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Lake Roosevelt High School staffers Friday hang up 42 banners depicting this year's graduating seniors. Extra efforts are being made to find ways to honor the class of 2020, who... — Updated 5/21/2020

Comments still open on management plan for Spring Canyon

You have until the end of the day on May 30 to comment on potential changes at Spring Canyon, including the potential removal of the swim dock, removal of the concession building, and more. The Lake Roosevelt National Recreation... — Updated 5/21/2020

Grand Coulee man dies of COVID-19

A man from Grand Coulee has died of complications from COVID-19, Grant County Health District said Monday night. The district was notified Monday that the man in his 50s, who was hospitalized, had died. The health district did... — Updated 5/20/2020

Cities allocated COVID relief money

Local cities and towns could soon receive money as part of a COVID-19 federal relief package, but city officials are leery of requirements they may not meet. “Local governments will soon receive their portion of nearly $300... — Updated 5/20/2020

Golfers enjoy returning to the course

Having been open for two weeks now, people have been out enjoying the Banks Lake Golf Course.  On May 5 the state of Washington allowed golf courses to resume play with certain... — Updated 5/20/2020

Final voting results given for tribal primary

Final results are in for the Colville Business Council primary elections in which seven of the 14 positions for the governing body of the Colville Tribes are up for election.  On Thursday, absentee votes were added to the total... — Updated 5/20/2020

On top and underway

A crew of workers makes progress on the new fire station under construction for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation off SR-155 Monday. Two cranes were active on the site, lifting... — Updated 5/20/2020

Chamber honors business and achiever of the year

"Achiever of the Year" and "Business of the Year" for 2019 were chosen last week by members of the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce.  Kerry Higgins, who co-owns Coulee... — Updated 5/20/2020

City contracts $405K for sewer lift station

Electric City accepted a bid to build a new sewage lift station on the southern end of Grand Avenue, replacing one that dates back to the 1960s. The lift station pumps sewage to the wastewater treatment facility in Grand... — Updated 5/20/2020

People For People gets GTA contract

Grant Transit Authority (GTA) awarded People For People, a non-profit organization, a contract to continue providing demand response transportation for individuals who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).... — Updated 5/20/2020

Congressmen: include water infrastructure in COVID-19 relief package

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Jim Costa (D-CA) last week led a letter to congressional leadership urging the inclusion of critical water infrastructure in the upcoming COVID-19 economic and infrastructure... — Updated 5/20/2020

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 5/12 - Police spoke to a woman on A Street regarding an argument between neighbors. - A deceased person’s garage was reported open on Boulder Avenue. Police found the house secure, but the garage open and a... — Updated 5/20/2020

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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 5/20/2020

Embrace the moment, not regrets

Some people are expressing little but regret over the fact that high school graduations across the country, Lake Roosevelt’s included, will not be what anyone had in mind this year. That much is certain, but, graduating class,... — Updated 5/20/2020

Cutting out China to strengthen our supply chains

For years, U.S. dependence on China has harbored a rising threat to our national security. Now, during a global pandemic, this threat has come clearly into view. After decades of well-known wrongdoings, human rights violations,... — Updated 5/20/2020

Brighter future for papermakers

In recent years, papermakers in the Pacific Northwest have been losing ground. However, today there is a ray of hope. Surprisingly, that optimism results from the COVID-19... — Updated 5/20/2020

How is your time spent during distancing?

I was pondering this today. How are we spending our time during our self-isolation and social distancing? The way I see it we must look at the bright side of a dark situation. So... — Updated 5/20/2020

Million Dollar Mile (part 2)

When the Million Dollar Mile outside of Coulee City was created it inadvertently ran through a field with a level area and a natural spring surrounded by trees. For uncounted years... — Updated 5/20/2020

Think about your local EMS workers this week

It is National Emergency Medical Services Week this week, from May 17-May 23.  “EMS Week provides us a time to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving and non-emergency services of medicine’s... — Updated 5/20/2020

Restrictions have eased but enjoy the outdoors safely

Now that restrictions on outdoor recreation have eased, spring fishing and boating can finally get underway. Washington State Parks Boating Program will step up its emphasis on recreational boating safety on Washington’s... — Updated 5/20/2020

Virtual program planned by the NCR Library

North Central Regional Library is hosting a virtual program with one of America's most renowned and beloved librarians, Nancy Pearl.  The free program will be from 7 to 8 p.m.... — Updated 5/20/2020

All class reunion delayed until next year

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Grand Coulee Dam All Class Reunion originally scheduled for the weekend of June 19-21, 2020 has been postponed until  August 6-8, 2021, a notice... — Updated 5/20/2020

County can take 911 texts

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatch center is now capable of accepting text messages to 911 to report an emergency, but a voice call to 911 is still the best way to report an emergency. “Call if you can, text if... — Updated 5/20/2020

Drive-in church allows people to practice their faith

Service looks a little different lately at the Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Coulee.  COVID-19 social restrictions won't allow typical gatherings, but drive-in services are being... — Updated 5/20/2020

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 5/20/2020

Legals for May 20, 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE Change of Regular Meeting Date for Public Hospital District No. 6, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln, & Okanogan Counties, Wash. Public Hospital District No. 6, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln and Okanogan Counties, Washington; which... — Updated 5/20/2020

Coulee Medical Center ER and Walk-In Care

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