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State Parks announces two free days in April

OLYMPIA – April 2, 2019 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate the spring season and Earth Day with two free days at state parks in April. On free days, visitors do not need a Discover Pass for...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 27, 2019

Fire chief critical of new Electric City street plan

Fire Chief Mark Payne doesn't think Electric City should get rid of the Western Avenue branch of the Y-shaped intersection near city hall that currently branches into Western and Stevens Avenue. Part...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 27, 2019

City urges stance against I-1639 gun control measure

Grand Coulee wants more government bodies in the state of Washington to stick up for gun rights in response to Initiative 1639, which passed in November 2018, and has been taking effect in stages since the new year. I-1639 took effect on Jan. 1, and...

 

Our hero!

Delivering a sure sign of spring, finally, Hunter Piccinini, 5, points out a buttercup March 18 while hiking with his mom and dad behind the water tower above Banks Lake in Electric City. — Rose...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 27, 2019

Water valve mysteriously opened in Grand Coulee Dam

A valve deep in the Third Powerhouse at Grand Coulee Dam was opened last week, partially flooding an elevator shaft and an elevator control room, authorities said. Police Chief John Tufts, of the Grand Coulee Police Department, was called to the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 27, 2019

NPS will halt reservations during paving project

There could be complications this summer if you’re planning to use a paved parking lot at Spring Canyon or any other Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area facility, including campgrounds with pavement and boat launches with paved parking lots....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 27, 2019

Animal control discussed among mayors, city council

Anyone who has had problems with dangerous dogs in their neighborhoods may have a new reason to hope for improvement. Although it may not be financially practical for local cities to set up their own animal control facility, it’s possible the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 27, 2019

Proctor Bull & Steer Riding School returns

A bull-riding champion will be teaching kids the daredevil sport of bull riding in Nespelem next week. Local legend Shane Proctor — former Grand Coulee resident, Lake Roosevelt High School graduate, and the 2011 National Finals Rodeo World...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 27, 2019

Next year, cities may allow free dumping of junk, not just yard waste

Wouldn’t it be nice to get to dump anything for free during the annual free spring clean up dump week? It won’t happen this year, but it may happen next year. March 30 to April 6 is the week when area residents can take their yard waste for free...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 27, 2019

Next year, cities may allow free dumping of junk, not just yard waste

Wouldn’t it be nice to get to dump anything for free during the annual free spring clean up dump week? It won’t happen this year, but it may happen next year. March 30 to April 6 is the week when area residents can take their yard waste for free...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 3/19 - At Grand Coulee Dam’s Third Powerhouse, between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., someone reportedly opened a water valve that was left open for about three hours, causing some flooding inside an elevator shaft and elevator control room. An o...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 20, 2019

Quilters make comfort for those in need

Evelyn Russell doesn't know how many people are involved in an annual effort to put together dozens of quilts for the benefit of people in need, around the world and at a nearby crisis shelter....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 20, 2019

Fire station construction contract terminated

A $13.6 million fire station being built for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation along SR-155 has faced numerous delays, and a bigger delay now with the termination of the contract between the bureau and...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 20, 2019

Changes planned for streets in Electric City

Those who drive around Electric City regularly may be surprised this summer to find that the Y-shaped intersection near city hall will be losing the Western Avenue branch off that intersection that...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 20, 2019

Two women awarded top honors

One has devoted her career to the success of a local institution, the other just started a new business last year to fill a local need and fulfill a longtime ambition. Solveig Chaffee's Voltage...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 20, 2019

City pursuing critical upgrade

Electric City needs to upgrade a critical piece of infrastructure that every person in the city depends on, and for which the city will need to arrange several hundred thousand dollars in financing. Electric City’s 1960s-era sewage lift station,...

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    March 20, 2019

Daylight saving all the time proposed for state

OLYMPIA--Washington residents could vote to make daylight saving time year-round under a bill state senators passed on Tuesday, March 12. Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5139 was approved in a 46-3 vote, just two days after clocks were set forward....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 20, 2019

Ferry work slated for April and summer

The Keller Ferry, which connects SR-21 from the Wilbur area to the Keller area, will be out of service from April 1 to April 7 for a permanent repair to be done on a weld crack that had closed the ferry from Jan. 25 to Feb. 2. A temporary repair had...

 
 By Emma Epperly    News    March 20, 2019

Native American Voting Rights Act signed into law

The Native American Voting Rights act was signed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee at a widely attended ceremony, Thursday. “We believe these three steps will allow tribal members to help us form a more perfect union and make good decisions about our...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 3/13 - An officer responding to a 911 hangup call originating at the senior center was assured by volunteers who work there that there was no emergency there. - Someone allegedly driving under the influence was reported leaving...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    March 13, 2019

New store will open this spring

People who felt the loss of convenience when The Variety Store in Grand Coulee closed down will welcome the news that a new proprietor will open a new store by the same name in the same building. Launi Ritter, who had attempted to come to rental term...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 13, 2019

Darnell Sam fills vacant Nespelem District position

Darnell Sam has been appointed to the Nespelem District Position #2 on the Colville Business Council, following the expulsion of Andrea George, who had filled that position. The CBC named Sam to the council seat following a 94-53 vote by tribal membe...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 13, 2019

Report: Elementary school showing improvements

Discipline issues at Lake Roosevelt Elementary School are going down, and students are performing better in English Language Arts and math, according to the principal. Principal Lisa Lakin spoke to the Grand Coulee Dam Area School District board of...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 13, 2019

New principal chosen for high school

Out of five candidates, Kirk Marshlain has been chosen as the new Lake Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School principal. The Grand Coulee Dam School District board approved giving Superintendent Paul Turner the go-ahead to hire Marshlain at their March...

 

Climbers on the wall

The walls of the Grand Coulee were populated with ice climbers Saturday, that breed of outdoor enthusiast who enjoys scaling giant icicles hundreds of feet high. The pair in this photo, one at the...

 

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