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 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 26, 2015 

City settles with officer for $375,000

Grand Coulee’s city council last week approved a $375,000 settlement with long-time police officer Sean Cook, who filed suit last fall, claiming the city had not provided public records he had requested, violating the state’s Public Records Act....

 
 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...

 
 News    August 26, 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, officials there said Thursday. Stepping up to fill...

 
 News    August 26, 2015 

Donation center established

A Colville Confederated Tribes North Star Fire Donation Center has been established at the old Okanogan Bingo Casino located at 41 Apple Way Road, Okanagan, a tribal press release said. Volunteers are needed for the following positions: • Inventory...

 
 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 Roger S Lucas    News    August 26, 2015 

Resort suffers break-in

Grand Coulee police are investigating a Monday-night burglary at Sunbanks Lake Resort. A clerk, Debbie Rimel, noticed the burglary early Tuesday morning when she arrived at work and started to make coffee. She told police that she noticed a...

 
 News    August 26, 2015 

Daycare kids doing their part

Children at the Coulee Kids Day Care in Coulee Dam are working on providing treats for the firefighters on the North Star Fire. "A lot of the little guys here have dads and uncles out there," said...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 26, 2015 

Bowlers can retrieve items from closed alley

The town of Coulee Dam has scheduled three nights this week when bowlers can go to Riverview Lanes and retrieve articles left there. Town Clerk Stefani Bowman said the bowling alley, which has been closed, will be open from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday,...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 26, 2015 

School buildings being readied for fire uses

Grand Coulee Dam school personnel have offered their buildings for use by firefighters and other fire needs. Superintendent Dennis Carlson said Tuesday that there is an 80 percent chance that the...

 
 By press release    News    August 26, 2015 

New North Star evacuations issued

NORTH STAR FIRE UPDATE Wednesday 08/26/2015 –9:30AM Acres: 168,539 Start Date: August 13, 2015 Cause: Under investigation Location: Approximately 12 miles north of Nespelem, WA. Containment: 5%...

 
 By Roger Lucas    News    August 26, 2015 

[Updated: 8-27, 10:45 a.m.] Two districts delay school for a week

Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson announced Wednesday that both he and Nespelem School District Superintendent Rich Stewart have agreed to delay the opening of their respective schools until Sept. 8. Both schools were...

 
 By press release    News    August 26, 2015 

Sheriff: Small explosive device found near Soap Lake

LAKEVIEW, Wash. (27AUG2015) – The Richland Police Bomb Squad assisted Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies on Wednesday night when a small homemade explosive device was found along a road. A citizen discovered a small fire around 8:00 p.m. near...

 
 By press release    News    August 26, 2015 

Now over 173,000 acres, North Star Fire is 17 percent contained

NORTH STAR FIRE UPDATE Thursday 08/27/2015 –10:00AM                                        Acres: 174,681 Start Date: August 13, 2015 Cause: Under...

 
 By press release    News    August 26, 2015 

Fire update: Extreme fire behavior on North Star fire today

NORTH STAR FIRE UPDATE Thursday 08/27/2015 –10:00PM Acres: 179,834                                    Start Date: August 13, 2015                                ...

 
 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...

 
 News    August 19, 2015

Nearly 40,000 fires have burned 7.1 million acres

Wildfire activity has escalated recently after thunderstorms, many with little or no moisture, moved across parts of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana, sparking hundreds of new fires. The situation results in firefighting resources...

 
 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...

 
 News    August 19, 2015

Smoky skies from above

In this annotated image from NASA's Earth Observatory site, several sources of the smoke choking the area become clear. The satellite image was taken Sunday. As of Tuesday morning, there were 105...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 19, 2015

Delano fire started intentionally

Investigators have talked with "people of interest" in regard to two fires set by humans Thursday on Alcan Road between the Delano Transfer Station and SR-155. Grand Coulee, Electric City, and USBR...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 19, 2015

Chamber reports on festival

Fireworks for next year’s Festival of America have already been assured, Coulee Dam’s town council learned last Wednesday night. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Peggy Nevsimal told council members that a corporate sponsor has already...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 19, 2015

Coulee Dam to hire code enforcer

The town of Coulee Dam is going to hire a code enforcer. The council gave its approval last Tuesday night, at least to try out the idea for the rest of this calendar year. The council approved a plan by the mayor to hire a code enforcer for 25 hours...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 19, 2015

City plans BBQ to raise park funds

Electric City will hold a “Pig for the Park” barbecue on Sept. 12. The barbecue will get Electric City residents familiar with the city’s new neighborhood park on land purchased from the Banks Lake Bible Church. Councilmember Lonna Bussert, who...

 
 News    August 19, 2015

LRHS Class of '85 reunion this weekend

The LRHS class of 1985 will be celebrating their 30th year class reunion the weekend of August 21 and 22. Friday night, please meet at the Electric City Tavern for mingling and drinks. Saturday, a picnic for family and friends at Spring Canyon...

 

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