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Articles from the December 30, 2015 edition

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Former mosquito district clerk charged with theft in the first degree

A former mosquito district clerk is being charged with theft in the first degree and misappropriation of funds by the Grant County Prosecutor’s Office. Karyn M. Byam, 40, of Electric City, who was a clerk for Grant County Mosquito District 2, was c... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    December 30, 2015

Last testimonies given for community church

Members of the Coulee Dam Community Church and others gathered for its last service Sunday, offering a worship service that included bittersweet remembrances by those attending and a final fellowship... Full story


Consolidation study sidelined by budgets, more

A study of consolidating two local cities is off the books. Neither Electric City nor Grand Coulee put funding in their budgets to pay for it, and a second reason is more critical than the cost of the study, according to one councilmember. In order... Full story


New Grand Coulee leadership seated

Grand Coulee has a new mayor: Paul Townsend. He replaces Chris Christopherson, who chose not to run for re-election in November. Townsend ran unopposed, and has served as councilman and mayor pro... Full story



Retail pot license issued The city of Grand Coulee has issued a business license for a marijuana retail outlet. Filing with the city and receiving the license was Jean Comstock, who plans to open her retail store in a location on Burdin Boulevard... Full story


Tourism funding is reduced

Grand Coulee has revised downward the amount of hotel/motel tax funds it is going to give out in 2016, after last summer’s smoky tourist season. The city had received requests from four organizations totaling $34,325, but is only going to fund... Full story


Local cowboy takes third in nationals

Shane Proctor jumped from eighth to third place in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas earlier this month. Proctor had won it all in 2011, sewing up the world bull riding championship in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. His... Full story


Wording difference bumps police services contract

A contract between Grand Coulee and Electric City for police services has been stalled and won’t be resolved until early 2016. Grand Coulee’s city council voted Dec. 22 to extend its current contract, which expires Dec. 31, until new language,... Full story


Out of control

Sledders at North Dam Park enjoy the snow and slope around the gazebo area at North Dam Park Monday afternoon. - Scott Hunter photo... Full story


Man banned from a house arrested for burglary

An Elmer City man was arrested and taken to Grant County Jail after he allegedly entered a house in Grand Coulee from which he had been banned. Police said Richard C. Rutledge, 63, of 40 Williams Street, had removed items from a house where he had... Full story


Winners noted, with thanks

The “Lighting of the Library” was a big success again this year, with Santa arriving compliments of the Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department and the children all lighting glow sticks to welcome Santa. As the children were greeted by Santa and... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 30, 2015

New year, new fear - predictions 2016

I thought I would start the new year with some predictions for 2016. You know, stuff I think will happen and more than likely will. Confidence is the key here. • So prediction number one is, (drum roll) the Coulee area will purchase more snow... Full story


Families advance with recent tax bill, but corporations get a lot more

Surprisingly, Congress’ $680 billion holiday-season tax deal will bring some cheer to working families, and not just to big corporations this year. Refundable tax credits putting extra cash in the hands of hard-pressed workers and parents were... Full story


You know who I feel sorry for? Today's politicians.

You’ll laugh at this, but hear me out. This is a very tough time to be a politician — whether running for office or trying to lead while holding office. The women and men who’ve undertaken to represent us face circumstances that make... Full story


Sixty-nine Years Ago

Airport townsite addition in Coulee Dam, taken from the gravel pit road. – Dec. 19, 1946... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 12/2 - Police are still sorting out problems with a Cadillac that was pulled over because of a license tab problem. The driver also didn’t have insurance on the vehicle. The license tabs on the vehicle, which were expired... Full story


Senior center officers named

Birdie Hensley has been re-elected president of the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center. Hensley was elected to her second term as head of the organization in balloting recently. Others elected to serve the senior organization in 2016 are Helen Reddick,... Full story


Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Senior Center

The Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center will hold a Community New Year’s Eve party at the center Dec. 31, from 7-10 p.m. Center officials stated that the event will be alcohol-free and feature music and dancing from the 1940s and 1950s. Advance tickets... Full story


This week in sports

Sat., Jan. 2 10 a.m., HS Wrestling, Warden Tournament Tues., Jan. 5 4:30 p.m., LRHS Basketball, here with Tonasket (L) Thurs., Jan. 7 4:30 p.m., LRHS Basketball at Brewster (L)... Full story


Making a merry Christmas

Norma and Robert Smith (left) and Jean Sanford get ready Dec. 19 to load bags of gift-wrapped Christmas presents to some 163 children in 62 families throughout the Grand Coulee Dam area for the Trees... Full story


Legals for December 30, 2015

Summary of Ordinances Passed of the Town of Elmer City, WA On the 10th day of December 2015, the City Council of Elmer City passed the following ordinances. A summary of the contents of the ordinances, consisting of the titles, provides as follows:... Full story


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