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  • Electric City picks new engineering firm

    Jacob Wagner|Nov 20, 2019

    At the same meeting in which their public works director described the “dilapidated” state of some of Electric City’s water and sewer system, the city council voted to change the firm that plans and engineers major upgrades on those systems and more. The city council chose Century West Nov. 12 to be the city’s new engineering consultant firm, ending a 35-year relationship with Gray & Osborne, approving the recommendation of a committee tasked with comparing different engineering firms. That committee was made up of Mayor Elect Diane Kohout,...

  • 19-day closure of Keller Ferry run to begin early December

    Press release, state Dept of Transportation|Nov 20, 2019

    KELLER – Keller Ferry users who travel across the Columbia River on State Route 21 will need to find alternate routes. The M/V Sanpoil will be removed from service starting Wednesday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Dec. 22, in order for crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation to make permanent repairs to the hull and allow the United States Coast Guard to inspect the vessel During the closure the ferry will be moved to dry ground near the Keller Ferry Rest Area. While the ferry is out of the water, crews will weld cracks an... Full story

  • CBH: Huge hydropower project now far more likely here

    Jacob Wagner|Nov 20, 2019
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    A proposed $1.4 billion hydropower project is looking more likely to happen in the area, its promoters say, and would bring in 1,000-1,500 workers during construction and create 100-150 permanent jobs. The Banks Lake Pumped Storage Project would be a gravity-fed, pumped-storage system, draining water from Banks Lake, back down to Lake Roosevelt, turning generators in the process, and later pumping the water back up to Banks Lake. One or two penstock pipes, up to 35 feet in diameter, would run...

  • Newsbriefs

    Nov 20, 2019

    Tribes buy Pasco land The Colville Tribes have bought 184 acres of land in Pasco and plan on developing it, the Tri-City Herald reported Friday. The land is east of U.S. 395 and north of the King City Truck Stop. The tribes are considering a casino there, or perhaps a water park, but may initially build a convenience store and gas station. A public signing of a cooperative agreement with the city was set for today, the paper reported. I-976 being challenged Multiple agencies including counties, cities, and transit authorities are challenging...

  • Small earthquake felt in region

    Scott Hunter|Nov 20, 2019

    If you felt a little shaking Monday morning, that wasn't just a big truck passing by. The region felt an earthquake at about 10:49 a.m. Monday, centered about 15.5 miles southwest of Coulee Dam. The U.S. Geological Survey website indicates the shaking was reported by nine "citizen scientists" from Tonasket to Davenport. The magnitude 3.5 quake was likely centered about a mile underground, west of Banks Lake in Douglas County, roughly halfway down the length of the lake, according to data on the...

  • Miller selected as new Electric City Fire Chief

    Jacob Wagner|Nov 20, 2019

    Justin Miller has been selected as the new fire chief for the Electric City Volunteer Fire Department. Miller’s appointment to chief was approved by the Electric City Council at their Nov. 12 meeting. Miller has served on the department for 16 years and was a lieutenant prior to being appointed chief. Mark Payne, who was recently fired as chief, was present at the meeting and said that Miller would be a good selection, and that he feels Miller will do a good job. The council also approved a stipend to the fire chief of $25 per fire training o...

  • Popcorn purveyor opens her dream on Midway

    Scott Hunter|Nov 20, 2019

    A favorite childhood memory led to the opening of the newest venture on Midway Avenue, where the latest iteration of a local business has planted roots. The Popcorn Shoppe opened earlier this month at a new location, Midway and Main in Grand Coulee to sell gourmet popcorn, candy and more. Owner Kim Christensen said last week that the shop is step toward fulfilling her vision of a destination shop that will become a tradition that provides good memories like she has of a place from her...

  • 1943 letter describes Persia as seen by American G.I.

    Jacob Wagner|Nov 20, 2019

    Imagine opening an old envelope and catching a glimpse of history. Grand Coulee man Fred Long received a few items that belonged to his brother, Robert "Bobby" Long, after he passed away recently, including an unsigned letter titled "This is Persia, The Way a G.I. Soldier See's It," dated November 13, 1943 from "Iran Persia." Fred Long knew right away it wasn't his brother's handwriting, but since Robert Long, along with his other brother Harry, had served in Persia at that time, Fred Long...

  • The tightrope between your pocketbook and city needs

    Scott Hunter|Nov 20, 2019

    No matter who the experts are, the city administration and the city council who hire them must keep their eyes wide open. Problems in city infrastructure can take a long time to develop and be noticed, but two things are certain: they will develop, and you will pay, sooner or later. So, while the tendency in local governments is to let the experts do their thing, the people we elect to oversee them have a tough job to do in overriding that tendency and holding accountable those who know more than they do. The selection in Electric City of a...

  • A renewed commitment to conservation in the West

    Dan Newhouse|Nov 20, 2019

    The students of Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers were recently given a second chance. Earlier this year, the future of these programs was threatened when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed closing nine of the 25 Civilian Conservation Center (CCC) programs and transferring the operations of the remaining Centers to the Department of Labor (DOL). This transfer to the DOL would have been contrary to the very mission of the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers, which aims to train the next generation of America’s w...

  • Boeing's resiliency tested

    Don Brunell|Nov 20, 2019

    The grounding of the 737MAX is testing Boeing’s resiliency. It has turned the company upside down in just six months. Boeing executives and engineers have been under duress since the two fatal crashes killing 346 people in Indonesia and Ethiopia, and that is likely to extend well into 2020. What started as a continuation of a most successful 2018 for Boeing has turned into prolonged migraine. Hopefully, the world’s most successful aerospace company will weather the storm and quickly con...

  • Silas Mason, Grand Coulee Dam and Secretariat

    Bert Smith, Them Dam Writers online|Nov 20, 2019

    In August 1934, the Silas Mason Company, headquartered in New York City, began building a new "all electric" town next to the Columbia River in eastern Washington State. The town, called Mason City, was named after Silas Boxley Mason II, who was the Chairman of the MWAK consortium that won the contract to build the Grand Coulee Dam. Silas was married to Suzanne Dallam Burnett, an accomplished thoroughbred racehorse trainer and owner. Suzanne owned Lexington Kentucky's Duntreath Farms and 1933...

  • Josephine Mary Brim Ayers

    Nov 20, 2019

    Josephine Mary Brim was born in Salem, Oregon, on January 4, 1921, to Flora and Richard Brim. She spent her early childhood in Steptoe, Nevada, where her father worked the family lead mine. She was the third of five children. Later, the family moved to work on the Boulder (Hoover) Dam project, and later the Grand Coulee Dam. Josephine graduated from Mason City High (Coulee Dam) with the Class of 1938. On March 22, 1943, she signed up with the United States Marine Corps for "The Duration." With... Full story

  • Barbara Avey Ries

    Nov 20, 2019

    Barbara Avey Ries, passed peacefully surrounded by family in Spokane Washington on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Barbara was born on December 19, 1949, in Wenatchee Washington, to parents Clifford W. Avey and Sonja E. Everett. The family lived in Ephrata Washington for a few years and then moved to Coulee Dam where Barbara spent her childhood and school years. In 1960 her mother married Dr. Jack G. Everett and suddenly Barbara and her brothers Richard and John had four more siblings, David, Jane,... Full story

  • Alan David "Davi" Smith

    Nov 20, 2019

    Alan David "Davi" Smith, 57, of Nespelem, Washington, passed away Monday, November 11, 2019. Davi was born to Johnnie B. and Norine Louise Circle-Smith on Monday, December 11, 1961, in Omak, Washington. Davi graduated in 1980 from Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City, Utah, where he was a member of the Eagles tennis team and a star player for the basketball team. Davi enlisted in the US Army on February 4, 1981, training as an Armor Crewman on M-48 – M60 Battle Tanks. Davi was a member o... Full story

  • Zlateffs celebrate Fiftieth anniversary

    Nov 20, 2019

    Danny and Linda Zlateff of Grand Coulee, will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary November 22, 2019. The high school sweethearts were married at the Coulee Dam Community Church on November 22, 1969. They lived in the Grand Coulee Dam Area most of their lives. Danny worked for the National Park Service and Coulee Medical Center and Linda was a hairdresser and worked for the Coulee Dam TV Association. The couple has two sons Craig and Scott, and two grandchildren.... Full story

  • Bring your gifts into the Trees of Sharing

    Nov 20, 2019

    • November 19 – December 8: Trees decorated with ornament tags with children’s wishes available at North Cascades Bank, Safeway Pharmacy, Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union, and Harvest Foods. Please pick up a tag & fill the wish. • Monday, December 9: All gifts, wrapped and with tags attached to the outside of the package, must be returned to a ‘Tree’ location so they can be organized for delivery. • Saturday, December 14, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m: Trees of Sharing home delivery of gifts Please call Linda Black, 633-3611, to volunteer with Trees of S...

  • Meetings & Notices

    Nov 20, 2019

    Chamber Meetings at Pepper Jacks Chamber will be meeting at noon, this Thursday, Nov. 21, at Pepper Jacks Bar & Grille. General business is on the agenda. There will not be a meeting next Thursday due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Grant County Fire Dist. 14 to Meet The Grant County Fire District 14 will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, November 25, at 7 p.m., at the Electric City Fire Station.. Thanksgiving Food This Friday at the Food Bank Thanksgiving food will be handed out on Friday, Nov 22 from 1-4 p.m. The food bank will be...

  • Raiders football prevail against Friday Harbor in first round of state

    Scott Hunter|Nov 20, 2019

    Lake Roosevelt's Raiders won the day in their first round of the state football playoffs Saturday in Coulee Dam, besting Friday Harbor 19-14, but losing a key player in the process. Of any of the state's 53 2B-classified teams, the two with the least points scored against them this season slugged it out in a game that wore out the grass in the middle of Greene Field and seemed to give up nearly as much yardage to yellow flags as plays. The most severe of those penalties saw Raider Cameron St....

  • Volleyball competes at state

    Jacob Wagner|Nov 20, 2019

    The Lady Raiders ended their volleyball season by competing in the state tournament for the first time since 1991 as they lost in two games in Yakima last week. Lake Roosevelt first played the Kalama Chinooks Nov. 14, winning the first set 25-15, but losing the next three 25-13, 25-16, and 25-21 for a 3-1 final. That evening, the Lady Raiders faced off against Chewelah, again winning the first set, 25-13, and dropping the next three 25-19, 25-9, and 25-15. "We had a wonderful season this year,"...

  • Legal Notices for November 20, 2019

    Nov 20, 2019

    Notice of Public Budget Hearing and Change of Regular Meeting Time Public Hospital District No. 6, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln, & Okanogan Counties, Washington Public Hospital District No. 6, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln and Okanogan Counties, Washington; which operates Coulee Medical Center and Coulee City Clinic, will conduct a public hearing on the proposed 2020 budget for the aforementioned facilities. The hearing, open to the public, is Monday, November 25th 2019 at 5:45pm in the Public Conference Area, 411 Fortuyn Road, Grand Coulee, Washington.... Full story

  • Coulee Cops

    Nov 20, 2019

    Grand Coulee Police 11/12 - Kent street residents were told to stop burning yard debris within city limits. They extinguished their fire. - Several juveniles were reported to have broken into the former Center School on Spokane Way. Three of them said they were told the school was a good place to play hide and seek. They said they did not break in, but had walked in through an unlocked door. Their parent/guardians were contacted. The owners didn’t wish to press charges. 11/14 - A woman who was reportedly harassing customers at Jack’s 4-C...

  • LR athletes win all-league honors

    Jacob Wagner|Nov 20, 2019

    Many Raiders and Lady Raiders athletes have received “All League” honors from the Central Washington 2B League, nominated and chosen by coaches from the league. All four teams made it to the post season this year. In football, in which the Raiders will compete in the state quarterfinals Saturday, Hunter Whitelaw was named as First Team quarterback; Sam Wapato was named as First Team receiver; Trevon Johnson, Josh “Bobcat” Flowers, and Myka Boyd were all named as First Team offensive linemen. Malachi Rasmussen was named as Second Team receive...

  • Teachers awarded classroom grants

    Nov 20, 2019

    A dozen local teachers, including 10 in the Nespelem School District recently received grants from the North Central Education Foundation. The grants were awarded at the 2019 Teacher Classroom Grant Award reception held at Confluence Technology Center in Wenatchee. Each teacher applied for a Teacher Grant based on the needs of his or her classrooms and each received $300, the maximum amount awarded to purchase items for the classrooms. The teachers who received awards are: Kim Iverson, for classroom Body Core Seating; Madisyn Byam, for a...

  • McCartney/Hammond-Hoffman have a boy

    Nov 20, 2019

    McCartney/Hammond-Hoffman have a boy Lyndsey E. McCartney and Joseph Hammond-Hoffman of Wilbur, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son Michael Lee Wade Hoffman, born Friday, November 1, 2019, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz., and was 20.5 inches in length at birth. Maternal grandparents are Cindy McCartney and Mike McCartney. Paternal grandparents are Brenda Hoffman and Gary Hoffman....

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