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Pacific Northwest Region
Boise, Idaho
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Diana Cross
(208) 378-5020
Craig Sprankle
(509) 633-9503

Released On: September 26, 2006

Laser Show Season Ends at Grand Coulee
The last Laser Show for the 2006 season at Grand Coulee Dam will be on Saturday, September 30, at 8:30 p.m., according to the Bureau of Reclamation. The Visitor Center at the dam will begin winter hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 1, and will be open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

The Visitor Center, located on State Highway 155 below the dam, was refurbished in May with new exhibits that interpret Grand Coulee's role as one of the main irrigation, flood control, and hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. Exhibits also address the effects the dam has had on various groups of people, including Native Americans and early settlers. Many of the exhibits are "hands-on," including a virtual tour of the dam by jet pack, an operating jackhammer, and an interactive game on operating the dam.

For information on visiting Grand Coulee Dam, contact the Visitor Center at telephone (509) 633-9265.

Grand Coulee Dam is located on the Columbia River in north central Washington. It was completed in 1942 and serves as a multipurpose facility providing water for irrigation, recreation, fish and wildlife, hydroelectric power production, and also flood control.

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