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Banks Lake Pumped Storage Project still in works

The Banks Lake Pumped Storage Project, which would bring an estimated 1,000-2,000 workers to the area during construction and add an extra 500 megawatts of hydropower electricity... — Updated 3/4/2021

Class still aims for senior trip with board approval

A senior trip to Huntington Beach, California is still looking like a go after the board approved the trip contingent on another update in April.  About 30 Lake Roosevelt High School seniors are interested in taking the trip on... — Updated 3/3/2021


Washington's regions remain in Phase Two indefinitely

All eight of Washington's regions are in Phase Two of the state's phased plan for reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic and will be there for "at least several weeks," according to... — Updated 3/3/2021

Pet law work continues in Coulee Dam

After a lengthy discussion with the city attorney, the city council decided Wednesday on a new course for changing Coulee Dam’s animal control ordinance. City Attorney Mick Howe met online with the council to discuss a proposed... — Updated 3/3/2021


New book looks at Okanogan peoples

A new book by Colville Tribal member Arnie Marchand titled "What Is Your Name?" describes the way of life of the Okanogan Native Americans, examining the lives of individuals and... — Updated 3/3/2021

Bill to ban private prisons wins bipartisan support

Washington’s only private detention center is proposed for closure. House Bill 1090 prohibits any person, business or government from operating private, for-profit detention facilities.  It recently passed in the House of... — Updated 3/3/2021

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 2/23 - A woman was banned from the senior center after having been run off from inside and outside the center. The woman has gone through the dumpster multiple times and leaves a mess. Police spoke to her at... — Updated 3/3/2021


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1. Go to with your browser. 2. To get instant access, click the small ad in the upper right corner, circled in red here. It's linked to a page with a form for... — Updated 3/3/2021


How to attend public meetings in the Grand Coulee Dam area

With multiple towns, boards, and districts, there are lots of meetings happening in the Grand Coulee Dam area that each offer opportunity to engage in the processes that affect... — Updated 3/3/2021

Positions up for election this year for local councils, boards

Voters will decide on about 30 positions up for election in the 2021 elections for local town councils, school boards, and more. Candidate filings of intent to run for these offices are open from May 17-21. Grand Coulee Three... — Updated 3/3/2021

Feeling a lot of stress

I hope you write sometime about the mental stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve struggled with mental stress a lot, and here is how I feel: The COVID19 pandemic — with its deaths, economic hardship and curbs on social... — Updated 3/3/2021

Regarding park funding

As a former council member and current park committee member, along with my co-park committee member, I have sat back, listened, and read the newspaper. We feel it is important to correct information regarding the Electric City... — Updated 3/3/2021

Joe, and those motorcycle days

Joe Emerson joined our class as a junior at Palouse High School. He became my closest friend and remained so for several years. His older brother had ties with a motorcycle group in Spokane and we soon followed him there. Our... — Updated 3/3/2021

Governor Inslee, what is Phase 3?

When our state moved into Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s latest iteration of a reopening plan, it signaled a well-deserved step forward for our region. Following guidelines under the leadership of local health districts and... — Updated 3/3/2021

Our country rests on people doing the right thing

As the events of the past few months have unfolded, I have often found myself wondering what our Founders would have made of it all. Impossible to know, of course, but they had plenty of insight to offer. In particular, I keep... — Updated 3/3/2021

Meetings & Notices

New Cancer Support Group Cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors have been gathering semiweekly to talk, in a safe environment with honesty about the physical, emotional and spiritual impact of cancer. The group meets the... — Updated 3/3/2021

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... — Updated 3/3/2021


LR athletes return to sports

Lake Roosevelt athletes participated in sporting events for the first time in about a year.  "It was great to see the kids back in action and going," Athletic Director Tim... — Updated 3/3/2021

Sports attendance: two tickets per player at home events

Attending Lake Roosevelt sporting events is much different this year than in previous years due to COVID-19.  Each player is allowed only two guests per game for home games, while there will be no away team fan attendance for... — Updated 3/3/2021

Legals for March 3, 2021

SUMMARY OF ORDINANCES PASSED OF THE CITY OF ELECTRIC CITY, WASHINGTON Full and complete copies of the above ordinances are available at City Hall, 10 Western Avenue, Electric City, WA during normal working hours. On the 12th day... — Updated 3/3/2021

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