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Coulee Dam re-allocates money already given


Last updated 5/14/2014 at 12:39pm

The chamber of commerce is getting additional money from hotel/motel tax funds to promote the all-new Laser Light Show on Grand Coulee Dam, which will begin May 24.

The chamber had asked the three cities that collect the tax, Electric City, Grand Coulee and Coulee Dam, to provide $6,000 each so it could make a media buy promoting the show in the Seattle area.

Grand Coulee was the first to respond, the council voting $6,000 at its last meeting. Electric City, according to Mayor Jerry Sands, planned to vote the same amount at its Tuesday night (last night) meeting.

Coulee Dam had a twist to its contribution, asking the chamber to use $4,000 of $15,000 given to the chamber earlier for the July 4 celebration and advertising, and to add $2,000 from the $10,000 earlier given to the Ridge Riders.

Chamber Executive Director Peggy Nevsimal said that she was trying to get Coulee Dam to modify its response for added funding.

Nevsimal stated that monies given to the chamber earlier had already been earmarked for projects and that it needed the additional $6,000 from Coulee Dam to provide the full $18,000 for the western Washington media buy.

The all-new Laser Light Show has been over a year in the making, and will be about 40 minutes, longer than the show developed in 1989, which ran for 35 minutes.

The new show has been developed for the Bureau of Reclamation by LumaLaser or Eugene, Oregon at a bid cost of $1.6 million.

You can see the new show, Saturday, May 24, beginning at 10 p.m., and running nightly through Sept. 30.


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