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 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Supt. updates board on district's COVID stance

As of Monday, school is intended to continue as planned, with high COVID numbers in local counties, but not in the area itself.  At Monday’s Grand Coulee Dam School District board meeting, Superintendent Paul Turner presented a... — Updated 11/27/2020 Full story

 
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Billboards allowed to stay

Billboards along Main Street in Grand Coulee will be allowed to stay, at least until leases for the billboards are over, and a committee will be looking at ways to possibly allow them to stay indefinitely. Following a couple of... — Updated 11/24/2020

 
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Birds of many feathers come to the coulee

There are birds aplenty in the world, the country, the state of Washington and in the Grand Coulee Dam area, and if you need something to do, looking for birds is one option.... — Updated 11/24/2020

 
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Elmer City residential sewer rates may go up

Elmer City residential sewer rates will likely go up by about 20% in 2021.  The raise was discussed by the city council during a budget discussion meeting Nov. 12.  A sewage lift station pump replacement in the Lone Pine area... — Updated 11/18/2020

 
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Is winter coming for Electric City's Ice Age Park?

The fate of Electric City’s potential Ice Age Park may be decided at the city’s Dec. 8 council meeting.  At their Nov. 10 meeting, the council discussed the park following the failure of a levy to raise funds for maintenance... — Updated 11/18/2020

 
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LR's grades 7-12 to start returning to in-person school in December

Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School students will start returning to in-person school on Dec. 7 with a phased approach. The Grand Coulee Dam School District board of directors again discussed reopening in person school to... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
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Online or in-person, public weighs in on public meetings

Locals want to attend public meetings both online and in person, recognizing the benefits and drawbacks of each, a quick survey of readers over the last several days seems to indicate.  A short survey posted in The Star online... — Updated 11/10/2020

 
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Chamber to put on virtual dinner and auction

The group that puts on popular events such as Colorama and the Harvest Festival is seeking to raise funds in a virtual auction and dinner to help them to keep functioning and hosting these events. With a slew of events canceled... — Updated 11/10/2020

 
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Ice Age Park levy fails

Voters hung the fate of Electric City’s proposed Ice Age Park in the cold November breeze as a levy for funding maintenance for the park failed to pass last week. The levy failed with 303 (62%) against it, and 182 (38%) for it.... — Updated 11/10/2020

 
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School levy passes by 2% margin

The Grand Coulee Dam School District's Supplemental Educational Programs and Operation passed with 51% of the vote last Tuesday. Results of the Nov. 3 general election show that... — Updated 11/10/2020

 
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Local garbage rates may go up, but only a little

A minimal garbage rate increase for local residents could result from landfill rates going up in Ephrata.  The landfill in Ephrata, to where the garbage from the Delano Regional Transfer Station currently ships, hasn’t raised... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
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Nespelem School looking at bringing students back to campus

The Nespelem School District will hold a public Zoom meeting with parents of students tonight (Wednesday) to see how they think and feel about students returning to physical... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News

Billboards are welcome, internet commenters say

A Main Street property owner is working to change Grand Coulee’s mind toward letting him advertise with signs on his lot, a practice the city says goes against code but which is gaining supporters online.  Sam Hsieh, who owns... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
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Nespelem School looking at bringing students back to campus

The Nespelem School District will hold a public Zoom meeting with parents of students next week to see how they think and feel about students returning to physical school. That meet... — Updated 10/29/2020 Full story

 
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Grades 3-6 will ease back to LR next month

Elementary students will be at school while junior/senior high students keep on distance learning at home, a decision rendered in a three-hour school board meeting Monday. The... — Updated 10/28/2020

 
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Council: property owner must remove signs

The Grand Coulee City Council voted last week against allowing a local man to keep several small billboards on his property on Main Street. Sam Hsieh owns "Coulee Plaza," a lot... — Updated 10/28/2020

 
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Ranches receive help after fires

Ranchers devastated by fires in Douglas, Okanogan, and Lincoln counties have received some relief in the form of free hay to feed their horses and cows. Okandogs, a non-profit... — Updated 10/21/2020 Full story

 
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Local doctor seeks to highlight those with "the divine appeal"

Local doctor Sam Hsieh continues to encourage thinking outside the box using what he calls divine creativity, and he wants to know about people who embody the "eternal struggle betw... — Updated 10/21/2020

 
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Park levy vote to help determine fate of Ice Age Park

The outcome of the Ice Age Park levy vote in Electric City may determine if the park is built at all. The Ice Age Park levy on the ballot for Electric City voters will, if passed,... — Updated 10/21/2020

 
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Speed limits could change in Electric City area

Speed limits through Electric City may change, following a recent review by a state highway official working with the mayor. The Electric City Council last week discussed potential... — Updated 10/21/2020

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News

Consolidation delayed by COVID

The effort to consolidate local towns together into one has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  A consolidation committee had been planning to get the issue put on the ballot for this year to combine Grand Coulee and Electric... — Updated 10/21/2020

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News

Progress on the school tech front

Some good news for distance learners came this week related to devices and internet service for students.   Superintendent Paul Turner told The Star Monday that an additional 275 Chromebooks should be in this week, enough for... — Updated 10/14/2020

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News

Plan: School athletes may return to practice

High school student athletes may get to shake off some rust and get back into the rhythm of their sports soon. On Monday, the Grand Coulee Dam School District board approved a plan presented by Athletic Director Tim Rasmussen, who... — Updated 10/14/2020

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News

Schools to begin phased reopening

Lake Roosevelt Schools will begin the process of re-opening in-person education next week, some eight months after the COVID-19 pandemic closed all schools in Washington state. Beginning Monday, students in the Grand Coulee Dam... — Updated 10/14/2020 Full story

 
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Fire station completion anticipated for early next year

The long-anticipated Bureau of Reclamation fire station is expected to be completed in 2021.  Construction began on the fire station on SR-155 across from Pole Park back in April of 2017, with a $13.6 million contract originally... — Updated 10/14/2020

 

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