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 By Scott Hunter    News    April 8, 2020 

Governor: no in-person teaching rest of school year, at least

Most kids won't enter their classrooms again this school year, following Gov. Jay Inslee's announcement Monday afternoon that in-person teaching would not be allowed in any schools in Washington at... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    April 8, 2020 

Five COVID-19 cases on reservation

Among 10 people who tested postive for the novel coronavirus in Okanogan County as of Tuesday, five are on the Colville Reservation, one a local woman whose daughter posted on Facebook that her mother and siblings were sick. “I want our community... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    April 8, 2020 

Needed: masks on faces and a grocery delivery system

Indications are that Washington’s fairly early emphasis on social distancing and staying home have been effective at helping to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, but more local focus could help this area weather the crisis even better: We... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    March 25, 2020

Virus response forcing changes in local life, closures of some businesses

After days of reports of droves of people not complying with his pleas to stay home, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a mandatory order Monday to shut many public places and non-essential businesses in an... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    March 25, 2020

School meal deliveries changing next week

Kids up to 18 years of age have been getting meals from the Grand Coulee Dam School District at their bus route pickup spots while school is out for the virus-related shutdown. That plan will change on Monday, the school district said Thursday. Meal... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 25, 2020

The meaning of the motto on the front page

Everything depends on everything else, it seems, so stopping one part of our economy, our society, affects every other part. We’re all so interconnected. That’s partly why Gov. Inslee’s earlier hopes that people would “just do the right...


Organizations scramble, adjust to check virus spread

Local institutions are rapidly adjusting on the fly after a series of cascading emergency announcements from state and national authorities mandating increasingly harsh measures to stop the spread of the new virus that has infected nearly 190,000 wor... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    March 18, 2020

Grant County COVID-19 cases surge

Grant County Health District issued three advisories Saturday — a day when the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 jumped from 11 to 18 — urging people in high risk groups to “shelter in place... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    March 18, 2020

School districts delivers over 200 meals

Students in the Grand Coulee Dam School got their first taste of bus-delivered meals Friday with 215 of them picking up meals delivered by bus two hours after their normal bus pickup time. Superintendent Paul Turner said the school board meeting on... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    March 18, 2020

It's about us

Honestly, it’s not you, it’s us. As these extremely inconvenient — no, let’s call them what they are — horrid, restrictions on our social freedom clamp down on society and commerce in favor of health, that’s a concept some either don’t... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    March 18, 2020

Star is closed except by appointment

Effective Monday, March 16, The Star is closed except by appointment in keeping with official requests to limit social interaction to address the coronovirus outbreak. Our office doesn’t have to be open to the public for most of our services; we... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    March 11, 2020

School to close, local events altering in wake of new virus

School to close, local events altering in wake of new virus Schools statewide will close by Tuesday, following an orders coming from Gov. Jay Inslee as the state responds to the threat of a new virus... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    March 4, 2020

Coulee Dam, Tribes may put in a splash pad

Officials at Coulee Dam last week gave a tentative green light to a Colville Tribes proposal to add a splash pad to the town’s park features to cool kids down in the summer. Frank Andrews approached the city council Wednesday with the idea, noting...

 By Scott Hunter    News    March 4, 2020

Hope: roof fix may attract town restaurant renter

Expecting to attract a new business to lease the Melody Restaurant in the near future, Coulee Dam is preparing to fix at least part of the roof of the “Community Building” the town owns. The building also houses a bowling alley and a theater not...

 By Scott Hunter    News    March 4, 2020

Alling appointed planning chair

A former council member will head a planning commission for the city of Coulee Dam that currently has no other members. The city council Feb. 26 unanimously approved Mayor Bob Poch’s nomination of Ben Alling to head the commission, charged with...

 By Scott Hunter    Sports    March 4, 2020

Buzzer beater keeps Raiders in state tournament

Soarin' Marchand makes this game-winning, buzzer-beater for three look so easy, I'm sure he's only practiced it about a million times! Good video of the shot as tweeted by SWXRightNow:... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 19, 2020

Semi crashes through restaurant

A semi loaded with boxes of apples crashed through a corner of Hometown Pizza at lunchtime today, hurting no one inside but seriously injuring the driver, who may have chosen to avoid two cars in...

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 19, 2020

Busted: Lincoln County mail theft suspects

Lincoln County sheriff deputies booked two people into jail last week after a very precise caller alerted them to what appeared to be ongoing theft from rural mailboxes. Three deputies responded to the area north of Davenport about 7 p.m. Feb. 11,...


Everybody's right in Electric City

Citizens in Electric City discussing the devil-containing details of park financing in Electric City are right to push the subject, on both sides of the discussion. Councilmember Cate Slater is right when she says there is “not a lot of stuff...


Coach Crollard on Raider district win vs Oroville

The Raiders won their district game against the Oroville Hornets Friday night in a game that was closer than some expected, tied at 40 in the third quarter....

 By Scott Hunter    News    February 12, 2020

Busted: Suspected thieves targeting Lincoln County rural mail

Lincoln County sheriff deputies booked two people into jail last night (Feb. 11) after a very precise caller alerted them to what appeared to be ongoing theft from rural mailboxes. Three deputies...


What do you think about news from beyond the coulee?

For the last few weeks, The Star has carried some stories from Olympia, written by student journalism interns serving as reporters in the news service of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, of which The Star is a member. I serve on WNPA'... Full story

 By Scott Hunter    News    January 29, 2020

Wild turkeys causing power problems

More than half the power outages in the city of Coulee Dam last year were caused by wild turkeys that roam the town freely. Last year the town, which operates its own electric utility, suffered nine p...

 By Scott Hunter    News    January 22, 2020

Almira man arrested in fraud investigation

A 41-year-old Almira man was booked into Lincoln County Jail on several charges stemming from a fraud investigation by the county sheriff’s office, Sheriff Wade Magers stated Saturday. David W. McCoy was booked into jail Friday on charges of...

 By Scott Hunter    News    January 15, 2020

Dale Rey takes seat at Coulee Dam

Dale Rey, along with the mayor and two other council members, took the oath of office and accepted a seat at the council table in Coulee Dam, Jan. 8. Rey was appointed by the council Dec. 11 to the se...


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