That's the spirit

Grand Coulee Dam's Nathaniel "Nat" Washington Power Plant is lit cheerfully lately with yellow, red, green, and blue lights that reflect nicely off the waters of the Columbia... — Updated 12/6/2023

City sets salary range for future police chief

Grand Coulee will offer a new police chief a starting salary range from $95,000 to $110,000 a year. That was decided at the Nov. 21 city council meeting to prepare for the coming retirement of Chief John Tufts, who is currently... — Updated 12/6/2023

Elmer City to survey for park planning

Elmer City residents should look in their utility bills for a link to a survey that is the first step in the town's planning efforts toward coming up with a plan to improve its... — Updated 12/6/2023

Local cities to get $3.9 million for streets

Six local municipalities will receive nearly $3.9 million in funding help for street projects in 2024, having been selected by the state Transportation Improvement Board, the agency announced this week. Coulee Dam will get more... — Updated 12/6/2023

Shop with a Cop a hit

From left, Grand Coulee Fire Chief Ryan Fish, Ambulance Chief Rick Paris, Santa Claus (Chris Holman), Firefighter and EMT Merlee Liberty, and officer Matt Gilbert at the Coulee... — Updated 12/6/2023

Risk insurance premiums out of control

For 2024, Lincoln County will be paying over $1,500,000 in risk insurance premiums. This represents a drastic increase of over 83% from just two years ago and 53% over 2023. And … these rates are expected to escalate next year... — Updated 12/6/2023

Watch out for the Mormon crickets

America has a love affair with ghost towns. I’ve visited several, but the most memorable is Silver City, Idaho. Silver City is about 75 miles south of Boise and is probably the most significant thing in Owyhee County. This... — Updated 12/6/2023

Finding the power for future Griswold Christmas lightshows

It is that time of year when people put up their outside holiday lights and displays. Judging from our neighborhood, they are decorating more than usual. In our country, 90 percent... — Updated 12/6/2023

Meetings and Notices

Fire Dist. 14 to Meet Grant County Fire District #14 will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, December 11, 2023, at 6:00 at the Electric City Fire Station. Area AA Meetings In Electric City, the New Hope group holds its... — Updated 12/6/2023

NCW libraries offer winter reading program

NCW Libraries’ annual Winter Reading Program began on Dec. 1 and is available at all 30 library locations and online at The goal for the program is to inspire everyone to read during the cold winter... — Updated 12/6/2023

Gifts need to be returned to trees by Dec. 11

Monday, December 11: (Very important date!) All gifts, wrapped and with tags attached to the outside of the package, need to be returned to a ‘Tree’ location so they can be organized for delivery Saturday, December 16, 10:00... — Updated 12/6/2023

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 11/23 - Police told a Vancouver, Washington woman they would keep an eye out for her son who frequents the area. She was calling various places in the state looking for him.  11/24 - Police pulled a vehicle... — Updated 12/6/2023

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 12/6/2023


Colville Indian Housing Authority REQUEST FOR QUOTES SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING REHAB PROJECTS in OMAK, MALOTT, INCHELIUM, and COULEE DAM The Colville Indian Housing Authority (CIHA) is seeking quotations from interested parties for... — Updated 12/6/2023

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