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 By Scott Hunter    News 

Pet law work continues in Coulee Dam

After a lengthy discussion with the city attorney, the city council decided Wednesday on a new course for changing Coulee Dam’s animal control ordinance. City Attorney Mick Howe met online with the council to discuss a proposed... — Updated 3/3/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

You know what they say about statistics

An apparent weakness in Washington’s coronavirus response efforts bit the governor in his political behind this week, a weakness that has seemed glaring to us for many months. Perhaps it’s this newspaper’s service area at... — Updated 2/17/2021 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Crash claims Omak girl's life

An Omak teenager has died, and a young man is charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence after a one-pickup rollover accident on SR-155 in the middle of the night. The name of the 15-year-old girl who died at... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Town considering new pet law

It all started over a year ago, when residents started complaining to police about a neighbor they said didn’t keep a dangerous dog contained in the yard. That led to scrutiny of the town’s current ordinance on pets, dangerous... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

First-round vaccine appointments canceled this week

The top administrator at the organization that has been providing vaccines at Coulee Medical Center said Feb. 10 that existing appointments for a first-round vaccine against Covid-19 are to be canceled due to lack of supply. “We... — Updated 2/17/2021 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Crash claims Omak girl's life

An Omak teenager has died, and a young man is charged with multiple related crimes after a one-pickup rollover on SR-155 in the middle of the night. The name of the 15-year-old girl who died at the scene of crash was not released.... — Updated 2/13/2021

 

Dozens of police chase stolen bus to Electric City

A man driving a stolen Grant Transit Authority bus out of Moses Lake was pursued by more than two dozen police on the morning of Feb. 3, with the chase ending in a minor crash. The... — Updated 2/11/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

First-round vaccine appointments to be canceled

The top administrator at the organization that has been providing vaccines at Coulee Medical Center said Wednesday that existing appointments for a first-round vaccine against... — Updated 2/10/2021 Full story

 

Local man arrested after bus chase

A man driving a Grant Transit Authority bus out of Moses Lake was pursued by police on Wednesday morning, with the chase ending in Electric City at the intersection of Hillcrest... — Updated 2/3/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Merger would meld local credit union with larger one, if approved

Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union is seeking approval of regulators to merge with Spokane-based STCU, a joining that would rebrand the local institution but retain jobs and offer more... — Updated 2/3/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Slide closes US 2

US 2 is closed in Pine Canyon, just above Orondo, due to a rock slide, Washington State Department of Transportation is warning. There is no detour available, and no time estimate for when the road will reopen. A rock slide in the... — Updated 2/2/2021 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

County computers attacked and still down

Okanogan County’s computer and phone systems were attacked early Saturday morning and were still down Tuesday, leaving most county services open on a limited basis only. The county’s IT department was working with an outside... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Newhouse vote took guts

Rep. Dan Newhouse’s vote to impeach the president took guts. There’s no two ways about that. Representing a red meat Republican district, he rose to meet his obligation to defend the Constitution when he saw what clearly took... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Tribes lift curfew in Keller

The Colville Tribes has lifted the Covid-related curfew in Keller a week after it lifted the same restriction in Inchelium. The Keller 9 p.m. curfew was lifted as of tonight, Jan.... — Updated 1/14/2021 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Updated: 1A COVID vaccine event set for Friday at CMC

Coulee Medical Center will host a drive-through vaccination event Friday, injecting arms to inoculate the first tier of people prioritized to get the shots. Friday’s event will inoculate people in the top 1A tier, including... — Updated 1/14/2021 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Propaganda left on teachers' desks upsets school

A stapled packet of religious “propaganda” left in teachers’ rooms over the weekend has stirred security and other concerns at Lake Roosevelt Elementary. Grand Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Paul Turner emailed a... — Updated 1/13/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Grand Coulee man charged with setting fire in Teamsters building in Spokane

A Grand Coulee man faces at least five years in prison if convicted of lighting a fire in the building housing the Spokane County Democrats last month. Peter James Yeager, 45, was indicted Tuesday by U. S. Attorney for the Eastern... — Updated 1/11/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

A personal decision

Right now, as the first two approved vaccines are getting shipped and shot into arms across the country, there’s no lack of confusion about what the smart course of action is, on a personal level or a policy level. As for me,... — Updated 12/30/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Vaccinations get a start in the Coulee

Nearly half the staff at Coulee Medical Center got the shot Tuesday to inoculate against SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 illness. The process was being managed and ad... — Updated 12/30/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Merry Christmas and happy reading, kids

Beginning next week, you’ll see a new feature in The Star aimed at helping local kids practice reading and writing without realizing it. We’ve sourced a very well-done fun page designed to get kids from second through sixth... — Updated 12/23/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Vaccines coming to GCD area

With the approval of federal health care authorities for two vaccines, some local frontline workers were inoculated against the virus that causes COVID-19 this week, and more will... — Updated 12/23/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Firefighters douse house and car fires

A car fire in Coulee Dam and a burning house in Grand Coulee kept local firefighters busy this week. Very early Monday, Grand Coulee and Electric City volunteers were dispatched to... — Updated 12/14/2020

 

Updated: School board changes own Covid rules to allow older kids back Monday

The return to school for seventh- through 12th-grade Lake Roosevelt students on Monday, Dec. 7 continued under a plan modified in an emergency school board session Friday night that sets a much higher threshold for the number of... — Updated 12/9/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Chamber's online fundraiser is a hit

People at a virtual auction last weekend bid each other up as much or more than they do in person and the chamber benefited. With its annual Vintners and Brewers dinner and auction canceled for Covid, the Grand Coulee Dam Area... — Updated 12/9/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

$5 million 2021 budget proposed in Coulee Dam

Coulee Dam’s town council gave a preliminary nod to a proposed budget for 2021 Monday night in a special meeting online despite uncertainties about next year’s revenue forecast. The council voted to approve a first reading of... — Updated 12/9/2020

 

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