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1. Go to with your browser. 2. To get instant access, click the small ad in the upper right corner, circled in red here. It's linked to a page with a form for... — Updated 9/15/2021


How to attend public meetings in the Grand Coulee Dam area

With multiple towns, boards, and districts, there are lots of meetings happening in the Grand Coulee Dam area that each offer opportunity to engage in the processes that affect... — Updated 9/15/2021


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee 9/7 - A woman told police she would move her camper from Osborn Bay, where a person can only camp for four days, after a mechanical issue was solved in the camper.  9/8 - Police checked on a dog in a truck on... — Updated 9/15/2021


STCU and CDFCU to merge Oct. 1

A friendly merger that has been in the works for a year will culminate in one month when CDFCU and STCU are joined, giving CDFCU’s 14,400 members access to a broader suite of products and services. In preparation for the merger,... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News 

CD to consider letter to plant contractor

After years of shepherding Coulee Dam’s wastewater treatment plant project along, the town council tonight (Wednesday) will consider authorizing the mayor to sign a letter to the contractor. Exactly what’s in the letter is not... — Updated 9/15/2021


COVID in the Coulee

Five more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Grant County while the Grand Coulee and Electric City area of Grant County have seen nine more cases. The deaths include three women from Moses Lake in their 30s, 50s, and 70s, as... — Updated 9/15/2021


Ask VaxFacts effort

Even as COVID-19 issues cause the local hospital to be short staffed at times, Dr. Jennifer Knox is preparing to answer questions from the community on COVID-19 vaccines later this month in coordination with the Rotary Club, Grant... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Students may go to NYC, DC in June

Lake Roosevelt students in sixth grade and up have the opportunity to go to the eastern United States and see cultural and historical sites in New York City and Washington D.C. The trip, taking place after school is out for the sum... — Updated 9/15/2021


Tribal members to receive $10,000 in relief funds

The Colville Tribes announced Monday that they would be distributing $10,000-plus in COVID-19 relief funds to each tribal member over the next four months. “The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation will distribute... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

Sidewalks being rebuilt after problems

Sidewalk sections on Main Street and Federal Avenue in Grand Coulee are being replaced again after issues came up following the original 2015 installation. The 2015 project to... — Updated 9/15/2021


Students quarantine because of COVID-19

Although transmission isn’t happening at Lake Roosevelt Schools, there are about 70 students quarantined because of either testing positive for COVID-19 or being exposed to it.  Superintendent Paul Turner said Tuesday that... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News 

School levy votes coming in 2022

Local voters will decide whether to support at least one school levy in the spring of 2022 that would take effect in 2023. The Grand Coulee Dam School District currently has three levies, all expiring before 2023. Superintendent... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Chamber encouraging community kindness

We could all use a morale boost these days, and a little bit of kindness can go a long way.  Rachelle Haven, executive director of the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, has started a project called Coulee Kind that encour... — Updated 9/10/2021


Coulee Cops

Grand Coulee Police 8/31 - A hospital employee told police that someone had cut the fence to gain entry to “the bull pen,” a fenced in parking area, and taken the catalytic converters off two vehicles. Police photographed the... — Updated 9/8/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

New music teacher starting at LR

"Music is part of human nature," according to new Lake Roosevelt Music Teacher Gabriel James, who moved to Coulee Dam recently for the gig.  James, who grew up in Spokane,... — Updated 9/8/2021


COVID still rampant in Coulee and region

COVID-19 cases in the Coulee are still rampant as there have been more cases in the past month than all previous months since the pandemic began.  In the Grand Coulee and Electric City area of Grant County, total cases have... — Updated 9/8/2021


The busy last hurrah

Northrup Point Boat Launch bustles Monday night as boaters pull out of Banks Lake at Steamboat Rock State Park at the end of the Labor Day holiday. Plenty of boats hit the water... — Updated 9/8/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Tribal survey project aims at "protecting the sacred"

When you drive across it on highway 2, you may not think of Moses Coulee as anyone's home, but once it was a place where people lived in villages, grew gardens and gathered what the... — Updated 9/8/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Harvest Fest cancelled, Run The Dam still on

Harvest Fest has been cancelled due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.  The board of directors of the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce called a special meeting Sept. 1 to make the decision on the seasonal festival, originally... — Updated 9/8/2021


Club Championship this Saturday & Sunday

The Banks Lake Golf Course's Club Championship and Senior Club Championship is happening this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4-5, not beginning Friday. An advertisement in The Star... — Updated 9/2/2021


Updated: Powwow and stick games will now proceed for vaccinated

Reversing an earlier decision, the Colville Tribes will now allow previously canceled stick games and a powwow to go one, but only vaccinated people can attend. The Star received an email announcing the decision late Wednesday... — Updated 9/1/2021


August was a bad month for COVID in the Coulee

Cases of COVID-19 have doubled in less than a month in the cities of Electric City and Grand Coulee. Since Aug. 4, local cases in Grant County have doubled to 98 total cases, up by... — Updated 9/1/2021

 By Jacob Wagner    News

Lowering speed limit unpopular idea

The idea of lowering the speed limit from 45 to 30 miles per hour on SR-155 between Electric City and Grand Coulee is a vastly unpopular idea, a Star survey reveals, with 88% of people being against it. However, it may be... — Updated 9/1/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News

CMC adapts to surging cases, testing demand

A 1,000%-plus surge in demand for covid testing, brought on by burgeoning cases nearby and across the country, is forcing the local hospital to adapt its operations. Before the more-contagious Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus... — Updated 9/1/2021

 By Scott Hunter    News

Homes saved in quick fire response

Firefighters converged with speed and coordination on a hillside blaze just above Banks Avenue in Grand Coulee Sunday night, saving several residences just below the city water... — Updated 9/1/2021


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