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Articles from the May 20, 2015 edition

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 By Scott Hunter    News    May 20, 2015

Public invited to mingle and help decide future direction

The doors of the middle school in Grand Coulee will be opened for a special meeting of the minds tonight (Wednesday) from 5-7 p.m., a time arranged for the community to tour it and talk about the building’s future and more. “Grand Coulee Dam... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 20, 2015

"Barker Canyon" fire starts an early season

About a dozen local firefighters this Friday night are attacking a wildfire across Banks Lake from the Grand Coulee Dam Airport. The fire is suspected to have started from a lightning strike in the...

 

Turning to comedy

Kayley Duclos, Sean Garvin and Savannah Marin perform a skit at a comedy night fund raiser Wednesday at Faith Community Church, where the Young Life group is raising money to attend a summer camp in... Full story

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    May 20, 2015

pot license decision handed to city clerk

It’s in the hands of the city clerk. That’s the best Grand Coulee’s city council could come up with last night (Tuesday) in regard to a controversial application for a marijuana retail business license. About 30 people showed up to offer their... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 20, 2015

Mayor: No more planning commission

Electric City has changed the way it will do its municipal planning. Mayor John Nordine, in responding to a person interested in being on the planning commission, said that he has decided to bring planning in-house with a professional planner working... Full story

 

City OKs carts and ATVs on roads

Motorists will soon have to look out for the “little guys” in Electric City. The city council voted to move ahead to allow all-terrain vehicles and golf carts to move about the city streets, legally. It was too bad for motorized scooters, they... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 20, 2015

Local elections will feature several races

Grand Coulee will have a new mayor, and a number of former council members from at least two cities have filed to return to municipal government, according to election filings posted by county auditors Friday. Grand Coulee Mayor Chris Christopherson... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

Parlette named “Friend of Children” State Sen. Linda Evans Parlette was awarded the “Friend of Children” award, based in part on her role in securing funding to build the new Lake Roosevelt School. The North Central Educational Service Distri... Full story

 

Nespelem man dies in accident

A 40-year-old Nespelem man died early Sunday when he was struck by a car in Omak. Edward E. Hanway was struck on State Route 97 at the north end of Omak about 1:30 a.m., the Washington State Patrol reported. He was taken to Mid-Valley Hospital,... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 20, 2015

New flags to be added in Isle of Flags

American Legion Post 157 will dedicate 10 new flags in honor of veterans in the Isle of Flags Memorial Day ceremony, beginning at 11 a.m., Monday, May 25. Over 500 flags will fly at Spring Canyon Ceme... Full story

 

Into the blues

A crowd dances directly in front of the stage at sunset Friday night at the Sunbanks Music Festival in Electric City, getting into the blues band Big Monti. The event slated 21 bands over its three... Full story

 

Bull ride this Saturday

There’s some big bucks to be made Saturday, May 23. All you have to do is ride a few bulls. It’s the Third Annual Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Ride at the Ridge Rider rodeo grounds in Delano. Action begins at 3 p.m. This year, rodeo officials have... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 20, 2015

Council slithered to a new non-position

Our best guess is that last night’s non-decision by the less-than-courageous (being kind) Grand Coulee City Council was a dishonest move predesigned before the meeting to allow elected leaders not to make a decision. If that’s true, it’s... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    May 20, 2015

Time is important, so is listening

Governance, like life, is full of trade-offs. One of them is efficiency versus efficacy, and you strive for one at the risk of losing the other. Such was the case at last week’s Electric City Council meeting, where the mayor and a council member... Full story

 
 By Tom Hawkins    Opinion    May 20, 2015

Are there plans to support medical marijuana patients here?

Kudos to Jean Comstock and Jim Pachosa, the Grand Coulee business couple that have asked the city council to grant them a business license for a marijuana retail store near Coulee Medical Center, and to Grand Coulee Police Department Chief John... Full story

 
 By Robert Fifield    Opinion    May 20, 2015

Roundabout is a bad idea for Four Corners

In regards to the Four Corners, I sure hope that they don’t put in one of them roundabouts that they were talking about. I wish that the person that ever came up with that idea had been still born. Most of the population have never driven extra... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 20, 2015

First kill, welcome to summer

If you don’t know by now, we moved last year to the country, to a beautiful setting looking down the Columbia and up the San Poil. We enjoyed the winter with many a deer, birds of many kinds and the occasional coyote. The spring brought the... Full story

 

Protecting Civil Rights and national security USA Freedom Act strikes a balance

No American should fear that their government has made a false choice between prioritizing either national security or civil rights. Our nation needs a continuing, robust debate on the proper balance the federal government should strike in defending... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    May 20, 2015

City council hears tourism requests

The chamber of commerce and Ridge Riders Saddle Club each made a pitch for more hotel/motel tax money at the Electric City council meeting last Tuesday night. Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Peggy Nevsimal had earlier... Full story

 

Monumental effort

The town of Coulee Dam is spearheading an effort to create and establish a monument to honor 81 persons who died during the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam. Friday, Karen Struve, president of... Full story

 

Sara Ann (Sally) Johnson

Sara Ann (Sally) Johnson passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015. She was born on August 16, 1917, in Dayton, Wash., to Nancy Della Harless and Walter Chessman.  She was the youngest of five siblings and... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber at the Siam Palace The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, May 21, at noon at the Siam Palace in Grand Coulee. Jim Brakebill of the American Legion Post will speak about the student weekend lunch program. Care and... Full story

 

Gone and going

Sixth-graders helped the Rotary Club Saturday in a successful fund raiser designed to benefit them. The club's spaghetti dinner at Coulee Dam Town Hall brought in over $3,000 and will likely net over... Full story

 

Schilling and Alejandre to represent LR at districts

Lake Roosevelt’s senior throwers Katelynn Schilling and Octavio Alejandre qualified last week to move on from sub-districts at Tonasket Wednesday to the District 5-6 meet in Ephrata on Friday. “Our senior throwers excelled in this meet and will... Full story

 

Raiders finish sixth at districts

Raider baseball competed for a state berth until the very last moment possible Saturday, finishing sixth in the district tournament. The Raiders had defeated Kittitas on the May 11 to stay alive in... Full story

 

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