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 By Scott Hunter    News    November 20, 2019

Popcorn purveyor opens her dream on Midway

A favorite childhood memory led to the opening of the newest venture on Midway Avenue, where the latest iteration of a local business has planted roots. The Popcorn Shoppe opened earlier this month...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 20, 2019

1943 letter describes Persia as seen by American G.I.

Imagine opening an old envelope and catching a glimpse of history. Grand Coulee man Fred Long received a few items that belonged to his brother, Robert "Bobby" Long, after he passed away recently,...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 11/12 - Kent street residents were told to stop burning yard debris within city limits. They extinguished their fire. - Several juveniles were reported to have broken into the former Center School on Spokane Way. Three of them...

 

19-day closure of Keller Ferry run to begin early December

KELLER – Keller Ferry users who travel across the Columbia River on State Route 21 will need to find alternate routes. The M/V Sanpoil will be removed from service starting Wednesday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Dec. 22, in order for crews working for... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 13, 2019

Third fire in three weeks put out Tuesday

A garage fire in Grand Coulee was extinguished before it spread on Monday afternoon, causing mostly smoke damage, with no one suffering any injuries. “It could have been way worse,” Marjie Gallagher said about the fire that she said was caused...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 13, 2019

Initiative will affect road repair funds

Two local towns will directly lose transportation funds because of the passage of a state initiative. Electric City and Elmer City will lose a bit of revenue from the recent passage of a statewide initiative that, among other things, limits how...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 13, 2019

Local rodeo going with "the big boys"

The little local rodeo that almost stopped happening nearly a decade ago is poised to join the ranks of the larger professional rodeo world. The Ridge Riders Saddle Club’s annual Colorama Rodeo each May will likely join the Professional Cowboys...

 

Veterans recognized at school

Elmer Rinard gets a standing ovation at a ceremony to recognize veterans at the Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School gym Friday. The World War II veteran also got a smile from a pleased compatriot seated in background, also a WWII vet, Fred...

 

Tribal members earn music award for Best Rap Hip Hop Video

Three Colville tribal members won a Native American Music Award for Best Rap Hip Hop Music Video at the awards ceremony Nov. 2 in Niagara Falls, New York. James Pakootas, Daniel Nanamkin, and Tony...

 

All torn up

As seen from the south on Western Avenue, construction crews work Monday on Electric City's street project, involving Western, Grand Avenue, Stevens Avenue and West Coulee Boulevard. - Scott Hunter...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 11/2 - A man on a bicycle ignored signs saying the top of the Grand Coulee Dam was closed. A guard said the bicyclist went around concrete barriers and the guard house before being stopped by the guard. The man said he thought the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 13, 2019

Star poll: Most prefer permanent Daylight Savings time

Locals support idea of “ditching the switch” and adopting “permanent Daylight Savings Time” State legislation passed earlier this year would put a stop to changing clocks. Locals do not like switching their clocks twice a year between...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 6, 2019

Landslide vote brings in new Electric City leaders

In a strong show of disapproval for current government, Electric City voters have chosen a new city council and mayor, casting about four or five times as many votes for the challengers as for incumbents. They selected Diane Kohout as the new mayor...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 6, 2019

Daylight Savings ended but could become permanent

Daylight Savings Time ended on Nov. 3 when we rolled our clocks back an hour. Could this be the last time we “fall behind?” Legislation signed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this year to permanently adopt Daylight Savings Time, in other... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 6, 2019

Caretaker class hopeful at LR

A new class at the high school could certify students to be home caretakers. Lake Roosevelt High School is working on crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s of implementing a home caretaker class into offered curriculum. The move would be the...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 6, 2019

They crossed that bridge when they came to it

Bridge girders heading toward the West Fork area of the San Poil river along highway 21 between Keller and Republic crossed the bridge at Coulee Dam recently. The girders, six in total, each measure 1...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    November 6, 2019

Special forces veteran honored for his service

James Duranceau attended an event last month hosted by the Special Forces Association where he was honored for his 16 years as a Green Beret in the United States Army. Duranceau joined the army in...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 6, 2019

Tale told of new-store adventure

It took a lot of thought and prayer last February before Doug and Mary Lou Lockard and daughter Launi Ritter took a leap into a retail business with no experience. Five months after opening their new...

 

A day for writers

Writers pose for a group photo for Writers Day in the Coulee at the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center Saturday. From left, Sheri Edwards, Bob Manion, Gerry McClure, Don McClure, Birdie Hensley, Darlene... Full story

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 10/29 - A woman reported that rims and tires on a pickup truck on Coulee Boulevard were ones stolen from her in September. The owner of the truck said he had bought them for $50 from someone, and agreed to give them to the woman. The...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    October 30, 2019

Readers split on idea of four-day school week

Readers responding to an online poll are split on the idea of changing to a four-day week at Lake Roosevelt Schools, with most being against it. An article in last week’s Star described a nuanced discussion that took place among Grand Coulee Dam...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    October 30, 2019

Work done on Northrup Canyon's "old wagon road"

Work was done recently on the “old wagon road” trail at Northrup Canyon, including using a “trackhoe” as well as laying down gravel in areas. The Washington State Park Service approved the work which was done by the Crab Creek Riders, a...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    October 30, 2019

Recycling arguments on recycling

Recycling isn't as easy as it sounds, and there are a lot of different views on how efficient it is. With the Coulee set to get a recycling container at the Delano Regional Transfer station,...

 

Newsbriefs

Lake Roosevelt to honor Veterans on the morning of Nov. 8 Lake Roosevelt Schools will be hosting an event honoring area veterans, open to the public, on Friday, Nov. 8, beginning at 9 a.m. in the gym in Coulee Dam. The event will include...

 

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 10/21 - A man was trapped inside of a motorhome on Cardinal Road by wood and other debris placed in front of its door by a woman from whom he was supposedly buying it. While he was in jail, she had moved the motorhome onto...

 

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