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Ridge Riders Junior Rodeo this weekend, July 14-16, in Grand Coulee

The Ridge Riders Junior Rodeo is being held at the Delano rodeo grounds this weekend, and admission is free! The action will start at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 14, and at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16. A western style jail themed playhouse will go to a raffle winner. Read the full article by clicking here.


Kids Fest, Fireworks, Bull Riding & Astronomy this weekend in the Coulee

Peddle boats at Coulee Playland are a blast on Koulee Kids Day  

Great events will be happening in the Grand Coulee Dam area this weekend: Koulee Kids Fest, a fireworks show, bull riding, and astronomy.

The annual Koulee Kids Fest runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on this Saturday, June 17. The free event offers kids the opportunity to play mini golf, ride pedal boats, and much much more. Click HERE for more info.


Fireworks will be launched from North Dam in Grand Coulee on Saturday night, June 17, from around 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Coulee Playland is offering free boat launches for those wanting to watch from the waters of Banks Lake. North Dam Park and Banks Lake Park, and all surrounding areas are good places to see the event. Click HERE for more info.


The Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Riding event will take place on Friday, June 16 at the Ridge Rider Rodeo Grounds in Grand Coulee starting at 7 p.m. The event will also include a wild horse race. Click HERE for more info.

The National Park Service will host a free public astronomy presentation at Crescent Bay on Friday, June 16, from 9-11:30 P.M.

Lake Roosevelt water level to rise with spring runoff


 The spring runoff has begun and Lake Roosevelt is beginning to refill.

 Following the long 2016-17 winter, Lake Roosevelt has been kept at a low water level in anticipation of the large mountain runoff to come.

 Currently, with the water level at an elevation of about 1,235 feet above sea level, the target for May 31 is for the lake to be no higher than 1,262, according to the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation. The lake is completely full at 1,290 feet.

 Flood control levels are determined by the Corps of Engineers, and are the major factor in water levels this time of year while the lake is operated as a large catch-basin to hold back snowmelt water that could otherwise cause flooding downstream.

 The Colville Tribes had asked to keep the water level above 1,232 which is the lowest operational level for the Gifford Ferry near Inchelium.

 Although many boat launches on Lake Roosevelt are inoperable due to the low water levels, they are still open at Spring Canyon, Keller Ferry, Seven Bays, Hunters Camp, and Kettle Falls. As the water rises, by the end of May, Crescent Bay, Hansen Harbor, Lincoln Mill, Fort Spokane, Porcupine Bay, Gifford, Daisy, Bradbury Beach, and more boat launches should all be operational.  

 More information on current lake levels, and the minimum operable lake levels for many boat launches can be found at 

Colorama Festival coming May 12-14

A new 5K Colorama Color Run will be held at North Dam Park this year, adding literal “color” for Colorama to participants who want to revel in the spirit of the festival.

The run begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at North Dam Park. For those who pre-register at or at the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, the cost is $22 and includes a T-shirt. Registration on the day of the run will cost $25, and a T-shirt is not guaranteed.

Those on the run will receive a T-shirt and can get an optional spray of color at six locations along the way.

The route will cross North Dam and wind its way along trails for the 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). The racers will not run along the highway.

The Colorama carnival will feature a Ferris wheel, among a string of other rides, according to Rainier Amusements spokesperson Traci Newton.

Newton said Monday that, in addition to the Ferris wheel, there will be rides such as the YoYo, Spider, Helicopter, Vortex and Ali Baba. This will be Rainier Amusements’ first Colorama visit.

Newton said Rainier Amusements takes pride in providing family entertainment and that rides for all ages are a feature of the firm.

The popular pre-sale for carnival tickets began this week, with a one-day ticket selling for $20. The cost of a daily ticket at the site will be $28.

Pre-event tickets are available at the chamber of commerce office, the Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union, Coulee Hardware, Loepp Furniture, H&H Grocery, Trading Post near Nespelem, and The Star newspaper.

Also, Colorama button sales started last week, with buttons available at a number of local businesses. The $3 buttons are numbered for prizes in a drawing scheduled for Saturday, May 13.

Another popular feature of Colorama this year will be helicopter rides.

For the fifth year, Inland Helicopter will be on hand to take Colorama visitors on a helicopter ride over the area. Flights cost $30 per person if there are at least three people along, or $40 each if there are fewer than three.

Flights will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Flights take off from the ball field at North Dam Park.

Read more about the event at