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Articles from the December 19, 2012 edition

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About our holiday schedule

The holidays and accompanying scheduling conflicts seem to throw off normal schedules for every organization in town. The same goes for the newspaper, especially with Christmas falling on our normal Tuesday deadline day. So here’s what’s... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 19, 2012

Elmer City to try for its own sewer plant

The town of Elmer City last week took the first steps towards developing its own wastewater treatment plant and leave Coulee Dam to pay all of the costs of a plant upgrade its been planning for both towns. The town council and Mayor Mary Jo Carey... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 19, 2012

Letter sets up rift between towns

A letter Coulee Dam prepared for interested parties in its wastewater treatment plant project drew reaction from the town of Elmer City last Wednesday night that would eventually lead to a decision to end a decades-long collaboration. The letter,... Full story


Santa, candy canes and books

Nancy Carlson gets ready to hand free books to a couple of young library patrons who gained Santa’s favor by waiting in line at the Etheta Anderson Library in Grand Coulee Wednesday. The holiday... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 19, 2012

Local vet gets help from Sen. Murray

The fight to get a Veteran’s Administration disability claim settled for a Coulee Dam man took action by U.S. Senator Patty Murray. Daniel Johnson’s cancer showed up in February last year and was attributed to his contact with Agent Orange, while...


Vigil scheduled for tonight

A candlelight prayer vigil in memory of the Newtown, Connecticut victims will be held at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Dec 19) at Mason City Memorial Park in Coulee Dam. Charlene Bearcub and Loretta Bingham are organizers of the event. They advised... Full story



Just say no to used bulbs Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands reminded the city council last Tuesday night that come Jan. 1, 2013, it will be illegal to dump mercury-containing light bulbs in landfills in the state of Washington. He said that the Delano... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 19, 2012

Report: bragging robber says he’ll do it again

Coulee Dam police have been advised that a man sought in an alleged armed robbery of the Smoke Shop might do it again. Police received word from Colville Tribal Police that a man reported he had... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 19, 2012

City budgets $32,500 from tourist tax

Electric City shot the rest of its hotel/motel budget for 2013, at its meeting last Tuesday night. The city council Dec. 11, held to its policy of budgeting just half of what it took in during 2012, and putting the other half into its hotel/motel... Full story

 By Roger Lucas    News    December 19, 2012

Last look at new school plans coming

School patrons will get one final look at the design and color scheme of the new K-12 school complex before it goes out to bid, Grand Coulee Dam School District board members indicated at their Monday night meeting. While the date hasn’t been set... Full story


Rebuff of generous offer another insult

The town of Elmer City has worked tirelessly to find financial assistance to help fund the improvements to the sewer treatment plant it jointly operates with Coulee Dam. And for good reason, they can’t afford what Coulee Dam is building! On the... Full story


Elders rebuke council answers

To the Office of the Reservation Attorneys, through the news media, on behalf of Colville Indians for justice. In light of precedents set by former Colville Business Council who in the 1950s and 1990s immediately informed tribal members of claims... Full story


Needed: a loving freedom

Last week in Connecticut, our country had another major tragedy. This time a sick young man walked into an elementary school and killed kindergartners and some staff. Pure, unblemished faces of the... Full story


Christmas events

Coulee Dam Community Church-Presbyterian Mon., Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held. St. Henry’s Catholic Church Mon., Dec. 24 at 8:30 p.m. a Christmas Eve Mass will be held. Tues., Dec. 25 at 9 a.m, Christmas Mass to... Full story


Myles James Scallan

Myles James Scallan, affectionately known as “Pa”, departed this life to be with the Lord Jesus on December 12, 2012, passing peacefully with his family by his side at his home in Bowie, Md. He... Full story


Larry Burlon Mills

Larry Burlon Mills, 72, passed away on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Kootenai Memorial Hospital in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Larry was born on January 30, 1940, in Coulee Dam, Wash., to Dewey an... Full story


Perfect game

Ron Toulou bowled a perfect 300 game on Friday Nov. 2, 2012. Riverview Lanes has had 10 perfect games sanctioned by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC). When a member bowls a perfect game (12... Full story


It’s a boy for Weger/ Desautel

Alysia Weger and Robert Desautel of Nespelem are proud to announce the birth of their son Jaxon Little Bear Desautel on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. He weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz., and was 20 inches in length at birth.... Full story


Raiders take fifth at Cashmere

by John R. McNeil II The Raider wrestlers took fifth at the Cashmere tournament last Saturday in a field that featured mostly larger schools and only two 2B schools, LR and Kittitas. “We wrestled well,” Head Coach Steve Hood said. “Felt good... Full story


Ladies lose to Nannies

The Lady Raiders lost to the 1B Pateros Nannies in a close league game Friday 53-43. When asked what needs to improve, Head Coach Wallace Pleasants said, “Everything, mostly how to play through fouls and the girls not to get us to hard physical... Full story


Slow-starting Raiders lose to Billygoats

Chance Garvin scored all three of the Raiders’ first-quarter points at Pateros last Friday as LR went on to lose to the Billygoats in a low scoring affair, 47-38. Head Coach Jeff Brisbois said the team’s overall game effort was down. “We came... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 12/10 - Police checked with a woman on Burdin Boulevard to see if her runaway daughter had returned. The woman said that the daughter had returned and run away a couple of times since, but was back now. Her name was taken off the... Full story