School board hears retired response to employee surveys

Two retired school employees, one a janitor and the other a math teacher, gave the Grand Coulee Dam School District board Monday a taste of how they feel about the recent results of surveys that asked about discipline in the schools. Ray Wells, a...

Preschool will be moved to Grand Coulee site

The Grand Coulee Dam School District's preschool will move to the old middle school this fall, following a decision made at the school board meeting Monday night. "The elementary school needs the...

As legislators argue, school budgets are guesswork

Taking their best guess, Nespelem School District set up a tentative plan to spend $4.7 million to run the school in the next school year, give or take $525,000. Financial officer Tanya Bunting said they won’t know exactly what money will come in...

Perfect weather

A boater cruises down Banks Lake Tuesday at the start of a very moderate weather week, expected to feature blue skies and pleasant temperatures. See the forecast on...

Nordine files for Electric City council seat

Carol Nordine filed her intent to run for a seat on the Electric City Council during a special three-day filing period last week. Nordine filed for Position 4 on the council currently held by Jeremy Miller, who did not file because, he told council...

Wednesday market opens

The Wednesday Market began last week and will continue on Wednesdays through Sept. 13. Chamber of commerce Executive Director Peggy Nevsimal said a number of exhibitors have signed up for the entire...

Geologist Bjornstad gives guided hike

Geologist Bruce Bjornstad came to Dry Falls-Sun Lakes State Park June 17 to give a guided tour of the Caribou Trail to a dog and about 10 human hikers who were local, from the Seattle area, and from...

Whooping cough confirmed in Grant County

Grant County Health District officials say there are three confirmed, and possibly more cases of whooping cough in the Ephrata area. Three cases have been confirmed and one additional probable case, with additional cases pending, health officials...

Police warn: know fireworks restrictions

The city of Grand Coulee restricts the use of legal, personal fireworks to a single venue: off the top of North Dam. But even there, local police would like you to know, they still have to comply with state law. And that lets out any mortar-style...

Join the Arbor Day Foundation to help high-need forests

Forests across America are a prized natural resource, and anyone can help plant trees in these vital areas by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month. Through the Replanting Our National Forests campaign, the Arbor Day Foundation will honor...

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 6/19 - Police responded to a report that two brothers were fighting at an Electric Boulevard location. One brother said he had tried to enter the house to get some sleep but the other prevented him from doing so, so he punched...

Re: "Proposed federal budget cuts would take money from public to give to private schools"

I was surprised to see such a biased article on the front page of the paper on June 21, 2017. The article titled, “Proposed federal budget cuts would take money from public to give to private schools,” should have been in the opinion section....

Specific questions for candidates and an idea

I recently asked local candidates to tell us about their candidacy. After polling local folks and hearing from more than a few folks on social media, it seems there are specific questions that we’d like to pose to the candidates. These are two of...

Students' "community service" shouldn't sound like a punishment

I was very thankful to be asked to sit in on the LRHS Senior Oral Boards! I didn’t realize how much of a rewarding experience this was going to be.  One thing I promised to address was the community service requirement. While most didn’t have...

Students' "community service" shouldn't sound like a punishment

I was very thankful to be asked to sit in on the LRHS Senior Oral Boards! I didn’t realize how much of a rewarding experience this was going to be.  One thing I promised to address was the community service requirement. While most didn’t have...

Generations of service

I recently took part in some training, and they compared the four generations that are currently in the workforce: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials, all working together and the struggles with communication that occur...

Still coming up

Although the elevation of Lake Roosevelt was just six feet below full Tuesday, at 1,284 feet above sea level, kids jumping off the swim dock at Spring Canyon were still jumping off the deeper edge....

Meetings and Notices

No Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will not be meeting this Thursday due to the preparations for the upcoming Festival of America being held June 30 and July 1 at the park below the visitor center in Coulee Dam....

Senior meals

Wed., June 28 - Dinner Nick's Beef Stew, Homemade Bread, Mixed Fruit, Ice Cream w/Topping Thurs., June 29 - Dinner Chicken Alfredo, Green Beans w/Onions, Cinnamon Pears, Cookies & Cream Cake Fri., June 30 - Breakfast Ham Scramble, Hashbrowns,...

Summer fun

Jesse, of the CMC softball team, fields a hit from the Almira-Coulee Dam team Thursday at North Dam Park. - Jacob Wagner...

Things to do in the coulee

Wednesday, June 28 • Puppet Show, Grand Coulee Library, 3 p.m. • Wednesday Market, North Dam Park, 4-8 p.m. • Karaoke, Hi Dam Tavern, Grand Coulee, 8 p.m. Friday, June 30 • Storytime, Grand Coulee Library, 10:30 a.m. (Friday candy winner...

Robert L. Boucher

Robert L. Boucher, former Grand Coulee Dam area resident, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Services will be held at the Grand Coulee Church of the Nazarene on Friday, June 30th at 11 am. A complete obituary will be in next week’s...

Beverly B "Bev" Davis

Beverly B "Bev" Davis, 68, beloved life-long resident of Nespelem, Washington, and proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, went on to join her elders Sunday evening, June 18, 2017, from...

Star Obituary Policy

There is a $50 charge for obituaries published in the Star. This includes a photo and up to 500 words. Reminders for Celebrations of Life and Death Notices are $25. Articles must be either e-mailed, faxed or dropped off at the Star office. They...

Supplemental contracts approved for LR schools

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board Monday night approved a number of supplemental contracts for various functions at the school. Aaron Derr was issued supplemental contracts as a district website administrator and a 12th-grade advisor....

New Nespelem supt. sworn in

Nespelem School District has brought back Dr. Mary Hall, who was sworn in as the new superintendent at a board meeting Monday. The board also approved hiring Jeff Golding as a middle school science...

Soccer program approved for fall again Coach assignments listed

Soccer will continue to be part of the Grand Coulee Dam School District’s athletic program, the school board voted Monday night. The girl’s soccer program was highly successful, Athletic Director Levi Seekins advised the board in a written...

Annual Coyote Open tourney set

The annual Coyote Open Golf tournament is scheduled for July 8 and 9 at Banks Lake Golf Course. Sponsored by Key Bank and the Coulee Dam Casino, the tourney tee times are Saturday, 8 and 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Sunday. For more...

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