Public invited to mingle and help decide future direction

The doors of the middle school in Grand Coulee will be opened for a special meeting of the minds tonight (Wednesday) from 5-7 p.m., a time arranged for the community to tour it and talk about the building’s future and more. “Grand Coulee Dam...

"Barker Canyon" fire starts an early season

About a dozen local firefighters this Friday night are attacking a wildfire across Banks Lake from the Grand Coulee Dam Airport. The fire is suspected to have started from a lightning strike in the...

Turning to comedy

Kayley Duclos, Sean Garvin and Savannah Marin perform a skit at a comedy night fund raiser Wednesday at Faith Community Church, where the Young Life group is raising money to attend a summer camp in ...

pot license decision handed to city clerk

It’s in the hands of the city clerk. That’s the best Grand Coulee’s city council could come up with last night (Tuesday) in regard to a controversial application for a marijuana retail business license. About 30 people showed up to offer...

Mayor: No more planning commission

Electric City has changed the way it will do its municipal planning. Mayor John Nordine, in responding to a person interested in being on the planning commission, said that he has decided to bring planning in-house with a professional planner...

City OKs carts and ATVs on roads

Motorists will soon have to look out for the “little guys” in Electric City. The city council voted to move ahead to allow all-terrain vehicles and golf carts to move about the city streets, legally. It was too bad for motorized scooters, they...

Council slithered to a new non-position

Our best guess is that last night’s non-decision by the less-than-courageous (being kind) Grand Coulee City Council was a dishonest move predesigned before the meeting to allow elected leaders not to make a decision. If that’s true, it’s...

Time is important, so is listening

Governance, like life, is full of trade-offs. One of them is efficiency versus efficacy, and you strive for one at the risk of losing the other. Such was the case at last week’s Electric City Council meeting, where the mayor and a council member...

Are there plans to support medical marijuana patients here?

Kudos to Jean Comstock and Jim Pachosa, the Grand Coulee business couple that have asked the city council to grant them a business license for a marijuana retail store near Coulee Medical Center, and to Grand Coulee Police Department Chief John...

Roundabout is a bad idea for Four Corners

In regards to the Four Corners, I sure hope that they don’t put in one of them roundabouts that they were talking about. I wish that the person that ever came up with that idea had been still born. Most of the population have never driven extra...

First kill, welcome to summer

If you don’t know by now, we moved last year to the country, to a beautiful setting looking down the Columbia and up the San Poil. We enjoyed the winter with many a deer, birds of many kinds and the occasional coyote. The spring brought the...

Sara Ann (Sally) Johnson

Sara Ann (Sally) Johnson passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015. She was born on August 16, 1917, in Dayton, Wash., to Nancy Della Harless and Walter Chessman.  She was the youngest of five siblings and...

Monumental effort

The town of Coulee Dam is spearheading an effort to create and establish a monument to honor 81 persons who died during the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam. Friday, Karen Struve, president of...

Meetings and Notices

Chamber at the Siam Palace The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, May 21, at noon at the Siam Palace in Grand Coulee. Jim Brakebill of the American Legion Post will speak about the student weekend lunch program. Care and...

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 5/12 - A local bank reported to police that an employee had been terminated for taking money and the official provided surveillance footage to police. - Police found four subjects in the area of the Tanner gates near North Dam...

Defining April "dry"

Certainly, California has rewritten the definition for “dry.” Yet, here in Washington (Oregon too) we are beginning to create our own heightened definition too. On the state level, Governor...

WSU Master Gardeners offer Gardening Diagnostic Clinics

Gardening Diagnostic Clinics have begun at the WSU Okanogan County Extension Office. Diagnostic clinics are a public service offered to the community by the WSU Okanogan County Master Gardener volunteers. Master Gardeners assist backyard and...

Gone and going

Sixth-graders helped the Rotary Club Saturday in a successful fund raiser designed to benefit them. The club's spaghetti dinner at Coulee Dam Town Hall brought in over $3,000 and will likely net...

School board briefs

COULEE DAM—The Grand Coulee Dam School District approved five resignations and one hire at its meeting last Wednesday night. Resigning were Lisa Vaughn, music teacher; Randi Heizer, paraprofessional for speech in the elementary school; LaLaina...

Schilling and Alejandre to represent LR at districts

Lake Roosevelt’s senior throwers Katelynn Schilling and Octavio Alejandre qualified last week to move on from sub-districts at Tonasket Wednesday to the District 5-6 meet in Ephrata on Friday. “Our senior throwers excelled in this meet and will...

Raiders finish sixth at districts

Raider baseball competed for a state berth until the very last moment possible Saturday, finishing sixth in the district tournament. The Raiders had defeated Kittitas on the May 11 to stay alive in...

Four golfers head to districts

Four Raider golfers will be competing today at the district tournament, which is being held at Alta Lake Golf Course. To make it there, the Raiders played in the last match of the season May 11 at home against Okanogan and Moses Lake Christian....

Tennis loses out at Districts

Lake Roosevelt’s tennis players had their 2015 season come to a close Saturday at the first round of the district tournament. Only one team made it out of the single elimination round. That was the doubles team of Tanya Ang and Riley Pitner. Ang...

Lady Raiders close season at 2-18

Lady Raider softball ended its season at Pateros May 15 with two losses. The final overall win-loss record for LR was 2-18 with a 2-14 Central Washington North record. “We have a very young team returning to next year’s roster, only losing two...

Legal Notices for May 20, 2015

Repeated Announcement Grand Coulee Dam School District #301J AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY, OPENING FOR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER - POSITION #5; POSITION #3 Two vacancies exist on the Board of Directors for the Grand Coulee Dam School District. The Board is...