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 By Scott Hunter    News 

Two fireworks wildfires doused

Fireworks caused one fire on Independence Day and another Monday afternoon.  On the Fourth of July, a fire across from the Northrup Point boat launch burned about a tenth of an... — 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 Scott Hunter    News

Wildfire threatens Coulee Dam homes

A wind-driven brush fire threatened homes on the northern end of east Coulee Dam Tuesday night. Fire fighters from every nearby agency were on scene defending homes and working to... — Updated 7/1/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Update: Brush fire burning near houses in Coulee Dam

A wind-driven brush fire threatened homes on the northern end of east Coulee Dam Tuesday night. Fire fighters from every nearby agency were on scene defending homes and working to... — Updated 6/30/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

A good thing that should continue

As we all wish everything could return to normal, some things just shouldn’t. The crisis we’re dealing with makes a habit of forcing us to embrace change, and some of those are for the better. One in particular could have the... — Updated 6/24/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Masks mandated across state

State authorities made wearing face coverings in public mandatory across the state Tuesday, following an outbreak in Yakima County they said threatened to overwhelm the health care system there. The order came the same afternoon... — Updated 6/24/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Casino closed after employee tests positive

The 12 Tribes Coulee Dam Casino said tonight that an employee had tested positive for COVID-19, so the casino has closed for three to 10 days for “extensive sanitizing.” The casino posted the announcement on its website and... — Updated 6/18/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Class of 2020 makes it through

Lake Roosevelt High School's class of 2020 made it through their final year, graduating Saturday night despite a year that seemed to conspire against them. With the last quarter-plu... — Updated 6/17/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

It's bound to happen

It may be easy to feel relatively insulated here from the coronavirus because of the relatively few cases we’ve had, but we’re just entering the period of time when it’s most likely to make its way here repeatedly. With this... — Updated 6/17/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Grand Coulee man sentenced to 10 years for drug trafficking

A federal judge Tuesday sentenced a Grand Coulee man to 10 years in federal prison for trafficking in drugs after a July 2019 region-wide bust involving multiple law enforcement agencies in and around Grant County. Randall Curtis... — Updated 6/17/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

T-Mobile is down

T-Mobile restored service to its text and voice plans across the country Monday night. CEO Mike Sievert posted the following on the company's website at 8:45 p.m., then announced... — Updated 6/16/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Our shareable graduation section available to all here

The Star has created a special digital issue of this week's special section saluting the Lake Roosevelt High graduates of 2020, one you can easily share online. Special sections... — Updated 6/12/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

NPS should not view reducing service as adding safety

Beaches, like playgrounds, would be much safer without children. If children would not attend playground activities or beaches, no children would ever be hurt by them. Is that the kind of logic we’re dealing with here as the... — Updated 6/10/2020

 

Public meetings to continue remotely

Public meetings, including those of city councils, school boards, and various districts, will need to continue to be held telephonically, a requirement that might lead to an... — Updated 6/5/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

We will be changed by this, but how?

At the age of 13, I was convinced that racism would obviously be gone from society within five years; it made no sense and reasonable people would prevail, my young, naive brain reasoned. It was 1968, a year that shook us as... — Updated 6/4/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Deadline today for Star special offer on rates for grad parents

Recognizing that graduation won't be what anyone had planned for the class of 2020, The Star is offering special rates to parents or others wanting to give greater recognition to... — Updated 6/4/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Liberty is not boundless

You get to choose, but I don’t? Not only that, but your ability to choose is more important than me living. That’s the end logic of the current cry for liberty, defined here as our citizens’ God-given right to ignore the... — Updated 5/27/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Chamber cancels July festival

In the face of uncertainty during the COVID-19 restrictions, the chamber of commerce board of directors voted May20 to cancel any planning for the Festival of America over this year’s Independence Day holiday. The annual event,... — Updated 5/27/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Embrace the moment, not regrets

Some people are expressing little but regret over the fact that high school graduations across the country, Lake Roosevelt’s included, will not be what anyone had in mind this year. That much is certain, but, graduating class,... — Updated 5/20/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Grand Coulee man dies of COVID-19

A man from Grand Coulee has died of complications from COVID-19, Grant County Health District said Monday night. The district was notified Monday that the man in his 50s, who was hospitalized, had died. The health district did not... — Updated 5/20/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Grand Coulee man dies of COVID-19

A man from Grand Coulee has died of complications from COVID-19, Grant County Health District said Monday night. The district was notified Monday that the man in his 50s, who was hospitalized, had died. “Our hearts are with his... — Updated 5/18/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Officials debate re-opening Okanogan County

Okanogan County officials Tuesday debated possible paths for the county to progress into the state’s Phase 2 toward easing COVID-19 restrictions. To qualify to move to Phase 2 of the state’s “Safe Start Washington” phased... — Updated 5/13/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Foundation wants to help local area

A charitable-giving organization that manages millions and has grown 380 times its initial size in 24 years is reaching out to smaller communities, including this one, wanting to make a bigger impact. Not that it hasn’t given to... — Updated 5/11/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Fishing resumes on area lakes

Fishing has resumed in most of the state following Gov. Jay Inslee's adjustment to his Stay Home – Stay Healthy orders. Fishing has not opened up all the way on the Colville... — Updated 5/7/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

COVID-19 case found in Electric City

A person in Electric City has tested positive for COVID-19, the Grant Health District said Tuesday night putting a bit more local emphasis on the national crisis that local governments struggle to address. That person joins at... — Updated 4/29/2020 Full story

 

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