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 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 21, 2019 

Salmon released above dam mark first of their kind in 79 years

The Colville Tribes released 30 Chinook salmon at the Keller boat launch, just north of the Keller Ferry, on Aug.16, the first time salmon have been above the Grand Coulee Dam in nearly 80 years....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 21, 2019 

Fireworks discussed at Electric City

Fireworks won’t be banned from Electric City, the result of a discussion last week considering such an action by the city council. Citizen and firefighter Ken Dexter told the city council Aug. 13 that he was speaking for himself and Electric City...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 21, 2019 

Creative chef about to offer her services at home

If culinary cred, zeal and creative thinking have anything to do with it, Patty Davis is about to make a mark on her home turf. Davis has studied and worked in the culinary arts from coast to coast...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 21, 2019 

Boy didn't win, but gets dream playhouse anyway

Oh, the joys of being a homeowner. Aiden Picard was surprised to learn on Aug. 7, the day before his fifth birthday, that he'd be getting his dream home. That dream home, a playhouse, was made by DWK...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 21, 2019 

Warnecke appointed to commissioner spot

Brian Warnecke has been appointed as a new commissioner for the Coulee Area Park and Recreation District following the resignation of longtime member Bob Valen. Valen still intends to be available to consult with other members of the group....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Community    August 21, 2019 

Local unions lead school-supply drive

It's hard to go to school without school supplies. The Public School Employees union from Lake Roosevelt, joined this year by the teachers union, worked on Monday to "Stuff The Bus" with school...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    August 21, 2019 

Bowman Electric wins tourney

The Bowman Electric softball team Saturday emerged the champions from this year's Grand Coulee Dam Area Adult Summer Softball League's 2019 Kenny Hearne Summer Classic Softball Tournament, following...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 14, 2019

Mayors discussing animal control with tribes

Animal control, a common need among local towns, is being addressed by the Regional Board of Mayors, who are looking into contracting with the Colville Confederated Tribes to address the issue. The RBOM met on Monday, when animal control was...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 14, 2019

Community enjoys National Night Out in Coulee Dam

The Coulee Dam Police Department last week took part in National Night Out, a sort of meet and greet event that takes place each August nationwide at thousands of police departments who interact with...

 

Grant County Health District looking for rep. from area

The Grant County Health District is looking for a representative for their Board of Health from the northern part of the county, which includes Electric City and Grand Coulee in addition to the Coulee City and Hartline area. The position is for a two...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 7, 2019

As fire season sets in, keep an eye on the smoke

It's smoky outside, not as smoky as last year, but health experts advise being mindful of the amount of smoke in the air and how it affects you. Here are some tools to help with that. On the Air...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 7, 2019

Smart phones, social media, and its effects on our lives

Is technology bringing us closer together, tearing us apart, or just sucking up our time in general?  A recent poll shared to The Star’s Facebook page just scratched the surface of the complex issue of smartphones, tablets, and their roles in our...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 31, 2019

Arson suspected in two fires at Osborne Bay

Two fires were started early Tuesday by suspected arson in the Osborne Bay area near the gravel pit on the east side of SR-155 on July 30. Electric City Fire Chief Mark Payne said there were two fires started about a quarter mile apart in the area....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 31, 2019

Grand Coulee Dam School budget balanced, but not for long

The school district will draw on reserves to run Lake Roosevelt Schools for the next couple years, a budget approved last week shows, but financial losses are projected in later years, an issue the superintendent hopes to solve. Grand Coulee Dam...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 31, 2019

Local airport leaders look to the future

Planning the future of the Grand Coulee Dam Airport was the topic of discussion at a July 29 Grant County Port District 7 meeting, where commissioners were joined by citizens, the airport manager and members of J-U-B Engineers, the consultants...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 31, 2019

Final pieces of Coulee Dam's sewer service funded

Coulee Dam's wastewater customers will shoulder an additional $2 a month on their sewer bills after the city council solved two big problems with one vote last Wednesday. The council voted 3-1 to acce...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 24, 2019

Grand Coulee keeps B Street

Grant Coulee turned down the idea of turning over a stretch of B Street to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation near where USBR’s new fire station is being built.  The idea came up in May at the city’s council meeting with possible benefits including...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 24, 2019

SHARP Kids program funded for five more years

Lake Roosevelt Schools' SHARP Kids program, which includes academic as well as hands-on activities, will continue for another five years after receiving a grant that will fund the program with...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 24, 2019

PUD presents salmon survival program

It's not easy swimming to the ocean and back.  The Grand Coulee Library hosted a presentation titled "Swimming with the Salmon: The Epic Survival Game" June 17, in which children learned "about the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 17, 2019

Local company comes out smelling like ... lavender

Working with lavender is some of the most pleasant smelling work a person can do. Mary Jo Monteith, who lives on 38 acres out along SR-174 in the general area of Spring Canyon, grows about 1,400...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 17, 2019

Electric City considers banning fireworks

Citizens in Electric City could find their future July 4 plans for explosives thwarted if the city council adopts a new law banning fireworks. The Electric City council discussed adopting such an ordinance at their July 9 council meeting....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 10, 2019

Traveler: Local golf course "immensely satisfying"

There's nothing like a relaxing day of golf. Or a week. My uncle John Fox, who works in North Dakota and lives in Baja, Mexico, golfed five rounds of 18 holes, or 90 holes total, at the Banks Lake...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 2, 2019

Golf course in process of being sold for $1.8 million

The Banks Lake Golf Course is in the process of being sold by the port district to Rattlesnake Ridge. At Grant County Port District 7's June 27 meeting, commissioners passed a resolution authorizing...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 2, 2019

Fireworks ban to continue indefinitely

The Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department this week stressed the importance of fire safety on the Fourth of July and reiterated that fireworks won’t be allowed at North Dam this year, but a federal agency doesn’t consider the ban temporary....

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 2, 2019

For songwriter Lila Rose, it's just a matter of finding the right words

From small town Washington to Music City, Lila Rose is an outlaw in song only, and performing on the Fourth of July at the Festival of America at the Grand Coulee Dam. Lila Rose Bowden is the daughter...

 

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