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  • Firefighters busy all over

    Scott Hunter

    Grand Coulee volunteer firefighters responded to 526 Wetzel Street for a fireworks-related blaze reported at 8:41 p.m. They were on scene by 8:46. Douglas County Fire Disrtrict 3 also responded. It was one of several fires that burned in region over the last several days. The fire was put out quickly and all crews left by 9:09 p.m., a department Facebook post said. Police at the scene said it was believed to have been started by people under the age of 18 and that no infraction would be issued...

  • Heat wave turns library into cooling center 

    Renata Rollins

    Triple-digit temperatures over several days can pose a challenge for almost anyone. For those living in homes with inadequate AC, and for people living outdoors, it can be deadly. “More people die from extreme heat than extreme cold,” said Molly Morris, team lead at Grand Coulee’s STAR Hub, a division of Rural Resources Community Action. “We are not strangers to this type of heat, but when it first occurs each year we have to reach back to our early training on how to cope.” With the...

  • Man's body recovered from Banks Lake

    Scott Hunter

    Searchers on Tuesday recovered the body of a young man missing in Banks Lake since Thursday. From Tacoma, Daniel Ciobanu, 28, and his wife had been riding a paddleboard near Coulee City when a breeze came up and they fell into the water in a spot "filled with very thick aquatic vegetation," according to a Grant County Sheriff's Office Facebook post. "The woman made it to shore, but the man went under and didn't resurface. First responders were called right away." That was about 8:30 a.m. They...

  • In praise of Ameila

    We are writing this letter in support of and praise of our daughter Amelia Moses Marchand regarding her four-year appointment by President Joe Biden as Chairwoman on the Advisory Council of Historic Preservation. Amelia is a Colville Tribal member and a graduate of Lake Roosevelt High School, Eastern Washington University (BA) in Archaeology and Native American Studies. A Master’s Degree from Vermont Law School for Environmental Law and Policy. Amelia presently works for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, (ATNI) and advises...

  • Fire starters should be held responsible

    Why in the world the police didn’t the police give a fine to the visitors on Wetzel Street in Grand Coulee for having illegal fireworks with them. This should have been done due to the fact they light them in a mild wind, and they ended up in a pile of really dry tumble weeds, which then blew down the hill and towards Tom Schloss’ house. We had eight people with hoses trying to control it until the fire department arrived, and all of us were thankful for them. I feel the 21- and 23-year-olds should have been held responsible for nearly...

  • A great reunion

    Scott, thank you for the article and picture of the placing of the Nespelem old school plaque. Sorry we didn’t get a picture of all the attendees. It was a great reunion. It was great seeing so many friends from our 24 years living there. It has been 10 years since we moved to Vancouver. Margaret...

  • The Olympics are coming

    Roger Lucas

    Later this month the Olympic Games will begin. We have been treated the last few weeks with the preliminary track and field events and swimming events. It is the beginning of the end for a lot of very skilled athletes who after years of effort will fail to make it onto the United States team. The preliminary trials for track and field events are being held at the University of Oregon in Eugene, no stranger to these events. While living in Boise some years ago on South Orchard our closest neighbor had a 17-year-old boy who ran the mile for...

  • 40th reunion this weekend

    The LRHS Class of 1984 will be holding its 40th reunion this weekend. Friday night (tonight) there will be a gettogether at Mark Payne's residence at 1 Washington in Electric City. On Saturday, July 13, meeting at Spring Canyon at noon on the beach where boats can pull up. Saturday night the class will be meeting at Horn's Electric City Bar and Grill with live music ”Love Stitch”. There will be a $10 cover for reunion...

  • Hot festival on Fourth

    Scott Hunter

    The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce's Festival of America drew good crowds all day July 4 and filled the park below the Visitor Center at Grand Coulee Dam for the STCU-sponsored fireworks off the dam that night. Chamber Executive Director Nancy Zimmerman-Boord said more musical acts got people from all over interested in the festival as a music venue, and the addition of a beer garden kept people in the park. She said the plan will be considered and refined for next year. The second...

  • Ready to Rodeo

    The Ridge Rider’s Jr. Rodeo will be July 13-14 at the Ridge Rider Arena starting 9:00 am. This is a co-sanctioned event with Caribou Trail Jr. Rodeo Association and Eastern Washington Jr. Rodeo Association enabling and attracting more contestants. There are currently 203 kids registered aging from 3 years to18 with still more to come. These young athletes are from all over the Pacific Northwest. The Jr. Rodeo will focus on core rodeo events such as bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie down roping, break away roping, barrel...

  • Coulee Cops

    Coulee Dam Police 6/30 - Police assisted the state park service by responding to a report of a possible dead body near the Northrup Point boat launch. After speaking to one of two people who had reported the incident, police learned that she and her significant other had gone there to go fishing and someone was parked where they usually parked. There wasn’t an explanation in the report as to how that led to a possible dead body being reported. 7/1 - An Electric City resident reported losing keys to a Toyota Forerunner in recent weeks, but...

  • Meetings

    Mosquito Dist. 2 to Meet Grant County Mosquito District #2 will hold its monthly meeting this Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 4pm at 210 W. Coulee Blvd. in Electric...

  • Library stuff

    Enjoy fun, engaging activities, reading recommendations and programs for all ages with our Summer Library Program. Join the friendly competition for cool prizes! It’s not too late to sign up! The summer program.Sharpen your communication and mediation skills in this six-part virtual series led by the Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center. Learn conflict dynamics and practice conflict resolution. *Teachers can earn OSPI hours! NCW Libraries Bookmobile is rolling into new territory this summer, bringing library service to some of the...

  • 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 will not be accepted over the phone. The deadline to submit an article is Monday by 5 p.m. For more information, call 509.633.1350 or visit our website at...

  • Legals

    Grand Coulee Dam School District 301J Budget Hearing Notice Notice is hereby given that the Grand Coulee Dam School District 301J will hold a public budget hearing to review the 2024-2025 budget at 4:30 p.m. July 22, 2024. regular board meeting to follow. (Publish July 10 and 17, 2024) Northwest Native Development Fund REQUEST FOR BIDS Northwest Native Development Fund-NNDF, 504 Fir St., Coulee Dam, WA. 88116, (509) 633 9940 is requesting bids for the following work at a residence located at 45625 FDR Estates Road., Grand Coulee, WA. Item 1....

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