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Ten Years Ago

Concerned about the effect a new sidewalk would have on the parking and safety of his building, a Grand Coulee businessman disputed the city’s plan to repair Burdin Boulevard. Milt Snyder does not want a sidewalk placed in front of the alley that runs beside and behind the west end of his building. The council said they would give it another look.

A proposed curriculum plan at Grand Coulee Dam School District may affect athletic eligibility. Unless some kids raise their reading and math levels in the next couple of years they may not be able to play sports their senior year.

Raider Sports this week was mixed.  Softball lost to Brewster 18-14, Coach Harrington added that the girls are playing excellent. Baseball, still winless, lost to Brewster 3-1 and a Warden double header by a combined score of 41-0. Three seniors were out with injuries and should be back this week. Tennis against Wilson Creek had two ties and two losses. Boys singles, led by Zach Heater, tied after 6 matches 3-3. Girls singles lost 4 of 6 matches. In girls’ doubles Abby Winzer and Lauren Barnaby-Barry took on last year’s state qualifiers and played them to a tie. Golf beat Waterville this week 172-223 with an outstanding round of golf by George Davis, scoring a match low 39 points.


Twenty Years Ago

About 25 USBR employees indicated this week that they are interested in the $25,000 dollar buy-out that is part of the reduction in workforce at Grand Coulee Dam.

Lake Roosevelt High School Principal, James Parker, has submitted his resignation to the school board. This comes after changes were made to the position that would include attendance and athletics duties.

LR Baseball is back on track winning three in a row, including a complete game win over Omak by Curtis Brashears. Triple Jumpers ruled the Eastmont Invitational for the Raiders. Sarah Lockenvitzs and Scott Zlateff both won the triple jump easily.

Five ladies will vie for the title of Junior Miss this week. Kristin Sherman, Becky Perkins, Summer Clark, Patsy Gould and Stacey Tinnel Benton will all compete Saturday night.


Thirty Years Ago

Two new business will open up on Colorama Weekend. Sun and Fun Marine Center, owned by Dan Farrell and Tom Bock will open their doors for business with a Grand Opening drawing for a sailboard. Apparel Plus, a clothing store, will open its doors the same day in the Midway Mall area.

The Colville Confederated Tribes announced today that they have entered into a professional services agreement with Stockwest Corporation to design, construct and manage a tribally owned sawmill. The sawmill will be located in Omak,WA and employ about 60 people.

Forty Years Ago  

An All-Indian Basketball Tournament was held last weekend at Grand Coulee Dam Junior High. Teams from Inchelium, Kittitas, Wellpinit, Lapwai, Pendelton, Omak, and Warm Springs will play, along with our local team from the Colville Tribe. The home team consisted of: Jack Adolph, Tim Wapato, Mel White, Sunshine Hall, Eddie Palmanteer, Lucky Boyd, John Smith, Larry Fox Boyd and Eldon Wilson.

The Third Annual Science Fair was held last week and is the most successful yet. Sixty-five competitors packed into Central School from grades 4th through  6th. First place for the 6th grade went to Mary Beth Michaud, 5th grade was Brad King, 4th Grade was Eddie Dimmrick.

The PTA Bicycle Rodeo was a success last weekend with 59 children taking part in the event. Winners in the 5 and 6 year old division were: Kelly Clone 3rd, Dennis Sandvig 2nd and Donavan Jedel 1st. For the 7 thru 8 years division: Randy Mort 3rd, Altera Thomas 2nd and Damon Harrell 1st. In the 9 and 10 year olds division: Damon Burke 3rd, Mike Reitcheck 2nd and Mike Mueller 1st.

In the 11-13 group: Tom Carter won 3rd, Don Canady 2nd and Randy Jackson 1st.  

Fifty Years Ago

Grand Opening celebrations are in order for Ray Zowada, local store manager who opened his business this week. General Manager of the URM, Fritz Vawter presented Mr. Zowada with a plaque during the Coulee Dam ceremony. Also in attendance were: Ed Stock, Roy Dimond and Rod Hartman.

Sixty Years Ago

4,900 pheasants where released in Grant County, near Steamboat Rock this week. This is part of the reintroduction plan of Washington Fish and Wildlife to recover the bird populations numbers.



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