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Local science teacher launches weather balloon 87,000 feet high

Local science teacher Derrick Johnson launched a helium weather balloon that went up in the sky over 87,000 feet to "near space," a place  "where you and I would not survive, no... — Updated 9/25/2020

Students to be able to access computer labs at LR

Students at Lake Roosevelt will soon be able to use the computer labs at the school. A Sept. 24 update from Superintendent Paul Turner says that beginning Oct. 1, because Okanogan county is at about 18 cases of COVID-19 per... — Updated 9/25/2020

Grand Coulee city council meeting on Zoom on Thursday

The Grand Coulee City Council meeting that was cancelled on Tuesday has been rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m., to be conducted via ZOOM at . Items on... — Updated 9/23/2020

Superintendent: "School is nuts right now"

Operating a public school during the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t easy, but optimism remains with the COVID incidence rate in Okanogan County being low right now. As if to underscore the challenges, regional internet service for... — Updated 9/23/2020

Branch faces Beeman for Okanogan Dist. 1 commissioner

In Okanogan County, the Commissioner District #1 race is between incumbent Chris Branch of Omak, who lists no party preference, and Shauna Beeman, a Republican from Omak.  Voters... — Updated 9/23/2020

Local COVID numbers continue decline

COVID-19 cases seem to be going down in the area, with Okanogan County meeting requirements that would allow it to open up more. Counties need an incidence rate of 25 cases or fewer per population of 100,000 in the past 14 days... — Updated 9/23/2020

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 9/12 - A Cardinal Road man was punched after he told another man walking down the street not to kick a dog, which angered that man, leading to a fight that was about even, according to the first man. 9/15 -... — Updated 9/23/2020

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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 9/23/2020

Will the real Republican Party please stand?

America needs a Republican Party that represents ordinary people and solves extraordinary problems. That would be a political party whose policies command a clear majority of votes cast in a national election. The Republican... — Updated 9/23/2020

Coronavirus compounds

What happens in China doesn’t always stay in China. We learned that a couple of years ago when the Chinese stopped buying massive volumes of the world’s used paper, plastics... — Updated 9/23/2020

What can you expect from a $50 dog?

You see, I have this dog, by accident I remind you. Ten years ago I stopped and bought a dog from someone selling pups from the trunk of their car. The plan was for the pup to go to my great granddaughter, Kaylee. That lasted... — Updated 9/23/2020

The mighty Paul Bunyan

Construction was started on October 13, 1938 of the first boat to navigate what would become Lake Roosevelt. The project was started on the east shore of the forebay, just above... — Updated 9/23/2020

A history of the Grand Coulee Community Church

In 1933, people of all denominations were flocking to the area and it was soon realized that the people, especially the children, needed Christian guidance. A worship center was... — Updated 9/23/2020

Talk about suicide openly to prevent it

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and while the topic of suicide is sensitive, it’s important that we talk about it openly to remove the stigma, learn how we can support those who are vulnerable, and help prevent... — Updated 9/23/2020

Meetings & Notices

Grant County Fire Dist. 14 Meeting As the result of the Covid-19 and in accordance with the Governor's Social Distancing, Grant County Fire District #14 will be holding the monthly meeting Monday, September 28, 2020 via phone... — Updated 9/23/2020

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 9/23/2020

Legals for September 23, 2020

Town of Coulee Dam Notice of Public Meeting Comprehensive Plan NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Meeting will be held to provide an update and take public comment on the progress of the Comprehensive Plan. This informational... — Updated 9/23/2020

Coulee Medical Center ER and Walk-In Care

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