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 By Jacob Wagner    News

New school club "about to rock" LR

With no music teacher at the school, Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High students will have a different kind of opportunity to play music.  Music teacher Karen Pace retired at the end of the last school year from a position not... — Updated 8/11/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Covid cases at a minimum locally

There have only been a few cases of Covid locally in the past month.  Since June 30, when The Star last reported local covid numbers, there have been zero cases reported from Grant County Public Health for the Grand Coulee and... — Updated 8/4/2021 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Signs allowed to stay for Main Street property owner

Grand Coulee has decided to allow local property owner Sam Hsieh to continue to display multiple advertising signs along his lot located on Main Street called “Coulee Plaza.”  “I would like to thank the mayor and the city... — Updated 8/4/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Where there is fire, there is smoke

"If you smell smoke, you're breathing smoke," a smoke outlook report from says. Today, Wednesday, Grand Coulee is projected to have air that is "unhealthy for... — Updated 8/4/2021 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Masks to be required at schools regardless of vaccination status

Everyone who enters Lake Roosevelt Schools’ indoor areas this year should expect to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, including staff, students, and visitors. Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Paul... — Updated 8/4/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

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

 By Jacob Wagner    School

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

 By Jacob Wagner    News

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

 By Jacob Wagner    News

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

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Small fire nipped in bud near Lakeview Terrace

A fire across SR-174 from the Lakeview Terrace trailer park was nipped in bud before it could spread through the dry terrain July 17.  The fire scorched under half an acre,... — Updated 7/21/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Another multibillion dollar pumped-storage hydropower project proposed

A $4.9 billion pumped-storage hydropower project has been given preliminary nods by regulators for a site 35 miles upstream from Grand Coulee Dam, near Creston. Similar to the... — Updated 7/21/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Ben Hughes is running for council

Ben Hughes, running for Grand Coulee City Council, picks his battles when it comes to the issues, and among them is consolidation of Grand Coulee with Electric City.  "I love the... — Updated 7/14/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Ethnic Studies a coming topic of discussion for school board

The topic of ethnic studies being taught in public schools will be coming up in future school board meetings within the Grand Coulee Dam School District.  Monday’s school board meeting continued even after it was adjourned as... — Updated 7/14/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

City to crack down on park vandalism ahead of improvements

With major park improvements on the horizon, Grand Coulee wants to address the issue of vandalism at Shane Proctor Park.  The park between the gas station and the Mexican restaurant on SR-174 has experienced numerous incidents of... — Updated 7/7/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

City and USBR discuss B Street, fire station project

B Street’s closure has been extended as construction on the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s fire station remains at a standstill.  Grand Coulee’s city council passed a motion last month to allow Mayor Paul Townsend to sign a ne... — Updated 7/7/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Million Dollar Mile gets another million

The boat launch at the “Million Dollar Mile” area along SR-155 will be getting a makeover to the tune of $965,000 in grant money from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. “The Department of Fish and Wildli... — Updated 7/7/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Ignored: target shooters at local illegal shooting areas

Local popular target-shooting spots are technically illegal because of federal laws, but state agencies say they are unable to enforce federal laws.  A Star article June 16 examined the legality of a popular shooting range at... — Updated 7/7/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Update: Local towns forbid or clamp down on fireworks in extreme heat

It’s the Fourth of July weekend, and with local towns all forbidding or severly restricting fireworks use this year, local residents will just have to enjoy the professional fireworks show that launches from the Grand Coulee Dam... — Updated 6/30/2021 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Fire restrictions issued for public lands in Eastern Washington

Don't even think about lighting a firework, smoking or target shooting on public lands in these conditions.  The Bureau of Land Management on June 29 announced fire restrictions in... — Updated 6/30/2021 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports

Six Raiders place at NCR event

This past week the Raiders wrestled in the North Central Region qualifier event in Omak on June 15 before the NCR main event in Tonasket June 17 where six Raiders placed to finish... — Updated 6/23/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Aviation rescue swimmer from Grand Coulee tells his story

After growing up in Grand Coulee, Michael Thomas now jumps out of helicopters in Bahrain.  After graduating from Lake Roosevelt High School in 2016, Thomas went to Western... — Updated 6/23/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Koulee Kids Fest, Divine Car Show are great successes

“Koulee Kids Fest was such a great time!” Grand Coulee Dam Area Executive Director Rachel Haven about last Saturday’s event. “I believe it was a success. Kids were smiling from ear to ear all over town.” Three-year-old Ca... — Updated 6/23/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Wildfire brings scrutiny of illegal shooting range

With a recent wildfire started by a ricocheted bullet adding to safety and noise issues, target shooting at Osborn Bay is a concern for some, and the federal agency that owns the area says it is illegal to target shoot on their... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Firefighters defeat flames at Osborn Bay

A fire at Osborn Bay in high winds Saturday forced two people there to stay in the water for hours as flames came near enough at times that they could feel the heat.  The fire... — Updated 6/10/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Covid case at LR cancels games, quarantines students

A Lake Roosevelt student-athlete testing positive for COVID has led to students quarantining and basketball games being cancelled, but an outdoor graduation ceremony is still planned for Saturday. Basketball games on June 4, 5, 7,... — Updated 6/9/2021 Full story


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