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11 die of COVID-19 in Tonasket

Eleven people in a Tonasket facility have died of COVID-19, Okanogan County Public Health, stated in a press release Monday night. All of the them were residents at North Valley Extended Care, a 42-bed facility where 32 residents... — Updated 12/2/2020 Full story

How are schools keeping COVID off campus?

With the surging of the coronavirus around the country and even in local counties, there’s still enough evidence to give experts confidence that schools are not major spreaders of the illness, if managed for it and if local... — Updated 12/2/2020 Full story

Nespelem School keeping at a safe distance from COVID

Nespelem School, which had planned to start bringing students back to part-time, in-person school in November and to have them all back full time in January, delayed those plans indefinitely.  A Zoom meeting on Nov. 4 between... — Updated 12/2/2020

Boys and girls collecting food next week

Local boys and girls this weekend will be delivering grocery bags to the doors of the community that they hope you will fill — with food. The BSA Boy and Girl Troops will come back the following Saturday to pick up your bag of... — Updated 12/2/2020 Full story

COVID cases soar in local counties

COVID rates are up across the map in local counties. As of Nov. 30, Grant County had reported 5,019 total cases, including 36 deaths. There have been 21 cases in the Grand Coulee Dam area, 18 in the Coulee City area. The county... — Updated 12/2/2020 Full story

Feathered pets make man's best fowl

The Hughes household in Grand Coulee includes two geese and a duck, all named after violent gangsters. A duck named Allie was originally named Al Capone, but when she started... — Updated 12/2/2020

State legislation may hurt ASB, Lake Roosevelt sports budgets

Lake Roosevelt High School’s Associated Student Body will lose revenue from restrictions imposed from a new state law. House Bill 1660, which passed the state Legislature earlier this year and affects the current school year,... — Updated 12/2/2020

Two-day closure of Keller Ferry happening this weekend

Keller Ferry users who travel across the Columbia River on State Route 21 will need to find alternate routes beginning Saturday, Dec. 5. The M/V Sanpoil will be removed from service on Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6, for... — Updated 12/2/2020

The Arctic is responding to climate change

A new study was recently published in the journal Science that chronicles three decades of arctic animal movements. The study is called Arctic Animal Movement Archive. There have... — Updated 12/2/2020

Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 11/23 - A man and woman started arguing because her child was throwing grapes while they were travelling together. They stopped at the gas station. Police spoke to both of them. The woman didn’t want to... — Updated 12/2/2020

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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 12/2/2020 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 12/2/2020 Full story

Can't shake that burning fire station subject

I just can’t shake it! I‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌suggestion‌ ‌for‌ ‌Bureau‌ ‌officials‌ ‌concerning‌ ‌the‌ ‌stalled‌ ‌fire‌ ‌station. ‌ ‌ It‌ ‌would‌ ‌be‌ ‌incredible‌ ‌if... — Updated 12/2/2020

Recognizing Native American Heritage Month

Native American history is engrained in the culture of the Pacific Northwest. Throughout our region, we are reminded of Tribal culture and heritage which greatly influence our way of life. November is Native American Heritage... — Updated 12/2/2020

Baughman/Haven have a boy!

John Baughman and Rachelle Haven of Grand Coulee, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Porter Edward Baughman, born at home, on Sunday, October 18, 2020. He weiged 9 lbs.,... — Updated 12/2/2020 Full story

No cookies this year

The ladies of the Grand Coulee Community Church regret to announce that we cannot complete our usual cookie delivery like we have every Christmas season for many years. Many household in the Grand Coulee Dam area are usually... — Updated 12/2/2020 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 12/2/2020 Full story

Legals for December 2, 2020

Town of Coulee Dam NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 2021 Final Budget Hearing Notice is hereby given that the Town of Coulee Dam will hold a Final Budget Hearing on, December 7, 2020, 5:00 p.m. at Town Hall. Copies of the 2021... — Updated 12/2/2020 Full story

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