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 By Scott Hunter    News    October 9, 2019

Dam breaks for Electric City lodging tax funds

The Electric City Council Tuesday voted to spend $338,550 of funds collected for improving tourism, most of it on a city park, departing from years of what some saw as an overly stingy practice. The new Ice Age Park, for which city officials turned c...

 By Scott Hunter    News    October 9, 2019

Teenage boy is missing

The grandmother of a 14-year-old boy is asking anyone who sees him to report it to Colville Tribal Police. Cathy Covington says she's been raising Javante Picard since he was 3 years old and that...

 By Scott Hunter    News    October 2, 2019

Teenage boy missing

The grandmother of a 14-year-old boy is asking anyone who sees him to report it to Colville Tribal Police. Cathy Covington says she's been raising Javante Picard since he was 3 years old and that... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    October 2, 2019

Tribes changing to four-day work week

The Colville Business Council, the governing body of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, has approved implementation of a four-day work week, with 10-hour days. The switch was set for Sept. 30, after the CBC approved Resolution #2019...


Weapon allegedly brought to school sparks action

School officials got a tip after classes were out last week that a student may have brought a weapon to Lake Roosevelt Jr-Sr High School and a student has reportedly been referred to juvenile authorities. In a statement, the Grand Coulee Dam School...


NWS says to watch for snow in the hills

Snow was reported on the highway between Davenport and Reardan this morning, as well as on Sherman Pass east of Republic, and the NWS is advising of snow possible at 2,000 feet. Here’s the winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service:... Full story


Mangis retires after decades at Ford firms

When Wade Jess took over the local Ford dealership from Carlson Motors, he thought mechanic Dick Mangis might be "the first to go," because of a sly smirk he'd detected at an initial employee...


Last, best chance at pre-snow fun

Whether you’re lamenting the end of summer or so glad it’s finally fall (which officially starts Sept. 23), events this week offer great seasonal transitioners. The Harvest Festival and Run the Dam now mark a place on the calendar for many that...


Dukes of hazards

Rotary club members Paul Turner, left, and James Heuvel help out at the Grant County Household Hazardous Waste Collection event Friday at the Delano Transfer Station. - Scott Hunter...


Don and Gerry McClure celebrate 70 years together

He put a ring on her finger the night she graduated from high school seven decades ago, and the love was still palpable between them Saturday as Don and Gerry McClure celebrated their 70th wedding...

 By Scott Hunter    News    September 4, 2019

Couple move from Sweden to pastor Church of the Nazarene

A couple who just moved to town from nearly 5,000 miles away will serve as lay pastors of the Church of the Nazarene, and for her it's a homecoming. Philip and Juliene Munts officially took their new...

 By Scott Hunter    Sports    August 28, 2019

New club aims to boost Lake Roosevelt athletics

A group of people have been working this summer to start a new booster club to help with equipment and other needs for Raider athletic teams. The LR Athletic Booster Club has a board of directors and all the legal paperwork completed, including havin...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 21, 2019

Upgrades planned in Coulee Dam

The Coulee Dam Town Council voted Aug. 14 to accept one grant and apply for another from the state’s Transportation Improvement Board totalling nearly $900,000 for street and sidewalk repairs. The agency granted $120,000 for new sidewalks on Ferry...


Everything to gain

Watching even the “cultural” reintroduction of salmon to local waters denied to them for eight decades can inspire wonder, grief, admiration, joy, hope, questions, and anticipation. Over the last couple weeks, as the Colville Tribes and a...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 14, 2019

Colville Tribes hail first salmon back to upper Columbia River

After decades of absence, the "chief of all of the rest of the fish" returned to the upper Columbia River Friday when a tribal elder slipped an adult salmon into the water of Lake Rufus Woods,...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 7, 2019

Grooming a passion for dogs

Jill Fraser has been passionate about dogs her whole life, grooming her first one at age 10 when she decided her aunt's cocker spaniel could use an upgrade. Since then, she's pursued a career around d...

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 7, 2019

Give us your ideas on One of Us

In this week’s Star, we offer a short feature on a person relatively new to the area under the heading One of Us. We’d like to do more of this kind of story, those that help bring a new face to the community, or just tell us something many might...

 By Scott Hunter    News    July 31, 2019

Paragliders come down gently (includes video)

A paraglider comes down from the sky into a field on Strahl Canyon Road just north of SR-174 in Douglas County, after taking off from Chelan Butte July 13, the final day of the US Open of... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Welcoming a new local history column

In this issue we welcome back the latest iteration of Them Dam Writers, a group that has sought to provide local history to local people for decades. The column in the lower right corner of this page will, several times a month, present you with a...

 By Scott Hunter    News    July 31, 2019

CMC will host legislators' tour

Every two years, the Washington State Legislature’s House Healthcare and Wellness Committee takes a tour of facilities in rural areas, but they’ve never been to Grand Coulee. That will change Sept. 23, when the committee led by Rep. Eileen Cody e...

 By Scott Hunter    News    July 31, 2019
Wildfire on Colville Reservation

Dozens fighting reservation wildfire

A wildfire in the Hellgate Game Preserve on the Colville Reservation has burned about 2,500 acres, pitting firefighters against steep, rocky terrain, and rattlesnakes. About 45 firefighters are...

 By Scott Hunter    News    July 24, 2019

Multi-county drug raid hits house in Delano

A house in Delano was raided July 16 as part of a larger drug bust in Eastern Washington involving hundreds of officers of multiple law enforcement agencies that served 19 search warrants in three counties. A federal search warrant was issued and... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    July 17, 2019

City offered major funding for wastewater add-ons

The city of Coulee Dam may get a big loan and grant package to pay for added improvements to the sewage handling system, including paying for two new “lift stations” to pump the material to the new wastewater filtration plant. The city council...

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 17, 2019

Time for Coulee Dam to pay up

You can only milk a cow, or an asset, for so long before you have to put something back in. Cities and towns, whose elected officials feel the pain of their tax- and rate-payers, eventually get forced to deal with that problem. Local cities are no... Full story


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