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 By Roger S. Lucas    News    April 26, 2017 

Cutbacks coming for school district

Several positions and some programs will be cut back as officials of the Grand Coulee Dam School District try to erase a potential $745,000 budget deficit they are facing for the 2017-18 school year. Superintendent Paul Turner shared his concerns...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    April 26, 2017 

High-speed chase ends at landslide on Peter Dan Road

A high-speed chase Saturday ended on Peter Dan Road when two vehicles, a police car and the pursued truck, both crashed into the landslide that spans the road. The two suspects then took off on foot,...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    April 26, 2017 

Intercity ATV route would require highway slowdown

Things are getting serious about allowing ATV travel in city streets in Grand Coulee. And a new twist was added at Grand Coulee’s council meeting a week ago. An idea surfaced to allow all-terrain vehicles to travel between Grand Coulee and...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    April 26, 2017 

New district for street repair still considered

The idea of creating a “Transportation Benefit District” in Grand Coulee is still alive, but not certain. Cities form TBDs usually add a license plate tab charge to those within their jurisdiction to develop special monies for roads. Electric...

 
 News    April 26, 2017 

Newsbriefs

Pay increase OK’d Grand Coulee’s council approved a 2-percent wage increase for all employees at its last council meeting. The increase is for both administration and staff. CMC considering assisted living Coulee Medical Center is about to hire...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    April 26, 2017 

Earth Day celebration a success

The Colville Confederated Tribes held their eighth annual Earth Day celebration on Friday at the Nespelem Pow Wow grounds. Those attending learned about the environment and what we can do to help it....

 
 News    April 26, 2017 

Update on the truck/baseball field incident

The driver of a pickup that crashed through a fence and damaged the high school baseball field last week was in the throws of a serious heart problem, the Star learned later. Driver Phil Grunlose, 82, told an officer who pulled him over that he...

 
 News    April 26, 2017 

Triple Fish Challenge has plenty of firsts

There were plenty of highlights and firsts in the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce Triple Fish Challenge last weekend. The fishing tournament attracted a record number of boats and...

 
 News    April 26, 2017 

Banks Lake Golf Course holds ice breaker

The Merchants League sign-up and ice breaker scramble is set for 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26th at Banks Lake Golf Course. Merchants entry fee is $100 per 4 person team. League play will start May 3, 2017. Tee Off at 5:00 p.m....

 
 News    April 26, 2017 

Michael Somday

Michael Somday passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Grand Coulee. A complete obituary will be in next week's Star. Visitation will be held at Strate Funeral Home, Grand Coulee, on Saturday,...

 
 By Roger S. Lucas    News    April 19, 2017

Honest man turns in found cash

What would you have done? James A. Fox, from Grand Coulee, turned in to put some gas into his car last Tuesday at Coulee Gas and found a wad of cash totaling $1,000. Fox promptly went to the Grand Coulee Police Department across the street and gave...

 

Updated 11: 48 a.m.: High-speed chase ends on Peter Dan Road, suspects reportedly still at large

A high speed chase ended on Peter Dan Road when two vehicles, a car and a truck, both crashed into the landslide that spans the road. A woman, apparently a nearby resident, told The Star that two...

 

Daylight damage

Update: The driver of the vehicle, Phil Grunlose, was having a heart attack at the time of the incident, and as of Thursday was still hospitalized, his wife confirmed. Turf flies behind a pickup on...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 19, 2017

Coulee Dam's wastewater treatment facility moves ahead

Coulee Dam’s new wastewater treatment facility got big push ahead last week as the town council approved interim financing to get the project started, then approved the bid to build it for more than expected, but with more cost-saving features....

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 19, 2017

City to hire work on new parks

Electric City’s park plan got a boost April 11, when the city council looked favorably on recommendations from the Parks and Recreation Committee (PARC). The council agreed to move forward on hiring an engineering or landscape firm to draw final...

 

Miller selected to city council seat

Jeremy Miller was unanimously selected last Tuesday night to fill the vacancy on the Electric City council. He was one of three candidates that submitted a letter of interest in serving on the council to replace Brad Parrish who resigned about six...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    April 19, 2017

Bureau of Reclamation seeks comment on proposed overhaul

The Bureau of Reclamation is asking for comments from interested parties on a planned overhaul of 18 generators in the left and right powherhouses of Grand Coulee Dam. The generators have been in service for some 70 years and need repair, the bureau...

 

Newsbriefs

Parish on parks The Electric City Council selected former city councilman Brad Parrish to serve on the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee. Parrish had been active as a council member in getting the city’s Revitalization plan started and is a...

 

House saved from fire

Firefighters cut holes in the side and roof of a house at 111 Washington Place in Electric City Thursday, but saved it from burning down. A bathroom light-ceiling fan combination unit caused the...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 19, 2017

Price of power goes up in Elmer City

Elmer City residents will see a 2-percent increase in their power bills as a result of an increase in electric costs from Nespelem Valley Electric, town council members learned last Thursday. The town was advised by NVE that its power rates would go...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    April 19, 2017

Earth Day event on Friday

The Colville Confederated Tribes is hosting their 8th Annual Celebration of Earth Day on Friday, April 21st, the day before Earth Day, at the Colville Agency powwow grounds near Nespelem. The event is scheduled to last from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.,...

 
 By Press Release    News    April 19, 2017

Two arrested for home burglary near Soap Lake

SOAP LAKE, Wash. (19APR2017) – Two people are in jail today after a home burglary just north of Soap Lake. For two nights in a row, a home in the 22000 block of State Route 17 North had been burglarized. That prompted a Grant County sheriff’s...

 

Emergency declared and flood warnings issued in Okanogan Co.

Okanogan County commissioners declared a state of emergency Monday, due to threat of flooding and debris problems on county roads. Commissioners passed the resolution after county roads suffered damage from heavy precipitation recently. They...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    April 12, 2017

Fire destroys home in Grand Coulee

Fire destroyed a home at 323 Roosevelt Drive in Grand Coulee late Saturday evening. A family of four were away at the time of the fire; however, two dogs died in the blaze. The Jesus Llamas family...

 

Controlling the flow

As some 203,000 cubic feet of water per second flows downstream of Grand Coulee Dam Sunday evening, about 58,000 cfs comes down the spillway through seven outlet tubes while the Bureau of Reclamation...

 

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