, Zucchini Salad, Italian Ice Cream Thurs., Sept. 24 - Dinner Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Steamed Vegetables, Fruit Cup,... Full story


New librarian hired

An Electric City woman has been selected as the new head librarian at Grand Coulee. North Central Regional Library officials announced this week that Lisa Moore has been selected after a lengthy process of interviews. NCRL spokesperson Angela Morris... Full story


County historical society seeking board members

EPHRATA — Wanted: volunteers interested in helping preserve Grant County’s historical heritage. Prospective candidates are being sought for the Grant County Historical Society’s board of directors, who oversee operations at the county museum... Full story


New basketball coach hired for Lake Roosevelt Jr./Sr. High

The school district has hired a new head boys' basketball coach. Lake Roosevelt High School Coach Mario Adams arrived in the coulee area last week and plans to be a substitute teacher in the... Full story


Score in fourth quarter avoids Raider blowout

Steven Flowers' touchdown with 42 seconds left in the game kept the Raiders from a scoreless loss against Soap Lake Friday night. Flowers ran the ball in from 54 yards out, and the kick was good to... Full story


This week in sports

Wed., Sept. 23 5 p.m., JHS Volleyball here with Brewster 5:30 p.m., JV Football at Omak Thurs., Sept. 24 5:30 p.m., JHS Football at Liberty Bell. 5:30 p.m., HS Volleyball here with Tonasket Fri., Sept. 25 7 p.m., HS Football here with Manson Mon.,... Full story

 By j    Sports    September 23, 2015

Lady Raiders' volleyball picks up another win

Lady Raider Volleyball continued to find success in the early season with another win at Oroville in a three-game match last week. “My entire team is showing great improvement,” Head Coach Kasey Garvin said. “They are doing a great job... Full story


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