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Rotary offers help to fire victims

The Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club is offering cash assistance grants of up to $500 to those affected by the Grass Valley Fire. Assistance is available to those in need due to fire loss or emergency evacuation expenses. If you or someone you know...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2018

Huge, rapid blaze consumes Douglas County landscape

Whipped by wind, a fire that started near the turn to Mansfield Saturday morning sped over grass, sage and stubble, burning one firefighter and threatening homes and property, on its 20-mile race to m...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2018

Updated: Firefighter injured in Grass Valley Fire "doing very well"

Okanogan County Fire District 8 firefighter Brett Read, 38, was injured while fighting the Grass Valley Fire in Douglas County Saturday. Read and another firefighter were attempting to leave their work area when the fire behavior unexpectedly intensi... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2018

Firefighters praise GCD community

With many cities, counties, fire districts and multiple jurisdictions of every kind coming together in the Grand Coulee Dam community, it can leave many newcomers scratching their heads, but firefighters on the Grass Valley Fire reported seeing a...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 15, 2018

Skateboard cause gets some gnarly air

Local skateboard enthusiast Ben Hughes has already received outreach from skateboarding companies after The Star published an article about his ambition to improve on the current skateboarding culture. “The article that was in the paper...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 15, 2018

Two towns still at odds on new plant costs

Despite an amicable meeting of leaders, two local towns could be about to square off in court over disputed costs of just $30,000, if conversations at their respective council meetings are an...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 15, 2018

Presentation to highlight engineering marvel that is Grand Coulee Dam

A free presentation on “Building Grand Coulee Dam,” by Raymond Paul Giroux, will discuss how the right conditions, people and engineering allowed it to happen at that time. The Aug. 25 program will be presented at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Coulee...



Elmer City appoints new council member Elmer City resident Terje Berg was approved to be on the town council at the town’s Aug. 9 meeting. Berg has lived in the area for three years and said that his reason for wanting to be on the council is that...


A community effort

At approximately 8:45 p.m. Saturday night, the Grand Coulee Senior Center received a call from the Department of Natural Resources with a simple but somewhat daunting request: Could we feed the firefighters breakfast and dinner on Sunday? Within the...

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 15, 2018

Heroes in our coulee

All of us have stories of this past weekend. I also know that the fire is far from out as I write this, but many of us are taking a breath of not-so-fresh air and relaxing for the first time in days....

 By Fred Obee    Opinion    August 15, 2018

No excuse for fake news rhetoric

The plight of a grieving orca who continues to carry her dead calf for weeks is reported by the Seattle Times. The Spokane Spokesman-Review lets people know for the first time the Legislature is forming a task force to exempt lawmakers from portions... Full story


Paper tariff could kill small newspapers

It isn’t that easy to drop everything in the middle of the week and fly to Washington. If you’re a community newspaper publisher, going anywhere in the middle of the week is a challenge. That is when the newspaper has to be edited, wrapped up in...


A Tiger get-together

A total of 58 including spouses and guests attended the Friday night "Thanks-giving" reunion dinner for the Grand Coulee High School classes of 1958, 1959, and 1960. The dinner was Friday night,...


It's a boy for Nault/Labro

Mercedes Nault and Seth Labro, of Keller, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Kal-El Slade Labro, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz., and was 21 inches in... Full story


Blood drive planned

Inland Northwest Blood Center, along with the Grand Coulee community blood drive volunteers led by coordinator Leha Neilsen, is planning a blood drive for Monday, August 20. Donation hours will be from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the community room in Coulee...


Meetings & Notices

No Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not meet for the rest of August. Meetings will resume in September. POWER to Meet The POWER group will be meeting this Thursday, August 16 at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center on Main...


Robert Carl Hanson

Robert Carl Hanson, 89, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, at the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City, Nevada, on Thursday, July 26, 2018. He was born April 7, 1929, in Rapid City, South Dakota, and was a 40 year resident of... Full story


In God's loving care Colleen Kay Wiese Gerard

Born July 20, 1939, to Harry Walter and Katherine Adalanc (Pat) Wiese in Sacramento, California, Colleen entered Heaven's gates on July 28, 2018. She married Don Gerard on August 11, 1956, in Grand... Full story


Fire shots

Star Facebook followers submitted photos of the Grass Valley Fire as it was happening Saturday and Sunday....


OCSRA grants and service awards for 2017-2018

Okanogan County School Retirees’ Association provided 11 grants and 4 community service awards to enhance student learning in Okanogan County schools last year. Grant winners from Tonasket Elementary were Fay Aitcheson, copies of “Your Fantastic...


NCB is collecting school supplies

The Grand Coulee branch of North Cascades Bank is collecting backpacks and school supplies for local children in need. Cash donations are also welcome and will be used to purchase additional supplies. All items will be distributed to schools in the...


Federal funds awarded to help with fire fighting costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for three fires burning in central Washington, including the Grass Valley Fire in Douglas and Grant counties near Grand Coulee and...


Legals for August 15, 2018

City of Electric City Hotel/Motel TAX Applicants The City of Electric City will be accepting applications for the use of Lodging Tax Funds from all eligible organizations September 1 through September 28, 2018. Eligibility, directions and the... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 8/7 - A man was reported to have been seen carrying a yellow chainsaw on Third Avenue in Electric City. Police didn’t see such a man. - A Lakeview Boulevard woman reported her neighbors were throwing rocks at her house. An...


DUI patrols to increase leading up to Labor Day weekend

Local law enforcement agencies will be among those across Washington that will increase DUI (Driving Under the Influence) patrols Aug. 17 - Sept. 3 during what is typically the deadliest time of the year on the state’s roadways, according to the...


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