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New statewide COVID-19 restrictions announced

After Washington families were asked last week not to gather with people outside their households over the coming holidays, the governor added more details and broader restrictions... — Updated 11/18/2020


Most local county COVID rates up significantly

COVID-19 cases are up and down all over the map and the state is seeing record high days.  The Seattle Times reported Nov. 16 that "for the third day in a row, state health... — Updated 11/18/2020

Is winter coming for Electric City's Ice Age Park?

The fate of Electric City’s potential Ice Age Park may be decided at the city’s Dec. 8 council meeting.  At their Nov. 10 meeting, the council discussed the park following the failure of a levy to raise funds for maintenance... — Updated 11/18/2020


Anthropologist to speak online Robert Moïse will be the guest speaker at the Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club’s Zoom meeting Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5:15 p.m. and the public is invited. Moïse, a consulting anthropologist, has... — Updated 11/18/2020


Honoring veterans remotely

From left, music teacher Karen Pace, BrieAnn Whittaker, Skylar Armstrong, Nathan Weldon and Channell Smith gather in the student Hub at Lake Roosevelt High School to sing a few... — Updated 11/18/2020

Ritzville wedding spreads disease in Grant County

Public health authorities are asking anyone from multiple communities who attended a large wedding near Ritzville Nov. 7 to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine through Nov. 21. Grant County Health District said it knows... — Updated 11/18/2020

Garbage fees to climb from a chain reaction

Coulee Dam residents will likely soon pay about another $1 a week to have their trash picked up at the curb. The city council in a Monday budget workshop found that a hike of about $4 a month is likely inevitable, following a... — Updated 11/18/2020

Elmer City residential sewer rates may go up

Elmer City residential sewer rates will likely go up by about 20% in 2021.  The raise was discussed by the city council during a budget discussion meeting Nov. 12.  A sewage lift station pump replacement in the Lone Pine area... — Updated 11/18/2020


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 11/18/2020

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 11/7 - A woman at the Hill Avenue apartments reported a boy threw a bottle at her window. No damage was caused. The boy’s mother said he knew better and isn’t allowed near the other woman’s apartment.... — Updated 11/18/2020


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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 11/18/2020

Re: "Risky time to take risks" editorial, Nov. 11 issue

Just a comment on Scott Hunter’s thoughts on starting in-person learning again: In my 70s and raising a now teenager who says I am an (old fashioned, crazy, crabby old lady), I often wonder if she is right. I have answered the... — Updated 11/18/2020

Community should realize division and school staff fear

The other day I made a public information request for documents concerning the GCD School District Board meeting on Nov. 9th, 2020. One item I asked for was a copy of Form 1430F, Request to be Placed on the Board Agenda. This... — Updated 11/18/2020

They're treasures who need to be treasured

I cried today — Friends and family of John Coykendall will understand. A more genuine and dear soul you would not find. I enjoyed conversation with him over the great little things and the little big things. (To clarify: he... — Updated 11/18/2020

Shopping small for 2020 holiday season needed more than ever

It’s no secret that the Coronavirus pandemic has made a huge impact on how Washington retailers and restaurants operate. With additional restrictions implemented at the start of the holiday season as cases surge, it’s another... — Updated 11/18/2020

An eye on Nespelem

Colleen Leskinen has had her eye on Nespelem for a very long time, essentially since her birth year, 67 years ago. Some people know her as the lady who runs the daycare, within the shadow of the town limits. Others know her as... — Updated 11/18/2020


Remembering James E. Saunders

As part of its Centennial Year Celebration, the Washington State Patrol has been offering information on each of the 30 individuals at the patrol who have lost their lives in the... — Updated 11/18/2020

Make a lasting impact this holiday season

Lincoln, Neb. – Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation. Give-A-Tree® cards from the Arbor Day Foundation... — Updated 11/18/2020

Trees of Sharing ornaments are out

Trees of Sharing 2020 is here to help struggling families provide a Christmas gift for their children. Since the early 1980’s, the Trees of Sharing program has been a pathway for Grand Coulee Dam area residents to be a blessing... — Updated 11/18/2020

Meetings and Notices

New Cancer Support Group Cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors have been gathering semiweekly to talk, in a safe environment with honesty about the physical, emotional and spiritual impact of cancer. The group meets the... — Updated 11/18/2020

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 11/18/2020

Legals for Nov. 18, 2020

Grant County Port District No. 7 NOTICE OF MEETING CHANGE We are changing the November Meeting Date from Thursday, November 26th to Thursday, November 19th due to Thanksgiving Day falling on the 26th. Prior to the regular meeting... — Updated 11/18/2020

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