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A flying drone's eye view offers a different perspective

You can see the world from a different perspective by flying a drone.  Greg Behrens, a retired geologist from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, demonstrated his drone for The Star... — Updated 5/11/2022

Decisions to be made for sports facility plans

Where should a new gym be and where should the baseball field be? Those are decisions coming up for the Grand Coulee Dam School District board of directors. At their May 9 meeting, the group discussed with Superintendent Paul... — Updated 5/11/2022

County to update Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Okanogan County is starting the process to update its Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which may address issues such as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness, or structure protection. Okanogan County... — Updated 5/11/2022

Truck fire caught early and extinguished

Firefighters from Coulee Dam, Grand Coulee, and Elmer City departments responded to a vehicle fire near the Coulee Dam Casino Tuesday. The fire burned inside the cab of a pickup... — Updated 5/11/2022

No rain on our parade

The annual Colorama Parade heads up Midway Avenue Saturday as people line the roadway and kids rush after candy thrown by participants. After a bleak weather forecast for a... — Updated 5/11/2022

Adams signs intent with Division III school

Alonzo Adams signed a celebratory letter of intent May 5 to attend Pacific University in Oregon, where he'll play basketball and study hard. In a small ceremony in the Lake... — Updated 5/11/2022

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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 5/11/2022 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 5/11/2022 Full story

Dedicate highway to Vietnam veterans

I wrote a request for everyone to write a letter of support for dedicating Highway 20 to the Vietnam Veterans. I thought it was a great idea and I accepted the role as chair from Hodges Post #84, in Oroville. I thought the... — Updated 5/11/2022 Full story

How did I get here, anyway?

I have been tracing my Lucas family back as far as the mid 17th century in LaRochelle, France. I can’t seem to get past Jean Lucas, so for now he is the patriarch of the family. The family followed the teachings of John Calvin... — Updated 5/11/2022

Standing up for the startup

Google Home speakers are “smart,” to use the language of our times. They’re also stolen. That’s according to a recent ruling from the U.S. International Tradex Commission that found Google infringed on five patents from... — Updated 5/11/2022

Bipartisanship isn't dead, but it's not in good health, either

Having just watched a Supreme Court nominee supported by a comfortable majority of Americans draw just three Republican votes in the Senate, you could be forgiven for thinking bipartisanship in Congress is a thing of the past.... — Updated 5/11/2022

Milling thinned trees can foot bill to reduce wildfire risks

Thinning public woodlands to remove millions of dead trees is a way to generate much needed cash to reduce wildfire risks, improve forest health, and protect rural homeowners and... — Updated 5/11/2022

Deadline soon for flags to be dedicated

It's about time for the Isle of Flags dedication. The deadline for ordering flags is Friday, May 20. For those wanting to order a flag to be dedicated and placed to honor your deceased veteran for this year's event, call Ben... — Updated 5/11/2022 Full story

Next blood drive set for May 16

The next Grand Coulee Dam Area Community Blood Drive is set for Monday, May 16, noon - 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Electric City. All blood types are needed to ensure a safe and ready supply, especially type O blood.... — Updated 5/11/2022 Full story

Zoom Poetry Night

NCW Libraries is holding a free evening of poetry via Zoom at 7 p.m. May 17! Share your original works or listen to others read their poetry. For more information contact the local library or go to the website @... — Updated 5/11/2022

Dispose household hazardous waste for free this Friday

Grand Coulee Dam area residents may dispose of household hazardous waste for free on Friday, May 13 from 12 pm to 4 pm at the Delano Regional Transfer Station.  This event is for waste generated by households o... — Updated 5/11/2022

Meetings & Notices

GCHS Alumni Spring Meeting Set for May 18 PTA The Grand Coulee High School alumni spring meeting will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, at the Senior Center on Main Street in Grand Coulee. Grant County Mosquito Dist. 2 to... — Updated 5/11/2022

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 4/26 - A vehicle hit the base of a light post near the Riley Point overlook just below Grand Coulee Dam. The driver stated she was distracted while looking at the dam when the accident occurred. 4/29 - Police... — Updated 5/11/2022

Gerald "Jerry" Ratcliff

Loving husband, father, and grandfather went to meet his Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 1, 2022. Jerry was born in St. Ignatius, Montana August 25, 1950, to his parents Howard and... — Updated 5/11/2022 Full story

Donna Marie (Brookman) Thornell

Donna Marie (Brookman) Thornell, February 9, 1962 - April 24, 2022. Beloved Daughter, Sister, Spouse, Mother, and Grandmother. Donna was born on February 9, 1962, in Denver,... — Updated 5/11/2022 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 5/11/2022 Full story

Lady Raiders named softball state 2B team of the month

The Lake Roosevelt Lady Raider fastpitch softball team has won the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Team of the Month award for April.  "The Lake Roosevelt... — Updated 5/11/2022

Tennis enters league tourney

Raider tennis is beginning tournament play after wrapping up their regular season. The rain canceled matches with Oroville and Manson last week, so now LR is looking at the postseason.  The Central Washington 2B league... — Updated 5/11/2022

Lady Raiders tie for tops in league softball

The Lady Raiders finished their regular softball season with a pair of wins, tied for league champion, and will enter the postseason beginning Saturday. LR bested Oroville twice... — Updated 5/11/2022

Raider compete at league track and field tournament today

The Raiders competed at the Vanderholm Invitational at Royal High School on May 6 to wrap up their regular track and field season, with the league championship taking place today. “The Vanderholm meet went really well!” Head... — Updated 5/11/2022

Raider postseason ends in first round of district playoffs

The Raiders finished their regular baseball season with a pair of wins and began postseason play yesterday but lost to Tonasket, effectively ending their season. LR had hoped to... — Updated 5/11/2022

Raiders compete at league championship

Raider golfers will compete at a district tournament to qualify for state later this month. On May 3, the Raider golf team competed at the Okanogan Valley Golf Course. “The Raiders competed hard in our final league match of the... — Updated 5/11/2022

Legal Notices

Notice of Change of Regular Meeting date for Public Hospital District No. 6, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln, & Okanogan Counties, Washington Public Hospital District No. 6, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln and Okanogan Counties, Washington;... — Updated 5/11/2022 Full story

Coulee Medical Center ER and Walk-In Care

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