Articles written by Becky Billups

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Why we need more than a new jail

I attended the Grand Coulee Council meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 20. I had forgotten about the meeting until I saw four Grant County Sheriff’s vehicles in front of City Hall. I realized then it was council night. I went to investigate, thinking all this...

 By Becky Billups    Opinion    June 12, 2019

Heartfelt thanks and a caution

Thank you, Grand Coulee area and beyond, for coming to my scream for help, to try and help me locate my best, four-legged, friend, Love Bug, at the lower North Dam area. My heart is still broken knowing that she became a feast for a predator, but...


"Area watch" needed to combat crime

I read and agreed with Larry Price’s letter in The Star 9/14/2016 issue, “Concerning the current drug and crime issues in the Coulee Dam area.”  I see it 24/7 in my area, day and night. I can get up in the middle of the night seeing groups... Full story


Thanks to a strong city council

The Grand Coulee City Council Meeting that was held Tuesday, Dec. 16, was the first encouraging meeting that I have attended. It gave me my first glimmer of hope for issues that have concerned me for a long period of time, hopefully being properly... Full story


Just say "NO!" to the mayor

I have watched with much interest with how the mayor wants to handle the situation with the hiring of the police chief. The Civil Service Commission has, and “should” continue to have the role in deciding who will hold that position. The only... Full story


Letter written out of spite

On Monday January 6th, 2014, I received a letter in the mail addressed to me on a personal note, DEAR BECKY L, signed J. Scott Graham, Chief Executive Officer of Coulee Medical Center. I was kind of taken back by the unprofessional greeting, and got... Full story


Program deserves a chance

I was sorry to see the “Liability issue puts damper on horse-kid match-ups,” article in The Star Oct. 2. I believe that “The Nourishing Hand” program would and could be a great program for the kids in this area. Animals have a great positive... Full story

 By Becky Billups    Opinion    May 1, 2013

Local serviceman nominated for fatherhood honor

Grand Coulee area and the reaches of The Star newspaper, one of our own, and my son, Major Kevin Billups USAF, has been nominated, one of four, to win the prestigious and deserving title as 2013 MILITARY FATHERHOOD OF THE YEAR AWARD! He needs all of... Full story


Christmas mailing for our troops encouraged

I have given up waiting to receive a name of a particular soldier to mail packages from home to. So I went on line and there is a website: “” and it lists names of soldiers (from every branch) who is wanting to receive packages... Full story

 By Becky Billups    Opinion    July 25, 2012

Why can’t Grand Coulee enforce its laws?

The few improvements that were made on Burdin Blvd. have all but disappeared. The truck loads of junk and debris are finding their way back into the neighborhood. The park that was created, obviously for appearances only, are again becoming a... Full story

 By Becky Billups    Opinion    June 6, 2012

Maybe someday, cleanup fight will be worth it

Just when I thought Burdin Blvd., and hopefully the streets surrounding it, was developing a sense of pride, it appears to be starting to return to its original state. After watching truck load after truck load of junk (aka recyclable trash imported... Full story


Some improvements made, much more needed

There’s been some improvements on Burdin Blvd., very few, if any, on A Street, but more needs to be done to not only these areas but so many more in Grand Coulee. Of course, with those improvements comes the silent treatment, the snickers and the...


Neighborhood needs to be cleaned up

I approached Grand Coulee City Counsel meeting on Tuesday, March 20, with a request to have my neighborhood cleaned up. I wanted to know if there are any ordinances for our town in reference to filth, piles of junk, endless numbers of cars/trucks,... Full story


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