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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...

 

Newsbriefs

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...

 

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 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...

 
 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...

 

Newsbriefs

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...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 31, 2019

Arson suspected in two fires at Osborne Bay

Two fires were started early Tuesday by suspected arson in the Osborne Bay area near the gravel pit on the east side of SR-155 on July 30. Electric City Fire Chief Mark Payne said there were two fires started about a quarter mile apart in the area....

 

Nice on the water

A wave boarder gets up to speed on Banks Lake Monday afternoon in not-too-hot conditions. Check the mostly sunny weather forecast on page 8. - Scott Hunter photo...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 31, 2019

Grand Coulee Dam School budget balanced, but not for long

The school district will draw on reserves to run Lake Roosevelt Schools for the next couple years, a budget approved last week shows, but financial losses are projected in later years, an issue the superintendent hopes to solve. Grand Coulee Dam...

 

Bill would rename Third Power Plant at Grand Coulee Dam after power pioneers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced a bill in Congress last week that would rename the Third Power Plant at Grand Coulee Dam as the “Nathaniel ‘Nat’ Washington Power Plant.” “The designation recognizes the work of...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 31, 2019

Local airport leaders look to the future

Planning the future of the Grand Coulee Dam Airport was the topic of discussion at a July 29 Grant County Port District 7 meeting, where commissioners were joined by citizens, the airport manager and members of J-U-B Engineers, the consultants...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 31, 2019

Paragliders come down gently (includes video)

A paraglider comes down from the sky into a field on Strahl Canyon Road just north of SR-174 in Douglas County, after taking off from Chelan Butte July 13, the final day of the US Open of...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 31, 2019

Final pieces of Coulee Dam's sewer service funded

Coulee Dam's wastewater customers will shoulder an additional $2 a month on their sewer bills after the city council solved two big problems with one vote last Wednesday. The council voted 3-1 to acce...

 

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