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10 years ago

Sixty-five Lake Roosevelt High School students graduated at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 11 in the LRHS gym. The Class of 2005 Motto was “Nothing we do changes the past. Everthing we do changes the future.” Senior Class officers were: Josh Kelton, Pres.; Tiffany Barry, Vice-Pres.; Heidi Rise, Sec.; Candace Payne, Treas.; and Todd Winzer, ASB Rep. Heidi Rise, daughter of Ralph and Linda Rise, Elmer City was the valedictorian, with the highest GPA in her class at 3.98 and plans to attend UW in the fall.

The Coulee Dam Business Alliance, the group that orchestrated the new playground equipment, the historical signs along the bridge, the park benches, an historical walking tour and more, will no longer advise the town council on spending tourism dollars as members of the town’s tourism board. Alliance President Richard Taylor, owner of the Four Winds Bed & Breakfast, and Robert White, owner of Coulee House Inn, met with town council members Dale Singer and Steve Chapman for 35 minutes and then left over issues related to taxation, selection of town projects, and the composition and purpose of this advisory board.

20 years ago

Several thousand steelhead trout escaped from a hole in a fish net at the Columbia River Fish Farms, located 20 miles downstream from Grand Coulee Dam, in Rufus Woods Lake. The net was inadvertently ripped by the outboard motor of a passing fisherman and was not the act of vandalism, said farm owner Ed Shallenberger. He counted 59 people fishing from public land and another 15-20 boats setting up near the torn net.

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