A solid piece of local history got cleaned up and clarified last weekend so people can enjoy and use it more in the present as volunteers from across the state continued work on the Candy Point Trail in Coulee Dam.
The trail has historical significance, having been built by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in 1937.
Contacted by Coulee Dam’s Parks and Natural Resources Board, last year the Washington Trails Association cleared brush along the 2.25-mile trail. It extends from behind Coulee Dam City Hall up to Candy Point, a hilltop with a great view of the Grand Coulee Dam and more, passes near Crown Point Vista, with the option to cut over to it, then down to a residential yard on Columbia Avenue through which public access is granted.
This year, with an OK from the Bureau of Reclamationafter it conducted an archaeological survey, around 20 volunteers for the WTA did “tread work” on the trail, helping steady and repair the many stone steps that span lengths of the trail, as well as widening and defining it, clearing rocks, and more.
“It’s one of the best trails I’ve ever seen,” said Alan Carter Mortimer, the WTA crew leader on the project. “I’ve been doing this for 21 years, and … I was just amazed! It blew me away.”
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This Saturday, Oct. 21 there will be a breast cancer awareness fun run/walk at North Dam Park, and later in the day a chili cook-off at the Banks Lake Golf Course. Read more about them both here.
The Ice Age Floods Institute is offering guided hikes in the Upper Grand Coulee area this weekend to the Castle Lake Basin and the Giant Cave Arch in the Barker Canyon area. The hikes are led by geologist Gene Kiver and Bruce Bjornstad. Hikers aged 12 and up must register and pay a fee to participate. Visit the IAFI website by clicking here to read more about it or to register.
It’s time for the harvest. The community Harvest Festival, that is.
You can set aside this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for some fun, relaxation, and excitement. It’s the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce’s 6th Annual Harvest Festival, Sept. 15-17, located at North Dam Park and Banks Lake Park.
There’s a barbecue competition and tasting, a wellness powwow, a motorcycle poker run, human foosball competition, vendor fair, a Run the Dam race, kids’ games, a beer garden that features football games Saturday and Sunday, with a bit of live music added, and a gathering of people who worked on the Third Powerhouse at Grand Coulee Dam 50 years ago.
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Singer-songwriter Bradford Loomis will be performing at the Grand Coulee Library Sept. 12 and will also be talking about the tradition of narrative and storytelling.
“Stories have the unique ability to contextualize a point of view,” Loomis said. “Through them, we are vividly able to imagine ourselves in the shoes of someone else. Listening to a story allows us to access empathy and consideration through our imagination, like a back door to compassion.”
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