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 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Planning commission formed in Electric City

Electric City has a newly formed planning commission now. Mayor Diane Kohout announced at the Sept. 8 city council meeting that members were chosen for the commission: Chairman Don... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Lucky porcupine gets care after fire

A porcupine that survived the largest of the wildfires in the state, has been recuperating in the care of its human neighbor. Riley Wisdom was driving Sept. 10 on the road leading t... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Don Brunell    Opinion 

Business, drones helping to restore scorched forestlands

Replanting the millions of acres scorched by wildfires in our western woodlands will be herculean task priced in the hundreds of billions. Thankfully, many businesses, such as Bank... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By John M. Kemble    Opinion 

Texas Jack, the conclusion

Oscar Osborne had a pure-black, well-trained cattle horse he named Tommy. One hundred years ago Oscar ran the largest, arguably oldest, cattle ranches in the Grand Coulee, selling beef to far away places like Seattle and Spokane.... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Local Covid data shows incidence rate going down

The incidence rates for COVID-19 have gone down significantly in Grant, Okanogan, and Douglas counties, while Lincoln County’s rate surged last week, and two additional cases have popped up in both Elmer City and Nespelem.... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Pedestrian/bike path project still in the works for Electric City

A pedestrian/bike path along SR-155 that would connect the Coulee Playland area to Banks Lake Park is still in the works.  With the path in the design phase currently, the path between the north end of Electric City and the south... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Birdie Hensley    Opinion

Local history opinion piece

“Standing at the foot of History” were the titles of Roger Lucas Reporter’s Notebook in the Star. This is really true in the Grand Coulee Dam Area. We live under the shadow of one of the Greatest Project ever built, Grand Cou... — Updated 9/9/2020

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Time to revisit managing our forests

Not only is the world in the grasp of the COVID-19 pandemic, but America’s western wildlands are burning up as well. Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters California has a dual... — Updated 9/9/2020

 By Bob Valen    Opinion

The last glacial maximum

If you live in the Coulee, it’s likely you have an inkling of glacial history and the power that can be unleashed by glaciers. The Grand Coulee is prime evidence of glacial... — Updated 9/9/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Two compete for open Grant County commissioner seat

The Grant County Commissioner #1 position is between Earl Romig of Moses Lake and Danny Stone of Hartline, both Republicans.  Stone lives north of Hartline and Almira and manages... — Updated 9/9/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Covid rates for local counties noted

Cases of COVID-19 continue to accumulate in local counties, but the rate at which they occur has decreased for some. Here are the latest data for COVID-19 in Grant, Okanogan, Lincoln, and Douglas (GOLD) counties. Counties need an... — Updated 9/9/2020 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Electric City CARES about small businesses

Small businesses that operate in Electric City will be receiving some financial relief from the economically distressed times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Electric City council voted at their Sept. 8 meeting to approve di... — Updated 9/9/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Three from Portland arrested after Lincoln County home burglarized

A woman, a man, and a teenage boy from Portland, Oregon were arrested near Lamona in Lincoln County on felony residential burglary charges Wednesday. On Sept. 2, the Lincoln County... — Updated 9/3/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Keith Goehner faces Adrianne Moore in Legislative District 12 race

The political race for representative #1 for Washington's 12th Legislative District, which includes much of the Grand Coulee Dam area, is between Republican incumbent Keith Goehner... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Internet tower in Nespelem may help address education inequity

The Colville Tribes is working to address the problem of students in the Nespelem area not having access to the internet while schools are switching to a distance-learning model of education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The... — Updated 9/2/2020 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Small businesses getting help from CARES

Small businesses are being helped out by local governments, and Okanogan County business owners have only a couple more days to apply for funds from that county.  The Okanogan County Economic Alliance has the grant application... — Updated 8/27/2020 Full story

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Colder weather could further chill restaurant recovery

Sunny summer weather helped restaurant owners and workers recover after they were broadsided by the coronavirus pandemic last March. However, as fall morphs into winter and diners a... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

A COVID-19 survivor's story

Gary Carden began taking the COVID-19 virus very seriously after he contracted the disease, was put on a ventilator - and survived. Relaying his story over the phone on Monday,... — Updated 8/26/2020 Full story

 By Bert Smith    Opinion

The Grand Coulee Dam big-band era

In January 1950, a group of community leaders formed the Grand Coulee Dam Athletic Association to fund community athletic teams. To help provide funding, the association booked... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

New nuclear needs solution inclusion

If Americans are to receive all of their electricity without coal and natural gas by 2035, they will need nuclear power. Even if Washingtonians, who already procure over 70 percent... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Stats show 2020 busiest June in five years at Steamboat Rock

COVID-19 hasn't slowed people from going to Steamboat Rock State Park, which includes the Steamboat Rock area, Northrup Canyon, and Northrup Point boat launch.  Statistics from Was... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Short term rentals allowed, but not just yet

Some details on short-term rentals in Grand Coulee will still have to be decided before they are allowed. The Star reported previously that the Grand Coulee City Council approved an ordinance allowing for short-term rentals in... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Electric City seeks citizens for planning commission

Citizens of Electric City can have more say in the goings on of the city.  The city of Electric City would like local residents to be a part of their planning process in the form of a commission. The city council has discussed in... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Businesses can apply for funding, round two in Grant County

Grant County business owners have two more days to apply for up to $10,000 in a second round of COVID-19 relief grant money through Grant County to make up for costs associated with the pandemic, including lost revenue.  County... — Updated 8/19/2020 Full story


12th District has a meaningful choice in race

The people of the 12th District are so fortunate to have a meaningful choice in the legislative race to represent us in Olympia. Adrianne Moore is an exciting, hardworking candidate with family roots five generations deep in North... — Updated 8/12/2020


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