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Articles from the March 18, 2020 edition

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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 Jacob Wagner    News    March 18, 2020

School updates community in response to COVID-19 epidemic

Lake Roosevelt Schools will continue to feed and teach students, just not in the school. Following Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcment March 13 that schools statewide would close, the Grand Coulee Dam School District released a parent and community... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 18, 2020

You can attend school board meeting tonight using your computer, phone, or tablet

You can attend tonight's school board meeting from the comfort of your own home. The Grand Coulee Dam School District's board meeting, scheduled for tonight at 5:30 p.m., will be accessible via Zoom,... Full story


School meals being delivered on Friday

School meals will be delivered Friday morning to students who meet the bus at their regular bus stops two hours later than they would normally meet it on a regular school day. “Understand that we do not have any way to know how many meals we will... Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 18, 2020

Electric City requests extension on park timeline

Electric City will seek an extension for their Ice Age Park grant through the state’s Recreation & Conservation Office. At the March 10 city council meeting, Mayor Diane Kohout told the council that the city received a letter from the RCO saying th...


Grand Coulee won't shut off utilities during COVID-19 epidemic

The Grand Coulee council voted at their March 17 meeting not to shut off anyone's utilities for non-payment during the COVID-19, coronavirus epidemic. The council decided to review late fees for non-payment on a case by case basis... Full story


Trying something new

Ted Piccolo walks on a concrete pad outside the master beadroom of a new house in Elmer City just built on speculation by the Northwest Native Development Fund in an effort to affect the local...


COVID-19 delays tours at Grand Coulee Dam

The Grand Coulee Dam will continue to operate as usual, but its visitor center will be closed to the public, and tours of the dam, which had been scheduled to start April 1, will be delayed until further notice. “Today, the Bureau of Reclamation... Full story


Hall appointed to council

Larry Hall is sworn in to his new duties as a member of the city council in Coulee Dam. Hall served the city for many years as a police seargent until his retirement, was appointed to a vacant seat...

 By Jacob Wagner    News    March 18, 2020

Ongoing street construction discussed in Electric City

Construction may resume soon on controversial street projects in Electric City, and city council members spoke on the topic at their March 10 meeting. A parking lot in front of city hall was built over what had been a stretch of Western Avenue,...

 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


Census 2020: Why rural counts

By now, you have most likely received a postcard or letter in your mailbox inviting you to participate in the 2020 Census. Set forth as an effort to count everyone in the U.S., the data collected as part of the census impacts everyone who is, or is...

 By Bob Valen    Opinion    March 18, 2020

What is a flash drought?

I spend some time looking over weather and climate research sites. Generally, there’s something interesting that captures my attention. These are things that I like to share with you. Recently, I...

 By Don Brunell    Opinion    March 18, 2020

TP shortage is tip of iceberg

If you think the run on toilet paper is just an American thing, think again. On March 10, Business Insider (BI) reported: “The spread of the coronavirus has brought with it panic-buying of food and...


1948 Coulee Dam Theater Fire

The Coulee Dam Service Station at the southeast corner of what is now Roosevelt Way and River Drive had been a Standard Oil station; but after my parents, Henry and Margaret (Seaton) Taschereau...


Legals for March 18, 2020

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Environmental Trust Department Request for Proposal (RFP) and Scope of Work Environmental Engineering & Consulting Services, 2020-2022 The CTCR intends to award a single professional services contract... Full story


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 3/10 - A man on Kelso Avenue said his air compressor, which he built himself, had been stolen, valued between $375-$500. An officer had him draw the air compressor. The man said two other men he saw in the area were possible suspe...


Isaac Leo Palmer

Isaac Leo Palmer, 52, of Coulee Dam, Washington, passed away Thursday evening, March 4th, 2020, in Wilbur, Washington. Born August 3, 1967, in Omak, Washington, to Dorland and Eliza Wak Wak-Palmer,... Full story


No Chamber Meeting

Chamber will not meet until further notice, due to the COVID19 precautions....


Raiders, Lady Raiders receive all-league honors

Several Lake Roosevelt basketball players and wrestlers received Central Washington 2B “All League” honors for their performance in the 2019-20 season. Raider basketball players Sam Wapato and Soarin’ Marchand were named to the All League...

 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 Press release    News    March 18, 2020

Studded tire removal deadline extended to April 30

OLYMPIA – The arrival of spring typically means drivers in Washington have until March 31 to remove studded tires. However, this year the Washington State Department of Transportation is extending the deadline to Thursday, April 30, due to... Full story


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