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Queen looking forward to Colorama 2021

Dalley Katich, 17, of Wilbur, will reign over the Colorama PRCA Rodeo this week, and she's looking forward to welcoming all to Colorama. And look for Dalley to wave back at her in... — Updated 5/5/2021

What you need to know before coming to Colorama Festival events

The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce is asking for cooperation in keeping everyone safe during Colorama. The chamber issued the following guidelines: “Masks are to be worn at all times (except when actively eating or... — Updated 5/6/2021 Full story


State COVID recovery plan "paused"

Local counties remain in Phase 3 of Washington's COVID-19 recovery plan, which means that the local Colorama Festival with its variety of activities in the area can go on as... — Updated 5/5/2021 Full story

High school is planning a prom

Lake Roosevelt High School intends to hold a high school prom this month to give its students a sense of normalcy.  “We believe as a district that students need a sense of normal and that traditional events should continue... — Updated 5/5/2021


Speed signs proposed for Grand Coulee's SR-174 city limits

The city of Grand Coulee is considering installing electronic speed limit signs on both ends of the city limits along SR-174 and paying for it with money brought in from a public... — Updated 5/5/2021


New police car badging discussed ... and discussed again

You may be able to spot a Grand Coulee Police car more easily if the department gets new badging for their cars.  The topic of "rebadging" eight Grand Coulee Police patrol cars... — Updated 5/5/2021

Coulee Cops

Coulee Dam Police 4/28 - A man found a credit card on a table at Crescent Bay and turned it over to police. Using the name on the card, they attempted to contact the owner without success. - A person reported having been cornered... — Updated 5/5/2021 Full story


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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 5/5/2021 Full story


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 5/5/2021 Full story

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 5/5/2021 Full story

He can't win, but we can

When Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that he and state public health leaders had decided to go easy considering a dreaded possible rollback to more restrictive public safety measures, no sighs of relief left his critics... — Updated 5/5/2021

A buddy in the real sense

Damon Landeros is my great grandson. He’s really more than that; he is one of my best friends. Damon is a frequent visitor to our home and has the run of the place. He has two TV locations, the computer, and of course, the... — Updated 5/5/2021


Climate normals and volcanic unrest

Climatologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s office of National Centers for Environmental Information are recalculating the nation’s Climate... — Updated 5/5/2021

Has Biden forgotten our farmers?

Millions of Americans tuned in last Wednesday night to see what President Biden had to say about the first 100 days of his Administration and his plans for our country. Unfortunately for farmers, ranchers, and agricultural... — Updated 5/5/2021

Besemann's have a boy

Christi and Alex Besemann of Electric City, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son Asher Alan Besemann, born Monday, March 29, 2021, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He weighed 8 lbs., 4-1/2... — Updated 5/5/2021 Full story

Know before you go to the library

We are excited to welcome everyone back to our libraries. Here are a few things to know before you visit: Masks are still required for all patrons age 5 and up. Restrooms are closed at most locations.  Furniture is limited. We... — Updated 5/5/2021


Robert Lyle Bird

Robert Lyle Bird, 72, of Electric City passed away on March 31, 2021. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sharon. He is survived by two children Barry and Kitty,... — Updated 5/5/2021 Full story


Ryan Desmond Johnson

Ryan Desmond Johnson, of Spokane, Washington, passed away at Sacred Heart Medical Center on Friday, April 9th, 2021 from heart failure. Ryan was born in Spokane to his mother... — Updated 5/5/2021 Full story


Gloria Holmdahl (Pryor)

Gloria Ann Holmdahl transitioned on April 30th, 2021, in Spokane, Washington. Born March 14, 1937 in Spokane, to Scotty and Erma Pryor, Gloria spent her childhood in Coulee Dam.... — Updated 5/5/2021 Full story


Key Choice Commercial Honoring Founder Mike Bradley

On Monday, April 19, 2021, the Columbia River Inn lost one of its owners, Mr. Michael Bradley. Mike passed away at home in Shelter Bay, In LaConner, Washington from the... — Updated 5/5/2021 Full story

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 5/5/2021 Full story


This week in sports

Lady Raiders win three of four close games The Lady Raiders fastpitch team lost a close one to Omak before winning both games of a double header with Almira-Coulee-Hartline last... — Updated 5/5/2021

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 5/5/2021

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