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Grades 3-6 will ease back to LR next month

Elementary students will be at school while junior/senior high students keep on distance learning at home, a decision rendered in a three-hour school board meeting Monday. The... — Updated 10/28/2020 Full story


Nespelem School looking at bringing students back to campus

The Nespelem School District will hold a public Zoom meeting with parents of students next week to see how they think and feel about students returning to physical school. That... — Updated 10/29/2020 Full story

Grand Coulee offers small-business grants

Grand Coulee business owners have until Nov. 20 to apply for grants of up to $3,000 in federal relief funds the city received. The city set aside $18,000 for the grants from the $41,799 total in CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief,... — Updated 10/28/2020 Full story


Local COVID rate goes down slightly while the state's goes up

The COVID-19 virus is still very much around, although in local counties the incidence rate is down slightly, while the state as a whole has seen a rise in the rate.  Grant County... — Updated 10/28/2020


Council: property owner must remove signs

The Grand Coulee City Council voted last week against allowing a local man to keep several small billboards on his property on Main Street. Sam Hsieh owns "Coulee Plaza," a lot... — Updated 10/28/2020

Halloween fire safety tips

Scarecrows, jack-o-lanterns, paper ghosts, and dried cornstalks all show that it’s time for Halloween once again in Washington. Unfortunately, Halloween decorations can become truly scary if they catch fire. By planning ahead,... — Updated 10/28/2020 Full story

Taxes due Monday, Nov. 2

Grant County taxpayers are reminded that real, mobile home, personal property 2nd half taxes are due by Monday, November 2. Since October 31 is on a weekend, the due date is pushed to the next business day, November 2. If you are... — Updated 10/28/2020

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 10/17 - Residents on Roosevelt Drive were concerned about neighbors possibly selling pills with “shady” people coming to the residence at all hours of the day and night. The residents filmed a truck at the... — Updated 10/28/2020


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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 10/28/2020 Full story

Fulfill your duty and obligation

Voting is our civic obligation, but loving our neighbors is our moral duty. One does little common good without the other in a democracy. If you have not yet voted, you should. At this point in the week, you might be better off... — Updated 10/28/2020 Full story

Thanks for helping keep local clubs going

Sixty-four days and 2020 will be gone, and we all hope that 2021 will be a lot better year for everyone and everything. As I am sure you are aware, the Grand Coulee Dam Area organizations have taken a very large hit. They have... — Updated 10/28/2020

Kids were tourism boosters

I see that the Ice Age Park is now coming up for a vote with the final decision being left to the Electric City Community but the enjoyment of it being shared by many of those passing through. A few months back, Harvey Haven of... — Updated 10/28/2020

Agreeing with Gilman

Wow, it was great to hear from Ray Gilman in The Star newspaper last week. Ray served the Grand Coulee Dam School District as an administrator for decades. His loyalty and longevity were amazing. He is aware of what is going on... — Updated 10/28/2020

Count the sani-cans to know

If you really want to know when the Bureau of Reclamation fire station will be completed, keep track of the sani-cans outside. Star reporter Jacob Wagner gave a good rundown of the history of the project in the newspaper a couple... — Updated 10/28/2020

The American Dream is alive and well on Main Street

I have often said that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and that could not be truer in Central Washington’s rural communities. The owners and employees of Main Street businesses are integral to the well-being... — Updated 10/28/2020

Final week for collecting coats at NCB

The Grand Coulee branch of North Cascades Bank (NCB) is collecting new or gently used coats for local children in need. Cash donations will be used to purchase new coats.   All items will be distributed to schools in the Grand... — Updated 10/28/2020 Full story


Bestselling author will be virtual guest at NCW libraries

NCW Libraries and Wenatchee Valley College will host bestselling author Tommy Orange on Thursday, November 12, at 4 p.m. for a virtual author talk as part of the NCW Virtual Reads... — Updated 10/28/2020

Meetings & Notices

New AA Group in the Area A new Alcoholics Anon mous group is meeting each Saturday at noon at the Grand Coulee Community Church, 405 Center St. Meetings are open. More information call 509.680.9549 AA Meetings for the Area... — Updated 10/28/2020

City's new planning commission to meet

Electric City’s new planning commission will hold a public workshop tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 28) at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will kick off a process to review and revise the city’s Comprehensive Plan, zoning code and... — Updated 10/28/2020 Full story


Laughs encouraged at Trunk or Treat

The local PTA is putting on a drive-by "Trunk or Treat" event at Lake Roosevelt Schools Thursday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 6 p.m. Anyone with a vehicle is welcome, and costumes are... — Updated 10/28/2020


Joan Diane Guptill

Joan Diane Guptill, age 71, passed away on Friday, October 16th, 2020.  Joan was born in Kirkland, Washington, on June 11, 1949 to Ray and Vera Freeman. She grew up in... — Updated 10/28/2020 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 10/28/2020 Full story

Legals for October 28, 2020

Colville Indian Housing Authority REQUEST FOR QUOTATIONS ENCC Fire Rehab 1198 Bullrope St. Omak, WA 98841 Description: 1. Provide quotation on the Rehab of fire damaged building. (see scope of work). The Colville Indian Housing... — Updated 10/28/2020 Full story

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