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 By Scott Hunter    News    September 2, 2015 

Commander: Fires are not over yet

[UPDATE 5:20 p.m. 9/2] As of this morning, the closest point between the North Star and Tunk Block fires was on the southern end of the fire. It was about 2.5 miles apart on the south end along the highway 155 corridor. On the north end, near the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 26, 2015

Fire at 150,000 acres

At 150,000 acres, the North Star Fire is still threatening Nespelem and, now, Republic. More resources to fight the fire are being added each day to fight the fire, occurring in what Incident Commander Rich Nieto called “epic conditions,...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 26, 2015

Local effort draws cross-state support for firefighters

A Coulee Dam-based effort to help out firefighters on the North Star Fire is catching on like wildfire. It started with a GoFundMe effort to raise money for a continuing effort to supply baked goods...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 26, 2015

Woman, like others, refusing to evacuate her home

Mona Berland is in a red zone, ordered to leave, just like everyone else at Owhi Lake. She’s not going to, but she’s convincing her neighbors they must in advance of a day firefighters are saying could go badly. On Thursday, wind in the Nespelem...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 26, 2015

There is plenty of need to answer that desire to help

In the midst of smoke and flame, a rising beam of hope shows a promising path, one that will need our focus in the months to come: the desire good people have to help. That desire is striking in the experience of Rob and Glo Carroll, whose own...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 26, 2015

[UPDATED 2:07 p.m.] Report: Highway 155 to Omak is closed again

[UPDATED 2:07 p.m.] State Route 155 is closed between Nespelem and Omak again as the Tunk Block Fire approaches the highway, a Friday report from Colville Tribal Emergency Services said. And Okanogan...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 26, 2015

[UPDATE, 12:18 p.m., Aug. 29] Wind and rain hitting fire now

Information from the newly transitioned incident command on the North Star Fire is somewhat limited this morning, but the fire seems to have topped 200,000 acres. It's about 3.5 miles north of...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 19, 2015

[UPDATED12:23 p.m. 8/19/15] North Star Fire threatens Nespelem

UPDATE 12:23 p.m. 8/19/15: New evacuation orders were just issued for Nespelem from the Mount Tolman Fire Center. Their information release follows: A LEVEL 1 EVACUATION: The LEVEL 1 Evacuation area...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 19, 2015

Medical center accepting fire evacuees

With most of Nespelem in level 2 evacuation status, Coulee Medical Center has accepted several residents of the Colville Tribal Convelscent Center, and the hospital has set up an incident command center to be ready for more should the need arise....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 19, 2015

American Legion accepting donations for evacuees

Good people of the coulee area have already sought a way to donate clothing and other items for any evacuees from the fires, but the Red Cross shelter at the school is not the place to take them....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 19, 2015

Woman, like others, refusing to evacuate her home

Mona Berland is in a red zone, ordered to leave, just like everyone else at Owhi Lake. She’s not going to, but she’s convincing her neighbors they must in advance of a day firefighters are saying could go badly. As I write this at 6:30 p.m....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 19, 2015

Relatively calm day for North Star Fire, but the wind is shifting

The North Star Fire grew by only a few thousand acres today to a little over 78,000, reported lead Public Information Officer Iris Estes, just coming out of an end-of-day briefing about 9 p.m....

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 19, 2015

[UPDATED 8-21, 2 p.m.] Fire closes highway 155 and evacuations ordered along River Road

Update: The River Road remains open but evacuation has been ordered from highway 155 at Omak city limits out to the Kartar Valley and to Camp Progress Road and highway 155. Residents in that area are...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 19, 2015

[UPDATE] Fire merger "inconclusive", no structures lost

[UPDATE 9:45.a.m 8/22] Initial reports indicated that the Tunk Block Fire and North Star Fire had merged, however this proved to be inconclusive. When more precise mapping is available, fire managers...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 12, 2015

NPS superintendent: Park sites add economic advantage

Local areas and local businesses can tap into a powerful, internationally recognized brand that brings to mind "camping," chamber of commerce members were told recently, and it's free. The emblem for...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 12, 2015

Local quilt shop owner publishes book

The owner of a local quilt shop has co-authored a quilt-making book published by the American Quilter's Society (AQS). You may remember Marlene Oddie's "Rosie's BOMb" quilt, which hung in the Grand Co...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 12, 2015

Several towns lose power during fire

by Scott Hunter The towns of Wilbur and Creston, and every place in between, lost electric power service for a dozen hours Saturday night. A wildfire six miles west of Spokane, near Coulee-Hite Road, reportedly affected BPA electrical towers on the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 12, 2015

Grant PUD to conduct wireless network survey

Grant PUD will begin conducting a survey of potential wireless network customers in Grant County this month. Those who receive the survey, which is being mailed to about 10,000 customers in proposed wireless locations, are asked to fill out a...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 12, 2015

Encouraging sign

The city of Grand Coulee took an encouraging step last week, appointing an employee to the job of enforcing city codes. That means someone at the city will be charged with talking to people whose properties don’t meet those codes, such as...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 12, 2015

Aircraft wreck and fires reported near Oroville

Several fires and a downed aircraft are reported near Oroville off Chesaw Road, and the county alert system has told residents of the Nine Mile and Circle Road areas that "immediate evacuation" is...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 12, 2015

Fire squelched near dump

A fire on USBR land near the Delano Transfer Station just after 4 p.m. Thursday was brought quickly under control by Bureau of Reclamation and local firefighters. The small blaze in sagebrush and...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 12, 2015

UPDATED Sunday, 2:30 p.m.: New fire burning in timber just north of Nespelem

[UPDATED Sunday, 2:15 p.m.] The North Star fire has now grown to more than seven times the size it was Friday night, and it is threatening a regional communicaitons network with equipment atop Moses Mountain. The fire was estimated at 22,000 acres...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 5, 2015

No park levy vote coming

Voters will not be asked this fall to decide on paying taxes toward the maintenance of North Dam Park, leaders of the park district decided Monday. “I’d love to see us do a levy,” said Coulee Area Park and Recreation District Commissioner Phil...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 5, 2015

Chamber, paper publish tips for living here

A committee focused on local economic development realized a goal last week with the publication of a new booklet that addresses the particulars of living in the Grand Coulee Dam Area. “Tips and Tricks to Life in the Grand Coulee Dam Area”...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 5, 2015

Temporary fix may be coming to end

That big piece of land that so many of us find useful — for walking, playing softball, picnicking, holding reunions and much more — needs to be maintained, and it’s not free. North Dam Park takes some $30,000 a year to maintain, and the communi...

 

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