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Refreshing flip

A girl flips her hair to form a circle of water at the Spring Canyon swimming area on Lake Roosevelt Friday. Despite still-smoky skies, plenty of people were at the beach. - Scott... — Updated 8/21/2017

 By Bob Valen    News

Today, the sky will darken ominously!

With the impending solar eclipse very close, it's nice to know the science of what is happening; humanity doesn't react to the old mythologies that surrounded past solar or lunar ec... — Updated 8/21/2017

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Mayors stalled by process for needed repairs

A list of problems detected at the Delano Regional Transfer Station by its insurance company will have to wait a little longer for repair, and maybe until next budget year. The Transfer Station had advertised for bids recently and... — Updated 8/18/2017


Legals for August 16, 2017

Public Notice United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 10 1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900, OWW-191 Seattle, Washington 98101 (206) 553-0523 or 1-800-424-4372 (within Region 10 only) NOTICE OF PROPOSED RE-ISSUANCE... — Updated 8/18/2017

 By Jim Brakebill    Opinion

Vets are thankful for a good sale season

Once again, we come to the community to thank everyone for a fantastic summer season at the VET Center. Our American Legion Post appreciates everybody who came by and shopped with us during our sale season. Although it seemed like... — Updated 8/16/2017

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

What do we believe anymore?

OK, by now we should all realize that we cannot believe everything on the internet, on social media, and on some network and cable news shows. Everything, it seems, is molded, skewed and edited to lean one direction or the other.... — Updated 8/16/2017


Seventy-eight Years Ago

The W.P.A. tugboat "Blue Ox" is railroaded out onto the elevation 1180 trestle where a crane lowered it to the water surface of the Columbia River Reservoir. - August 4, 1939... — Updated 8/16/2017

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Policies our readers should know about

Readers should be aware of a couple of policies The Star will follow this year and into the future. First, regarding elections: The Star will accept one letter from each of the candidates in local elections this year as a means of... — Updated 8/16/2017

 By Fred Netzel    Opinion

Candidate Netzel introduces himself

My Thanks to Star Publisher Scott Hunter for this opportunity to write to all of you as I begin my campaign for a seat on the Coulee Dam Town Council. From the beginning, Scott has supported and encouraged local citizens to... — Updated 8/16/2017

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Dog rescue will turn into something else

A continuing “dog rescue” issue got a full hearing before Grand Coulee’s planning commission last Tuesday night, with some resolution. Dorothy Harris and her sister-in-law Dee Harris argued the finer points of the city’s... — Updated 8/16/2017

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Fire burning 12 miles outside of Keller

A lightning-caused, 1,150-acre fire that started at 3 a.m. Aug. 9, is burning a mile off of Bridge Creek Road, about 12 miles northeast of Keller, and is 18 percent contained, according to an Aug. 15 press release from the... — Updated 8/16/2017

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Colville Confederated Tribes seeking input on potential name change

The Colville Confederated Tribes are considering changing their name and are welcoming input on the decision. A new section on the CCT’s website, titled “Reclaim The Name” at, has information on the... — Updated 8/16/2017



Coulee Dam voters will get a drop box Coulee Dam residents can look for ballot drop boxes to placed in town in the near future. Douglas County Auditor Thad Duvall visited the Coulee Dam Town Council Wednesday to explain that the co... — Updated 8/16/2017


Room to spare

A big beach on Banks Lake provides plenty of room for outings at Steamboat Rock State Park Tuesday. The Bureau of Reclamation allows the lake to lower several feet each August for... — Updated 8/16/2017


Things to do in the coulee

Wednesday, August 16 • Wednesday Market, North Dam Park, 4-8 p.m. • Karaoke, Grand Coulee Hi Dam Tavern Friday, August 18 • Solar Eclipse Training, Grand Coulee Library, 10:30 a.m. • Skins & Skulls presentation - Grand... — Updated 8/16/2017


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 8/8 - A man told police that someone had attempted to break into his apartment on Continental Heights. Officers could not find evidence to support the claim. 8/9 - Police noticed activity at a house on West... — Updated 8/16/2017


Boating Program leads statewide effort to increase paddlesports safety

OLYMPIA – July  27, 2017 – With eight weekends left of summer and warm, dry weather in the forecast, Washington State Parks’ Boating Program wants paddlesports enthusiasts to be sure they understand boating laws and risks... — Updated 8/16/2017

 By Bob Valen    News

This dehydrated July was one of very few

You can almost hear the ground gasping with a slow, agonizing, parched voice, pleading for some water. A bit dramatic, I guess. Certainly, it has been dry around and in the Coulee. There were some recent isolated showers here and... — Updated 8/16/2017


Celebrate 50th reunion

The Class of 1967 stops for a moment in front of their alma mater, then Grand Coulee High School, home of the Tigers, before touring the building and regrouping for lunch at The... — Updated 8/16/2017


Volunteer quilters assemble comfort and care for patients

Vivian Dugan has quilted for charity for as long as she can remember. Then during the illness and death of her husband, Bill, in 2011, she began making lap quilts at her home in... — Updated 8/16/2017


Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will be meeting at noon, this Thursday at La Presa Mexican Restaurant. Coulee Creators Meet Coulee Creators meet every Tuesday 1-4 p.m. Beginning this week, sew-ins... — Updated 8/16/2017


Senior meals

Wed., August 16 - Dinner Turkey and Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Green Bean Casserole, Fruit Salad, Pie, Birthday Dinner Thurs., August 17 - Dinner Oven-Fried Chicken, Mac Salad, Corn and Zucchini, Fruit Cup, Crisp Fri.,... — Updated 8/16/2017


"Run the Dam" will be offered during festival

As fall approaches, minds turn to “back to school” time and the area’s big Harvest Festival, Sept. 15-17. One of the more popular features of the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest Festival may be the... — Updated 8/16/2017


Blood drive planned

Inland Northwest Blood Center along with the Grand Coulee community blood drive volunteers led by Leha Bodeau are planning a blood drive for Monday, August 21. Donation hours will be from noon – 4:30 p.m. at the community room... — Updated 8/16/2017


Velma Jean Utt Abel

Born Velma Jean Utt on November 23, 1935, in Omak, Washington, to Floyd Lincoln and Eula Mae Bolin Utt, and passing after a brief illness at Coulee Medical Center, Sunday, August... — Updated 8/16/2017


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