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Huge fires getting under control

The Labor Day fires that consumed hundreds of thousands of acres around Washington over the last nine days were coming under control Tuesday, but not before killing one infant,... — Updated 9/16/2020 Full story

School board meeting tonight to discuss reopening

The Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors will be holding a special meeting via Zoom today, Sept. 22, at 5:30 p.m. "to review up to date information and discuss potential school re-opening options," a notice from... — Updated 9/22/2020 Full story

Grand Coulee city council meeting on Zoom on Tuesday

The Grand Coulee City Council meeting to be held Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. and conducted via ZOOM, will be available at that time at . Items on the agenda... — Updated 9/21/2020 Full story


Update: Current smoke outlook

Update 9/16 11:55 a.m. The state Dept. of Ecology has extended the Air Quality Alert until noon Friday, although locally the air seems a lot less chewy (not a technical term) than... — Updated 9/16/2020 Full story

Pedestrian/bike path project still in the works for Electric City

A pedestrian/bike path along SR-155 that would connect the Coulee Playland area to Banks Lake Park is still in the works.  With the path in the design phase currently, the path between the north end of Electric City and the... — Updated 9/16/2020


Park levy info coming Electric City councilmembers Brian Buche and Cheryl Hoffman volunteered to work on getting information out to residents explaining a $10,000 levy for maintenance of the city’s proposed Ice Age Park. The... — Updated 9/21/2020


Baby dies, parents badly burn in fire

A young family caught in the Cold Springs Fire apparently left their wrecked pickup in an attempt to get to safety Tuesday afternoon, but their 1-year-old son lost his life. The... — Updated 9/16/2020

Local Covid data shows incidence rate going down

The incidence rates for COVID-19 have gone down significantly in Grant, Okanogan, and Douglas counties, while Lincoln County’s rate surged last week, and two additional cases have popped up in both Elmer City and Nespelem.... — Updated 9/16/2020

Arrest made four minutes after robbery reported

A 17-year-old barista in Okanogan tried to hide in the bathroom after a young man came into the Free Bird Coffee Stand on North Second Avenue, asked for water, then demanded everything they had. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony... — Updated 9/16/2020

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 9/7 - A shed door had been blown open from the wind and damaged. Police secured the door the best they could. A neighbor said they would tell the owner. 9/8 - Police checked on an open door on the second floor... — Updated 9/16/2020


Lucky porcupine gets care after fire

A porcupine that survived the largest of the wildfires in the state, has been recuperating in the care of its human neighbor. Riley Wisdom was driving Sept. 10 on the road leading... — Updated 9/16/2020


Planning commission formed in Electric City

Electric City has a newly formed planning commission now. Mayor Diane Kohout announced at the Sept. 8 city council meeting that members were chosen for the commission: Chairman Don... — Updated 9/16/2020


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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 9/16/2020 Full story

So big you could see it from space

Over the last decade, the area has suffered through several fire seasons that brought not only fire, but lots of smoke, often from elsewhere. This month, we got both, in huge amounts. The fires that burned all around us consumed... — Updated 9/16/2020

Extremely grateful for firefighers

During my college years I worked for the USDA Forest Service on fire crews and in the Red Zone at Mount St. Helens after the volcano erupted. These jobs were very time and labor intensive. I admire, appreciate and am extremely... — Updated 9/16/2020

Heart full of gratitude

With a heart full of gratitude I want to say thank you to Coulee Medical Center for blessing all school district staff members with a Voltage drink and delicious scone to start our first day of school. Thank you to Siam for... — Updated 9/16/2020

Dear Editor:

This year’s fire season, in terms of severity and numbers of fires, is a scary and devastating reminder that we live in fire country. The Cascade mountain range and the normal summertime temperature differences between western... — Updated 9/16/2020

Working with heroes in fire camp

A few years ago my wife and I worked two fire seasons for OK Cascade, a firm that under contract provided food, shower and laundry services during major wildfires. The firm then was owned by John and JoAnn Keener, both now... — Updated 9/16/2020

Texas Jack, the conclusion

Oscar Osborne had a pure-black, well-trained cattle horse he named Tommy. One hundred years ago Oscar ran the largest, arguably oldest, cattle ranches in the Grand Coulee, selling beef to far away places like Seattle and Spokane.... — Updated 9/16/2020


Business, drones helping to restore scorched forestlands

Replanting the millions of acres scorched by wildfires in our western woodlands will be herculean task priced in the hundreds of billions. Thankfully, many businesses, such as Bank... — Updated 9/16/2020

It's a boy for the Conways

Ashley and Warren Conway of Wilbur, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son Jaxson Theodore Conway, born Monday, August 24, 2020, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 8 lbs., and was... — Updated 9/16/2020 Full story

NCW Libraries expanding hours

NCW Libraries is expanding hours and locations for its curbside pickup service starting Sept. 14. All libraries in Chelan and Douglas counties will begin curbside service and all libraries in North Central Washington will start... — Updated 9/16/2020

Household hazardous waste collection Sept. 25 at Delano Transfer Station

Grand Coulee Dam area residents may dispose of household hazardous waste for free on Friday, September 25 from 12 pm to 4 pm at the Delano Regional Transfer Station.  Only hazardous waste generated by households will be... — Updated 9/16/2020


William "Bill" Robert Trefry

William "Bill" Robert Trefry, age 75, of Selah, Washington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Bill was born to, Cecil and Eleanor Trefry, on January 19, 1945,... — Updated 9/16/2020 Full story


Lawrence J. "Larry" Whalawitsa

Lawrence J. "Larry" Whalawitsa, 68, born Monday, August 11, 1952, in Nespelem, Washington, to Lawrence E. and Sophie Dick-Whalawitsa, passed away Monday morning, August 31, 2020,... — Updated 9/16/2020 Full story

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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 9/16/2020 Full story

Legals for September 16, 2020

City of Grand Coulee CITY COUNCIL MEETING CHANGE NOTICE The Council of the City of Grand Coulee, Washington has moved the regular council meeting for the month of September from September 15th to September 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.... — Updated 9/16/2020 Full story

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