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City of Grand Coulee PUBLIC NOTICE AVAILABILITY OF 2019 PRELIMINARY BUDGET PROPOSED 2019 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING A copy of the 2019 Preliminary Budget for the City of Grand Coulee is available to the public at the City Clerk’s... — Updated 12/12/2018 Full story

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports

Ladies win two

The Lady Raiders basketball team defeated Bridgeport and Soap Lake last week to go 3-0 for the season. In Bridgeport Dec. 4, the Lady Raiders dominated the Fillies, 56-13. "This... — Updated 12/12/2018

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports

Raiders basketball lead league

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders had two strong basketball wins last week, defeating Bridgeport and Soap Lake on the road, both by double digits. The Raiders lead the Central Washington... — Updated 12/12/2018


Sports this week

Wed., Dec. 12 5 p.m., Jr. High Boys Basketball at Oroville 5 p.m., (time change), LRHS Wrestling here with Okanogan, Wilbur/Creston & Davenport Fri., Dec. 14 LRHS Basketball at Tonasket, BJV/4:30 middle school/GJV/4:30 p.m. high... — Updated 12/12/2018


Schools to hold holiday concert

The music department at Lake Roosevelt Schools will hold its annual holiday concert next week in the high school gym. The concert, slated for Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., will feature the fifth- through 12th-grade... — Updated 12/12/2018


Checking it twice

Santa and Mrs. Claus hear Phrazer's Christmas wishes at the Moose Lodge's annual Christmas party for kids Saturday. The event drew a standing-room-only crowd. - Scott Hunter... — Updated 12/12/2018

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Grand Coulee eyes $4.4 million budget

It will take nearly $4.4 million to run the city of Grand Coulee next year, according to a budget prepared for the city council, which took a look at it last week. That’s just... — Updated 12/12/2018

 By Jacob Wagner    Sports

Wrestlers work hard and win

Raider wrestlers competed at the LR Mix & Match before winning the Connell Invite last week. Lake Roosevelt competed against worthy opponents from Wilbur-Creston-Keller, Davenpo... — Updated 12/12/2018


It's a girl for Berry/Vargas

Vanessa Berry and Lindsey Vargas of Nespelem, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Skyler Sierra Vargas, born Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. She weighed... — Updated 12/12/2018 Full story


Schools looking for legislative fix to stay afloat

Even if a new “enrichment” levy passes next February, the Grand Coulee Dam School District is set to lose $800,000 per year the way things are currently budgeted, the result of recent changes in state law. If the levy... — Updated 12/12/2018


Meetings & Notices

Chamber This Week Chamber will meet at noon, Thursday, Dec. 13, at Voltage Coffee House. General business is on the agenda. Grant County Fire Dist. 14 to Meet  The Grant County Fire District 14 will hold its regular monthly meetin... — Updated 12/12/2018


Holiday open house at the library

The community is invited to the Grand Coulee Library Holiday Open House Thursday, December 13, beginning at 4 p.m. The gifts and services are provided by your library card and NCRL. Find out all about the wonderful services... — Updated 12/12/2018


Elmer Rinard to be presented with a Quilt of Valor

Members of the community are invited to a drop-in reception at the Nazarene Church on Wednesday, December 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. to honor Elmer Rinard for serving our nation in WWII. His quilt will be presented at 1:30 p.m. by Lt.... — Updated 12/12/2018


Re: "Coulee Dam theater subject of hope" Dec. 5 Star

I would love to see the cinema start showing movies again. I know a lot of people were disappointed when it closed, and with so little to do around the area it would be a big win to see it reopened. I hope the town keeps... — Updated 12/12/2018

 By Hank Wiebe    Opinion

Re: "People may no longer be able to drive on 'Geezer Beach'" in Dec. 5 Star

Yet another takeaway? As a disabled fisherman, I, along with many other disabled, aged friends, have fished Geezer Beach for many years. We fish this area exclusively four to five times per week from January to June. Due to our... — Updated 12/12/2018


Moment of reflection, part 2

A couple weeks ago, I told you about my moment of reflection during Natural Helpers. Well, Sunday night I found myself reflecting again, and this time things got personal. Sometimes it is hard to write this column without giving yo... — Updated 12/12/2018

 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Childhood heroes never die

I had my heroes, just like every kid. Mine really got started by getting to know the owner of one of the three active taverns in Palouse in the late 1930s. His name was Pop Brantner. I never did learn his first name. The unlikely... — Updated 12/12/2018

 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

Twister economics no solution to school funding

Solutions to serious problems should not require contortions of logic that look like the loser in that old game of Twister. You know the one: where players try to reach different spots on a large surface on the floor with... — Updated 12/12/2018


Fate of POWER project to be decided

The volunteer group that has fed and nurtured hundreds of thousands of fish in Banks Lake may come to an end Dec. 19, its longtime leader Carl Russell said this week. The Promoters of Wildlife and Environmental Resources will meet... — Updated 12/12/2018


Bureau proposes major work on generator units

The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking comments on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed modernization project for generating units 19–21 (G19–G21) in the Third Power Plant at Grand Coulee Dam. The proposed... — Updated 12/12/2018

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Locals voicing strong opinion on Geezer Beach issue

Hank Wiebe and his friends are raising hell against the United States Bureau of Reclamation’s recent announcement that they are considering no longer allowing people to drive onto “Geezer Beach” behind the Third Powerhouse... — Updated 12/12/2018



Grand Coulee approves senior meals donation Grand Coulee will donate $3,500 to the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Meals Program, the city council decided at their Dec. 4 meeting. The program donated over 16,000 meals to the Grand Coulee... — Updated 12/12/2018

 By Scott Hunter    News

Mayor to resign

Coulee Dam’s mayor is resigning due to health concerns, he told The Star in a text message Sunday. Mayor Larry Price was elected in November 2017 and took the helm of the town at the start of this year. Price had told The Star... — Updated 12/12/2018


Union reaches agreement with school district

The local chapter of the Public School Employees union voted 28-8 to ratify a 6-percent raise in the Grand Coulee Dam School District late last month and the school board approved the change last Thursday. After months of... — Updated 12/12/2018


Fire and ambulance service recognized

The Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department/Ambulance Service and the Grand Coulee Police Department members and spouses met Saturday night to honor and thank them for their service... — Updated 12/12/2018


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