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 By Frankie Delano    Lifestyles    April 16, 2014 

C'est La Vie

Hello again. Or, Hi y’all! Yes, it’s me, Frankie Delano, back at The Star after a hiatus of about six months with no shopping and junking news to crow about and a very long stretch without any yard or garage sales in the Coulee, except for a...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    April 9, 2014

Landslides, blizzards and family Spring Break 2014

We decided to visit my family in North Dakota over spring break. We had never done this in all these (almost 20) years of being together. Mom and Sis were excited to have us, as was Gage (turning 6...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    April 9, 2014

Wet March and more daylight - Total lunar eclipse next week

We ushered in a seasonal change on March 21 with equal day and night times. Now, we are gaining more and more daylight as we head into summer. We are gaining roughly three minutes a day. For the...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    March 19, 2014

February brought most snow and cold

February left us with a good amount of snow and was our coldest month, too. We measured 8.3 inches of new snow here at the home weather station (compared to a mean snowfall is 2.5 inches and a high of...

 
 By Gayle Swagerty    Lifestyles    March 12, 2014

Using ladders in the yard

As winter ends, gardeners, get out that ladder and spruce up the shrubs and trees in your landscape. Ladders can be very useful to help you get into position to make appropriate cuts, which will improve your trees and shrubs. They can take the wear...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Lifestyles    March 12, 2014

3D printing is about to impact our lives

Here is an interesting video that highlights a technology that will soon begin to impact our community, our lives: 3D Printing. Someday, you'll "print" the sweater you plan to wear the next day. Or,...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    February 12, 2014

New Year – warm and dry

January kicked off our new year on the warmer and drier side. Here at the home weather station we had a January mean temperature of 31.5°F, while the overall mean is 26.9°F for a difference of 4.6°F. The low for the month was 14.9°F on Jan. 31...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    February 5, 2014

Gems in the Coulee: Jim Barry

This is a different kind of Gem in the Coulee. The man I speak about today is a father, first and above everything else. He prefers to work behind the scenes and let others be the face of success and...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    January 29, 2014

Drier than usual

For December, here at the home weather station, we only had three days of low temperatures in the single digit area — the 5th, 7th and 8th. The lowest was a 3.5°F on the 8th, while our high...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    January 22, 2014

Lessons learned standing in line

As I was standing in line at Safeway the other night, the young lady at the register was trying to buy a few things and apparently she did not have enough money. She was embarrassed and a look of worry covered her face. She was trying to get her...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    January 15, 2014

Advice from hunting divas Haley Neddo and Olivia Ludwig As you

Advice from hunting divas Haley Neddo and Olivia Ludwig As you may know, my success rate for harvesting anything this last hunting season was poor. Honestly, it was less than poor because I did have...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    January 8, 2014

My view on the world's last 365 days

I sometimes wonder, “What is going to make our history book that is happening today?” So I researched the last 365 days to see what I thought would be written for future generations to study and...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    November 27, 2013

After a dry October, first seasonal snow falls in November

The home weather station measured a trifling 0.14 inches of precipitation for October. Looking back at past years shows we’ve had more — 1.15 inches in 2012, 0.54 inches in 2011, 1.23 inches in...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Lifestyles    November 6, 2013

Shopping and junking in the Coulee

Get ready for some griping. Here’s Frankie Delano’s ongoing, seasonal complaint, and you all are welcome to join in if you can relate to my current rant. While I was out and about in the Coulee and elsewhere this past weekend and listening to som...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    October 16, 2013

September guides in cool weather

The high temperatures we had up to mid-September, 80s and 90s, have dropped off measurably. As we transitioned into October we’ve had nothing above the high 70s. I think it’s fair to state we are...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    October 9, 2013

Gems in the Coulee - Mikey Williams

The Raider sports is in full swing at Lake Roosevelt, and for one person football season is his time to work. He is at every practice, every game (home and away), every meeting, he even checks in on...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Lifestyles    October 2, 2013

Shopping and junking in the Coulee

If you listen closely you’ll hear flapping going on in all of the towns here in the Coulee. Yes, I said flapping, like the wings of those majestic Eagles when they fly over the Columbia River, Banks Lake and Lake Roosevelt looking for a fish or two...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    September 25, 2013

Winning and losing, smiles and tears

This last weekend I got to go to Airways Heights and watch my nephew Zack score two touchdowns running like Russel Wilson and throw another TD through the air. So proud. He looked calm, cool and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    September 18, 2013

Fishing, canoes and tomahawks

Manly men doing manly things! I went to the men’s retreat this past weekend with other men from Faith Community Church. We went to the Peniel Ranch on the lower river road between Omak and Agency Ca...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    September 18, 2013

August - Big storm, some rain

Aug. 25 saw a very strong, fast moving storm system blow through our area. We continue to clean up the mess left behind. Winds of 65 miles per hour and above were noted in many areas. Here at the home...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Lifestyles    September 18, 2013

Shopping and junking in the coulee

Holy Tornado! Let’s put aside our favorite topics (shopping and junking) for a bit for a quick rant and rave about the latest t-storm that blew through the Coulee Sunday evening, with gusting winds and lightning strikes dancing around. When the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    September 11, 2013

Kids, time to get dirty, with dirt

A post that has been making its rounds on Facebook got me thinking about the way things used to be and the way things are now. When was the last time you saw kids playing cowboys and Indians? I know...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Lifestyles    September 11, 2013

Shopping and junking in the coulee

Oh My Gosh! Were you out and about in the Coulee, driving up and down the streets of coulee towns on Friday and Saturday? Well, Detective Frankie D. took time out from other terribly important grunt work, like cleaning up debris left outdoors after...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    September 4, 2013

Smells like a locker room in here

Do you smell that in the air? The smell of dirty sneakers and cleats, sweaty football pads and gym socks. Yep. High school and middle school fall sports is upon us. Parents will soon be finding the tr...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Lifestyles    September 4, 2013

Shopping and junking in the coulee

by Frankie Delano Hey, shoppers, did you miss me? So now it’s after Labor Day weekend, which, in the wonderful world of shopping and junking signals (gasp!) the possibility of fewer yard, garage, moving, and special interest (antique and collectibl...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    August 7, 2013

Season of lost husbands and the NFL

I have been addicted to fantasy football since I was in high school. There, I admitted it. That’s part of the healing process. I can now move on. At the worst part of the addiction I was in six or...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    August 7, 2013

July was flat out hot

I’m still wiping my brow of perspiration from all that heat. The National Weather Service reported some near- and new-high temperature records throughout the region. Here at the home weather...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Lifestyles    August 7, 2013

Shopping and junking in the coulee

Holy Toledo! Holy Moly! Holy Whatever! As the old saying goes, Come Rain or Shine,” the freaky t-storm that blew through the Coulee on Thursday last week didn’t put a damper on the yard sales starting early Friday morning in Grand Coulee and...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Lifestyles    July 31, 2013

Shopping and junking in the coulee

A famous baseball player named Yogi Berra made some hilarious comments on his view of life and everyday activities, using the English language and word combinations to get his points across, so here’s a Yogi-ism that Detective Frankie D. overheard...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Lifestyles    July 24, 2013

Shopping and junking in the coulee

Hello shoppers! Did you miss me? Detective Frankie D. here at The Star again after taking a break for summertime activities like broiling up some hamburgers and hot dogs and hanging out on Lake Roosevelt. The truth of the matter is, and the matter in...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    July 24, 2013

Change is already happening; get on board

One of the unique attributes of the Coulee is that when you return to this area after a long departure, it appears that nothing has changed. It is the same as when you left. I have heard this hundreds...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    July 17, 2013

So much is in your pictures

I was sitting here trying to figure out what I wanted to write about this week and lots of ideas danced in my head but none became a solid column. I sat at my new writing area looking at the pictures...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    July 10, 2013

Above-average rain in June

June was wetter than the month’s mean. We measured 1.32 inches of precipitation at the home weather station compared to a mean of 0.99 inches. Our high temperature was 92.9°F and occurred on the la...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    July 3, 2013

Proud to be an American!

When I was a kid the Fourth of July meant fireworks, swimming, picnics and family. We would beg our parents to buy us fireworks and of course fire crackers were my favorite. Back then I did not think...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    June 12, 2013

Class of 2013 30-Year Reunion … it could happen Part II

Welcome back to the epic event called the 30-year class reunion of the class of 2013. We are back stage now at this glamorous gala of quite possibly the best class ever to graduate from LRHS. The...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    June 5, 2013

Class of 2013 30 Year Reunion - It Could Happen

Hello, my name is Emily Williams, host of Entertainment Tonight, and we are here today at the social event of the decade. It’s Lake Roosevelt High School’s class of 2013 30-year reunion, possibly...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    May 29, 2013

A dry April into a dry May

A dry April into a dry May I’ve been checking into the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center’s three-month prediction (June, July and August), and it states, “…an equal...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Lifestyles    May 29, 2013

Shopping and junking in the Coulee

If you were out and about in any coulee towns this past Memorial Weekend, you probably noticed the car caravans, driving slowly up and down the streets but sometimes stopping abruptly where the crowds were gathering for - gasp! - yard sales. Yes, the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    May 22, 2013

"Gems in the Coulee - John Huston" Part 1

I decided that at least once a week I would dig up a gem of a person in the Grand Coulee area and write about him or her, someone who might do pretty cool things or have an amazing heart that might...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    May 15, 2013

Colorama 2013 in the books

Well, I hope you enjoyed it. Here is a recap of how the weekend went for this homegrown Colorama combative. For me, like many of the chamber members, it started months ago, but I will spare you the...

 
 By Frankie Delano    Lifestyles    May 15, 2013

Shopping and Junking in the Coulee

[Editor’s note: Frankie will be reporting weekly on findings at local sales and culture right here. Let us know what you think, and don’t believe everything you read.] Detective Frankie D. here with what some shoppers might consider extremely...

 
 Lifestyles    May 1, 2013

This week's photos are up

This week's photos from The Star are now online, including hundreds not used in the photo or in online stories. Click through to view larger images and to order photos....

 
 By Danielle Vick    Lifestyles    April 17, 2013

Dear John, or, um, Grand Coulee,

As with most breakup letters, this one may come as a shock, but I wanted you to hear it from me first. Small towns being what they are, I began to get worried that you would hear it from someone else...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    April 17, 2013

March on the dry side

The mean precipitation for March was 0.82 inches, though here at the home weather station we only received 0.36 inch, a huge variance from last year’s March total of 2.64 inches. What a difference...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    April 10, 2013

How about a community forum?

Many people have come up to me over the last two weeks telling me they agree with consolidation [that the four towns should be joined]. I suspect there are many more of you out there. So let’s...

 
 By Danielle Vick    Lifestyles    April 3, 2013

No kidding, Nature Deficit Disorder is real

I recently heard a term in passing that immediately piqued my interest. At first I thought it was a made-up psychological disorder or simply a catchy term to describe a growing problem. But after...

 
 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles    March 20, 2013

A dry February brings a warming trend

Dry indeed, February brought a parching 0.09 inch of precipitation that included 0.6 inch of fresh snow. The mean precipitation is 0.92 inch while we had a high of 3.58 inches back in 1940. Mean...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    March 13, 2013

The tradition of volunteering

Someone recently asked me, “Why should I volunteer?” After I answered the question and had more time to let the question really soak in, I wondered why some people give their time openly and easil...

 
 By Danielle Vick    Lifestyles    March 6, 2013

An app for every occasion

This Christmas, with some trepidation, I received my first smartphone. I was very excited about the larger screen size (so I could more easily view pictures) and the ability to connect to the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    February 27, 2013

A tale of two hotels

I have always been aware of good service. Like in restaurants and with good business owners that put this quality first. My family and I always return again and again to those places that provide a...

 

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