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 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 15, 2018 

Skateboard cause gets some gnarly air

Local skateboard enthusiast Ben Hughes has already received outreach from skateboarding companies after The Star published an article about his ambition to improve on the current skateboarding culture. “The article that was in the paper...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 15, 2018 

Presentation to highlight engineering marvel that is Grand Coulee Dam

A free presentation on “Building Grand Coulee Dam,” by Raymond Paul Giroux, will discuss how the right conditions, people and engineering allowed it to happen at that time. The Aug. 25 program will be presented at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Coulee...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 8, 2018

Agencies restrict use of fire

Agencies that control most of the public lands in the region have issued restrictions on the use of fire. “Fire restrictions on lands administered by the Bureau of Reclamation have been modified to prohibit the building, maintaining, attending or...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 8, 2018

Salmon could return above dam after more than 80 years

The Colville Confederated Tribes have proposed a release of salmon above Chief Joseph Dam and Grand Coulee Dam to return the once-native species to waters from which they’ve been absent since the construction of those giant barriers to their...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 8, 2018

Perseid meteor shower coming

Turn your eyes to the sky on Aug. 13, when the Perseid meteor shower will illuminate the darkness, all the darker due to a new moon, as the National Park Service Sky Rangers give guided tours of the heavens on August 10-11. On Aug. 10, from 8:30 to...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    August 8, 2018

Raiders wrestle at national tourney on the Washington state team

Four Lake Roosevelt wrestlers competed on Team Washington, which finished second at the U.S. Marine Corps Cadet and Junior Nationals wrestling tournament held in Fargo, North Dakota, July 12-20....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 1, 2018

Area firefighters nip local fires in bud, urge area citizens to be extremely careful

Volunteer firefighters in Grand Coulee responded quickly to local fires recently, stopping them before they could grow in size and do major damage. Firefighters responded to a fire right in Hometown P...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 1, 2018

Bitcoin mining operation in Electric City could face higher electricity rates

In the face of requests for power that total more than three times what they typically sell, Grant County PUD is considering raising electricity rates for "evolving industries" that suck up a lot of...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    August 1, 2018

Garvin earns volleyball scholarship

Local athlete Sean Garvin has been offered a full scholarship to play volleyball at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, a junior college ranked third nationally in volleyball with a history o...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 25, 2018

School district budget anticipates deficit in four years

The Grand Coulee Dam School District will have to figure out how to not go broke in four years. That was one of the darker notes presented at the district board meeting Monday night, where Business Manager Sally Ryan presented the proposed 2018-19...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 25, 2018

Girls report approach by stranger in C.D.

Three elementary-age girls walking down Central Drive in Coulee Dam were approached July 20 by a man who asked the girls to get in the truck with him. The girls stated that the man was persistent in his attempt to get them to get into the truck with...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 25, 2018

Students express desire to change dress code, school system

What do students think about the educational system? The system, most often run by older people who haven't been students themselves in decades, doesn't receive a lot of input from the student body, a...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 25, 2018

Vlachos building to be destroyed

The city council in Grand Coulee voted to go out to bid for the demolition of the "Vlachos building," on Spokane Way. The building, once belonging to inventor and mechanic Constantinos Vlachos, has...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 18, 2018

Anticipating meet with Coulee Dam, Elmer City weighs sewage issue

Elmer City could be up to its knees in a messy problem if leaders don’t find a solution to their waste water treatment facility issue with Coulee Dam, which was discussed by the town council last week. A meeting between council members and mayors...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 18, 2018

Wildfire blackens Washington Flats

A 385-acre wildfire burned on Washington Flats across the Columbia River from the Seaton's Grove area near Elmer City last week, and was handled by crews from the Department of Natural Resources and...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 18, 2018

Rattlesnake fire 100 percent contained

A human-caused fire that burned 2,773 acres 45 miles southeast of Keller is 100 percent contained, a July 17 press release from the Colville Confederated Tribes Department of Natural Resources stated. The Rattlesnake Fire, which started on July 12,...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 18, 2018

Council hears Snyder Hill frustrations

Snyder Hill residents raised a rousing ruckus at the July 10 Electric City council meeting on the agreement made with the city concerning their 2010 annexation to the city. During a public comment time slot on the council meeting agenda, complaints...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 18, 2018

Cawston named new tribal chairman

Rodney Cawston was named the new chairman of the Colville Business Council July 12 after a ceremony in which seven recently elected council members were sworn into office and positions were assigned...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 18, 2018

City considers beautification committee

Electric City Councilmember Rich McGuire addressed the issue of the city’s appearance at the July 10 council meeting, and the council may form a committee to improve its appearance at their August meeting. McGuire said he was responding to a Star n...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    School    July 18, 2018

District to hold 2018-19 school year budget hearing at next board meeting

The Grand Coulee Dam School District will invite public comment on its 2018-19 school year budget at its July 23 board meeting at 6 p.m. in the high school library in Coulee Dam. Sally Ryan, the district’s business manager contracted from...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 11, 2018

New interim high school principal hire approved

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board Monday night approved the hiring of Ronanda Liberty as the new interim high school principal. Hired for a year, Liberty will serve as the principal while the search continues for the right fit for the long...

 

Skateboarding scene could grow in the coulee

A guy who had brightly colored hair in his youth, but wears a tie to work now, would like to see the local skateboarding scene grow to include more features at the park, local competitions, and more,...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 11, 2018

Transplanted pronghorn surviving, producing offspring

Pronghorn antelope, native to the area before being wiped out, were transplanted on the Colville Indian Reservation by way of Nevada in 2016, and again in 2017, and appear to be doing well. With 51...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    School    July 11, 2018

Business manager hire approved for schools

Kathrine Marchand has been hired as the new business manager for the Grand Coulee Dam School District, chosen out of five applicants for the position. “She brings a lot of expertise and experience,” said Superintendent Paul Turner. “She has...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 3, 2018

Craftsman's busy hands yielding solid art

Some mothers get a card or flowers for Mother's Day, others get a customized granite walkway in the backyard. Ron Williams, who owns Guaranteed Welding, made his mother, Alice Jimeson, a...

 

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