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Town pulls patience, plug on plant contractor

The city of Coulee Dam ran out of patience with its wastewater treatment plant builder last week, instructing the city attorney to send McClure and Sons, Inc., a letter with an October 1 deadline. The Mill Creek, Washington-based... — Updated 9/22/2021 Full story

Town gets funds to study main sewage pipe

Elmer City has been awarded a grant to study a critical piece of its wastewater infrastructure, which, if it needs replacing, could tip the decision on building its own treatment plant and splitting from Coulee Dam’s service.... — Updated 9/22/2021

Pure excitement

Tanner Whitelaw takes off on the second horse in this Indian Relay Race at the Okanogan County Fair Sept. 11. He'd just ridden in to switch horses as brother Hunter took his mount... — Updated 9/22/2021

Young woman dies in crash

A young Grand Coulee woman died Saturday after a one-car rollover crash about five miles south of Grand Coulee around 1 p.m. Tavian Beasley, 27, had been driving a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer south on SR-155 when the SUV drove onto the... — Updated 9/22/2021 Full story

"Ask VaxFacts" event coming

Anyone needing answers about Covid vaccines can take advantage of an online meeting being arranged with a local doctor whose been taking note of people’s questions and is still listening. Dr. Jennifer Knox, a family practice... — Updated 9/22/2021 Full story

Raider fans reminded to wear masks

Games could be forfeited at high school sports events if fans don’t comply with mask requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Raider fans need to wear masks and wear them correctly at Raider indoor events, the school district... — Updated 9/22/2021

Coulee Cops

Coulee Dam Police 9/15 - A Central Drive man told police that security footage showed a man taking a bike from his front lawn. The man in the footage was thought to live in the 12th Street apartments, and police confirmed that... — Updated 9/22/2021

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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 9/22/2021 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 9/22/2021 Full story

Elephant in the room should consider a miracle in our midst

As I’m writing this letter, 15 of our students or staff in our school district are positive with COVID-19 and 70 students (10% of our student body) are in quarantine because they have been exposed. At the same time, a large... — Updated 9/22/2021

The Constitution is not controversial

I never thought I’d have to be writing this but let me be clear: The Constitution and Declaration of Independence, our nation’s foundational documents and declaration of beliefs, are not controversial – period. I will... — Updated 9/22/2021

Looking around at changes

Never been a crop failure in the Palouse, I think, never! The area abounds in deep, rich soil and an abundance of rain at the critical time in the spring. Not this year. Of course, the soil hasn’t changed. But the rains... — Updated 9/22/2021 Full story

Answering some "frequently asked questions"

If you have contacted my office in recent years, you know that I pride myself in delivering personal responses to you. My office staff and I work very hard to make sure you receive prompt and detailed information related to your... — Updated 9/22/2021

Time to refresh

A couple runners in Run the Dam's 5K or 10K event stop to re-hydrate at a station staffed by volunteers John and Cheryl Pryor... — Updated 9/22/2021

Funds finders

Almira Boy Scouts Porter Wood, Edward Jennings, Vaden Brownly, Jeremy Pinar, and Dylan Peterson of Troop 35 get a donation from the Les Schwab manager, who gave them a road kit... — Updated 9/22/2021

A racing family

The Run the Dam race last Saturday provided a good backdrop for an overdue get-together for the family of Felix and Liz Marcolin of Grand Coulee. Felix, 84, took first in his age... — Updated 9/22/2021

Volunteers make the race

Volunteers make community events run, as anyone who has tried to organize one knows. Run the Dam director Kelly Busch sent a list of volunteers for last weekend’s big foot race, which collected about 250 registrants, with her... — Updated 9/22/2021

Run the Dam results

HALF MARATHON Place Bib Name Gender Age Time 1 288 Sam Collins Male 27 1:29:49 2 277 Shawn Bussert Male 44 1:29:57 3 339 Aaron Zimdars Male 28 1:36:20 4 341 Jodi Brautaset Female 46 1:36:59 5 301 Nick Jewell Male 19 1:42:19 6 317... — Updated 9/22/2021

Meetings & Notices

Grant County Fire Dist. 14 to Meet Grant County Fire District #14 will hold it’s regular monthly meeting Monday, September 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm at the Electric City Fire Barn. Free Hazardous Waste Disposal Friday Grand Coulee... — Updated 9/22/2021 Full story

Alexander Virgil "Lil Alex" Samuels Sr.

Alexander Virgil "Lil Alex" Samuels Sr., 22, loving Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Nephew and Faithful Friend; left us all much too soon from Coulee Dam, Washington, Thursday evening... — Updated 9/22/2021 Full story

Tavian Reneé Beasley

Tavian Reneé Beasley, born August 6th, 1994 in Kalispell, Montana, passed on to her next journey Saturday, September 18, 2021, in Grand Coulee, Washington.  She was raised on a... — Updated 9/22/2021 Full story

Preston Ray Jones

Preston Ray Jones went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 16, 2021. He was born to Mark & Anita (Jackson) Jones on December 2, 1929, in Tacoma, Washington. After... — Updated 9/22/2021 Full story

Eva Almadean "Allie" Jackson

Eva Almadean "Allie" Jackson, age 81, passed away on September 15, 2021, in Richland, WA. Allie was born on April 1, 1940, in Chewelah, WA to Vernon and Mary Costich. Throughout... — Updated 9/22/2021 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 9/22/2021 Full story

LR remote learning plan in place, just in case

If students had to return to remote learning because in person learning was made impractical, it would make sense to have a plan in place. A remote learning procedure plan was released by Grand Coulee Dam School District... — Updated 9/22/2021

Volleyball rocks Tonasket

The Lady Raider volleyball squad defeated Tonasket 3-0 Sept. 16.  “The girls did an amazing job,” Head Coach Meagan Caudell said. “Our focus going into this match was to take each set one at a time. All three sets were... — Updated 9/22/2021

Football gets shut out by Colfax

The Raider football team was shut out 30-0 by Colfax in a road game on Friday. “It came down to a handful of plays where they just out-executed us,” Raider Head Coach Tim Rasmussen said, adding that on three of Colfax’s... — Updated 9/22/2021

Soccer beats Manson, loses to Reardan

The Lady Raiders won one and lost one match this past week.  LR defeated Manson 3-1 at home Sept. 14. The Lady Raiders then lost 11-2 to Reardan in another home game Sept. 16.  A... — Updated 9/22/2021

LR runners in Wenatchee

The Raider cross country team ran at Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee Sept. 18.  There, the boys’ 5,00- meter race had 205 total runners.  Freshman Noah Hunt was the top runner for Lake Roosevelt, finishing 165th with a... — Updated 9/22/2021

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