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Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet this Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Siam Palace in Grand Coulee. Meeting begins at noon. This week’s program will be given by Bob Valen, who will be speaking... — Updated 10/25/2017


Guildner new CEO at NCB

Chelan, WA – October 11, 2017 – North Cascades Bank, a division of Glacier Bank, is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles ("Charlie") Guildner as President and Chief... — Updated 10/25/2017


It's snow time: Sno-Park permits go on sale Nov. 1

OLYMPIA – Oct. 18, 2017 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced today that Sno-Park permits will be available for purchase online and through various vendors statewide beginning midnight Wednesday, Nov.... — Updated 10/25/2017


Lutherans to celebrate 500th anniversary

The Zion Lutheran Church of Grand Coulee will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at their regular service this Sunday, October 25, at 11 a.m. A potluck dinner will follow.... — Updated 10/25/2017


Guild plans book sales; appreciated participants of fun walk

Coulee Medical Center Guild is sponsoring two book and gift sales to help you get ready for Christmas. Collective Goods, formerly “Books are Fun,” will be here on Wednesday, Nov. 1, and Usborne Books on Wednesday, November 29.... — Updated 10/25/2017


What's cooking at the seniors

Wed., Oct. 25 - Dinner Chunky Beef and Vegetable Stew Homemade Bread, Mixed Fruit, Cookies Thurs., Oct. 26 - Dinner Twice Baked Potato, Green Salad, Fruit Slices, Rice Krispy Treat Fri., Oct. 27 - Breakfast Meat and Cheese... — Updated 10/25/2017


Rain not a problem

Dwight Combs and his dog were among the walkers who finished the "Breast Cancer Awareness Color Me Pink and Purple" fun run and walk at North Dam Park Saturday and didn't let very... — Updated 10/25/2017


Kathleen Larson

Kathleen Larson passed away peacefully to her heavenly home on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington, where she had spent the final year... — Updated 10/25/2017 Full story


Sixty-eight Years Ago

Form Work for the cut and cover section - Preparing forms for the entrance to the cut and cover stretch of the feeder canal. A transition section from round to square is required... — Updated 10/25/2017

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Amazon's plan reminiscent of Boeing's Chicago move

Last year, Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates wrote about the similarities and differences between Boeing’s corporate office move to Chicago and Amazon’s plan for a second headquarters. Boeing wanted to leave... — Updated 10/25/2017

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

Passion and belief

I recently had to write a recommendation letter for a young man in our community that has been nominated for an award. Part of the criteria was to write about his “Passion and... — Updated 10/25/2017

 By Greg Wilder    Opinion

Consider carefully before you cast your vote

Before you cast your vote — take the time vetting. In other words, “make a careful and critical examination.” Do you “really” know about our Coulee Dam candidates? You already know about David Schmidt and Gayle Swagerty... — Updated 10/25/2017


Observe the moon Saturday

If you see people at Crescent Bay looking up at the sky on Oct. 28, don’t be alarmed; it’s not an invasion from outer space, it’s “International Observe the Moon Night.” The event is sponsored by NASA’s Lunar... — Updated 10/25/2017



Last week The Star reported in error that Electric City Council named Ken Anderson to fill a vacant spot on the board of Grant County Mosquito District 2. Electric City is requesting that persons interested in serving on the... — Updated 10/25/2017


Lake Roosevelt National Recreation is "sister park" to South African reserve

The Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area and Spioenkop Nature Reserve in South Africa have signed a five-year “sister park” agreement that will allow the parks to collaborate and exchange information. The agreement signed... — Updated 10/25/2017

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Penny Auction is back

After a year’s absence, this year’s senior class is bringing back the popular school-related fundraiser. The Penny Auction will be held Nov. 18, at both the senior and elementary cafeterias in the new school, from 11 a.m. to... — Updated 10/25/2017

 By Scott Hunter    News

Netzel looks for council seat to do more

Fred Netzel has been prodding Coulee Dam's current administration and town council for more than a year to take action on issues he finds important, so he's running for a council... — Updated 10/25/2017

 By Scott Hunter    News

David Schmidt seeks to continue work on council

For David Schmidt, serving on the town council is a civic duty, one he is currently fulfilling for the second time, having served an earlier term a decade ago. "It's just a sense... — Updated 10/25/2017


Meet your local candidates

Elected positions for Grand Coulee Dam School District and the city of Coulee Dam are up for election. In this issue, The Star offers candidate interviews for each contested position. In Coulee Dam, the mayor’s office is sought... — Updated 10/25/2017

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Transfer station budget approved

All four cities and towns have approved the Delano Regional Transfer Station budget for 2018. The budget shows revenues of $503,975 and expenses of $675,850. The deficit can be tied to two big-expense items: paying off the transfer... — Updated 10/25/2017

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Tribal museum to be remodeled soon

Work is scheduled to begin this week to make the Colville Tribal Museum in Coulee Dam handicapped accessible. Last week, museum workers were busy packaging everything up on the lower level to get ready for the project to begin.... — Updated 10/25/2017



City’s open house tonight The city of Grand Coulee will hold an open house this evening (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. so planning commission members can discuss proposed changes to the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Visitors will be able... — Updated 10/25/2017

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

"White power" painted on school window

School officials this week are investigating who painted the words “white power” on a window at Lake Roosevelt School. Superintendent Paul Turner said that the incident occurred early last week, and was scrubbed off by school... — Updated 10/25/2017


Crisp air and good food

At lunch after the "Breast Cancer Awareness Color Me Pink and Purple" fun run and walk at North Dam Park, Chelsea Shelton warms her sons, Jackson, 2, and Grayson, 1, as they finish... — Updated 10/25/2017

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Investigation shows report of shooter at school was a rumor

A report of a “shooter” incident at Lake Roosevelt Schools was determined to be a rumor, according to investigators. Last Wednesday, a person overheard some high school students talking on the school bus about a “shooter,... — Updated 10/25/2017


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