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Two school levy meetings coming up

by Jacob Wagner Those who have an interest in the education of local youth will have two opportunities to learn more about an upcoming school levy that will be on the ballot for the November election.  The Grand Coulee Dam... — Updated 9/28/2022

Winning spirit

Raider football fans cheer at last Friday night's game against the Liberty Lancers, the LR defeat of whom boosted the Raider rating to second in the state after four games this... — Updated 9/28/2022

Ended pandemic or not, Covid is here to stay

After a nice break for a couple weeks, the infection control nurse at Coulee Medical Center had to get back in the saddle the third week in September with three employees out with Covid-19. And as of Monday night, reported CEO... — Updated 9/28/2022

Scarecrow trail planned to liven up fall

The Coulee area looked so festive last year with scarecrows that another Scarecrow Trail is planned this year by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce. During the scarecrow trail, residents and businesses display... — Updated 9/28/2022

Engineer: City sewer revamp will cost millions

The wastewater treatment plant that takes care of all the sewage from Grand Coulee and Electric City has been in operation continually since 1985, treating 127 gallons a minute on average. The two cities have not grown out of it... — Updated 9/28/2022

Mastodon jaw found along Columbia River

It can be hard to imagine mastodons roaming around in Eastern Washington, but they did, and a Grant PUD pulled a bone from one out of a bag last week. Back in March, the jawbone... — Updated 9/28/2022


Evacuation alert issued in Okanogan County A wildfire in Carlton warranted a level 2 (be ready to go) evacuation alert Tuesday afternoon that was still active by early evening. The Leecher Fire near 188 Vintin Road was about 30... — Updated 9/28/2022

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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 9/28/2022 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 9/28/2022 Full story

Some confusion on how newspapers function?

I’ve read a few of the recent letters to the editor and there seems to be some confusion on how newspapers function.  Yes, one of their roles is to disseminate news and keep their readers apprised of events that may concern... — Updated 9/28/2022

Positive changes noted at LR 

 In the spring of 2022, LR teachers and principal Natalie Kontos sat down and discussed the state of the school, behaviors, and teaching.  Major changes were decided upon, and now that there has been several weeks of... — Updated 9/28/2022

What's the deal?

Why should the vendetta that John Adkins has against the GCDSD Superintendent, negatively affect our children’s education? Your participation in this year’s School Levy is critical to the future of our children. Your voice... — Updated 9/28/2022


Remember LR grad Cade Egbert. I see him from time to time and he always gives me a big smile. Cade was special as an athlete. He may not have been the most talented, but no matter what year you think of, he would be a starter for... — Updated 9/28/2022

The sound of music

We all know the role music plays in our lives. Want to raise your spirits? Turn on some music. I have started to hold nightly concerts for my own benefit that can start by 9 p.m. and last until the early hours. I will come back... — Updated 9/28/2022

Celebrating Central Washington's clean energy

From September 26 to September 30, we are recognizing National Clean Energy Week, an opportunity to celebrate the clean energy advancements taking place across the country. In Central Washington, we have extra cause to celebrate... — Updated 9/28/2022

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 9/15 - Police saw a stolen vehicle near King Avenue and Dill Street and told the occupants to put their hands outside the vehicle. They did so for a while, but then the driver put his hands back into the... — Updated 9/28/2022

Cast for Masquers upcoming production has been announced

The Soap Lake Masquers Theater wishes to announce the cast list for the upcoming fall musical that opens October 21st through November 13th. We are very proud to have many new faces as part of this Masquers production. ONCE ON... — Updated 9/28/2022

Meetings & Notices

Food Bank Open for Drive-Through Care & Share Food Bank will be closed Friday, Oct. 7. Indoor services will resume on Friday, October 14, from 1-3 p.m. Please bring bags or boxes. Masks will be required. AA Meetings in the Local... — Updated 9/28/2022

Rosaline Phillips James

Rosaline Phillips James, 85, Revered Elder of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville, beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Great-Great-Grandmother passed on from her... — Updated 9/28/2022

Donna Fay Shear

On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, Donna Fay Shear, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away. She was 87 years old. She is survived in death by her... — Updated 9/28/2022

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 9/28/2022 Full story

Raider football team goes 4-0 Ranked second in state

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders played at home in Coulee Dam against Liberty High School Friday, securing the win for a 4-0 win-loss football record. The Raiders won 18-7 against the... — Updated 9/28/2022

Volleyball wins one, loses one

The Lady Raiders won a road game but lost at home last week, making for a 3-2 win-loss record. The Lady Raiders played in Tonasket Sept. 20, where they beat the Lady Tigers 3-0.... — Updated 9/28/2022

Cross country runs Okanogan, Kettle Falls

Raider cross country runners are running all over the place, having competed at the Okanogan Valley Golf Course and at Kettle Falls last week. In Okanogan Sept. 20, Caden Portch... — Updated 9/28/2022

Soccer learns from loss in Quincy

The Lady Raiders soccer team suffered a 10-0 loss Saturday in Quincy.  “I was proud Lake Roosevelt showed perseverance against a very polished 1A opponent,” Assistant Coach Solveig Chaffee said. “We came away with a... — Updated 9/28/2022

Legals for Sept. 28, 2022

LOGIC AND ACCURACY TEST In accordance with RCW 29A.12.130 and WAC 434-335, a Logic and Accuracy test will be conducted on the Okanogan County vote counting equipment. The test will be held in the Okanogan County Auditors Office... — Updated 9/28/2022

Coulee Medical Center ER and Walk-In Care

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