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 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... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 
 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...

 
 News    July 18, 2018 

Newsbriefs

Peter Dan Road to be closed July 23, traffic delays in meantime Peter Dan Road, which connects the Elmer City area to the Keller area, will be closed between Highway 155 and Buffalo Lake Road from July 23 through August 21. “This closure is...

 
 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...

 
 News    July 18, 2018 

Heating up

The Washington Flats area burns last week as temperatures climb and humidity drops in the summer fire season. See the story on the front page. - Jacob Wagner photo...

 
 News    July 18, 2018 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 7/7 - An officer pulled over a car at the the overlook area just above Grand Coulee Dam because the registered owner was known to have a suspended license. The driver was the registered owner’s son, who didn’t have a license,...

 
 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...

 

Festive at the festival

The Washington National Guard's "Full Metal Racket" rock band gets people on their feet at the Festival of America July 4 at the park below the Visitor Center at Grand Coulee Dam. For more photos of...

 

Update: Washington Flats fire contained

A 385 acre wildfire burning on Washington Flats across the Columbia River from the Seaton's Grove area near Elmer City is no longer spreading, and ground crews from the Department of Natural Resources and the Bureau of Land Management are securing...

 
 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,... Full story

 

Newsbriefs

Powwow starts Thursday night The 133rd Annual Fourth of July Celebration Powwow will take place at the Nespelem powwow grounds from July 12 through July 15. Tribal council oath of office Thursday morning The Colville Business Council oath of office...

 
 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 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...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 7/2 - An Electric City man reported his truck stolen. He had returned from fishing to his Kelso Avenue home at about 10 p.m. on July 1 and left his truck in his garage that night, and also left the keys in the garage. Items that...

 
 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...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 3, 2018

Coulee Dam may allow ATVs on streets

Coulee Dam may soon allow the driving of all-terrain vehicles on city streets, if the council adopts a law similar to those passed by Electric City and Grand Coulee recently. It’s already happening, anyway, and state law allows it on the highway...

 
 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...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 3, 2018

Final vote count for tribal elections announced

The official vote counts for the June 16 general election for the Colville Business Council, including the absentee ballots that were announced June 28, with several incumbents voted out, including the current chairman of the council, which governs...

 

Newsbriefs

Ridge Riders report break-in The Ridge Riders Saddle Club, which puts on the Colorama Rodeo and the more recent bull ride and race horse race, suffered a break-in and damage last week. Club President George Kohout said someone cut padlocks off gates...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 3, 2018

Debris logs being floated up to Kettle Falls

A large collection of logs and debris floating at Crescent Bay should be all tugged away by a tugboat sometime between mid- and late July. "The Bureau of Reclamation has a contract with Columbia...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 3, 2018

Land tortoise has quite the adventure

Sarah Shanning was quite upset when she couldn't find her 7-year-old African land tortoise, Mrs. Doubtfire, who escaped from her yard in Elmer City on May 26. Shanning put up fliers looking for Mrs....

 

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