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 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 21, 2019 

Salmon released above dam mark first of their kind in 79 years

The Colville Tribes released 30 Chinook salmon at the Keller boat launch, just north of the Keller Ferry, on Aug.16, the first time salmon have been above the Grand Coulee Dam in nearly 80 years.... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 21, 2019 

Fireworks discussed at Electric City

Fireworks won’t be banned from Electric City, the result of a discussion last week considering such an action by the city council. Citizen and firefighter Ken Dexter told the city council Aug. 13 that he was speaking for himself and Electric City... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 21, 2019 

Creative chef about to offer her services at home

If culinary cred, zeal and creative thinking have anything to do with it, Patty Davis is about to make a mark on her home turf. Davis has studied and worked in the culinary arts from coast to coast... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 21, 2019 

Upgrades planned in Coulee Dam

The Coulee Dam Town Council voted Aug. 14 to accept two grants from the state’s Transportation Improvement Board totalling nearly $900,000 for street and sidewalk repairs. The agency granted $120,000 for new sidewalks on Ferry Avenue, rather than...



Williams Flats Fire 88% contained The Williams Flats fire, located upstream from the Keller Ferry area, is said to be 88% contained at 44,515 acres, the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team stated Tuesday. The fire, started from...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 21, 2019 

Boy didn't win, but gets dream playhouse anyway

Oh, the joys of being a homeowner. Aiden Picard was surprised to learn on Aug. 7, the day before his fifth birthday, that he'd be getting his dream home. That dream home, a playhouse, was made by DWK...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 21, 2019 

Warnecke appointed to commissioner spot

Brian Warnecke has been appointed as a new commissioner for the Coulee Area Park and Recreation District following the resignation of longtime member Bob Valen. Valen still intends to be available to consult with other members of the group....


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Williams Flats fire half contained

The Williams Flats fire, burning upstream from the Keller Ferry, is 50% contained and has burned approximately 45,000 acres. As of Aug. 13, according to a press release from Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, there were 812 people...

 By Scott Hunter    News    August 14, 2019

Colville Tribes hail first salmon back to upper Columbia River

After decades of absence, the "chief of all of the rest of the fish" returned to the upper Columbia River Friday when a tribal elder slipped an adult salmon into the water of Lake Rufus Woods,...


Special filing period set for unfilled public offices

Several local offices up for election with no one running have necessitated a special filing period. The special filing period has been set in Okanogan and Grant counties for Aug. 21-23. A four-year position for a Coulee Dam Town Council member is...



Fire created thunder and lightening Scientists flew through the clouds created by the Williams Flats Fire last week to study the first incidence of a "pyrocumulonimbus" cloud in continental United States this year. The flight was one of the first...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 14, 2019

Mayors discussing animal control with tribes

Animal control, a common need among local towns, is being addressed by the Regional Board of Mayors, who are looking into contracting with the Colville Confederated Tribes to address the issue. The RBOM met on Monday, when animal control was...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    August 14, 2019

Community enjoys National Night Out in Coulee Dam

The Coulee Dam Police Department last week took part in National Night Out, a sort of meet and greet event that takes place each August nationwide at thousands of police departments who interact with...


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 8/5 - Police responded to Kings Court RV Park where they were shown footage of two persons entering a room in the laundromat where the public is not allowed. The footage showed a woman appearing to be on the lookout while a male...


Summer DUI enforcement patrols begin today

In Grant and Adams counties, motorists driving impaired will have a greater chance of being pulled over by law enforcement, as nearly 150 additional DUI patrols begin across the state. Patrols run from August 14 through Labor Day weekend, a time when...

 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...


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 ...


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...



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...


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...


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