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Coulee Medical Center ER and Walk-In Care




enrollment up

The average enrollment at Lake Roosevelt Schools for December was 714, according to school officials. The district had budgeted for an average of 690 for this school year.

Street carts

still being


The Grand Coulee City Council is still considering allowing golf carts, ATVs and ORVs to roll on city streets. Some council members are leery of allowing the carts because of highway traffic. The carts wouldn’t be allowed to drive on the highways, but could cross only at designated areas. Police Chief John Tufts told the council that Electric City, which allows golf carts, hasn’t had any problems. The issue is still being debated.

PCs purchased

The Grand Coulee City Council voted to purchase three computers from Vision Municipal Solutions at a price not to exceed $6,500 for all three. The price includes setup and data transfers.

Sand to

move uphill

The city of Grand Coulee plans to purchase around 3,000 cubic yards of sand from the Bureau of Reclamation’s huge sandpile in Coulee Dam for $300. The sand will be used by the city for its normal winter sanding operation.



in crime

Grand Coulee Police Chief John Tufts advised the city council that a recent outside source shows the city in the top 10 places in Grant County for burglaries.


fire numbers reported

Grand Coulee volunteer fire Chief Richard Paris reported 30 ambulance calls during November. Of those, 17 were in Grand Coulee, seven in the Coulee Dam area, one call was uncertain, and there were five transports between medical facilities. One mutual-aid fire call was in Douglas County, and two structure calls were unfounded.

Launch permits available

Annual launch permits for 2017 for the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area are available at Coulee Hardware and Coulee Playland for $45. You can also purchase them online at or by mail with a check or money order along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to 1008 Crest Drive, Coulee Dam, WA 99116.

Final budget hearing tonight

The final budget hearing for Grand Coulee’s 2017 budget will be held at 5:30 p.m. tonight,

Dec. 28, at the council chambers in city hall.

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