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Articles from the August 7, 2019 edition

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 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 Press release    News    August 7, 2019

14-day closure of Keller Ferry delayed until September

KELLER – Keller Ferry users will get a two-week reprieve on a terminal repair project closure, with work now starting in September. Initially, the 14-day closure and repair was scheduled to be complete by Aug. 30, but delays in obtaining materials... Full story

 
 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...

 

Hundreds battle fire on reservation

A fire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation, upstream from the Keller Ferry in the Hellgate Game Reserve area has scorched 18,000 acres and was 25 percent contained, as of Tuesday night, as...

 
 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...

 

Museum to host events

The Colville Tribal Museum in Coulee Dam is hosting a series of events.  Bill Layman will be at the museum on Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. Layman has written three books that delve into the history of the West’s mightiest river. In addition to the books, he...

 

Drone stops firefighting effort

Someone illegally flew a drone into the temporarily restricted airspace over the Williams Flats and Lundstrom Butte Fires Tuesday, forcing a stop to all flights by firefighting aircraft. “The incursion caused all firefighting related aircraft ...

 
 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...

 

Geezers reduced to rhetoric

Who will stand up for geezer privilege? Without the benefit of definable organization, geezers are at a disadvantage. They lack status to call for a press conference or to issue position statements. The only recourse at present is to submit articles...

 
 By Bob Valen    Opinion    August 7, 2019

Arctic peatland fires affect us

As global temperatures rise (June 2019 was the hottest June ever recorded) they tend to sustain wildfires. Earlier this summer, in June and July, hundreds of long-lived, intense wildfires burned...

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion    August 7, 2019

What others think of our home

As we traveled around the state this summer and others asked where we were from, they would always get a look of excitement when we said Grand Coulee. Some had memories of long ago and others had...

 
 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion    August 7, 2019

Tough Decisions

Congress is responsible for funding our country, and we have some difficult decisions to make. I came to Washington D.C. to advocate for the priorities of my constituents, and I have heard loud and clear that the people of Central Washington want to...

 
 By Jim Ko    Opinion    August 7, 2019

Washingtonians need relief from Rx greed

For decades, Big Pharma has raised drug prices with impunity. Here in Washington state, the average annual cost of brand name prescription drug treatment increased 58% between 2012 and 2017, while the annual income for Washingtonians increased only...

 

Local NPS sites listed for temporary closures next week

Spring Canyon and Keller Ferry are two National Park Service sites listed Tuesday for possible closure next week during a project to redo or upgrade all asphalt surfaces in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. The project is part of a...

 

Newsbriefs

Man drowns in Lake Rufus Woods A 26-year-old Bridgeport man drowned Sunday near Chief Joseph Dam while swimming with friends, Douglas County Sheriff Kevin W. Morris said. Responding to the call, deputies found Manuel De Jesus Galarza-Martinez lying...

 

Meetings & Notices

Chamber Taking a Break Chamber will not be holding meetings through the month of August. Mosquito District Meets  The Grant County Mosquito District #2 will hold its monthly meeting at 5 p.m., Thursday, August 7, at 210 W. Coulee Blvd., in Electric...

 

World-Wide Ice-Age Megafloods at next Ice Age Floods Institute meeting August 13

Wenatchee Valley Erratics Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 13, at the Wenatchee Valley Museum, 127 South Mission, Wenatchee.    Erratics’ favorite, Dr. Vic Baker, Professor of Planetary Sciences and...

 

Next State Parks 'free day' is Aug. 25

OLYMPIA – Aug. 5, 2019 – In recognition of the National Park System’s 103rd birthday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks on Sunday, Aug. 25. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover...

 

Local athlete to play in BR World Series

A local athlete will be competing in the Babe Ruth World Series in Bismarck, North Dakota this week. Tyson Nicholson, who will be a sophomore at Lake Roosevelt High School this coming school year,...

 

Legals for August 7, 2019

Coulee Hartline School District CALL FOR BIDS Construction of Pole Storage Building and removal of existing container The Coulee Hartline School Board of Directors are requesting bids for the construction of a two level pole storage building, 16... Full story

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 8/1 - A gas station attendant at Jack’s Four Corners turned in a brown paper bag found in the parking lot by a customer. The paper bag had a plastic bag and a small condiment container inside, both containing crystal-like...