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Boating collision on Banks Lake leaves one boat atop another

When Mark Head noticed the other boat headed straight for him in the middle of Banks Lake, it was too late. Head, 51, from Cashmere, and the four others aboard his pontoon boat,... — Updated 7/8/2020

New hotel coming to Grand Coulee

A new multimillion-dollar hotel in Grand Coulee is being planned with optimism towards the area growing. Blackfly, LLC, owned by Bill Stevens, a farmer from Soap Lake, and Caleb... — Updated 7/8/2020

Coulee Dam fire under investigation

 The cause of the wildfire that burned in Coulee Dam June 30 is still under investigation. That fire burned around 21 acres on the northern outskirts of town near 12th Street and Central Drive and up towards the sandhill,... — Updated 7/8/2020 Full story


Okanogan County Fair canceled The Okanogan County Board of Commissioners announced “with a heavy heart” Monday the cancelation of this fall’s county fair. The commissioners and the Fair Advisory Committee jointly explored... — Updated 7/8/2020

Two fireworks wildfires doused

Fireworks caused one fire on Independence Day and another Monday afternoon.  On the Fourth of July, a fire across from the Northrup Point boat launch burned about a tenth of an... — Updated 7/8/2020

BLM orders fire restrictions in Eastern Washington

Don’t play with fire!  Two agencies have issued restrictions on fires as of July 3. The Bureau of Land Management Spokane District has issued a fire restrictions order on public lands administered by the BLM and the Bureau of... — Updated 7/8/2020

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 6/30 - Neighbors who share a driveway on Roosevelt Drive argued about garbage. One of the neighbors took pictures of the driveway and posted them on Facebook. Police told them to be civil to one another.  7/1... — Updated 7/8/2020

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1. Go to with your browser. 2. To get instant access, click the small ad in the upper right corner, circled in red here. It's linked to a page with a form for... — Updated 7/8/2020 Full story

The Next Generation of Hydropower

As I have said in the past and will continue to vocalize in our nation’s capital: Hydropower is truly the lifeblood of the Pacific Northwest. From the Grand Coulee Dam, the largest power producing hydroelectric dam in North... — Updated 7/8/2020

Be aware of rocks

A highway sign “beware, rocks” would have been better stating “be aware of rocks.” Those of us who have lived here for a bit are fully aware that we live in a rocky environment that has historical significance. My... — Updated 7/8/2020

Treasure the time

This past week our family has lost three men who were mentors or treasured icons in our eyes. They were irreplaceable, and that got us as a family to really treasure those... — Updated 7/8/2020

The 1952 Grand Coulee Dam Commemorative Postage Stamp

In August 1933 the Wilbur Commercial Club contacted Washington Senator Clarence Dill proposing a postage stamp commemorating the start of construction at Grand Coulee Dam. This... — Updated 7/8/2020

Technology vs. wildland fire

We know all too well the complete destruction that wildfires can cause. Over the past several years we’ve witnessed numerous, nearby, destructive wildfires. We are not immune to... — Updated 7/8/2020

Sanford's to Celebrate 55 Years of Marriage

Delmar and Linda Sanford of Grand Coulee, Washington, will be celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary on July 10. They were married on July 10, 1965, in Coulee Dam, Washington.... — Updated 7/8/2020 Full story

It's a girl for Ciara Nault

Ciara Nault of Grand Coulee, Washington, is proud to announce the birth of her daughter Caylin Tru Nault, born Saturday, June 6, 2020, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. She weighed 7 lbs., and was 20 inches in length at... — Updated 7/8/2020 Full story

Meetings and Notices

Grant County Fire Dist. 14 to Meet Remotely  Grant County Fire District #14 is changing their regular monthly meeting date from Monday July 27, to Monday July 13.  As the result of the Covid-19 and in accordance with the... — Updated 7/8/2020

Ann C. Van Valkenburg Zowada

Ann C. Van Valkenburg Zowada, 98, was born on November 1, 1921, in Denver, Colorado, to Fred and Mary Van Valkenburg. She passed on Monday, June 29, 2020, at Apple Springs Assisted... — Updated 7/8/2020 Full story

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... — Updated 7/8/2020 Full story

LR's 2020 graduation available to view online

A video showing the full ceremony of Lake Roosevelt High School’s class of 2020 is now available to view on YouTube.  The video can be found on YouTube under the title “Lake Roosevelt High School Graduation 2020,” and a... — Updated 7/8/2020

Coulee Medical Center ER and Walk-In Care

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