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Firefighters defeat flames at Osborn Bay

A fire at Osborn Bay in high winds Saturday forced two people there to stay in the water for hours as flames came near enough at times that they could feel the heat.  The fire... — Updated 6/10/2021

Covid case at LR cancels games, quarantines students

A Lake Roosevelt student-athlete testing positive for COVID has led to students quarantining and basketball games being cancelled, but an outdoor graduation ceremony is still planned for Saturday. Basketball games on June 4, 5,... — Updated 6/9/2021

Koulee Kids Fest and new car show coming June 19

Get your passports ready; Koulee Kids Fest is taking place on June 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lots of free activities for kids to participate in around the town. The “passports” are used by the kids to go to various... — Updated 6/9/2021


Hotter and drier climate "normals" are here

Hotter and drier summers seem to be the trend in climate changes locally as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the new U.S. Climate Normals for 1991-2020.... — Updated 6/9/2021


Boat-in campsites at Steamboat Rock converted to day-use only

A dozen boat-in campsites at Steamboat Rock State Park in the Ponderosa Campground are now closed to camping as the area becomes designated for day-use only.  Washington State... — Updated 6/9/2021

Appreciation & thanks on Osborn Bay fire

THANKS to ALL the local FIRE Responders and Response Teams from surrounding communities for the quick and professional RESPONSE to the Osborn Bay Fire last Saturday.  Under the dry, windy conditions this could have been... — Updated 6/9/2021


New librarian looks forward to your stories

The Grand Coulee Library has a new librarian, Catherine Matthews, and she's excited to meet you.  Matthews moved to Electric City by way of Whidbey Island and started work at the... — Updated 6/9/2021

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 5/29 - Police drove to Osborne Bay for a noise complaint of loud music playing. Police heard music playing somewhere in the area upon arrival, but then it stopped. Police waited to see if the music started again, but... — Updated 6/9/2021


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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 6/9/2021


How to attend public meetings in the Grand Coulee Dam area

With multiple towns, boards, and districts, there are lots of meetings happening in the Grand Coulee Dam area that each offer opportunity to engage in the processes that affect... — Updated 6/9/2021

Bless everyone, no exceptions

That headline is from a sign my wife put above the door to our kitchen in opposition to anyone who has other ideas. This country in its absolute worst state is extremely blessed. At its best, it’s an unstoppable wonder. To keep... — Updated 6/9/2021


Folks, it's dry - be fire wise

As we linger on the dry side of precipitation in our region, it’s prudent to check dedicated weather sources that, as part of their work, speak to near-future weather and... — Updated 6/9/2021

Thanks to all involved in our rescue

A harrowing experience is behind us, and it is time to commend those who calmed and saved us. First, I have to commend the dispatcher that kept me on the line until safety arrived. I do not know what county she was from. (911... — Updated 6/9/2021

Killer's release sickens prosecutor

I am passing along an extremely disappointing decision from the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB), involving a matter I recently handled. In 1997, Adam Betancourt, then almost 17, along with another juvenile shot and... — Updated 6/9/2021

Expect the unexpected

When traveling in foreign countries, always expect the unexpected. In Bothell, I met a Chinese immigrant from Hong Kong who came to this country but had to leave his wife behind. He was born in Hong Kong and easily fit within the... — Updated 6/9/2021

It's a girl for Burn's/Evers

Taylor Burn’s and Garrett Evers of Elmer City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Evelyn Jean-Marie Evers born Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed... — Updated 6/9/2021

It's a boy for the Monroe's

Amber and Billy Monroe of Coulee Dam, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son Kamden Lee Monroe, born Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 7 lbs., and was 19.5... — Updated 6/9/2021

Meetings & Notices

Grant County Mosquito Dist. 2 to Meet Grant County Mosquito District No. 2 will be holding the monthly meeting 5 p.m., Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 210 W. Coulee Blvd., Electric City. To join the meeting via Freeconference call... — Updated 6/9/2021


Darin L. Crosby

Darin L. Crosby passed away Thursday morning, May 20, 2021 at his home in Mead, Washington. He was born May 13, 1966, in Grants Pass, Oregon to Gary and Jo Crosby. Hunting and... — Updated 6/9/2021

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 6/9/2021


This week in sports

Wrestlers compete at Oroville, Wahluke Home match scheduled for today The Raiders wrestled in Oroville and in Mattawa this past week, and are scheduled to host an event today (June... — Updated 6/9/2021

Sports attendance: two tickets per player at home events

Attending Lake Roosevelt sporting events is much different this year than in previous years due to COVID-19.  Each player is allowed only two guests per game for home games, while there will be no away team fan attendance for... — Updated 6/9/2021

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