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Lawmakers launch session with calls for cooperation, quick action on COVID-19

Washington state legislative leaders on Monday, Jan. 11 took turns delivering upbeat messages that promised unity in taking swift action to relieve residents and businesses hit hard over the past 12 months by the COVID-19... — Updated 1/13/2021 Full story


State patrol, National Guard will secure capitol campus ahead of inauguration

Hundreds of officers from the Washington State Patrol and the National Guard will continue to surround the Capitol Campus in Olympia through the inauguration of President-elect Joe... — Updated 1/15/2021


Tribes lift curfew in Keller

The Colville Tribes has lifted the Covid-related curfew in Keller a week after it lifted the same restriction in Inchelium. The Keller 9 p.m. curfew was lifted as of tonight, Jan.... — Updated 1/14/2021 Full story

Updated: 1A COVID vaccine event set for Friday at CMC

Coulee Medical Center will host a drive-through vaccination event Friday, injecting arms to inoculate the first tier of people prioritized to get the shots. Friday’s event will inoculate people in the top 1A tier, including... — Updated 1/14/2021 Full story

Fall sports scheduled to start in February

High school sports traditionally played in the fall are scheduled to begin in February.  Indoor winter sports were originally scheduled to be the first sports played this athletic school year, but the Washington Interscholastic... — Updated 1/13/2021

Propaganda left on teachers' desks upsets school

A stapled packet of religious “propaganda” left in teachers’ rooms over the weekend has stirred security and other concerns at Lake Roosevelt Elementary. Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Paul Turner emailed a... — Updated 1/13/2021


State begins new COVID recovery plan

Measuring COVID rates by region rather than counties, and using other metrics, are part of a new recovery plan in Washington state.  Gov. Jay Inslee announced the "Healthy... — Updated 1/13/2021 Full story

Free streaming service available through library

A free streaming service launched by North Central Washington Libraries, which includes the Grand Coulee Library, offers 30,000 movie titles, including hit movies, documentaries, and kids’ content. And it all only requires a... — Updated 1/13/2021

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 1/5 - A man on Bay Area Drive was fine when police checked on his well being at the request of his sister. The man was surprised she sent the police to check on him.  - A woman on Kelso Avenue reported a van... — Updated 1/13/2021

Increased participation might be 'silver lining' to online Legislature

This might be the most accessible legislative session in history, thanks to online tools provided by the state. McKenna Troje, 22, a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, participated in a one-person... — Updated 1/13/2021


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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 1/13/2021 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 1/13/2021 Full story

COVID-19 vaccinations should be given for learning organizations

As Superintendent of the Wellpinit School District, I am very fortunate that all of my staff have been at work in person. This has taken extensive collaborative preventive preparation and is due in a large part, to the support... — Updated 1/13/2021

I've never met a cow I liked!

To me, any cow, is one too many. My personal experience with cows goes back a number of years. Growing up, I lived on a farm, moving to town when I started school when 6. Oh, we had cows then, but my three older brothers and my... — Updated 1/13/2021

The captain who took the ship down with him

President “only I” committed political suicide during the final days of his term. Unfortunately, the pirate captain took the Republican ship down with him. His hour long, January 2nd, phone rant to Georgia Secretary of... — Updated 1/13/2021

Biden's domestic climate agenda must prioritize rural communities

President-elect Joe Biden ran on a platform that promised to “Build Back Better” while also pledging to take the steps needed to address the harsh realities of a changing climate. For rural Americans, the level of investment... — Updated 1/13/2021

Work from home is here to stay

With COVID-19 vaccines being widely dispensed, will an end to this pandemic halt “work from home?” Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? Not likely! However, it is not an either/or question, said... — Updated 1/13/2021


It's a girl for Heilman/Cruz

Jenay Heilman and Rodrigo Cruz of Grand Coulee, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Remmi Victoria Cruz, born Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at Coulee Medical... — Updated 1/13/2021 Full story

Smith/Stanger have a boy

Kree’Onna Smith and AJ Stanger of Coulee Dam, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their son Blake Nathaneil Ray Stanger born Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. He... — Updated 1/13/2021 Full story

Ridge Riders elect officers for 2021

New officers selected the Ridge Riders Club for the 2021 year are: President, George Kohout; Vice President, Wayne Fowler; Traeasurer, Bonnie Brakebill; Secretary, Cindy Fowler; Trustees: 3 Year, Sandi Smith; 2 year, Janet... — Updated 1/13/2021

Meetings & Notices

Grant County Mosquito Dist. 2 to Meet Grant County Mosquito District No. 2 will be holding the monthly meeting Thursday, January 14, 2021 via phone conference at 5:00 pm.  To join the meeting, call 1-425-436-6260, then enter the... — Updated 1/13/2021


Staying dry to start the year

A group of six kayakers paddle at Spring Canyon Jan. 1 at noon as part of an annual polar plunge event when swimmers said the water was colder this year than in the past. Half a... — Updated 1/13/2021


Darryl Dominic Moses

Darryl Dominic Moses left us in the early morning hours on Wednesday December 23, 2020, due to a massive heart attack. He was born September 1, 1949, to Raymond Moses and Mary Dick... — Updated 1/13/2021 Full story


Terri Lee Covington

Terri Lee Covington was called home to join her ancestors in the early morning hours on Sunday, December 20, 2020. Terri was brought into this world on Monday July 4, 1966 in... — Updated 1/13/2021 Full story


Lloyd Carl Carlson

Lloyd Carl Carlson was born in Seattle, Washington on February 11, 1957 to Carl and Beverly Carlson. He was the fourth of what soon became a family of six children. From early on... — Updated 1/13/2021 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 1/13/2021 Full story

Legals for January 13, 2020

City of Grand Coulee PUBLIC NOTICE ORDINANCE NO. 1075 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2020 BUDGET of the City of Grand Coulee, AS ADOPTED IN ORDINANCE NO. 1062. The full text of this Ordinance is available by contacting City Hall,... — Updated 1/13/2021 Full story

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