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 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 2, 2019

Golf course in process of being sold for $1.8 million

The Banks Lake Golf Course is in the process of being sold by the port district to Rattlesnake Ridge. At Grant County Port District 7's June 27 meeting, commissioners passed a resolution authorizing...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 2, 2019

Fireworks ban to continue indefinitely

The Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department this week stressed the importance of fire safety on the Fourth of July and reiterated that fireworks won’t be allowed at North Dam this year, but a federal agency doesn’t consider the ban temporary....

 

Five of seven incumbents re-elected to Colville Business Council

The Colville Business Council election last week resulted in five incumbents reelected and two unseated. In the Nespelem District, current CBC Chairman Rodney Cawston was reelected to Position 1, winning 397-303 against challenger Charlene Bearcub....

 

Newsbriefs

School board changes meeting time The Grand Coulee Dam School District voted to hold two regular meetings each month on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Previously, one of those meetings was considered a “special” meeting,...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 2, 2019

For songwriter Lila Rose, it's just a matter of finding the right words

From small town Washington to Music City, Lila Rose is an outlaw in song only, and performing on the Fourth of July at the Festival of America at the Grand Coulee Dam. Lila Rose Bowden is the daughter...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 2, 2019

Charter finishing upgrades to their service in local area

Locals can expect new options for television, internet, and phone services soon with a new service provider investing in area infrastructure. Spectrum, the brand name that Charter Communications uses...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 2, 2019

Decorated junior ranger notches Lake Roosevelt

Three weeks into her latest foray and seven years after starting this adventure, the self-proclaimed most-decorated National Park Service junior ranger made it to Coulee Dam on Monday. Aida Frey, 17,...

 

Turn your heads to the heavens, NPS offers

The National Park Service will be offering free astronomy tours both at night and during the day throughout the summer. Nighttime stargazing tours will be held on July 5 from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Crescent Bay Area, July 6, from 9 p.m. to...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 2, 2019

Them Dam Writers help preserve local history on the internet

Them Dam Writers, a local group that has existed in one form or another for decades, has been putting their stories on the internet, helping preserve both-well known and lesser-known local history,...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 6/27 - A burglary alarm at the Banks Lake Pub turned out to be a guy who was there to clean the taps. - Colville Tribal Natural Resources informed police about a vehicle that appeared to have been stripped and dumped on the...

 

Operation Dry Water targets boating under the influence July 5-7

OLYMPIA – June 20, 2019 – The Washington State Parks Boating Program, safety advocates and law enforcement agencies are asking boaters to help keep everyone safe on the water by not consuming alcohol or marijuana while when operating a boat or...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 26, 2019

No fireworks allowed at North Dam this July 4

Citing a dry landscape, federal officials this week put a halt to what has become something of a tradition in recent years at North Dam, where local families have set off fireworks on Independence Day. The Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of...

 

Fireworks law in local areas

• The city of Coulee Dam forbids fireworks year round. • No fireworks will be allowed in Grand Coulee this July 4 because of a federal ban on them in the only normally designated spot: North Dam. • Elmer City, being on the Colville...

 

"Elmer City Fire" burns nearly 2,000 acres north of town

A fire about 4.7 miles North of Elmer City burned approximately 1,979 acres Sunday, calling out 100 firefighters and nine aircraft and prompting the evacuation of 250 residents. The fire around the...

 

Bureau employees are shown appreciation

The Bureau of Reclamation held an employee appreciation event June 19 that included a picnic, some games, and guest speaker Bill Sims, an author who spoke about safety and wrote a book called "Green...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 26, 2019

Shooting buffer zone established near city

A buffer zone between the residential neighborhoods of Electric City and Osborne Bay, where the discharge of firearms will not be allowed, was made official at the June 11 Electric City city council meeting. The 500-foot-wide, 7,281-foot-long buffer...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 26, 2019

Ice Age Park could be done as soon as summer of 2020

The Ice Age Park in Electric City may be done as soon as the late summer of 2020. The city council June 11 approved to have SPVV Landscape Architects, who designed the master plan for the park in 2018, move forward with specific designs for the...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 6/20 - A man was reportedly walking his pitbull on a leash near Coulee Boulevard when a “weiner dog” came running out of a garage toward him and his dog. The dogs fought, and the man was bitten on his hands by both dogs, he...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 26, 2019

City will apply for Ferry sidewalk grant

Coulee Dam will move ahead with applying for a grant to fix the sidewalks on Ferry Avenue, several portions of which have been heaving several inches as tree roots underneath push up the concrete. Councilmember Fred Netzel and the city’s...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 26, 2019

Short term rentals ban made official in Electric City

The Electric City council voted unanimously to not allow short-term rentals anywhere in the city. Short-term rentals are instances in which a home owner who doesn’t live in a residence rents that residence out to someone for less than 30 days....

 

Colville Business Council poll results are in, absentee votes to be counted Thursday

Poll results are in for the general election for the Colville Business Council, with the absentee ballot count to be held on Thursday. At the polls, incumbent Joel Boyd leads Larry Allen 89 votes to 47 for the Inchelium District’s Position 1....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 19, 2019

Fireworks display had more spectacle than planned

A fire burned a patch of land near the canal near North Dam on Saturday night. A fireworks show put on by the Northwest Pyrotechnics Association went awry when a fire erupted and burned between two and three acres. The permitted event had fire...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 19, 2019

Paddlers for cause launch canoes for Kettle Falls

Several canoes launched from the Crescent Bay boat launch near the Grand Coulee Dam Friday on an eight-day journey toward Kettle Falls. The Inchelium Language and Culture Association, in association...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    June 19, 2019

State attorney general visits Grand Coulee

The man who leads the state's legal bureaucracy, basically the state's own law firm, told an audience in Grand Coulee last week that the smaller part of their work gets the most headlines, but costs...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 19, 2019

City Administrator position created in Electric City

The city council approved the creation of the position of “city administrator” and to have current clerk Russ Powers fill the position. The council discussed the need for the position and the justification for the added pay that comes with it...

 

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