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A welcome sign

A buttercup blooms long before the recent snow, found by reporter Jacob Wagner above Crescent Lake Feb. 4. Jacob Wagner photo... — Updated 2/17/2021

 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles

June ushered in our summer dryness

Reviewing the past five June’s, June 2014 comes in as the driest. Here at the home weather station we only measured 0.59 inches, while the mean for June is 1.04 inches. Here’s how... — Updated 11/13/2020 Full story


Three ways to help your gardens thrive with minimal care

So, you filled your shopping cart and gardens with lots of new shrubs, flowers, and vegetables. Now what? Keep your plants looking their best with minimal effort so you can enjoy them and your summer even more. Watering is one task... — Updated 6/3/2020


3 savvy ways to simplify breakfast

(Family Features) While it is widely known that starting your day with a balanced, nutritious breakfast can have a positive impact on overall health, it may be difficult for some... — Updated 3/23/2018 Full story


Visit state parks for free on March 19

OLYMPIA – March 7, 2017 – Washington State Parks turns 105 years old on Monday, March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by enjoying a state park for free that day. With the 2018 spring and summer seasons just around th... — Updated 3/14/2018


New photos online now

Catching up after the holidays, our photos taken from 12-22-15 to 1-5-16 are online. Here's a presentation and link: — Updated 1/7/2016


Share your ideas for using the former middle school

Created with Padlet... — Updated 7/3/2015 Full story


ATVs to be allowed on streets

You soon can run your wheeled ATVs on Electric City streets. The city council passed an ordinance last week to allow all-terrain vehicles on city streets, and one permitting golf carts will soon follow. The council, in passing the... — Updated 6/17/2015 Full story

 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles

Can you spell hot July!

Hot indeed, July was, to quote Yoda. I’ve been looking over the records for the month of July at the “official weather station” here in the Grand Coulee area (Coulee Dam 1 SW [4517... — Updated 8/13/2014


Yard sale mania: You can find treasures here in the coulee

Yard sale mania: You can find treasures here in the coulee For many families, the dog days of summer have arrived. And as time flies by, as it always seems to when the month of August is here, now come a few weeks for getting... — Updated 7/30/2014 Full story


Souvenirs, things that remember when

In last weeks C’est La Vie column, I reported on the great bargain hunting opportunities at a couple of antique sales, both featuring unique items, retro household stuff and some honest-to-goodness antiques and collectibles, some m... — Updated 7/23/2014 Full story


Celebrating Coulee Style - LET'S ROCK!

Get ready for a fantastic Fourth of July weekend in the Coulee. The annual Festival of America, coming up at the park below the Visitor’s Center in Coulee Dam on July 4-5, will be an entertaining event with foot-stomping live m... — Updated 7/2/2014 Full story


On the road again Yard sale season is here

What’s on your agenda for the weekend? If you are staying close to home, and you have a few bucks burning a hole in your pocket, and you are looking for a short-time diversion, look no further because it’s yard sale season in the C... — Updated 6/25/2014 Full story


Prairie and primitive looks Which works for you?

Let’s start off with a wander down the Prairie Look trail, and in your mind’s eye, you can take your choice: either walk along that dusty trail on foot or try sitting up high on horseback or in a wagon. Imagine your family’s wagon... — Updated 6/18/2014 Full story

 By Bob Valen    Lifestyles

Third consecutive May with little rain

The mean precipitation for May is 1.10 inches, and this year, like 2013 and 2012, we only received a portion of that. We measured 0.63 inches here at the home weather station (compa... — Updated 6/11/2014 Full story


On the lone prairie, getting the look just right

Previously, this column wandered along a trail on the lone prairie, searching for the new decorating sensation, the Prairie Look, including a drive by the wheat fields bordering highway 2 between Grand Coulee and Airway Heights.... — Updated 6/11/2014 Full story


Getting your "prairie look" on

What comes to mind when you see the word “prairie” on a cover of a magazine devoted entirely to decorating? Probably not too much, unless you enjoy this avenue of creative outlay. I don’t know about you all but I really think decor... — Updated 5/28/2014 Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles

Memories on Memorial Day

When I was younger, a cemetery brought visions of ghosts and creepy monsters. Not to mention a music video by Michael Jackson that made all the ghouls dance in unison. It was a place you did not want to go and always felt a little... — Updated 5/28/2014 Full story


Hi, Ho! Hi, Ho!! It's off to the sales we go

Are you ready for the SEASON? Come wind, rain or shine, it’s a go. You know the drill, wear a hoodie, bring along a wind breaker, a hat, sunglasses just in case we get some rays in the Coulee, and put on a pair of comfortable s... — Updated 5/21/2014 Full story


C'est La Vie trois

There were a few hyper-milers (snail drivers) in the Coulee last week-end, starting on Thursday afternoon with a few more driving in slow motion on some of the streets in Grand Coulee and Electric City on Friday and again on... — Updated 4/30/2014 Full story


Landscaping with perennial ground covers

Perennial ground covers are low growing plants usually only 1-3 inches high that spread along the ground and come back year after year. Perennial ground covers serve to help retain soil moisture, fill in empty spaces to help... — Updated 4/23/2014 Full story


The challenge: become a hyper-miler

Have you figured out what a hyper-miler is? Here’s a clue. If you consider yourself a driver, you could be a hyper-miler without knowing you are but that is highly unlikely. Why? Because most of us drive in the Coulee as quickly a... — Updated 4/23/2014 Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles

Rabbit tracks

One of my most trusted readers and a small friend of mine, (even though she tells me to Shut Up every time she sees me) wanted me to do my column about the Easter Bunny. So since I... — Updated 4/23/2014 Full story


C'est La Vie

Hello again. Or, Hi y’all! Yes, it’s me, Frankie Delano, back at The Star after a hiatus of about six months with no shopping and junking news to crow about and a very long stretch without any yard or garage sales in the Cou... — Updated 4/16/2014 Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles

Landslides, blizzards and family Spring Break 2014

We decided to visit my family in North Dakota over spring break. We had never done this in all these (almost 20) years of being together. Mom and Sis were excited to have us, as... — Updated 4/9/2014 Full story


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