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 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 3, 2016

Old Center school vandalized again

The former Center Elementary School in Grand Coulee was broken into for the third time last week, with hundreds of dollars of damage done and questions about the building's future looming unanswered.... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 3, 2016

Volunteer effort working for course

Running Banks Lake Golf Course with volunteers is working, Port District 7 commissioners declared last Thursday. In a financial report to commissioners, treasurer Joanne Davidson noted that the golf... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 3, 2016

More than fish at stake

Electric City’s fish pen operation is great for fishing in Banks Lake, but it also benefits the area in a different way. A good fishery in Banks Lake adds greatly to the area economy. Currently, the volunteer group that raises some 300,000 rainbow... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 3, 2016

Mosquito treatment scheduled for Banks Lake

Grant County Mosquito District 2 planned another aerial granular larvicide drop along Banks Lake today (Wednesday), weather permitting. The new treatment, the second aerial drop this year, is necessitated by new evidence of mosquitos from Sunbanks... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 3, 2016

West Nile virus found in mosquitos near Kettle Falls

Some mosquitos near Kettle Falls day use and group site campground have tested positive for West Nile Virus, the National Park Service said last week. Conditions this summer at Lake Roosevelt have been optimal for mosquitos, the NPS noted. Visitors,... Full story

 

... and a hard spot

A car is about to be hoisted back up a ravine just below the intersection of SR-155 and Peter Dan Road north of Elmer City Tuesday night, following a two-car crash. No other information was available... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 3, 2016

Gehrke windmills could get interpretive signs

The artist who produced the Gehrke windmills could get some overdue attention if the Coulee Area Park and Recreation District can find funding for a few interpretive signs to tell his story. Electric City resident Kristen Heidenthal last month... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Sports    August 3, 2016

Twelve teams to play in softball tournament

The annual summer softball tournament, now named The Kenny Hearne Summer Classic, will be held from Thursday through Saturday, August 4 – 6, on the North Dam Park upper and lower fields. Twelve... Full story

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    August 3, 2016

Airport study approved

Grant County Port District 7 commissioners OK’d a contract with J-U-B Engineers to do an Airport Geographic Information System study during the current year. The project, approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, will begin soon and... Full story

 

Nancy Marie George

Nancy Marie George, 51, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away Thursday evening, July 21, 2016, in Spokane, Washington. Nancy was born November 7, 1964, in Grand Coulee, Washington... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Sports    August 3, 2016

Local on Babe Ruth champ team

A local baseball player is on the team headed from the Pacific Northwest to the Babe Ruth World Series this month. Dalton Kentner, playing for the Columbia Basin Riverdogs in the 15-and-under... Full story

 

Eleanor Barry Trefry

Eleanor Barry Trefry passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 27, 2016, with her family by her side. Eleanor was born May 30, 1924, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to William and Columbia Barry. Eleanor was... Full story

 

It's a girl for Vargas/Heppner

Francine Vargas and Matthew Heppner, of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Brooklyn Kahlise Heppner, born Friday, July 22, 2016, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz.,... Full story

 

Come see the puppets Monday at the public library

On Monday, August 8, North Central Regional Library Puppeteers will visit the Grand Coulee Library beginning at 10:30 a.m. with all-new skits. Also a reminder that a craft class is held every Wednesday. Visit Grand Coulee Library on Facebook for... Full story

 

Coulee Dam firefighters honored

Five Coulee Dam firefighters who are retiring, and collectively have served over 150 years, were honored last Friday at a North Dam Park barbecue. Pictured from the left, with their years of service,... Full story

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 7/22 - A local resident complained to police that he had a protection order against a woman. Police found out that the protection order had never been served. 7/24 - A Keller man who was stopped near Four Corners for a faulty... Full story

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will be meeting at noon this Thursday, August 4, at the Eagles Lodge in Grand Coulee. Launi Ritter of Heaven–Sent Computer Services will be talking about optimizing cell phone battery... Full story

 

This weekend

Thursday, August 4 6/7:15 p.m., Local softball tourney, upper and lower North Dam fields Friday, August 5 6/7:15 p.m., Local softball tourney, upper and lower North Dam fields 8 p.m., Karaoke, Cantina, Sunbanks Resort, all ages 8 p.m., Karaoke, High... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    August 3, 2016

Sale of old school needs to happen soon

The eventual degradation of an empty building is nothing new, totally expected. Which is why leadership at the Grand Coulee Dam School District and an economic development committee of the chamber of commerce began working, before the new Lake... Full story

 
 By Lou Stone    Opinion    August 3, 2016

A tribal court gamed by the council is no legal court

In order to get around the censorship of the Colville tribal members’ newspaper, the Tribal Tribune (TT), I want to specifically thank publishers for printing reports about sordid tribal Colville Business Council (CBC) conduct. So what part of the... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Opinion    August 3, 2016

Staring at screens is exhausting

I am, as an intern, experiencing my first bout of what can only aptly be referred to as Dilbert Syndrome or Office Fatigue. I’ve been here at The Star for about seven months now. The hours, the days, the weeks, the months… all melt off the... Full story

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 3, 2016

Enjoy the dog days of summer

The heat finally showed up, and now we start limiting our time outside in the middle of the day. Water is the best friend of most of us right now and like a local man wearing his farm boy overalls with the legs rolled up for some air flow,... Full story

 

Seventy-three years ago

An area of approximately 7-1/2 acres, upon which several thousand workers were housed during the construction days of Grand Coulee Dam, was converted into a number of individual Victory Gardens. The... Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 3, 2016

Updated: Two Soap Lake shooting suspects at large after two narrowly escape injury

Update: One of two suspects in a Soap Lake shooting turned himself in to authorities Sunday night, the Grant County Sheriff's Office said Monday morning. Tomas Miguel Lopez turned himself in about 7 p...