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Colvilles meet governor at 'epicenter of climate change'

Gov. Jay Inslee met with tribal leaders and people affected by wildfire in Nespelem last week, characterizing the area as perhaps "the epicenter of climate change." He met with the... — Updated 7/29/2021

Health advisory from Grant County Public Health

Grant County Public Health issued a public health advisory today which includes advice for those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated, including to wear a mask indoors and avoid... — Updated 7/29/2021 Full story

Firefighters, aircraft hold Northrup fire down

A fire that started along the highway along Banks Lake Thursday evening quickly turned into a threat to a local landmark canyon and to farms above the coulee wall. The Northrup... — Updated 7/28/2021 Full story

Senior center volunteers feed firefighters

Firefighters work up an appetite saving homes and lands, and they have to eat, often in a small town with no notice of a big need for food. The Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center... — Updated 7/28/2021


Grand Coulee getting new electronic speed signs The Grand Coulee City Council approved on July 20 the purchase of two electronic, solar-powered, speed limit signs estimated to cost between $5,000 and $6,000 total. The signs will... — Updated 7/28/2021

Rangers rattle town with big guns

Loud gunfire that woke and frightened Coulee Dam residents Thursday night was part of a “routine military training,” a US Army spokesman said. The repeating racket that started about 10:30 sounded to some former military men... — Updated 7/28/2021

CMC to offer forum on vaccines

If you are one of many with questions you’d like answered before deciding whether to get vaccinated against the SARS Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, take note: you may get your questions answered at an upcoming forum on... — Updated 7/28/2021 Full story

Federal money can help local cities fund infrastructure

Local cities will be able to spend money from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, with a combined total of about a million dollars, on things like infrastructure and helping residents. The cities receive money based on their... — Updated 7/28/2021

Election day is August 3

Here are a few things to remember about you ballot. The ballot envelope must be signed. If you mail your ballot, postage is paid. Check with your local Post Office for cutoff times to get you ballot postmarked properly. The... — Updated 7/28/2021

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 7/19 - Police responded to Burdin Boulevard on a report that a white pitbull had a fawn in its mouth. The reporting party told police that the dog dropped the fawn when approached and the fawn ran off. They... — Updated 7/28/2021

Candidates hard to reach

Two candidates for Grand Coulee City Council were not reached before deadline. With three candidates on the ballot for Council position 1, it’s the only local election in the primary that ends Aug. 3. The Star attempted to... — Updated 7/28/2021

Meetings & Notices

Eagles Auxiliary to Meet Grand Coulee Eagle Auxiliary will be holding a 2 p.m. meeting on the first and third Monday of the month. Applications are now being accepted for membership. For more information call Margie at 633-3443.... — Updated 7/28/2021

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 7/29/2021 Full story

To read The Star online, do this:

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 7/28/2021 Full story

A plague of ignorance

I offer, here, a few words of history that were overlooked when you were in school.  Diseases have been master killers throughout human history. There was no defense against the misery, death, and sorrow until modern medical... — Updated 7/28/2021

Re: "What we have here is an inability to argue productively - two responses

“Well regulated” does not mean regulated by the government. The founding fathers knew that the right to bear arms and maintain a militia was indispensable because governments throughout history strive to grow and must be held... — Updated 7/28/2021

A letter to citizens from Sheriff Tom Jones regarding new law enforcement reform laws

 In 2021, our State Legislature enacted several bills related to law enforcement. Most of the police reform bills go into effect on July 25, 2021, affecting how we will deliver police services. As your elected Sheriff, it is my... — Updated 7/28/2021

Explanation needed for lack of training gunfire notice

(Editor’s note: The writer asked that his letter to Bureau of Reclamation Power Manager Coleman Smith be included on this opinion page) Dear Mr. Smith: I am writing in regard to an incident that happened last night, July 22. At... — Updated 7/28/2021

You can't say thanks too often

Every fire season brings back a sense of apprehension and appreciation. A number of years ago my wife and I signed on with OK Cascade, a Bothell firm that provided support for firefighters. We did this for two seasons and were at... — Updated 7/28/2021

Masquers' new play opens August 13

"Shakespeare Ate My Brain" is the August production at Masquers Theatre being directed by Marla Allsopp with tech help from Kat Stahl. Written by Jeffery Goodson and Brian Shay,... — Updated 7/28/2021

William E. "Bill" McCarty

William E. "Bill" McCarty, 79, passed away Tuesday afternoon, July 20, 2021, in Grand Coulee, Washington.  Bill was born Sunday, June 28, 1942, in London, Ohio, to William E.... — Updated 7/28/2021 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 7/28/2021 Full story

School District budget approved for 2021-2022

A 2021-2022 school budget of $14.6 million in expenditures was approved on Monday. The Grand Coulee Dam School District Board of Directors approved the budget in their regular meeting following a public hearing in which there was... — Updated 7/28/2021

Coulee Medical Center ER and Walk-In Care

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