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 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2018 

Huge, rapid blaze consumes Douglas County landscape

Whipped by wind, a fire that started near the turn to Mansfield Saturday morning sped over grass, sage and stubble, burning one firefighter and threatening homes and property, on its 20-mile race to m...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2018 

Updated: Firefighter injured in Grass Valley Fire "doing very well"

Okanogan County Fire District 8 firefighter Brett Read, 38, was injured while fighting the Grass Valley Fire in Douglas County Saturday. Read and another firefighter were attempting to leave their work area when the fire behavior unexpectedly intensi... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2018 

Firefighters praise GCD community

With many cities, counties, fire districts and multiple jurisdictions of every kind coming together in the Grand Coulee Dam community, it can leave many newcomers scratching their heads, but firefighters on the Grass Valley Fire reported seeing a...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2018 

Two towns still at odds on new plant costs

Despite an amicable meeting of leaders, two local towns could be about to square off in court over disputed costs of just $30,000, if conversations at their respective council meetings are an...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2018

Club sponsors air quality monitors

New air-quality monitors are working in the Grand Coulee Dam area with results accessible by anyone online, thanks to an initiative of the Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club. Using sensors purchased from...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2018

Immediate evacuation alert sent on fire headed toward Grand Coulee

GRAND COULEE 8-11-18 — A fire that started about noon near the Sims Corner Junction on highway 17 has closed highway 174 and all residents on both sides of 174 from Road P east to Grand Coulee are... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2018

Local air currently "very unhealthy"

It's 9:30 Saturday morning, and if you don't absolutely have to go outside in the Grand Coulee area right now, you should wait. Smoke is currently making the air "very unhealthy" to breath. Local air... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2018

Cancer free, Dawn Lovelace relates her experience

Dawn Lovelace had none of the risk factors for breast cancer. She got it anyway. “I’m a woman … that’s my risk factor,” she said in a recent interview. The nurse and midwife, who basically founded the obstetrics program at Coulee Medical...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2018

School levy passes for GCD district

A capital improvements levy to support the Grand Coulee Dam School District appears to have passed in Tuesday’s election with more than 55 percent of the vote. The levy will enable safety, technology and facilities improvements in the district and...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2018

No change in evacuation levels yet

Evacuation levels on the Grass Valley Fire have not changed since last night, officials say. Although milder conditions have allowed the fire behavior to settle down today, that could change, and hot...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2018

Evacuation levels set to 1

The evac levels for the Grass Valley Fire were set to level 1 Monday night, just as a community meeting at Lake Roosevelt High School was about to start (more on that in tomorrow's paper). Level 1... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 1, 2018

Coulee Dam restaurant owner arrested

The owner of a popular restaurant was arrested on domestic violence charges last week and remains in jail. Juan Moreno, the owner of The Melody restaurant in Coulee Dam, was arrested by Grand Coulee Police July 23 after his estranged wife and her...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 1, 2018

Young man dies in wreck

A young Nespelem man died early Wednesday morning when the motorcycle he was riding went off the highway five miles north of Coulee Dam. Patrick J. Morin, 18, was riding a 2017 Yamaha FZ-09 south on SR-155 when he entered a curve too fast, lost...

 By Scott Hunter    School    August 1, 2018

Nespelem school district will draw nearly half its reserves

It will take nearly 44 percent of Nespelem School District’s reserve funds to keep it in the black over the coming school year, a budget passed by the school board Monday night indicates. The district will take in more than $4.2 million in revenue...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 1, 2018

Town leaning toward OK for ATVs on streets

Coulee Dam seemed likely to follow a path already pursued by Electric City and Grand Coulee last week, when the town council heard nothing but favorable remarks during a public hearing on allowing...

 By Scott Hunter    News    July 25, 2018

Many take their own lives in last two weeks

Healthcare professionals at the local hospital were alarmed last week at a big spike in people who had died by suicide. In the space of as many days, seven people took their own lives and one also took the life of another, hospital officials said....

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 25, 2018

Patience in the heat

Summer heat seems to make us a little surly at times, but we’re better off keeping our cool. Like when you come across road maintenance work. In the heat. When you’re in a hurry. Time for a deep breath, often needed when traveling out of town,...

 By Scott Hunter    News    July 25, 2018

Young man dies in wreck

A young Nespelem man died early Wednesday morning when the motorcycle he was riding went off the highway five miles north of Coulee Dam. Patrick J. Morin, 18, was riding a 2017 Yamaha FZ-09 south on SR-155 when he entered a curve too fast, lost... Full story


Activities for kids added to weekly market

A weekly market at North Dam Park will now include activities for kids, a feature added by the sponsoring Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce. The Wednesday evening markets, running from 4 to 7 p.m., will feature a new activity each week will...

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 18, 2018

Voters should keep supporting schools

Voters should keep local schools at the same level of tax support voters have been used to for some time. Local school patrons, staff and others have made clear their concerns about local schools. But concerns about discipline issues at the... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    School    July 18, 2018

Super explains how levy would keep school moving forward

Paul Turner has a goal: to make Lake Roosevelt Schools a bit of a worry to neighboring school districts because it’s where students want to be. But a kink got thrown into the plans to keep the Grand Coulee Dam School District, of which Turner is...

 By Scott Hunter    News    July 11, 2018

Decisions, decisions

There’s more to decide than just the local school levy in the upcoming primary election Aug. 7. With local voters tasked with making choices between some 70 candidates seeking nine offices in the upcoming primary, The Star has reached out to all...


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 Scott Hunter    News    July 11, 2018

Traveling in a cycle of thought

At 18, Silas Sherbourne wasn't sure what to do with the rest of his life, so he left home the day he graduated from high school and hit the road - on one wheel. Sherbourne is unicycling 4,000 miles...

 By Scott Hunter    News    July 11, 2018

Community center idea rises again

The idea of building a community wellness center has not died. Coulee Area Park and Recreation District commissioners talked Monday night about reviving the topic for further pursuit after a couple years of its stagnation. “We could maybe get that...


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