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10 years ago

Coulee Community Hospital opened its newly designed birthing room on March 16, 1995, a $20,000 project funded by the Coulee Medical Foundation and celebrating its 10-year anniversary and 516 deliveries this spring. Another birthing room became necessary by 1998 which was satisfied by remodeling a patient room, complete with infant warmers and birthing beds.

Grand Coulee police booked five suspects into Grant County Jail following an Electric City raid on Lakeview Avenue where they found evidence of drug abuse and possible sales.Three men and two women have been arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. Three days later, police searched a residence on Wenatchee Ave. where they say they found narcotics, prescription drugs not in bottles, and items used for narcotics distribution.

The Lady Raiders, after battled their way to a seventh place finish in the state basketball tournament this year, handed out awards at their awards program last night including: Rhonda St. Pierre, MVP; Amanda Marchand, best offensive player; and Jessica Loe, best defensive player; St. Pierre and Loe were co-captains for the year. Tiffany Barry received the Caribou Trail League sportsmanship medal.

20 years ago

The Colville Tribes this week withdrew its offer for a concession contract for the NPS development at Crescent Bay and is requesting that the federal government negotiate a more feasible contract with them. Clay Antioquia, CTEC CEO, called the venture as spelled out in the withdrawn contract, too risky and costly, particularly in the initial years. Every other potential bidder on the contract backed out last summer saying the same thing.The Colvilles were the only entity to submit a responsive bid on the project last July. Earlier this year the Tribes proposed alterations to the contract, calling for $3.5 million in capital, down about $1 million from the NPS requirements.

Lake Roosevelt golfers won its opening match by 12 strokes against Okanogan at the Banks Lake Golf Course. The Raiders edged Okanogan by a 201-213 margin. Brian Nissen and Spencer Meinzer led LR with low scores of 49 on the par 36 course.Teddy Button shot a 50 and Dusty Miley, a 53. R.J. Clark added a 63. Paul Helgerson led the jv golfers with a 49.

Thomas A. Pickering, son of Don and Ellen Pickering of Grand Coulee and a senior at LRHS, has enlisted in the Army’s Delayed Entry Program in the infantry and will leave for basic training at Fort Benning, GA on Aug. 2, 1995. Pickering said he joined the Army for money to go to college.

30 years ago

The Coast-To-Coast hardware store in Grand Coulee is offering a pre-Easter Portrait special for singles or groups, one offer per family, and minors must be with their parents. With a $10 in-store purchase, you get a free 8x10 color portrait, with appointments available on Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the store.

Check out The Star Buyer’s Guide this week for a personal ad but listed in the Garage Sale column that reads: Free To Good Home, 58 year old housebroken male, friendly, affectionate, playful, does not bite, chase cars or stray far from home. (I am) trained to speak and cook but will not sit and beg. Could make a faithful companion. Respond to (my) Grand Coulee post office box.

On Friday, six Lake Roosevelt High School girls competed for the title of Grand Coulee Dam Junior Miss-Miss Grand Coulee Dam. The contestants were: Denise Waterer, Christy Pryor, Debbie Louie, Maryel Cobb, Lisa Martin and Danette Brown. The Pageant was sponsored by the Zeta Chi Sorority sisters (Patti Ayling, Joni Gardner, Sharone Allen , Paula Isadore, Rhonda Walker and Kathy Gomez) with David Schmidt as Master of Ceremonies. The GCD 1985 Royality includes: Christy Pryor, Miss GCD Jr. Miss/Miss GCD; and her princesses Danette Brown and Denise Waterer. Queen Christy won the award for most tickets sold, and awards to Princess Denise for her scholastic achievement, and Princess Danette, for having the Spirit of the Junior Miss.

Easter Sunday was bright and warm enough for youthful egg hunters to wear light jackets and tennis shoes for running fast at the annual Loins Club Egg Hunt held in Grand Coulee. Lucky winners taking home stuffed toy bunnies were: Jamie Ayling, Heather Brashears, Kasey Boyd, Timmy Baird, Brandon Kuehne, Toby Hannahs, Brooke Wisinger, Brian Walker, Amy Hart, Josh Woinahaye and Jennifer Florio.

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