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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 Roger S Lucas    News    September 2, 2015 

Donors arrange for pizza for firefighters

A number of local donors, both individuals and businesses, purchased over 100 large pizzas and delivered them to firefighters on the Colville Indian Reservation Friday and Monday. Tim Whittaker, who...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 2, 2015 

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 agreed to delay the opening of their respective schools until Sept. 8. Both schools had been...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 2, 2015 

"Human foosball" added to Harvest Festival

Like to play foosball? Now here's a chance to really get into foosball. The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Harvest Festival will feature a live, human-size foosball competition...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 2, 2015 

District to seek lower county appraisal of school

The Grand Coulee Dam School District is going to try to make it easier for parties to take another look at purchasing Center School and its adjacent property. The district had advertised for bids earlier this summer for the vacated elementary school...

 
 News    September 2, 2015 

Newsbriefs

Earthquake hits A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck at 9:42 a.m. Tuesday, shaking the area just enough to trigger an automatic check of local dams. The quake, which hit about seven miles north of Nespelem and six miles beneath the surface, shook window...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 2, 2015 

Pie bakers to vie for title

Can you bake a cherry pie? Or a cream pie? Then dig out grandma’s favorite recipe and enter the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce’s pie-baking contest Saturday, Sept. 19, at North Dam Park during Harvest Festival. No store-bought crusts...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    September 2, 2015 

City considers vacating tiny land strips

The city of Grand Coulee will hold a public hearing to receive any comments from citizens on declaring surplus small strips of land on both the east and west sides of Main Street between Spokane Way and Midway Avenue at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15....

 
 News    September 2, 2015 

Veterans job fair/benefit set

A Veteran Stand Down Benefit & Job Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m,. at the Grant County Fairgrounds 4H building in Moses Lake. Representatives from the VA, veteran organizations, and community partners will be in...

 
 News    September 2, 2015 

Theater on the fly

New owners and friends of The Grand Theatre on Main Street put on a variety show last weekend that included song, skit and even film shorts. Now that sidewalk construction on the block is over, they...

 
 By press release    News    September 2, 2015 

North Star & Tunk Block Fires have almost 400 miles of perimeter

Omak, WA -- Weather moderated fire behavior for North Star and Tunk Block Fires early this week but there is still a lot of work to be done. With more than 360,000 acres of fire, officials calculate that there are more than 370 miles of perimeter bet...

 
 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...

 

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