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 By Bob Valen    Opinion 

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 t... — Updated 7/8/2020

 By Bert Smith    Opinion 

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

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

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

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

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


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

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Survey: Community split on upcoming school year

Teachers, students, and parents from the community voiced their opinions on the upcoming school year in a Star survey, and the results are as diverse as the personalities of the... — Updated 7/3/2020 Full story

 By J. Kemble    Opinion

Million Dollar Mile pt 3

According to the legend, in a fit of rage, Coyote flung Rabbit from the top of Steamboat Rock, where he landed and stuck in the side of the coulee wall below Salishan Mesa. Rabbit... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Like Poland, America needs change

On July 4, 1975, America proudly celebrated its Bicentennial as the world’s greatest nation while Poland was a suppressed Soviet satellite state. Poles had no right to free... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Pandemic high school sports guidelines been released

Raider sports, like all aspects of our lives now, will look a lot different in the new normal of COVID-19 pandemic life. Like seriously different. Like you can’t pass the basketball different. Like a kid playing tennis with the... — Updated 7/1/2020 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

On the track again, Ty Tipps logs fast time at Evergreen Speedway

Community and family worked together to make possible a day at the races on Saturday, when Ty Tipps competed in Monroe at the Evergreen Speedway, racing in a brand-new Chevy S-10... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Return-to-school conversation continues

Schools are looking at how to successfully implement changes that will be put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a new Star survey seeks the opinions of local parents, students, and staff members. Last week The Star rep... — Updated 6/30/2020 Full story

 By Bert Smith    Opinion

Crown Point Vista, a forgotten dream

In 1946, a state park at Crown Point was proposed to attract tourists to the Northwest and Grand Coulee Dam. That initial park design showed a 320- by 220-foot state relief model... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Washington needs to change to stay on top

In early June, the financial website WalletHub released its rankings of “Best and Worse State Economies” and Washington led the field of 51 as best by a healthy margin.... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Electric City to sell Jeep

Anyone in the market for a Jeep?  The Electric City council voted on June 9 to put the city’s 2018 Jeep Renegade Sports edition, which has only around 5,000 miles on it, up for bid.  The city bought the Jeep just last year... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Fireworks options limited this year

The Fourth of July fast approaching, but don’t plan on setting off fireworks from North Dam again this year; it’s still unavailable as a launching location. The chamber of commerce’s Festival of America event, typically... — Updated 6/24/2020 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Festival gets kids and parents out of the house

Kids got out of the house this past weekend to take part in the 2020 Koulee Kids Fest. "Koulee Kids Fest went FANTASTIC!" wrote Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce Executive... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    School

Return-to-school conversation continues

Schools are looking at how to successfully implement changes that will be put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a new Star survey seeks the opinions of local parents, students, and staff members. Last week The Star rep... — Updated 6/23/2020 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

The show must go on: school during COVID next fall

The institution of public school will look a lot different in the 2020-21 school year due to the COVID-19 health precautions that will still be in place, and schools are now beginning to grapple with freshly issued state... — Updated 6/22/2020 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Local businesses might get relief grants through cities

If you own a business in Electric City that was hurt financially by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you should soon be able to apply for a grant with the city to receive relief funds for which the city is eligible.  City Clerk... — Updated 6/22/2020 Full story

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

China's push for high-tech dominance

While the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest are front page news, China’s unrelenting push to leap over our country in critical technology and hoarding of strategic metals... — Updated 6/17/2020


Shutting down local access for no good reason

What do you think of the fact that the USBR has closed the parking area on the top of the dam? It is a wonderful place to park and look out at the lake and surrounding country. It is a great place to watch the moon rise and visit... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Quarantine motivates people to clean

People are evidently cleaning up, and so is the local dump. Increased business at the Delano Transfer Station has brought in enough extra money this spring to offset much of a projected loss, so rates will rise only slightly. Dump... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Koulee Kids Fest this Saturday

Koulee Kids Fest will take place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and one lucky child will win an iPad Mini and a pair of Beats headphones. Children of any age participating in Koulee Kids Fest will pick up a “passport,... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Hospital going through masks

Coulee Medical Center has been going through masks like hotcakes during the COVID-19 pandemic and would be grateful to receive more from local mask makers. “Our mask utilization has increased significantly since the beginning of... — Updated 6/17/2020 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Coulee folks express their views on masks

The people have spoken! Results are in from a Star poll on the topic of wearing masks in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, a controversial topic nationally.  Last week The Star... — Updated 6/15/2020 Full story


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