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Salmon released above dam mark first of their kind in 79 years

The Colville Tribes released 30 Chinook salmon at the Keller boat launch, just north of the Keller Ferry, on Aug.16, the first time salmon have been above the Grand Coulee Dam in nearly 80 years....

Fireworks discussed at Electric City

Fireworks won’t be banned from Electric City, the result of a discussion last week considering such an action by the city council. Citizen and firefighter Ken Dexter told the city council Aug. 13 that he was speaking for himself and Electric City...

Creative chef about to offer her services at home

If culinary cred, zeal and creative thinking have anything to do with it, Patty Davis is about to make a mark on her home turf. Davis has studied and worked in the culinary arts from coast to coast... Full story

Upgrades planned in Coulee Dam

The Coulee Dam Town Council voted Aug. 14 to accept two grants from the state’s Transportation Improvement Board totalling nearly $900,000 for street and sidewalk repairs. The agency granted $120,000 for new sidewalks on Ferry Avenue, rather than... Full story


Williams Flats Fire 88% contained The Williams Flats fire, located upstream from the Keller Ferry area, is said to be 88% contained at 44,515 acres, the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team stated Tuesday. The fire, started... Full story

Boy didn't win, but gets dream playhouse anyway

Oh, the joys of being a homeowner. Aiden Picard was surprised to learn on Aug. 7, the day before his fifth birthday, that he'd be getting his dream home. That dream home, a playhouse, was made by DWK...

Warnecke appointed to commissioner spot

Brian Warnecke has been appointed as a new commissioner for the Coulee Area Park and Recreation District following the resignation of longtime member Bob Valen. Valen still intends to be available to consult with other members of the group....

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Everything to gain

Watching even the “cultural” reintroduction of salmon to local waters denied to them for eight decades can inspire wonder, grief, admiration, joy, hope, questions, and anticipation. Over the last couple weeks, as the Colville Tribes and a...

Liked it so much, we moved here twice

My wife and I liked the coulee so much that we moved here twice. The first time was in 1954 when I accepted a job grading lumber at the planing mill above the dam. I worked for Everett Kirkpatrick and a junior partner. Old timers will remember the...

Hardworking farmers deserve a strong trade agreement

A story out of Ritzville recently gained national attention: Larry Yockey is a fourth-generation wheat farmer, and for nearly fifty years, he hasn’t missed a harvest. Sadly, Larry was recently diagnosed with stage four cancer, allowing him to...

Shaking, Shifting and Sifting

I have heard these three words a lot lately. I have heard them from people in government, in the education system, from friends, and from the pulpit. They have been used in a physical sense, in a...

Drones planting trees in burned wildlands

Drones planting trees in burned wildlands While drones are coming of age in firefighting, they are also establishing a foothold in restoring fire-scorched forests. Firefighting drones grabbed the spotlight last April 15 as viewers around the world...

State Parks Boating Program urges stand up paddleboarders to wear life jacket, leash

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Parks Boating Program is urging stand up paddleboarders to be safe on the water by always wearing a life jacket and leash. According to Washington state recreational boating accident data, six stand up paddleboard...

Meetings and Notices

Chamber Taking a Break Chamber will not be holding meetings through the month of August. They will resume in September. Grant County Fire Dist. 14 to Meet  The Grant County Fire District 14 will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, August 26,... Full story

Local unions lead school-supply drive

It's hard to go to school without school supplies. The Public School Employees union from Lake Roosevelt, joined this year by the teachers union, worked on Monday to "Stuff The Bus" with school... Full story

Masquers to hold membership gala

The Masquers Theater will hold its annual membership gala on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at the Masquers Theater in Soap Lake. Hors d’oeuvres will be served beginning at 6:00 p.m., with the program beginning at 7. Admission is free. This year, to... Full story

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 8/14 - Yakima County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from Grand Coulee Police regarding a report of a missing person from the Yakima area possibly having been spotted along Old Coulee Highway and Rosenberg Road outside...

Star Obituary Policy

There is a $50 charge for obituaries published in the Star. This includes a photo and up to 500 words. Reminders for Celebrations of Life and Death Notices are $25. Articles must be either e-mailed, faxed or dropped off at the Star office. They... Full story

Bowman Electric wins tourney

The Bowman Electric softball team Saturday emerged the champions from this year's Grand Coulee Dam Area Adult Summer Softball League's 2019 Kenny Hearne Summer Classic Softball Tournament, following...

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