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A look at the past


Last updated 7/2/2014 at 11:05am

Seventy-Six Years Ago July 1938 a rock crew working on the pumping plant foundation. A general program of blasting and excavating a successive series of enches, the back wall of which was trimmed to the specified slope of 1/4 to 1", was followed. - July 26, 1938

10 Years Ago

A large fire burning on the Colville Reservation has scorched thousands of acres, threatened many homes and blanketed the area with black smoke. The Hopkins Canyon Complex fire began Saturday afternoon when a lighting storm blew through the area, starting five fires eight miles west of Nespelem.

Lifelong rancher Norman McClure has been earning national recognition for his lifetime of volunteer work and good range management. McClure, a lifelong resident of Nespelem, recently received an Honor Alumni Award from the University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources. 

20 Years Ago

Tara Rinker, a recent graduate of Lake Roosevelt High School, has joined Coulee Dam Police Department as an office clerk. She will spend the summer riding with officers, maintaining computer records and relaying messages on the radio.

Grand Coulee Dam All-Stars had plenty to celebrate when Joey Hendrickson hit a home run against Othello in the opening game of the Brett Flowers Memorial Bambino tournament last Saturday. The local team went on to finish second.

30 Years Ago

All kinds of big money projects are set to start this week. The Golf course has a Monday deadline for financing construction of the Banks Lake Golf and Country Club. Grand Coulee has secured a $400,000 loan for a street repair project and hopes to get started soon. Also a proposal for $385,000 in improvements for Spokane Way was approved by council.

40 Years Ago

Vandals are still active in Elmer City, Mayor Larry Seekins reported. Coulee Concrete is the latest victim where machinery parts have been destroyed by the vandals. Leroy Hood, the company president, has offered a $500.00 reward.

50 Years Ago

Miss Donna Shaw, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Shaw of Coulee Dam, became the bride of Mr. Roy Hamilton, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hamilton of Brewster. They were wed at Coulee Dam Community Church by Reverend Woodworth. 

60 Years Ago

Two small boys playing with matches started a grass fire on Central Drive Sunday morning. Fire Chief Art Stiles warns that fire danger is acute during this dry season and added the hazards that come with children and firecrackers and lighting devices.


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