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The trouble with historical fire comparisons

Can you feel it? That seasonal change is coming — tree leaves are starting to turn color, temperatures are dropping a little. The official day for Autumn Equinox is Sept. 22 this year. Cool, crisp...



Free fire safety stuff available at market In addition to fruit, crafts, and kids’ activities at the Wednesday Market this week, Molina Healthcare of Washington is hosting a wildfire preparedness event, tonight, Sept. 5, at North Dam Park from 4-7...



B Street closure could last another year Grand Coulee City Council decided to wait another month before approving a time extension for the closure of the east end of B Street during the construction of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s fire...


Wildland fire contained

Firefighters head up a road to attack a wildfire suspected to have started in a well house on Pendell Road, also known as Red Road. The fire started about 1 p.m. Tuesday near the road to the Crown...

 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

 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 18, 2018

Wildfire blackens Washington Flats

A 385-acre wildfire burned on Washington Flats across the Columbia River from the Seaton's Grove area near Elmer City last week, and was handled by crews from the Department of Natural Resources and...


Update: Washington Flats fire contained

A 385 acre wildfire burning on Washington Flats across the Columbia River from the Seaton's Grove area near Elmer City is no longer spreading, and ground crews from the Department of Natural Resources and the Bureau of Land Management are securing...



Rec softball gets underway The Grand Coulee Summer Softball League is ready to play ball! The 15 teams who signed up will be playing at North Dam Park, Monday through Thursday, for 10 weeks from June to August, culminating in the league tournament...



Doctor wants to represent you A woman who wants to represent you in Olympia has scheduled a “coffee talk” at the Voltage Coffee House this Friday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Running for the state’s 12th Legislative District as an independent, Ann Diamo...

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 9, 2018

New approaches needed to fight super wildfires

With western wildfires growing in size and destroying more homes, farms and businesses, there is a need for new tools and approaches. The infernos are spreading so fast they are outstripping our ability to fight them in traditional ways. Meanwhile,...


Regional firefighters get training

Del Ostenberg provides training information to regional firefighters at a special wildfire session held at Electric City last week. Firefighters were receiving their annual hours of instruction to...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 28, 2018

Head of Interior meets with Colville leaders

The Colville Confederated Tribes received a visit Thursday from the federal official who is second only to the president, overseeing most of the federal agencies in the greater Grand Coulee Dam area....


Start the new year off right with a First Day Hike

OLYMPIA – Dec. 14, 2017 – Washington State Parks invites the public to start the new year off with a First Day Hike on Monday, Jan. 1, at more than three dozen state parks across Washington. “First Day Hikes are a fitting way to cap off the...

 By Bob Valen    News    November 8, 2017

Do we really know our air quality?

Air quality alerts are common in many regions of the world. The United States experiences air quality alerts regularly too. The causes are wide ranging and many are seasonal in nature. Of concern in...


Rural prosperity essential to Washington

While Seattle is growing rapidly, our rural areas continue to struggle. They don’t have the corporate giants such as Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing creating jobs and economic opportunities. Farms are predominantly family-owned. Today, there is a...


Happy crowds attend Harvest Festival

With weather nearly ideal, despite a little wildfire smoke, moods were upbeat all around for the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce's Harvest Festival last weekend. The event drew in 200...



Retreat to the library The Grand Coulee Dam School District board will hold its retreat from 5-9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, at the high school library. The board plans to discuss and set goals for the current school year. The retreat is open to the... Full story


Productive August in Central Washington

In the Fourth Congressional District, the August district work period has been a busy time for me traveling up and down Central Washington to meet with constituents and hear their concerns firsthand. Many communities in our area are dealing with dry...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 30, 2017

BIA to provide $3.9 million for CCT reforestation

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will provide the Colville Confederated Tribes with $3.9 million to reforest areas devastated by the catastrophic 2015 wildfire season, according to a CCT Aug. 29 press release. The BIA is providing the $3,899,148 in...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 9, 2017

Where's the smoke from?

A number of fires are burning in the Pacific Northwest and in British Columbia, the smoke from which has found its way to our area, and all over Washington, and is unhealthy to breathe. Over 100 fires are reported as burning in British Columbia,...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 2, 2017

Where's the smoke from?

A number of fires are burning in the Pacific Northwest and in British Columbia, the smoke of which has found its way to our area, and all over Washington, and is unhealthy to breathe. Over 100 fires... Full story


Evacuation orders in Okanogan County

People in the Carlton area are under an evacuation order due to wildfire. Here's the notice texted out by Okanogan County officials moments ago: S: 2017-07-15 1645 Level 2/3 Persons should be aware of a fast moving wild land fire in the Carlton... Full story



Coulee City man dies in crash A Coulee City man died early Friday morning just north of Soap Lake. Michael S. Burns, 62, was driving south on SR-17 in a red 2001 GMC Yukon when it crossed the northbound lanes about 4:50 a.m. onto a gravel shoulder,... Full story

 By Bob Valen    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Can trees migrate?

Really, do trees migrate? The answer is a yes. A little clarification here, though; trees don’t actually move themselves. What does occur: tree populations can shift over time. A recent study confirms that, over the past three decades, trees in... Full story


"Era of Megafires" to be presented

Anyone who has wondered about the growth of the local widlfire season and of the size of the fires that have struck the region in the last few years may want to catch up on the work of Dr. Paul Hessburg. They’ll have a good chance next week.... Full story


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